Saturday, December 6, 2008

WARNING: It is Prohibited to Get Sick!

With the cost of medicine and medical treatment, people are doing everything to stay healthy. And since insurance and health care benefits are two important issues that the government is trying to resolve, it will not surprise us if Congress would pass a bill that says… it is prohibited to get sick!

I am not a doctor so I will not attempt to discuss health issues here. However, common sense dictates that we should try to find out the causes of some illnesses so that we can get rid of them. And I know most of the sickness that we have are caused by our own negligence and laziness. Well, I read these following causes of liver damage somewhere and thought of sharing them to you my dear readers. I know you already know them but just in case you already forgot, it will not hurt you to get a refresher’s course.

The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
8. Consuming raw (overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to 'schedule”.

It’s a cliché… the best remedy is precaution and I believe it. Staying healthy needs a little effort and basic common sense and staying alive does not depend on God’s mercy, it’s up to you to cooperate with His will and live life to the fullest.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Advice on Wealth

This is not my personal advice on wealth. I am not qualified to give advice on wealth because obviously, I am not a wealthy person. I am just like any typical struggling citizen who 95% of the time is thinking how I can make extra income to help pay our bills.

This advice came from Warren Buffet and not from me. But I want to share it here to remind me [in particular] that life is what I make it and of course, so that I will not forget.

These advices are simple and no non-sense. These are just simple things to live by to make life live-able and worry-free. These are just practical rules that we already know but always forget to do.

Warren's advice to young people: "Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and Remember:

A. Money doesn't create man; it is the man who created money.
B. Live your life as simple as you can.
C. Don't do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel good.
D. Don't go for brand name; just wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
E. Don't waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on those who really are in need.
F. After all it's your life so why give chance to others to rule your life."

And his idea of excellence is something that we need to ponder too. "I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's Business"

Life is indeed a challenge. Life is a constant struggle to achieve what is good. Life is what we make it. Let's make the best out of it. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Say it with Pictures

Blog Pictures
I have been blogging for quite awhile. I have 9 active blogs that I manage on a regular basis. Alright, alright, I say it over and over again. And to say the least that I am a frustrated blogger is the understatement of the year because I already wrote about it too. But what can I do? I love to write and I love people to read what I write.

But here is the thing. And it is a good thing, I promise. I have found a new hobby. Photography! [Not necessarily me taking the photos but me downloading the photo.] If you have noticed, I love inserting photos on my blog post. And here is one interesting thing, I found a site where I can find cool blog pictures too which I can insert in my blog posts. Yup, a website where thousand of images are hosted by it… a website where the images are already optimized and resized according to my preference… a website where there is a larger and better library for copyrighted and licensed images… and more importantly, a website where I can download the images for free.

Yes, is the coolest and the newest website for hosting quality pictures for bloggers. I just signed up for it and instantly, I was able to copy and paste image code without downloading, resizing and uploading the image file just like this one I have here. So tell me… how cool is that?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Do You Want to be a Millionaire?

I was browsing on my old e-mails searching for something when I stumbled upon this e-mail sent by my friend Carol. It was entitled “Interesting Aspects of the 2nd Richest Man in the World”. Well, from that title alone… the word “richest” is the one that really interests me. With this ailing economy and with all the bills that we need to deal with everyday of our lives… who doesn’t want to get rich? The idea of being rich, much more the illusion of being tagged as the richest person in the world is everybody’s dream or aspiration.

Now, here is a story of a man who is rich and didn’t get rich by winning in a lottery.

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life which I want to share with you here:

1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha , that he ought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.
5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest private jet company.
6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO's only two rules.
Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder's money.
Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.
7. He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch Television.
8. Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.
9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
I always buy lottery ticket hoping that one day I will strike the jackpot. Well, the odd of winning the million is of course… 1 in a million too. And everyone knows that but still we all keep buying and hoping that one day we will be lucky. Then one day it struck me. Someone asked me… “What will you do with the million dollars if you win it?” And I can’t answer it right away. Sure, I will be buying something… a house, a car, jewelries, travel the world, and the list goes on and on. Then she asked me next… “Then what? After you do all that, what will you do next?”

Saturday, November 8, 2008

About ME


Welcome to my Blog.

I'm Ruthinian, whole Filipino part Mainer. I am the owner of this Blog.

This blog is my first-born (I used to have 8 blog babies, now they're down to two) and it was conceived out of boredom my desire to remain productive. It is created as my alibi to avoid doing chores to keep an online journal where I write about LIFE ("my life" mostly and of others' who are part of my life). This blog is made to document how I live my life - The Ruthilicious Way.

I was born and raised in the Philippines (hence, the greeting). I am strong-willed, stubborn, and freewheeling. I am obsessed with shoes, hats, scarves and purses. I love running, yoga and currently, working on my headstand. I like green - green tea, green smoothie and anything or everything with a hint of green.

I have a degree in Education and was a High School Teacher in the Philippine Public High School for 11 years before immigrating to the United States. At the moment, I am still in the education path helping special needs children and supporting classroom teachers in the US Public School.

Writing is my first love. I learned to write way before I entered Kindergarten and I wrote on the walls first before I knew about the purpose of paper. When I became a teacher, I taught my students how to write and helped them find joy in writing.

I have varied hobbies. I love creating beautiful things and experimenting with different stuff (not the science kind though). Thus, DIY-ing, party planning, designing, and handcrafting have turned into some kind of addiction. While photography, travel, food, and fitness are my preoccupations if I am not busy with my "real" occupation.

I created this blog not just to address my boredom or to document my personal experiences and takes on every single thing I am obsessing with but to have a place where I can freely express myself in the written words. It is my hope that someday I will be able to publish a book that would represent my fruitful existence as my legacy.

As a blogger, my intention to blog is to get paid for it. Writing is hard work. Getting compensated is a good motivation to keep me writing. And without being blunt. I created this blog to be a money-making machine able to get freebies (e.i. free shoes, hats, scarves, purses, food, drink, yoga... you get the point, right?) in exchange for honest opinions, reviews, promotions, paid Ads and the like. It is my dream too that I will evolve into a high-paid content creator and build my own brand that I can be proud of or make me a millionaire. Yeah, we all have weird dreams. I'm working on it. But for now, I have this blog.

For questions, violent reactions, comments or just to say "hello" or maybe you want to learn a second language - Filipino... shoot me an email at [mytoolbox AT ruthiniangregoire DOT com]

Maraming Salamat Po! [Thank you!]

This page is constantly changing and evolving as I am too. So feel free to come and take a peek every now and then to see what's going on and what I have become so far. And check me out if I already succeeded in my "headstand". You will make me happy by doing so. Seriously.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I Won!

Last month, as I was browsing and looking for free blogger templates, I stumbled upon this cool website that offers FREE BLOGGER TEMPLATES. Next thing I knew, I was downloading some templates from the said website and uploading each one of them to all my Blogger accounts that I manage [I have 5 of them], my brother’s [he has 4] and my cousin’s [she has 2].

Since then I kept coming back to that side to check out on new template designs and download those I like for future use. Then one time I read about their contest. Here is what I read.

We're opening up a 2nd contest to showcase your blog here for a week. The closing date is 31st October 2008. Here's a link to the 1st contest and the winners to get some details of the contest we've run.Here are some statistics about

PageRank: 5
AlexaRank: 88,679 (3-month average), 53,043 (1-week average)
PageViews: 6000+ daily

What you have to do is use one of our templates for your blog and write a review post about Then tell us about your review post by linking to us in the 'Links to This Post' section under the comment section below.

We'll select 3 winners based on the overall blog appearance and your review post. Each winner will be featured in a single post linking back to your review post to give you some of our PageRank juice. These feature posts will stay at the top of the main page for 7 days to give you a chance to grab in some of the 6000+ daily hits coming to us.

Next thing I know, I joined the contest. Next thing I know. I won the contest. Yes, I won. I won second place. This blog was selected as the 2nd winner of the 2nd Contest: Show your Blog Here of

I am so happy about this achievement that I earned. Not bad for a newbie. Not bad for a non-computer-savvy gal like me. Not bad for an "HTML Dummy" like me. And I would like to thank for the award. You guys rock. More power to you.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Siblings Conference Come to Order… Online

I talk to my brothers more often now that I used to. I know what is going on in my hometown as if I never left home. And I am most updated with news about people and situations back home than my brother who is actually living there. That is the power of modern technology. With a click of the mouse you hold the world’s greatest discoveries and gossips.

It has been more than a year now since I left home and so far I don’t miss any of the things and people I left behind. Hahahaha. Just kidding. But it’s true, I don’t miss my family and friends because I talk to them more often now, than I did in the past and when I was still with them.

I talk to my brothers online everyday. I have two brothers, one is working in China and the other is working in the Philippines. This is the very first time that we were apart since birth. And just like every morning [my time] the 3 of us were talking to each other all at the same time and catching up on our latest shenanigans.

My youngest brother [who is in the Philippines] was in his office’s lounge, I was in my bedroom [here in the chilly Pine State of New England] and my other brother [who is supposed to be in China] was sitting on the street curb in Hongkong people-watching and waiting for the bus with his laptop on his lap. So what did we talk about? We talked about the husband of our late cousin who is now having an affair with a much younger girl from a nearby beerhouse. Oh well, you can’t keep a secret nowadays.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Oh You... Men!

I have nothing against men. I love men. I grew up with two wonderful guys in the world who adore me, my artistic designer brother Gary and my sleep-deprived-caffeine-fueled brother Japol. I was a daddy’s girl, a grandpa’s apple of the eye, and the uncles’ favorite niece. I was lucky to be surrounded with adoring men in my life who somehow have great influence on my upbringing. Don’t get me wrong but I love my mom too. It was just strange that we didn’t get along well. Maybe because we have the same orientation with men [my mom was an only daughter too] that was why we always clash.

Anyway, I found this email sitting in my inbox for quite a long time and thought of sharing it with you. I know some of you might have already read it somewhere but still I guess it won’t hurt a bit to read it again.

This is a list of note-worthy, intellectually funny and hilariously cute similes for men who could turn from a hot dude to an annoying dud or from a sympathetic guy to a pathetic chap or a mixed concoction all of the testosterone-powered-egotistical qualities that are inherent to the male species.

And this I guess… is just retaliation to what was previously written about us women by men who have a seemingly thorough knowledge of the hormonal-packed-and-dangerously-vindictive female species. Hahahaha

For all those men who say, "Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free?" Here's n update for you: Nowadays, 80% of women are against marriage, WHY? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire PIG just to get a little sausage.

1. Men are like... Laxatives. They irritate the crap out of you.
2. Men are like... Bananas. The older they get, the less firm they are.
3. Men are like... Weather. Nothing can be done to change them.
4. Men are like... Blenders. You need One, but you're not quite sure why.
5. Men are like... Chocolate Bars. Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.
6. Men are like... Commercials. You can't believe a word they say.
7. Men are like... Department Stores. Their clothes are always 1/2 off.
8. Men are like...Government Bonds. They take soooooooo long to mature.
9. Men are like... Mascara. They usually run at the first sign of emotion.
10. Men are like... Popcorn. They satisfy you, but only for a little while.
11. Men are like... Snowstorms. You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get or how long it will last.
12. Men are like... Lava Lamps. Fun to look at, but not very bright.
13. Men are like... Parking Spots. All the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.

Oh Men! I still believe that not all men are the same. You can still find a rare gem that is worth keeping and a treasure worth believing. Love you Guys.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Out-blogged by the Carpenter’s Wife

My Bad!

I have been blogging left and right but never realized that this baby is not being blogged lately. I mean the last time I posted here was last week. It’s very unlikely of me. But I have an alibi. I was blogging somewhere else. Nah! That was not good enough. I have 9 blogs so I am responsible for all of them. No alibis!

Oh well, that is why I am so blogging now. I just realized it now when I signed in to Blogger and saw that I have 72 posts here in Ruthi’s breathingSpace and I had 83 [to date] in a Carpenter’s WIFE’s tool box. And it was not like that before. Ruthi’s breathingSpace was always ahead with a Carpenter’s WIFE’s tool box. And yesterday, I posted 6 write-ups in ACWTB alone. How crazy was that?

Oh well, blame it to the PR. I am still licking my wounds on PR thingy so spare me on this one.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

on PR and what not

I'm still crazy and all psyched up about this PR thingy we have here on cybernation. It’s still a big mystery to me or perhaps to lots of bloggers who like me… has no clue what’s going on… what’s its significance... and how it affects our total blogging vibes and predisposition.

Ok, I am whining and ranting about my PR because if you can see… if you hover your mouse on the PageRank icon at the top of the page, the phrase… PageRank is Google’s measure of the importance of this page (0/10) still pops up. It’s driving me crazy. You see, I have 5 blog accounts here in Blogger. Four of them have PR values except this one.

Anyway, last night, I decided to post a write-up on GREGOIRE Construction [the blog I made for my Hubby for his construction business] after 3 months of being untouched. Last night too I showed him the post and the renovation I did on that blog then left him to explore the blog himself. When I came back, I was surprised when he told me his blog got PR1. What the heck?

The “a Carpenter’s WIFE’s tool box” [my personal diary of my everyday experiences as a stay-at-home wife] got PR3… my “sa puso at isip” [my only blog written in my native language which is Tagalog] has PR2 and the “my REFUGE” [my reflections blog which I seldom post articles on too] got PR1 before and now awaiting another pagerank update. But this “Ruthi’s breathingSpace” is still zero… nada… nothing. It has been PR0 since birth. And this is the first I ever conceived. This is my first-born.

Oh well… I need to wait another couple of months or so and see if miracle will happen. And for now, I just sulk and whine and rant, as usual. [*sigh]

Monday, September 29, 2008

a major facelift


I was in a designing mood the entire week last week that is why my blogging frame of mind took a back seat for the moment. I was using the old blogger template since I signed up here [the one that is readily available when you create a blog account here] but I made a few customizations here and there as I learned the rope of html codes and their significance. Somehow I was able to do few drastic changes in the entire template lay-out [like changing the 2-column template to 3-column] through some helpful websites that give simple and easy tutorial lessons like Dummies’ Guide to Google Bloggers, Blogger Buster and Tips for New Bloggers. I also learned to design my own header and did a lot of them for my former school (5), my cousin (2) and my baby brother (4). And I added widgets left and right too.

Then, one day when I signed in to this blog the entire page was blank except for the blog title, the categories, the blog archives and the widget clock. I freaked out. I wasn’t able to find any of my posts. Then I checked my brother’s blog [which I am officially babysitting] and it has the same fate as mine. I freaked out some more.

So I googled… I googled more… and I googled hard. Then I found and found lots of FREE blogger templates. This is the best blogger template website that I've ever found in google. All the templates are cool and easy to install. It has tutorials on how you can customize the tamplates to your own style that will suit your personality and taste. They have tips that you can use to enhance and improve your lay-out.And they have updates on everything about blogger. In other words... rocks... to the max.

And so, I downloaded tons of templates [I have lots of blogs of my own and more adopted ones, remember?] and decided that it’s about time to make a change. Why not? Even Obama is calling for change, right? And I did. And this is the result of that drastic decision I made last week. It was painstaking but worth it. I single-handedly copied all the important data in notepad especially my friends’ blogroll [that task almost killed me] and re-installed them one by one. So, all of my 4 blogger accounts – a Carpenter's WIFE's tool box, My REFUGE, sa puso at isip and THIS ONE… had major facelifts courtesy of, now I need one myself… literally.

Monday, September 15, 2008

my roots

One day, my brother who is based in China asked me if I was aware that we have a family crest. What the heck is a family crest, I asked back? I had no clue whatsoever. It turned out that he did a research about our family name and its origin. It turned out that the ORONAs came from Ireland and that we are the descendants of Ronan. It also turned out that ORONA is a jewish surname which originally came from the Hebrew word AHARON

Out of curiosity, I googled it and voila… there it is – the Orona Family Crest or what is more popularly known as… the coat of arms. Yes, we have family Crest and a motto too which is – For he is our maker [whatever that means]. And I am using that crest for now on to uphold my roots.

Do you want to know where your family came from? Search House of Names.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

feelin' scrappy

I got my hands full with scrapping that end up with another blog. Yes, another blog. Well, I have an alibi. I need a new blog to post all my finished work. It will not be the normal blog thingy that I need to give my full attention to. It's just a simple un-assuming blog that will disguise itself as my Photo Gallery for my scrapbooking venture… sort of. Oh well, life’s a scrap so let’s decorate it.

And oh by the way, it's in a the newest blogging community in the blogosphere. My friend Vienna created it... it's called You might want to create another blog account with it. It's very new, it's free, it's very promising, and it's a nice place to grow old with. hahahaha.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

designing mood

Much to my desire to be productive, I suddenly decided to put on my creative apron and tried my hands into digital scrapbooking and design some headers for my cousin Shiela who just came up with a new blog "Ang Best of Me" [using my convincing power]. Well, sort of.

I recently downloaded lots of images, backgrounds and designs from different scrapbooking websites like shabby princess and visit some of my friends’ websites like Viel's scrap crank and Design by Viel and my web-blog designs by Carlota for some creative ideas. And here are what I came up with.

I usually use Powerpoint for designing them and not the usual Photoshop that most digital scrapbookers are using because I have to admit... I don't know how to use Photoshop just yet. But so far I know I am doing alright with that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

not another alibi

First things first. My apologies dear friends – to those who keep on sending me messages… I’m sorry that I didn’t have the time to reply back. To those who never get tired visiting me here… I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to return the favor. And to those who are always reading my posts here [assuming]… I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to update it on a regular basis. Yes, you guess it… I have an alibi. I HAVE ANOTHER BLOG!

Yes, I have another baby called “changing seasons” at and it is just 2-day old [as of this writing]. This new baby will feature everything about Maine – my new “home”… its changing seasons, unique culture, amazing people and breath-taking landscapes. It will contain much of the photos from my ever-growing collections. And as usual I am very excited about it. I am very excited not only because I am a true-blooded-blog-addict but because this new blog is an income generating baby. Wink! Very interesting huh?

And so my dear friends… rest assured that it’s “business as usual” since changing seasons is already well taken care of. I will try to reply to all those messages you sent me… visit your blog to return the favor… and will post new articles again as often as possible. And since you are reading this… I am inviting you to check out my new baby. Check and I guarantee you that you will find a new opportunity in earning $$$ through blogging [or just click on the icon/image below of this post.] See you all there and Get paid to BLOG at

Friday, August 22, 2008

a PR for my Post

I was talking to Vienna yesterday and according to her one of my posts – The Thing of the Past and The Present, at earned a PR value and she wrote something about it in her other blog. Wow, that was the first time I heard about that. I didn’t know that an individual post can earn a PR. Of course, I was happy. I was happy that after all my effort has been acknowledged.

Well, I would like to thank Vienna for the trust and for letting me write for Bizarre Marriage. It was really an honor.

Friday, August 15, 2008

just perfect!

It's a nice day today. The sun is out. My laundry is done. The kitchen is clean. The bathroom smells good. The whole house is perfect. So what's the catch?

The word PERFECT! That's the catch. I have been living in this world for 40 plus years and by now I know for a fact that there is no such word as - perfect. And when things seemed to be perfect... there will always be something that will stick out as otherwise. There will be one thing that will go the other way. And there will be one teeny-tiny bit of thing that will make the word and the world - imperfect.

And so everything seemed to be perfect... until I step on the scale.

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Now... with this tiny detail... everything is just so... perfect! Oh well, that's the spice of life.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Spiderman is arachnophobic

My nephew Toby loves Spiderman so much. So much that he has all things “Spiderman”… from shirt to shoes… from PJs to toothbrush… from school bag to pencils. He watched Spiderman movies [all 3 sequels] for a million times I guess that he can even say his lines word for word. Such kids!

What do you expect? When they had the United Nations presentation in school, he was dressed as an Arab Sheik and supposed to introduce himself as… "Hi, I am Toby I am from Saudi Arabia". But when he finally went up the stage and introduced himself… he said… "Hi, I am Toby and I am Spiderman" [with matching “Y” fingers seemingly spinning web]!

Oh well, all boys will become Super Heroes at least once in their lifetime and they will fight aliens, robots, and bad guys to save the world and bring peace on earth. All boys will be wearing silly Super Hero costumes even if it is not Halloween to impress a girl or two. But all boys will never out-grow thinking that they have super powers and will forever keep their super ego. Wink*

Toby with his Spiderman Mask.

I miss Toby. He is cute. He is adorable. He is charming. He is funny. And what is so funny about Toby is that… among other things… he is arachnophobic. Yup, he is afraid of the spider. So come to think of it… he is the only Spiderman who is afraid of the spider.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Let’s pollute the cyber-world!

Enough already! Satisfaction! It’s a harsh word. No one is ever satisfied. No one is ever contented. No one is ever happy with what they already have? That is why aside from the word “satisfaction” we also have the word “accumulation” to justify that nothing is enough.

Okay… let’s do this without the drama and I’ll go straight to the point. I HAVE A NEW BLOG. Yep, a new blog! I know! I know! Please don’t point fingers on me. This baby has been in the oven more than a couple of months back and I have been giving you, guys, subtle hints of its impending birth [or did I?]. Well, it’s official… I am announcing the birth of and just so you know, this baby will kick hard once it’s out of the incubator.

Yeah, there are still a lot of nursing to do and has to undergo some minor surgeries but it’s doing ok. Mama here, on the other hand, has already come up with a good header and this is what it will look like…

So there you go. Let’s populate the cyber-world. Let’s pollute the cyber-world with blogs to reach out to people and make friends. Let’s make blog-hopping our part-time job or for others like me… our day job. Let’s make friends all over the world and spread peace on blog-mankind. After all… it’s a lonely place if you don’t have long list of blogs in your blogroll.

So Friends... Ladies... and Gentlemen... I want you all to be the GODPARENTS of my new baby - RUTHILICIOUS. I will appreciate it very much if you will have an extra space for my "new baby" in your blogroll and link her up too. Thanks in advance Mga KUMARE at KUMPARE [translation: Godmothers and Godfathers].

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Payday Loan: The quickest way to instant cash

In this weakening economy, people need help to augment their monetary resources to make both ends meet. Life is tough wherever you go and it becomes tougher when you only have limited resources. Monthly mortgage, endless bills, food for the table, insurance payments, and countless other things to pay or buy always put someone in almost hopeless predicament especially if they are already living in a paycheck-to-paycheck situation. When you need instant cash for emergency and your credit card has been maximized it sure is so frustrating.

In this weakening economy, it is a good thing that there is Payday Loan. It is definitely a life saver and the quickest way to get the cash you need to solve your immediate financial problem. offers an easy and hassle-free cash loan online. It is easy because you can be approved for payday loans just by meeting the few simple requirements. It is hassle-free because your past or present credit standing is not an issue here because they don’t even ask about your credit history.

In this weakening economy, you no longer need to worry about cash when payday is still a couple of days ahead and you need money now. You don’t need to worry about asking friends or relatives for cash loan and get rejected. You don’t need to worry anymore about the bills you need to pay because payday loan is the quickest answer to your problem.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

need a link? contact the babysitter

Finally, I was able to convince my baby brother to make his own blog. I have been nagging him about it for quite awhile now but he has lots of alibis. But last week, out of the blue, I told him again as-a-matter-of-factly, and he did! He just did!

And as a doting big sister, I taught him every step of the way to come up with the best blog that fits him. He was such a good boy [very unlikely of him though] following everything that I said. He liked it. He liked it so much that the following day… he asked me how to make another blog again. Yup, he has two blogs two days in row and he is writing like crazy… sharing his inspirations and whereabouts to the blogging world.

Technically, I created a problem. You see, my baby brother is a dependent dude especially when big sister is around. Though he knows what to do but knowing that sissy can do it for him… he would rather not do it. So, I am babysitting my baby brother’s blogs QUEUE-less and sleep-deprived... caffeine-fueled LIFE for now. Yep… I thought I’m done babysitting him… now I am babysitting his blogs. The only thing he does for the blogs is to write the post. That’s it. And my job includes but not limited to – editing… inserting images… fixing the lay-out… designing the header… adding page elements and what not… managing the traffic… linking other bloggers… and everything in between.

There you go. So friends, if you want to add traffic to your blog… just visit my brother’s blog… give him a holler on his message box… or ME (a.k.a. babysitter)... and I WILL LINK YOU UP. Promise!


sleep-deprived... caffeined-fueled LIFE

NOTE: This is not a paid advertisement... just doing my job as a good big sister.

Monday, July 28, 2008

my shoes and I

I have a huge collection of shoes. What do you expect? Every woman has an imeldific side to her… so don’t ever ask or complain. My collection is forever changing… endlessly accumulating… constantly updating. I am a woman – to the max… so don’t ever question it. I just love shoes and everything that go with it… like bags… accessories… clothes… etc… etc… etc. I am a woman, I told you, didn’t I?

The world will be a lonely place to live in without shoes. Shoes make me happy. Shoes give me joy in times of great depression [not that “depression” in world history]. Shoes save me from drowning in my personal sulking mood and weird moments. My shoes and I have a certain kind of bonding that only “real women” can understand. Oh well, I know there are some of you who can relate to it. So there you go… this is my tribute to my – SHOES! Love them… and never ever hate them. Shoes rule!

Hubby is happy with his work boots

Hubby came home from work the one night complaining about his legs and feet. He was complaining about his old work boots. He has been working on the roof most of the time and his work boots were giving him a hard time. They were already old and worn out. He badly needed a new one. And he was telling me that since last month but he didn’t have time to go with me shopping for shoes. He hates shopping for one and he has no time to go down the store for another. So as usual, I had to convince him to look for work boots online, and he found and ordered his work boots online at real low price. It was delivered in no time with free shipment. Now hubby is happy and when hubby is happy… I am happier.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

something ain’t FISHY here

I have been knocking my head off hard enough just to come up with the best header design for this blog for quite sometime. I wanted to have the best design that fits my blog but I can’t come up with the best idea that I suit it. And if you are a regular visitor to this blog you must have noticed it. You must have noticed how the header constantly changing and so with the lay-out and color scheme as well.

It’s not only the header that I was trying to format but the column and color scheme too. And after several painstaking attempts I almost gave up until I bump into Amanda. She helped me with the formatting of the 3-column lay-out with her Blogger Buster. Thanks, Amanda!

And now, I finally came up with the best I could come up with. So you may ask... what's with the FISH? I don't want to state the obvious but I am a Pisces, the most romantic sign in the Horoscope. And it is very significant to me because the painting was my personal gift to my Hubby on his 49th birthday. I painted the picture myself in water color and it is the only painting I did in water color. It was inspired by the photo of the school of fish that Hubby sent me on e-mail which he took in Puerto Galera, Philippines during one of his scuba diving stints back in 2004.

And one thing more, I came up with 4 more headers for my 4 other blogs.

1. The “a Carpenter’s WIFE’s tool box” which is another personal blog where I wrote everything about my role as a wife, step-mother, daughter-in-law, friend and an “alien”… my life in Maine, the adjustment period, struggle to fit in, the changing weather, and what not… and everything in between.

2. The “my ReFUGE” which is the blog where I keep all my old write-ups and those long ones that nobody wants to read. Here is where I also post those write-ups that don’t fit in any of my other 4 blogs.

3. The “sa puso at isip” which is my only blog written in my native language [Tagalog]. This is my other “breathing space” where I can think without limitation and where I can post all those nagging thoughts I had that I can’t translate in English.

4. The “GREGOIRE Construction” is the blog I made for Hubby. This is the website for his craft and to promote his trade.

Yes, that’s me… when I get inspired… I can get going and going and going. Hope you like my new header [and the others].

boys will be boys

My brother came home one day smiling and in cloud nine. It was very unlikely of him because most of the time he is grouchy and cranky. Anyway, with the positive attitude that he is displaying that time I knew he was up to something. So, nosey as I am, I spied on him while he was talking on the phone with his buddy and found out exactly the answer to my suspicious observation… they are talking about paintball. They just came from the “war zone” [as he and his buddy put it] and were planning to “capture the flag” again the following day. Hmmmmm… paintball? - was all I muttered to myself. Obviously, I had no clue and the only way for me to find out about paintball is to google it. And presto, a lot of information about paintball is there. Apparently, paintball is now one of the most popular sports among men today. Yes, I am talking about real… big… and matured men

Paintball according to Wikipedia “draws a wide array of people and is one of the safest sports with fewer injuries per exposure than football, soccer, basketball and baseball.” And the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association estimates that over 10 million people play the game in the US annually. And when it comes to sporting goods Ultimate Paintball sells the top of the line BT Paintball online and offers the best prices and free shipment. They got the top selling guns from Tippmann A-5, Tippman 98 Custom, Smart Parts Ion, Spyder Pilot ACS and all other paintball gear from a wide list of brands.

So if you [or your "guy" loved ones] are into paintball... Ultimate Paintball is the best place to go to find all your needs for this popular sports, because we have to admit... boys will always be boys.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Online Dating 101 Series

As some of you may already know, I have been blogging for a dear friend’s blog for quite sometime now. And I am really having fun doing it. In fact, I wrote longer articles there than here in my personal blog. I don’t know but I am knocking my brain off real hard writing articles for Bizarre Marriage because I made a commitment to my friend. And I know, when you make a commitment you have the responsibility that you need to take care of.

Well, one of the topics that I wrote for Bizarre Marriage is the Online Dating 101 Series. They are some of my personal self-help articles written for 40-ish women contemplating online dating and who are ready to jump on the last train going to Marry-land via Cyber Highway. Warning: The articles are subjective yet provocativeopinionated yet impartialprofound yet amusing.

A cool bed that relieves back pain

Are you like me who always complain about back pain? Then, Takemi Jade Vista 5000 Massage Bed is the answer to your back problem. It is a special massaging bed that soothes aching muscles with its technologically advanced Far Infrared light that allows deep-tissue body penetration and light absorption which provides detoxification, moxibustion and soothing relief from body pains.
The LightSpeed massage bed helps relieve back problems and chronic posture related symptoms by reducing muscle spasms and promoting correct vertebrae alignment. And what is amazing about this bed too is that, you can relax while listening to its build-in MP3 player headphone set. So, why not check it out because this is the cool solution to your back problem.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

convenience: then and now

Isn’t it how convenient life now compared with what our grandparents had? Well, I don’t exactly know how it was with them, I only relied on what they said which to my suspicious mind was just a simple wild-imagination-and-absurd-exaggeration combo that they used to influence us their grandchildren to their old fashioned life-style.

Anyway, what I really want to convey here is that, travelling now is much easier compared before [when horses were used instead of cars]. And finding your way around too is such a breeze if you have one of those GPS devices on your car. We bought one before we left for Canada because we know we need a back-up navigator because Hubby can’t rely much to my navigating talent.

Oh well, we did find our way to our destination and back. We also found the nearest Chinese Restaurant on the way home. And we also got lost a couple of times because apparently, the GPS didn’t know where the detour spots were along the way. Other than that, everything was a-ok.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

stylish eye protection

Being in front of the computer all day somehow took a toll on my vision. So it is inevitable not to wear a pair of eyeglasses to help me see and read well. Being online all day, I also bumped into this cool website that offers a great deal of inexpensive eyeglasses. is a leader in very affordable yet high quality and stylist prescription eyeglasses. has a huge selection of frames and lenses as featured on Zenni on Fox. Prices starts from $8, a real good deal because they manufacture their own frames and sell them directly to the consumer cutting expenses on middlemen and advertising budget. So, if you are looking for high quality and stylish prescription eyeglasses, is just a click away.

business as usual

After the 4th of July, I had a very long weekend. That is why, my blogging has to take a back seat for a while giving my brain the needed break it deserves and to recharge it. Well, other than the usual chores that I really had to do, I did have a chance to really have a good and relaxing weekend just across the border.

I did have a break from my daily routine too. I drove for 5 hours going to Bangor which is just about 2 hours drive away from the Canadian border. We stopped at Bangor for a night and went on to Calais where we crossed St. Croix bay to get to New Brunswick, Canada the following day. Other than the nasty bugs that made our newly washed car nastier than it was before it had its seasonal bath, everything was a-OK.

Now that I am back in Maine, I am back in business too. So hopefully, the vacation did give me the recharging I need and the break I deserve. And hopefully too, the experience will give me more interesting things to write and more inspirations to share.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Sharing life’s blessings

As a woman, our role is more than giving and nurturing life. We are blessed with so much life-giving traits that we couldn't imagine. We are not only capable of protecting and nurturing life but has the power to give life. We are potential partners not only in procreation or the process of creating life but preserving life as well. And for that reason, it is not surprising that science was able to discover our full potential in saving life too.

Recent research led to the discoveries that women's physiological attribute can be a great source of miracles to cure illnesses. Our monthly period is a vast reservoir of life preserving stem cells that can be collected and preserved through the use of C’elle for potential and possible cellular therapies that can be used in the future to save the our own lives and that of the ones we love.

Here is the press release published at CNNMoney about C’elle that would give you an idea of what I am talking about.

Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood

July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.

Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.

"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."

For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit

We have only one life to live. To live it to the fullest is one’s personal desire. As a woman, we have more reasons to celebrate life and a hundred more reasons to thank for the blessings we have. So why not, share that blessing and be a blessing to others.

Friday, July 4, 2008

my second 4th of July

This is my second 4th of July here in the United States. And being an “alien” as I am, the occasion has no significant impact on me… just yet. Or maybe I am still in a transition period.

When I was still in the Philippines, I was curious about the different holiday celebrations they have here in the U.S. and now that I am here I was really expecting that I will have the same excitement I used to have when I was still half the world away.

Well, who should I blame, my hubby? Oh, he is just tired of the celebration maybe. He is already used to it so it has no significance whatsoever anymore. Oh well, he felt the same way too when he was in the Philippines. So I have no right to brag about it. We're even now.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

allergic to work

With 6 active blogs tucked under my armpit, managing each one is a pain in the “you-know-what”. Well, coming up with good ideas and materials for writing is also a pain not to mention, the time and effort that I need to put up with it and the chores I have to juggle on the side. But still I need to do the best I can to keep them going even if it means depriving myself with the snooze I rightfully deserve because I never get enough sleep at nights too. Maybe it’s just allergies.

What do you think? Am I the only one in this planet with those symptoms? Is this contagious? Is there a cure? Is it hopeless?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

a test run

I just recently bought a domain for this blog "Ruthi's breathingSpace" which is and am still waiting for its activation. Meantime, this is what I have in mind for the "header" - the school of fish [because I am a teacher and a Pisces, make sense?]. I also want to come up with a 3-column lay-out which I don't exactly know how to do but hoping that my friend Carlota will have the time to help me with it because I screwed up with my other blog already. She is an expert and the best in website designing.

Well, this is just a test run and I could use some help from all of you my friends in this major decision I am yet to make. So, can I get your honest opinion and suggestion about this design? I can take constructive criticism.

Note: The fish painting was painted by "yours truly" [painting is one of my hobbies too] and it was a gift I painted for my Hubby for his 49th birthday in May of 2006. It was inspired by the photo below which he took during one of his scuba diving stints in Puerto Galera in Mindoro, Philippines.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

the season I hate most

After surviving 4 seasons in Maine, I know I can take anything now. However, if there is one season that I really hate the most… it’s the election season. It’s just plain crazy.

There was this discussion that I responded to in myLot about a month ago and I want to post it here for the sake of my rant about election season.

This is the discussion started by Anhedonia entitled: I Wish the Election Were Over

I am looking forward to the post election relief. Whether the person I vote for wins or not, good lord, I just want it over. People get so edgy, so defensive and nerves so raw it's almost like a dogfight lol. They should put Prozac in the water during elections.

Whatever country you live in, do you feel a sense of relief after elections? Or just a sense of "we've been fooled again?" Do you become hopeful? Or do you just curse?

This was my response that got rated "the best response":

Honestly, the season that I hate most... is the election season. You are right, it is like a dog-fight. Politician vs. politicians. Supporters vs. supporters. It is always chaotic. Last year, when I got my visa, my fiance wanted me to come here right away. But I begged him to let me just vote for our mayor first. He said... what's the point? You will not be living there anymore. He got a point there right? But for me, I have a sense of responsibility to the people that I will leave behind to ensure that they will have a better future. But of course, I am only one count of a vote. But I was hopeful because, you cannot tell that my vote will make a difference. But worse can always happen. My mayor did not win and the good for nothing incumbent mayor (the crook) won again. I was furious because a lot of those people in our hometown are blinded and ignorant. I did not curse. But when I left, I told my friend. I will not come back in this town, unless that mayor is still in office.

Well, I was really emotional. I am a history teacher and somehow I know how politics is played in our country. It is one of the top countries in the world in terms of graft and corruption. And people know about it. And people don't care. I hate election season... winter is better even if the snow bank is as high as the roof of our house and the road is icy and slippery.

Well, no matter how many election seasons will come and go, I don't think I will ever like it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

taking fashion to the next level

One of my cyber friends called me in my a fashionista in her comment in one of my photos in my Friendster account. It was indeed a compliment.
I love my clothes. I love my shoes. I love my bags. I love my scarves. I love my accessories. What do you expect? I am a girl… so do the math.
I love trends and if I can afford it, why not? After all, dressing up is fun. It makes me feel good about myself. But then, I am a practical dresser. I don’t just go with the trend specially if it is too expensive and I will look stupid in it.
Let’s just say I am a safe dresser.Being a safe dresser means not only dressing on the safe side. Being a safe dresser means not spending beyond my means. Being a safe dresser means I won't ever be caught dead wearing one of these...
Those are truly beautiful and will surely make me pop... quite literally though. But nah, I am not that daring.
NOTE: Thanks again to my friend Carol for sending me these photos.