Saturday, May 31, 2008

Confession of a former Shopaholic

Guilty beyond reasonable doubt! That was the verdict.

I can’t help it. I had to own it. I had to get hold of it. I had to possess it. That’s a common mantra of a self-confessed shopaholic.

But With the current economic situation, one has to play it smart. With the bills going up the roof, one has to think hard. With the unbeatable rising prices of goods, one has to start getting wise.

Having given it a deep thought and apt consideration, I psyched myself up and made a drastic decision. I had to stop. I had to bring to an end to my shallow indulgence. And so I did just that. I stopped.

Now I am healed. I am freed. I am moving on.

Frenzy shopping weekend… crazy bargain hunting… extreme manic buying thoughts – they are now things of the past.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Shopaholic haven

Black Friday is the most awaited holiday in the calendar for shopaholics like me. It is considered as “Thanksgiving Part 2”. People will eat as much turkey as they can to get the energy they will need to deal with Black Friday. Why not? Black Friday means, shopping… shopping… shopping.

One of the best alibis a shopaholic can hold about BF is bargain… sale… and good deal. Imagine how much you can save on your early Christmas presents if you buy on BF. But there is always a downside to everything, as we all know. I hate the crowd. I hate the long wait. I hate the pandemonium.

Good thing I found this cool black friday ads online. Yep, a Black Friday website – how cool is that? This means no more hassle standing in long queue at the store at 5 in the morning… no more horde of crazy crowd… no more irritating mayhem. This means more savings… more cool items to choose from… and more importantly, more time to sleep. This is cool because is a consumer-friendly website. It can even send you e-mail alerts so that you can keep up with the latest ads they have posted or the latest stocks they have on sale at Macy’s, Old Navy or JC Penny, just to name a few.

So, for shopaholic like me, this is the time so celebrate. We finally have a place to celebrate Black Friday with ease and breeze. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cushion for my bottom

My driving skill has improved a lot this time. Practice really makes perfect. I’m not a perfect driver just yet, though. But I am learning fast. I am becoming a good student now. Yesterday, we went shopping for a firm pillow that I can sit on while I am behind the wheel.

You can consider me as a vertically challenged person. Though there are lots of disadvantages that one can think of when we talk about my height, I rather concentrate on the advantages, which to my surprise are really a lot too. Anyway, my hubby realized that the reason why I am having a hard time driving is that I don’t have a good vantage point of the road. Well, I can see the road just fine. But when I finally had something under my butt, it certainly added a few centimeters to my height and I can see the road just perfect.

So there you go. I am more confident now on the road. And I am hoping that I will be ready for my road test in a few weeks time to get my real Driver’s License.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008


It's Memorial Day today. This is my first memorial day. And I don't have any idea what it is all about.

I don't have time to google about Memorial Day. So in order for me to have a quick idea about it I just used my common sense. In the calendar I saw a picture of the American flag and a saluting soldier. So I was guessing that Memorial Day is a special day to commemorate the heroism of the American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for to achieve peace and freedom. In other words, it is a holiday and no school and work tomorrow. In other words, there are lots of “sale” in all the major retail stores in the mall. In other words, I will still be staying home.

For an unemployed like me, it is a holiday all year-round. And it is double holiday when it is holiday. But still there is no difference at all. Holiday is just a day.

Friday, May 23, 2008

and so I thought

I thought once is a-OK. I thought I was doing alright. I thought I already had enough troubles in my hands.

Remember a couple of days back, when I told you guys that I made a commitment with Vienna about co-authoring My Pink Notes. It was actually, a good decision. I enjoy it. I am having fun writing for it. And I am happy with it. In fact, I am loving it because I broke my own record in writing. I was able to write 8 posts in one day. And never in my history of writing, that I was able to do that until yesterday.

It was actually a blessing in disguise. Having 5 blogs sites is a pain in the b-u-t-t because I need to come up with different ideas for all of them at least once or twice a week. Sometimes, I backlog on all of them out of plain laziness. But since I accommodated another one, I feel a certain sense of guilt if I will not be able to write and neglect my “babies”. So this co-authorship thing-ish is a good motivation for my other blogs.

Ok, I’ll cut the chase. I agreed again to co-author Vienna’s other blog sites. She has 8 of them. I will be writing for from now on. I told you, I thought I had enough troubles in my hand. I was wrong. I had to get another one. Oh well, I can’t whine now. It was a well-thought off decision. Unlike the first one, I didn’t just jump right out on it. I was given time to think about it. I slept on it.

There you go. I will be really busy and may not have the time to smell the roses. But I will assure you. I will always find time to go for a run, quite literally and figuratively. Running is my other breathing space now.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


The weather is unpredictable and it affects my mood. My ideas are running out and I have a deadline to meet. The loads of chores I need to do are piling up and the day is almost over. What is going on here? Am I the only "unemployed" who is over-worked?

I don't have time to think now. I have a hectic day. I have work to do. And I can't complain.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

frustrated writer strikes again

I always tell myself [and other people] that I am a frustrated writer. It's not that I wanted to be humble or something. Maybe I just really don't have the confidence of a real writer. Why should I, the first book I have written is still unpublished. But that is beside the point. Perhaps, I really don't know what being a writer really means. Well, I do have an idea but it's too vague to assert my conviction. I do love to write and it's my passion but I am not really sure if you can call that "being a writer". Anyway, the title "frustrated writer" suits me well and it's safer for now. At least, I can have a limited obligation to myself and to the rest of the reading public. There, I got a good alibi now in terms of my writing flaws.

Writing is not only fun but educational. One thing I learned about writing is that, you need some boosters so that you will feel like one. You need other writers to feel that you are one of them. You need to belong somehow. It's just like what we call the birds-of-the-same-feather-kinda-syndrome that makes you feel you have what it takes to be a writer. In my case, I was blessed with a lot of writers all over the world whom I met here in this crazy cyberworld. I am grateful for them because I learned a lot from them. They are my support system now. Like Edgar [who taught me how to set-up my sitemap] and Vienna [who taught me about PR, indexes and "opps"] just to name two. Their valued knowledge about computer gave a real good boost to my five blog sites.

But here is a thing. I think I went too far with my blogging. I got too carried away and before I knew it, I committed to co-author another blog site. Can you imagine that? I have 5 other blog sites that I can hardly handle or manage and here I am co-authoring which is Vienna's favorite and award-winning baby [not to mention with a PR4 to boot]. Am I nuts? Oh well, too late now. I already wrote 2 posts and she is expecting me to babysit that baby while she will be enjoying glorious Austria with her "love of my life" soonest. You lucky girl.

Anyway, I am not really complaining. It's just being me, always whining, always ranting and always making excuses. So I hope I will be able to put my talent [READ: multi-tasking] to work real good this time and get the hang of it. Good Luck to ME!

Monday, May 19, 2008

PPP has one word

I received my second payout from PayPerPost today. Thanks PPP, you are indeed reliable. I got paid $8.00 for a post I made last month for a certain web community. It wasn't much but what is special about this one is that - PayPerPost paid it and not the advertiser.

Prior to my payment, I received an e-mail from Scott Mulrooney of Izea telling me that the advertiser for whom I wrote the post cannot be contacted and non-responsive (TRANSLATION: Don't want to pay for the advertisement). In that event, however, PPP assured me that my opportunity fee will be paid using their own fund even if they were not able to collect from the advertiser because according to them, "I took the opportunity in good faith". Isn't the cool or what?

PayPerPost really takes care of its blogger and I couldn't be more happier for that.

Friday, May 16, 2008

burnt-out blogger

I had to come up with a good idea about my blogging practice. I had to admit I am not really doing a great job lately. And I am not proud of it. I really like to write but the problem is, I don't know what to write.

And so I came up with the idea that maybe I should stop writing for awhile. Maybe then, I would come up with better idea. Maybe I will pick up something interesting when I stop thinking about writing and deadline. Maybe I need a little break.

It's a tough world. As I always say. I don't know, maybe I just don't know what to else to say too. See, I really think I need help now. I think I am getting jealous of all the other bloggers and friends I have in my blog roll because I can see that they can come up with good ideas. Well, there are times that I did say - "Why didn't I think about that?" Or maybe - "Hey, I thought about that too." Maybe I wasn't quick too to write about it. Oh well, no alibis, please. Hmmmm... if there is something I am good at, that's it... making alibis... making excuses.

So, maybe I should stop. I should stop writing for now. I should stop writing... now!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

My name in Japanese

Turning Japanese. This is so cool. I got this tag from my friend Mylou. Thanks friend for thinking of me.

For the instructions: add your name on the list and simply spell out your name using the given Japanese letter- translations below. Tag six of your friends and inform them of the tag (Please excuse me as i tagged more than 6.hehehehe!). Have fun!

A ---> ka N ---> to
B ---> tu O ---> mo
C ---> mi P ---> no
D ---> te Q ---> ke
E ---> ku R ---> shi
F ---> lu S ---> ari
G ---> ji T ---> chi
H ---> ri U ---> do
I ---> ki V ---> ru
J ---> zu W ---> mei
K ---> me X ---> na
L ---> ta Y ---> fu
M ---> rin Z ---> zi

1. OSWALD - moarimeikatate (sounds like american and states har....har...har...)
2. JUNELLE - zudotokutataku (Thank God I’m a Filipino! sounds like sadako. nyay! hehehe)
3. JACQUELINE - zukamikedokutakitoku (Ayay!! Unsaman ni perti mang taasa..wa ko kasabot nyahahaha)
4. LERMA - takushirinka (I’ll use this name if I’m in Japan!)
5. BREGIE -tushikujikiku (Wah....ang sagwa hehehehe)
6. SHENG - AriRiKuToJi (forget it! LOL!!!)
7. LYNN - TaFuToTo (Hahaha! It sounds like... Are we thinking the same thing? Hahaha!)
8. PRILY- Noshikitafu(hehehehee....ah, not bad! it's probably like saying "are you inlove with me????...hehehehehe!)
9. MYLOU - RinFuTaModo (waaaaa parang minumura ako nito huhuhuh)
10 RUTHI - Shidochiriki (hmmmmm... sounds like a yummy snack, in other words, chichirya kaya)

Now it's my turn to pass this tag to: Vienna, Edgar, Maureen, Retchel, Gel, Marie Grace, and Liza.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My Bad!

I mess up a lot lately. My sense of direction is getting out of hand. And I can't think straight. It could be the pollen... it's spring so I could blame the flowers. It could be the unpredictable weather... I am in Maine so it is predictable that the weather will always be unpredictable. Or it could be boredom... I am periodically bored all my life (but it's not a disease, just an allergy. Hmmm) so I should be used to it by now.

Oh well, I could brag, rant and bit_h all I want but there is nothing I can do to change everything. My only consolation is that... life goes on and most of the time, it never fails to amuse me.

I could always be in a mess and can get out of it with the usual flair. I could always lose my sense of direction and still find the right path back up. And I could always can't think straight and yet make a great decision.

Oh well, life is good and bad. But one thing is sure, life is unpredictable... so I need to slow down. You guys should too. Cheers

Thursday, May 1, 2008

am back

The past few days have been too long and hectic for me. There are lots of things that were put on hold for the time being while I was in the business of straightening things back to normal. Given this kind of predicament, my blogging suffered the most because there was no way I could multi-task. My mind was too numbed to do any thinking at all.

But like a ball, I bounced back and here I am again. The past is past. I cannot dwell on it much longer because I can't stand the sight of seeing all oppportunities passing me by. I had to move on, and so here I am again... back with vengance.

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