Friday, December 31, 2010

Where to see Santa...

This guest post from Lewis Beck

Every year in December Santa comes into town. I hae found that the best place to go and visit him is at my city Christmas Parade. I take my whole faimly to go and see him, and everyone really anjoys it.

The night of the parade we eat dinner, get everyone ready to go, set our home security alarm (MORE INFO) and then head out to the parade. My son and daughter get the most enjoyment out of this because they get to tell Santa exactly what they want for Christmas. My husband and I enjoy it to, because there is a light show, a parade, wonderful music, and of course Santa Clause.

It is a woderful family event, and really brings the Christmas spirit out in everybody who attends the parade. It is a wonderful place for the community to gather and really come together and enjoy. There are pony rides, Christmas carols to sing along with, good food, and a general happy spirit.
If your local community has a Christmas gathering with Santa, I would recommend you going, it is really a wonderful time!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

T'is It!

T'is the season!

T'is the season to be... stressed out - because shopping malls are crowded and traffic is congested.

T'is the season to be... exhausted - because shopping list is getting longer and queues at the cashiers are not getting any shorter.

T'is the season to be... wasted - because you get hammered not only for getting drunk but for wrapping tons of presents for our loved ones.
But t'is the season to be... happy and merry - because after all the whining and the ranting and the raving over petty stuff... there is always a good side to holidays - the good side!
And t'is the season to celebrate - because there is always a reason for the season.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Authored by Leandro Delgado

The holidays are filled with the hustle and bustle of shopping and preparing for family gatherings. In all of the merriment, safety is the last thing on some people's minds. However, the holidays can be a time of personal loss and even tragedy when safety precautions are not taken.

Before you leave your house to go shopping, make sure you set your home Security to prevent thieves from breaking into your home and stealing gifts and other valuables. Shop with a friend if possible. Parking lot robberies seem to increase during the holiday shopping season. When shopping for holiday gifts keep yourself and your belongings safe from thieves. At night, park in areas with adequate lighting so that you can see if someone is lurking about the parking lot. Have your keys in you hands so that you will be ready to open your door as you approach your vehicle. If your key's have a feature that will sound an alarm, don't be afraid to use it if you feel that someone is about to rob you or hurt you in any way.

Place valuables in a locked trunk or out of view of prying eyes. When gifts and other items are left in plain view, thieves won't think twice about stealing them, so it is best keep them out of sight.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh Winter

It's officially winter now. There is not much I can do to stop it, much less to postpone it. LOL.
The signs are here.
The chills are felt.
The sceneries are changing.
And in few more days... Christmas will be white.
And for my unsolicited advise about winter - just try enjoy it. Keep warm... keep safe... and keep an eye on that "big belly cute guy in a RED SUIT!" wink***

Monday, December 20, 2010

Shopping Rush or Rash?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

The holiday season is stressing me out. I don’t know about other people but shopping during the holiday season really takes a lot of my energy. Good thing that I have someone who is in the same boat as I am because it makes me feel not alone.

So today, I went shopping with my BFF.  We went to Pier 1 at the Mall and we spent the whole day in that place alone. Why not? They got all my “must haves” in my list so it saved me the trouble of going from one store to another. They got lots of gift ideas for friends and family at great bargain price too. I got some awesome fancy jewelry for my BFFs and nieces and threw in some unique scented candles and candle holders for my in-laws and sweet fragrances for Hubby’s aunts and cousins. And since I will be hosting this year's Holiday Dinner, I got myself a new set of Spice Route Dinnerware in Paprika to match my Peony Table Runner which I bought online from Pier 1 last year.

And yes, I told my BFF that I want the Bennu Ottoman for my new craft room which I think represents my down-to-earth lifestyle. And I also gave her special instruction to give my Hubby a hint about it. Wink***

It was really a busy day at the store but at least we were almost through with shopping for holiday gifts. And I am so proud of myself because I don’t need to go through the hassle of the Holiday rush or rash [whichever is applicable, LOL]

Oh by the way, I also realized that during the months of November and December, I can support Toys for Tots by dropping off an unwrapped toy and/or making a cash donation at the register. That is why I also bought some unique toys there for the little ones. So for those of you who have big hearts for the little ones, you can spread the holiday cheer by liking Pier 1 Imports on Facebook because for every new fan they get, they will donate $1 to Toys for Tots. And with that… you are sure the holiday will be a wonderful one.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday 2 Questions: Busy as my Alibi

I have been invited to do Thursday Two Questions since it started [I guess] but I never find time to do it because of 2 reasons;

1. I am very busy.
2. I am very very very busy.

Yes, I try to use or rather abuse the word - busy... to emphasize two things;

1. That I am human being.
2. That I have an alibi.
RLOL [really laughing out loud]

Oh well, whether I justify it or not... it only boils to one thing... I will surely find time to grant a friend's request when I do finally get the time to do it... and that "time" is - now!
So my two questions are...

1. What makes you busy lately?
2. Do you use your busy-ness as an alibi to avoid doing things whether they are very important or not?


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yea Black Friday Shopping

Content by Mauricio Benson

My black Friday shopping adventure was better than I had ever imagined it. This was actually my first year ever going Black Shopping Friday but I had a blast and I found so many great deals on so many great items. I bought a ton of clothes and outfits that were all priced under $10. I can never find good quality clothes in my size for that cheap but I did this particular day. I was so excited about the sale at Wal-Mart and target that I begin dipping in my bill money to buy the clothes I wanted.

I kept telling myself that if I didn't buy them now, I would never find another great deal like this until next year. There is no guarantee to that either so I just kept on picking up what I like. I found a lot of great appliances at target for pretty cheap. I didn't get to ridiculous though because I had already spent a lot of money on clothes.

The only thing I hated about shopping was because the stores were crowded and everyone was trying to catch some of the deals. People were pushing and shoving trying to get select items but I still had the time of my life. Once I got home I fixed a warm glass of egg nog and began watching DirecTV Deals with my husband.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Time Flies

Time flies so quickly. Spring and Summer passed by like a breeze. I almost didn't feel it. Now I just need to bask on the memory of a wonderful summer that is now gone.
Time flies so quickly. And I am hoping that Winter will pass by swiftly like Fall. So that Spring will bring back the time for new life.

Scenic Sunday

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Next Level Shopping

I am already on a countdown. There are only few days left before Christmas and my list seems to have been breeding on its own. LOL. I go shopping every chance I get but my list keeps growing. Good thing I took shopping to the next level. With my busy schedule, most of my purchases are online. It is the best thing that ever happens to me. Well, sort of.

I like online shopping for a lot of reasons. There are lots of stuffs that I find online that I cannot find in the store. I can go shopping in Europe in my jammies while doing the laundry too. And more importantly, I don’t need to drive or take the plane to go to the store, get stuck in traffic or the airport and have a hard time finding a parking spot or hotel accommodation. So how convenient is that? Wink***

I love online shopping and I call it Shopwiki! Yes, Shopwiki is the new shopping. It is the most convenient, stress-free and hassle-free online shopping engine that provides shoppers list of retailers and stores on the web for comparison. It helps shopper find the best deal on any product in every store imaginable even those products that are unusual and hard to find.

So what are you waiting for? Take shopping to the next level and shopwiki. And if you need help picking the right product, you can check out “buyers’ guide” and presto! C’mon, there are lots of things we need to think about the season, so let shopping be the least of your concern and have a wonderful Holiday.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I don't know why, but there is always something peaceful about this place... quite literally and figuratively.

Scenic Sunday

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

A holiday garland that's not too Christmas-y

Guest post written by Keshia Adamson

I'm pretty lazy when it comes to making crafts. Most of the time I don't bother making any, but I have the occasional exception every once in a while. If I really think something is just so adorable and I can't see myself living without it, I'll go to the trouble of making it. But then I try and get the maximum use out of it.

I was feeling pretty crafty and in the holiday mood though, so I went looking online to try and find something that wouldn't take me too long to make. That's when I found some info about satellite internet deals and decided to get some more info and then order one of the packages.

On that same day, I found this great DIY pom pom garland craft that I thought I could make in colors that look kind of festive, but not necessarily Christmas so that I could leave it up in my house for other occasions. Actually, I like it so much that I think IÕm just going to leave it up year round!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Post Thanksgiving decorating

Guest post written by Lizzie Macdonald

It's tradition that every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, me and my kids get out all of our Christmas decorations and put them up. We started doing it a while ago when we switched over from natural to artificial Christmas trees. It really is nice to not be allergic to your Christmas tree and to also be able to put it up whenever you want to.

I've been looking at some new ideas for holiday decorating by look up some decorating blogs with my Clear Wire Internet.

One holiday dŽcor deals that I read about online and am especially excited about putting together is a wreath made completely out of old ball Christmas ornaments. I think that it will look really cool and vintage-y. I'm just going to hang it up on the wall though instead of hanging it on the door because I'm afraid that if I put it on the door the ornaments will break from hitting up against the door when people come in and out of the house.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Home for Thanksgiving

Written by my friend Markus Sanford

Now that Thanksgiving day is drawing near, I'm anxious to head home and see my family. I haven't lived at home since matriculating to college all those years ago, but I still make the trip up to San Francisco every Thanksgiving weekend for Thanksgiving dinner.

These days it's just my parents and my grandmother who live in the house I grew up in. While my sister still lives in the nearby suburbs, I now live on the other side of the country. For this reason, I always make sure to set myhome alarm systems before I leave even though I'll only be away from my place for three days. You can never be to sure these days.

Anyway, my sister usually picks me up from the airport. Before heading home, we take a few detours and reminisce about the good old days. It never ceases to amaze me how nostalgic visiting my hometown makes me. I also try to make sure to visit some of my old friends during the three days I'm in the city.

Once we get home, I always get a warm a welcome from my family as we share hug after hug. We usually spend most of our time talking or watching old family films. The best thing is that even though it's a six hour flight and involves a three hour time change, I always return from the trip re-energized.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

When Mother Nature took over

It’s not a well-guarded secret of mine being a “bag lady”. It’s not surprising anymore if I come to work one day with a new pocketbook even if a couple of week before that I got myself my dream sachel. And it is not a big deal with my BFFs if they lost me at the mall because they know where to find me again – the bag section, of course.

Yes, I love bags and I love shopping for bags because it’s therapeutic. I have been planning to go shopping today. C’mon, it’s Cyber Monday! It’s the best time of the year where everything in online store is 50% - 70% off. But Mother Nature took over and tried to stop me from acquiring another earthly possession. Well, kinda.

I woke up to a cold morning with matching snow and freezing rain. Mother Nature knows that I hate driving in this kind of weather so she is hoping that I will stay home and forget about shopping. I did stay home but I don’t know about “forget shopping”… because I am now shopping – online at Wink*** Yeah folks… this is the ultimate shopping for me now. I get what I want without leaving home and getting soaked in the freezing rain and worse lining up in the store. I’m done with that craziness. This is shopping – the next level.

Well, this is the kind of girl who gets what she wants. So here I am in my jammies… in the comfort of my warm and cozy bedroom… drinking tea… snacking on left-over pies… and shopping for bags. How cool is that?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Just Across the Road

I have never been too busy in my entire life. Or maybe, I have not been too lazy to do anything at all during the free time that I have in my hand.

But still, there is nothing that can stop me from appreciating the beauty around me.

... even if it is just the view across the road from my house.

Scenic Sunday

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Preparing My Home For Winter

Thanks for the post, Bernard Vasquez

There are many things I do each year to get my home ready for the cold winter. Preparing my house before the weather gets cold protects it against the harsh winter and hopefully saves me from needing costly repairs in the spring. The outdoor sprinkler system is first and gets shut down after the lines are cleared with my air compressor. Next the swamp cooler is shut down, lines blown out, and the unit is covered for the winter. I exchange screens for glass in my storm door to help with the winter drafts. I also make sure my snow blower has been cleaned and is up to date on its maintenance. The garage is organized with the summer machines put away, and the winter ones ready to be accessed. I make sure shovels, brooms, salt, and gasoline are within easy reach.

Inside the home I make sure that the main house heater gets checked and I replace the filter so it's ready when I need it. I also pull out portable heaters and stock the fireplace area with wood. Extra blankets are pulled out for snuggling, and I make sure the living space is ready for lots of hours of Satellite Tv specials viewing. Being prepared makes the transition from warm to cold weather so much easier.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Too Busy!

I have been really busy lately. Too busy... I don't even have time for blogging. Too busy... I don't even have time to visit my blogger-friends who are religiously visiting and commenting on my blogs [I'm really sorry about that... hope you guys understand. I will surely make it up to you once I get the chance]. And too busy... I don't even have time to get a haircut.

Yes, I am too busy and so with whatever tittle time I have in my hands... I would use it to do things like doing chores, paying bills, and watching my favorite shows on direct tv before bedtime. Well, it's the only time I have that I share with Hubby too. We don't spend a lot of time together since I started working on weekends. That is why watching our favorite tv shows on directv become our regular "date nights". LOL.

Oh well, I cannot complain now. Life is tough indeed but I need to find quality time with my Hubby. And I am glad that he got us one of those directv packages. At least we get the chance to enjoy something together... in the convenience of our bedroom.

CSI: Miami - My Favorite Crime Show

Guest post of the week by Brittany Booker

The thing about CSI: Miami that makes it so great is the joke at the beginning. Some may think it is a trite, banal pun, or some line so dumb that it has become a meme based on its sheer dumbness and David Caruso's ridiculous and undeserved ego, but I think it is an act of pure brilliance on the part of the writers. Here they were tasked with writing a plot for the most ludicrous actor to ever grace the screen, and somehow they managed to add these comedy sketch-like lines to the beginning of every script and managed to convince Caruso that these lines made him look cool.

It is also a daring risk to make yet another CSI based show, despite the audience already having been exposed to a thousand of them. You see, it is all part of tried and true strategy of cramming things down people's throats until they don't want anymore, than dropping everything cold turkey. So why not have more CSI shows on the air? Who cares about the integrity of the original? Best of all, David Caruso is a man of little acting talent and integrity, so he is the perfect star of the show. I never miss a single episode of CSI or CSI: Miami or wherever CSI may happen all thanks to the wide breadth of channels on my fox channels.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


One weekend which happened to be a Halloween, my BFF and I decided to get spooked but were too scared to really experience it for real. So we just decided to drive around and check out the foliage.

And this is one of the breathtaking views we stumbled upon as we drove by Limerick, Maine.

Scenic Sunday

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Going to the Library is a Great Way to Inspire Your Child

Thanks for the article from Antone Medina

For many parents, a trip to the museum or the petting zoo means a day of bonding witht their children. These are great ways of building longlasting memories with your children. However, going to the library will not just mean bonding with your children, but it will give your children a love of reading and learning.

Before you do pack up your children to go the library, plan your time there. This is especially important if you have really young children or those of different ages. Always check to determine what programs they have available, as you may need a few moments to choose books for yourself and your children.

You also want to be sure to pack a few things to take with you. While most libraries will not let you bring food or drink in the building, you will want to have a few things in your car. The last thing you want to do is have to leave because of hunger. Once you are packed, set your home security alarm from system and be prepared for some fun.

The main thing you want to instill in your child is a love of books. A book can help improve your child's imagination, their comprehension, and can inspire them to think more. What you are doing for your child by taking them to the library is giving them inspiration and the chance to expand their knowledge.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brother’s new passion

So I was [finally] able to convince my other brother into blogging and he is having a blast. Well, he is the only one who was not blogging yet before so this is indeed a great thing for us. First, I told him to open an account in a free hosting website. Then before long he got 3 active blogs with it. Who knew? You can say it’s in the blood. Now we share one website that we manage together. And I can concentrate on my other blogs which really need some help.
Actually it was really not that hard to convince him since my brothers and I share the same passion and hobbies. We all enjoy writing, painting, traveling and photography. And we all enjoy sharing our passion with others so having our own websites is really awesome especially in this era of the internet and modern technology. It makes everything fast and easy.

Now that he really enjoys blogging the next step for him is to get his own wordpress web hosting. But it will not be that hard [for him at least] because Sissy here will surely be babysitting his website since he is a newbie.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Missing Out

Thanks for the guest post by Wes Slater

When my cousin informed me that everyone was watching Free on Demand I laughed wholeheartedly in his face, chortled even. After all, how can everyone be watching Free on Demand if I myself was not? Furthermore, if everyone jumped off a bridge, would you too? Then I realized you would, because the only reason everyone would jump off a bridge simultaneously is if the phrase were actually some metaphor for a new thing that was really fun to do, and therefore the answer would be yes, and if it was yes to that, why shouldn't I also be watching Free on Demand.

So this week I started watching Free on Demand and it was as advertised, absolutely spectacular. I watched all my favorite shows and did so at my own pace, which is extremely fast. In fact, I usually watch shows with the fast forward button on, and I fill in the dialogue with my own witty banter which is far more entertaining than anything the characters on screen have to say. All in all I had to agree that now everyone could conceivably be watching Free on Demand, as everyone I knew was. While I thought this might be the result of some mental jujitsu on the part of my cousin, there was nothing I could do to disprove him. I was watching Free on Demand on my directv.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Camping Adventures

Guest post written by my buddy Regina Higgins

Going out into the great outdoors is as exhilarating as it gets. The crisp, fresh air on your face, the gentle fall breeze blowing leaves across your campground. Sleeping out under the stars. I love the smell of fall, and it is even better when you are in the Rocky Mountains. Sometimes you can even get lucky and wake up to snow on the mountaintops. Just be careful when you are up on the mountains. You set your ADT home security alarm before you go out camping, make sure to take the same steps to keep safe in the mountains.

Once I saw a bear in the campsite. It was awesome! I was so scared, but at the same time he was just poking around looking for food. When he realized we had none, he left. We had taken the precautin of hanging our food supply from a tree branch in an airtight container. There are all sorts of wildlife you can see in the Rockies. I have seen all sorts of doe and bucks, there are mountain cats, wolves, and raccoons. I have even seen wild rabbits. If you bring your compound bow, you can even catch a rabbitand have a delicious fire cooked dinner. Yep, there is absolutely nothing better than camping. The tents, the fires, comraderie under the wide open sky. It is great!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Uncovering the Covered Bridge

A joyride with a friend one Sunday afternoon after work lead us to this awesome wood covered bridge in Parsonfield. It was not my first time to see this bridge but it was my friend's first despite the fact that she lived just 3 miles away from this historical bridge.
The first time I saw it was when my Hubby brought me there during my first year here in Maine and when I was not in my best mood. It did magic to me.

Scenic Sunday

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Season

Maine has 1.25 million acres of land dedicated to farming and agricultural industry. And one of the most exciting and new things that I came to appreciate here is going to the orchards to pick our own fruits. Coinciding with the Apple picking season is the Pumpkin season. This is an entirely new experience to me because we don’t usually pick vegetable straight from the garden but rather from the public market. And we are not familiar with pumpkin either but more with squash. The only place where you can get pumpkin is from the high-end grocery stores [according to my cousin] and it costs a lot. They usually use it for carving too for Halloween decorations around the posh subdivisions in Manila where they adapted the American tradition to elevate their status from the already lower-than-lowest class in the society. It’s a status symbol back there.
A couple of years ago, I got the chance to see lots of them at the Orchard where we picked apples. I wasn’t able to really go and pick them from the vine though. They were already picked and scattered on the ground near the farm house. But the most amazing event for me was when I went with my in-laws to the Cumberland Fair where I saw all those huge, humongous and gigantic pumpkins weighting over a thousand pounds. That was really a very memorable experience for me.
This year, we were not able to go back there because we were all busy with work. I only see the winning pumpkin weighting 1200+ pounds in the News and that was all about it. Other than eating pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin soup and everything pumpkin from toys to masks… from plastic decorations to real ones… from candies to gummies… and from painted to carved… my all-pumpkin-laden experience is overloaded with fun and stirring comprehension of how important pumpkin is to this country.
Pumpkin season is not just about Halloween here in the US. Pumpkin season is not just about the food and the candies made out of it. Pumpkin season is not just a burst of autumn color and rich American tradition but it is a season associated with rhetorical preparation for the imminent bitter and ruthless season lurking from not so far away distant.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Falling in Love with Sundials

A friend of mine called me last weekend telling me that her house is almost done. Her voice was so excited. She wanted me to come over and check out her new garden and give some suggestions for the landscaping. And so I went to her place to check it out.

She had turned her patio into an awesome garden with courtyard about a hundred feet from the outdoor dining area. She had the grass replaced with cobblestones and had four stone pillars standing on the four corners of the courtyard. She was thinking of putting a fountain in the center of the courtyard but I suggested a sundial since fountains are too common already. And she was delighted by my idea.

In no time we were searching for Garden Sundials online. We checked out the Pedestal Bases and my friend fell in love with the cast iron sundial pedestal. She wasted no time and placed her order right away.

Well, if you are looking for a great idea for your garden, check out They got the largest selection of sundials and armillaries at the best possible prices. Their collection is huge and surely you will find something that you will fall in love with… just like my friend did.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

One Sunday Afternoon

Last Sunday, after work, I went to visit a friend. It was a nice balmy sunny Sunday afternoon and I thought it would be nice to drive around to check out the New England foliage.

I drove with no specific destination and we ended up at the top of the hill overlooking the Sokokis lake below and another breathtaking hill from the distance.

Scenic Sunday

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Recording Grey's Anatomy on My DVR

Guest post from: Steve Delaney

I have DirecTV from, and the DVR that came with my satellite package is user friendly and convenient. I simply choose which shows I want to record, and I even have the option of programming the DVR to automatically record the same programs every week in case I forget.

Grey's Anatomy is one of my favorite TV shows. I've been a fan since the first season, and I record every new episode when it airs on Thursday nights. The new season began a couple of weeks ago, and so far I'm not loving it. I hate that Christina married Owen, and I don't think they belong together. This is the same guy she broke up with him the last episode of season six. She dumped him because he was in love with Teddy and lied to Chris about putting in a word for Teddy to keep her job. They had such major issues last season that I don't believe they've kissed and made up so quickly. Owen is so tortured. I wish he'd leave the show and take Teddy with him.

I'm very disappointed about the new shows that have aired in primetime this season. I recorded the pilot episode of My Generation because I thought it'd be a cool show, but I was unimpressed by it, and so I cancelled it on my DVR.


Scrappy Thingy No. #16

she is shy yet sweet
playful, carefree, and wily
an artist like Dad

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calling all Fashionistas

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Liz Claiborne New York Outlets. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the best things about fall season is - shopping. Oh yes, you have to bear with me because this is the topic that I love best. Well, what do you expect? I am a woman… so do the math. Hahaha

I love being a woman. I love the attention that I get. And I love the privileges and benefits that go with being one. Alright, if that does not justify my itching for shopping… read on

Fall is the time of year when designers unveil their new collections and the fashion world follows. Every fashionista, young and old, reads her September issue of Vogue magazine and dreams of being able to afford the beautiful clothes. Every woman dreams that they will be as elegant as Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly or Michelle Obama. Well, now you can with the timeless fashions of Liz Claiborne...
Liz Claiborne New York Outlet stores are selling their entire inventory at a discount! Everything must go! 50% - 80% off!!!
Even the new Fall fashions are available for sale - up to 50% off! So what are you waiting for?!? It's time to Go Shopping!!!

So this weekend, my BFF and I will drive up to Kittery to check out the Closing Sale at one of the Liz Claiborne New York Outlets here in Maine. I love LC… from its purses to footwear… from its apparel to accessories… from its bedroom to bathroom essentials.

And since it is already fall… I will be looking for a new pair of black LC boots and jacket to match my LC snake skin black tote. Why not? As I have already mentioned above… their new Fall Fashions are already on sale for up to 80% off.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out for the Liz Claiborne store location nearest you. Don’t miss out on this chance to express your fashionista instinct and find the outfits that you are drooling on. Don’t forget… it’s 50% off. That will somehow lift the tiny guilt off your shoulder. Wink***

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My Liliw... Fast pacing into the Future

When something is good…something has to be done to its advantage. And when something really good will benefit a lot of people… a lot should be attained for something to be significant. Be that as it may, mayor JP believes that a huge…gigantic tsinelas made through the combined effort of the best “magtsitsinelas” (slipper-makers) we have around many not only put our already highly regarded town in the Guinness Book of World Record, but will showcase the people’s veritable and unparalleled ingenuity and deftness in slipper making. This one big real leap may be considered as crucial in their ever growing and flourishing venture. And this dream will only be achieved if the Liliwenos will continue to conceive a positive vision and aim high.

But for now, what they need is to be more wary of their progress. They cannot stop now for they have already attained certain degree of confidence in themselves and in what they do. What they have started had given them enough trust in their people and in their leaders as well.

Nothing is impossible now… for the impossibilities will surely lead them to work harder and take their struggles in stride.

Ultimately, the “First Liliw Tsinelas Festival” did not only unveil the Liliwenos’ exceptional handiwork and unique creation, but rather their enthusiasm and vivacity. This move had opened new doors and great opportunities for them to use their resources to the fullest. And the success for the said event had not only made the Liliwenos proud but have given them more reasons to work harder…dream bigger…and achieve better!

Author’s Note: This is the Part 4 and the last of the 4-part excerpt from the write-up featured on the Liliw Tsinelas Festival Souvenir Program published in 2003 written by yours truly. This is my tribute to my dear hometown and part of the Meme “Our Philippines”. TO READ THE PART 3 OF THIS EXCERPT... CLICK HERE.
Photo Credits: Japol

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Making Comparison made… Awesome

It is always a challenge to make choices much less to compare things. However, it is always fun to debate on the things being compared and in the process… your mind is being challenged with the ideas of opposing views.

Now here is the thing… I found this website called this or that… and I think this website is awesome. It is a user-driven website dedicated solely for comparison where you can create and vote on comparisons for anything and everything under the sun. Well, this website is a no brainer and anybody can join and create an account and start the ball rolling. You can come up with almost anything that you can compare from the simplest to the most outrageous… from trivial to the funniest… from historical to the most recent event… from well-known people to the most awkward… and then let other people vote and make comments
You can compare anything from as ordinary as which burger is the best… McDonalds or Wendy’s… to the most outrageous that you can come up with like… hmmmm… well, I guess I can’t come up with two outrageous things to compare at this point yet. Anyway, check out this website and be amused at how interesting it is. It also has a blog where you can read about some featured write-ups on special subjects for comparison. And yes, they have contests too that you can join and can win awesome prices like Macbook Pro and iPod Touch. How awesome is that, huh?

For me, the website is very helpful in making choices because the viewer is provided with two options. Then a little explanation is given about the choices and the result of the votes and the comments of the people give some idea about the comparisons. This helps the viewer decide which to vote. At any rate, this or that is the new social networking where interactive participation is synonymous to – awesome adventure and discovery!

Time Again for Halloween

Guest post by Quincy Lester

So it is that time of year again, time to search through piles of cheaply made and over priced costumes. To be honest, I hate Halloween. I spend way too much money on costumes that are never used again, I burn holes in my shoes by walking for hours just to ensure my kids receive way too much candy. However, every year I do it and every year the kids are happy and creating childhood memories. So, I smile and tough it out. This year was suppose to be easy, my son wanted to be a pirate and my daughter a cowgirl. What easier costumes than that? Or so I thought.

Before my kids and I left the house, I set the home security alarm I found on This time of year always involves teenagers vandalizingneighborhood homes. Yet another reason to dislike Halloween. Anyway, once at the store, they changed their minds. Suddenly they could not decide what they wanted to be! It felt like we would be stuck in Target until Halloween passed! Literally by a flip of a coin they chose their costumes. And believe it or not, they stuck with the original ideas they had!

Although Halloween is nothing but a burden in my life. I can say the excitement on my kids' face makes it all worth it. Besides, I must admit, I enjoy the candy too.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I came home from work early one night. It was not really a long drive home but driving home from work is never boring. I always find interesting things to see.

It is amazing how the same place keeps changing every time I pass by. And that early Fall night... I can't help but stop and be amazed at the sunset.

Scenic Sunday

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Is it Summer yet?

I started gathering and sorting out my Fall-Winter clothes since last week. I have no choice because summer is indeed over and the mercury is starting to dip.I also started shopping for new outfits again, mostly long sleeves... and bought some bathing suits from clearance. hahaha This is indeed the best time to buy swim suits because they are left-overs from the summer sale.

Yes, Summer is indeed over but then, it doesn't necessarily mean that the fun is over too. We still don't have snow so we can still go to the beach. And I am thinking of visiting our friend in South Carolina and staying at the  Myrtle Beach hotel. And yes, I am thinking of playing golf. You see, I bought Hubby a new set of golf clubs for his birthday and he has not opened it yet because he was busy gold panning the whole summer. So since the river is too freezing cold for gold panning now, maybe he will try the greens.

That is why, I checked out and tried searching for Myrtle Beach best hotels online for the best deal. Oh well, I can't give up summer just yet... so go figure. hahaha.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Trip to the Zoo

I appreciate the guest post, Vito Rivers

It's always a family oriented theme when planning on going to the zoo. A well spent time with the family to absorb the reality of other life forms existing on this planet. The day planned begins with checking the extended forecast for the day at the zoo. If it's not a weekend, the children must be excused from school. The day at the zoo must also be a planned day away from work.

Where to eat before, during, and after will part of the event. The duration on the road must also be planned in advance. It's important to take breaks during extended road-trips. Where to sleep during long road-trips must also be considered. Having a brochure from the zoo will make planning on going to the zoo easier. Check to make sure all items are packed, and secured prior to departure. Make sure that you set your home security alarm from before you go to the zoo.

Entertainment for the children before, during, and after is important. Children must be kept well entertained during the trip to, and from the zoo. Extended travel may cause exhaustion, and periods of nervousness. The chosen exhibits should include seeing the elephants, loins, tigers, and exotic birds. Exotic fish, and other water animals should also be included in the chosen visits. Discuss the trip on the way back home.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Around the Bend

As we traversed the long winding road, confused and in search of the familiar sign... we were sure that we no longer in a familiar place.

We were lost and GPS was screwed up. As we reached the intersection of Rt. 150 we realized that we were already in another State. We crossed the boarder and we were out-of-state.

We were forced to stop to figure things out and right before our eyes awaits this beautiful lake.

You never know what you will find around the bend.

Scenic Sunday

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bat girl costume hunt

Guest post written by Janet Key

My daughter is best friends with the boy that lives next door to us so everything that he does she thinks that she has to do too. That definitely goes for Halloween because they always go trick or treating together. So when he decided that he was going to be Batman this year she decided that she had to go and be Bat girl with him.

When I started looking for her for a costume online I saw an ad for Boston Clear Internet Deals and decided to switch over our internet service to it.

By the time I had decided to do that I finally found a costume that I thought would be perfect for her as Bat girl. It even came with a cape that I think she could use for other Halloween costumes later on down the road. But when we got the Bat Girl costume, the mask was so flimsy and it almost broke by the time she was finished trying on the costume that I just used the mask as a pattern and made a new mask for her.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Recent Trip to Moscow

Guest written by our friend Trent Horton

For a long time I was dreaming about the trip to Moscow and this year my dreams came true. I have thecable tv offers around California at home with 4 programs in Russian and they are transferring them from Moscow through New York. Sometimes I get nostalgic viewing sites of Moscow because I had been living 6 years near it and had been visiting it every weekend.

I live in the USA for 2, 5 years as a permanent resident. But every year I visit my relatives who live in Russia and my friends who live in Ukraine. This spring I managed even to go to Moscow. I was dreaming about that visit for years. But I shall start from the beginning. I bought the tickets on line for the flight to Kiev first. Kiev is a very beautiful city, the capital of Ukraine. There is a lot interesting places to see in Kiev. When I was through with all businesses in Ukraine, I went on the train to the town in Russia where my relatives live. (By the way travelling by train is much cheaper than travelling by plane. So if you know Russian language well you can visit several cities in Ukraine and Russia using the train.) We went together with my daughter and granddaughter on the train to Moscow at night. We arrived at 6 o'clock in the morning in Moscow.

We took the metro to get to the Red Square. We visited Moscow before the Victory Day, on the eve of 65th anniversary of Victory in Great Patriotic War. So I took the pictures of Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral. We bought the tickets to visit the territory of Kremlin. I was really very happy. My dreams came true.

Monday, September 27, 2010

An Apple a Day

An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away!
I'm sick of that saying!
I am so sick of eating apple everyday....
because that is all I eat.
It's apple picking season folks... in this part of my world!
How about in yours?