Friday, July 30, 2010

The American Way

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the things I love about Maine is its old fashion charm. Despite modernization, Maine was able to retain its New England charm… especially in the aspect of commercialism and shopping.

Speaking of shopping! I may have frequented the Malls to use my VS gift card to claim my free undergarments or get a $10 discount on special products every now and then… swiped my sacred plastic cards out of mere impulse to acquire a $48 flip-flops… and checked out other outlet stores for SALE and discounts, but that was all about it. The charm of local boutiques and stores selling locally made merchandise is still my kind of shopping.

I live in a rather conservative rural town where my next door neighbor is about half a mile away. And given such scenario, you will agree why I still prefer to pick my fruits and vegetables from the farm or buy them pre-picked from the farmer’s market or better yet grow my own vegetable garden. I like my milk and eggs from a friend’s farm. And yes, I like my other basic needs Made in America instead of Made in China.

Another thing that I like about Maine is that, Mainers take pride of their home, their livelihood, their history and their roots. That is why even if other states have embraced modernization and succumbed to outsourcing their very livelihood and opted to buy and use low quality products made half around the world, Mainers remained loyal and take pride of their own products. This is very true with The Ramblers Way Farm.

Ramblers Way Farm did not just produce and sell high quality Men and Women’s apparels. They source, grow, and produce their fine woolen apparel using 100% domestic resources. They have helped poor small Maine towns by bringing their manufacturing facilities right in their doorstep so they can help revitalize these small Maine communities and its people.

Here is some additional information about The Ramblers Way Farm:

The Ramblers Way Corporate Office is a fully refurbished building that was originally built in 1792 and is located in downtown Kennebunk, Maine. The building has been restored to its original condition, while being modernized to meet today's environmental standards. They have even achieved the coveted Gold Lead Certification level!

So next time you find your way to Maine, don’t forget to bring home with you a true-Maine pride.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Liliw... The first step Onward

Everything has a beginning. Like a baby trying to learn how to walk…his first steps are small, unstable and frail. Yet, through determination and persistence, he was able to build enough confidence and strength to achieve and to succeed. True enough, the Liliweno’s has never been as proud when it comes to this theorem.

And never will they disregard the significance of slipper in their lives. For since the early part of the 20th century, many Liliwenos subsisted and lived on the trade. They have mastered the skill like no other for their workmanship—partly God-given talent and partially hard work... are two important characteristics that made them notably recognized and highly in demand as the product itself.

The inauguration of the slipper industry in this town was brought into the light at the outset of the 1930’s, when the famed Casiano Pisuena and sons created “DIMASIRA FOOTWEAR” which manufactured the first slippers made of an indigenous material from the coconut trees called “tistis”. And from then on…people’s callous and hardened soles were comfortably cared for.
Photo Credit: BENZER of KABAYAN-KaLiliw

Looking back now…considering what they have gone through, the slipper industry had taken a real big step forward…quite literally and figuratively, so to speak. But the path they took was not easy and comfortable. Yet the initiator, not oblivious of his intention, gave birth to a remarkable if not phenomenal drive which is now known as a true Liliweno product.

Author’s Note: This is the Part 2 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 1 OF THIS EXCERPT... CLICK HERE.


 This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Taking Shopping to the Next Level

I am a self-confessed online shopaholic. Yup, I love shopping online because it’s more convenient for me. One advantage of online shopping is that I can go shopping in my PJs. How cool is that, huh? I don’t need to drive to town and have a hard time finding a parking spot. And most importantly, I don’t need to complain about my aching feet at the end of the day.

Online shopping is very common nowadays. It is not just very convenient it is also practical. And one of the things that I like about online shopping is that I find a lot of items that are not sold in the store at discounted price too.

Nowadays, a lot of people I know buy stuff online… from clothes to shoes… from food to drink… from electronics to furniture… from jewelries to health and beauty products… from baby goods to adult stuff… from almost anything under the sun. And one of the best online shopping engines that I like to check stuff from is It provides a complete directory of thousand of stores and retailers all over the world.

Yes, you can buy stuff from Germany, FranceNetherlands, Spain and almost all speaking countries in the word like the UK and Australia without living the confines of your home or getting stranded in an airport. LOL 

It indeed saves you not only your precious time and your hard earned money but your sanity too. And that is what I call.... shopping to the next level!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sunset Daze

Guest post written by Maribelle Walters

They might as well have filmed the show “Sunset Daze” in my retirement community.

The characters on the reality show remind me of my friends and I because they’re still energetic and living life to the fullest, like we like to do here by hosting all kinds of parties like luaus and backyard barbecues.

I also like to keep up with the blogs on my blue internetand comment about new episodes on the show’s community message boards. Back at home I used blue internet Wisconsin so when we moved recently I made sure to get satellite internet Redding, California. I like to keep up with my friends back at home through Facebook and Twitter so it was important that I have good service here so I can enjoy even more of my retirement!

But don’t think that I just sit around on my computer all day. A typical day includes golfing with my husband and then cocktails over dinner with friends. It’s so nice to see other people my age represented on reality TV. I just hope that there are other shows that pop up like this, but they’re just as good!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My Liliw... Ang Tsinelas

“Ang Tsinelas”
A story of Success in Stride
By: Ruthinian Gavar Orona

"Make success a habit.
The more you do it, the easier it gets, the lesser time it takes,
the better you become at doing it."
-Dero Pedero-

For a true-blooded Liliweno (a native of Liliw), the “tsinelas” (slipper) is an integral part of his existence. This may be an understatement though, but this humble town in Laguna where slipper is its most famous product can be rightly addressed today as “The Slipper Capital of the Philippines”.

Endowed with great riches from the Omnipotent One, hope springs eternal for the town’s folk who draw strength from the cool pristine water gushing from Mt. Banahaw. A small yet unassuming town nestled at the foot of the mystic mountain, blessed with green lush and bountiful verdant of coconut trees… Liliw is at peace with nature and its people. People who are living a simple life where harmony and reticence are by-products of inherited contentment. And for these, the Liliwenos have good reasons to thank God for. Needless to say, they are great people with rich cultural background and extraordinary affability to achieve success in life through hard work and creativity.

After the success of the “First Liliw Tsinelas Festival in 2002”, history about the first tsinelas ever made has been told time and again…tracing back history… how it all begun…and how far it has gone.

Author’s Note: This is an excerpt from the Featured Write-up on the Liliw Tsinelas Festival Souvenir Program published in 2003 written by yours truly. The entire write up will be posted here in 4 parts as my tribute to my dear hometown and part of the Meme “Our Philippines”.


 This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.

Top Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I have a confession to make. I am scared of riding a motorcycle. I don’t know about other people but just the sound of the motor scares me out of my wits. But I know that some people who are into motorcycles get highs from riding them. It looks like they get the freedom no one can ever imagine. And the convenience of cruising in heavy traffic… finding a parking spot… and riding the winds.

But weather you like it or not… one should know what to do when one is in an accident motorcyle riding. Calling attorneys like Tom Reinecke of the California motorcycle accident agency is just but one of the smartest things to do.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dressing for the Occasion

Summer! Summer! Summer! Oh, how I love thee. LOL

Living in Maine for 3 years now… having experience 4 different seasons... and knowing the difference between extremely hot and bitterly cold weather… I can just say that I want to enjoy summer until it is here. It will surely not last forever.

It’s summer. The season most Mainers are waiting for all winter long. And with this kind of weather… all we think about is going to the beach or taking a dip in the pool or enjoying a boat ride in the lake.

And when it is summer we need to dress for the occasion. My winter clothes are all now placed in totes and buried in the cellar. It’s time to trade the bulky thick and heavy outfitters for cool and sexy summer outfits. This is indeed the time to go shopping for new summer outfits and bathing suits.

Well, if there is anything that doesn’t change… it is my mood for shopping. I need to go shopping for new bathing suits because my old ones are already worn out. So I checked on some Women's Tankini Swimsuit and Womens One Piece Swimsuits today. And hard to admit, I did check on some Plus Sized Swimwear too because my “Biggest Loser Weekend Challenge” isn't working very well too. hahahaha

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wonderful Tools

Guest post written by Billy Summers

I grew up without Internet, without satellite tv, and without ever going to a fast food restaurant. Today I think about the past and I realize that I can’t live without the internet or satellite tv. Because of the internet and satellite tv, I am more informed, never bored, and an overall more intelligent person.

Since I grew up in a strict family, I always believed that what my mom said about health, school, democrats, and basically the whole world was true. It’s amazing how my mom still doesn’t have satellite tv and has never surfed the internet yet still pulls the, “I know all” game, on us kids. Just the other day she tried getting into an argument with my dad and I said, “See, if you had gotten deals on clear bundle, you would have already seen this or could look it up instead of arguing!” My mom, who I have to admit is ignorant, replied with, “What good it that going to do?”

Well, I have news for people like my mom. The satellite tv and the internet are wonderful tools for the world. All of the information isn’t always true, but the they have opened a scope of information to people around the world. Without them, I would have never gotten through the thirty plus novels I had to write about in college, and I wouldn’t be able to keep in contact with old and new friends as easily. I can live without fast food, but not satellite tv or the internet!