May 15, 2007

5 REASONS WHY I BLOG

I have been tagged by CWilson (thanks, buddy!), and as such, I need to write a post stating my 5 reasons for blogging.

Here they are:

1) I love to write. I find passion in writing. I am more of a writer than a conversationalist. I more easily get my messages across by writing rather than saying them out loud. Having my own blog allows me to have my very own online journal in which I could share practically anything Under The Sun.
2) Earn online. Having a blog with blogger, in particular, enables me to display relevant ads and google's search engine, and this earns me a bit of money.
3) Get Referrals. My blog is an excellent avenue for me to display my referral urls.
4) Make friends. Yes, i've made quite a lot of friends since the time I was able to create my very own blog. I have involved myself in several blog communities.
5) Blogging Destresses Me. It does, really. Getting my emotions out is such a relief!

I will be tagging the following blogs:
http://stcajo-readshortstories.blogspot.com
http://everydaywear.blogspot.com
http://datbuz.blogspot.com
http://earnfun.blogspot.com
http://femailhealthnews.blogspot.com

May 8, 2007

THE FIRE TREE


One of the things I look forward to when summer comes is the eventual blossoming of the fire tree just over the fence of my grandma’s backyard. I don’t know how long it’s been there, but I remember having already gaped at it in my younger years. It has always stood tall and regal, with its flowers a most vibrant orange with hints of lemon yellow. From afar, it looks like a big ball of fire, blazing against the blue skyscape.


I’ve seen so many fire trees around where I live, but even if we line them all up, this fire tree over the fence of my grandma’s backyard would undoubtedly stand out among them all.

May 6, 2007

What's The Thing You Can't Afford To Lose?

I see too many of them now, young and old alike, men and women, staring into space, laughing by themselves even when there’s nothing to laugh about. They have a different world and they speak a different language. They are people who have lose their minds. I shudder at the thought of me losing my own sanity.

I started a discussion of the thing you can’t afford to lose in myLot. There were varied responses, all interesting and enlightening.

If you’re a member of mylot and wish to join in the discussion, or if you simply wish to view the responses, click here…

http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1047897

Not yet a myLotter? Click here to register and get paid for your thoughts! http://www.mylot.com/?ref=toonatoons

May 4, 2007

OF SEATBELTS AND SMOKE-BELCHING


While driving to work one day, I was stopped by an LTO official because I didn’t have my seatbelt on. Great! I was already running in late and this was hardly the way I wished to begin my day!

I obediently pulled over, and smiled brightly at the officer, silently wishing he would be bowled over by my charms and let me go. He wasn’t … and he didn’t. Instead, he glared at me and lectured me about the importance of seatbelts, blah, blah, blah. I tried to get a word in edgewise, but the officer ranted on with his litany, emphasizing the essential points, as if he’s talking to a not-so-very bright kid.

Of course, I knew the importance of seatbelts --- duh! But, hello! This was city driving, and with the traffic and all that, the fastes I could go would be 30 km an hour! Why the focus on seatbelts? Jeepney operators continuously violate anti-smoke-belching laws --- why didn’t they get apprehended? Hey, I was almost brought to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning!


Okay, so maybe there’s a bit of an exaggeration there. My point is these traffic law enforcers should concern themselves more with those violations that would have an impact on the general public. And smoke-belching is truly a health hazard that could affect everybody, especially those with heart and lung diseases, the aged and the very young children.

May 2, 2007

A Little Fall of Rain


Today, we’re blessed with drops of rainfall, an immense relief to the dry, parched earth.

It’s mid-summer in the Philippines, yet even long before summer officially began, rain had already been hard to come by. So, for me, it was really a blessing that the plants were being watered by the heavens, and for free!

Thank God for the rain!

OF POLITICS AND HUMILITY

Just over a couple of weeks more and it’ll be election time again in the Philippines. As the summer progresses, the weather condition is not the only thing that worsens. It is rather, common, in fact, to hear reports of political killings and character assassinations … of candidates lashing words at one another, finger-pointing, throwing insults, destroying another’s character (or what is left of it to destroy), as if by doing so they’d look much better in the eyes of the people. “Pogi (handsome) points”, they say. Honestly! Is there anything beautiful about the deed at all? Would you consider them respectable or even remotely admirable if they keep on pointing out the faults of others, as if they could do better? You’d think they are perfect, without a blemish in sight!

One thing I learned throughout the years is this --- if you want to be great, humble yourself. Don’t flaunt your medals --- people will see you much better without them.

Remember the story of Christmas. The greatest of us all was born in a stable all forlorn.

Apr 30, 2007

GREEN NAILS


I’ve never had the chance to go to a nail salon in months, so when our house assistant offered to do my nails, I was ecstatic. My nails had long needed a make-over, after enduring months of getting chewed on.

Excited, I bought a bottle of apple green nail polish. Our house assistant worked tirelessly and patiently for 3 hours (I had very short, uneven, and extremely delicate nails, after all). Finally, my nails were restored to something that looked the least bit presentable.

I vowed to keep them that way --- if only I could!

Apr 28, 2007

My bestfriend Lily


The overseas call from my bestfriend, Lily, came as a pleasant surprise, soothing as lozenges are to a sore throat.

I haven’t, after all, heard from her in quite a long time, and I’ve so much to tell her it was such a stress to keep them all bottled in!

I met Lily 10 years ago. The companies we worked for were sister companies (both now dissolved for reason I’d much rather not say). We immediately hit it off, as if we’ve known each other forever.

Well, all credit has to go to Lily. She could make you feel warm and welcome so easily … so effortlessly. She also has a tremendous sense of humour there’s practically never a dull moment when she’s around.

Lily fits the dictionary description of what a true friend is. She’s a great listener, generous of her time and resources, and you can always count on her in good times and bad.

I don’t intend this to be a euology for Lily. Though miles away (she’s in Africa, by the way), she’s far from being dead. But I want her to know as early as now how much I appreciate and treasure our friendship. I know there aren’t many like Lily in the world it is such a blessing to have met one in my life.

Thanks for the call, Lily! I had a great time laughing.

Apr 27, 2007

A PLEASURABLE WALKING EXPERIENCE


One sunny Wednesday, I got this sudden desire to take a walk in the minipark near my office. There wasn’t particularly special about that day. It was even excruciatingly hot, and the air was very dry --- hardly a perfect day for a walk.
But hormones raging, I changed my corporate heels into my pair of comfortable flats, and began my walk.
Aah… this is the life, I thought with a smile when I reached my destination. I felt as if I were in a different place, another continent, I must say, with tall trees lining the park, bending low with every breath of the wind. Overhead, birds were singing … or were they merely chirping? Or talking to each other? I couldn’t tell, really, only that they were making the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. It was like being in a concert, the music orchestrated to perfection.
I walked around, allowing my thoughts to be drowned by the sounds of nature all about me. How beautiful it was, indeed, to be so close to nature!
I went back to the office just in time for the afternoon bell, perspiring but with a look of contentment on my face, and when my co-workers asked where I’ve been, I simply smiled and said, I just had the most pleasurable walking experience!

Apr 26, 2007

Declutter!


My sister has two extremely adorable kids, but adorable as they are, they could easily turn into green-eyed monsters when it comes to their toys. In fact, they now have a roomful of toys accumulated throughout the years. Headless dinosaurs, legless spiderman dolls, amputated barbies, and the like, are lying on practically every nook and corner of the house.

I was getting sick of the clutter, so I made a deal with them. I told them that for every new toy that they get, they would have to give me 5 of their old toys to give to the poor children. You know what? They liked the idea!

So now, every time they get a new toy (which is pretty often, thanks or no thanks to fast-food restos offering toys for every kiddie meal), they are only too excited to give me five of their old toys!

Isn’t that a nice way of decluttering their toy box while teaching them to be generous as well?

Apr 25, 2007

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Apr 24, 2007

MY FATHER, THE HERO

Some eight years ago, my dad suffered a severe stroke. There was massive bleeding right in the pontine area of his brain. He was in a coma, and the prognosis was grim. Nobody ever thought he would live for another day, or at most, three days.

A day and a half after that fateful day, he opened his eyes. But he couldn’t blink them at will. His movements were uncoordinated, and he couldn’t speak. He was bedridden and completely dependent on us for all his needs.

Many believed he was useless, a “vegetable”, even some would say. I begged to disagree, and turned a cold shoulder to anyone who said that within hearing distance from me. Because I knew, deep in my heart, that he was far from any of that. He could read with his eyes and followed instructions as best as he could. I kept a whiteboard handy and wrote down words for him to read. “Smile”, I’d write, and he’d break into a grin. “Blink 10 times”, and his eyes would flutter 10 times. He could count with precision! He would nod his head to indicate agreement, and shake it off to mean “no”. One time, I got so ambitious as to tell him to say name out loud. He tried his best, and came out with a loud whisper of what really sounded like my name. It was sheer music to my ears. Better than Beethoven’s symphonies or Chopin’s romantic melodies. It was simply the best sound I’ve ever heard in my life.

In his physical weakness, my dad was proof that miracles happen … that prayers are answered … that God exists … that the power of love is beyond anything we could ever hope for or even imagine.

He was a hero for making us see all these.

Apr 23, 2007

Stop The Tears


So you love onions. In fact, you couldn’t imagine anything fried and sautéed without them. You love them even more because they’re sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and fat-free. Plus, they contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and quercetin, an antioxidant that protects against cataracts, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
But you hate slicing them because they always bring tears to your eyes. Onions make you cry when the enzymes react to the air as you slice or chop them.
For tearless chopping, try these tips:
1) chill the onions
2) use a sharp knife
3) use swimming goggles to protect your eyes
4) burning a candle or have a bowl of water near the cutting board
Now that you can slice onions without crying, your next concern is how to get rid of the odor from your hands. Try sprinkling some salt on your palms and rubbing them together under running water. Or you may wash your hands and, while still wet, rub them on stainless steel, such as a cooking pot or steel sink.
Visit this site for more kitchen tips: http://www.wholefoods.com/recipes/kitchentips/onion.html

Apr 22, 2007

Writing Memos


Many years ago, when office employees would receive memos they’d usually tremble in fear. Because for a lot of people back then, memos meant a warning. Or a reprimand. Or something else that carries a negative connotation.

But memos aren’t always like that at all. In fact, if we are to really define them, memos are just written documents that are internal to the company. They could be anything --- an advice, a reminder, general info.

I’ve been writing memos for a long time, and I’d like to share with you some of the things I learned through the years to make them more effective:

1) Be personal. Don’t use the words, “the undersigned” when referring to yourself. This isn’t the dark ages, you know. It is always best to use the words, I, you, or we.

2) Avoid being too formal with words. Write as if you’re simply conversing, as if you’re talking face-to-face.

3) Use English words when you’re writing in English. Avoid writing, “as per your request…”. Instead, say, “As you have requested…”

4) Keep your paragraphs short. Long sentences will bore your readers and will make them lose track of the message you intend to impart

5) Don’t leave your reader out in the cold. Close your memo with a statement of what you want the reader to do.

Apr 20, 2007

Hello???


My job as a service officer requires me to be on the phone most of the time, whether it’s making business calls or answering them. So, I know quite a bit about telephone courtesy.

When answering a business phone, I find it appropriate to begin by stating the name of my agency, and following it up with a greeting, like good morning, for instance. Answering a business phone with the household standard, “hello”, is, to me, just so unprofessional. Introducing the name of your company is a form of marketing, isn’t it? And it only takes a few nanoseconds to do it.

Also, never answer the phone with a mere “yes?” I’ve encountered several people who do this, and, honestly, I think that is rather rude. It gives me the impression that the person at the other end of the line is in a hurry and would prefer doing other things to answering the phone.

It would be nice, too, to make the caller then feel comfortable by saying, “is there anything I can help you with?” or “how may I help you?” or anything to that effect.

And remember to tone down your voice. Modulate. High-pitches are always very irritating and could easily turn-off potential customers.

If you have other tips to share, you can post them here, too. Just send them through my email, toonatoons@yahoo.com.ph , first, then I’ll edit my post to include your suggestions.

Apr 18, 2007

Beat The Heat


It’s summertime! And the heat seems to be getting more excruciating each year. Punishing. A glimpse of hell.

Two things could happen with extreme heat --- heat exhaustion or heat stroke.


Heat exhaustion is characterized by heavy sweating, weakness, headache, weak pulse, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and cold, clammy skin. Body temperature will seem normal. If left untreated, it could progress to heat stroke characterized by hot, red skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; loss of ability to sweat; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. Body temperature can be so high (103 degrees F or higher, though a person may feel chilled) that brain damage or death may result in fewer than 10 minutes if medical attention is not immediate.

Read more here: http://www.wnbc.com/News/1541414/detail.html

Beat the heat with these precautions:

1) Hydrate. Drink plenty of water
2) Take frequent baths
3) Apply wet tissues on your forehead
3) Dress lightly and in pastels
4) AVOID MIDDAY HEAT (getting out of the house between the hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm should be an absolute no-no, especially for the elderly)
5) stay away from hot, heavy meals. Instead, eat light, eat fruits that have high
content of water

More tips are found here:
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/news/heat.6.25.html
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/080599/gear05.html

Apr 17, 2007

Writer's Block

You’re raring to write. But you have plenty of things going in your head. There are far too many voices all around you, and you couldn’t concentrate. Suddenly, your brain cells just freeze. And you can no longer think.

It’s Writer’s Block! And it happens even to the best of us.

It often happens to me, too, and when it does, these are the things I usually do:

1) Take a break.
2) Get up from my chair
3) Take a walk outside where’s there’s plenty of air
4) Read short articles and stories to get myself into the groove
5) Get myself inspired with soft music

If these don’t work for you, try the tips found here:
http://www.43folders.com/2004/11/18/hack-your-way-out-of-writers-block/

Apr 16, 2007

Truly A Success Story!

Many financially poor people would regard their poverty as a reason to remain exactly that --- poor.

So, it is rather a bit surprising, and inspiring, indeed, to hear stories of poor people turning the wheels of fortune in their favor. Like Aling Nora, for instance, who concocted Charmica Soap with just P1,000 and turned into a million-peso enterprise that sells to markets in Japan, the United States and United Kingdom.
The road to Aling Nora’s success was not easy an easy one nor was it a one-strike deal. From making ropes, she had to work hard as a housemaid, as seamstress, and even as a vendor selling repacked peanuts, butong pakwan, ginisang dilis, pansit, ginatan, and all kinds of snacks.
In 1996 she enrolled in soap making at the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC), and after three false starts with different partners and a lot of frustrations, Aling Nora was finally able to put up a stable soap making business of her own.
With just P1,000.00, Aling Nora bought a big can of vegetable oil, caustic soda, perfume and other ingredients. The production of soap took place right in their own kitchen with a lot of help from her husband and daughters. Nora wanted to make the product well known as a good-quality soap.
And it is. Her soap, is, in fact, being exported to the US, United Kingdom and Japan.
Her recipe for success? Hard work, perseverance, prayers, love of family.
Read the whole inspiring story at http://business.inquirer.net/money/features/view_article.php?article_id=60535

THE RAINBOW CONNECTION


I was greeted yesterday morning by a spectacular sight --- a rainbow with all the seven colors vibrant and dazzling against the blue sky. For a few seconds, time stood still as I could only gaze in complete wonderment at the beauty above me.
Why there appeared a rainbow at that particular moment was because there was a slight drizzle (a blessing, indeed, after days of excruciating heat and dryness). Rainbows occur when sunlight and water meet in the sky.
Read more here: http://www.deltatech.com/rv/rainbows.html

Apr 14, 2007

I MAY HAVE FATTY LIVER


Oh, no, this is really scary! I think, I may have fatty liver, just like my sister. I have all the signs --- well, most of it anyway. Maybe, I’m a little paranoid, but I’m slightly overweight, particularly in the middle, and I find it so hard to lose weight, no matter what I do. Hunger strikes, cellulite creams, exercises --- none could get rid of the “bulges”. I thought it’s just bad genetics, but reading this article at http://www.liverdoctor.com/Section4/fattyliver.asp, makes me think twice. My immune system, too, has been down lately. I exhibit allergic and flu-like symptoms whenever my period is coming up.
I haven’t undergone any blood chemistry yet, so I wouldn’t know if I have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. And, I don’t think I have type 2 diabetes (although I have a tendency to develop it because my mom is a diabetic). Still, I have 3 of about 7 tell-tale signs (the others being tiredness, syndrome x, and high cholesterol and triglyceride levels).
What happens with a fatty liver, I learned, is that the liver is storing fats, instead of burning them. So, if I don’t do anything about it, my liver could turn into a bag of fats! Horrible, just horrible!
Fatty liver may be linked to heavy alcohol-drinking, diabetes, and obesity. But poor diet and certain illnesses, like tuberculosis, and use of corticosteroids, could also cause fatty liver.
Treatment depends on the actual cause of the disease. If it’s just simple fatty liver, no treatment is required, maybe just some changes in dietary lifestyles and losing weight. Still, it should not be taken for granted as this could tend to progress into more serious liver conditions.

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An insight from a friend, Femaildoc,

Definitely get your triglycerides checked; elevated blood fats usually precede a fatty liver, and they also are markers for a high risk of progressing to diabetes. Triglycerides, or blood fats, also require insulin to exit the blood for storage in fat cells. An elevation is the first sign of insulin resistance, and high circulating triglycerides are toxic to the pancreas, thus hastening the inability to make enough insulin that results in diabetes.

Femaildoc authors the following health blogs:
http://femailhealthnews.blogspot.com
http://vintagefemail.blogspot.com

these sites are definitely worth checking, especially if you're a health buff.

Apr 13, 2007

Friday the 13th

Even in this modern age and time, many of us may still experience what is called paraskavedekatriaphobia or fear of Friday the 13th.

Various situations/events may be cited that could, perhaps, help us understand why Friday the 13th has been considered “unlucky”.
The Last Supper, with stories that Judas was the thirteenth guest, and that the Crucifixion of Jesus occurred Friday.
That the biblical Eve offered the fruit to Adam on a Friday, and that the slaying of Abel happened on a Friday (though the Bible does not identify the days of the week when these events occurred). [3]
That it started on Friday, October 13, 1307, the date that many Knights Templar were simultaneously arrested in France, by agents of King Philip IV.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th
Personally, I never took much attention to Friday the 13th. I wasn’t superstitious, and to me, Friday the 13th was just any other day. Except this particular Friday the 13th on the month of February, 1998. That was the day my dad suffered a massive stroke.
Still, I believe it was just pure coincidence, although, admittedly, that happening still haunts me up to this very day.
How about you? Do you have paraskavedekatriaphobia? Any Friday the 13th stories to tell?

T.G.I.P.D

Thank God, It’s Payday!

I’ve been looking forward to this from the first day of the month. My last salary almost instantly disappeared with so many bills to pay and all that. They say there are two kinds of salary --- magic salary and the onion salary. Magic salary refers to salary that is gone in a blink of an eye --- like magic. You have the money in your hands for a fraction of a second, and then poof, it’s gone before you even begin to feel it. Onion salary, on the other hand, refers to net pay that is so low it practically brings tears to one’s eyes.

Nevertheless, whatever salary I’m receiving today, I’m thankful for it!

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Mar 30, 2007


Done by Anthony G. Geduspan, a local artist who hails from Guimbal, Iloilo, this Madonna and Child is an absolute must-have.

Anthony’s interest in the arts started when he was only five years old. Like many of us at that age, he would draw stick figures in varying positions. But unlike many of us, he didn’t stop there. Using his imagination and God-given talent, he developed several techniques in art-making that made his work stand out from the rest. Proofs of this are the many awards he has won, such as the Forest Lake Memorial Park Mural Contest, the Red Cross Mural Painting Contest, the Iloilo City National High School Fence Painting Contest, Iloilo Provincial Development Cooperative Official logo Contest, and from 1999-2001, he was a finalist in the Shell national Students Art Competition.

It is amazing, really, to know that Anthony never had any formal schooling in painting. What he has is a dream … a vision … a desire to simply express himself.

This Madonna and Child is characteristic of Anthony’s signature style --- figurative-cubism.

A TYPICAL PAYDAY SCENARIO


Long queues before ATMs or disbursing officers (as the case may be), loan sharks in the office lobby, employees in tears, some hiding under their desks --- this is what a typical payday scenario in my small town looks like.

Soon, it is time to go home. The loan sharks will have to come back some other day. After two weeks, maybe, or 3 days, if they want to catch their “victims” off-guard.

There is another long line at the local grocery store. Food items quickly disappear from the shelves. Panic-buying, some people would call it. But, really, it isn’t so.

It is just a typical payday scenario.

Mar 29, 2007

DANDRUFF AND THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS


You have exquisite long black tresses that fall in soft waves down the length of your back. Easily, you become the envy of every girl in town --- including your worst enemy!

You get invited to a party and you just have the thing to wear in your mind --- your stunning little black dress.

It’s 5 pm and you decide to get dressed for the party. The little black dress snug to your body as if it has always belonged there. You smile appreciatively.

Then you sit before your vanity table and take out your comb, going through each strand of your hair.

And you notice something that wasn’t there before. There are glitters of white on your dress. Your heart begins to race, and you bend your head a bit so you could see your scalp in the mirror.

And there they are --- the little culprits have invaded your head.

These white stuff --- culprits, if you so wish to call them as such, are actually dead skin cells that result from the normal growing process of the scalp’s skin cells.

Don’t panic. There are shampoos that effectively treat dandruff. Or you may opt for alternative treatments, like garlic and oil of oregano, vinegar and kalamansi.

Read more at http://www.coolnurse.com/dandruff.htm

In the meantime, don’t wear that little black dress.

ANITA SHREVE


I started reading Anita Shreve a couple of years ago after a friend recommended her book, The Pilot’s Wife. I never expected to throw myself (literally) in the story as the title didn’t appeal to me much at all.

But as soon as I got through the first page, I couldn’t put the book down. The novel was simply awesome … gritty … riveting.

I was hooked.

Since then, I began scouring the local bookstores for other books by Shreve. After many months of bookstore-hopping, I found two, finally, and they were on sale --- The Weight of Water and Fortune’s Rocks.

I like Shreve’s style of writing. I like the way she describes her characters, the scenes, the events. She has that unique and creative way of capturing her audience’s attention. Reading Shreve is like being a part of the storyline yourself, if not the main character.

Other books by Shreve are:
* A Wedding in December
* All He Ever Wanted
* Body Surfing
* Light On Snow
* Resistance
* Sea Glass
* The Last Time They Met
* Strange Fits of Passion
* Where or When
* Eden Close

Mar 28, 2007


It’s Friday night, and you have that TGIF look on your face. The hours tick by ever so slowly. Impatiently, you rap your fingers on your desk.

Finally, it’s 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM, depending on where you work, and you’re ready to drink the night away.

It started with a bottle … and then a couple more. “Alcohol is healthy”, you tell yourself, as if that would justify the dozen of Red Horse bottles now lying empty on your table. (Yeah, right! Alcohol is healthy --- when taken in moderation).

It’s way past midnight when you decide you’ve had enough. That’s the time, too, when you can barely keep your eyes open or form a coherent sentence or walk without stumbling.

You go home, get some sleep, and you wake up with a hangover.

So, what do you do?

I posted a discussion of this in mylot. Click this link and find out how mylotters get over a hang-over.
http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/769366.aspx


Operating A School Canteen

I don’t know how to cook, and I’ve never even gone to a market place all by myself, so when my boyfriend and I were awarded the operation of a school canteen, everyone, including myself, was shocked … stunned… astonished. Sure, it was something we hoped for, but never really expected, considering that we submitted our bid at the last minute. Pressed for time, we couldn’t anymore afford such formalities as computer print-outs and the like.

But heaven must be on our side and we couldn’t be more thankful.

The first year was a period of adjustment --- testing the waters and riding the waves. We hired a great cook and three other personnel to keep the business running while we are attending to our day jobs.

It was no easy job, really, as we had to learn a lot about recording sales, conducting inventories, dealing with irate customers and kids with differing personalities, and all that. But, altogether, it was an enjoyable experience, so much so that we renewed our contract the following year.

The second year ran more smoothly. But times were a lot harder, and the profit we made was only enough to pay the rent, electricity bills, and salaries of our personnel. Sometimes, I would wonder if it’s all worth it, counting coins, instead of bills. Then I’d think about the people who work for us, and I know we’d just have to bid again.

EXTRA MONEY

We all want to make a little extra money, don’t we? Thus, in desperate attempts to make easy money, we almost always fall prey to get-rich-quick schemes. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get rich overnight? While sleeping? While practically doing nothing?

Well, my experiences tell me --- there’s no quick formula to make money, be it online or offline. Hard work and determination are still the main ingredients to success, again, be it online or offline.

But here are some pretty good sites where you could earn extra money. They're not going to make you millionaires overnight, but, they're all free to join, so there's nothing to lose, right?


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MY NOKIA 2600



I’ve never considered myself a techno freak. I’m not someone who scouts the malls for the latest gadgets or anything that’s “in”. I always try to live by my motto, “if it still serves the purpose, why change it?

In fact, I’ve had my Nokia 3210 running pretty well for 5 long years before it started acting out crazy about a year and a half ago, forcing me to look for a new one.

It didn’t take me long to find what I want. I had a budget to stick to, within which there weren’t many options at all. I got myself a Nokia 2600. It wasn’t a camera phone and certainly not a pickpocket’s dream. So, it never really occurred to me that anybody would want to steal it at all.

But then a cellphone is a cellphone. And times are hard, so to someone who is so desperately in want of money, my phone, even without all those trinkets and embellishments, still must have glittered like gold.

And so it happened.

My cellphone got stolen from my bag while I was savoring Kublai Khan’s hamburger with barbeque sauce and choco latte.

OH-ZERO!

As a service officer, I get to receive a lot of phone-in inquiries, and pretty often, I am asked to relay the telephone numbers of our field offices.

So, I’d say, “please dial this number --- five-zero-nine … “

“Hold on, what’s that again? Five-oh-nine …?”

“No, ma’am, that’s five-ZERO-nine …”

“Okay, I got it, five-OH-nine …”

Ahh…why do people insist on saying OH (O) instead of ZERO (0)? Since when did the letter “O” become a number?

Mar 22, 2007

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