Posted by girlie on December 4, 2013
When I get home I really should be asking my daughter’s friend to familiarize me with different gadgets when it comes to music and all. I want to be able to identify every sound I hear. Crazy I know but what can I do? I’m not really into it but since information is readily available then why not, right? Anyway, I want to show him this scratch live at musicians friend. Hopefully he is familiar with it so he can explain to me how this stuff works. Added knowledge no matter what it is is always welcome.
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Since I am away from home, I just use my iPhone or iPad most of the time when I need to search for something on the net. I need to work too and it’s just impossible to do it in my tablet. It’s a good thing my nephew lent me his laptop while he is with his Dad. Anyway, this nephew of mine is into music. I think he wants to be a musician someday. He is part of the school’s orchestra and I wonder if he is familiar with this cool bach trumpet I always come across with in the internet. I hope I don’t forget to ask him when I see him this Friday. I just want to know what this big hype is all about.
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I promised myself that if ever I visit New York again, I will not miss watching Phantom of the Opera. So when my friend Guigi asked me what I wanted to do when I visit her, I immediately told her I wanna watch some broadway shows. Watch it is! On the night I arrived New York, we watched Phantom! It was a wonderful experience indeed. Thank you Guigi for taking care of me while in New York. More of our adventures in my upcoming posts. I don’t wanna bore you guys.
Posted by girlie on November 28, 2013
Before I left for the US, I made sure that my Christmas tree is up. It didn’t take much this time and I was surprised too that I was able to finish the tree in a day. It usually takes me 2-3 days to finish it. It’s probably the pressure that made me do it fast since I was already leaving. Anyway since I am talking about my Christmas tree, I’d like you guys to take a look at these family christmas ornaments here. Don’t you think it’s cool? It’s a nice idea, right? I might include some in my tree next year since I can’t bring them home with me. I don’t want to pay for excess luggage. Will just put it in the box that I will ship before I leave.
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So far I’ve had a wonderful stay here in the US. I’ve gone to some outlets already and shopping is just great. I didn’t buy a lot especially clothes though because of the season. I can’t wear it back home. I’ve invested on some bags but that’s about it. I do check online once in a while too since free shipping is offered. I want to take advantage of it. I saw these Carrera watches at Reeds.com and I am thinking of getting one to bring back home. I have someone in mind whom I can give it to and I’m sure he would be happy to receive it this Christmas.
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The long wait is over. I am now with my two sisters in Philadelphia. This has been a dream of mine to visit them again. Last was in 2005 with my kids and I never imagined that I could do it again. The plane ride was smooth except that it took forever. Twenty two hours is no joke plus the fact that my seatmate was a very old man who kept on sleeping. Next time I should pick a seat next to the aisle so I can stand up and walk for a bit when I get tired from sitting. I have so much stories to tell already but I won’t bore you guys with a very long entry. I think I have to document it one by one. So for now this is it!
Posted by girlie on November 2, 2013
I can have a new hobby when I come back. It’s kinda refreshing and cool. I don’t know though if I can go about it. By the looks of it, I think it’s pretty easy to learn. It’s just a matter of tapping and finding the right beat. Now I think you know what I am talking about. It the mpd26. I came across it when I was watching some video about creating fun music. Then I got interested. It made me think that I can make my own arrangement someday, or I can probably learn how to adjust when it comes to the beat of a tune. What do you think? Will it be a good hobby?
Posted by girlie on November 1, 2013
Meet Punky! He is our new baby. He’s been with us for a little over two months now. My daughter Ish requested if she can have a Yorkie on her birthday. So Punky it is. It’s fun having a toy dog at home, cuddle cuddle here and there which he loves a lot. When he hears the car honk, he automatically goes by the door to greet all of us. Such a cutie but can sometimes turn into some cray cray little monster.
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Giving buyers what they want and providing them with choices in their local marketplace are key to success in the real estate industry.
Stephen Finfer has enjoyed significant success in the Los Angeles housing market by identifying the needs of discriminating buyers and supplying those needs with custom-designed properties. Monitoring current market research and incorporating those findings into building plans has helped Finfer create unique living spaces for his elite clientele.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced its 2013 list of Top Ten Features for Upscale Homes. It is a safe bet that at least some of these features will be incorporated in Stephen Finfer’s next round of renovations and building projects.
Designed to provide a relaxing space for families, game rooms came in at number 10 on the list of most wanted features in the upscale housing marketplace. Approximately 59 percent of all buyers indicated that they considered game rooms to be essential or desirable in a prospective residence.
Proximity to a Golf Course
Golf course living is appealing to many upscale buyers. This feature weighs in at number nine in the NAHB study. However, nearly half of buyers who planned to pay $500,000 or more for their new home indicated that they did not want to live in a golf-course community.
Almost half of all upper-income home buyers want a dedicated space for exercise complete with free weights, exercise equipment and treadmills.
A fully plumbed and functional wet bar is a must-have for many L.A. residents. In fact, 42 percent of high income buyers rated it as essential or highly desirable. These installations make entertaining easier and provide added convenience in the family room or kitchen areas.
For homes with two or more stories, roughly 28 percent of prospective home buyers in the upper income brackets indicated that an elevator was essential or desirable and would have a significant impact on their buying or leasing decision. Age and mobility may be a factor in the desirability of this feature.
Two-Story or Vaulted Entry
Almost 40 percent of wealthier home buyers list this impressive feature as a must-have or as a desirable addition to prospective residences. Interestingly, almost half of lower-income buyers list this feature as one they do not want in their future home.
Outdoor Cooking Areas
An outdoor kitchen ranks fourth on the list of desirable features for elite home buyers in the L.A. marketplace. More than just a barbecue grill, these fully equipped cooking areas incorporate refrigerator space, plumbing for a sink and countertop areas to make cooking outside as simple as cooking indoors.
A relatively modern innovation in the kitchen, wine cooler appliances provide space for chilling bottles. This is a popular added convenience in the upscale home. The NAHB study indicates that 46 percent of upper-income buyers consider these appliances an essential or desirable feature in the housing marketplace.
Two-Story Family Rooms
Family rooms are designed to provide a warm and relaxed environment for residents of the property. Two-story family-room designs are ranked number two on the NAHB list of desirable features and are a must-have for many high income bracket buyers.
Designed to keep hot foods warm after cooking, warming drawer appliances were ranked first on the list and were considered essential or desirable by 56 percent of all buyers. Only 14 percent of higher income buyers indicated that they did not want this feature, making it the most popular choice in the 2013 survey.
Stephen Finfer and other real estate developers likely will be bringing many of these advanced home features to buyers and renters in L.A. By tracking consumer research in the Los Angeles housing market, these real estate professionals can create the right development strategies to suit the ever-changing face of the modern housing marketplace.
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I wasn’t feeling well like 4 days ago. I think I caught the bug. Of course I can’t afford to get worst. What I did was BBM my niece to ask for some medication and that is what she gave me/us. I’m feeling a lot better now and am no longer worried that my trip would be cancelled because of some sickness.
Posted by girlie on October 7, 2013
We are doing some major repairs in one of our properties. The tenant just left and believe it or not I can’t imagine how they were able to live in that kind of house. Now the load is on us, the repairs I mean. This is not like the US that before someone gives up the apartment or house the condition should be like when they first moved. I wish it was like that here, but no! The burden is always passed to the owners. Anyway part of the major repair would be the undermount drawer slides. It’s a good thing that we have some left to use and I would say it is a great help. A huge chunk of our savings all went to repairs and maintenance this year so we are really tight budget wise. We just can’t leave the properties like that because it’s gonna create more trouble if we delay what should be done.
Posted by girlie on September 24, 2013
New York City is one of the most awe-inspiring tourist destinations in the world. Home to a myriad of impressive sights, renowned eateries and world-class entertainment, the Big Apple generates more revenue from tourism than any other city. First time visitors like Sanjay Patil marvel at its beauty and mystique, and are captivated by its grandeur.
There is no shortage of things to do and places to see in what natives simply refer to as “the city.” This guide highlights a few of the most impressive attractions for those, like Dr. Sanjay Patil, who plan on visiting the most cultural and densely populated city in the United States.
The most sought out tourist attraction for individuals like Sanjay Patil MD is Times Square. Opened in 1924, and located in the heart of Manhattan, Times Square is home to a host of excellent restaurants, spectacular billboards and legendary landmarks. Tourists like Patil are encouraged to visit the nearby theater district and enjoy one of several dozen Broadway plays. Times Square is also the site of the largest New Year’s Eve party in the world.
Another must-visit attraction is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Located on Madison Avenue and 51st, the world-famous structure is a mere stroll from Times Square. A Roman Catholic church featuring Neo-Gothic architecture, St. Patrick’s features a massive organ. Tourists are advised to find out what time it will be playing. Visitors can then visit Rockefeller Center, located right across the street from the cathedral.
A visit to New York City wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lady Liberty. The newly restored statue, which has resided on Liberty Island since 1886, is accessible by ferry boat. Dr. Sanjay Patil and other tourists will be delighted to know that Statue of Liberty tours run daily.
For those who enjoy culture, New York City touts three full-sized museums. The Guggenheim, located near 5th and 89th is an art enthusiast’s paradise. Housing classic works by the likes of van Gogh, Picasso and Kandinsky, the Guggenheim may not be for everyone, but is certainly a worthy venture for those interested in the cultural arts.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the MET, is the most widely known museum in Manhattan. Featuring a wide array of art and exhibitions, the MET appeals to tourists, like Sanjay Patil MD, who have more diversified interests. Be sure to check out the Egyptian exhibit, as it houses some of the oldest and most amazing works of art and artifacts in the entire world.
Finally, for those looking to learn more about the city itself, there is the Museum of the City of New York. There tourists can discover how an island once inhabited by a small group of Native Americans became one of the most magnificent cities in the United States.
After a long day of sightseeing, tourists can stay at one of the city’s four-star and historic hotels. The most famous hotel in Manhattan is the Warwick Hotel. Nearly a century old and housing over 400 decorated suites, the Warwick is as grandiose as it is comfortable, and is sure to delight any tourist visiting New York City.
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Looks really really good, right? It actually is! It’s just not my thing. I though I’d begin to love it, but nah! I am a certified chips momma. Gimme some chips, I shout! Haha kidding aside I think you’d love the taste of that cupcake. Hmmm now I realise, this is the reason why I am not really keen on making cupcakes, it’s just not my thing. But I still want to learn though especially the frostings part.
Posted by girlie on September 13, 2013
I just came across apricots and its health benefits. Now I want to try it. It has a very high content of anti-oxidant and that is what I need. I know I am in constant search for supplements and all, I think we all do. Anyway I found this bitter raw apricot kernels and I am a little convinced if ever to buy from them. Based on what I read, seems like a lot of people buy from them. I have yet to read more about it though and if I really need it for now. I take way too much supplements already I think. But when I feel like I need it, why not!
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Ok don’t judge! We had our second session last Saturday and would you believe I am looking forward to the next session? We plan to continue after our fourth session since we really find it fun. But more than anything else I feel that my strength has increased. I want to develop beautiful muscles like those ballerina, dream on right? Whatever it is as long as I love what I am doing what the heck? Oh one more thing, I love the grace and the poise that is being developed while doing the ballet moves. I want to move like a queen!
Posted by girlie on September 5, 2013
I so love the outdoors a lot. If only we had a garden at home I’m sure I will be staying there most of the time. If you have a favorite spot in the house, then that would be my favorite spot. I don’t know if this will remain a dream but there are plans to retire with this kind of atmosphere. I mean having a garden of our own in a big big lot in one of the nearby provinces particularly Tagaytay. I hope this plan will materialise. I would love to see this tiered outdoor fountain in the garden. It’s going to be the focal point. I have big plans and big dreams, I gotta start saving for everything to push through.
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I got this pair on sale at the American Eagle website. I forgot how much, but I’m sure it didn’t go above $10 otherwise I won’t end up buying them. I just find it cute plus the fact that I don’t have that kind yet. I’m sure dear darling doll will love it too. It’s a good thing we share the same shoe size, therefor we share our shoes as well. I don’t really wear hers coz she’s fond of wearing the tall ones, like those 5-in. heels that you see!
Posted by girlie on August 27, 2013
Called “Asia’s World City,” Hong Kong’s many global influences have made it a hybrid of cultures. Hong Kong’s Chinese roots, combined with its years as an English colony and international trade center, have made it a unique creation with its own dynamic and independent spirit. In the land of East-Meets-West, there are endless places to explore and cultural experiences to be had.
If you’re traveling to this majestic city, you could probably use some background information to help you get started.
Getting There: The online travel website Travelation should be your first stop in planning your trip. Travelation not only offers the best prices, but it also staffs professional, trained customer service representatives who can help answer questions and plan an itinerary.
Providing they have the proper documentation, most visitors can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods ranging from seven to 180 days. The length of time you can stay without a visa will depend on your nationality. The best times to visit Hong Kong are between September and February, when the weather is considerably cooler and drier.
Getting Around: Hong Kong has one of the world’s most efficient, clean and well-marked transport systems, making it easy to get around. The city isn’t very big, and the transit stops are frequent, which makes it relatively simple to traverse from place to place. English is widely spoken in Hong Kong. So if you do get lost or confused, communication won’t be a problem.
Where to Stay: Hong Kong offers a wide number of hotels, many of which are located in the harbor-front area on Hong Kong Island, and in Kowloon. For those looking to relax and enjoy a quieter, full-service accommodation experience, new resort-style hotels are always cropping up in the New Territories and Outlying Islands. Hong Kong is a bustling, busy city filled with shops and restaurants, but it’s also densely packed and small. No matter where you stay, you won’t be very far from the action. In addition, most areas of the city are very safe, making lodging location less of a concern. Travelation makes it easy to find convenient, high-quality, affordable accommodations.
Must-Sees: The Ladies Market is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic spots. This market is colorful, boisterous and packed to the brim with souvenirs, clothing, CDs and anything else you can imagine. The market is a great place to experience the Asian system of bargaining, as well as engaging in some great “people watching.” For an even more alluring look at Hong Kong culture, visit the Temple Street Night Market. When the sun goes down, the fortune tellers and opera singers come out to put on a spectacular show, while visitors bargain for items and eat delicious local street food. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, visit the marine-themed Ocean Park. The kids will love going on the rides and seeing the animals, and you’ll love taking the heritage train, which takes you back in time to showcase the unique culture of Hong Kong in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, remember to check out Travelation for the best in discount flights, car rentals and accommodations. Travelation’s website is really simple to use and gives you quick results. Plus, you can always call their hotline for great unpublished deals.
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I already ordered this online a couple of weeks ago. As usual I had it shipped to my sister’s US residence. I can’t wait to wear it this coming November when I go there. Oooopppps, it’s gonna be cold. Will I be able to wear it? I’ll find ways, knowing me I can jazz it up to keep me warm. I’ll still have to get my son some jeans and have it shipped there. The website is offering 40% off on all items, hurry head to AE’s website now!
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These days, visitors go to Fair Play to have fun instead of fight. During the Gold Rush, the town was a mining camp. Its name was the result of a fist-fight between the two founders of the town and a by-stander who insisted on “fair play.” Located in El Dorado County, Fair Play is about an hour’s drive from California’s capital in Sacramento and boasts the highest average elevation, between 2000 and 3000 feet, of any California viticultural region. Twenty-seven wineries in this bucolic rural area now host visitors in their tasting rooms. Dieter Jurgens is responsible for two of them, one at his Perry Creek Winery, a 42-acre estate, and another on his 70-acre vineyard property nearby, where his daughter Monika pours her wines.
Visiting tasting rooms has become a popular activity and can be a great resource for learning about wine and finding labels, whose production is too small to ever reach urban markets. At the tasting room, visitors can sign up for quarterly wine club shipments and receive the white wine club or the red wine club. Warm and affable, Dieter Juergens has some advice for those who tour wine country. “Never visit more than three wineries a day,” he laughs. Otherwise you’ll have some surprises when you return home and open the bottles that you purchased, especially those that you bought toward the end of the day. And you might find yourself enrolled in more California wine clubs than you ever imagined.
Perry Creek has three different labels. Zinman, portrayed as a joyful dancer, is Perry Creek’s most recognized label and is devoted to Zinfandel with the recent addition of a Syrah Rose`. The Estate Wines also depict the fanciful Zinman and showcase Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Barbera. Altitude 2401 includes Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Syrah. And finally the Cobra label, named for the Shelby Cobra, the famous British sports car with a Ford engine that was produced in 1962, features just 300 cases each of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet.
With the exception of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Cabernet, the rest are the historic wine grapes of the region that were first planted during the Gold Rush. Visitors can taste all of them in the Perry Creek tasting room without charge, which would be impossible in more commercial appellations like Napa. Because winery personnel provide visitors with education, tastings, and tours in the vineyard and winery, Dieter points out that visitors will pay slightly more when they buy wine there. But from all reports, they are happy to do so. Selecting a wine for purchase that they’ve already tasted is a great advantage over buying blind, which is typical in most retail wine shops. But if they join the white wine club or the red wine club, they will be eligible for discounts.
Except for Zinfandel, the winery makes very small amounts of each wine, so when it sells out of a particular vintage, it is forced to release the next one. “Our wines are going to improve over a three or four year period. It’s a shame to open a bottle before then,” Dieter explains. “But before you know it, we’re selling a Cabernet from 2010. In some restaurants, they’re already selling Cabernet from 2011. For lower priced wines from big wineries, that’s okay because they’re never going to get any better anyway, but ours will.”
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I had my first experience with ballet at 47. Yeah! My friend and I thought of trying Adult Beginner Ballet at Plana Forma over at Centris Walk in Quezon City. It was a wonderful experience and most importantly it’s one off my bucket list woohoo! It was super fun, now I know why I want it soooo much when I was younger. How I wish Mom enrolled me at ballet school instead, I would have a better posture early in life. My posture has improved though because one friend of mine in HS noticed it. Thanks to the group exercises I joined at the gym and 3 years of belly dancing helped a lot too.
Posted by girlie on August 22, 2013
I so miss the music scene. I’ve been wanting to watch a band perform for years now. Yeah that’s how long I haven’t watched a band perform. I hope I can do it today, on our 21st wedding anniversary. I wonder if my favorite band is playing today, but given the weather condition I don’t think they are but who knows, right? I have to check online if the place they play at is open. Oh speaking of a band, did I tell you that one of my nephews plays the drum very well? I wonder if her Mom knows about this classic Drum Thrones at musician’s friend. He deserves this kind of seat IMO coz he’s really good. Theirs was a makeshift chair, it’s about time they have this kind of chair.
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This is due to typhoon Maring and Habagat. Rain started pouring Sunday and never wanting to stop until this day. Classes are still suspended from pre-school to HS and some colleges and universities too. Too bad Ateneo LS has declared the resumption of classes. Pigs got tired flying already (a joke between me and my son). Today I woke up early to send Josh to school. My girl is still snoring since UST declared no classes still. I wonder if they are going to have a semestral break given this kind of situation. It’s been 4 days of no classes already and I’m sure the students won’t be happy if there will be makeup classes.
Posted by girlie on August 15, 2013
Thanks to a ton of helpful resources, buying a pre-owned car is not the harrowing process it once was. In fact, today’s car buyers have all the information they’ll ever need, right at their fingertips. But to find the best possible deal, it’s still up to you to do your research.
Before you even consider making a purchase, first determine your budget. Because many car buyers assume they can afford more than they really can, they end up defaulting on their agreement. If you’re taking out a loan, make sure to first calculate the minimum monthly payment that you can comfortably afford. Always take unforeseen circumstances into account. Ask yourself questions like, “If I were to lose my job tomorrow, could I still afford to make monthly payments?” If the answer is a resounding “Yes” then you’re probably in good shape.
When considering the cost of a car, don’t forget about the added fees. Registration, taxes and titles can set you back more than 10 percent of the purchase price. You can minimize these costs by buying from an independent car dealership such as A Better Way Wholesale Auto. Remember, when financing a car, you will pay interest on the entire amount. So while that extra 10 percent may not seem like a lot at first, it can end up making a huge difference.
When searching for the right car, use the free tools you can find on the Internet. Visit manufacturer websites, scour used-car listings in your area and read consumer reviews. Use search filters that only return matches that fit into your budget. Far too often, shoppers go into the buying process with a set budget in mind, only to find that they can buy a nicer car for a little bit more. Avoid this temptation by setting strict search parameters.
Now that you’ve determined what make and model you want, it’s time to find a dealer. If you’re purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, you’ll have several options. You could visit a new-car dealership. Cars sold at these locations are held under warranty and are generally mechanically sound. The problem is that you may have to pay more in hidden fees than you would if you purchased a vehicle from an individual or an independent car lot. And forget about purchasing a car that’s more than a couple of years old—new car dealerships simply don’t carry them.
If you’re on a strict budget, shopping at large independent dealerships is probably your best bet. Dealerships like A Better Way Wholesale Auto carry larger, more diverse inventories than their direct competitors. In addition, because A Better Way Auto purchases directly through financial institutions, it is able to offer customers lower prices on all makes and models.
After you’ve found the right car and the right dealership, it’s time to go for a test drive. When test driving a car you may purchase, don’t just take it out for a leisurely drive. Test everything and ask questions. Does the dashboard light up properly? Does the car make any strange noises? Does it accelerate properly? If the car lives up to your expectations, feel free to take the next step. If not, it is recommended that you begin your search anew.
Posted by girlie on July 29, 2013
I’m preparing myself for the questions which may come my way since my son is really interested in music. He actually auditioned in the school’s Glee Club but he wasn’t able to get in. One of the people behind it said his voice was actually qualified but he said something that made them decide otherwise. He told them that he doesn’t do flats. I asked him what came to mind, but he said that he didn’t feel like doing it. How can you argue with this kind of reasoning? Anyway this isn’t the end of it. I can still see that he is still interested. I won’t be surprised if one day he’ll really go into music, that I am already prepared. He has asked me to buy him a violin, he expressed his desire to learn the guitar, sooner or later he’ll ask about this novation launchkey at musicians friend. I’m glad we know someone who can help us decide on this kinds of stuff. I’m not ready to have another form of stress.