Monday, October 31, 2011

Carving the pumpkin has become our family tradition. We are not experts in carving but there is a kit that you can buy to make the job easier.

Our little girl was excited about it because she wanted to make a cat pumpkin. As much as she wants to help carve the pumpkin she felt yucky when Lulu took the guts out. She ended up just watching and telling her mom to get all the seeds out!

Do you carve pumpkins too?
Cancer is one of the battles so many people have to fight with today. It is not a respecter of sex or age. It affects even infants, and comes in many forms and kinds. It is sad how many people have lost their lives to cancer. It is something that not only the cancer patient is fighting with… even the family members feel the need to fight for it. We know of many cancer survivors—but I’d rather call them cancer victors! They have fought a good fight with their determined spirits and strong faith.

Although we are not cancer patients ourselves, it would be great if we joined with the cause for cancer awareness. By putting on cancer awareness ribbons, we are actually conveying a message that our hearts go out to those who are battling with the disease and at the same time, make the public aware of the implications that this ailment brings.

Do you have a loved one who is fighting with cancer today? A close friend or neighbor, perhaps? Let us remember them and be one with them in their struggle by putting on those ribbons. It’s never to late to make a difference—and mind you, we really don’t have the slightest idea how we would make these patients happier knowing that they are not alone in their ordeal.
One of the greatest dilemmas you will have when moving out to another place is the mail that gets into your old mailing address. It is a given that the moving out in itself is stressful enough with all those packing up and unpacking and adjusting to a new environment—but the mails that go through your mailbox: who will take care of them? What is the guarantee that it goes to you? What if you have been expecting important documents and they did not arrive on or before the day you had to move out?

It may take weeks before you could have your mails sent to your new address since you have to notify companies and old friends about your change of address. But mind you, there is actually a site that makes your change of mail a lot easier. The best part? It won’t even take you days to do it. You can do it in a matter of seconds! You can even get rid of your unwanted mails. So with this, mail change has never been made easier and much more convenient!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I am still in the state of shock. St. Louis Cardinals are the World series champions for 2011. As much as I am celebrating their win being a Cardinal fan all my life, I feel so sorry for Texas.

MLB's world series for this year was a great game. Game 6 was a classic game. I never thought that Cardinals would made it but they did.

Congratulations to all the Cardinals ball club and its huge fan base. Way to go!

Friday, October 28, 2011

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It is amazing how beauty could be enhanced with all these cosmetics and surgeries. More than a decade ago, growing old is something that is feared by people who are at their prime. The song and movie “forever young” has been a hit—it’s because it is the silent cry of those who don’t want to lose their vigor, beauty, and even fame. Sadly, growing old is something that we could not stop. In every sunrise of someone’s life always comes a sunset.

But technology has found answers. Of course we could not stop ourselves from growing old, but at least we could look younger than our age. Now that’s something everyone would want, right? Nothing beats to the pure joy of being told that we look young. It is always the best compliment one could ever receive.

Aside from the cosmetic products we see guaranteeing to get rid of those lines and wrinkles, we could always avail of surgeries that would forever get rid of those marks that tell us of our actual age. For women who are not satisfied about their figure and breast size, they could always get breast prosthesis! Once again modern technology has made wonders. And I am continually amazed by them everyday.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I worked in a multinational shipping company and our company has a Toll Free Number.  It is not just a mere toll free number but rather a customized number that is very easy to remember. Most businesses now have their own toll free numbers as it is very easy to get them. Most telephone service providers also offer toll free service.

But the big questions is: Is a toll free number good for your business? Definitely! Here are my reasons why I say so:

  • Toll-Free service works exactly the same way as a local phone services would.
  • Toll-Free numbers are portable. The number moves with you if your business moves.
  • Customers can reach you anytime and anywhere without having to pay for the call.
  • Toll-Free numbers will associate the quality of your product or services.
  • Toll-Free numbers build credibility. It makes small businesses sound professional.

A toll-free number solution can be an integral part of your communications plan. When you have your own business, communication is a vital part for its success. Before you embark into any sort of business, you should consider checking on the reliability of your communication. Your main goal should be about building long term relationship with customers. With a reliable toll free number service provider, your business will not only sound professional but it will let you stay connected with your consumers wherever they are.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Goooo TIGERS!!!!

We are a team! We are wearing our LSU shirts supporting our favorite NCAA Football team LSU.

I am wearing my LSU Tigers sweatshirt, Lulu in her LSU shirt and Andrea in her Lil Tiger shirt.. Cute, eh?
I wonder where our next family getaway would be. The year is almost ending so I am not really sure if we could do within the next two months. For sure we would have something planned for next year. I have always wanted to do a holiday out of the country—maybe Canada? I heard there are apartments for rent in Edmonton that would really be great for family holidays.

Family vacations are something that our family always looks forward to—I mean who does not want to have family getaway just to escape from the urban jungle and the hustle and bustle of city life? I also look forward to not having to wake up early to fix meals for the family. I mean I do love doing it, but once in a while I wish I just didn’t have to. I guess all stay at home moms like me could totally relate!

I am just crossing my fingers that next year we would have a memorable out of the country family holiday. For now I guess I have to brace myself for Christmas: getting my Christmas list ready, help the wife decorate the house and just enjoy the cold winter coming our way.

Monday, October 24, 2011

There is a new metal building that is being constructed near our place. We were all wondering what will it be since there is no signs about the upcoming building. We were curious what establishment will it be.

We are hoping that it will be a building of our favorite grocery store. There has been talks that a new grocery store will rise near us. It is a famous chain of grocery stores, so we wish this is it. It will be really convenient for us because the location is not even a mile from where we live.

Last Saturday it was Auburn vs LSU. Of course we are rooting for our team LSU to win. We wore our LSU shirts.

I had requested for Lulu to have her face painted with tiger stripes...

I guess it worked because LSU convincingly won that game!

Most transactions now are done electronically. You can now do electronic banking as well as electronic payments. It took me a while to be convinced about doing things electronically especially when it comes to matters that involve money. I always go for what is the usual. Would you believe that it took me years before I signed up for direct deposit for my salary? I was being fussed so many times by my wife for not enrolling direct deposit as it requires me to go to the bank to deposit my salary. Going to the bank is a hassle as there is always a line. So after a realizing that it will be easier to just do the direct deposit thing, I told our office that I want to enroll. Since then, I don't go to the bank to deposit my pay.

I now realized how convenient it is to do things electronically. My wife always pay our bills online. She told me that it saves her postage money. I guess that electronic payments on everything is what everybody prefers for it is convenient and time saving.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I am sure most of you know how known Cape Cod is. There were many movies that are shoot in this place. You can even read a lot about this place in novels. It is no wonder that my wife dreams of visiting Cape Cod.

Cape Cod is far from Alabama (we have to take a flight) but if we have the means for it, meaning if we have a budget for a great vacation, Cape Cod will be on top of our list. I have seen some Cape Cod rentals and they are so nice to look at.

Cape Cod is known for its beautiful beaches. Should we have our vacation there, I am sure my daughter will enjoy it.

One of the things that my family is dying to do is Whale watching. It will be fun to have a close encounter with the whales. We will surely do the whale watching tour off the coast of Cape Cod. I know there are so many things we can do in Cape Cod and we need to plan it carefully so that we can see and visit as much as we can during the vacation.
My daughter always like it when she reels the fishing rod. I guess she knows how much we love fishing and that she wanted to be a part of it. We asked her if she wants her own fishing rod but she said no as she will just help me fish.

When we went to the creek today, I let her helped me threw and reeled in the rod. She enjoyed it.

A friend of ours is getting married. My wife and her friends are throwing her a bridal shower. I noticed that my wife ordered a set of sexy bridal lingerie online. When it comes to shopping, my wife knows where she can get the best deals. I know she loves to shop both online and offline. I am just glad that she knows how to find the best deals and she knows how to handle our finances. I don't earn a lot yet, my wife always manage to make all our ends meet with a little extra for our savings.
I dropped off my wife and daughter to the mall yesterday. The mall is on my way to the work. I think it is like 3 miles from where I work. The mother and daughter tandem were ready to shop. I told them that I will pick them up during my lunch break.

I dropped them off at the main entrance and I noticed that on the other corner are new steel buildings construction. There was a signage that says, a new addition to the existing mall. With the new buildings added to the mall, it means more outlet stores will open up in few months. I bet they will be open in time for Black Friday shopping.

Friday, October 21, 2011


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Today I had one of those days that I was on the ball. For those of you who are close to me, you know that I rarely have those days. I usually forget things if they aren’t on my to-do list. If I forget my to-do list on the way to work, then I am really in trouble. I swear that I have to have undiagnosed Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Today I got up early, had a couple of cups of coffee and got my house picked up before I went to work. I got everything done that I needed to do at work and also had some time to do some personal things that I needed to take care of. I got to go to and upgrade our cable package. I also had some time to pay my bills on-line early. Whenever I have days like this I feel great about myself. If I could just figure out how to be so productive everyday, I would be set! Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Texas Rangers!

I am a Cardinals fan thus I am very happy that they are in the World Series. Yesterday, Cardinals won the Game 1. It was a good game. Will they be able to make it in the Game 2 tonight?

I will just keep track of the game....

Go Cardinals!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

They say that when you are in the real estate business or industry, you are living a nice life. I’ve heard stories of people who happen to be real estate brokers or agents that are enjoying the fruits of their labor. Most usually can afford and affluent, probably because of the high commissions they get when they close million-dollar deals. One real estate agent’s life (who happens to be an acquaintance) changed in an instant and she became a one-time millionaire when a business tycoon purchased a big piece of land she was dealing. She was given a commission in 7 figures! The business tycoon was to put up a mall in the said purchase property. She was really lucky that she had closed that deal early on. So now she is truly living a good life.

Had I pursued my interest in real estate brokerage I would have also been enjoying the harvest. I would have also been selling properties like South Carolina Real Estate properties or would have also been closing million-dollar deals. But I did not and still, I am considerably living and enjoying a good life, one that I could not have in my home country. The only difference is that here, I get to do all things by myself. Nevertheless, I so enjoy what I have now and I am thankful that I have all these blessings.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Did you know that graduates who hold an MBA degree are eligible for jobs that would not be offered to those who hold only a high school diploma? There are many employment opportunities of different types for those that holds an MBA degree.

At work, there is a chance for career advancement and holding supervisory and management positions. If only I am equipped for those positions, I will surely apply for it. Career advancement is the reason why I am gearing towards earning an MBA degree. But with the plans of going back to school, there will be a lot of sacrifices to make. Going back to school will be costly so we need to tighten our belts on our daily spending. I also have to check on my work's graduate school program because they offer financial assistance too.

When it comes to MBA degree, there are many concentrations that one can pursue. One can even check the mba programs colorado to get an idea on the most common MBA programs. There are also variety of factors to examine in choosing where to get your MBA degree. Above all, before you decide to take the degree of concentration you want, you should check and evaluate each one and choose the one that is right for you.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

It has been a while since we fired up our grill. It just got so hot that we can't stand grilling outside. But since the weather has gotten cooler, we decided to grill.

My little girl who is my grill buddy was having fun playing outside while I was grilling. I grilled hamburger! Hamburgers are best when grilled.

The smell of the grilled burger filled our back porch. It was heavenly. We all couldn't wait to eat. We had grilled hamburgers and french fries for dinner!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My wife is the queen of the kitchen and since she loves to cook for my family she makes sure that her haven is a cook’s paradise. For her, the kitchen is not complete without any kitchen curtains. Without it, kitchen’s just looks ugly. Curtains make windows look fresh and clean. That is why she is hoping to find something to match the color of our tablecloth and so with my tile floors. Her, being also an “expert” when it comes to surfing scheduled for a thorough research on nice kitchen curtain designs and trends. Despite the endless chores in the house, also considering the hectic schedules of being a mother and a wife, she still finds time to check out the latest gadgets and equipment for the kitchen. She sure can’t wait to buy the perfect curtain that would match and would sooth her personal taste. It somehow gives her the feeling of relief just by seeing all the needed fabrics for the kitchen. With no hesitation, I would quickly agree on her decisions to order one for the house. She is just so happy every time she has something new for our kitchen – a place where I finds peace and serenity.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The weather is getting cooler. It is the perfect time to do some hiking in the weekend. I think that my daughter is old enough to start hiking with us. We don't need to hike difficult terrains yet but at least we want to introduce hiking to her. We need to buy some hiking backpacks for the three of us. I think it will be a fun adventure to explore the nature.

Hiking will be a great exercise too. I think my daughter will enjoy this activity because it will be new to her.

Over the years, we have collected few hundred DVDs. Some of my friends loan them. Some returns it some don't. I don't mind loaning my DVDs as long as they will return it. We love to watch movies again and again so it is important for me that my DVDs are returned so that when we feel like watching a certain movie we can do it.

I loaned a movie to our neighbor a year ago. Would you believe that it is still not back? We were dying to watch that movie few days ago but when I asked him about it he only said he will give it back.

Well, we haven't got it yet. I guess we have to buy a new copy tonight because we are dying to watch it again.

I should learn my lesson by now.
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One of my friend asks me if I know somebody who is willing to work in the medical field. He has some opening for Medical Records Assistant Jobs. I asked my wife if her friends are interested. My wife's friends are interested but they are not qualified for the job as none of them have the proper credentials for the job.

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One night I came home seeing my little toddler in this outfit. She told me " Daddy I am wearing my costume for my tea party" "Wanna have tea with me?" Who can resist that? Though I am tired from work, I can never say NO to my daughter when she wants to have my attention.

It's tea party time!!!!
Few months ago, we bade goodbye to the carpets in our living room and we can never be happier. Carpet cleaning is really time consuming and a pain in the butt. We used to have light colored carpet and the dirt just shows right away. We have to clean it all the times yet, we never feel it is clean enough. Of course we never hired a professional to do it as we do it ourselves. Maybe if we hired a reliable carpet cleaner like carpet cleaners durham nc it would have made a difference. We just got tired of the carpet that we decided to changed it into hardwood. We were happy with our decision. Now, our living room is easier to clean.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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There are aspects in a business that are just too technical. Some of them are very hard to understand for an ordinary individual. Having a business lawyer will help you safeguard your investment. Business whether small scale or large corporations are both investments that need proper documentations and some other legal papers. These cannot be done without the proper knowledge of business laws. So, safeguard your investment by consulting one of raleigh business lawyers. Keep your investments safe at all times.
Some people doesn't like to buy incontinence products at the local store because they are not comfortable with it. They get conscious when some other customers see them buying those. There is a solution to this problem. One can shop for incontinence products online. Online stores can pack them in such a way that it will not embarrass the receiver.

Some health conditions are private and I appreciate the fact that there are sellers that are concern with what the customer feels. By shipping these products discretely, it helps the customers need for anonymity.
We have a friend who is in a state of mourning since few days ago her mom passed away. Lulu and some of their friends try to help her cope up. Yesterday they spend time together just talking and eating. Today, they decided to bring her out to the mall.

Lulu and Andrea left around 10am. I was still asleep. We didn't see each other before I go to work but they surprise me with a lunch... They brought me lunch at work ...

Barbecue Sandwich for Lunch, from Jim 'n Nick's.... Delicious!
My wife and my daughter have a very sensitive skin. They both need to use bath products for sensitive skin and they have to use moisturizing creme everyday. I wonder if the water that we are using is one of the reason why they have skin problems. I know that hard water dries skin and hair. If our shower is producing hard water then I am sure it will affect the skin of my girls. The only solution that I can think of about hard water is to install a water softener. Softened water has many benefits. I have read that Aquatell water softeners are easy to install and maintain. I should look at this product so that we can enjoy the luxury of a softened water.
Moving and rearranging your furnitures at home or at work can be hard work. It requires a lot of effort especially if you move heavy furnitures. To provide ease of moving, a mover can use casters. These casters allow for easy movement. Casters comes in variety of sizes. Different caster has different functions. If you are looking for a caster, you should check out Reid Supply. They have different kinds of casters. You can buy the caster that is right for your needs at a very affordable price. They also offer ball transfer and other industrial products.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I try to be a hands-on father as much as I can. Like in any life situation, the first time is always hard and crucial. I can remember that time when I and my wife were just starting and our daughter was a newborn baby. We would get rattled at every wail she does. As the days pass by, we have learned how to properly deal and soothe her crying. And she grew every day before my eyes. Her mom kept tabs on milestones, making little celebrations for each one.

Our daughter is our unica ija, the one princess. Because of this, we do everything to give her a life she deserves. We do everything to protect her. As soon as she was able to roll on her tummy, we knew we had to baby proof our home. We bought floor mats where she first crawled to protect her knees from scratches. We re-arranged the furniture to give her more space. We made sure all electrical appliances are secured. And even after child proofing our home, we still see to it that when she plays, we are always around her.

Having a child entails a lot of changes. We even made changes in our car. When she was little we had to put sunscreen on the side of the car where her car seat is located. Now that she is a little bit older, we have to invest in a high quality car floor mats. As young as she is, she drops morsels of food, spills drink and make mess in the car. But with a good car floor mat, we can easily clean it up.

Pumpkins are very common in any grocery stores. Every time we go to Walmart, my daughter is fascinated with the pumpkins so I bought her one.

She made this design. This is the first time that she has done one. Not bad huh?
It was last year when I got a scary call from my step mother. Dad had a heart surgery. I never had an idea that my father had heart problems. It was all so sudden. My step mom assured me that everything was okay though. Few days later, my dad was discharged from the hospital and he went home to recuperate. He didn't recover from the surgery overnight but he told me that he felt better after few days.

What happen to my dad, made me realized that I need to take more care of my health. What happen to my dad can easily happen to me too. I need to make a change to improve my overall health so that I can avoid any kind of heart surgery.

It is a blessing that nowadays there are plenty of skillful and experienced heart surgeons that can do a minimally invasive heart surgery. Heart surgery has also evolved. Before, the traditional way of heart surgery is done through dividing the breastbone and using a heart lung machine. Today, a cardiac surgeon can do the minimally invasive approach without the use of the large breastbone incision and may not require the use of the cardiopulmonary bypass. This procedure is done through small incisions in the right side of the chest. It is an alternative to open heart surgery. This approach is safe and have been performed successfully by NYU Surgeons. This kind of approach results in less pain and a quicker recovery for most people.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When I was younger, I thought tennis is a really simple sport. All you need to know is how to hold the racket and use it to hit the ball. As grew older, yes you are right, I realized it takes more than that. Tennis is a game of speed and strategy (well most sports and games require a good strategy). And that racket, it is not easy to grip, more hit a ball with it.

Tennis is enjoyed by countless recreational players and is also a hugely renowned worldwide spectator sport, especially the four Grand Slam tournaments (likewise known as the "Majors"): the Australian Open fought on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played out on grass courts, and the US Open played also on hard courts.

The Australian Open 2012 was formally launched last October 4 in Melbourne, Australia. As early as now, many tennis aficionado have shown excitement for another round of tennis Australian open. News has it that it is set to offer the highest pot money in the Grand Slam Tennis history ever.
Nurses and other medical fields are mostly identified because they wear scrubs. But recently, I have seen many people who wears scrubs regardless of their profession. Scrubs is not just for nurses.

More and more people are now wearing scrubs. I guess because scrubs especially the cotton scrubs are comfortable to wear. Scrubs give you ease in moving. It is a perfect day to day wear.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

As the real estate market goes down, it is very common to see signs of house for sale every where. Every corner of a road, you can surely see for sale yard signs.

While driving around looking for homes for rent, we found some beautiful houses in a very nice subdivision that are mostly for sale. It is actually a sad reality how homeowners have been forced to sell their homes because they can no longer afford to pay for its monthly mortgage.

Sometimes I wonder if being a renter is the best option these days.
I can't believe how addicted I am to fishing. I enjoy fishing because my wife loves to eat the fish that I caught. I know don't just fish for fun, I fish because I enjoy doing it and at the same time it is a good meal for my wife.

Anyhow, as winter approaches, the weather is getting colder thus I have to dress properly too when I go fishing especially when I fish very very early. I plan to buy some carhartt pants that I can wear for fishing. I need to wear something comfortable and something warm so that I can keep myself warm despite the cold weather when I stay outdoors to fish.
Few days ago, I wanted to eat something sweet. We went to the bakery section of the grocery store. The cake their costs over $10! I don't want to spend that amount of money just for a cake.

I was ready to forget about my sweet craving. Then the wife offered to bake a cake. We bought the ingredients and then we came home to bake the cake.

Andrea was excited because she was gonna help her mom bake the cake. It was a great activity for them.

Andrea couldn't wait for the cake to be done. When they finished making chocolate cake they put coconut pecan toppings.

The cake was delicious!!!!
I am a smoker. Smoking is a habit I wish I haven't started. I have been a smoker all my adult life. Though I smoke, I have never been a cigar smoker. I prefer the cigarette. I guess it is because cigar is more expensive. It is cheaper to smoke a cigarette than to smoke a cigar. Despite being not a cigar smoker, I know some sellers that sell discount acid cigars. There are plenty of internet resources that can be searched if you are looking for cheaper rates of different cigars.

Are you a smoker? Which do you prefer a cigar or a cigarette?
Every year, we make customize Christmas card. It is by the way cheaper to make a personalize Christmas card than to buy them in the store. As early as this time, my wife is already planning to make the Christmas card. We will be sending Christmas cards abroad so the earlier we can order our christmas cards the better.

My wife plans to buy and design custom t-shirts for our family picture. She wants us to wear the same outfits for our Christmas Picture. I think this is a neat idea. It will be cool for the three of us to have a uniform outfit. It will be different from our previous Christmas pictures.
I used to have a labrador dog. Like many pet owner, that dog was not just a mere dog. She was a part of our family. She gets treats every now and then. She has schedules for vet visits, pet saloon visit. She was well taken cared of and she had her own place in our house. Though she was an indoor dog, we never have problem with urine odor because we really take good care of her.

Aside from the lab dog, we also had a cat. Our cat and dog get along well. It was actually cute to watch them play all the time.

Do you have pets at home? Do you experience having pet odors? There is a solution to that. Check the petcare section of any pet store.
I have a co-worker that is into bangles and other jewelries. Last week I noticed that she was wearing a silver bangle that has biagi beads screw at the end. It was really beautiful. It will make a very good gift. I asked her where she got it because I want to buy one for my wife. It will be a great anniversary gift. Since our anniversary is coming up in few months, I am looking for ideas on what to give her. I always find it hard to buy my wife a gift because she kept on saying that she don't want anything.

Will a silver bangle be a good gift for her on our 5th wedding anniversary? Any other ideas?
My step dad has every knick knacks that one will every need. He has a garage full of tools and some other things. Whenever we need something, all we have to do is ask him and he will surely have it.

When we were assembling our dining set, we borrowed a cordless drill from him. It was really easy using a cordless drill. We have noticed that his drill works like new. He told us that he just bought a new sets of makita batteries for his tools and other stuff. I really salute my stepdad when it comes to maintaining his stuffs. He is really keen in making sure that everything is in order and he is very knowledgeable on everything that he owns.
We were doing our usual grocery shopping when my wife spotted $1 deals. I know for sure that my wife will be checking them out. I saw her grab a couple of shorts, t-shirts and other clothing items. Knowing my wife, I know she wouldn't pass that kind of deal. It was too good to pass.

As she was done choosing different items, she went to the "Find Price" area. She was just making sure that all the items she got is priced at $1 each. The store that we go shopping to has the best barcode scanner. It is easy to use and they are placed in different section for the convenience of its shoppers.

Anyway, we came home with few more bags from our grocery shopping but paid a lot less for all of them.
Ever heard of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement? If you are not familiar with this, it is a medical or lifestyle approach which is safe and natural. This is done by a medical professional. The purpose of a hormone theraphy is to help alleviate the pain and suffering that an individual is facing because of conditions such as menopause, perimenopause, andropause or other stress induced fatigue.

Hormones regulate metabolic process in a body that is why many doctors are now using hormone replacement therapy in optimizing a person's well being. Is hormone replacement right for you? Consult your doctor now.
Longhorn is my favorite steakhouse. The steak there is much better compared to any other steak houses.

I ordered the porterhouse with french fries on the side. Yes this is a big serving but as skinny as I am, believe me I can eat it all.

Would you believe that during my younger years, at one time I ate a 70oz steak? Yes, that's how much I can eat.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 focuses on 6 specialized cell culture media and one of these is mesenchymal stem cells. In culture, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are understood to be plastic-adherent, fibroblast-like cells which can self-renew and differentiate into bone, adipose and cartilage tissue. STEMCELL Technologies offers a variety of items for that enrichment, quantification, expansion and differentiation of human and mouse mesenchymal stem cells.

STEMCELL Technologies Corporation is an independently-possessed biotechnology organization that evolves niche cell culture media, cell separation items and ancillary reagents for existence science research. Driven by science and a love for quality, STEMCELL provides over 1000 items to a lot more than 70 nations worldwide.
Colony-forming cell assay (CFC Assay) is one of the products or services offered by STEMCELL Technologies Inc. The colony-forming cell assays or CFC assays are the most often used assays to look at the frequency and proliferative ability of hematopoietic cells in cell preparations utilized for transplantation.

Driven by science and a passion for quality, STEMCELL delivers over 1000 products to at least 70 countries worldwide. STEMCELL will get you moving in your research. With access to timely and knowledgeable technical support team and staff scientists who are available to speak directly with you to talk about any queries you might have, you will be on your way to a successful project.
Do you have any idea about cell culture media? There is a company that stands out among the rest when it comes to cell culture. It is the STEMCELL Technologies Inc. This company is a privately-owned biotechnology organization that develops specialty cell culture media, cell separation products and ancillary reagents for life science research among many others. The company also offers methylcellulose based media. Methylcellulose is a chemical compound made from cellulose. It is used in the most frequent methods to evaluate multiple or single lineage-committed hematopoietic progenitors, referred to as colony-forming cells (CFCs) or colony-forming units (CFUs). The company's commitment to cell research is very commendable.
My daughter is just so fascinated with the monkey bars. She would do it at home in between our side tables. She will pretend that she is on a monkey bar.

When we went to the playground, she spend most of her time in the monkey bar which of course is a lot of work for me as I have to hold her there.

It was fun though.
The breakthrough discovery of mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation several years ago showed an important progress in the field of biology and experimental medicine, because it allowed the routine manipulation of the mouse genome. Together with the capability to stimulate genetic alterations, it offered the foundation for establishing an in vitro model of early mammalian growth and shown a presumed new origin of differentiated cell kinds for cell replacement therapy. While embryonic stem cells are already used greatly for producing mouse mutants for over a ten years, their use as a model for developmental biology has been reduced and their use in cell replacement therapy remains a goal for many in the field.
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are a cell series produced from the ovary of a Chinese hamster. They are generally utilized in biological and medical study and commercially in the generation of therapeutic proteins. They were presented in the 1960s and expand as a cultured monolayer. They need the amino acid proline in their culture medium.

CHO cells are used in research of genetics, toxicity testing, nutrition and gene expression, particularly to express recombinant proteins. Today, CHO cells are the most frequently used mammalian hosts for commercial manufacturing of recombinant protein therapeutics.

If you need cho cell media, STEMCELL has a variety of selection you could choose from.

We are all excited to come home to Philippines early next year. My sister in law sent this picture last night telling us the room is ready for us. We all can't wait to see each other again. If I am excited about this trip, you can't imagine how excited my wife is.
The cell line development has undergone several advances through the years, essentially to fulfill the necessity to cut the time and costs connected with using mammalian cell lines as production platforms.

There are plenty of comprehensive guides available in the Internet to the methodology involved in the growth and development of cell lines and the cell engineering approach that can be used to enhance productivity, improve cell function, glycosylation and secretion and control apoptosis. The chance of cell engineering approach to enhance cell lines through the manipulation of single genes that play important roles in key metabolic and regulatory pathways is also discussed in such guides.
Our everyday life has become so hard and tedious. As a result, people have insufficient time for exercise thus the rise of so many diseases. But majority of these are often curable with the assistance of Stem Cell Culture therapy. It is less expensive and does not harm any living beings.

Scientists started working on this therapy two decades ago. It was opposed during that time because people thought working against nature is not ethical. However we cannot imagine life without research because our natural resources are limited and we are utilizing them rapidly. This therapy provides for us an idea how to solve this challenge.
B cells are among the primary cell kinds engaged in humoral immune responses. They {behave|function} as antigen presenting cells, create antibodies to protect against foreign antigens, and produce into memory B cells or plasma cells. Isolation of B cells from any source including peripheral blood, bone marrow, PBMC, and spleen with positive or negative B cell selection kits . These cell isolation solutions are quick, simple, and optimized to isolate highly purified and functional B cells for a range of studies such as examination involving immunoglobulin class switching, somatic hypermutation, signaling, proliferation, and differentiation of B cells. If you need such kits, inquire at STEMCELL.
We watched the movie Hanna last night. I haven't heard of this movie. But the trailer looks so good and it is the kind of movie that my wife and I enjoy watching.

I was surprise when I check at IMDB that it has a 7.0 rating considering that there is not much promotion about the movie.

As we watched the movie, we were impressed because it was really good. We really enjoyed the movie last night. It has been more than a week since we saw a good movie. We didn't find any good movie to rent at Redbox for a couple of days now that is why we were glad we got a good move last night.

This is the summary of the movie from Redbox.
Hanna, a teenage girl, has the strength, stamina, and smarts of a soldier. She was raised by her father, a former CIA agent, in the wilds of Sweden. Living a life unlike any other teenager, Hanna's upbringing and training have groomed her to be the perfect assassin. When her father sends her on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents who are chasing her, sent by a ruthless female intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she comes closer to her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shaving is part of my daily routine. My wife doesn't appreciate my kisses if my face is not smooth. She has a very sensitive skin, so she easily gets rashes when I don't shave good.

I know men knows how easily our beard grows. Even if you shave early in the morning by night, they are already back. Razor burns, nicks and cuts are very common and they are all annoying. Did you know that you can lessen or avoid having them?

These are my shaving tips and it worked for me. I seldom have razor burns or cuts:
  • Take a hot shower first. I love hot showers. I take a hot shower as long as I want. The hot shower will help open your pores.
  • Shave only after shower. While shaving use a hot water too but be careful not to scald yourself with a very hot water or that will be another problem.
  • Apply a good amount of shaving cream. Make a good lather.
  • Shave using a reliable razor. Don't buy cheap razors. Invest into buying an expensive razor. I tell you, they are worth it! Good quality razor can give you a closer shave.
  • Lastly, pamper your face with a good after-shave gel.
Shaving is a routine that I am not really fond of doing but I have to. Achieving the best shave is just a matter of using the right tools and doing it the right way.

I am participating in a blogger campaign by Bucks2Blog about shaving tips and was compensated. However, the views and opinions are my own.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Have you ever dreamed of owning a restaurant business? I know that starting your own business requires a deep pocket of cash. There are many things to buy when starting a business. For those who plans to have a restaurant business, you should know that there are companies that are willing to provide you with immediate cash for restaurant funding.

Those who are interested in learning more about business can find info on classes via online business programs.

There is an alternative when the bank are reluctant to offer funding for your business. You can check out the American Stimulus Funding as they can provide the necessary funds to cover everyday expenses including payroll, inventory purchases and equipment financing for your business.
Last week, we sent the Money Order for my speeding ticket. It was over $150! There was also a minimal fee for certified mail and some other stuff. Money on the drain again!

I am being very careful with my driving now. I can't risk another speeding ticket. It kills me to drive so slow especially on roads that has a 30mph speed limit or below but I have to really really careful. I don't want another minus points on my driving record and I don't want my car insurance premium to be extremely high. It is already high as it is.

My daughter will be entering preschool next year and as of now, my wife is busy preparing her for a new chapter in her life. My wife has been buying educational books, interactive toys, coloring books and activity books for her. My wife also searches in the Internet for printable activities like coloring pages, those with alphabets, numbers, shapes and just a whole lot of them. She prints them one at a time while our daughter is asleep and when she’s awake , they would work on it together. Because my wife’s been printing a lot of activities recently, I have also been buying printer ink almost every two weeks. It is quite costly compared to buying the activity and coloring books.

Although it is important to prepare our daughter for school, it is also essential that we should also save. I have actually seen some old coloring and activity books in a book sale, I know my daughter can still use those. They are also cheaper, I don’t mind buying them too as long as my daughter will learn and will have a grasp of the basics like the alphabets, numbers, shapes and colors. For the meantime, my wife will have to do a lot of printing, I hope she compiles all their activities too.
A friend of mine who has this passion for shooting and firing recently showed interest in learning Air Soft. Although I do not see any difference in air soft from shooting or firing since they both work the same. The only thing that makes a distinction is the armory, in shooting, real firearms are used but in air soft, simulations of the real weaponry are used. The techniques and how the sports are played also show significant similarities but when it comes to weaponry, obviously those used in shooting and firing are fatal ones.

So my friend did took some time off of his shooting and firing hobby. He actually bought new accessories and stuff for air soft training. I am actually clueless, when he told me how much he spent for such sports, I was in disbelief. Well, I could not blame him for spending too much for his expensive hobby, he’s happy with it, he finds solace in it and as if his weapons are his babies, he takes good care of them. I salute him too for being a responsible gun owner, he knows how to keep out of his children’s reach. Well, he should be, his toys are dangerous. He also makes sure that when his children see him in his sports, he explains to them what it is for.

As for me, I could not have that interest like that of my friend, but I am quite happy and satisfied with our bonding times with my family. That’s what’s important.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

'Twas Friday night when I went fishing. When I got there in the creek, the fish were not biting at all. I got two very small fish and that was it. I debated on going home as I thought it was one of those nights. Then I was hoping that fish will bite in few hours at the break of dawn. I went to the store to get some coffee instead.

In the morning, the fish did bite! I got a few good sizes of brim and yes finally the big bass! This is the first time that I caught a big bass.

I was excited of course and couldn't wait for Lulu to see them. I called her to take a picture of me bringing home the "prize catch"

I still can't believe how I caught 2 big bass. I told Lulu how I caught them.

I put them on the sink and ready to be cleaned. Lulu cleaned them and she measured it. The biggest bass was 14 inches long.

It was a great fishing trip for me!