Friday, 20 November 2015

Our "New" Second-Hand Ride

I'm not a sporty person, though I'd love sana how to play tennis. Too much exposure to Mr. Sun discouraged me to engage on it. But I'm glad that at an early age I was so eager to learn and eventually know how to ride a bicycle. I learned on my own and those bruises that I got was all worth it. My uncle used to have a BMX bike when I was in grade school. Whenever he is not using it, I sneak into our tiny garage and practice until I get tired. I cannot remember when was the last time I rode in one. My eldest daughter kasi loves to have a bicycle maybe because she saw her friends in our neighborhood driving around with their own bicycles. Yung kind na like this...

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Mala- 'Lovers in Paris'. It's so dreamy, right? (Photo NOT mine)

My husband and I are actually planning to buy her a new bicycle because the old one is already too small for her. That now is the one my 3-year old girl is using. 

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We scouted for it in malls but we are having second thoughts getting one because: (1) it's a bit expensive and (2) we cannot attest of its longevity. We then heard that buying in Japan surplus shops saves us a lot of money and we get more of our money's worth. Not to mention it's durability and quality-tested. So we check out some shops here in the city and found nga not only one but two bicycles. The second one is for me. I'm so happy I own one now even if it's pre-owned.

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Here is my girl's bike. 
It's only Php1,800.00 and I tell you, it's so sturdy 
though there are a few scratches and minor dents noticed. 
But it's in a very good condition. 

Just a few flaws were there like the LED lights isn't working though we can just replace the defective bulb and it will light naThe other grip has a rip but the other one is still in good condition so we just leave it as it is. The plastic basket have only minimal cracks and dents and stains but it doesn't matter. There are also minor rusts seen but we can have it repainted and it's good as new. We just bought an extension tires (at Php300.00) at the back since she cannot balance yet with just a two-wheel. Before that there was a bicycle stand attached to it but it was removed to replace the extension tires.

We can really attest of its durability and quality because the bicycle itself is heavy. It's like I'm having lifts every time I carry it. The bell and brakes works perfectly. The seat cover is in nice condition (not dirty) and durable. The paint finish is totally fine. The height of the seat can be adjusted. I can even ride on it. 

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And now presenting to you my bicycle. 
Guys would you believe its worth is only Php1,800.00?! Sure steal!
But we got it for 2,500.00. Why? Everything is in superb condition 
and it's a reserved item. Meaning 'may nagmamay-ari na'. 
My husband haggled for it and wants it so badly for me.

He didn't mind paying for that amount because of the following reasons:

- the seat is leather, just a few (almost invisible) blemishes
- the LED lights, bell and brakes working perfectly fine
- there are just minor scratches, stains and rust
- almost no dents
- adjustable seat
- it has a lock/key attached to the back wheel that secures it and nobody can use it except me. Though I don't lock it so the nanny can use it to accompany my kids when biking around the village
- the paint finishes is fine (off white/chocolate color, yum!)
- the steel basket is love
- I love also that it has a bicycle stand

Overall, I love my Japan surplus/pre-owned bicycles we got. We saved a lot for the cost we bought given of the quality of the bikes. We can just have it groomed some other time if we really want that spunky/new feel of it. For the meantime, we love as it is. My hubby told me it's his Christmas gift to me. It doesn't matter if it's not new as long as I am loving it. He's planning to buy one for him and our youngest. And it'll be a family sport we'll be engaging in. How I love it! Thank you Lord for the blessing!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Heartbreaking Friday the 13th

Was it a mere coincidence or fated to happen? Last Friday, the 13th, shocked the whole world hours or days later. I don't want to believe in a Friday the 13th that it comes with a bad luck or something not nice will happen. After all it was a payday and many of us got already our partial pay bonus. That is not a bad luck after all, you think? This is what I saw in my Facebook newsfeed today...

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I was stunned to read that Japan and Mexico was struck by a magnitude 8 and 4.3 earthquake, respectively. Honestly, I wasn't really shock of Beirut and Baghdad's bombing attacks because for me, it is kind of a usual happening that I hear and see in news of places being part of the Middle East and Muslim areas because of this ISIS thing. Seeing and hearing these news every time in that side of the globe breaks my heart especially if affected people are family with children. Even the Muslim people condemn these kind of terrorist attacks. It's against the law of Islam and their Quran. But what terrifies me the most is it was a random and planned event that lead to Paris terrorist attack that led to hundreds of death and seriously injured. It is disturbing to hear these news because its target are public places were innocent people are put in danger. More so a lot of tourist flock in the City of Lights all year round. It is frightening that there's no safe place anymore even if you're in the compounds of your own home. Christmas time is already a few days away and it's saddening to note all of these chaos happening in our world when it should be excitement, hope and joy we feel as we wait for the holidays draws nearer. 

Here in our country, we experienced a magnitude of 4.0 quake in Davao City last Nov. 7, 2015 and it was said that it is possible that we'll be experiencing a 7.0M quake noting that their are new fault lines discovered. Yesterday's local newspaper wrote about recent bombings in Mindanao particularly in Kabacan, North Cotabato hurting 7 people including minors.

I wish for world peace and that people should be sensitive to others in order to have a loving and happy environment to live in. So much anger in one's heart makes a destructive world that we don't care anymore of others but only our own. I pray that God will touch these bad people's hearts and minds that they may see how cruelty they've caused. A change of heart and a total surrender to God will make a big difference. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

McDonald's Happy Meal: Hello Kitty and Thomas and Friends

Hello mommies and girls out there! It's been a while after my last post. Been to a lot of busy stuff lately but I'm back to tell you about the latest of McDonald's Happy Meal. I got 2 hello Kitty toys for my little girls. I was ecstatic seeing these when I happen to pass by their store last Monday together with my daghter. Normally, I don't usually give in to my kids pleading of buying toys like that. But being a kid-at-heart too and once a lover of Hello Kitty/ Sanrio/ Little Twin Stars, like any parent, I couldn't resist to the consistent 'please-mama' of my almost 5-year-old tot.

I am happy with what we purchased. Hopefully, these won't break too soon as these are nice Hello Kitty toy collections. If you're an avid collector of Hello Kitty, these are great pieces to add in to your collection now... or you'll regret not getting it.

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There are actually 4 kinds of Hello Kitty Collection and
another 4 for the Thomas and Friends stuff.

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A closer look to one of the HK collection: You can open the toy
and inside is an HK ring.

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Cute ring! and I like its quality. Not a cheapskate kind of plastic material.

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This is the 2nd HK collection that we bought and inside is
a hair comb.

I'm wondering what are the other 2 HK collection has inside. I'm planning to grab the other 2 Hello Kitty toys in their Happy Meal... hehehe (happy kid inside, giggle!). Anyway, for this Happy Meal purchase we got, I bought the Spaghetti w/ a drink for about P82.00pesos and a 1-piece chicken meal w/ a drink that cost around P102.00pesos. Not bad at all I guess. Go visit your nearest McDonald's stores now. #Mcdohappymeal #HelloKitty

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Turmeric for a Healthy Drink!

I was alarmed when I experienced high blood pressure late of last year. This was before our Great Britain trip in October. The highest blood pressure reading I had, recorded at 150/90. It was the first time I experienced such reading ever since. It was a wake up call for me. And honestly, I realized that I'm not in my 20's anymore and I'm getting older (not that old at 36). The reality sinks in that my body cannot take all the bad stuff anymore. That what I eat reflects later on when I'm not taking a conscious effort to be mindful in my choice of food. I admit that I take my eating habit lightly. I love sweets and salty foods. I am one of you who indulge in junkfood. Never in a day that I get to eat something sweet. Thankfully, I don't crave for soda except for occasional reasons. I love coffee with creamer. I don't settle for the black one. I find it too strong for my taste. But I love the native one. I can take its taste.

Apart from having elevated blood pressure, my uric test shows above normal results and my Creatinine level too. On that note, my choice of food made a turn around. There are food now that I should avoid. And surprisingly not all vegetables, or fish for that matter, should be eaten when you have high level of uric acid according to the nephrologist I went to. Some of the veggies that I should be avoiding or limit its intake are asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli in that family. Dairies, salty foods of course, junkfoods, Magic Sarap, vetsin or the MSG should be avoided. That's why we are no longer using such when cooking at home. As in bawal! I strictly imposed it in our house. At first my husband protested because the food is not delicious. I told him it's just mind over matter. The Magic Sarap, vetsin/ MSG or our health is at stake. You have to choose and decide... But eventually, he already adapted to the natural taste of the food we cook. Keysa magutom siya. Right? And one more thing, my doctor told me that we cannot choose these conditions especially if it's a hereditary thing. Both my parents and their lineage have high blood pressure. So the 50% of that, whether you like it or not, is already in your system and the other 50% depends on your lifestyle. It is important that we take a conscious effort to discipline oneself to take care and keep ourselves healthy in all ways.

And because I so love the 3-in-1 coffee thing, I had a hard time letting it go. Sabi ko nga, I think I am already addicted to it. The caffeine doesn't kick anymore even if I'm sleepy. It doesn't have much effect already in me. But being scared on further effect on me, I resorted to drinking turmeric in exchange of coffee. Though I drink coffee pa din everyday but once only in a cup but in black form. No creamer. But if I really crave, I should use milk instead of the creamer. The craving never happened pa naman since I started taking turmeric. I hope it won't na!

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My officemate introduced this to me when recently my BP went high.
I have my maintenance na, but I didn't took it seriously.
I just take it if I don't feel well and if my BP reads high.
Since then never in a day I missed drinking turmeric more so my maintenance.

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa plant), according to this link, has many health wonders. 

  • An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
  • May Help Prevent Colon Cancer
  • Teams Up with Cauliflower to Halt Prostate Cancer
  • Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia
  • Improved Liver Function
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Protection and may help preventions against Alzheimer's Disease

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This is the turmeric powder color. I just use a glass so you can see
clearly the color and how much I put in a drink. That is 1 1/2 tsp.
I love it's woody, peppery smell. 

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I now mixed it with hot water. You may also use cold water.
But I like it hot. It's relieving!

Some couldn't take the taste but for me I like it because it smells good and the after taste is quite decent on my tastebuds. So far so good. I'm planning to take it as long as I can still take it in. And the choice of food, I make sure that pork intake in a week must only be three meals in a week. The rest would be fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits. Eating less to avoiding fried or oily stuff and getting used to eating wheat bread alternative to white rice. I know I'm not that healthy eater yet nor in lifestyle but for a start I think I'm doing good. Keeping up to the fight for a healthy me.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Life's Simple Pleasures

This morning, I got the privilege to experience or witness God's greatest creation. If you're all new to my blog, I am a working mother and every morning is quite a rush for us at home. My eldest daughter goes to school and she must be prepared by 8 o'clock in time for her ride to pick her up at home. Although I admit I wake up late (past 6am) because if I wake up by 5am (the time I want to be with hubby and have coffee with him) the kids would wake up too. It's a bit early for them to rise by that time. They seem to feel me as I slowly climb off the bed. That's why I'm always in a hurry every morning that I seem not to mind or take notice of the things happening around. Like I said, this morning was kind of different. The usual stuff I wake up to but the chirping of the birds caught my senses. It was really a music to my ears and calming to my spirit. I guess there were lots of them flocked in our plants and a palm tree inside our area. Their happy voices seem to vibrate in our surroundings that I cannot help but grab my camera and record it… 


This was just a portion of what took place. They have been chirping for a long time. Their happy "noise" was like this the whole time we were preparing for our daily morning stuff. Our bathroom overlooks that palm tree outside so I had a very pleasant bath even if a hurried one because their voice soothe me. Though it was simple as that, it was a happy moment for me. I was full of gratitude and overwhelmed of that gift to witness God's presence first thing in the morning thru these wonderful creatures. I am amazed, humbled and thankful.