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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tin Man - My Favorite Mini Series

I appreciate the guest post, Rodrigo Coffey

Some people believe classic films like The Wizard of Oz should never be touched. The originals were good enough then, and they are good enough now. In fact, many believe these seminal works of art should be protected like historical antiques, encased in amber and shoved into the vaults of Fort Knox, the hallowed chambers guarded by a team of navy seals with nunchucks and trained dogs with rabies. These people have a point. After all, the remake is in large part a cheap gag, a crutch leaned on by lazy writers who are unable to manufacture a creative idea on there own. The mini series Tin Man, however, is not a remake. It is not a sequel or a pastiche. It is a re-imagining.

If you ignore the classic Sci-Fi computer graphics, hipster names and the lame and overreaching attempts at trying to be cool, Tin Man can be appreciated for what it is. An attempt. You see, unlike other shows that rely on dialogues laced with platitudes and stories that are unimaginative, Tin Man reminds us all that we can still try to make good fiction, we can still try to think out of the box, even if what was outside the box ended up being a miserable failure. Yet this is still my favorite mini series of all time, because it was a daring piece of work, and every time I watch it the show inspires me to think in ways that are unconventional. Also, it stars Zooey Deschanel, an actress who is a living zoo of emotion.

The mini series Tin Man is shown only on the Sci Fi Channel, which airs periodically on my tv from

Monday, September 27, 2010

Diet Pills That Work Fast!

Finally, summer is over. No more soaring heat that stopped me from working on my goal which is to walk outside everyday. Fall is here and I can feel the cool breeze of the wind. This morning, hubby and I went for a walk for an hour. It was a little bit cold, but we both enjoyed our walk. We plan on walking every morning after dropping our son off to school with the hope of losing weight in return. A Diet pills that work fast would be a great help if we would find one. We've been trying to lose weight but nothing worked for us. I think it's time for us to try diet pill; who knows it may work for us. Though hubby is very skeptical about diet pills, he has no choice but to try it before going to the last resource which is a lap band surgery.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

These You May Put in the Dishwasher

Who would have thought that these stuffs can be put in the dishwasher? Yes, you can according to the Real Simple. You want them to be cleaned easier, then too bad you can wash them in the washer. But wait the dishwasher can. By so doing it saves us from long hours of scrubbing to make it clean the way you /we want it. I am glad to know; aren't you?

Baseball caps can get bent in the washing machine but hold their shape in the dishwasher, especially inside a contraption like the Ball Cap Washer.

Action figures and other small toys can ride in a mesh lingerie bag on the top rack (but don’t wash Barbie or she’ll have a horrible hair day).

Rain boots should have the liners removed and lie horizontally. Hook flip-flops on tines in the top rack. (FYI, Crocs are not dishwasher-safe.)

Tools with metal or plastic handles will be fine. Towel-dry afterward to prevent rusting.

Ceramic cabinet knobs do well in the silverware basket, so if you feel like embarking on the process (remove, wash, replace), go for it.

Hairbrushes and combs made of plastic can take a spin, but not wood or natural boar-bristle brushes. Be sure to remove all the hair first to protect the drain.

Fan grilles, switch plates, and vent covers are in if they’re plastic, aluminum, or steel. Enameled, painted, or plated should stay out.

Shin guards, knee pads, and mouth guards―toss them all into the top rack.

Garden tools may have come in contact with pesticides or animals, so don’t mix them with a load of dishes. (And don’t wash those with wood handles.)

Light-fixture covers are fine in the top rack, as long as they’re not antique, enameled, or painted.

Potatoes can get nice and clean in the top rack with a rinse-only cycle (no detergent). Sound crazy? It makes mashed potatoes for 20 a lot quicker.

Cast-iron, enameled-cast-iron, and copper pots and pans are on the never list. Why? Cast iron rusts; enameled cast iron chips; copper dents.

Formal dishes and nice flatware can get worn with repeated washings. Rule of thumb: If it’s something you would cry over harming or losing, don’t put it in. (If you do put sterling silver in the dishwasher, use about a tablespoon of detergent and don’t mix it with stainless-steel flatware; a chemical reaction between the metals can discolor the silver.)

Crystal glasses are especially vulnerable. Food particles can etch them; heat can cause cracks. After hand washing (it’s usually safer than using the china/crystal setting), dry with a cloth that hasn’t been laundered with fabric softener, which can leave a film.

Wooden spoons can warp and crack. If you don’t mind replacing them frequently, throw them in; otherwise wash them in the sink.

Brass items should never see the inside of a dishwasher. Hot water can remove the natural protective layer that forms on brass.

Crystal glasses are especially vulnerable. Food particles can etch them; heat can cause cracks. After hand washing (it’s usually safer than using the china/crystal setting), dry with a cloth that hasn’t been laundered with fabric softener, which can leave a film.

Wooden spoons can warp and crack. If you don’t mind replacing them frequently, throw them in; otherwise wash them in the sink.

Brass items should never see the inside of a dishwasher. Hot water can remove the natural protective layer that forms on brass.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Patient's Guide on Surviving Mesothelioma

Every time I hear news about people who got sick from working at a company that uses asbestos, I can't help but feel sad. These people's only desire is to earn a living to sustain their families need; most of the time few or none of them have any idea of the bad side effects they'll get from working with such jobs. And if they do have knowledge of the bad effects of the materials they are using, they probably trust that the company are careful enough to take full responsibility for the welfare of their employees. Because of such neglect these victims suffer from Mesothelioma Disease that if not treated right away, they will end up dying with Mesothelioma Cancer or Asbestosis. If you are one of those victims, you should seek the advice of someone who is an expert of mesothelioma case.

A Mesothelioma Lawyer for instance can help you investigate and sue the companies who were involved and responsible in the acquired disease. You deserve some justice and therefore needs an attorney who is an experienced Mesothelioma Lawyers and law firms that are excellent sources of information about various doctors and treatment options available for this disease.

If you don't know any Mesothelioma Attorney the first thing you do is to do some research. You should know their actual credentials, accomplishments, commitment to the case and and most of all how many cases he/she had already handled. You will know if he/she is the best and trusted lawyer if she/he is not only skilled, expert and experienced, but also supportive, caring, compassionate, thoughtful, and one who understands that your health needs always take precedence.

Premium Home Entertainment

Back in the Philippines, every family wishes to have a cable subscription at their homes. We regard this as one of the premium home entertainment every family could enjoy. But unfortunately, not all could afford that is why local TV is still a hit in every home.

But here in the US, cable TV is no longer considered premium entertainment but old school because everyone is making a fuss about local tv satellite which is commonly known as direct tv. There are many providers of direct tv satellite but not all have the same packages. Some has expensive packages while others have cheap but limited channels.

Speaking about direct tv services, I just visited They offer great programming packages with the cheapest deals with plenty of HD channels offered. Imagine you can get basic entertainment package for only 29.99 a month!! And the basic package includes 45 HD channels already!

Anyway, I think I am checking more of their deals. Their offers are quite interesting. So, how about you? Are you interested to avail of a direct tv satellite service too? If you are, check them out at You might want to avail there offers too.

I've Made up My Mind!

Finally, after a week or so of putting aside placing my orders at Amazon, I made up my mind to just go ahead and purchase the winter boots I have been wanting for a long time. It took awhile for me to decide because I felt like paying a hundred bucks for two boots are still to much which is actually a great deal considering they are name brand shoes. I am now excited for them to arrive. I just wished they will look exactly the same they looked online. Oh man! I hate returning stuffs back. I don't like to deal with all the hassles associated with it once I am done paying. Yup, I am ready for winter! Aren't you? After the long hot summer....finally the weather starts to cool off a little bit.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Free Directory Submission

I noticed lately that my blogs don't get much traffic anymore. I know very well the reasons why. I have been very busy with a lot of things that I neglected them by not visiting other blogs, late updates, and so forth. Monetary wise, online offers has significantly declined due to high Real Rank. I have confided with some blogger friends about blog traffic and they said that if I need for the traffic to increase, the only choice I have is to submit my blog at directory submission services. They also said that there is a site where you can submit your blog free. My friends already submitted their blogs and the traffic went up dramatically. After hearing that great result, I now consider submitting all my six blogs and hopefully will get the same great results.

TV Ads

I try to avoid watching tv shows late at night because I noticed that most of the commercials or ads are not wholesome. I don't know why, but every time I see a commercial or ad on television about male enhancement product, I can't help but feel like it isn't right to advertise it. For me, it is a topic that should only be discussed between the person involve and the doctor. The whole world can't help you, but your physician does, right? These things for me is a sensitive matter, therefore it shouldn't be discussed in public. You may say, I am weird, but this is what I feel.

And I Was Right....

The first time I met my son's first grade teacher, I didn't feel that excited! Aside from she is very young, she only has three years of experienced teaching. She didn't look like has enough patience to deal with the kids. These feelings were confirmed last week, Friday when I helped her with Math subject. I saw how she doesn't have kindness on dealing with the children. I never heard her talk with them with gentleness/kindness, but irritated and impatient. I try to avoid comparing but I can't help myself for it is very obvious how different she is to my son's previous teacher at Pre K, and Kindergarten. To give my self peace, I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt by thinking that she was just busy and have had enough for that day especially since it was Friday. I pray I was wrong and that she is indeed a nice person to entrust my son in her care.

My Oily Skin

Sometimes having an oily skin is not fun at all. Good thing to know that there is something I can use for my oily skin for I am so tired of seeing it shines even after few minutes of cleaning or washing my face. I fairness, I am still lucky because my skin is not prone to acne even though it is oily. I heard that some people get pimples and acne because their skin are oily, but not mine. That is one thing I am thankful for. I am also glad that they make cosmetics and cleanser especially designed for oily skin that way people know which products to use in all types of skin, be it dry, oily and normal. We can even buy best acne products for oily skin! What about that!? Isn't it great or what? Indeed modern technology has come along way. Everyday new products are discovered and tested to be safe and effective for the use of man (everyone, that is).

I Need to Lose Weight

A blogger friend just posted a picture of her showing us how possible it would be to lose weight in just a matter of three weeks. Her tummy is flat and overall body is lean again. We asked her what her secret was and she replied saying that she really took it seriously by dieting and walking on a treadmill. At first it was hard, she said. But after seeing the results, she was glad she didn't stop. Now, I am thinking of doing the same thing starting tomorrow. It would be nice if I would couple it with thermogenic fat burners. My health condition is really in bad shape; my blood sugar level is up due to overweight and I am sure that a fat burner can help speed up the weight loss process. I need to lose those extra fats I have accumulated for years. I just hope that this fat burner is effective as they said it is, as well as safe...much better if it is less expensive, too.

My Fave TV Show, Monk

Before I went to my son's school this afternoon, I was busy finishing online tasks. I don't know about you, guys but sometimes I can't really concentrate writing when there are noises around, but if the TV is, I wouldn't mind the noise especially if the tv shows that's on is my favorite one. Anyway, while I was watching my favorite TV show "Monk" this morning, I can't help but notice that some of the advertisement is all about skin problems and the treatment you can use to get rid of it; for instance products for acne, cellulite and freckles. They sound so good to be true because of the testimonies of the people who have tried the products. What is more surprising to me is the disease called herpes which I seldom hear. Do you know that you can find cures for herpes online? Yes, so look online, you will be glad you did.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jake was Bullied

As a parent, I tend to worry too much about my child. I want to protect him from any harm that may come his way. One thing I was worried about before he even started going to school was bullying. My son is a very innocent boy who is friendly and patient. When someone hurt him he will never fight back, but cry. The other day, he told me that two older kids at school tried to hurt him. He was in the bathroom when these boys asked him to get out of their way. Confused, my son asked them 'why' they didn't say anything, but yell on him; scared, Jacob immediately ran away. I told him next time they bully him again tell it to his teacher so they would do something about it. I just don't know what will I do when they actually hurt him physically. Bullying must be taken seriously. Many children even teenagers were not able to tolerate it and did something they thought was the solution to their problem ended hurting themselves. I don't want that to happen to my son. So much on bullying, I need to hit the hay soon, but before I do that, need to clean myself up, brush my teeth and clean my face real well to avoid acne and other skin blemishes. I use blackhead remover to clean the area around my nose for I see couple of blackheads showing up.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Halloween Costumes

It's been awhile since I last went to the mall, that is why when hubby told me that he would drop me off at the mall instead of dragging me to the hospital for his doctor's appointment, I said "yes" right away. I was at the mall from 10am to 1pm; that was three hours window shopping. I went to Macy's looking for dress shoes I can wear at church, and a white blouse. When I found what I needed and bought it; I did nothing else afterward, but window shopping. Window shopping takes away my stress; it also serves as a therapy for me, lol. Anyway, one of the shop I checked sells Halloween costumes; I thought of buying one for me to wear while accompanying my son on trick or treating. It was funny because when I was at the store, I saw some naughty nurse costumes. They don't looked scary, but sexy; kids will never get scared with this kind of costume. I like the costume attached here for it isn't that sexy and naughty looking at all. I wonder whether hubby would like a costume for there are some very nice looking and conservative looking costume he could wear. Our son on the other hand has his own iron man costume already and couldn't wait till Halloween it here so he could wear it.

Shopping for Christmas Gifts

Oh how time flies, and before we know it, Christmas is here once again. This makes me think of the many stores I have been that are already prepared. They have Christmas stuffs ready for the consumers from Christmas decorations to Christmas gifts. Speaking about gifts, I plan of buying some gifts online. My favorite site for gifts for all occasions offers gift baskets for Christmas which are a perfect gifts for my brother and sister in - laws. I am pretty sure they will be very happy to received such gifts instead of just gift cards. Oh the other hand, my parents in -law prefers gift cards at their favorite camping stores. Gift baskets for Christmas would also be the best gifts for those people who have already everything.

Online Shopping Help

Online buying seems to be inevitable these days as more and more people sell and buy online. But not all is an expert online buyer. Sometimes they feel disappointed when their purchases arrived. They don’t expect the unexpected.

But now, there is a way for you to learn how to shop online by using buying guides. Like ShopWiki, they provide you help articles that teach you how to shop online and help in picking the right product. They also help you in deal finding, price savings and even comparison shopping.

ShopWiki has been around for many years now help online shoppers get what they need in a reasonable cost and even from the best deals. Now, ShopWiki is available in suitable to the shopping needs of people from countries like France, German, Netherlands, Spain, UK and Australia.

So, if you need help in buying the right product online, visit ShopWiki and make more out of your online shopping experience! They also have buying guides to help shoppers who are in need of help picking the right product, plus their directory tells you more about other shopping guides.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Unlock Your Pension

My husband has been working for 16 years now in the field of his expertise as a Process Engineering Technician . Every once in awhile we talk about retirement and stuffs even though he still needs to work for 20 more years. Sounds like a long time still before he would be able to retire. My father in-law though has been a retired engineer and is enjoying his life with his wife who is a retired teacher. They both unlock their pension at the age where they are allowed to do so. Anyway, I hope my husband can unlock his pension before he turned 55 year old just like in UK. I read on that unlocking your pension at the age of 55 can be done. All you need to do is hire Independant Financial Advisors (IFAs) who will give you an advice on how to do it. So, if you are a resident of UK and is interested to learn more about unlocking your pension before you are 55, visit their website now!

Rules on Playing Video Game

Here is my little pumpkin playing his video game we gave him on his birthday almost two months ago. We don't want to interfere this gift on his studies and so hubby and I talked about how we can limit his playtime with it. We have set a rule after we presented Jake our rule for playing his video game and he agreed that he can only play with it on Friday afternoon after school and on Saturday; no more playing from Sunday to Thursday.

Despite of our agreement, he was having hard time accepting it the next day; but later on he has gotten use to not bugging me during school days. Now, he doesn't even think about it till Friday after school. Thank son for listening to us and keeping your promise -). We love you that is why we have to set rules for you to follow. Remember that what we do is for your own good.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Next Year's Summer Vacation

Next year would be our much awaited summer vacation in the Philippines with my husband and son. It would be my son's second visit and hubby's first that is why we are all excited. Hubby never met my family in person yet and it would be very nice if we will spend our summer there so that they have plenty of time to get to know each other. We are already saving for our trip and hoping that we would have enough or even extra pocket money for other expenses. My plan is to rent the house right in front of my parents house, that way we don't need to travel from the city where hotels are located. Since we will be renting that house, I need to ask my brother to buy us bed mattress we would use during our stay there. He also needs to talk to his friend who own a van for we will be needing that, too. The weather is going to be very hot during that time of the year, just hope that my husband and son would be able to survive the heat without getting sick.

Jake was Excited, then Terrified

The first day of school for my son didn't go well. Few days before the school starts, he was very excited and couldn't wait to go back to school just like he felt when he starts Pre K and Kinder. He loves going to school so much...loves to meet new friends...and new teacher, but not this year. The moment I woke him up to prepare for school, his facial expression changed....from excited to terrified! He didn't want to go to school, he hates school, and didn't want to miss Mommy. Despite of our encouragements, he made up his mind. He would rather stay with me than go to school.

My poor little man has a very bad anxiety attack! He wouldn't sleep, keeps asking me to promise to pick him up after school. Seeing him cries every time we drop him off to school breaks my heart. I don't have any choice but leave him there. The next day, he clings on to my shirt crying hard....his teacher has to call the guidance counselor for help. Hubby called later to find out if he is okay. He was fine few minutes after we left him said the guidance counselor. Her advise was to give Jacob a hug and kiss and leave right away when we drop him off the next day. Oh well, easier said than done....but we have to do it. She said in two weeks time, Jacob would be fine and get adjusted to his new school, teacher and classmates. Hubby and I are crossing our fingers with the hope that he would be okay.

Today, we did what the guidance counselor asked us to do, and it seems like it worked! When I picked him up today, her teacher said, Jacob was okay and was able to join the class quickly. Every once in awhile, he would look at his teacher and cries....but his teacher keeps on assuring him that everything will be okay and he would be going home soon.

I don't know what to expect tomorrow; all we can do is pray for him. Hubby and I are really worried for him. He has changed...from a happy little boy to a sad one. We can see in his eyes how much worries he has....If only I can take away that anxiety, I would do it. But how? What can I do to make him feel better and make him love his school again? I want my old son back!

No Man is An Island

One thing I can't live without is friend. And so I say that I believe in the saying that "no man is an island." I am grateful to God/Heavenly Father for blessing me with such great friends both online and offline. Friends who accept me for who and what I am; friends who never judge no matter what my thoughts and opinions are. Juliet and Marivic are the closest friends I have. Each one of us has a six year old boy who called each other "best friend." Every once in awhile our families get together to have fun. One time I noticed that their boys are playing nintendo ds while my son was just watching them. I felt sad for my son and so hubby and I decided that we need to get him one; we ask Jake which one he would prefer, nintendo ds or playstation 3; he said a nintendo ds would be fine. To make a story short, he got what he wanted; and made him an agreement that we set a time and day as to when he could play with it. We both agreed that on school days, he can't play his video game. Friday afternoon and Saturday are the only days he is allowed to play. I really think that parents need to set limits even on playing games on computer, this way they know their limitations and learn to be responsible individual at their tender age.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Fill Ins

Have a great weekend and labor day everyone; here is my share for this week's Friday Fill Ins....hope you guys like it :-).

1. Family is ordained of God.
2. When some people are thinking, they walk back and forth.
3. I love a DSLR camera or macbook, but couldn't afford it; hubby said we need to save for it.
4. Beef stew and corned bread makes a good meal.
5. I've got the strong faith in God to be healed.
6. I thought she could be trusted since she is a relative, : wth!!!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching Monk marathon, tomorrow my plans include laundry and walking at the park with my son and Sunday, I want to wake up early for church service and then the usual, a relaxing Sunday night with my hubby and son!