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Movement to Improve Philippine Airports
Jan 31st, 2011 by niceyfemme

Please do show support for this group in Facebook by clicking the “LIKE” button. The Philippines truly need better airports with better facilities and better procedures. This country needs tourists for a better sustainable economy.

The Philippines is blessed with gorgeous natural wonders and we should make these gorgeous beaches and it’s great people more accessible to tourist  by improving our crappy airports.

Photo: Movement to improve Philippine Airports Facebook page

Ridiculously long line at NAIA3’s second xray. Xray on the right not working.

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A Story of Appreciation
Jan 31st, 2011 by niceyfemme

I thought this is something worth sharing to everyone.

And I love you Mommy and Daddy with all my heart. ♥♥♥ Thank you, and I can’t thank you both enough. I hope you know how much I appreciate you and the things you do for me. Please know that everyday when I say I love you, I speak from my heart and I truly mean it every time.

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “none”.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: ” Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said,

Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be a successful me today.

Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.

Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to be my manager.

I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

………….

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?*

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

This may change somebody’s fate…

I need US$100,000!
Jan 31st, 2011 by niceyfemme

And where would I get this amount of money? Where?!!!

Hotel Pier Cuatro
Jan 30th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Last week we went to Cebu and was searching for a place to stay at. We only have a fairly minimum requirement, that the place be clean, have the basic amenities and a reasonable cost. Just a clean room with clean bathroom. Even TV we can negotiate if the place doesn’t have it. We don’t need extravagant furnitures as we were only going to sleep there. Just a simple place that’s reasonably priced.

I had no idea where we should stay so I searched and searched for nice reviews of budget hotels in the area. Hotel Pier Cuatro was mentioned by an agency, of course they didn’t tell me that the hotel has it’s own website (they gave me their agency’s link) when I asked them for photos as they wouldn’t be able to get commissions if I book there directly. I checked it myself. I didn’t even know they have their own simple website.

Photo: from their website

I tried to do some research online and you know how unreliable those photo galleries are in their website and about how they look so far from reality? Well, I knew it would be a risk we had to take as I didn’t even find a reliable review about this hotel. I only know that it’s close to the ports/piers and to SM as I viewed it on google maps.

So we were pleasantly surprised  that the place is a little bit more than we hoped for. (Well, we, specially I have a very very low expectation based on the price they quoted us per room and per night.) First, they have a decent reception, bigger than I’m expecting to see. Fairly relaxed and simple lobby. They don’t have a software like Hotel Information System or Fidelio but it’s fine as they only have a few rooms.

When we saw the room I can say that we were pleased. We stayed at their Standard Room with twin beds Php 1180/night for 2 pax with one pillow in each bed, with breakfast for 2 pax.

We asked for two more pillows and was charged Php50 for each pillow. Hmmmn…. Smaller room than usual, just the space you need to move around freely. Has two clean single beds with clean white sheets.

Strained our eyes with this small tv haha.

There’s a small television with Sky Cable which is nice (didn’t expect they have based on my low expectations). Aircon works well too.

The bathroom is clean and spacious  enough. And there’s hot and cold shower (that works!) which is a nice plus. There’s two pairs of rubber slippers too.

Since we were hungry from the flight, we decided to eat in SM.  But Mommy wanted to try their Cafe Quattro which is situated just beside the reception.

“Cutie Chandelier”.

I like the hotel’s lighting.

So we took a look at their menu.

Lots of choices.

Mommy and I were so hungry.

Only a Korean family and us were there.

Their silog meals are good, the serving size is enough for one to feel full and it comes with lots of atchara too.  At Php 78 it’s reasonable cheap!

I ordered bangus silog and Mommy had tocilog,

which should be called tokalog as it’s tocino (cured pork), kanin (rice) and itlog (egg). I love the atchara.

We also ordered chopsuey Php120 and coffee. The chopsuey sauce was a little bit too sweet for our taste.

The silog meals are the biggest hit to us. Cheap and good. It comes with either coffee or milo.

After dinner we just stayed in. But by around 10 p.m. (or was it 11p.m.?) I was already hungry. So I called for room service which is the same cafe.

We liked the tokalog so we ordered that again.

Plus some toast with butter and pineapple jam. Hmmmn it took them around 30 minutes to deliver the food but the wait is so worth it, specially since we only paid Php 106 for those nice midnight snack.

Oh did I mention that buffet breakfast is included in the room rate? They served a simple breakfast of scrambled egg, fried danggit, corned beef (which is a little salty hehe) sausages which already ran out by the time we ate, toast and some butter and jam.

This was on the first day. The second day, they served hard boiled eggs, ham and fried danggit again with rice, and the toasts are there again too. There’s coffee and orange juice as well.

If there’s one thing I could complain about is the room’s very thin walls. If one guest turns on their tv loudly at night,you will hear it. We were awaken by loud tv’s twice or thrice but other than that everything’s fine. The room attendants are all nice and helpful. They have WiFi, laundry service and a few CCTV cameras. The other staff in reception and in the cafe are ok. Of course it can’t be compared to 5 star hotel service with a horse carriage complete with horse tack to welcome you but at that price, I’m so, so happy with this hotel. Reasonably priced and clean, plus nice affordable food. So if you’re going to Cebu and looking for affordable and reasonable clean place to stay at, Hotel Pier Cuatro is a good choice.

http://hotelpiercuatro.com/

3rd Avenue, North Reclamation Area • Cebu City, Cebu • Philippines 6000 Phone: (032) 236-1111 • (032) 236-PIER • Mobile: +63 922.892.2805

What’s for dinner?
Jan 20th, 2011 by niceyfemme

I’m proud to say that this is ours.

Pan grilled chicken strips (marinated in special sauce) with two types of lettuce and cucumber strips with my vinaigrette. Very healthy vinaigrette as I added NutraSweet in the coco vinegar, olive oil, salt and freshly cracked pepper. So yummy! I don’t feel like I’m dieting at all. I felt full and contented and no guilty feeling as I was able to stick with my self-imposed strict diet and I don’t feel deprived at all.

I feel like I’m gulping down diet pills as I’m so slender now. Wow I’m so proud! Yey!

Four Strand Braided Munggo Bread
Jan 18th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Just now, just before my finger started typing, that I realized that I am enjoying baking more than cooking now. So many new things to learn and so many new adventures to do. And yes, this is my version of being adventure, while others do sky diving, I bake.

I love what I get to learn in Youtube. Since only a decade ago when all those information are not as easily available for anyone interested. But because of Youtube, I learned how to bake the tiny cinnamon rolls (who would have thought it is that easy?), and this four strand braided munggo (red mung bean) bread.

Big fan of anything with mung bean here. Give me ginisang munggo (green mung bean soup) and I’ll be happy. I love hopiang munggo too. Yum. I used to get crazy over them. Now a piece or two and I’m satisfied. In college, I’d buy those munggo basket (as what they call it) of Julie’s bakery and when the class got boring, we’d start munching it in hiding. The thrill adds to the flavor. 😉

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Rice
Jan 17th, 2011 by niceyfemme

I totally miss you.

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PCOS
Jan 16th, 2011 by niceyfemme

I’ve been going crazy researching about  my recently diagnosed condition called PCOS,  and about my bout with my weight (which is associated with PCOS too) which I am going to discuss further on the next post coming up. (Oh and I’ve also been reading about car insurance quotes given to us to check if it’s competitive but that’s way out of this topic)

If feel like my head is going to explode with all the videos I’ve been watching, and with everything that I’ve been reading. I won’t let this health condition win and I’ll do everything to make myself knowledgeable so I know what to avoid, and how to lessen the symptoms.

To be honest, it is a bit scary to know that I have this because I’ve always taken good care of myself with the healthy foods I eat, I don’t smoke and don’t drink. Alright I am no saint, I do eat fast food once in a while and drink once in a blue moon to help me sleep but that’s it.

I’ve always known that something is not right with my period but I was scared to have my fears confirmed. I used the reason of health care being expensive to delay me getting checked, or that St.Luke’s is too far.

But last December, I was (and still is) eagerly awaiting for my period who’s been lazy in making a visit once a month since October and the nervousness was making me crazy so I told myself, that come January, after the holidays I’ll go to Asian Hospital in Alabang (which is only a 30 minute drive from where we live) to give myself some peace of mind.

Then two weeks ago I finally went there. I talked to a doctor, an OB-GYN who also specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I need to know that, when the moment comes that I want to have a baby already, my body is capable to do so.

So I underwent some very expensive tests the first day I went to see the doctor and I was prescribed Provera to induce my period which is so freaking expensive too. at Php 73 each, I was asked to take it thrice a day for 5 days. She told me to wait for the period in 1-2 weeks and it’s been 10 days and my period still not showing up.

Then last Friday, I came back for the results. Then she confirmed that I have some ‘pearls’ in my ovary. She prescribed different pills to try and see which works best for me but I can’t start unless my most awaited visitor shows up.

PCOS is very common with women my age and 5-9 % has this but that still doesn’t make me feel good about it. I would appreciate it if some other women who’s going through PCOS too will share their experiences with me. Who else understands but someone going through it as well? Please do share some thoughts.

Oct 04,2011 Edit: I deleted the name of the doctor as I no longer will be going back for her services. I will be looking for a new doctor who knows how to listen to her patient.

Cutest Father and Daughter Duet
Jan 13th, 2011 by niceyfemme

This made me go awww! They are Jorge & Alexa Narvaez; he’s such a great dad and she’s such a cute little girl. How many men are like this now? So kudos to Jorge! It’s great to know there are still REAL MEN out there. Real men who are great dads to their kids. 🙂

Oh and he’s a single dad to two young daughters. I bet him being single won’t last for long. 😉

It could have been nice
Jan 13th, 2011 by niceyfemme

If I received the replacement phone I want last Christmas, which is the white Blackberry Bold or Iphone 4.

See my current phone is so old but I have to give it enough credit for lasting this long and still working fine since I bought it December 2005. Yes it’s five years old already. 🙂 The longest relationship I ever had with a phone and still counting. I just thought it’d be nice to let it rest already haha.

I’m not the type to want to have the latest models of phone. Like in high school (please don’t compute my age) I was contented for years with the Nokia 3310 until the white Nokia 7610 came out. I so wanted it it hurt lol!

Then when I finally had one, I almost got kidnapped by a taxi when I was on my way to St. Luke’s in Quezon City. My bag and everything inside it spilled all over when he made a sharp u-turn I was so scared I only noticed my new phone was gone when I was in the hospital already. I didn’t know I’d cry over a material thing that bad. I guess I cried for the short amount of time we spent together. You know how when you wanted something so bad, waited for it for a long time and when you finally have it, it’s gone so fast? I guess that was it. Had another one then it was snatched after a few months in SM. Then I bought this phone.

It’s a shame it now looks like this. A few ‘teeth’ missing. 🙂

But then I’m fine, I’m blessed with the more important things in life. Have to admit though, it could be such a nice addition.

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