A big gift!

Jan 25, 2015
I haven't seen my younger cousin in quite a while. He relocated to the province with his mom and we would only get to see them on holiday breaks. But the past two years, we haven't really seen them due to trips they took abroad. Missing him so much, I told him to go visit Guitar Center online to choose whatever instrument he likes and I will pay for it. It's my gift to him for the past few Christmases that he missed.

It's a big gift considering I have a threshold for gifts I give every Christmas. But no matter because it will be a combination of three Christmases and even if the price is still way over my threshold, it's fine.

I can't wait for him to receive my gift.

Music is life.

Jan 16, 2015
I believe you can never go wrong with music. No matter how ugly the sound is, or the lyrics may be, there is something that jolts the senses, jugs the memory with each beat of the song. Am I right? I am sure you know what I am talking about. I was just watching an old man outside the house playing a new Washburn guitar probably owned by his son and I could see how glazed his eyes are, unfocused, because I'd like to think he's seeing his past while playing his favorite song.

Music is life. Not for everyone but most people breathe music in their daily lives. I work with music in the background. I write better, think better, and do better when there's music involved.

What about you?

Just like home.

Dec 26, 2014
When you look for an apartment, you are actually looking for a place just like home. A place where you can retreat at the end of the day and feel relaxed and rested. It is the same idea that my sister had when she was looking for a place near her workplace. She looked for a place just like home. The apartment is a great place even if it is a small one. The landlord and other two tenants in the next two doors treat my sister well. It is a good thing that my sister passed the tenant background check that her landlord did. She doesn't see herself renting out another place than the one she has now.

Tenants out there, if you are thinking of renting a place, let me advise you to find a place that feels just like home. And then make sure you comply with whatever background check the landlord will do. Provide accurate and legitimate information on your employment and income because the landlord needs that to know if you are capable of continuing rental payments after the first few months. Landlords, I suggest you use a service like Tenantify. They are capable of checking information in the most secure and accurate way. And it can be done in just one business day! Landlords and tenants can sit tight and wait for the verification process to be completed. Once it is done, the landlord can make an informed decision on whether to accept the tenant or not. Meanwhile, the tenant can breathe a sigh of relief that his information is verified and that he has the potential of living in the apartment that feels so much like home to him.

Choose a place wisely, tenants. And landlords, make sure to do a background check on your tenants through Tenantify.

Like perfume...

Dec 22, 2014

Happiness. Whatever we are doing right this very minute is geared towards finding it. We are all in search of eternal happiness. I don't think there is something like that but I do believe that we are all responsible for being happy. It is a choice.

And just like perfume, you can spritz it towards others but in the process you will get a few drops onto yourself.

Happy Monday everyone!


Harmony in the family.

Dec 15, 2014
One of the things that I try so hard to espouse at home is harmony in the family, amongst family members. It's not an easy feat considering we are close to ten members in the house, my dad, siblings, and the youngest with his wife and kid. It's not an ideal setup, I am aware of it. With these many people in the house, chances are personalities will clash. Often, I should add.

And it happened a number of times already. I mean, amongst us siblings, it happened one time too many I lost count! And now it happens from time to time with the sister-in-law. Not big blowouts but petty stuff because you see each other every day, interact, so you will see the little things that differentiate her from the rest of the family.

Anyway, I am not writing this down to tell everyone that I have a bad SIL. In fact, I have a better one than you. I just hope it stays that way for years and years to come.

By the way, it's her birthday today.

Happy birthday, SIL!



Dec 14, 2014

And tomorrow holds so much promise of a better day. It holds so much hope for a brighter future.

Don't you think?

Happy Monday everyone!


What is an OPK?

Dec 10, 2014
I saw my newly-married cousin and her husband very happy when they announced that their expecting their first child. I think knowing her body better made it easy for them to conceive.

When a couple is trying to conceive, it is very important that a woman understands her cycle. Failure to determine when your ovulation is, is one of the very main reason for an unsuccessful attempt in getting pregnant. A woman only ovulation once per cycle and we only have 2 fertile days which is a very short window. That is why it is important to not miss that short window of opportunity when you're trying to conceive. There are several ways to know when you are ovulating. Pregnancy Tips show several ways to detect ovulation.

First is you can determine ovulation by using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). An OPK is a like a pregnancy test, except that it detects ovulation instead of a pregnancy. An OPK detects your body’s LH surge and so when you see 2 dark lines (or the second line darker than the first line), you are most probably ovulating. Second is you can also check your cervical mucus. If you notice, we have different types of cervical mucus. When you are ovulating, your cervical mucus becomes a very clear substance, similar to that of the an egg white. Third is, you can also purchase a basal body thermometer wherein you track your ovulation by checking your body’s temperature. When a woman ovulates, there is a sudden drop on the temperature making a woman be able to determine that when she is charting her temperature daily. Read all about how OPKs work at http://www.pregnancytips.org.

A thankful heart.

Nov 27, 2014
God knows best.

I asked for health to do great things.
He gave me illness, to do better things.

I asked for riches to make me happy.
He gave me poverty to make me wise.

I asked for power and the praise of men.
He gave me weakness.
To sense my need of Him.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
He gave me life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for everything I hoped for.
In spite of myself my prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blest.

Yes, He always know what’s best.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!