Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts

Monday, May 4, 2020

Aloe Pepe (Aloe descoingsii x haworthioides)

May 04, 2020 0 Comments
Aloe Pepe is a hybrid between Aloe descoingsii and Aloe haworthioides (a.k.a Aloe descoingsii x haworthioides).

Aloe Pepe's cute flower stalk...
I had these Aloe Pepe succulents for a while and this is the first time it bloomed. Its flowers are small and really cute, it has a lighter color, unlike my other aloes. I water it once a week and it has a gritty and well-drained soil. This plant gets sun exposure for 4 hours only because it gets damaged or sunburn when I put in a place where it gets the full sun exposure.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Things that we do During the Enhanced Community Quarantine

April 08, 2020 0 Comments
Things that we do During the Enhanced Community Quarantine

Our city has already imposed the Enhanced Community Quarantine and it might end until the end of this month or it might probably prolong depending on the status of the situation. I pray it will not last that long, my daughter is already bored doing the same things almost every day, not that I am complaining. I bet she is not the only kid who is bored nowadays and even adults get bored too. So what are the things that we do so we don't get bored during the Enhanced Community Quarantine?

Well, I do not usually let my daughter play mobile games unless it is the weekend and it is just for a short time. But, ever since the quarantine has started, I let her borrow my phone and play Pokémon. I set some rules before she can play and for how long she can play because I do not want to strain her eyes from glaring on the phone for a long time. Aside from playing mobile games, I also encourage her to play other offline games and activities like doing skipping rope, play my childhood game jackstone, Lego, drawing, painting, coloring, and recently, we started teaching her how to play Scrabble which she finds really interesting to play with. She also just started learning Origami and had fun making different things out of papers. A few Origami she had made are heart, elephant, boat and a unicorn.

She loves to read books and recently she found my ebooks folder in our laptop and I caught her reading The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. She already watched the movie and likes it. She also loves reading Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton books.

I made some questionnaires for her to answer, just a recap on their lesson last school year. Her least favorite subject is Math, so I focus more on that subject. :)

The Land Before Time movies

We love watching movies and my daughter loves watching animated movies and series. I let her watch my favorite childhood movies like The Land Before Time, Disney and Pixar movies old and new, animated TV Series like Avatar The Last Airbender and Cased Closed (Detective Conan), and recently we are watching Japanese Animated films from Studio Ghibli; My Neighbor Totoro and The Secret World of Arriety. Other Japanese movies by Hayao Miyazaki that I have and are going to watch in the next days are Howl's Moving Castle, Mary and the Witch's Flower, Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo.



Well, those were just some of the things that keep my kid busy. As for me, I really wanted to do gardening and finish my cross-stitch project this summer but unfortunately, we were not in our home as of the moment. Therefore, what I mostly do whenever I feel bored is watch movies with my daughter, color and do origami with her. Apart from that, I also watch Korean TV Series (My Love from Another Star), which I have forgotten for a long time and have not finished if not for the quarantine (LOL). Other koreanovela that are on my list are Playful Kiss, Love in the Moonlight and My Shy Boss.

I also try to be productive and create images using Canva for my social media accounts, trying to post and share informative posts on my pages and of course some positivity too to lighten our mood… I also did a few blog posts, which I hope, will generate $ soon. LOL. I am still a noob in Affiliate Marketing, even though I have these accounts for years already yet I still have not generated any income. Well, I will still try to learn more about it and hopefully, I will be able to learn how this thing works. ;)

There is also one thing that I have in mind that I really wanted to do during this quarantine time, Yoga. I recently downloaded an app but still have not started doing it. LOL! I hope I would be able to start doing Yoga one of these days… Hehehe…

Hmmm… So far, we are doing well during this pandemic, we get to bond more with our families online and offline while doing our share by staying at home. Thanks to social media platforms like Facebook, we get to update and talk to our families abroad. 

I pray that this Covid19 pandemic will be over soon and we can get back to our normal lives. For now, let us do something productive and most importantly, let us do our part and STAY AT HOME if you have nothing important to do outside. May God bless us all...

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The best time for new beginnings is now...

January 11, 2020 0 Comments
The best time for new beginnings is now...

We all have this mindset that we have to start doing something new based on the calendar. But, you don't have to wait for New Year or new month to start something new or continue to start again you're unfinished tasks/work...

I know sometimes we get too lazy to do the things that we wanted or we have to do. I am GUILTY of that too... ;) I sometimes set a date on the calendar like the first day of the month to start a little project or a DIY that I have been wanting to do but when that day's been over and I still haven't started anything, I tend to wait for another 1st day of the month again and the cycle goes on... LOL!


I wanted to be motivated this year and this is a reminder for myself to do what I can do now and don't wait for tomorrow, next week, or next month to start it. I have been wanting to do this cross-stitch pattern that I have bought years ago (2 or 3 years ago, I think). It's the Lord's Prayer and I really forgot about it because of this calendar mindset. Now that I remember it, I decided to go out and buy some of the threads that I needed and started doing my little project. I just hope that I get motivated each day to spend some time to do it. Oh... Wish me luck... :)

 For those who like The Lord's Prayer Cross-stitch Design, you can buy it here:



Actually, I have a lot of things in mind that I wanted to do but I have to start one at a time. ;) How about you guys, what is it that you wanted to start doing this year? I hope you won't wait for months or years to start doing it... ;)


Thursday, January 2, 2020

My Top 10 Spotify Songs in 2019!

January 02, 2020 0 Comments
I have been listening to Spotify for years and I just wanted to share with you my most-streamed songs last 2019. You need to have an internet connection or data connection to use Spotify. So, I have subscribed to Spotify Premium so I can download some of my playlists on my phone and listen to my favorite songs even when I am not online. Anyways, here are My Top 10 Spotify Songs in 2019:


I was surprised though because the song on top of my list is "If Only" by Dove Cameron. That's my daughter's favorite song from the movie Descendants. I guess she's been playing it on loop for that song to reach on my top list. LOL!

Here are My Top 5 Artists:
  1. Chris Tomlin
  2. Hillsong Worship
  3. Boyce Avenue
  4. Westlife
  5. Dove Cameron

How about you, who are your top artists and what are your top Spotify songs last year? Check them out on Spotify Wrapped, www.spotify.com/wrapped.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus Flower

August 12, 2019 2 Comments
Hello everyone! My Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus has already bloomed and the color of it's flower is... Yellow! It's my first time to see it's beauty since I last blogged about it in year 2017. I've been waiting for my fishhook cactus to bloom and it took 2 years for it to mature and finally had its flower. Yay! :)

Before it Bloomed...


I can't help to stare at it for so long because it's beauty is captivating. It's flower didn't last long by the way, it only bloomed for one day... But I am thankful, I have seen its beauty, hopefully its offspring will also bloom soon. :)

By the way, here's my previous blog post about Mammillaria Beneckei a.k.a. Fish Hook Cactus.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

YOU are STRONGER than your ANXIETY

July 14, 2019 0 Comments
YOU are STRONGER than your ANXIETY. This is what I always say to myself whenever I am having an anxiety attack or panic attack. 

It's been months since I had an anxiety/panic attack. Recently, I had an attack and it took a while to subside... Later that afternoon, while we were riding a jeepney on our way home, I was silently praying that God would take away this feeling and asking Him to save me. In just a few seconds after that short prayer, I heard one of my favorite Christian song. At first, I thought I was just hearing it because I was having an attack and the volume was really low that I can't hardly hear it. Then a few seconds later, I can hear the song clearly, it's "One Way" by Hillsong United. I smiled and was about to cry because I know it's God and He heard my silent prayer.

I sing along as the songs were played and I feel calmed and relieved knowing He responded to my prayer... The lyrics in the songs are like His message to me and I am happy knowing He's always there for me when I needed Him...



I lay my life down at your feet
Cause you're the only one I need
I turn to you and you were always there
In troubled times it's you I seek
I put you first that's all I need
I humble all I am, All to you

Chorus:

One way
Jesus
You're the only one that I could live for
One Way
Jesus
You're the only one that I could live for

You were always, always there
Every how and everywhere
Your grace abounds so deeply within me
You will never ever change
Yesterday today the same
Forever till forever meets no end

You are the way the truth and the life
We live by faith and not by sight... For you..
We're living all for you...

I was really amazed at our God... He calmed me through His songs and I am so grateful for that and for everything that He has done in my life... I am still praying that I wouldn't experience the attacks anymore... To those who are also experiencing anxiety or panic attack, I pray that God will also help you... Just keep the faith and trust Him...

These are the songs that were played after One Way: 10,000 Reasons, Mighty to Save, How Great is Our God, Blessed Be Your Name, Everlasting God, Here I am to Worship, and etc. (I don't know some of the songs).


Monday, April 29, 2019

What Riding a Bicycle has Taught Us

April 29, 2019 0 Comments

My daughter got her first bicycle 2years ago, when she was 5 years old, it is a git from her generous Ninong. Just a few months ago, she insisted to take the training wheels out of her bike. She was really determined and wants to ride the bike on her own without the training wheels. I was hesitant and said no. But she keeps on bugging us for weeks saying she really know how to ride her bike without the training wheels. And then one day I give in... I told her that it's not easy and she must be patient and that it's alright if she might fall because this is just her first time to ride without the training wheels.

So, we took off her training wheels and guide her to ride the bike on her own...  But deep inside I am afraid to let her go, there are a lot of things that are running on my mind, a lot of "What if's"... But then I thought, she would never learn if we won't let her do it on her own. When we let her go, she rode the bike with ease and we were surprised that she really did know how to ride the bike without the training wheels! I was really surprised and happy at the same time, cheering on her as she keeps on riding the bike far away from us...

This experience has taught us a lesson... That we have to let our kids do things on their own, to venture on their own and give them a chance to do things alone and learn from their mistakes. We are so attached to our children that we forget that they need to grow up too, to be independent and overcome any challenges on their own.

She's still young and there will be a lot of letting go scenes in the future. I just hope that I will be able to let her go without feeling anxious... And guide her and say positive words to lift her self esteem and be a better version of herself and to just be there for her always...

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Boredom Jar - A Great Way to Reduce Screen Time

December 20, 2018 0 Comments
Kids nowadays are not getting enough exercise, they are so fond of using smartphones, tablets and other gadgets for entertainment. It's nice because some apps are educational but excessive use of it might lead to serious health issues. I've seen a lot of stories about the effects and dangers of excessive screen time on children especially the younger ones. That's why I limit my daughter's screen time. I rarely let her use our phones or tablet, although sometimes I let her watch movies during weekends only. I want her to experience playing outside with other children without using any gadgets and enjoy her childhood like I enjoyed mine. :)

My daughter always say "I'm bored" especially when she see a kid or group of kids playing with their gadgets. I have also observed that when the screen time is over, she keep on saying "I'm bored", which is already annoying because she'll keep on bugging you thinking she will get to use the gadgets again if she'll cry and persist on what she wants. I pity her sometimes, thinking she's the only one who don't have a gadget to play on, but I stand firm on my decision to lessen her screen time to no screen time at all (if it can be helped) because it is for her own good anyway. I don't really give in to the tantrums, and when I say "NO", it's already final and I have to be firm about it.

Boredom Jar Activity Lists - Mama Miah

So, when I found out about the Boredom Jar just recently, I was so happy and I must say, it is really effective! I made my own list and when I heard her say "I'm bored" again, I told her about the Boredom Jar and how it works. As I was writing and adding up more tasks, my little one helped me fold the papers and she also thought of some things to do and add it up to her Boredom Jar! Hahaha!

I actually have no extra jar at home, so I make use of our old coin bank and use it as our Boredom Jar. ;)

By the way, here are some of the things she did today because she is bored... I loved the note that she made for me... She's so sweet... <3

Boredom Jar Activity Lists

I have a lot of things to add up on our list soon, because I know she's so hooked up with this activity and had picked a lot of papers inside and did all of them. I guess I made her busy and kept her boredom away. What a great way to unplugged. Happy Mom here... :)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

October 27, 2018 0 Comments

I love listening to this song... Even when I have a lot of problems right now, I still have a lot of reasons to be thankful for...

“For all Your goodness I will keep on singing, 10,000 reasons for my heart to find.”

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Don't be afraid to take the plunge...

June 12, 2018 0 Comments
Don't be afraid to take the plunge. by Mama Miah

I know, it's easier said than done... Sometimes it's hard to really do something because you're afraid of what could happen. But after how many years, I realized, if I started doing what I've really wanted to do and have taken the risk, I wouldn't be thinking of "What Ifs" today... So, from now on, I'll try not to be afraid anymore, to take risks and do the best that I can to make things work.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Best Photos in Instagram for 2017

January 10, 2018 0 Comments
Are you curious to know which photos got the most like on your Instagram account last year? It's just easy to check it with the Best Nine app or you can also check it through their website at https://2017bestnine.com. Simply enter your Instagram ID and it will generate a collage of your Best Nine Photos which you can save and share on your social media accounts.

By the way, here's my 2017 Best Nine Photos, you can follow me on Instagram at @insomiah. :)

My Best Photos in Instagram for 2017

Aside from Best Nine, there's also another app that can generate your best photos on Instagram for the year 2017.You can also download the Top Nine - Best of 2017 app or go to their website http://topnine.co, all you have to do is enter your Instagram username and you'll get an email from them where you can download your Top Nine photos.

Both apps requires you to login if your account is not public, unlike in the web version where you don't need to login anymore.

Below are my top photos on Instagram from Top Nine. Both Apps worked successfully in my experience and they also generate the same result. The only difference is the printed number of likes on each of your top photos.

My Best Photos in Instagram for 2017
Most of the photos that I have uploaded on Instagram is about me and family of course,  my Cactus and Succulents plant collection, foods that we eat and places we go to highlighting my beloved City of Davao, blogging events and the others are from our Organization's sponsors. By the way, My Top Nine photos are all taken from my ASUS Zenfone 3 Max phone. ;)
 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello 2018!

January 02, 2018 0 Comments
We had some ups and downs last year, some things didn't work well for us especially in our small business. This 2018, I hope that everything's going to be alright for me and my family this year. May we face each challenges with patience and perseverance. 


Praying for more blessings and I claim this will be a great year for us... Happy New Year everyone! :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Tupperware Journey

October 17, 2017 0 Comments
I grew up having a bunch of Tupperware at home. I never really appreciated it until now that I became a mother. It's actually very useful especially in storing ingredients, fruits, foods and of course, my daughter's snack at school. I love that they have added new trendy colors now but it is always out of stock because it's really cool.

I've always wanted to join Tupperware but I always have something important to go or do whenever I remember going there to sign-up. LOL!

Fast forward, after a year, I finally had the chance to join Tupperware Brands here in Davao City. I got so excited to know that one of the Starter Kit is the Speedy Chopper! I've always wanted to have one and I am so happy that I got it at a really low price by joining Tupperware Brands Philippines.

Tupperware Brands Philippines Speedy Chopper

The Speedy Chopper Set is really helpful every time we prepare our meals. It is easy to use and quite fun too, you can chop different herbs and small vegetables in just a few seconds! I was really amazed by this product and I am so happy because it means, 'no more tears' every time I'm chopping onions. ;)

Tupperware Brands Philippines Speedy Chopper Set


You can also make instant dips, sauces and purees with just 10 pulls of the cord. Saves us time to prepare our meals.

Here's a video of me while Unboxing the Speedy Chopper Kit... :)

I really love their products because I have witnessed how long lasting the Tupperware products are. We have Tupperware items since the 90's and some of it are still with us, some have chipped and the others may have faded their colors but it's still usable. :)

I started My Tupperware Journey because I believe in the quality of their products. I am always excited to see their new items every month. Thank God, I have supportive Mommy friends who also loves Tupperware and gives me the opportunity to earn by selling Tupperware's great products... :)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Unboxing the ASUS ZenPower Slim

August 20, 2017 0 Comments
Unboxing the ASUS ZenPower Slim

 A while ago, I made an unboxing video of the ASUS ZenPower Slim, it is actually my first time to do an unboxing video of any item or gadgets, so please bear with me... 

Here's the unboxing video that I took earlier...


What's inside the ASUS ZenPower Slim box?
  • ASUS ZenPower Slim (3000mAh)
  • USB cord
  • Manual 
  • Warranty card 
ZenPower Slim (Model ABTU015) Features:
  • Slim design: 8.3mm thickness, the optimal size to carry with you.
  • Safety: exclusive ASUS PowerSafe technology to protect you and your device.
  • Artwork: features a Hair-line Surface Treatment with Transparent Light Design.
Take note, you have to fully charge the ZenPower Slim before using it for the first time and only use the bundled cable when charging it or when using it to charge your device.
    Unboxing the ASUS ZenPower Slim
    Charging the ASUS Zenfone Slim on my ASUS X455L laptop
    This super-thin and super-stylish power bank is available in statement black or striking white at ₱499.00 only at ASUS Philippines official store in Lazada. To buy, just visit this link: http://bit.ly/ASUSZenPowerSlim

    You can also get the latest updates on ASUS Products on their Facebook Page: ASUS. and Instagram account: ASUS Philippines.

    Once again, Thank you ASUS Philippines! :)

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    "Hope"

    August 02, 2017 0 Comments
    French Marigold

    This plant is a fighter... It almost died under my care and now here it is, giving beautiful flowers amidst it's broken stem... This plant gives me hope and it reminds me to never give up no matter how difficult life is...

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Are You Ready for School?

    June 09, 2017 0 Comments
    Hello June! It's back to school once again, but are you ready for school? Are we? 

    Disney's Are You Ready For School? (Winnie the Pooh's School Days) Book

    My daughter will be in Kindergarten this school year and I think we are somewhat ready for school. We did some activities, exercises and review what she had learned last school year. There are some things she had forgotten or still confused, like writing the letters "b, d and s" and numbers "5 and 6". She sometimes write those letters and numbers in reverse. It's a good thing that we had this review before going back to school. :)

    She also love books... She loves to read, so we read some books that are appropriate for her age and later on I let her read on her own.

    Their school provide the bags and other school materials that they will be needing at school, so we don't have to worry looking and lining up at the store for every materials needed and required school supplies for their upcoming class. :)

    I've already checked her school uniforms and shoes if it's still okay and I'm glad everything is still fine and can still be used. There's a few skirt that needs a little adjustment, other than that, we're good to go. :)

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Beef Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

    April 20, 2017 0 Comments
    I experimented and tried cooking Beef Broccoli in Oyster Sauce for the first time. 

    The ingredients that I used are:
    • 1-2 tbsp of Olive Oil
    • Garlic
    • Oyster Sauce
    • Broccoli
    • Beef (sliced thinly)
    • Cornstarch (diluted in water)
    So, first, I blanched the broccoli that we bought at the market for around 2-3 minutes, drained some excess water and set it aside. Heated the pan for a while and then I added the beef. After the beef is almost cooked, I started adding the onions and stir it for a while. Then I added the oyster sauce, cornstarch which was diluted in water and lastly the broccoli.


    I actually just estimated the ingredients and calculated it on my own, so I can't give the exact amount that I put in the recipe... Hehehe... I'm not really good in cooking unlike my hubby, but anyway, I think it was a success because my little one liked it. ;)

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    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Celebrating Another Good Year with Good Life and Doña Elena!

    November 24, 2016 0 Comments
    Early this month, I celebrated another good year with Good Life and Doña Elena! :)

    I thank God for giving me another good year to celebrate life. I am indeed grateful for all the things that he has given me, most especially the gift of life, the gift of family and the gift of friends...

    We just have a simple celebration at home together with my husband, daughter, sister-in-law and her son and one of my best friend for more than 10 years...

    I am not that good in cooking but I am blessed to have a husband and a sister-in-law who are great in cooking. Cooking Pasta is my sister-in-law's specialty and so she is the one who cooked it using the ingredients from Doña Elena which are the following: Al Dente Pasa Excellente Penne Rigate, Diced Tomato and Olive Oil. Other ingredients are the ground beef, sliced hotdogs, spaghetti sauce, minced onions and garlic, salt and pepper.


    It taste really good and Doña Elena Al Dente pasta lives up to its name as being "al dente" or "firm to the bite".
     

    My hubby also prepared Sinuglaw marinated in Good Life's Sesame Oil, soy sauce, pepper, garlic, and calamansi.


    We grilled the  pork and chopped it and then we added the sliced cucumbers and onions. The Good Life Sesame Oil can also be added into sauces as a seasoning, or use it to finish cooked dishes for that extra hint of smokiness.


    This is the healthy salad that my hubby also prepared, it has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, hard boiled egg with squeezed dalandan. The sauce which I haven't got the chance to take a photo of, is mixture of the following: mayonnaise, honey, squeezed dalandan, pepper, pinch of salt and sugar..


    It was a happy day and I was surprised because I didn't expect that they have a surprise for me. They've bought brownies from our neighbor, which taste really good by the way. Then, I blow the candle and make a wish... :)


    I am so thankful to have my family and thank you to everyone who greeted me on my birthday. Thank you also to Fly Ace Corporation for sharing the Good Life and Doña Elena products to us... Check out Good Life and Doña Elena Cusinera Club at Facebook for more of their products, recipes, tips, updates and more! :)

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    A Working Mom's Playlist

    June 09, 2016 0 Comments
    Just want to share my Spotify playlist here. This is the playlist that I am listening whenever I am working late. It keeps me awake and prevent me from dozing off while working online especially during the wee hours . Aside from that I also liked listening to Electronic Dance Musics (EDM) when I work out. Yup, I rarely work out though because of our busy schedule and online work, but whenever I can, I would work out. I also like walking and sometimes I bring slong my daughter who also enjoyed walking with me. Its one of our bonding moments and we get to exercise in the process..

    So, here's my Working Mom Playlist / Workout Playlist. Enjoy! :)

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Miel's first Horse-riding Experience

    April 25, 2016 0 Comments

    Miel is only 4 years old and she wanted to try to ride the horse. I asked her if she's not scared or anything and she said she's not scared. I was having second thoughts if I'll let her or not... I saw some kids and kids almost her age ride the horse and  they were just fine afterwards, so I thought it would be okay for Miel to experience it.


    This was in Eden Nature Park and Resort, Toril, Davao City...

    She was behaved and relaxed the whole time, she said she was happy and I can see it because she's smiling from start to finish... :) I'm glad I let her experience this memorable moment, her first horse-riding experience was great...

    Note: The fee for the Horseback riding is PHP 85.00 :)