Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mary Jane Veloso - to be executed on April 28

Breaking news at GMA NewsTV, 7pm, April 25, 2015...

Mary Jane Veloso:  Nakatakda ang pagbitay sa Abril 28, Martes ng hating-gabi.

Mismo si Mary Jane Veloso ang tumawag sa kanyang kapatid para ibalita at kumpirmahin ang pagtatakda sa pagkitil ng kanyang buhay.

Nakakalungkot.

May the good Lord be with her, her families, friends, and loved ones.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Papal Visit 2015: Pope Francis Mania in Manila

(9 a.m.) Hubby and I decided to see and feel the People's Pope on January 16, 2015. Early today, we went to Manila Cathedral. 

(mid-day) Lots of people were there waiting for the Pope. Everybody seemed to be so nice, calm and blessed. It's indeed a very nice feeling to mingle with people who have the same desire and goal as ours - see His Holiness.

(1 p.m. onwards) Since it rained a bit hard, Pope was then riding on his black, elegant limousine. We again decided to walk ahead, survived barriers, kilometers and hours of walk, tons of sweats. We ate, held hands, had fun, rode a pedicab, and walked again to go straight to Roxas Blvd. 

(3p.m.) We stood and had some happy moments with our fellow pilgrims, and of course, with the 'unsung' heroes, the police officers. They were all nice, accommodating and fun to be with. They never complained even if they were standing for more than eight hours everyday; instead, they would answer our queries with smiles, crack some jokes, and have some interesting chats with all of us. We also admire volunteers from different local government units, parishes and other organizations. Everything went well - organized, disciplined, and overwhelming - napaka-good vibes! 

(at exactly 5:05 p.m.) We finally felt goosebumps as His Holiness, Pope Francis was coming - on his way to SM MoA Arena. A simple wave and smile from the Pope, blessed by the Father and through the intercession of the Holy Spirit, poured our hearts out. It was really a very fulfilling and unforgettable experience. We didn't stop there. We decided to stay a bit longer and wait again for him for the third time. 

Hubby and I were shaking and in tears while continuing our walk to look for a better place as we were advised that he would be back around 7 to 8 in the evening. We then looked for a place to freshen up, pee, have some stretching, and dine in comfortably. After a long walk, there was nothing to be found except convenience stores and 'carinderias'. And so we decided to sit down and have dinner with the police officers. They were again very nice and we had a great time eating with them. We also went to a convenience store to buy water and chips to enjoy and share. 

In these times, you would get to experience lots of things and appreciate God's love in many ways, even from little things that we tend to take for granted most of the times. 

(at exactly 7:25 p.m.) The Pope again was coming and everybody shouted and yelled, pouring their hearts out just like us. We felt more intense as this time, the Pope was just a meter away from us, halos abot-kamay lang siya. It's really a very powerful experience, memorable indeed. Our eye-to-eye contact, that angelic face and sweet smile from Lolo Kiko made me cry and shout for joy, one of the happiest times ever!

Tama nga, yung halos isa hanggang tatlong segundo na pagdaan nya at pagtingin sa amin ay sadyang nakakapagpaligaya ng puso, nakakapangilabot, nakakaiyak!

Everyone is so blessed and has become a blessing to others. We paused for a while, praised and thanked God for this wonderful gift and blessing, and most of all, said our prayers. We also whispered prayers from our loved ones, families, relatives, and friends. 

To GOD be the Glory. God is good!

Pope Francis is indeed the Pope of the Firsts, the People's Pope, and our very own Lolo Kiko.

#AllForEieoAndEiea

Love lots,

Mommy Mai and Daddy Ren



Monday, December 15, 2014

Thank GOD It's December - A Story of a Blessed Woman

December has always been so special for me and hubby. We both celebrate our birth dates, every 4th and 13th, his and mine respectively. We commemorate our anniversary every 14th and on the 16th, our wedding anniversary. Being together for 12 years as happy lovers and getting married for eight years are more than a million ways of thanking God and praising His name.

With God’s grace, we are able to sustain and survive life’s trials and tests of faith but as we always say, these tough times were outgrown by the billions of blessings that we receive each day. Miracles are felt and witnessed every time we wake  up and see how beautiful life is, seeing Eieo next to us, happy, witty and healthy.

Many people say that we are perfectly blessed as we have always become a blessing and inspiration to many lives. But you know, though I feel that I really couldn’t ask for more, hubby and I would always love to hope and pray that EIEA will be handed and given to us soon, very, very soon.

Yes, all we want now is a lovely, smart and healthy daughter

As I end today’s post, I would like to thank my husband and lifetime partner, Ren, for his unconditional love and support, our marriage is so wonderful that would make me fall in love with you over and over again... 

Eieo, for his love and for making us feel God’s blessings every day and of course, for having us experience the perks of parenthood; for our families and friends, for making us feel loved and special each day. 

The power of my three F’s: Faith, Family and Friends, has always been an inspiration… thank you very much. All these things I owe to you and all.

Happy holidays, everyone. May the yuletide spirit bring us the gifts of love, joy, peace and prosperity. 

Season’s greetings from our family to yours… God bless us all.

Thanks be to God Almighty.


Forever blessed,

Mommy Mai

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Lutong Pinoy (Recipes) FB Group : A Great Virtual Place for Foodies

Lutong Pinoy (Recipes) : My New Addiction on Social Network

This group, LP, has inspired many moms, housewives and career women alike, to cook and bake for their families and loved ones. News feed is jam-packed with good vibes, shared recipes, and helpful/useful tips to make each

It felt so humbling and overwhelming to see many women from different walks of life, united to be one, working towards one goal – to prepare something delicious and enticing for their families, and most of all, stepping out of their comfort zones and starting a business that would make them feel their self-worth as a mom and as an entrepreneur even in their own little ways. 

To this group, I believe that everyone has found in many ways to appreciate life and live such to the fullest.

Truly, LP has touched many lives including mine, making me get so hooked and addicted to this group. This LP craze has changed my daily routines on social networks.

Thanks to my sister April for letting me know of this group, to the admins and members for sharing goodness and love through their simple culinary masterpieces.


Muli, maraming salamat mga Ka-LP. 

Mabuhay tayong lahat! Cheers!


God speed.

xoxo,

Mommy Mai

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Eieo's First Field Trip with JVCMSI Family


Happiness is a choice, a gift from God that we shall all savor and be thankful for. And seeing our unico hijo feel so happy makes the rewards of parenthood more special. 

He always finds ways to enjoy his schooling and academic experiences with his friends, classmates, schoolmates and mentors.

Since I have already blogged about how hubby and I are both feeling blessed to finally find a good school for our kiddo (read my blog HERE… JVCMSI, our newly found ‘gem’), I intend to write something about his new experiences this time.

One of our child’s academic milestones is to participate in educational tours. During his first grade at JVCMSI, hubby and I joined him on this fun-filled learning experience. 

Enjoying good times, doing playful actions, and feeling very excited and enthusiastic over each ride at Enchanted Kingdom, we know that this has been a priceless experience.


November 28, 2014 @ 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
JVCMSI Educational Tour Itinerary:
Intramuros, Manila and Fort Santiago
Luneta (Martyrdom of Dr Jose Rizal)
Blue Wave
Nuvali
Enchanted Kingdom

Field trips like this can always be fun and entertaining, such a great learning opportunity for everyone.

Activities like this give students educational experiences away from their regular school environment, a good way to break monotony and routines. Kids can look forward to and prepare for the trip for several days or weeks. Then, they get to spend the day in a different learning environment and can complete a lesson on the topic covered after the trip is over. Learning in different ways can appeal to varied learning styles, helping children to succeed whether they are visual, auditory or kinetic learners.

Students visiting different educational facilities learn in a more hands-on and interactive manner than they do in school. And when done 'right', field trips can be a powerful component of a well-rounded instructional program.

Just keep in mind that safety of everyone, especially the students, is strictly observed; itineraries are relevant and educational, most of all, objectives are met.

To sum it up, everybody had so much fun, a perfect time to bond with families, friends and all.

xoxo,

Mommy Mai




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Clara Olé Product Review - Why We Love Clara Olé


Clara Olé Products – Yummy Pasta Sauces, Dips and Dressings


Whenever hubby and I go to the supermarket on a weekend, we never fail to grab Clara Olé products.

These culinary auxiliaries, sauces, dips, dressings, mixes, syrups and jam incredibly make each simple dish scrumptious and palatable.

It magically turns each meal, sandwich, pancake and pasta more appetizing, making our kiddo smile and crave for more.

Clara Olé Products never fail us. Each makes our weekend pasta feast more fun and really tempting.

And since hubby, Eieo and I all love pasta, sandwiches and pancakes, Clara Ole has been our kitchen partner in preparing simple dishes and in rewarding ourselves after a very busy week.

These Clara Ole products are certainly good buys and great deals for many moms out there as these mouth-watering and creamy sauces, dips and dressings are just so perfect for mom’s delicious, hale and hearty culinary creations.


Having all these products in our kitchen cupboard assures us that whenever we crave for delectable pasta or any Clara Ole recipes, satisfaction is anticipated and guaranteed.

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Have fun, everyone! Cheers!

Clara Olé – The Quality We Trust

Love lots,

Mommy Mai

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy to Have My New Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S - Our Newest Babe 

Since August 2014, I have been browsing over the web to know when Xiaomi Redmi 1S would be available in the Philippines. 

And when I found out that Lazada would have it on sale for only Php 5,599.00, I managed to set my calendar and informed my families and friends about this great news!

September 4, at exactly 12:04, I was able to purchase units for me and friends. I was so happy to grab the chance as units were no longer available at 1 p.m. - exactly an hour after the sale/launch here in the Philippines. 

Anyway, effortless shopping begins at LazadaPH and I was so satisfied with its services - sending updates via sms and email and most of all, LEX (Lazada Express) and its logistics partners, LBC have my unit/s delivered to our humble home this morning, September 8, Monday on Mama Mary's Birthday

Stress-Free Online Shopping at LazadaPH 
Dear friends and avid readers, I strongly recommend online shopping at LazadaPH. No hassles, no stress. Notifications are prompt, updates are rigid, partner-courier (LBC) sends text messages and even calls on the day the item/s or parcel/s would be delivered, and most of all, customer service is responsive, courteous and accommodating. You need not to track your order/s as I  have said, the team is prompt and generous in providing you updates and notifications. 

Thumbs up for LazadaPH!
Great service, good deal, value for money, satisfaction guaranteed.

Anyway, here are my reasons why I finally decided to buy this unit instead of other phones:
1. Value for Money - Affordable Price only at Php 5,599.00
2. Save Time - Effortless Shopping at LazadaPH
3. Say Wow! - Reliable and Remarkable Specifications
4. Good Reviews and the Kaw's have Xiaomi(s)
5. Ijon Kaw: It's a good buy, Mai! 
6. Hubby Ren: Go and grab one, mommy!  Just use our Paypal funds.  :)

Xiaomi Redmi 1S specs
1.6GHz quad-core MSM8228 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Adreno 305 GPU
1GB of RAM
4.7-inch HD display protected by AGC Dragontrail Glass, 720 x 1280 resolution
8GB of storage expandable up to 64GB
8-megapixel rear camera
1.6-megapixel front camera
WiFi, Bluetooth, 
USB OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Dual-SIM, dual standby
3G, HSPA+
Android 4.3 with MIUI
2000mAh battery
137 x 69 x 9.9 mm
Php 5,599

What are you waiting for? Grab yours today at LazadaPH on September 12, 2014 at 12 noon.

I can assure you - it's worth the wait and gives value to your hard-earned money.
So, satisfied with my decision. Thanks be to God.  :)

Love lots,

Mommy Mai

Thank You Message from the Newly Weds

Message of Gratitude from the Bride and the Groom :

First, we want to thank our Heavenly Father who brought and kept us together. We know that He has blessed our marriage and we look forward to spending the rest of lives together honoring His word. 

Secondly, we would like to thank all of you:

To our parents, without whom, we would never be the “people” that we are. We are eternally grateful for your love and support, especially as we planned our wedding, and have a family of our own;

To our principal sponsors, thank you for gracing us with your presence, sharing your time, and making yourselves be called as our second parents. We are certain that your guidance and care would direct us to happy marriage and responsible parenthood. We also thank you for making each visit in your humble homes very unforgettable; we’d cherish those moments as you all have your own uniqueness and experiences, most of all, your words of wisdom would surely echo every time we would feel joy and triumphs or would need to face challenges and struggles.

To our families, relatives, friends, and guests, for your time and efforts just to spend this once in a lifetime experience with us.

We understand that most of you have hectic schedules and other commitments but you generously shared with us your precious time. Your presence makes this union and feast more special and memorable. Words aren’t enough to extend our appreciation and gratitude to each and all.

We are truly humbled by the show of love and support that we have received from everyone not just today, but also over the years. Most of you have helped us with lots of things to make this wedding as beautiful and organized as we have always dreamed of. 

This is certainly a special day for us, and we pray that the support that you've shown us will continue. As we embark on our new life together, I hope that those of you who have been married for many years will be willing to offer advice and wisdom when needed. We are committed to staying married and in love forever, and we know it will be so much easier with all of your by our sides.

With much pride and gratitude, I thank you all once again and hope you all had a great time.

Keep safe on your way back home as we, Mr and Mrs Rainier Policarpio, conclude this celebration with a blast, finally sharing intimacy and romance later.

Good night everyone, God bless us all! 


Cheers!

Just tied a knot,

Rainier and Myraine

12.16.2006


Monday, August 18, 2014

Sen. Miriam Santiago on 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Interesting... 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been a must-read to many reading enthusiasts like me... And seeing this news over the web interests me more. See how Miriam Defensor Santiago becomes interested in getting in the loop and asks the POV's and insights of the netizens.

Read more here...

Should Miriam read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?
By Kim Arveen Patria | Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom 

Producers and distributors of the controversial book-turned-movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” are drumming up excitement in the Philippines, and the hype has piqued the interest of a prominent reader.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who is still on leave of absence after announcing that she is battling stage 4 lung cancer, turned to social media to ask whether she should read the book.

“Still unopened 50 Shades of Grey set in my library. Should I read these? What do you think?” the senator said on her official Facebook page, much to her followers’ amusement.

Her post came with a photo of the set of books authored by E.L. James, the first of which was published in 2011. The novels, which have erotic themes, received varying response from readers.

As for Santiago’s post, most of the commenters called the book “poorly written.” They were split, however, on whether the senator should read the book, citing varying reasons.

“Waste of time. But please do and tell us what you think,” Facebook user Sabrina Sanchez said in her comment. Danny Ching agreed, adding, “Move on to ridding the country of criminals. Pagaling kayo.”

“Set it on fire, bury the ash, have it blessed,’ Faith Engracia commented. Facebook user Norman Sison, for his part, said, “Read the Bible instead, Senator. Praying for you. God bless you.”

Other commenters were political. “Just read it and run for president in 2016,” Adrian Solis quipped. Ariel Nievera said, “Give it to Seksi, Pogi at Tanda so they have something to read in prison.”
Readers like Ronnie Gicana, however, urged the senator to find deeper meaning in the novels, saying it can be seen as a “psychological exercise about women used as an object of desire.”

“This is a very good subject of discussion on how far women can be used without the feeling of being abused bordering mania,” Ronnie Gicana said in a comment on the senator’s Facebook post.

Other readers also warned against dismissing any form of literature as “low.” “Reading is never a waste of time! Read it! Give us your intellectual review then…” Rizalina Rendon Ventic said.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” has been adapted into movies. Earlier this month, rumors swirled that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has banned the film in the country.

MTRCB Chair Toto Villareal has however denied the reports, saying his agency has yet to review the film. “Neither has the MTRCB received any trailer material for review,” he told Yahoo Philippines.

We truly love Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

And oh by the way, hubby and I are excited to watch 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Movie.  :-)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gasgas Pinas : The Most Reliable Fuel-Saving App

Photo Credit: Gasgas Pinas®
Hey, followers, fellow bloggers and dear virtual friends, have some good news. Read on and grab this 'fuel-saving app' the soonest time possible!

Want to save money on your gas expenses? Wish to battle against continual oil price hike? With today's costly fuel prices, you certainly need the best tools and fuel-saving apps available to help you save money at the pump!

Worry no more! Gasgas Pinas is here to help you out.   

Gasgas Pinas is the only fuel-saving app made by Filipinos for Filipinos. Developed as an initiative to provide the general driving public with such access to current fuel prices in gas stations in their vicinity, everyone can now enjoy the glee, ease and convenience on getting real-time price updates with real-time peso savings!

Worry-free and Budget-friendly Road Trip and Holiday Escape
Today, we can all travel as much as we want and be able to save tons of money on gas fuel. With just a few taps and touches on our phones, Gasgas Pinas' consumers can now easily locate the most inexpensive fuel price/s in the city and fill up on a budget. 

How Does It Work?
As you set your 'style' on the road, look ahead at the map and see fuel prices down the road as compared to current location. Since the price of gas is often extremely volatile, posted gas prices may vary as much as 20% within only a few blocks away from each other. 

Having that in mind, we all want to be aware of where exactly to gas up. Of course, it is only at the gas station/s that can give us the cheapest and most affordable deal.

This turn-by-turn gas navigation app with real-time price updates with real-time peso savings also gives its consumers other perks and treats.  

The features on this app include acquiring information about gas prices, introducing gas types available, locating gas stations within the vicinity of the user, and many others. Along with this, there are general announcements of news and useful tips related to the gas industry, and most of all, a point system where one can win prizes, road maps, fuel mileage, and a lot more.

Its Noble Mission 
The creative minds behind this innovation stands that it is their civic duty to do their part to help others in their own ways and means. Through this fuel-saving app, no one has to fill up at a specific station when a better price is just down the corner or just somewhere very near.

See, all these and more when you make Gasgas Pinas your most reliable travel buddy.

Have a safe and happy trip!  Enjoy each ride!

Cheers,

Mommy Mai