Thursday, July 31, 2008

Make $100 Online

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Goodbye to Helmet...

Say Hello to Seatbelt! Introducing our very own Chevy Spark 2008! It just makes me giggle every time my hubby presses the keyless entry control. I'm not even sure what it's called. It's that thing attached to our car key that makes a high pitched "chwoot" sound when you press it and it unlocks the car doors without actually inserting the key. Whew!

Well, this is not the actual picture. But our car looks exactly like this. Except of course the plate says Chevrolet Quezon Ave. Registered blah-blah...

It has been a looong past five days for us. Getting the banks to approve our auto loan. Having to answer all those calls from the C.I. officers. Making sure that all post-approval documents are complete. Dropping by the bank to get a Manager's Check to make that downpayment. Issuing those PDCs only to get them back because we switched to a better bank. Texting and calling our agent to confirm what kind of tint, matting, seat cover and plate ending number we wanted.

And finally the day of the release of the car. We let my Dad drive it first because my hubby still had to refresh his driving skills. So Dad was sitting on the driver's seat, hubby on his side and I was sitting at the back with Mom. But that's not all. We've only just begun!


On the way home, when we first entered our street, there was this drunk jacka** blocking our way and he wouldn't let us through. It's a one lane only street, so there was no other way but to warn him to move over and let us pass. So my Dad politely waved at him and pointed him to move, which he did ungracefully.

As we drove past, he tapped rudely on our car and walked away. Animal instincts probably dominated my hubby and he immediately got out and called out to him and asked him "What are you doing that tapping for!?" Before my husband was fully out of the car, I also got out and mustered all the courage to back up. Images of self-defense were rapidly playing in my mind as he approached us. And all I did was asked him the same question in a nicer, gentler manner. Nobody knew that my heart was pounding, my mind was screaming "whatdahe** this is not happening!?"

Turns out that we was not drunk. He was just pretending to be drunk. I knew it because he didn't reek of alcohol, but he was swaying like he's just acting. And in defense he even said,

"I just needed something to lean on because I was drunk!" Then my hubby said, "You didn't have to do that to my car."

"This is not your car!" Yours is a motorcycle. This isn't yours." Hubby just said, "Okay just don't do that again." Good thing that my hubby and I are struggling to be nice (even if deep inside I felt the adrenaline rush to manhandle!), so my hubby said something to calm him down which sounded gibberish to me, because I was either so nervous or so mad at him for being such a j**k. All that came out of my mouth were, "Then better be careful while walking!" Then Mr. I-have-to-prove-Im-drunk directed his gaze at me and said, "I know you! I know you! You're the niece of Meroo, were friends!" But he was saying it half-rudely. So I said "Yeah I am who you think I am!" Then my hubby just calmed him down again and he walked away.

I suddenly noticed all of our neighbors were watching us. I felt quite relieved that there were witnesses, in case something really nasty happens.

So, I thought that was the end. But he returned with a bunch of guys, whom I first thought was backing him up. As they approached, I told my husband to go inside and let me handle it. Because if he was up to something really nasty then I want him to get through me first. Writing about this now makes me think, what the he** was going on my mind!? My heart was racing once again, especially when my hubby wouldn't go inside the house. But I noticed that the guys weren't backing him up, they were in fact, stopping him from tripping on us. Perhaps realizing that it was all of us against him he just said. "Why would I tap your car, I cannot afford to pay for anything!" his hands were waving like crazy.

At that point, the guys were pulling him back. And then my hubby just tapped him on the shoulder and said. "It's okay now. Okay." And he smiled. I smiled back (AS IF!!?) Something inside me was screaming "OMG, PLEASE SEND HIM HOME AND LEAVE US IN PEACE." Finally when he saw that my hubby and I are both smiling he went happily home but on the way he shouted, "I don't wanna hear news of this in the Barangay tomorrow!" Ugh! What a crazy creature!

But the day's adventure has another twist. Read it only here. Tomorrow!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

Receiving an award for blogging is something I was not expecting at all. Which is why this Arte y Pico Blog Award which was given to me by the Wandering Elephant is really extra special. Thank you for this, it makes me feel that my efforts in blogging are all worth the while.

Having said that made me look back and think about how much blogging has affected me as a blogger with an online identity, and me as a real person. A lot of things have changed. Like surfing habits and my way of looking at things. Whereas before when all I do is check my mail and surf for digital juice and stock photography, now I feel compelled to visit as many sites from my growing blogroll as possible. Whereas before when I write almost everything with angst, now I have to be careful and maintain a positive atmosphere so as not to drive advertisers away. Which is good, because I get to practice positive thinking and feeling so that it gets reflected in how I write, and how I execute my creative artworks. (In fact, I no longer feel that my online identity is far from my real-life identity. Not that I have a split personality or something, it is just an observation. I mean, if you are reading on materials like cyberculture and stuff, you'd be noticing these matters.) Oh well, I'm drifting...

Anyways, I'd like to devote the next lines to my blogging buddy and real-life friend of more than a decade... Wandering Elephant. Thank you so much. I know this blog is not even enough to tell the world how much we've shared and gone through. Wait this is becoming like a friendster testimonial already... But hey! Let me say this at least: Your blogs have just begun. I'm sure it will ring a bell all around cyberspace in no time. And with you giving me this award, I'm also positive that my blogs' gonna be ringing bells as well. So from the bottom of my heart... Muchas Gracias! And for all of you avid readers, my gratitude extends far and wide. Now it's time that I give the award.

The rules for passing this honor on:

1) Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

The award goes to the following blogs which make my surfing day colorful:

1.) Meg Sioson's Let Them Eat Cake
2.) Mike Santiago's What's in Mike's Mind Today?
3.) Ella's Blog ni Ella
4.) Faye's Fond of Flowers
5.) Ruby's Blessings and Beyond

If you've received this award already, I might have missed your post. LOL! But what the heck!? At least you are getting it from me this time!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

For Your Eyes Only

I wasn't exactly surprised with the results of my optical test yesterday. All the headaches, nausea, and difficulty in reading that I've experienced for the past three weeks says it loud in clear. I only needed an optician to confirm that I did have an astigmatism.

But I guess I'm still lucky because I didn't have to go far to look for the perfect pair of eyeglasses. As I was doing my usual surfing I chanced upon Zenni Optical on FOX news!

I have never been this excited looking for eyeglasses because there are a lot of Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni like the one shown on this photo.

I found a huge selection of frames and lenses unlike those that are usually found in the malls. And what's even better is that Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses are truly $8 only.

Now, you may be wondering how can they be so affordable? It is because they have gone past middlemen and advertising costs by selling only their own manufactured frames and lenses directly to customers, like us!

My Recipe

The Recipe For Andrea

3 parts Sexiness

2 parts Silliness

1 part Cleverness

Splash of Rebellion

Sip slowly on the beach

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thinking Out Loud!

I know I've got tons of pictures and stories to post. But this news just can't wait. Remember my story about our plan to sell our house? Finally, we've got a buyer. Now we are waiting for the payment to be made and then I'm off to the nearest Shopping Mall to get me something really nasty. Like, a killer pair of shades from Oakley. Or perhaps, a killer pair of Nike ACG cross-trainers. How about a killer pair of Tag Heuer watch for me and my hubby?

Or maybe that darn Macbook Pro 17" and that Nikon D80 I've been drooling about. Ugh! It is just so tempting to splurge away. But I've gotta keep my eyes on the bigger prize. I'm thinking...

Monday, July 14, 2008

My KL Trip is the BOMB!

Wow! I just got back from my KL Trip and I must say it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Headlines only: I got to experience my first cable car ride. I climbed 200+ steps in the Batu caves. I had my first ever bubble bath in a five star hotel. I tasted Mangoosteen for the first time. I sang my heart on on the videoke. OMG! It was really fun! Will be posting write ups and pics later. Meantime, I still got some catching up to do with my hubby and baby. And I still have to distribute my "pasalubong" for my family and friends! Later! Mwah!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Back from Subic!

Our Team Building Camp was a tremendous success! Over 500 delegates from the Philippines, Malaysia, Dubai, Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain, Mauritius and Nigeria came together to take part of the "Ultimate Sailor's Adventure." It was quite exhausting to take the videos, but it was all worth it! Would love to share some stories and insights and probably post some pictures here and in my friendster. But right now, I gotta catch up with my baby and hubby and finish another episode of graphics for my super-dee-duper kiddie show before I leave for Malaysia. I heard that we're going to be hotel-hopping there, and I'm finally going to experience Genting Highlands. Those who have been there say that it's cold up there so I'm packing all my sweaters and jackets! BRRRRR!!! I'll be back on Sunday, July 13. See you all again soon!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Small Business Loans

With all the rising cost of living, more and more people are jumping into entrepreneurship these days. Not only does it provide another stream of income for regular wage earners, it also helps build the country's economy.

But, first things first. Although it is fine and good to have a vision and a marketing plan for your business, you should have your working capital handy. I know this for a fact, and from experience. I've searched far and wide for companies that offer small business loans. Some can have rigid requirements, while others have reasonable conditions but takes longer time for processing and approval.

I think my search for small business loans is finally over. I've come across this great company with 14 years of expertise offering benefits which sounded like music to my ears. First, they don't require you of any documents or collateral. So you don’t ever have to worry pawning your precious home or car. Second, you can choose how to spend your funding. Whether it is going to be spent for purchasing machinery and equipment, or for land acquisition and building construction, or for debt refinancing, it does not matter.

Third, you can easily pay for the loan at affordable rates and great terms. Fourth, you don't even need to leave your home or office to apply for the loan because you can apply online, and then get your business loan and credit line in 48 hours. Top that with 2-minutes pre-qualification and fast approval within 24 hours!

Sounds like my dream business is coming true very soon!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pre-Travel Jitters

Yeah, right. As if I'm going out of the country. Well, at least not for now. I still have four hours to pack, wash some undies and get them dry before packing, finish one episode of graphics for the super-dee-duper kiddie show on Q, and cuddle with my hubby and baby. What the heck am I still doing here, blogging!? I'm gonna miss my online life for sure. But I'm gonna miss hubby and baby THE MOST!