Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Home Office Project Update #2

Oh my gosh... I can't believe it took me six months to progress with the home office project I have been trying build. Anyways, as I have mentioned in the first post about this Home Office Empire here and the last update here, I am trying to build, I was waiting for the Black Friday sale to get myself a Canon MX700 multifunction printer. Well, it was worth the wait because after Thanksgiving, I got the printer for only $99. =) Great deal from the original $170 pricetag!

And then during the Thanksgiving sale, I also found a nice, sturdy and awesomely cheap printer table/filing cabinet. Since it was the last piece at Staples, I got it for only $30! There you go... I saved money waiting for this big sale and it was definitely worth the wait!

Now, I need to find a trustee, heavy-duty shredder for all those paper kalat I've accumulated the past year. =) Just watch out for my next update on my home office empire. Yeah... getting there!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Homesickness Strikes Back

I was in Las Vegas last weekend and the usual trip to Sin City will never be complete if we don't pass by our favorite Filipino restaurants such as Jollibee, Red Ribbon, Goldilocks and Chowking. Yeah, that's how deprived we are here in Phoenix. We don't have those stores except for Barrio Fiesta and a single Red Ribbon store somewhere south of Phoenix which is an hour drive from my place. So obviously, I did some panic buying of all those Pinoy goodies just to satisfy my homesickness cravings.

Picture above is my Red Ribbon ensaimada that I ate for lunch. I also bought a dozen of red ribbon mamon, a dozen of frozen siopao from Chowking and 4 big cups of taho. I know that it's very pricey to buy these pinoy goodies here in the US but I don't really care about the price when I am already homesick and wanted to get a taste of home. Ayyy... pathetic! Hoookay... these pinoy stores is one of the reasons why I wanted to move to Vegas. Haha.

Become Debt-Free

Here in the US, it is very easy to acquire so much debt. A lot of merchants and stores here offer very tempting discounts for their products to lure customers into buying them. And I hate to admit it but they are really tempting to let go even if those items are not really what a person needs. Seeing 50%, 60% up to 80% discounts posted on the store windows are the not so new advertising style of these establishments so they can get more buyers in their stores.

Although personally, I hate the feeling of owing something especially money to other people, sometimes it's just inevitable especially with this bad economy. I have seen some families go through so much problems with debts. It must be very stressful and frustrating not to be able to pay-off debt to your creditors. Sometimes those creditors even harrass those people who cannot pay their debt and I guess it must be a very scary experience for them.

ClearDebt is a company that offers IVA or Individual Voluntary Arrangement. It is a binding agreement between the debtor and the creditor to avoid bankruptcy. ClearDebt prides itself for being able to cut people's debts, freeze interests that the debtors pay, stop creditors' legal actions against the debtor and they also give free debt advice. You can apply for your IVA Application online through the ClearDebt website. What else could be a better gift for new year than being debt free?!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Of Ballet Flats And Winter Boots

I went out at lunch to buy some nice boots to wear in Vegas tomorrow because my friend told me that it's going to be cold there. And so I went to DSW (Designer Shoes Warehouse) at Bell Road which is just a couple of miles away from my office. Now, guess what I bought from the store?

Yup... I didn't find any great winter boots and so I ended up buying these super dooper comfy ballet flats from Dr. Scholl. I am so loving these flats! They're super soft and comfy inside. I am a new Dr. Scholl's fan!

This is not the first time this happened... I mean, I am set to buy something and then I go home bringing something else. Hehe. Back in Helsinki, a friend and I went shopping for summer clothes because we were going on a vacation to Rome and Paris which was at the peak of summer. Guess what we bought after that shopping day? We each bought 2 jackets! Geez?! Yeah, summer clothes it is! So yeah, I really can't be trusted when it comes to shopping. When I like something and I can afford it, I will surely have it. Haha.

Google Tag

Thanks for the tag, Pheng!

the rules will start by using google images to search for your answers to the questions below. you must choose pictures from the first page from the results and post it as your answer.

1. age of my next birthday

2. place/places i would like to travel


3. my favorite place
Home in Manila

4. a favorite thing
my phone - E71

5. my favorite food

6. my favorite color/s



7. the city i reside now

8. the city i was born
Quezon City

9. my college major
Computer Science

10. name of your first lover

11. a bad habit

Nail biting

12. a hobby/hobbies

13. my wish list (max of 3)
Lexus IS F

Europe Vacation

A new boyfriend

Snow in Las Vegas Strip

For the past few days, when the special friend calls me, he would tell me that it's snowing in Las Vegas. I never believed him because he always jokes around about a lot of stuff. And if it does snow in Vegas, definitely not on the Strip where his office is just close by. Boy I was wrong!

Photo credits: cnn.com

Photo above was taken yesterday at the big Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. After seeing the news last night, I had second thoughts of moving to Las Vegas. I still hate/despise/abhor snow! My friends and I are supposed to go to Vegas tomorrow. I am worried that Kimi might not be able to handle being driven in snow since 1)he's an RWD, 2)he's using ultra high performance summer tires, 3)I am not willing to risk destroying his rims if I use chains. So yeah, I'm still thinking if I'm going or not. I am praying for a warmer and sunnier weather today and tomorrow. Hayyy...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Securing Your Email

Email has been a part of my life since I have learned how to use the internet. It is one of the most efficient and fastest methods of communication nowadays. Working in IT means constant communication with my team and my clients. Almost always, we use emails to communicate and document conversations because it is the most available and convenient way to do it. I check my emails every couple of minutes within the day and I seriously cannot imagine my life without emails.

Anything that we send through the internet is susceptible to attacks from hackers and those people who want to steal information. Even emails are not exempted from these attacks so I guess we should put importance to our email security. Most of the big companies and organizations invest on enforced data protection for their emails because sensitive data are often transmitted through their emails. PGP Universal Gateway Email provides a means for these companies to highly enforce data protection through email encryption. This solution follow email standards so it can support most common messaging protocols like POP, IMAP, SMTP, SMTPS, etc. and widely used email servers such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Lotus Domino Server and Stalker Communigate. This solution also provides secure webmail using PGP Universal Web Messenger. PGP Universal Gateway Email can definitely help organizations to minimize the risk of data breach and enforce security and privacy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas is in the Air

Someone's not wishing for a white Christmas this year. Haha. I never liked snow. Ever!!! Photo was taken last weekend at the union square in downtown San Francisco during my short weekend getaway. There was a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the square where a man-made ice skating rink was also set-up. Christmas is really in the air in San Francisco. Even the shopping malls around the square is well lit with Christmas lights and decors. Now, where do I want to spend Christmas this year? Hmmm...

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Tactical Knives

Last year, a close family friend from San Francisco came home to the Philippines for a vacation. This family friend is my mom's bestfriend way back when they were still kids and she has 4 boys of which the eldest are twins and are around my age. Their whole family spent most of their time visiting several places in Luzon and one of their stops was Batangas. Funny thing was when they were on their way back to the US, these guys brought with them so much balisong, otherwise known as a native pocket knives which Batangas is known for. There were more than 2 dozens of those pocket knives that they wanted to bring back to the US as gifts but too bad the airport security didn't allow them to smuggle it to the US. Now you have an idea where I got my smuggling skills. Haha.

Tactical knives are very useful for critical incidents when you're working as a Law Enforcer, in EMS or Special Operations. Although our family friend are not really serving in the military or in the line of service, I am sure they will have great use for these tactical knives. Quality 5.11 Tactical Knives are available at the LA Police Gear website at very affordable prices plus they are now offering free shipping! I'm sure that if these family friends of ours have known about this website, they wouldn't have gone through the hassles they've gone through when they were in the Philippines. Hehe.