Monday, March 30, 2009

Don't Skimp On Home Inspections

With the present economy, house foreclosures are normal news for everybody. A lot of people are losing their jobs and of course, not able to pay their mortgages. At the same time, because of this bad economy, prices of real estate have plummeted downwards. Yes, it is very tempting to buy a house these days because of the bargain prices and the low interests. But then, are we sure that we are getting the value for our money?

Before purchasing a house, it is necessary that the real estate be inspected. This means making sure that all utilities are operational, radon testing, existence of termites and molds, operational septic system, soil testing for oil tanks and lead, well water testing, among many others. Look Smart Home Inspections LLC can perform a thorough inspection of the home you are eyeing to buy. John Martino, the founder of this company, is a licensed home inspector and formally trained in New Jersey. He has a good track record of customer satisfaction. This company makes sure that they are able to perform unbiased home inspections and provide you with a comprehensive and detailed home inspection report that you will surely appreciate before finally making that decision of buying real estate.

In this difficult economy, who would want to waste money on home repairs? By getting a home inspection prior to purchase, you are at least aware of the possible problems that your real estate may have in the future. Home inspection should not be something that you would skimp on. Yes, it is a bad economy but in the long run, you should also realize that getting a reliable home inspection report costs less than spending thousands of dollars on having your house repaired. Also, it spares you from the frustration and inconvenience when a breakdown happens. Check out New Jersey Home Inspectors - New Jersey Home Inspections before making that purchase!

Indian Bistro for Friday

I was invited to a team lunch on Friday in an Indian Restaurant. I know I've been too biased about them... partly because of the stories of my boss based on his personal experience and I myself working with them for the last 5++ years. I've been to an Indian restaurant before... ONCE! And I never went back because of the bad service in that restaurant that we went to and the food that didn't really appeal to me. Now I am worried to join my team to this team lunch. Oh no! What should I order that may appeal to my tastebuds? I like curries but not the super dooper extremely spicy ones that can kill your tastebuds. Any suggestions on what to order in an Indian resto for a non-adventurous eater like me???

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pneumatic Tools

You'll never know when you'll need these construction tools. Stanley Bostitch is the leading manufacturer and designer of innovative fastening solutions. They produced large amounts of collated nails, brads, Staplers, rings and clips. Nowadays, Stanley Bostitch produces a wide range of high qualityy manual and pneumatic tools and fasteners for different major industries such as construction, furniture production, packaging, automotive among many others. Using their state of the art facilities, they continuously pride themselves for high quality, reliability and great service. So if you are in search for construction tools, furniture tools or even DIY tools, check out Stanley Bostitch website.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tire Buying Guide

I admit I sometimes obssess on things that involve gadgets, Kimi (car parts and accessories) and food. When Kimi needed tire replacement, I was researching over the internet the right brand, size, speed rating, performance, etc. that would perfectly fit him. It was tedious research mind you! Good thing Buy4wdtyres.com.au is here to help clueless individuals (feminist aside, yes we're mostly females!) on buying 4x4 and SUV tires. Based on experience, original tires that came with the car are not necessarily the best tires for the type of usage of your car. Sometimes the weather where you drive your car also affects the type of tires that you have to buy. I guess more factors can affect your tire buying when it comes to SUV's and 4x4 because you also need to consider road and off-road conditions. At Buy4wdTyres.com, you will have a lot of help from the buying guide tips when choosing the right tire for your car.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Flu Season

It's flu season once again here in Arizona. I am a victim of this flu and stuck here at home. =( I was never sickly and if I remember right, I even got a flu shot last year... Hmmm... or maybe that was two years ago?! Anyway, I was never sickly really. So now I am stuck at home without cable tv! Good thing there is internet! I now know how it feels to be so bored and sick.... maybe the worst feeling ever!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Download and Burn DVD Movies

Did you ran out of dvd movies to watch? Visit Burn2DVD.com and find nice movies to watch. Website allows you to download the movies and burn them into DVD's. They use very fast servers so you don't have to worry about network bandwidth for as long as you have a good connection yourself. All you need to do is register in their website and start with searching for the movie that you want to watch.

Some Thoughts

Got this from a friend's blog and I can so relate. I agree in most of the things the author said.

Please Read all the way to the bottom:
If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

They're written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

I've learned .... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned .... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned .... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned .... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned .... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned .... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned .... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned .... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned .... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned .... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. (I've never tried this since the old man wasn't around half of my life)

I've learned .... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned .... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned .... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned .... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned .... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned .... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned .... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned .... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned .... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned .... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned .... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned .... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned .... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I've learned ..... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned .... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned .... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned .... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned .... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Men's Bling

Although B is not really a big fan of bling and anything shiny, I think he'll appreciate this 18K white gold bezel-set diamond ring. The small rocks are not really that noticeable so I guess he won't find it too intimidating to wear. I love small rocks over one big rock. I like those eternity ring like designs. Clevereve.com sells these unique mens diamond rings. They are fully insured so you don't have to worry when they are being mailed to you. They also offer free overnight shipping. All shipping requires adult signature at delivery. All purchases have a limited lifetime warranty and they can even customize your order.



I think giving a diamond for a gift is the way to go if you really want to please someone special to you. Clevereve also has a wide selection of diamonds in their engagement rings, wedding bands, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, watches and many others. I also admire how intricate their designs are and how much women would fall in love with those engagement rings. No, I am not yet planning or even dreaming of receiving one soon! Haha. I also love their diamond necklaces! Hint! Hint! I wish B can read this post. haha. Check out their website and browse through their wide selection of jewelries.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Food for Thought Friday



Breakfast
If your job made you move, but you could choose which country you would be living in, which country would you choose and why?
- Definitely a European country. Possibly France, Spain, Finland.

Lunch
Do you have any phobias?
- Nope. Well, I probably haven't found out yet.

Dinner
What is something you can't help but spend money on?
- Great food at a restaurant, gadgets and SHOES!

Midnight Snack
What profession/job did your parent(s) have while you were growing up?
- Pops was an employee in some company. Ma was a businesswoman.

Recipe of the Week (instead of your recipe for life what is it just for the week?)
- I need to get my Directv cable working and make sure that my internet is still up and running! Qwest is cutting their cable tv service starting Monday next week.

Thanks Jodi for this meme!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Organic Skin Care

For the past years, people are more concerned about how they look and how can they cheat the natural mechanism of the body to age. A lot of people have gone to the extremes just to keep their bodies looking young. Some have undergone extreme surgery to get rid of those sagging bulges, remove their wrinkles and get botox shots. Emerge Organic Labs have recently discovered another way to keep the skin looking young using HTN or High Tech Nature technology to harvest plant cells and transform them into cosmetic and dermatological agents to keep the human skin looking young. The skin products that they have formulated have been tested around the world by leading physicians. All of their products are from natural sources and are free from synthetic chemicals, fragrances and preservatives. Stem cell technology has been an emerging medical technology the past years and has promised a lot of benefits. Emerge Labs Organic Skin Care line offers an alternative solution to keeping your skin looking young.

One Less Shopping Store

Last year, I was raving about Steve and Barry's which is a new favorite clothes store of mine where you can buy everything for as low as $7+tax. I even posted a blog about it here. Where else can you find brand new $7 jeans, shoes, dress? It's just so sad that they were also victims of the bad economy and had to declare bankruptcy. Hayyy... One less shop to visit. They closed their one and only store here in Arizona late last year. This is depressing.

Paintball Gears on Sale

They say that any shooting sport is a good outlet to release stress. I am sure my friends who are addicted to paintball will surely agree! My friends in Manila have invited me to join them play paintball but I never joined them because of my busy schedule. When I saw some of their photos in full-gear, I was so envious and wished I joined them while I was still in Manila. Hmmm... maybe next time I am home, I will invite them to a paintball match.

Utimate Paintball sells gears for paint ball which includes top selling paintball guns such as the Tippmann A-5, Tippmann 98 Custom, Smart Parts Ion and Spyder Pilot. I am pretty sure my friends who are addicted to paintball will appreciate these gears. Check out these awesomely discounted prices such as this US Army Tippmann Alpha Black Tactical sniper gun set now on sale for only $209.

University of Phoenix Stadium - Part 2

Here are more photos from last weekend's University of Phoenix Stadium tour. Tour costs less than $10, I think! I don't know exactly how much it costs because B paid for it. LOL. Anyways, check out the photos below...



















Photos were taken from the different viewing levels of the stadium. The last ones were taken from the loft. There are 88 of these lofts inside the stadium and each one costs thousands of dollars to rent. Currently, all of these lofts are fully rented!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kansas City Plastic Surgeons

Everybody desires to look good and be pleasing to other people's eyes. Some may even go to the extent of medically changing their body just to look and feel better about themselves thus plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery is a common procedure here in the US. LookingYourBest.com has an extensive list of reputable Kansas City Plastic Surgeons. Whether it is deciding to get a breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty or any other cosmetic surgery, you can search for a resource from their website.

University of Phoenix Stadium - Part 1

Last weekend, we went for a tour at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Let me show you how the new and huge stadium looks like from the outside...











It is really, really huge and beautiful. The exterior skin of the stadium represents a barrel cactus. The University of Phoenix Stadium is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. It was opened on August 1, 2006 and the estimated construction cost was $455 million. It has a fully retractable roof and has the first fully retractable natural grass playing surface built in the US. This structure is located in Glendale, Arizona close to the 101 loop, just 15 minutes away from downtown.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Shopping for Formal Dresses

Let me share to you a shopping site that sells party dresses at a fraction of the normal cost of dresses in the malls. ElegantMart.com sells prom dresses, formal dresses, coctail dresses or even bridesmaid gowns. For shopping addicts like me, you will be pleased to see elegant and fashionable dresses at an eye-whopping discount prices. Check out their site and save more on their clearance dresses. They even offer UPS ground shipping for purchases of $100 or more.

Cubs vs Mariners

Of course, the Cubs won at last Friday's spring training game. Below are some photos of the event.




My OC boyfriend chose a seat that is not under the sun because he was worried he'll get a tan. Hahaha. I do appreciate his efforts to make me feel as comfortable as ever because it was his choice to watch the game knowing that I am not a baseball fan. Awww... BTW, number 27 from the Cubs was the best player at last Friday's game. He did a couple of homeruns. Hookay... I am learning the game. Maybe next time we'll watch an NBA game here in Phoenix. =)

For Bike Fanatics

Are you a bike fan? I meant the BIKE with a motor not a bicycle! LOL. I found a good bike resource site for fanatics such as my old boss. He was such a big Harley fan that he even had his Harleys (yes, plural!) shipped to the Philippines from his home in Guam. Cruise Customizing website is a good resource for your bike needs such as bike parts and accessories. So if you are looking for tires, bars & grips, lightings, seats, saddlebags, and a lot more parts for your Harley, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and a lot more bike brands, you could easily find them on this website. Whatever style you may need for your ride, you can always find something great at CruiserCustomizing.com. Also check out their motorcycle community and read sharings of stories from other bike fanatics like you.

Hohokam Stadium, Mesa, AZ



I've never understood how baseball works until last weekend. B was in town to visit me and he insisted that we watch "his" team play for the 2009 Spring training held here in Arizona. He is a big Chicago Cubs fan. And I mean BIG! Last Friday he was all geared-up to watch his team play against Seattle Navigators at the Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. Well, baseball isn't so bad. I enjoyed watching the game although I think I need to do more research on understanding the game rules. Haha. Photo above of the Hohokam stadium was taken last weekend after the match.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Free Spoofing

Imagine this scenario... you want to call someone but you don't want your number to register on the person's phone you are trying to call. So how can you do that using your normal landline or cellphone? 123Spoof.com can do the stuff I just said and much more! 123Spoof allows you call other people but concealing your actual number. They can even record the calls that you make and enable you to play it back. 123Spoof also has the functionality to go straight to the voicemail of the person you're trying to call. This I think is an awesome feature especially when you are not in the mood for long talks but you want to leave someone a message that you know they will surely receive. Another cool feature of this service is you are able to discuise your voice! Hahaha. I can imagine playing a prank on my friends. You can try it now for free by just signing-up on the 123spoof.com website. Enjoy Free Spoofing your friends!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bringing T-Shirt Back

I am definitely a t-shirt, jeans and flip-flops kind of person. My shirts are mostly solid colored shirt with a tiny logo or striped one. If I can get away with wearing a t-shirt when going to parties or any social functions, I would definitely wear my favorite t-shirt! I found a t-shirt company who customizes printing for shirts using different printing techniques such as screen printing or direct to garment digital printing. Just click on the link to take you to the site.

I'm on Starbucks Hiatus

Yes, you read it right. And you can read it over and over again so it will sink in. Haha. I'm giving up Starbucks for Lent this year and I will only have 1 small cup of non-Starbucks coffee per day. Haaa! This is it! The coffee addict is seriously staying away from caffeine for 40days! Some people may say why not give up coffee totally for 40 days? Well... if only I get 8hours of sleep per day then I could probably totally give it up. But since I'm usually running on 4hours of sleep on the average, it is very difficult to jumpstart my brain in the morning without caffeine. So yeah, this is a difficult sacrifice for me. I'm on my 14th day of 1 cup of coffee per day and so far so good. =)

Fine English Cutlery

Along with my love for cooking is my fascination for any kitchen and dining tools. May it be silverware, fancy stemware, expensive plates, among many others. I guess these all boils down to my love for eating great food. Well, having a chef for an ex-boyfriend, I guess his well-developed palate has been rubbed on to me.

Sometime ago when living in Helsinki, I was amazed at how great of an artists they are. I fell in love with this fine brand of expensive cutlery and kitchenware. If I had enough baggage space, I would have brought home tons of them in the Philippines but too bad we can only bring home some otherwise we'll be taxed for bringing home commercial amount. Anyway, my penchant for fine sterling silver flatware and cutlery never faded so when I saw Arthur Price of England Cutlery, I got so excited. Their cutlery are made of highest standard and finest materials so you can be sure that it is a very fine piece. The craftsmanship of these cutlery tools shows how great English design is. All are handmade by master silversmiths of Sheffield, England. I like simple designs but exudes class. Going through their catalog in their website, I really want to have the Baguette line of cutlery with matching cutlery cabinet so I can stow them away still in style. The Mango design line is also nice and very similar to the cutlery that we used to own back in our Helsinki apartment. Oh and by the way, Arthur Price Cutlery is currently on sale! Enjoy the half-price discounts if you buy them online from their website. Cutlery is also a great gift for your family and friends especially those who are getting married. These are fine pieces that I'm sure they would also love to own. Check out their website for more interesting and fashionable contemporary and premium cutlery.

On Finding A Perfect Home

As you know, I have always been hesitant to choose a state, place, or even country where I really want to settle. What I meant about settling is that I would eventually buy a home there and live with my family. Yes, after more than a year here in the US, I have not decided yet where I really want to stay. haha. I guess I was still searching for a reason other than my job to finally stay in one place. Now that I've found someone... a partner who makes me happy, I guess it's about time to move on with my life and make the big decision. No, we're not living in together! I just wanted to be near him and make the relationship work so I guess that's enough reason for me to move to Las Vegas. It may not be the most perfect place to raise a family but I think it's a good start for accepting that I indeed need someone in my life and let him be a part of it. Hayyyy... this is what love can do. Lol.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Surf Securely

Ever heard of anonymous proxy? It is an computer application that acts as a a go-between for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers as defined by wikipedia.org. The main purpose of using an anonymous proxy is for security by keeping an anonymous identity between requests and responses and to speed up access to a resource via caching. World-secure-channel.com offers this anonymous proxy through vpn plus much more! Check out their site and find out how you can surf securely and bypass all local internet restrictions.

Sunny-Snowy California

I think I've mentioned some blogs ago that I hated snow. When I lived in Helsinki, I hated the -25 degrees weather. Snow was good for a week but if it lasts for more than a week, I start to hate it. The same reason why I live in Arizona now. Haha. Couple of weeks ago, I went to a retreat in Yucaipa, California. Yes, up in the mountains of California! It's been a long time since I've seen this much snow. I must admit that I sort of missed it. That sunny-snowy weekend was really fun!


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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Random Thoughts on Cleaning-up Part 2

I'm on my 2nd week of cleaning *or should I say overhauling* my apartment. It's just been crazy that I've never done this much cleaning since I moved here in the US. I know I can be OC when it comes to cleaning and I literally wouldn't stop scrubbing until it's squeaky clean. It's just been crazy! You should see my closet, the cabinets under my kitchen and bathroom sink, and my pantry to realize how much of an OC I can be. This is the most extreme cleaning-up I have done by far!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Make Instant Messaging More Fun

For people like me who are fond of chatting, blogging, and plurking, there's a new way to enhance this experience. SweetIM provides a wide list of free emoticons & winks, nudges and images for your messenger. I am a big fan of using emoticons in my chat sessions and plurk especially when I want to stress a point or let the person I am conversing with know how I feel. SweetIM can be used in several different instant messengers such as MSN, AIM, Yahoo and ICQ. You can also attach these images in Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, blogs, forums and other forms of social network. SweetIM tool also provides free search for your browser and spelling checker or url formatting for your browser. Downloads are free and safe. When I say safe, it is adware-free, spyware-free and no registration required for use.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Random Thoughts on Cleaning-up

The past days have been crazy... for me and my apartment. I've been doing lots of cleaning up because the gg is coming over next weekend. The funny thing is last Sunday, I was cleaning up for literally more than 12hours and I was not even halfway done! So today I started cleaning up my closet. Some random realizations...

- 10 months worth of accumulated litter and trash is difficult to clean-up in 12 hours
- I thought I needed a bigger apartment because I was already running out of space to store my belongings. I don't need a bigger apartment, all I needed was to do a clean-up after all.
- Identity theft here in the US sucks! I had to sort out all mails and not just throw them away without shredding.
- ...that I badly need a shredder! A heavy-duty shredder for that matter!

I'm tired! I still have a bathroom to clean. =(

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

The BFs XX3




Just sharing my surprise gift for the bf. He's a shoe collector... or should I say, just as addicted as I am to buying shoes. lol. I bought these Jordan XX3's from ebay and they both arrived sometime last, last week. Since I cannot afford to get him a titanium edition of the jordans, I just got him 2 pairs. I hope he likes it though. I spoil my man. =)

Bridgeport Plumbing

Couple of months ago, I broke my shower knob. The month before that my water heater broke down. It was such a hassle for me because I didn't have much time to look for plumbers and I did not know where to find them. At times like those, I would have appreciated if I have found a online resource for plumbing problems such as Bridgeport Plumbing Contractor.

Bridgeport Plumbing Contractor pride themselves for excellent customer satisfaction. They offer the following residential services:
* Basements Pumped & Dry Basement Systems
* Frozen Pipes
* General Plumbing (Drains, Showers, Sinks, etc.)
* Hot Water Heaters, Storm Drains, Sump Pumps
* Istallations

They offer 1 year warranty on theur drain line services. Try a Bridgeport Plumber now and find out the difference of their service.

I love IKEA

I just need to rave about these storage boxes that I bought from Ikea about a month ago. I love Ikea... as much as the bf loves it! I was like a little girl in her playground when I went to one of their stores in LA. I sort of have this little dream of owning an IKEA furnished house. LOL. Yeah... I was that obsessed with it! Anyways, these storage boxes doubles as my paper stuff container and magazine holder. What's more awesome is that they come in different colors! I love the green and the white but too bad my apartment's color scheme is more of the browns and blacks. Check them out at Ikea.com.