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a chick's metamorphosis!

Box’s back again ! July 21, 2009

Filed under: online shopping — leah @ 6:57 am

My days been so busy since I opened my little online shop in multiply last February. The experience was overwhelming which left me no spare time to do some scribbling here in my “box”. Selling summer wears as my first merchandise kept me running to and fro – doing meet-ups, getting stocks from suppliers, taking pictures of the items, posting them on my site, and doing little strategic marketing schemes (ha3x). Good thing they worked :). The sales was generously good, especially it was summer when a lot of girls go crazy over beach essentials.  It felt tedious too at times since I had to have good balance between full time job and personal sidelines. But, the entire process was rewarding. Meeting new people whom I regard as clients was definitely outrageous. Plus, the feeling when they told me how delighted they were with the items revved me up. And oh, did I wrote sales? Yes, you read it right! Reaping extra moolah out of  personal initiative  made the whole thing incredibly fun.

Yup, my shop’s still alive until now.  It’s  dormant for a while because it needs a bigger capital, but I’m working on it though. Maybe, rather absolutely, I need to cut down my online shopping expenses. I gotta save, save and save.  🙂 As of today, I am posting some of my online buys – almost all of which are the result of my shopping impulsiveness. Auctioning them might help me earn few dimes. I hate to let go some of these treasures, but well, I have too. Anyway, interested parties might take a peek at my mini e-store at http://haeldotcom.multiply.com/ a.k.a the Dress Code.


welcome 2009! January 9, 2009

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It’s been a long long absence!! I’ve missed a post-Twilight movie post, my birthday post, and even the Holiday posts. The first two weeks of December was such a heck week for me. We hosted a very important activity in the department, and I was the one who took charge of the tasks that my partner left during her wedding vacation leave. I even became a medical secretary for a day in lieu of another sick colleague. These are some of the things that kept me on the go. I was also preoccupied with the holiday rush, the midnight sales, and the luscious food of my favorite season which explains my silence. (lol!! just kidding!) Anyway, I spent the other half of the month at home (I mean, the province). There I got busier helping mama’s little biz.

Christmas eve was such a great night. We shared our noche buena with my cousins and other neighboring relatives. Though the menu was limited to seafoods (grilled tuna belly and “buntot”) and some inato dishes and desserts, a videoke and a brandy plus loads of flavor-of-the-road-ice-cream, the dinner was overly fun!

I got my early new year surprise on the 3oth. It was when Paul suddenly came home unaanounced, with a kilo of California grapes and a “surprise” new year gift (haha, that was my favorite part). New Year’s eve was even more FUNtastic. We feasted on a whole large lechon, buko salad and other desserts shared to us by our kind-hearted neighbors. We also enjoyed the freshly picked mango fruits right from our own little homeyard. They were soooo sweeeet!!

I spent the remaining hours of 2008 watching tv and eating, while some of the boys had their “beer” session. We also had the traditionally practiced fruits offering. Thirteen (13) different kinds of round fruits, in which according to feng shui, symbolizes eternity and prosperity (who knows?!! :D). Everyone was busy when the clock ticked 12. Our town was filled with noisy firecrackers (it’s legal in our place), engines were turned on, text messages flooding in my inbox, pungent smell of firecracker powder, while I made myself so busy…eating!! (lols) It was that new year’s eve when I didn’t jump to the highest level (hahaha). I’ve got used to it, I felt tired, and still, I never gained a single inch for jumping for years (eyes rolling…wheew 😦 )!!! Well, anyway, I retired past 2 in the morning. That was such a crazy night and my stomach was so full that I easily fell asleep (naman..). When I woke up, It was 9 o’clock in the morning of January 1, 2009.

😀 😀 😀


“Not Your Ordinary Blood-Sucker” October 31, 2008

I am now an official fan of author Stephenie Meyer. She really made me addicted to “Twilight” saga which is now a movie, starring Robert Pattinson (remember Cedric Diggory of the Harry Potter?) and Kristen Stewart, as Edward  Cullen and Isabella Swan respectively. It’s Stephanie Meyer’s bestselling-novel about modern vampire-human love story. But poor me, ‘coz until now, I still don’t own a copy of Book 1 and her books are rare in our local bookstores (sighs! 😦 ). I was about to order at National Bookstore but it turned me off when the staff told us the uncertainty of the book’s arrival date. But I remain hopeful  though, until my bf showed me an ebook freshly uploaded from the internet (peace 😀 and thanks to some sites that offers free downloads). Mostly, a lotta thanks to Him who patiently lent me his Windows mobile phone which is Microsoft Reader capable for a night or two. And at last, I was able to finish it and I’m now on its second book the “New Moon”.

I’m being captured by the characters she put in. It’s just like when you start reading, you can’t hardly  stop the process because of the thrill and excitement it brings in every chapter. Also, Edward Cullen’s charm is irresistible that it would be possible/easier for a reader to be infatuated with him. And that if I were Bella, I would definitely do everything just to be bitten by Mr. Cullen to gain immortality and live with him forever (hihihi 😀 ). And oh, by the way, the movie premiers few weeks from now and that makes me so excited right now!!!

Books I’m dying to have (paperback will be alright):


New Moon


Breaking Dawn

Other book/s from Stephenie Meyer:

The Host

Next Quest: Getting these books online.

catch it on the bigscreen: 11/21/08


Tuesdays With Morrie

Filed under: good reads — leah @ 2:17 am
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an old man,

a young man,

and a life’s greatest lesson.

After Five People You Meet in Heaven, here’s another piece I’ve gone through from Mitch Albom. A story that have touched so many hearts and lives of individuals. Morrie, an old man who suffered from a body-withering disease called  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), shared his views about the wonders of life while facing”death” fearlessly, is truly heart-warming and life-changing. The values it depicts are simply inspiring – from love, money, family and friends, emotion and forgiveness, and finally to death.

We always wish to live longer and richer, with that fear of leaving the life we live and the possessions we invested on earth. We are all afraid of death. I myself, is even more frightened, simply because I don’t want to leave the people with significance to me. I really hate saying-goodbye-moments for it sounds so depressing. Knowing Morrie is a lot of inspiration. I now have good thoughts on how I want to be remembered by people or simply a random list about the things that I am going to do during my few seconds on earth (Thanks Morrie!! 😀 hi3). “Knock on wood”, we might say, but it’s basically a reality that we shouldn’t be ashamed nor afraid of. And the best thing I couldn’t forget from him is acknowledging every day as our last day on earth thus living it up to the fullest as much as we could (a Buddhist philosophy). To top it all, one can only know how to live if they know how to die.

😀 😀 😀


Smoked Lungs September 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — leah @ 8:50 am

We’re all familiar with smoked tuna or bangus, right? It undergoes a cooking or preserving process known as smoking, where meat, fish, tuna or mackerel is exposed to the smoke of burning or smoldering plant materials, usually wood. Logically, the same way with cigarette smoking. If smoking in cooking preserves, smoking in humans has an adverse effect and that is to destroy. A smoked lungs/body will probably look like this.

Cigar, cigarette, tobacco, or pipe smoking is a practice of inhaling or tasting the smoke of  burned substances most commonly tobacco. Incomplete combustion produced by burning plant material produces carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, tasteless yet highly toxic gas, hence, smoking – a danger.

According to WHO smoking statistics, there are about one billion tobacco-smoking individuals today in the majority of all human societies. In the Philippines alone, 60% of the male population are smokers . A recent survey showed that majority of Filipino adult smokers cited tobacco advertisements as one of the influential factors for initiating smoking. As many as 40% of adolescent boys are smoking, in this case, majority started during their early teens. The worst is, most cigarette street-vendors, as you notice, are children.

In health, its is noted that about 20, 000 mortality cases in the country are of smoking-related diseases. Inhalation of carbon monoxide impairs the ability of blood to carry out oxygen, thus, causes numerous health abnormalities and diseases. Lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, impotency, and respiratory problems are just but few common problems attributed by smoking. In women, there is a link between cigarette smoking and cervical and breast cancers. Secondhand smokers are also at risk and can get as many diseases as firsthand smokers do.

Environment-wise, smoking pollutes air too. There are approximately 4, 000 chemicals in cigarettes which are breathed out and released in the atmosphere. This only indicates that numerous quantity of chemicals and pollutants are being released in the atmosphere every day. All of which are inhaled my many – our family, friends, and loved ones.


Now is your time to make a choice. It isn’t too late yet. Start today and have a healthy tomorrow. Click here if you care.:>>

Have a smoke-free day! 😀  images

Peace! v







Thanks to: http://wikipedia.com; http://cancer.org; http://who.org


Why September? (just "any" and "every" thing about). September 9, 2008

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Morning of September 1, 2008, I had this child-ish joy and excitement in me, when I heard “Christmas in Our Hearts” played on the radio. I was like a little kid looking upon  a Christmas stocking morning after morning believing that Santa do existed.  The cool, breezy weather, as an effect of typhoon in some parts of Luzon, or our office’s thermostat set to the coolest perhaps (just kidding), is so Yuletide. That’s how “ber” months excites me to start Christmas countdown this early.

Anyway, with September as the beginning of the ber months as they quoted,  I felt quite curios about just anything-under-the-sun stuff about this S month. With some realizations and a click or two, I was able to gather these things in random:

  1. September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. – We’ve learned this when we were in grade school.
  2. In Latin, septem means “seven” and septimus means “seventh”; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC.
  3. This one’s cool: September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the amount of days in the week). – I didn’t notice that before! Cool!
  4. September’s birthstone is the sapphire.
  5. September’s flower is the aster or morning glory.
  6. National Grand Parents’ Day falls in September. – Honor thy lolos and lolas.
  7. Coordinated attacks result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and an unplanned passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, which happened after airplane passengers fought back on the plane. In total, 2,974 people are killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. – It was a dreadful event in our history.
  8. Summer in the US ends at the Labor Day weekend, the first Monday in September, hence, the fall falls.
  9. Some September songs:
  10. “September” by Earth Wind and Fire

    “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day

    “See You In September” by Shelley Fabares

    “When Summer is Gone” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys

    “September Songs” by Frank Sinatra

  11. School,
    Effort, and
    Trying your best
    Each hour of the day,
    Making new friends,
    Being good as you can
    Exciting discoveries,
    Reading books with a friend.”
    – Boni Fulgham
  12. Today is Wonderful Weirdos Day. – It’s time to acknowledge everyone’s weirdness, and strange and awkward quirks.
  13. September 6, 1959 was when Mattel’s Barbie goes on sale. – The world’s most popular doll was made known to our moms who were li’l girls on that date.
  14. Sept. 21, 1937: J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” Debuts. – I never knew that Tolkien’s tale is as old as that. Nice one!
  15. My Christmas countdown begins.
  16. It’s three months before Xmas.
  17. My work regularization will take place on the 12th.
  18. September is the 9th month of the year.
  19. A nine-letter word. – Whatever!
  20. First month of the year that has a ber suffix.
  21. The month before October Fest. – Kudos to beer companies!! Be ready to produce millions of cans and bottles and barrels.

I’d be happy to learn more. Hope you’ll drop by and add just anythin’ in my list.

Peace!! v


Inside E=MC2 September 8, 2008

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Mariah Carey (MC): a record producer, singer, song-writer, philanthropist, actress, and once a wife of Tommy Mottola one of the biggest names in Sony Music Entertainment. She is also well-known for her vocal range, power, melismatic style, and use of the whistle register. MC had the most number-one singles  for a solo artist in the US (eighteen; 2nd overall behind The Beatles).

Check out MC’s 11th studio album E=MC2 which caused an explosion of energy with her new found figure (remember her built on “The Adventures of Mimi Concert”? ) coupled with her ability to produce hit after hit after hit. This only proves Albert Einstein’s energy formula.

Track 01 – Migrate (featuring T-Pain)

Track 02 – Touch My Body

Track 03 – Cruise Control (featuring Damian Marley)

Track 04 – I Stay in Love

Track 05 – Side Effects (featuring Young Jeezy)

Track 06 – I’m That Chick

Track 07 – Love Story

Track 08 – I’ll Be Lovin’ U LOng Time

Track 09 – Last Kiss

Track 10 – Thanx 4 Nothin’

Track 11 – O.O.C. (Out of Control)

Track 12 – For The Record

Track 13 – Bye Bye

Track 14 – I Wish You Well

“Love Story” tops my most favorite among the 14-song album I have in my phone tracks currently. It talks about an extra ordinary love story apart from fiction, fairy tale fantasies and the like. For me it’s lyrically and melodically the best!

Here are some words from the critics:

“Her infamous eight-octave range has suffered a little wear and tear over the years, but Carey still can flutter from great highs to mellow lows like no one else”

Fox News

“Vocally and sonically, this is yet another outstanding release from the world’s biggest selling superstar”


Pretty genius huh!