Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Prayer

Dear Lord, as I close the door on this old year,
I ponder on the things I've done...
on the things I've said and the joys I've had...
then I wonder, have I lost or won?

I've thought of the new friends I have made,
and of the old ones staunch and true...
the path of the old year was made easier Lord,
because I have walked it with You.

I think of all the many times,
when my burdens were so heavy to bear,
and how my faith slipped away from me...
but somehow You were always standing there.

Now as I open the door to this New Year,
and carefully peep inside,
I wonder what it holds for me...
but I'll throw the door open wide

And whatever it brings to me and mine,
I'll meet it with a heart so true...
I know that, Lord whate'er it may be
You'll be there to carry me through.

By Mrs. Merrel Thompson

This Was My Year! - I am so blessed to have such great friends and family. Happy New Year!

New year's resolutions were not invented 2000 years ago to simply create a tradition, but CHANGE. Now ask yourself, has anything significant changed? Instead of making a long list of plans and "resolutions", make a commitment to act on it. Plans will only remain as plans, resolutions as resolutions. Happy new year everyone!!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Greeting

May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with warmth and love. Christmas is the time of giving and sharing. It is the time of loving and forgiving.

Merry Christmas to Everyone!
 ~~ Dave and Shelley ~~

Friday, December 18, 2009

"Fallin' For You"

Fallin for you
Colbie Caillat

I don’t know but
I think i maybe
Fallin’ for you
Dropping so quickly
Maybe i should
Keep this to myself
Waiting ’til i
Know you better

I am trying
Not to tell you
But i want to
I’m scared of what you’ll say
So i’m hiding what i’m feeling
But i’m tired of
Holding this inside my head

I’ve been spending all my time
Just thinking about ya
I don’t know where to
I think i’m fallin’ for you
I’ve been waiting all my life
And now i found ya
I don’t know where to
I think i’m fallin’ for you
I’m fallin’ for you

As i’m standing here
And you hold my hand
Pull me towards you
And we start to dance
All around us
I see nobody
Here in silence
It’s just you and me

I’m trying
Not to tell you
But i want to
I’m scared of what you’ll say
So i’m hiding what i’m feeling
But i’m tired of
Holding this inside my head

I’ve been spending all my time
Just thinking about ya
I don’t know where to
I think i’m fallin’ for you
I’ve been waiting all my life
And now i found ya
I don’t know where to
I think i’m fallin’ for you
I’m fallin’ for you

Oh i just can’t take it
My heart is racing
The emotions keep spinning out

I’ve been spending all my time
Just thinking about ya
I don’t know where to
I think i’m fallin’ for you
I’ve been waiting all my life
And now i found ya
I don’t know where to
I think i’m fallin’ for you
I’m fallin’ for you
I think i’m fallin’ for you

I can’t stop thinking about it
I want you all around me
And now i just can’t hide it
I think i’m fallin’ for you (x2)

I’m fallin’ for you

Oh no no
Oh i’m fallin’ for you

Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat Music Code

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bridal Shower -- 09.05.09

I never thought I'd be having a bridal shower.

After visiting the themesandmotifs bridal fair (previous album), Roby told me that we should "pass by a friend's place" before calling it a day. She said that it had something to do with the wedding. I was told to drive by Amber Golden Plate Restaurant at Filmore where she picked up some food to bring her "friend". It actually looked quite fishy that Roby got a LOT of food. There was pancit, barbecue, and that yummy pichi-pichi. Now I started to get hungry and asked if it's really okay to eat at her "friend's place". It should be fine she said.

Of course, nahiya naman ako and thought "Okay lang kaya yon?" not suspecting a thing at all yet, we headed off to Astoria Plaza.

Total surprise.

It was Charm who opened the door. Katie, Mye and Cha were already inside! Like OMG! While waiting for others, we showed them our loot bags from the Bridal Fair, including those wacky photobooth sessions.

The arrival of other guests soon got the party starting as to wonderful food from Amber's were there. A party ain't a party without the flowing booze! How I missed drinking!

Bridal shower parties would not be complete without games and more surprises! We first had the relay which involves a lotion, a cucumber and a condom (see a visual?).

Next, there was this "How well do you know Dave and Shelley game" participated by Qtie, Raunche and Renchie Lou. The questions asked were insane and probably rated PG so answers and questions won't be revealed here (lol). It eventually turned into "How well do you know Dave" as the questions all had to do with him!

After Renchie had won the quizzie, we had another game where we 3 teams need to design a bridal gown using only tissue paper. Riot as my team was running out of ideas. Even if Raunche was supposedly on the queer side, he said he wasn't "blessed" with kalandian skills. So we lost (haha!).

A bridal shower wouldn't be called such if there wouldn't be a dancer! Oh, yes, dancer. There was dancing for a while, and then it ended up with a kwentuhan instead as the dancer was incredibly too young to molest (joke!). He is actually Daddy Monchie's "friend" (thanks dad! :D).

The night ended up in giving away souvenirs and gifts. Thanks to all the wonderful people who gave their best wishes before calling it a night!

In short, the bridal shower was a night that I will never truly forget not because of what happened during the event, but to the people who were present to give me a send-off before entering married life. Even if I were to get married a month later, I am really thankful and touched to feel extra special before my special day. Thanks girls! :D

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Be a Chocoholic - 10 Ways to Detoxify Your Life - 10 Ways... - Beauty - In Style

Be a Chocoholic

"Dark chocolate is the ultimate superfood," says integrative medicine specialist Jeffrey Morrison of N.Y.C. The high concentration of polyphenols helps protect your body from free radicals and can reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer. Your daily dose? "One ounce of dark chocolate (with 77 percent cocoa content)."

CHOCOLOVE Organic chocolate bars, $3 each; at Whole Foods.

Source and whole article at:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bridal Fair '09 -- 09.05.09

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cancer shmancer! - An update


Cancer Update from John Hopkins :  

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body . These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cell is in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

When the person's immune system  is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies . These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors .

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet  and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning  the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also  burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also  cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply
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Sugar  is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful . A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt  has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt .  

b. Milk 
causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus . By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.   

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. 
A meat-based diet  is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.  

d. A diet made of 80%  fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment . About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fr Fresh vege table juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate , which have high caffeine. 
Green tea  is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water - best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein  is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack t he protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements  build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements  like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit . A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness  put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot t hrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily , and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

No plastic containers in micro .  

No water bottles in freezer . 

No plastic wrap in microwave . 

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxi n chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer.  Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran , is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

At The Cross - Hillsongs

One of my fave worship songs....

At The Cross 

Oh Lord You've searched me
You know my ways
Even when I fail You
I know You love me

Your holy presence
Surrounding me
In every season
I know You love me
I know You love me

At the cross I bow my knee
Where Your blood was shed for me
There's no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave
Glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now?

You go before me
You shield my way
Your hand upholds me
I know You love me
At the cross I bow my knee
Where Your blood was shed for me
There's no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave
Glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now (x2)

You tore the veil
You made a way
When You said that it is done (x2)

And when the earth fades
falls from my eyes
You stand before me
i know You love me
i know You love me 


Sunday, October 11, 2009

My own search engine

Horoscope for the day

Get your dog a sombrero

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Your Typhoon Survival Kit

Being prepared is always one step towards survival. Here are some things that we think is important to have during times like these. Prepare them beforehand and keep them in a safe place at all times. Better yet, keep them with you, or in an area that is easy to reach and won’t get in the way of raging floods, etc.
  1. Clean drinking water. Good enough for a week. Consider having at least 1 gallon per person.
  2. Other drinks. Consider: juices in packs, carbonated drinks, coffee.
  3. Food. Also good enough for a week. Consider:
    • Snacks that are easy to store and carry (biscuits, cookies)
    • Non-perishable canned food (corned beef, tuna, pork and beans, vienna sausage, etc.)
    • Candies to maintain sugar in body and keep acidity at bay
    • Bread that will last for a few days, for carbo load
    • Instant noodles, if you have the means to cook
    • IMPORTANT: food for babies and the elderly if you have some staying with you
  4. Food utensils. 
    • Spoons, forks, knives, paper plates, drinking cups
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Cooking stove and fuel, if possible
    • Plastic bags
  5. Medicines. Consider having medicines for the following:
    • Fever and nausea
    • Coughs and colds
    • Hypertension
    • Diabetes
    • Diarrhea
    • Anti-tetanus
    • Anti-leptospirosis
    • Other prescription drugs that you need to take
  6. First Aid kit. Must contain band-aids, gauze, tweezers, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, bandage scissors, absorbent dressings, antiseptic wipe packets, cold compress, gloves and thermometer.
  7. Sanitation kit. Make sure that you have tissue wipes, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers.
  8. Toiletries. These include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.
  9. Blankets, towels, comforters, pillows. You can put them in large garbage bags to keep from getting wet.
  10. Extra clothes and underwear. Put them in plastic bags to avoid from getting wet. If you can, pack something that will last you for a few days.
  11. Jackets, sweaters, socks, caps. And anything else that will keep you warm and dry.
  12. Emergency lights and flashlights
  13. Fresh batteries. Have reserves for batteries of different sizes, especially for radios and flashlights.
  14. Radio. Must be portable, battery operated, has functional AM station.
  15. Mobile phone. Make sure the battery is fully charge, and that you have a spare one, too, in case of emergency. Also consider walkie-talkies.
  16. Cash. Banks and ATMs might not be available so make sure that you have cash with you.
  17. Keys. Have copies of keys to the front door, back door, garage, car keys, etc.
  18. Items for pets. Consider also having a leash, muzzle, cage and food for your pets.
  19. Umbrellas and tents
  20. Water pails and dippers
  21. Floatation devices like life jackets, styrofoams, old tires, etc.
  22. Rope
Many people have died trying to go back for these things, so it’s important that you are well-prepared already at this point in time. Keep these documents in a water-proof container:
  1. Birth certificates
  2. Insurance records
  3. Medical records
  4. SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth records
  5. Identification cards
  6. Bank account numbers and records
  7. Emergency contact numbers
  8. Contact numbers of family, friends and loved ones
It is important that you have an ID with you wherever you go. Also, a list of people to contact in case something happens to you. If you can, put your emergency contacts on speed dial.
If you have more suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

EVERY BIT HELPS --- Donate to Red Cross Now for Ondoy victims

FOR DONATIONS TOTHE RED CROSS: Please re-post. Help victims of typhoon Ondoy. 

Please donate to the Red Cross organization.

For Smart, please text RED <10,25,50, or 100> to 4483.

For Globe, please text RED <5,25,50,100 or 300> to 2899.

LUZON RELIEF :: Volunteer // Donate // Pray


People who can help receive, organize and distribute donations
People who can spread the word

Food (non-perishable goods only)
Beds, Pillows, Blankets
Emergency Supplies
* Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am – 7pm (address is listed bleow)

No matter who or what you believe in, prayers are needed. Too many people are suffering.


Contact Person:
Warren Habaluyas
(0929) 871 3488

Donations can be brought to:
Renaissance Fitness Center
2nd Floor, Bramante Building,
Renaissance Towers Ortigas,
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City



Sunday, July 19, 2009

Everything You Want

Tagged by Charm...okay! My first attempt on NOTES...let's see how this one goes.

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Tag 20 friends (make me #21 so I can see your results).
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.


If someone says "Are you OK?" you say
>> Walk Away | Vanessa Anne Hudgens

How would you describe yourself
>> FU | Bamboo

What do you like in a guy/girl?
>> Panunumpa | Bukas Palad

How do you feel today?
>> O Hesus, Hilumin Mo | Bukas Palad

What is your life's purpose?
>> Nice To Know You | Incubus

What is your motto?
>> Forever Blue | Cacai (oh no!)

What do your friends think of you?
>> Angel | Dru Hill

what do your parents think of you?
>> Nobody Knows | Tony Rich Project

What do you think about very often?
>> Over My Head | The Fray

What is 2+2?
>> Irreplaceable | Beyonce

What do you think of your bestfriend?
>> I Just Want You | AJ Rafael

What is your life story?
>> What About You | Lala

What do you want to be when you grow up?
>> Better | Regina Spektor

What do you think when you see the person you like?
>> Anima Christi | Bukas Palad

What will you dance at your wedding?
>> It's You, It's Me | Kaskade

How's your sex life?
>> In Him Alone | Bukas Palad

What is your hobby/interest?
>> Take A Bow | Rihanna

What is your biggest fear?
>> Jeepney | Spongecola

What is your biggest secret?
>> I Miss Your Love | Maria Mena

What do you want to do right now?
>> For Your Love | Charlie Wilson

What do you think of your friends?
>> This Is Me | Demi Lovato

What will you re post this as?
>> Everything You Want | Vertical Horizon

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Interesting Facts

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.)

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. (Now that's more like it!)

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (O.M.G.!)

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (In my next life, I want to be a pig.)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.) (I'm still not over the pig.)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour (Don't try this at home, maybe at work)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. (Honey, I'm home. What the. ..?!)

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. (30 minutes... Lucky pig! Can you imagine?)

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still want to be a pig in my next life...quality over quantity)

Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I always wanted to know.)

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm......)

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. (If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (Okay, so that would be a good thing)

A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder who was paid to figure that out?)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. ( I know some people like that.)

Starfish have no brains (I know some people like that too.)

Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they'll live a lot longer)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (What about that pig?? In short I want to be a PIG as well! Oink oink!!!)

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Got this from Deenay:

These are my firsts. If I tag you, it means I want to know yours. Copy & paste this note onto your notes, delete my answers & fill yours in. Tag me back & anyone else whose "firsts" you want to know about.

1. Who was your FIRST prom date? Joe Gutierrez.

2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? Yes.

3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink? Does Cali Shandi count? If not, it was also a Smirnoff Mule.

4. What was your FIRST job? Technical Support Engineer.

5. What was your FIRST car? None, it's dad's car.

6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? Dave

7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? Dave.

8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? Ms. Monaliza Munar

9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane? Brisbane, Au

10. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk? I don't have an exclusive best friend, nor do i remember having one.

11. Where was your FIRST sleep over? Don't remember.

12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? Dave.

13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? Prolly a relative or one of mom's friends.

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Replied to Dave's text.

15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? Considered ba ang concerts ng School fair? If so, APO HIking ata yon.

16. What was the FIRST record/tape/CD you bought? Ndi ko alam kung E-heads ba or Andrew E.

17. FIRST hospitalization? not sure...

18. FIRST foreign country you've been to? Au.

19. FIRST movie you remember seeing? Date with an Angel :)

20. When was your FIRST detention? None.

21. What did you do with your FIRST paycheck? It wasn't that big so I banked it.

22. Your FIRST social networking site? FRIENDSTER.

23. Who FIRST invited you to Facebook? I'M NOT SURE...

Which side of your brain is dominant?

The Result: You use both sides equally. (Read description.)

Right brain individual: Right brain individuals are intuitive, creative and imaginative. They are flexible and are concerned with the bigger picture rather than details. They are impulsive and spontaneous and do not like time limits. They have difficulty explaining ideas verbally and prefer illustrations to verbal instructions.

Careers: Architects, Artists, Salespeople, Psychiatrists, Musicians, Politicians, Teachers. (Interpersonal, Emotional, Musical, Spiritual, Talker.)

Left brain individuals are analytical, articulate and to the point. They like identifying details and are more logical than intuitive. Left brained people have good communication and persuasion skills.

Careers: Engineers, Systems Analysts, Technicians, Accountants, Librarians. (Administration, Conservative, Organization, Planner, Structure.)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Divorce Letter

Dear Wife:

I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you for good.

I've been a good husband to you for seven years and I have nothing to show for it. These last two weeks have been hell.

Your boss called to tell me that you had quit your job today and that was the last straw. Last week, you came home and didn't notice that I had gotten my hair cut and moustache shaved, cooked your favorite meal and even wore a brand new underwear.

You came home and ate in two minutes, and went straight to sleep after watching your favorite show. You don't tell me you love me anymore, you don't touch me or anything. Either you're cheating or you don't love me anymore, what ever the case is, I'm gone.

P.S. If you're trying to find me, don't.

Your BESTFRIEND and I are moving away to West Virginia together!

Have a great life!

Your EX- Husband

......The saga continues.....

Dear Ex-Husband:

Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter.

It's true that you and I have been married for seven years, although a good husband is afar cry from what you've been. I watch my soap so much to try to drown out your constant questioning. Too bad that doesn't work.

I did notice when you cut off your hair last week, the first thing that came to mind was "You look just like a Svenson commercial model before the implant!" My mother raised me to not say anything if you can't say anything nice.

When you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY BEST FRIEND, because I stopped eating pork seven years ago. I went to sleep on you when you had on that new underwear because the price tag was still on it. I prayed that it was a coincidence that my bestfriend had just borrowed fifty dollars from me that morning and your underwear was $49.99.

After all of this, I still loved you and felt that we could work it out. So when I discovered that I had hit the lotto for ten million dollars, I quit my job and bought us two tickets to Jamaica. But when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason I guess. I hope you have the filling life you always wanted.

My lawyer said with the letter that you wrote, you won't get a dime from me. So take care.

P.S. I don't know if I ever told you this but Carla, my bestfriend was born Carl. I hope that's not a problem.

Signed Rich As Hell and Free!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Are you and Assumptionista, Povedan, or a Paulinian?

Result: Paulinian

You have a great goal in life. A smart person. And you are the kind of person that can understand others and would be able to help them in case of problems.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

what matters is...

There comes a point in your life when you realize:

Who matters
Who never did
Who won't anymore
And who always will...

So, don't worry about people from your past, there is a reason why they didnt make it in your future..

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pistachios...damn! I love these things!

I was about to try the Selecta Family Pack Pistachio and Cashew flavor when....

FRESNO, Calif. – In another food scare sure to rattle consumers who watched the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts unfold, federal food officials are now warning people not to eat any food containing pistachios, which could carry contamination from the same bacteria.

The Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling more than 2 million pounds of its roasted nuts shipped since last fall.

"Our advice to consumers is that they avoid eating pistachio products, and that they hold onto those products," said Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety. "The number of products that are going to be recalled over the coming days will grow, simply because these pistachio nuts have then been repackaged into consumer-level containers."

Two people called the FDA complaining of gastrointestinal illness that could be associated with the nuts, but the link hasn't been confirmed, Acheson said. Still, the plant decided to shut down late last week, officials said.

The recalled nuts represent a small fraction of the 55 million pounds of pistachios that the company's plant processed last year and an even smaller portion of the 278 million pounds produced in the state in the 2008 season, according to the Fresno-based Administrative Committee for Pistachios.

California alone is the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world.

According to the company's Web site, Setton Pistachio is in the corporate family of Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods Inc. The company sells nuts, dried fruit, edible seeds, chocolate and yogurt-coated candies.

The FDA learned about the problem last Tuesday, when Kraft Foods Inc. notified the agency that it had detected salmonella in roasted pistachios through routine product testing. Kraft and the Georgia Nut Co. recalled their Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix the next day.

The FDA contacted Setton Pistachio and California health officials shortly afterward, in what Acheson called a "proactive move."

By Friday, grocery operator Kroger Co. recalled one of its lines of bagged pistachios because of possible salmonella contamination, saying the California plant also supplied its nuts. Those nuts were sold in 31 states.

Fabia D'Arienzo, a spokeswoman for Tulare County-based Setton Pistachio, said the company was only recalling certain bulk roasted in-shell and roasted shelled pistachios that were shipped on or after September 1.

Because Setton Pistachio shipped tote bags of nuts weighing up to 2,000 pounds to 36 wholesalers across the country, it will take weeks to figure out how many products could be affected, said Jeff Farrar, chief of the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health.

"It will be safe to assume based on the volume that this will be an ingredient in a lot of different products, and that may possibly include things like ice cream and cake mixes," Farrar said. "The firm is already turning around trucks in transit to bring those back to the facility."

Salmonella, the most common cause of food-borne illness, is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and cramping. Most people recover, but the infection can be life-threatening for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

For nuts, roasting is supposed to kill the bacteria. But problems can occur if the roasting is not done correctly or if roasted nuts are re-contaminated. That can happen if mice, rats or birds get into the facility.

Last winter, a national salmonella outbreak was blamed on a Georgia company under federal investigation for flouting safety procedures and knowingly shipping contaminated peanuts.

The outbreak is still ongoing. More than 690 people in 46 states have gotten sick. Nearly 3,900 products made with peanut ingredients from Peanut Corp. of America have been recalled.

California public health authorities have taken hundreds of samples at Setton's processing facility, but lab results have not yet determined whether salmonella was found at the plant, Farrar said. The food companies' own tests of the contaminated products isolated four different types of salmonella, but none were the same strain as the one found in the peanuts, Acheson said.


Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington and Tracie Cone in Fresno contributed to this report.;_ylt=Au8o5cOdFnKBUZ9oVEWd46sazJV4

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Purpose Driven Paul: Tony Blair wears Ateneo and La Salle jackets, shares leadership principles

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Notes on Emotional Affairs

Relationship alert: 82 percent of affairs happen with someone who was at first "just a friend," according to noted infidelity researcher Shirley P. Glass.

So... despite any obvious signs of cheating in your so-called friendship, ask yourself: Are you having an emotional affair?

You've Probably Crossed the Line if You...
1. Touch your male friend in "legal" ways, like picking lint off his blazer.
2. Pay extra attention to how you look before you see him.
3. Think crush-like thoughts like "He'd love this song!"
4. Tell him more details about your day than you do your partner.
5. No longer feel comfortable telling your mate about this person and begin to cover up your relationship.
6. Experience increasing sensual tension; you admit your attraction to him but also insist to yourself that you would never act on it.

It's About to Get Physical When You...
1. Find yourself feeling vulnerable and turn to the other man for support rather than to your mate or a trusted relative or girlfriend.
2. Accelerate the level of intimacy through sensual or suggestive talk over email or the phone.
3. Put yourself in a situation where the two of you could be alone.

You Can Avoid the Potential Affair if You...
1. Stay honest with your partner. Share with him all your hopes, triumphs, and failures -- as well as your attractions and temptations, which will help keep you from acting on them.
2. Make time for just the two of you on a regular basis -- away from the kids, your friends, and family.
3. Surround yourself with happy couples who don't believe in fooling around. Having positive, emotionally connected role models will help you stay on track.


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