Archives for February 2012

Join at Hump Day $50 Giveaway

Hump Day $50 Giveaway
It’s time for Hump Day $50 Giveaway and today’s event is for Google+ Circles. Thanks to the 27 wonderful blogs listed below, we are giving away another $50 so please feel free to visit their blogs after joining.

My Tots Exactly | Money Saving Mindy | Experience of a Super Mommy | I Heart Giveaways | Exotic Philippines | Beauty Queen Gene | WAHMaholic | Mirage | Coupon Queen of Texas | Our Food Trip | it’s not always about me | Pensive Thoughts | Happy Mothering | SWEXIE | Building Carpenters | Topics on Earth | Mom’s Ups and Downs| Frugal Experiments | Kenzie’s Kozies | Pinay Mama | Fabulicious Diva | It’s all about Me | My Tummy Calls | The Blogger Hub | Travel Unravels |

NEW: After entering the mandatory entries, you will be taken to a separate page to add the 25 other sponsors’ page on to your Google+ Circles. Please completely ADD ALL 25 on the separate page to be eligible for the 25 points. All the sponsors will verify your entry and if you miss to follow one, your 25-point entry will be disqualified. After adding all 25 entries to your Google+ Circles, come back to the blog page you first entered on to complete the rest of the Rafflecopter tasks. For a short tutorial on how to Follow via GFC or to Add pages to your Google+ Circles, click here.

A note though: You can only join this on one blog/page. There will be a maximum of 32 entries ONLY. If you have more than 32, I reserve the right to delete duplicate or fraudulent entries. May I request that you use only one name and email address for quicker validation of entries.

On the first mandatory entry, please do not forget to write Topics on Earth referred you since it is a mandatory entry. You must complete the first 2 tasks before the others are enabled, and for all your other entries to count.

Thank you very much and good luck. By joining this giveaway, you agree to the Terms and Conditions on the bottom of the form. Contest is open all-day Wednesday, from February 29th, 12:01am EST to February 29th,11:59pm EST (February 29th, 1:01pm Philippine time to March 1st, 12:59pm Philippine time).

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Casting Stones – There’s Nothing Like It

The moment we stepped on the shore of Puerto Galera, I remembered my hometown. It is not as stunning as Puerto Galera but in a way, it is like Puerto…the shore, coconut trees, greens everywhere and friendly people. But instead of Pier, we have what we call “Pantalan”.

We used to live in Pansipit, a barrio in San Nicolas. San Nicolas is one of the towns surrounding the famous Taal Lake. Every summer we go swimming on pantalan with our cousins and one of our treasured moments then is casting stones on the lake. We love it so much! Who can throw the stone the farthest or who can get the stone to skim gets a prize. Technique is to find the lightest and the best skiming stone. I can’t count how many stones I threw on that lake. I didn’t win even once but I am happy that I tried and experienced it.

Last weekend, while we were in Puerto Galera, this is what hubby and RJ did on our first morning…tossed stones on the sea.

RJ was so amazed because hubby is very good in getting the stones to skim. I am glad that RJ tried and enjoyed it. It’s one of those childhood memories to treasure. There’s nothing like it!

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Organic Gardening

I want healthy food for my family, not just nutritious but also food that are safer, purer and more natural. However, organic food cost a little bit extra thus I started my own organic garden. My veggies are planted on pots because we don’t have extra space here at home. At first my only goal was to give my family good food to eat. I didn’t know that it would also be a hobby for me.

my Chinese cabbage after one week

my Chinese cabbage after two weeks

my Chinese cabbage now on its 3rd week

Growing plants from seed is very rewarding. Nurturing them from the very beginning and watching them grow gives me a special sense of delight.  Though I must admit organic plants need healthy amount of care  which means extra time and effort. Aside from the usual gardening tasks like watering, staking and yanking the weeds,  you need to have composters to make your own natural healthy soil to keep your vegetables pure and natural. You also need to make your own organic pesticides.

Organic gardening may sound daunting and complicated but believe me, if you will use the right tools and do some research,  everything would be easy.

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Plants Need to Sleep Too

I don’t know if you will call it obsession but I do check my vegetable plants almost every hour. Watching them grow gives me pleasure. I’ve noticed that among my plants, bitter gourd is the fastest growing, almost 3 inches (just a rough estimate) adds to its length everyday. I’ve also noticed that plants do sleep too. Every night, the leaves of my Chinese cabbage (pechay) fold up its top pairs of leaves while the leaves of my lady fingers (okra) and bitter gourd droop. At first I thought my plants may be sick but the next morning the leaves are normal and healthy again.

lady finger during daytime

lady finger with drooping leaves at night

bitter gourd, leaves are fresh during daytime

bitter gourd at night

The folding and drooping of leaves are called nystinastic moves or night-induced movement. However, not all plants are nyctinastic. These movements show that plants observe Circadian rhythm and sleep too. Circadian rhythm is a 24 hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings, including plants and animals. And just like us, plants need 8 hours or more of sleep every night.

Well, that is how the world works, isn’t it…working during the day and sleeping at night or vice versa.

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Much I Do About Nothing – Zany Interviews of an Annulment Lawyer

I can’t help but smile while reading this book “Much I Do About Nothing”. It is about zany interviews of an annulment lawyer with spouses of Superheroes, written by Atty. Onnie Martin. I have no any intention of separating from my husband (he is the best husband a woman could ever have). I just got curious with the book so I read it.

As we all know, annulment is extremely difficult legal issue most especially in a country like ours wherein most people are still reluctant to talk about it (blame it to Maria Clara). But if you are physically, emotionally and mentally abused, PLEASE pack your bags, tag along your children and consult an annulment lawyer. I know it is easier said than done and after all what he or she has done to you and your kids, you still might want to give him/her second chance because of what we call “LOVE”. Besides he/she promised to be good this time. So there’s the second chance, you get back to him/her but after just a few days he/she is back to his/her old self…again, you are physically, mentally and emotionally abused. Maybe this time you want to consider an annulment, don’t you?

This book “Much I Do About Nothing” provides lots of information on the annulment, nullity of marriages and legal separation. I like the author’s humorous question and answer approach (imaginary interviews with a host of strange characters) to educate and help us understand the intricacies and complexities of annulment in the Philippines.


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