The Zombies are Coming!

The Zombies are coming! Protect your brains and run for your life!

“Takbo, Talon, Tili” is the local version of Run for Your Lives…a marathon wherein the runners need to escape the clutches of Zombies that are chasing them. The said event was held last Saturday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna that was joined by 5,000 runners. It’s a scary yet exciting experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Before the race, the runners will be given red flags each that they will clip on their waists. These red flags represent the runner’s health. The Zombies will try to take the red flags. If you lost all your red flags, then you’re dead…the Zombies win.

Watching the “Takbo, Talon, Tili” segment in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho exhilarates me. It’s like watching the Walking Dead TV series but this time you’re one of the characters. I can’t wait to experience that…run with my Treksta shoes on and try to reach the finish line while avoiding the bloody brain-hungry Zombies. Sounds really exciting!

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Life’s Punctuation Marks

If you will be asked to put punctuation marks in this sentence, “Woman without her man is nothing”, how would you punctuate it? Most men would write it this way for sure,

“Woman, without her man, is nothing.”

But because I am a woman, I would punctuate it like this,

“Woman! Without her, man is nothing.”

Biased, huh?! 🙂

Punctuation marks give meaning and emphasis to a sentence. This is also true with life…we create our own punctuation marks and highlight our lives.

Period (.). In life, period is a common idiom to mean “end of the story” or “we are done here”. This is the punctuation we use when we are tired of someone or something and want to put an end to it. We use period when we want to cut everything off.

Comma (,). When we want to have a break from our daily regimen, work load, problems, stress, etc., we  pause for a while. Pausing once in a while would help you rejuvenate and revitalize. We could get away without these commas but we need them sometimes.

Question mark (?). We use it in making decisions…when discerning the right from wrong. “Where would I go from here? Which is better, this or that?  Am I doing the right thing?

Exclamation point (!). This mark the special events that give our lives that power stroke…touch someone’s life with a kind word, surprise your loved ones, learn an instrument or two, give someone the gift of hug, or anything you do to put enthusiasm to life and make it extra ordinary.

We may not often notice it but punctuation marks of life help us move through big transition.  Often times we use question marks and there are times we use periods but it is great to live life with exclamation point every day. Don’t you think so?

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Thank God for Group Buying Sites

Think about this: you want to have a vacation but you are wary of the expenses; you want this particular gadget but it will drain your credit card limit; you want to dine in a fancy restaurant but it’s way beyond your allowance. Worry no more because group-buying is here. It started in China and is known as tuángòu, which means team buying or group buying. This is how it works: they offer products and services at significantly reduced prices on the condition that a minimum number of buyers would make the purchase. In a weak global economy and technology bridging everything, it became an instant hit.  To date, thousands of group buying sites mushroomed in different continents selling everything from high-tech gadgets and appliances to simple household items.

Here in the Philippines, group-buying became the alternative to acquire those expensive gadgets, to experience those adventure-filled vacations, to dine in those fancy restaurants or to simply have that full body massage after a stressful week at work. With hundreds of group buying sites, you’ll definitely get the right deal for you or for your family like what we had last February. It was a 50% off on accommodation in a beachfront resort and it was indeed a spectacular deal. 🙂

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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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