The Game that Fits in well into my Busy Schedule

Games and me were not quite a good combination. In fact to speak the truth – I rarely get time for the same. In my 24/7 job that includes taking care of husband, kids and the household work, there is barely any space for me to even think of anything else. However, a little bit of indulgence in varied activities is important to keep your mind active. Watching Television and listening to music are the regular activities – at times you look out for something different!

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I was literally struggling in my thoughts as how do I break off from my busy schedule and indulge in something thrilling and worthwhile too. This tussle was on in my mind everyday! Until, I finally discovered something which actually fitted perfectly into my schedule. And, that was bingo. It happened so that once, just like any other day I was browsing through some fashion brands – checking out for the latest fashion apparels. All of us know that New Look is quite a prominent retail brand. So, that was in my list! And, whilst checking out for this I stopped by this site called New Look Bingo. The name of the brand automatically intrigued me as it was – New Look. A quick glance at the site increased my curiosity levels to a greater extent and I actually ended up registering at the site. To my surprise, I was opened up to a vast range of opportunities.

There is a myriad section of games to hang out with across various bingo rooms. There are bingo games like 75 ball, 80 ball, 90 ball, 30 ball and 50 ball bingo games to play. Topping this, there is an interesting section of mini games too. That includes slots, scratch cards, casino and free bets. With so many games to play, one will never be bored out. Moreover, all of these games are affixed to various promotional offers and lucrative prizes as well. An important important functionality of this site is the mobile bingo option. The site supports bingo gaming on various platforms (iOS, Android, Nokia and Blackberry). And, that is indeed an excellent option for every time I do not have to switch on my laptop to play the games. Any time I get some time to spare I can a few minutes for the fun of these games from my phone. It’s really fun! Why not find out more by checking out a few games at the bingo site – New Look Bingo. Assured fun and prizes to take away!

My Prize of Being a Mom

I know every mom has her own strategy on how to rear their child. I believe that we learn to become parents, of course from our parents themselves. We would remember our childhood days and how we were treated. When we became parents they would help us from the time our first-born comes out until the time they see that we could already do it on our own. They would guide us until they accept the fact that we can already stand on our own and should learn from our mistakes when we make them.

When I was younger I used to tell myself that when I become a mom I will not make the mistakes that my mom made on how she reared us and just emulate of course the good ones. Don’t get me wrong, my mom was a good mother. She cooked delicious food (which unluckily I never learned to do) and made sure we eat on time. She would meticulously wash our clothes so that we would look presentable. Being a teacher, she was more conscious on how we do at school and our grades. However, although these did something good on my character and how I am now I just know that we, as mother and daughter, lacked something. We didn’t have a “relationship”.  I could only count in one hand the times when we actually talked as “friends”.

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They cling too much! :P

When I became a mom, I got a little conscious on how to act in front of my kids. I try very hard on being patient, hold back myself and try not to yell at them. I say every encouraging word I could think of to give them a push when there are times I see them losing confidence. I try to spend time with them; play with them, listen to their stories, make fun with them, make fun of them so they know how to laugh at themselves, and just simply touch and hug them. I believe these are some of the things I needed the most and what I am trying to give to my kids. I want to have a better relationship with them, one that my mom and I didn’t get to have.

With what I have done, here are just a few of my prizes:

Kids jockeying for position/racing to hug me :)

” Mommy, when I grow up and don’t have a house yet, I will stay with you so you don’t have to do everything on your own. I will help you. And you will teach me to cook.” – Ryz

“Mommy, my best buddy.” – Ryz

(while fixing their school things day before school opening)
Me: O, tomorrow your classmates might have new stuff for school. Is it okay with you that you didn’t buy new things?
Zyc: Of course! we don’t need to buy new ones.

Once I call out “huggy kuggy”, they will stop doing what they are doing and run to me and hug me.

I sometimes wonder am I really deserving of what I am having now? I thought, “I must be doing something really good to my kids!” or “I must be doing it right to deserve these!” I know I’m not perfect. I am faaaaar from perfect. No mom’s perfect and yet we can be perfect moms in our kids’ eyes.

How to Choose the Right Local Movers

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The lease is up, Moving Day is approaching and you’ve got a tonne of stuff that needs to be taken to the new house. There’s so many removalist companies to choose from online but it’s hard to know who offers better bang for buck. You need to be shrewd in your quest to find the service that’s right for you. Here’s a few tips on how to narrow the list of choices down.

Your Budget

You’re nowhere without a budget. What are you looking to spend on a move? Once you’ve got an idea of how high you’d like to go, start arranging quotes – many removalists like http://www.yourlocalmovers.com.au provide quotes online – and compare. The closer you can get to an amount that fits your budget, the better.

Their Reputation

One of the first things you should be checking up on when researching movers is if they have made a good name for themselves. That way, you can be sure the company in charge of getting your stuff into your new home safely can be trusted with the job. Finding this information out is far from difficult – ask your friends and family, get online and find customer testimonials. Don’t be afraid to ask the company directly for a referral.

Their Equipment

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What sort of gear are the movers using? What sort of vehicle are they bringing? Truck? Trailer? Ute? Make sure that the company has vehicles that are good condition before signing anything. Ask about what sort of equipment they’ll be bringing on the day and be upfront about any larger or heavier items like pool tables or pianos that need shifting.

The Legalities

Something you should be very aware of when selecting a moving company is their legal status. The last thing you want is to hire a fraud because if your stuff is damaged in any way, you’re going to be facing an uphill battle when having the deal with the company. Ensure that the company you are hiring is licensed. This will keep you from getting hit with any hidden costs and will guarantee quality service with security against any damages.

Their Locality

The most obvious advice for finding the right local mover is to select one within your area. They know their way around and will have no trouble being on time or getting to your new home quickly and safely. Many interstate removalists can run into issues of rest periods or traffic delays due to lack of familiarity with the region.

As you can see, there’s a bit of a process to making sure you’ve got the right guys for the job. But that’s good, you don’t want to put your belongings in the care of just anyone. Research and thorough planning are all that’s required to ensure you get the best service and safest transport on the day. What do you look for in a removalist? Do you have any success or horror stories from a move of your own? Leave them in the comments below.

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Our Summer Destinations

Now the school’s over for the kids we wanted their summer vacation to be kind of special. We regretted that we didn’t get to let them enjoy much last year’s summer so we thought of giving them a treat this year.

As early as March I secretly booked our trip to Europa Park. This spectacular amusement park is one of the most popular and visited theme parks here in Germany. It is located in Rust which is a two-hour drive from our home. Although it is just a short trip we thought of staying there for a few days. We are also planning to make a short trip to Freiburg where the German Clock Museum is located. We know one day is not enough to explore the theme park so bought a 2-day ticket. Two-day tickets cost 77 Eur (approximately 104$) for adults and 67.50 Eur (91$) for kids ages 4-11. Hopefully the kids will enjoy this trip despite them still having fears of park rides. Besides, I’m confident that this theme park  caters to kids of all ages and there’ll be no reason for them not to have fun.

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Honestly I’m also excited for this trip. Seeing the photos of the attractions especially the roller coasters makes me cringe but at the same time feel the eagerness to try them. I hope when I get there I still have that will. :D

Next destination is the Tropical Islands in Berlin. We’ll drive there 2 weeks after our Europa Park trip.  Dubbed as Europe’s largest tropical holiday world, this place will let every guest experience the life in the tropics with perfect weather, white sandy beaches and all you could imagine in a tropical island.

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This time the kids got really excited upon seeing the photos especially the waters. We’ll be staying for long there, 3 nights to be exact. The resort offers different kinds of accommodations. You can stay either inside or what they call the Dome or outside the resort. There are rooms, tents and lodges inside, and campsites, mobile homes and apartments outside the Dome. I’m particularly excited for the Spa Complex. Finally I can have that spa/massage I’ve been longing for.

After spending 3 nights in Tropical Islands, we’ll stay for 3 more days in the city center in Berlin. We thought maybe we could stay there a bit longer since Berlin is a 6-hr drive and we have to make the trip worth it. It will be also a perfect time to visit my other Filipina friend.

I’m hoping to have hassle-free trips and stress-free vacations this summer so we could all enjoy our family bonding.

Which Tennis Player are You?

Hi tennis players and fans! Aren’t you just curious of which tennis player are you on the court? Well, quizzes are all over in Facebook nowadays; from personality tests to determine the color of your aura or even which character fits you in a TV series. Some may find them silly, and others just take it as truth to their characters. So for the sake of fun let me give you one of those quizzes. If you’re a tennis fan or a player, you can relate to this enjoyable quiz. If not you can still take this so you’ll know and if ever you don’t know much about the player, there’s always Google. :)

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This quiz is simple. You may opt to answer it by creating an account or you can just proceed without it. There are only eight questions and this won’t take much of your time although I know if you’re a tennis fan you wouldn’t mind how long it takes. Just answer the questions honestly and you’ll know the result in no time.

Have fun!

I’m Hooked

I’m hooked with Asian dramas, particularly the Korean ones. Actually I’ve been watching Korean series, mostly romantic comedies since the early 2000’s and then I stopped. What made me watch them again? Blame it on a Facebook friend who liked a page of a drama which just had its premier. I got curious so I went to the page and saw that it looked interesting so I watched it and my “addiction” began. :P

From then on I searched and watched other series that would fit my taste while waiting for the next episode of the drama. By the way, the drama’s called My Love from the Star. It’s a love story about an alien, who landed during the Joseon era and lived on earth for 400 years, and a top actress who fell in love with each other. It really got popular around Asia and I guess in some parts of the world. I see some comments coming from different continents so I guess it really made big. There are really a lot of sites that have compilations of Asian dramas that one could easily get hooked. I couldn’t anymore count how many drama series I’ve watched. I even got to watch and love those handsome actors! Haha! The highschool in me!!! Just imagine how many hours I had wasted idling around and doing nothing. As a result of just sitting around, I have gained weight. Waaaah!!! I guess it’s a goodbye for me to wear a decent, stylish swimwear this summer season. Tsk tsk..

There were even times I stayed up sooo.. late I couldn’t stop watching ‘coz every episode was a cliffhanger! I also watch behind the scenes in Youtube, and read articles about the actors and the series. Addiction it is!!


Just one of my favorites from the OST of the drama sang by the main character, Kim Soo Hyun (credits to the owner of the video)

Yes, even my blog sites have suffered! I would always say molds could have grown in my sites because I haven’t been updating them frequently. So unproductive of me thanks to my self control. Really, my failure in time management skills had shown! Sometimes I could also feel hubby’s irritation when he sees me in front of the laptop and just watching, haha!

I need to lose weight… I remembered the last time I gained this much was when I was pregnant with Zyc but since I was working then, I got my normal weight back. Now, after more than 3 yrs here in Germany I weigh the same weight minus the baby! :'(  I’m thinking of going on a diet (just thinking :P ) like what I did before. It was actually an unhealthy way and I don’t know if I could still do it. What I did before was I lessened my food intake especially at night. My problem now is I easily get hungry (normally I already get hungry 2-3hrs after a full meal :P ). I also bought a skip rope but I haven’t really been regularly doing it. My self discipline is a total fail. Oh my… I really have to get my weight back!

Top 10 Things to Know Before Renovating your Bathroom

Home renovations are one of the latest trends sweeping the nation. Each week millions of viewers are fixated to their television screens as they watch couples, friends and families take the great renovation challenge. Spurred with this determination many of you sitting at home want to take up this challenge, starting with smaller projects around the house and working on to bigger and better things. For many, the first place to start is the bathroom – a room that can be anywhere from simple to stunning! Need help? Take into consideration these top tips before you whip out the hammer.

Renovating can be tough!

Don’t be fooled, you’re not in for a walk in the park, but that’s the fun part! This will be a challenge, learn to love it. If you don’t think you go it alone, there are always bathroom renovation specialists like Choice Bathrooms who will walk you through every step.

Always get a second opinion

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Just because one renovating expert says yes, it’s imperative that you get a second or even third opinion from a number of experts in the field. By knowing all the facts from a range of sources, you will be able to make an informed decision about certain aspects of your bathroom.

Colours. There are lots of them

Have some ideas of the colours that you want to include in your design. It’s ok to mix things up a little to make your bathroom something different and unique.

Get Inspiration

Gathering ideas for your perfect bathroom can be a bit of a challenge – especially if you want to cram as many ideas as possible into your space. Set up a Pinterest account and subscribe to your favourite renovation magazines to start collating ideas. Have your dream plan, as well as a number of backups as there will be times when your dream is not always feasible in your current space.

Less is more

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Remember your bathroom doesn’t have to be cluttered with too many designs and features; some of the simplest bathrooms are often the best.

Ventilation is key

Nothing could be worse than having to spend every weekend scrubbing your new bathroom for increasing mould buildup. Planning for correct ventilation will help reduce excess mould in the future.

Plan ahead

Make a timeline and think about how long your bathroom will be out of action, do you have somewhere else to stay or at the very least, a friends shower to use?

Pace yourself

Just because the contestants on renovation shows work all day and all night doesn’t mean that you have to. Take the time to enjoy your renovation experience, plan breaks and rest times. A rushed job will not always be a perfect job.

Work to your budget

Often ideas may crop up along the way, as creative and fantastic as they may be try to ensure they still fit within your budget. If they don’t, brainstorm creative ways to approach the same idea with cheaper materials and execution.

Finishing touches

Remember to think about the little finishing touches that will add character and style to your bathroom. They may not be expensive features and gadgets, but small trinkets and displays can increase the aesthetic of your room.

Your renovation will be a great way to truly help make your house a home. Make sure you enjoy the experience, plan for what you want and work hard. The finished product will be something you will always be able to admire with a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment knowing it is something you created.

Under the Sun

There are so many fun ways to enjoy the summer season. In tropical countries like where I came from, going to the beach resorts or staying over night in rented private pools help us cool ourselves from the scorching heat. Even going to air conditioned, giant malls without shopping became a habit to those who don’t want to spend more on their electricity at home. You won’t see us walking along the streets and having fun

Here of course is different. Although people would also spend their time in public swimming pools during a rise in temperature, aside from this they really go out and make the most out of the season. Ride a bike, jog, drive around with their convertibles, a grill party, or even just sit in their garden and read a book are some of the common summer activities here.

When we went to Munich last April we were lucky to have a sunny weather. It was still spring and the wind was a little cooler. We went to the Odeonsplatz and I was really surprised with what I saw.

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I thought this was a really great way to spend time under the sun especially those who just love the season. Bean bags were all over where everyone could just sit after hours of walking around, taking pleasure with the historical city. Bookshelves are filled with books for everyone to read. If you live nearby, this could be a great place to meet up with a friend and catch up.

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There were also hammocks aside from the bean bags. For those who are more comfortable reading books while lying down, this is just perfect.

As for me, I can never stay there just to read books :P . I love the sun, I really do but only when I need to dry my laundry. Hahaha! I just can’t bear the heat when it touches my skin. Despite wearing sunblock, I couldn’t stand it. I’m just thankful that summer here doesn’t feel that hot compared to the one we have back home because of the wind. The wind here is dry and cooler unlike ours which is wet and humid.

Top 10 Movie Cars From Our Memory

Everyone has a favourite movie and everyone has a favourite movie car. Younger fans may opt for Cars while older fans may opt for Knight Rider or something from https://www.pureperformancemotorsport.com/, however everyone loves a celebrity four wheeled vehicle. Here are the best movie cars of all time.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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A car that flies?! That’s incredible. Or so thought children of the sixties and seventies. Now we have Need For Speed and Gone In 60 Seconds, and Chitty has been relegated to the shelf. Bring back Chitty. The world needs more flying cars.

Starsky & Hutch

That red and white Ford Torino (lovingly reprised in the 2004 remake) is an icon to a generation. Any sensible car fan wants one – and a chunky knit sweater to go with it.

Le Mans

Steve McQueen’s 1971 classic car movie with a Porsche 911S to die for. That beast is lowered so far, it’s practically underground. All car freaks love this movie with minimum dialogue, sweet motors and roaring engines. It’s genius of the highest order.

Knight Rider

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A talking Pontiac Trans Am with built in flame throwers? That’s almost as good as a flying car. KITT also reappeared as a Shelby GT500KR but the original Trans Am can’t be bettered. Knight Rider will forever be reinvented because you can’t beat a talking car and a Hasselhoff inspired crime fighter.

The A-Team

That black GMC Vandura with the red stripe made vans sexy again. You can even hire a replica for your wedding or prom, though you might not be able to get a Mr T lookalike to drive it for you. Or maybe you can?

Herbie

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You can’t leave the (questionably lovable?) Volkswagen Beetle off a list of classic movie cars – even if he does annoy the hell out of you, it’s guaranteed the movie industry will keep reinventing him every few years for each new generation of movie-goers. Beetle fans can point out the evolution of Herbie from the sixties through to the noughties. Don’t encourage them.

Back to the Future

A DeLorean DMC-12 that runs on plutonium and can travel through time is something that any sensible person wants – and any car with doors that open upwards is super-cool. End of story. But then you get flaming skid-marks and the story just gets better and better.

The Fast and the Furious

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How do you pick one car from a movie that’s jammed full of sweet motors? Surely it’s got to be the Toyota Supra Mk IV driven by Brian O’Conner? Or maybe Dominic Toretto’s Mazda RX-7? Too much choice.

Mad Max

A black Ford Falcon XB Interceptor with an exposed super-charger poking up through the bonnet? Oh yes. It’s not good to shatter illusions (or is it?) but that super-charger was non-functional. Who cares? It looks totally awesome and form over function wins out in this instance.

Scooby Doo

Who wouldn’t want a lime green Mystery Machine for fun-times with Fred and/or Daphne (your choice) in the spacious back of this Ford Econoline Van? There’s plenty of room for ghosts, hungry dogs and bearded hippies in this classic movie car.

Did we leave one off the list? Tell us about your favourite car in the comments below.

Catching up with Friends

I have been living here in Germany for more than 3 years now but still I could still feel homesick. I still miss my family, the Filipino food, my weekend habits and of course, my friends. That’s why it’s always been a joy for me to find a fellow Filipino wherever I go here, more so those living near my place. I know being with them and establishing a relationship will somehow cure my longing for my friends back home. However nothing beats meeting and catching up with my friends back home who share the same experiences. Agree?

I met with two of my classmates from the Goethe Institute (where I learned the language in the Phils) and was just overjoyed. Thanks to Facebook we are constantly in touch and with the same timezone, sharing our experiences, letting out our problems and worries, or even talking just about anything is easy.

We took advantage of meeting up while one of them, Mishel who lives in Berlin, stayed in Cherry’s house in Rheinplatz which is a two-hour drive from Stuttgart. We spent our day in Wilhelma Zoological and Botanical Garden where we know the kids will also enjoy.

It was their first time to visit the 74-acre zoo. Fun and laughter filled our day while we roam around the place and while hubby constantly capturing our moments together. The kids? Hmm.. we thought we could have just brought them to a near playground. Haha! The zoo is so big they were just contented with running around. Although there were areas where they displayed their curiosity.

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kids in the playground

While waiting for them, we took the chance of taking photos with the ever beautiful tulips in the garden. It was such a colorful view and sure is the perfect sight of spring season.

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The whole gang…

I don’t know with them but I haven’t had such laughter for a long while. Nothing beats being with people who make you laugh out loud.

I’m really thankful that even for a few hours we have enjoyed each other’s company and made each other’s worries disappear.

A mini reunion with our other classmates who are also now living here is in the pipeline. Hopefully it will push through. :)

a Filipina mom's journal of new experiences, discoveries, travels and everything else as she adapts to a new life in the land of sausages and beers.