September 2014 Monthly Roundup

Sigh... my birthday month is over, but it only means one thing - Christmas is almost here.

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Just One Night (novella) by Gayle Forman
- The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
- Adultery by Paulo Coelho
- The Maze Runner series, The Maze Runner Missing Files by James Dashner
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
- Stardust
- The Giver
- Inkheart
- The Prince and Me
- The Maze Runner movie

What special days did I celebrate and how?
- MY birthday
- Triple birthday celebration with our CFC friends
- Gradeschool Family Day
- Boodle fight for double celebration of my birthday and Kuya Mike's

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
- I am thankful that I was able to manage my allergies this month

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
- Took a leave from work during my birthday to renew my license, heard mass, ate ramen and had my eyebrows fixed (*wink*)
- Had simple dinner (Chinese) with the family at night
- Dinner with Dad. He's here!
- Get together with CFC friends to celebrate Steph's, mine and Reg's birthday
- Went to the kids' school for the family day!
- Went to a recollection in preparation for a Confirmation (I'm a Ninang!)
- Households :)

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
- Ramen in Robinson's Galleria
- CYMA for dinner date with the Hubby (thanks hon!)
- Mesa for a quick lunch after the recollection
- Gostoso Kapitolyo for dinner
- Boodle Fight! (we brought Pixie's and BBQ)
- McDonald's Sausage Mc Muffin
- Mad Mark's
- California Pizza Kitchen's chicken BBQ salad and The Works! pizza

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
- I bought a couple of personalized stuff for Christmas gifts

What have you learned this month?
- The recollection was really good for me. Here's the giveaway.

- I've had a couple of down days this month (especially towards the end of the month), probably hormones, probably stress but I felt like giving up and thanks to this article, I came across this message...

"I’m learning that nothing really is a mess. A puzzle dumped on the floor still amounts to a beautiful picture even if it doesn’t seem that way in the moment. There are a million metaphors for the way all the broken bits and pieces of life amount to something more than fragments with God.

I’m living right from the middle of all the questions. I don’t know that I’ll ever not be. What I do know is that His answers are greater and more abundant than the questions and His heart for me is a well of love deeper than I know."

- We don't have much of a choice but just hang in there and everything will fall into place. As long as you are hanging on to God, you are going to be ok, eventually. After all, if you are not ok, it's not yet over.

My birthday month was definitely fun! Sooooo, hello now October!

Europe 2014: Hello Milan!

Aaaaah, M.I.L.A.N... a quick trip to this city and it made me want to go back. Hopefully in a couple of years from now. We can stay for a night or two. I'm sure it would be another unforgettable trip.

Here are random photos that I took on our way to the Duomo.

Beautiful buildings all over the place.

What's this? Unfortunately our guide was busy so I wasn't able to ask what this structure is all about.

This is how it looks like from afar.

These beautiful flowers are just the perfect sign for spring. ♥♥♥

Purple bicycle? Aah, I just had to take a photo of this, the kids will definitely love to see this!

Motorcycle, anyone?

These are everywhere in Milan. There are more beautiful things to see in Milan. But I will have to post more soon. (*wink*)

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Gonna See Your Kingdom

Have a great day, everyone! Enjoy this beautiful song by Mikeschair.

GOD is GOOD! (*wink*)

10 Surprising Cholesterol Facts You May Not Know By Leyla Shamayeva

I would say hello weekend now and hello food trip, but before you go on with that, here are 10 facts that we need to know about cholesterol. For your good health, read on...

10 Surprising Cholesterol Facts You May Not Know By Leyla Shamayeva

Cholesterol is an animal product – This means that it is not found in plant foods. Rather, animal products like meat and dairy have the highest dietary cholesterol density.

Cholesterol is richest in egg yolks – One large egg contains 187 mg of cholesterol, about 62% of your daily-recommended intake. Per 100 grams of food, next highest are chicken liver, fish, shellfish, seafood (like shrimp), processed meats, and cheese.

Be mindful that the ingredients used to make ice cream, burgers, baked goods, mac and cheese, and even some beverages cause these foods to be high in cholesterol, too.

Cholesterol rich foods aren’t “bad” – Although it would make sense to completely omit these cholesterol-rich foods from your diet, the truth is that you don’t have to! Moderation is key. Foods like eggs can be part of a heart-healthy diet if you are mindful of your portions and have a diet consisting of mainly healthy foods.

Cholesterol packaging can be misleading – A cholesterol free-food may still have saturated and trans fats, which play a larger role in affecting blood cholesterol levels. Make sure to read the entire nutrition label and don’t trust manufacturers claims for “cholesterol-free” foods!

Cholesterol isn’t the only "bad guy" - According to the American Heart Association, cholesterol is not the only nutrient that contributes to high blood cholesterol and heart disease. Make sure to be mindful of your saturated fat and trans fat intake. In fact, these play the larger role in increasing blood cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol has a limit – An upper limit, that is. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day, and no more than 200 mg if you have heart disease or high cholesterol levels. On the other end of the spectrum, there is no lower limit. In most cases, your liver makes enough of it to cover your needs, but...

Cholesterol levels can be low, too– While this fact is still being researched, most experts agree that levels below 160 mg/dL create health risks.

Cholesterol is influenced by your weight – Losing just 5% of your body weight can improve your blood cholesterol levels. Really, it’s not just the weight loss that plays a role –the diet and exercise (like yoga!) efforts are likely the bigger contributors.

Luckily, you can influence good and bad cholesterol levels separately. Olive oil, for example, helps lower overall cholesterol levels without hurting the good HDL levels. A diet full of saturated fats increases bad LDL levels and decreases good HDL ones.

Cholesterol can be seen
– Weight isn’t always an indicator of high cholesterol, but red and yellow bumps called xanthomas may be. These bumps can occur anywhere on the body, but are most common in elders, those with genetically high cholesterol levels, and those with additional health problems.

Cholesterol is a good guy – Despite the bad rep, your body actually needs cholesterol, which you liver produces. Among many functions, cholesterol contributes to cell structure and proper brain function.


Europe 2014: More Beautiful Sceneries as We Say Goodbye to Switzerland

We couldn't get enough of Switzerland. Wherever we looked, everything was just a BEAUTY.

As we went out of the city, we just let our eyes feast on the wonderful view.

Green grass and huge trees, definitely my favorite things in the whole world.

Aaaah, now I wonder what it feels like to stay in one of these old but beautiful houses?

I'm sure it would be BLISS.

And, look, here's our photo in a parking lot.

Yes, you read that right, this is just a parking lot for our stop-over but the view is just breathtaking, don't you agree?

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Words of God.
2. Hope. Love. Faith.
3. The kids' smiles. Hugs. Kisses.
4. Buttered Corn
5. Memories. Photos. Videos.
6. Coffee. Good breakfast. Midnight snacks. Pizza.
7. Online window shopping. Online shops. Free viewing of products.
8. Travels. Adventures. Excitement.
9. Milk tea. Conversations. Family bonding.
10. Books. YA. Chiclit. Romance. Religious. Inspirational.

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Oct. 6 is a Declared Holiday in the Philippines

It's time to plan out a family getaway soon, October 6 is a declared holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

(Updated 5:31 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has declared October 6 as a regular holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

The declaration was made through Proclamation 875, signed by Aquino last September 12.

Republic Act 9849 mandates the President to declare Eid al-Adha, an Islamic festival, a holiday.

According to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Eid al-Adha "honors Ibrahim (Abraham)’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) on the order of almighty Allah."

The festival is marked with prayer and ritual sacrifices of livestock, a portion of which will be distributed to the poor.

Eid al-Adha is commemorated after the Hajji, or the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. — Andreo Calonzo/KBK/RSJ, GMA News


Let's gow!!!

Europe 2014: Shopping Time at Lucerne, Switzerland

After a very exciting trip from Mt. Titlis, we went back to the small city of Lucerne. Did a couple of sight seeing again.

We just love looking at Mt. Titlis, this time, from afar...

Definitely a beauty! Now, it was time for my Dad's favorite "adventure" - shopping!

There are actually a LOT of things that you can buy in Lucerne but the major stuff that are really cheap are the Swiss watches and the Swiss chocolates. (*wink*)

I was able to get one for me and one for the Hubby.

There were also sweaters on sale that I was able to get hold off. It was a fun shopping day in Lucerne! ♥♥♥

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Someone worth Dying For

Here's a another beautiful song by Mikeschair...

♪♪ Oh, I want to believe, Oh, Jesus let me believe that I'm someone worth dying for....♪♪

♪ Your life has purpose.... ♪

Happy Sunday, peeps!

The Mockingjay Lives.

Oh my. This is it. The new trailer of Mockingjay (Part 1).

I don't think I could still wait until Octobber. Aaack!

See you soon, Katniss and Peeta! ♥♥♥