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People are really social beings and that is just evident everywhere and you can also see that on the net. Forums are just everywhere and I ... thumbnail 1 summary

People are really social beings and that is just evident everywhere and you can also see that on the net. Forums are just everywhere and I bet there is a forum for all topics you can ever think of.

A lot of websites I've visited have also added a forum so they could chat it up and exchange ideas with their readers. Forum hosting though is a bit expensive and a little complicated to create for non-techies.

Good news for those looking into creating a forum, we could now have free forum hosting, have full access to it, with loads of features like unlimited number of messages & users, 1GB space for files, photos etc., 40+ themes, 30+ languages, personalization, chat and more.

Isn't that a great news? Once I finish some web projects, I'm definitely trying out this free forum hosting.


Getting Online Education..

I did write about getting an online education in my other blog. That time it was just a plan but I'm now serious about it and have star... thumbnail 1 summary

I did write about getting an online education in my other blog. That time it was just a plan but I'm now serious about it and have started to prepare the requirements for admissions in a Philippine open university.

There are actually a lot of online education programs now available. If you are considering getting an online education, go with an institution that is credible and accredited by governing educational institutions, like Nouveau University which received its degree-granting license from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

The Nouveau University is also backed by highly qualified and top-caliber educational professionals who are there to provide excellent instructions to their online students. Recently, the Nouveau University has acquired the Institute of Construction Management and Technology therefore expanding its offerings in the areas of construction management and construction technology with specialization areas in construction operations, residential construction management, and land management.

Distance learning or online education is really a great opportunity for us, especially those who are currently working but would still like to improve themselves in other areas of knowledge and expertise. I'm really excited about this and I'm looking forward to doing the course work and hopefully once I have my online degree, it'll help me in reaching my career goals..

Spring Rolls - Seafood

I love spring rolls! Here's a seafood variant which my daughter and husband really loves. It's healthy, easy to make and really yumm... thumbnail 1 summary
I love spring rolls! Here's a seafood variant which my daughter and husband really loves. It's healthy, easy to make and really yummy!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 kg turnips (singkamas)
50 g dried prawns - wash and drain
8 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 kg crab
500 g small prawns
4 pairs Chinese sausages
8 eggs
6 pcs soya bean cake (tokwa)
1 cup sweet black sauce
3 whole garlic pound to a fine paste
400 g fresh red chillies - pound to a fine paste
1 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely
5 stalks Chinese parsely - wash and remove roots
1 pkg spring roll wrapper or 600 g freshly made spring roll wrappers

PROCEDURE:
  • Peel turnips , slice and cut into thin julienne strips. Wash and drain.
  • Heat 5 tbsp oil in wok over high flame, put in dried prawns and fry for 1 min.
  • Add in the turnips and stir fry for 2 mins.
  • Add in 1 tsp salt, 1 cup water and mix well.
  • Cover wok and simmer until soft. Remove to a serving plate.
  • With a sharp knife, chop off the claws and legs of crabs. Pull body away from shell and cut body into halves. Remove and discard messy intestines and grey gills form either side of the body. Wash and drain.
  • Place crab on top of steaming rack. Cover and steam for 30 minutes. Dig out the meat from the bod and extract meat from claws and legs. Set aside.
  • Wash and drain prawns. Steam for 3-5 minutes. Remove from shell and devein.
  • Wash sausage and steam. Cut into thin slices.
  • Break eggs into a bowl, add in 3 tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp salt and beat lightly. Grease pan lightly. Pour egg mixture thinly into pan. When cooked, remove and cut into thin strips.
  • Heat oil in work over medium flame, fry bean curd cake until light brown on both sides. Remove and cut into thin strips.
  • Lay out various ingredients on the dinner table.
  • Place a spring roll wrapper on a dinner plate, spread 1 tsp sweet soy sauce or oyster sauce evenly on the wrapper.
  • Spread garlic and chili evenly.
  • Heap 2 tbsp turnips then sprinkle on crab meat, prawns, sausages, omelette, bean cake, peanuts and parsley.
  • Roll and seal with little water.

Dreaming of having a Restaurant?

Me? Yes! It's one of my dreams that I plan to realize before I retire and I'd like to make it a hobby when both me and my husband ar... thumbnail 1 summary
Me? Yes! It's one of my dreams that I plan to realize before I retire and I'd like to make it a hobby when both me and my husband are old already and the kids are all busy with their own lives. We both love to cook. He's more of the general cook and I love baking so it'll make sense to open a restaurant with a bakeshop.

We are both talking about spending our "old age" in the Philippines and we plan to have the restaurant as our past time. Of course we realize that it will require a lot of effort and finances on our part so were starting to save for that even from now. Knowing the right mix of food/menu, the right location, the best staff and good quality restaurant supplies and equipment among others is absolutely necessary if we want to make a success out of this venture. If we also decide to go into catering, it'll be nice to have a good number of quality chafers to enhance our food buffet presentation.

I'm constantly surfing around for ideas and I chance upon this site offering low cost restaurant equipments. Not only do they have a wide variety of choices but they also have great offers like free shipping for orders $195 above, 110% price match guarantee, and other kitchen equipment discounts.

Getting ready is getting informed so when we do decide to make purchases for the restaurant supplies we need, we'll be able to get the ones with the best prices and quality.

I Am A Shower Fanatic!

A couple of months ago I wrote about a weird quirk of mine: grocery shopping  addiction. My husband weird habit is going all the way out t... thumbnail 1 summary


A couple of months ago I wrote about a weird quirk of mine: grocery shopping addiction. My husband weird habit is going all the way out to Divisoria just for a plate of pancit canton, but now he can't do that :). Here's another weird thing about me, I take too much shower when I am at home. Like I usually have at least six showers during the day and one or two showers at night.

At first it was my husband who was into too much showering, but I guessed the habit rubbed off me. My mother usually asks how much is our water bill and the the shower stalls are probably complaining from overuse..At times, though I feel like I might turn into a human prune from too much water.

It's really hot and humid in the Philippines and here too in Cambodia so to keep me refreshed I love taking showers. When I also go out and its hot and dusty I really can stand it and would take shower as soon as I get home. When we were having the house here in Phnom Penh built, we really took extra time to choose our shower columns. We got one that has adjustable water sprays and with a hand-held showerhead aside from the overhead shower. 

Of course, since we frequently use it, its a must that we keep it clean and well-maintained. Good quality shower columns are pricey so to make it last longer we take care of it. Its good to spray shower cleaner on walls and doors after showering and to keep the shower curtains dry to prevent mildew. Keeping the bathroom or shower room well ventilated also helps to prevent mildew. 

Showering is really a fun  and relaxing experience for me.. If I were to give in more to this addiction, I'd buy myself steam showers. Wouldn't it be heavenly to soak in the luxury of having different massage jets? Heavenly... I guess now is time for my next shower.. Ciao!


Happy 1st Blog Birthday!

I was looking at the calendar this morning and it just struck me that, "Hey! yesterday was my first year as a blogger!". I can... thumbnail 1 summary

I was looking at the calendar this morning and it just struck me that, "Hey! yesterday was my first year as a blogger!". I can't imagine it has been a year already.. hehe and I didn't really think this would turn out as a serious hobby for me.

It was November last year, I was surfing the internet and I came across two blogs, Toe's KuroKuro Atbp and Liza's A Simple Life. Both are written by Filipinas, one a career woman living in another country, the other a very entreprenuer minded stay at home mommy. I found their entries interesting and very engaging and I found myself backreading through all their previous entries. Then it just struck me, could I do this too? I'm not really a very good writer but then if I could share my honest views about life and things around me, some people might want to read me also.

So, Pinaywife Atbp. was born. My guinea pig hehe. I have no idea how to build a site and Blogger is simple and easy to manage so in two days time I had a really simple blog up and running. Trial and error was my way of learning how things are done. But I really had fun especially the part where I had to use a new template, changing the layouts, hunting for posting ideas, and meeting fellow bloggers.

From a trial-and-error Pinaywife Atbp. blog site, I have fallen madly in love with blogging that I started several other blogs some still with Blogger (Laugh Out Loud, Desserthaven..) and after sometime I took the jump and got my own domain and started my 1st wordpress blog - Pinaywifespeaks. Now, I have just launched another wordpress blog - CelebrityadsOnline and there are two others under construction.. (PinkChopsticks and TheOddCatalog).

I suppose now you could see how addicted to blogging I am but I feel really great that these site I enjoy making are now making me some $$$, though not much but enough to pay hosting fees, a daily cup of coffee and a nice pair of shoes every now and then. More than the monetary return, its a great way for me to release stress, update myself with the latest trends and meet people of similar interests.

Cheers to more years of blogging! :)

Long Term Solutions for Internet Marketing

I've been blogging for a year now and for the past months I've had the chance to network with a lot of webmaster and visit interesti... thumbnail 1 summary
I've been blogging for a year now and for the past months I've had the chance to network with a lot of webmaster and visit interesting sites. When I started out I was utterly clueless on what to do and what are the possibilities online.

There are a lot of websites I've visited to learn about how to build a site, how to manage it and keep its content updated, to get some readers to visit and have them interested in what you have to share. It took me long hours too and till now I am still learning and discovering how to make a blog site and have some return from it.

Among those web help sites I've checked out I have constantly encountered the term Search Engine Optimization. I didn't seriously consider this but once you get really dedicated and serious about your internet endeavors you'd really want to have your site optimized for search engines so you could have a share of the steady search engine traffic.

For companies and websites who really want to take advantage of the big number of search engine users and increase their company and site visibility and achieve long term success, having a credible and reliable internet marketing arm is a great investment.


Hubby's Health Scare..

Just when I thought our first month here in Phnom Penh would be really okay, my husband had to be rushed to the hospital because of gastric ... thumbnail 1 summary
Just when I thought our first month here in Phnom Penh would be really okay, my husband had to be rushed to the hospital because of gastric ulcer. For sometime he has been complaining about burning sensation in his stomach and he kept postponing going for medical check up.

It was a really scary and stressfull experience for me since I am not fluent in Khmer language and I don't know how to talk to the doctors etc. Most of them don't know much English though some could speak French which I don't understand myself.

Thankfully, my in-laws are really supportive and understanding of the fact that I still haven't adjusted to the way things are done here. We were lucky also that we brought him to a governement hospital with complete facilities so he got the necessary treatments. 

I've been feeling really helpless these past few days and it did motivate me to really learn about how to be more independent here. Well, I could at least start to learn how to drive a motorbike so I could drive out on my own..

He developed gastric ulcer coz of his habit of having exactly three meals a day and no snacks. He's now well and at least he's learning to eat smaller meals and take snacks. Getting sick in a foreign place is really difficult so I better stay healthy hmm.. 



Feast for the Eyes: Bottle Cap Art..

Previously, I have featured Apple Art, Crop Art, Sand Sculpture, Urban Paintings.. Here's another Feast for the Eyes feature.. Bottle Ca... thumbnail 1 summary
Previously, I have featured Apple Art, Crop Art, Sand Sculpture, Urban Paintings.. Here's another Feast for the Eyes feature.. Bottle Cap Art!

Amazing isn't it! Creativity and bucket loads of patience..

On Having Four Eyes..

When I was in college I swore I won't ever find myself wearing eyeglasses . I felt like it would make me look all the more dorky and ner... thumbnail 1 summary
When I was in college I swore I won't ever find myself wearing eyeglasses. I felt like it would make me look all the more dorky and nerd. The commute from school to our home too discouraged me from getting a good frame even if I needed one.

A few years after I would always feel dizzy and would have frequent headaches so I could not postpone it any longer. I went to see an optometrist and thankfully I don't have anything seriously wrong with my sight.

The doctor warned though that I needed glasses to protect my eyes from being so strained as I work long hours in from of the computer and I also work handcrafting jewelries. Just so my eyesight would be protected I had to get a pair of eyeglasses. Initially I thought it would really be a bother and cumbersome but I just needed to adjust to using it. Now, I don't feel comfortable without having it with me.

Having a good eyesight is really important and its best to take care of it that regret it later. And with really stylish frames coming out now, I don't really have fears now of looking dorky..





Getting My Hair Straight

Our family usually refers to it as the "curse". During our childhood most of us have thick, black and really straight hair. Then w... thumbnail 1 summary
Our family usually refers to it as the "curse". During our childhood most of us have thick, black and really straight hair. Then when we reach the age of about 12-14 all of us, cousins would have our naturally straight hair getting curly or wavy and would be wrestling with the curls and the extra volume.

For me it would have been fine if not for the thickness of my hair. When it became wavy, the volume was just so unmanageable and I felt like I looked like a scarecrow or worse a witch! So, I ended up looking for good hair straightener to help me manage and tone it down.


When I was in high school I used to have it straightened in beauty salons regularly and it cost a lot. My hair has also been severely damaged by the chemicals they use for straightening. For sometime, I decided to give it a rest and let my hair grow back to its healthy and natural shape. After that I decided to look for a professional hair straightener which would let me achieve the straighter hair I want with minimal damage to my hair.

For now I prefer using hair irons so I could just straighten my hair when I need it and leave it as it is when I don't have to go out. Tourmaline hair straightener is also great since it gives off negative ions and enhances the shine of the hair, leaves the hair hydrated, and healthy.

After using an flat hair straightening iron I would always apply a shine serum to keep it shiny and since the heat of course damages the hair, I use an intensive conditioner twice a week to nourish and repair my hair.






Airport.. A Visual Treat?

Some airports could just be so dragging and boring. To think that people spend a lot of time lingering, waiting for flights it should be com... thumbnail 1 summary
Some airports could just be so dragging and boring. To think that people spend a lot of time lingering, waiting for flights it should be comfortable, pleasing to the eyes, well-equipped with amenities for the weary traveller, with lots of food choices and places to sit and wait.

Of all airports I've been to, I love Singapore's Changi Airport the most! I find waiting in airports dreadfully boring and tiring but when I have to transit in Changi, I find it the opposite. It's like being in a big mall with all accomodations and entertainment you want.

I know a lot of people gushing about it being fully carpeted, strict when it comes to cleanliness, but what I really like about is the presence of a lot of greeneries inside. Walk along corridors and you'll see potted orchids full of blooms, they have miniature falls surrounded by flowers, they have a fern garden, a cactus garden, a butterfly garden..




That doesn't end there. Food choices are just so varied and you can find whatever you crave for. Internet kiosks are available free. You can watch movies and tv shows in their public lounges. Restrooms are really clean and well maintained. Facilities for those traveling with babies and children are available. Information desk is very helpful and if you are in  transit for more than 5 hours you can take a city tour for free. Shuttle train service is also free if you want to hop to the 3 different terminals. Transit hotels and showers are also an option if you want to freshen up. And oh! I should mention, shopping is absolutely fantastic!


Mailboxes and More..

Mailboxes  would never go out of style. That's what I think anyway.. In this age of all things digital and paperless, I still consider ... thumbnail 1 summary

Mailboxes would never go out of style. That's what I think anyway.. In this age of all things digital and paperless, I still consider it a pleasure and more meaningful to receive a well-written letter or a greeting card on my mail box.

I realize those letters are now far and few in between. People now are more used to communicating via mobile phones and the internet. Most of the time mail boxes are just relegated the role of storage for bills and promotional materials from some companies.


Still I insist on having one in front of our house. It looks quite nice and will definitely addcharacter to my front yard eh...My daughter is rooting for one too.. I think she wants it coz she thinks its some sort of a bird house..



Visual DNA..

I'ts raining heavily here and I have nothing much to do. I chanced upon this site - youniverse, offering a different type of personality... thumbnail 1 summary
I'ts raining heavily here and I have nothing much to do. I chanced upon this site - youniverse, offering a different type of personality tests using pictures to reveal your "real self". It's pretty interesting and an easy test to do since you won't have to read long descriptions and just choose the photo that appeals to you depending on the subject.


I tried it out just to see what the pictures I choose would reveal about my personality..



My Travel Type: NATURE LOVER. - "So true! I prefer going to beaches, hiking and camping out."


Personality: SOFISTICAT - "Dunno about this hehe!"


Party Profile: HOME BIRD - "LOl! definitely revealed that I'm not a party animal. I don't like noisy places and I would prefer throwing a party at home.."


How my mind works: THE REFORMER - "Maybe.."




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