Hibiscus..

I love hibiscus (gumamela) flowers! My mother has a collection of them and I took several snapshots last time I went home. Don't you jus... thumbnail 1 summary
I love hibiscus (gumamela) flowers! My mother has a collection of them and I took several snapshots last time I went home. Don't you just love the bold colors?






I Want it Green!

We are now more or less done with furnishing our house and on the start of the new year were all set to fix the front of our house. Of cours... thumbnail 1 summary
We are now more or less done with furnishing our house and on the start of the new year were all set to fix the front of our house. Of course, I'd want to have some decorative planters. I grew up with both parents who are so into gardening so we have lots of indoor and outdoor planters in my childhood home.

I guess one of the reasons why I want a lot of plants in our new home is just to make me feel more at home and miss my family less. Plants also give any place a really cool ambiance and a unique feel so I want a lot of greens in our place. The only constraint is that our place now has such a limited space so we really have to choose with care which garden planters to use to maximize the space yet still manage to look creative, unique and organized.


Initially I wanted to have some window planters like the one above but our space as well as the layouts really are a problem. So we have decided to have something like this...



This type of standing planters is really flexible and can be easily be moved around to suit the space requirements. We're also thinking of planting Chinese bamboo along the fences coz I kinda like the sound it makes when the breeze passes through it. But I'm not sure if it will complement the other plants we already have. Hmmm, I'm getting really excited now on how everything will come out..

Blog Makeover

This site has been acting a bit weird lately. Mostly because I've been doing some tweaking and turning here and there. Since this is my... thumbnail 1 summary

This site has been acting a bit weird lately. Mostly because I've been doing some tweaking and turning here and there. Since this is my first ever blog and it has just celebrated its 1st birthday, I decided to give it a whole new look.


For the past year, Pinaywife Atbp. has been using the Green Marine by Ian Main. I was happy with that template so it stayed for a year. Lately though I wanted to spruce up the site with some color and after sorting through several templates I decided to use the Style template by Ariane Naranjo. I love the colors and the background graphics. It's a bold color yet the letters doesn't overwhelm the whole blog.

I also like the way the sidebars are organized. I still have some fixing to do (I'd like to make the fonts bigger..) but as of now I can say I like how it looks.. 


My Caribbean Dream..

December and January  is a great time for vacations. For one, we get to have a lot of holidays so we could all really relax from work. My ... thumbnail 1 summary


December and January  is a great time for vacations. For one, we get to have a lot of holidays so we could all really relax from work. My husband and I make it a point to travel regularly and also to expose our daughter to different cultures and places. 

Right now though we are still on working and saving mode coz we have just recently moved and we still have a lot of plans that would really need a lot of financing so this vacation time were planning on going on an overnight trip somewhere near here. But if we have money to burn I'd probably be booking (hehe dreaming!!) a jamaica all inclusive resort

This would definitely be the ultimate vacation for us. When it comes to romantic vacations, Jamaica is really one destination that would always pop in my mind. Gorgeous beaches, great party atmosphere, and the best amenities makes it a top vacation destinations as well as venues for caribbean weddings.

Hmmn all this is insipiring me to work more.. Who know next year I might just be enjoying the Caribbean breeze..




Sculpted Ice Palaces..

Got this on my inbox this morning and I just found it absolutely fascinating. Don't ask me where it is I really have no idea where it is... thumbnail 1 summary
Got this on my inbox this morning and I just found it absolutely fascinating. Don't ask me where it is I really have no idea where it is. If you know, please do drop me a comment :) I'm guessing it's China coz of the Buddha and what looks like the Great Wall..


















Wikipedia describes Ice Sculpture as a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. Ice sculptures are generally associated with special or extravagant events because of their limited lifetime.

The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment and thus, a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving.

Imagine creating something as spectacular as this and have it melt in just a few hours.. 



Get To Know Who is Calling..

Don't you get frustrated when you get several calls from numbers you don't recognize. It may be a wrong number dialled case, a pran... thumbnail 1 summary

Don't you get frustrated when you get several calls from numbers you don't recognize. It may be a wrong number dialled case, a prank caller, a persistent telemarketer, a phone survey, a debt collector. Whoever it is, it can be unnerving to receive frequent calls from people you don't know.

Phone Number Reporting is one way of finding out who it is by checking out the comments submitted there, who knows the numbers frequently calling you may be listed there. It you have talked to the caller and verified who they are and why they are calling it is also a good idea to leave a comment on the website to let other people with similar experiences know what the call is all about..


Solutions for Dry Elbows..

What is it about this time of the year that makes my skin so dry? Must be the cold wind? Good thing my mother has a lot of home-solutions ... thumbnail 1 summary


What is it about this time of the year that makes my skin so dry? Must be the cold wind? Good thing my mother has a lot of home-solutions for these kinds of skin problems. Here's one that really really works for me.. Try it out!




start by using a good body scrub to exfoliate in the shower. 
mash up pineapple in a blender and rub it in your elbows and knees.
leave it on for about 15 minutes so the natural enzymes can do their work.
shower it off and follow up with a thick lotion .
be amazed at how soft your skin feels..


Air Purifiers to Help Keep That Sneeze at Bay

It must be a curse, but most of us in the family have allergies. Me, my sister and my mother also have asthma and unfortunately I seem to ha... thumbnail 1 summary
It must be a curse, but most of us in the family have allergies. Me, my sister and my mother also have asthma and unfortunately I seem to have passed on this condition to my daughter. All of us are extremely sensitive to dust, pollens, dust mites, paint odor etc.

My mom's condition is more severe than us and even her room cannot be swept with broom, either a wet rag or a vacuum cleaner. My parents room also has hepa filter air purifiers to filter out extremely small pieces of dirt / junk from the air.

Over the years we have learned that asthma attacks can really be difficult yet with careful management it can be avoided. Knowing what triggers it is a big help.



Lovely Philippine Sunset..

I took this photos a few months back in Cavite, Philippines. I just thought of posting it now coz I miss home so much. Most afternoons, if ... thumbnail 1 summary
I took this photos a few months back in Cavite, Philippines. I just thought of posting it now coz I miss home so much. Most afternoons, if the weather is nice, my husband, my daughter and I would usually take leisurely walks near our place and I would usually end up taking photos of the sunsets.. Beautiful, isn't it?



Sunscreens, A Must Have!

On e of the thing s I needed to adjust to here in Phnom Penh is that, there are no jeepneys or buses around. There are taxis but they are ju... thumbnail 1 summary
One of the things I needed to adjust to here in Phnom Penh is that, there are no jeepneys or buses around. There are taxis but they are just "tlai" or expensive and not really practical if you're just going short distances. People here usually have their own motorbikes or cars. If I have to go somewhere on my own and no one is available to drive me around, I don't have choice but to take motodop or cyclo. Public transport here means the motodop, cyclo or the tuk-tuk. The tuk-tuk is covered so it can provide some protection against the heat of the sun, but its a little expensive too particularly for me who has yet to learn the Khmer language and master my bargaining skills.

So the best option is to take motodop or cyclo.
The problem with these is that it doesn't have cover so I get really too exposed to the sun. I've finally understood why people here like using long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Just to protect their skin from burning. But I don't think I could wear something long coz it'll make me sweat a lot and feeling sticky just grosses me out.

At times, I don't have much choice but to wear a thin jacket. I also apply sunscreens to avoid sun burns, although I have no aversion to being tanned, I don't like being burned as it turns my skin red and I end up looking like a roasted pig.
The lotion I use regularly now contains sun protection and I always have sunscreens on hand just in case I have to stay out in the sun for sometime. Thankfully, I haven't been "burned" yet.


Homesick.. Not yet..

A friend of mine has been asking if I'm feeling homesick. I said, not yet. It'll probably hit me during the next few weeks because I... thumbnail 1 summary
A friend of mine has been asking if I'm feeling homesick. I said, not yet. It'll probably hit me during the next few weeks because I know I'll be missing Christmas in the Philippines.

There are times though I kinda feel lonely and what I'd do is to head over to USA Donuts to get some sugar fix and it's somehow enough to make me feel a little better.

It also helps that internet calling to the Philippines from here in Phnom Penh is really cheap. Just about 200 Riels, roughly about 2.00 Pesos per minute. Chatting is also helping a great deal in keeping homesickness at bay.

For now, I'm busy still fixing up our house, I've taken up a new project hehe sorting out photos, getting them on digital format, then making a short movie or compilation. When January comes, I'll be busier looking for some part time work. And of course, I keep my sites updated (somehow..) among others..


Shoes for the Uber Nerdy Girl..

I found this online and I can't resist not posting it.. Cool but weird huh! Definitely for the nerdy but ultimate fashionista.. It'... thumbnail 1 summary
I found this online and I can't resist not posting it.. Cool but weird huh! Definitely for the nerdy but ultimate fashionista..

It'll be way cooler if you can use the keys for real!

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