Microsoft's Zune HD

Now that the frenzy about Apple's Iphone appears to be calming down, I was thinking of getting myself a gaming handheld gadget and I ha... thumbnail 1 summary

Now that the frenzy about Apple's Iphone appears to be calming down, I was thinking of getting myself a gaming handheld gadget and I had been hopping about different tech sites looking at specs and such when voila! It has been announced that Microsoft is now joining the gaming handheld fray with Zune HD...

The specs ... a 3.3 inch OLED touchscreen, ability to output in HD, an HD Radio receiver, a full-screen web browser, built-in WIFI and full integration with XboX  and Xbox Live. Check out the press release here..



Looks good right? Plus the features are impressive.. So, let's wait and see how it fares in the market..

Mulling over Home Decor

For some, homes decorating could be a chore, others with "bottomless pits of moolah" just hand over their home decorating jobs t... thumbnail 1 summary

For some, homes decorating could be a chore, others with "bottomless pits of moolah" just hand over their home decorating jobs to professionals, while some, like me, revel in the creative challenge that decorating a home presents.

Wether the space I want to decorate is small or big, whether the budget is small or unlimited, I get really excited about thinking up ways to make the room unique, stylish yet functional for whoever will use it. The house where I grew up is really big with lots of spaces for us. Our parents too gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted with our rooms so we ended up turning our rooms tupsy turvy every boring weekends. This probably cultivated our penchant for home decor..I could recall days when we were endlessly changing our room furnishings and trading it. 

Every area in a house for me is unique but I also have personal favorites. I particularly like fixing up my daughter's corner of the house. I kinda like the girly feel of it and hunting for baby girl bedroom decor is really fun and exciting for us. Aside from bedrooms, I like fixing up the kitchen outdoor patios, and the office/study area... 

Speaking of decorating, Christmas is the season we would eagerly anticipate. We love putting up Christmas decoration. Every year we would always think up a theme and we strive to make our place a real standout. Each year, starting November we would be scouting out for unique and budget friendly Christmas decor and have a blast decorating our house. I guess its one of the things I'll really miss now that I am spending holidays always away from the Philippines..






Rain Barrels and It's Uses

What are rain barrels ? These are functional storage used to collect and store rainwater. For an average home-owner you might ask, what coul... thumbnail 1 summary
What are rain barrels? These are functional storage used to collect and store rainwater. For an average home-owner you might ask, what could this possibly be used for and why would it be handy to have it?
Rain harvesting is done for economical and practical reasons. Most homeowners store rainwater collected from gutters or those running down the roof during downpours. This water could be used for a lots of things like watering your plants, scrubbing clean your driveway, car washing etc and so it could save water from the faucet and your money.

Water is also a very important resource and so we must preserve it the best way we can. Take advantage of the rainy season. This could be specially important for people living in hot places as water could come down rarely.

Having rain water barrels are really handy to have and there are also lots of options you can choose from. There are varieties made from plastic, some barrels and some fashioned into stylish urns to match up your yard landscaping. Some includes hooks for easy placements and others are made to easily catch water running down your roof or gutter.

Storing rain water has a lot of benefits for us. Saving an important resource, helping out the environment, and it'll save you some hard earned money too..

Maximize Your Space with Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are a fabulous way to make use of a limited space and come up with a room accent that is both functional and stylish. Lamps ... thumbnail 1 summary



Floor lamps are a fabulous way to make use of a limited space and come up with a room accent that is both functional and stylish. Lamps and lighting fixtures are great add ons to create mood and also to style a room. Aside from that installing effective lighting provides safety, comfort and a little more pizzaz to an area.

Some rooms though have limited spaces or if you have particular spot that you want to highlight, a floor lamp will come in handy. There are also numerous choices you can look through with floor lamps. But like when choosing all other kinds of lighting fixtures there are things you need to consider.
  • Factor in the purpose of the lamp. Is it for ambient or general lighting? This means it is meant to light the entire room indirectly so you will have to go for a lamp like a torchiere. Or is it a task lighting where you need to highlight an specific nook like your reading area, or your work space? Then a open-bottomed lamp shade would be preferable.
  • Keep the space measurements in mind.
  • Choose your bulbs with care. Flourescent bulbs are environmentally friendly while halogen bulbs could generate a lot of heat and this wouldn't be so nice particularly if the room is small.
  • Be mindful of its features and components. 
  • Choose the style, color, theme that would match your room decor. If you want it to be the room centerpiece, then get unique floor lamps.

How To's: Hairstyling in Video

Came across this series of youtube videos and I find this particularly helpful. I'm trying to learn how to style my hair on my own and t... thumbnail 1 summary
Came across this series of youtube videos and I find this particularly helpful. I'm trying to learn how to style my hair on my own and this is a great watch. I frequently attend parties and there are times I really had to run just to get my hair done and last time we were running late so I decided to learn things by my own to save time..

The video includes
  • how to curl short hair; 
  • how to's on hair extension; 
  • make your own kelly clarkson hairstyle; 
  • fergie-inspired deep wave hairstyle;
  • jessica alba inspired hairstyle; 
  • soft wavy curls tutorial; 
  • before and after haircolor/haircut;
  • prom hairstyle;
  • how to cut bangs;
  • aubrey's hair routine;
  • aubrey's hair products;
  • how to curl hair; 
  • hair routine;


video tutorial by: fafinettex3

Ceiling Fans - Functional and Decorative

I love ceiling fans! They are great accents to a room and yes! they also serve their purpose.. It is particularly great if you prefer nat... thumbnail 1 summary



I love ceiling fans! They are great accents to a room and yes! they also serve their purpose.. It is particularly great if you prefer natural air circulating around an area plus a lot of modern ceiling fans now also includes lighting so that provides you with three functions in just one fixture.

Another great thing is the wide variety of styles and materials of ceiling fans in the market that there is almost always a design available to suit the look and feel of the area you want to place it in. Whether its craftmade ceiling fans, traditional, outdoor, monte carlo fans or modern styles you want there is sure to be a good variety to choose from.




Our house in particular has several and since I prefer modern, contemporary fixtures, I was still amazed by the many choices when we shopped around. It's a great way for us to cool down and besides we all prefer the natural breeze turned in by ceiling fans than by air conditioners plus we get to cut down our energy costs too.

Some tips on choosing a ceiling fan:

  • Know your room size. You wouldn't want to have a gigantic ceiling fan covering most of your ceiling if your room is just small.
  • Factor in also the height of your room. Some ceiling fans could be thin in height others could appear to be bulky.
  • Check out the components. Get a fan with permanently lubricated bearing and sealed oil tank. Quality components means zero or less maintenance for you.
  • Blade performance should also matter. Make sure it turns out the breeze you want in a particular room.
  • Choose a style and finish that would match your room. Motor casings come in brass, nickel, iron, copper, bronze and painted. Blades are also made with different materials or if you want a more flexible look, have a look at reversible blades.
  • Do you want it remote controlled for convenience or you prefer the traditional hard wired? A lot of ceiling fan models now offer a wide number of options, like timers, rotating speed etc.
  • Do some window shopping first and don't make hasty decisions. Make sure you really like what you get..



Cute Cute Meow!

I just found this so adorable! I am a dog person but who could resist this cutie? thumbnail 1 summary
I just found this so adorable! I am a dog person but who could resist this cutie?

Cute Cat

Extremely Weird Tattoos

This really just gave me goosebumps.. Tattoos are generally meant to decorate but some people just went beyond that and got tattoos as weird... thumbnail 1 summary
This really just gave me goosebumps.. Tattoos are generally meant to decorate but some people just went beyond that and got tattoos as weird as this...

Weird Tattoos
Weird Tattoos
Weird Tattoos
Weird Tattoos
Weird Tattoos

Gifts For Women

My husband frequently moans that is difficult to look for gifts for women , particularly me! Hehe, he says I make him worry and when he goe... thumbnail 1 summary

My husband frequently moans that is difficult to look for gifts for women, particularly me! Hehe, he says I make him worry and when he goes to get a gift for me, he keeps thinking I might not like it. I keep telling him, it's really the thought that counts and I would surely appreciate something that he has put effort in getting or something that I could use, or something that I really fancy.

If he can't really think of something, well, for most women, receiving flowers is really nice and could more or less guarantee to please. And besides this one is really easy to accomplish, what with all those flower delivery services all around. If I'm feeling particularly naughty and flirty, well, lingerie can really be a great gift. And besides I think men choose lingerie better than women. Perhaps so because they know what would look best on us? I really think men choose better lingerie's but that is all. At least based on my "limited" experience lol! Don't let them attempt to buy a dress or a pair of shoes if you're not with them unless your guy is really great when it comes to fashion.

The best gifts he ever gave me were really simple ones but I truly appreciated it for its spontaneity and its romance. One was a big box of assorted orchid blooms he brought me when he traveled to Bangkok, a cute carrot cake he brought me when I was feeling so depressed, and a nice little lingerie that I was really salivating for weeks already.Sometimes they can get the right gifts, sometimes they don't hit the mark but that doesn't really matter, as long as they remember enough to get the gift. Well, unless its a weighing scale, or several sizes big dress, or a year-supply of weight loss pills, I think all else if fine..


Chocolates.. Craving Chocolates..

Like chocolate? I do, in fact most people I know, likes chocolate. It is one of the most loved foods in the world and is used and eaten in s... thumbnail 1 summary
Like chocolate? I do, in fact most people I know, likes chocolate. It is one of the most loved foods in the world and is used and eaten in several ways. It can be in the form of cakes, fudge, ice ream, cookies, drinks, candies and more. 


It's an all around comfort food! My love affair with chocolates started when I was young as my father grew cocoa trees in our backyard and when harvest time comes we had a lot of fun making sweet treats out of pure chocolate.


Chocolate isn't just a candy. I grew up having it around as our breakfast drink. It is also used for cooking, like in sauces. In other countries like in Mexico, chocolate is made into a sauce served with chicken! Can you imagine how that tastes?

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans harvested from the seeds of cacao or cocoa tree. These trees grow in warm tropical climates. Here's one variety my father has in our yard in the Philippines..


How then, are chocolates made? Cocoa beans are first dried and roasted on very low fire. Then the beans are ground and crushed. It releases a liquid that is really oily, sticky and bitter but the aroma is just so heavenly. This bitter liquid is a fat called cocoa butter. This cocoa butter is what makes chocolate creamy, gives it the delicious taste and the crave-worthy aroma.

Making the powdered cocoa needs the cocoa butter to be squeezed from the unsweetened chocolate liquid. The hard and dry particles left behind are ground into fine powder. This is usually mixed with sugar and makes a great flavoring or a hot cocoa drink on a cold day.

To make chocolate bars and candies, sugar, cocoa butter and the unsweetened cocoa liquor are added together. To make it more delectable and to make varied flavors, ingredients like milk or vanilla are added.

There are several types of choclates. One is the unsweetened chocolate and is used for baking. Another is the semi-sweet chocolate or what we commonly refer to as dark chocolate, also used for baking cookies, cakes and other homemade treat.  Milk chocolates are sweeter and has of course, milk, is usually eaten as candy bars or as coating for candies. White chocolate is another type, and it contains cocoa butter but no other nonfat chocolate solids. Used mainly as candy coating. 

I personally prefer eating dark chocolate. Compared to white chocolate it is bitter but I love it coz I get to savour more of the delicious chocolate flavor. Most people though prefer milk chocolate as it has a good balance of chocolate flavor and the bitterness is diluted by the added milk and sugar.

Are you craving for chocolates now? I am! That's why I am writing this post... I wish I could have some choco fix right now but I'm on a diet :P..

Vision Glitches

I used to believe I would always have the perfect vision. Haha! Anyone could have eye problems yet I was really optimistic it'll never ... thumbnail 1 summary
vision test chart
I used to believe I would always have the perfect vision. Haha! Anyone could have eye problems yet I was really optimistic it'll never hit me and I would never get to the stage where I would need glasses or even multifocal contact lenses.

I used to think wearing glasses would make me hideous. But when you've got no option but to use something just to get rid of you vision glitches, well there really is no way out. The good thing nowadays is that glasses are so stylish and could be a terrific fashion accessory. If you're really not into wearing them, then there are scores of quality contact lenses you can choose from.

When my vision started to get a little testy for me, I had glasses prescibed and I was also contemplating getting contact lenses. I didn't push through with it though coz here in Phnom Penh it could really get dusty and that is a no-no for contact lenses.

My husband on the other hand, has always been wearing glasses ever since I could remember. It's even a long running joke between us that he was probably born with glasses. He has trouble seeing up close, a condition called Presbyopia and for someone who spends a lot of time reading, and on the computer we'll he really needs it. Aside from glasses there are really another option for others with similar condition like using multi-focal lenses to correct it.


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