Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks Giveaway

My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks is having an exciting giveaway. Follow the instructions in Make Up Box x Sleek Make Up Giveaway blog post. You might just win a beautiful gift!

Good luck to all of us :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How Saved Me

Working for opened doors to many possibilities. 

I started writing at an early age. During my grade school days I began scribbling words and phrases in my notebook. Interest in poetry and essay writing surfaced later on when I found myself charmed by rhyming words. 

When I was in high school, I was a shy and soft-spoken adolescent. One who scampered to catch up with everyone else and a scaredy-cat for lengthy discussion. When I stammered at almost every word I tried to say, my last resort was to do what I thought I could do best – I write. 

Time passed, writing ended up as just one of my many passions. Love for food prevailed when I had to decide for a course in college. Passion for writing remained. However, taking a backseat when I’m preoccupied with kitchen work and experiments.  Infusion of ingredients in each gastronomic encounter won my amusement. I awed those powerful tiny herbs and dishes bursting with flavor. 

Unexpectedly, my pleasant career turned sour. An overwhelming negativity shoved me to a detour. I was led to one place – job searching site. I didn’t know what to look for. There were job postings in the same line of work I’m into. A few minutes before leaving the office, I bumped into I haven’t heard of until that rainy afternoon I was banging my fingers on the keyboard. Then, my eyes got glued to these two words: Freelance Writer. Will I pass for a...writer? 

I totally doubted myself. All I know is my job is frustrating. In the back of my mind, I have a clear picture of what’s waiting for me in the undersized room I call home. I’ll be faced with a mountain of laundry, kids waiting for mommy to help them with their homework, a hubby expecting for dinner, dishes waiting to be washed and a room that has to be cleaned. Life. How I wish life could have been simpler or at least kinder to a tired working mom like me.

After long hours of staring at the monitor, I applied for the job. Some thought is a spam. So, I searched for reviews about the site. I came across positive comments from writers connected to this online writing community. Those writers confessed through forums and blog sites that they are satisfied with the salary they’re getting. So, I patiently read the Onine Manual and prayed to pass the exam. I felt an overpowering desire to start writing again.

I failed in the final exam. The part where I have to write a 500-word essay about Forex. I researched before I wrote my piece but it wasn’t good enough. So right then, I thought, I must give it another try. 
After the second try? Yes, I made it! I became a Freelance Writer. On that day, I found my bearing again. I realized no one can make me feel inferior if I won’t allow them to. Thank you, you saved me.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

3D/2N Pangil Beach Resort with Laoag Tour: Excited for This!

     Since last 2 weeks ago or so my office mates and I have been wondering where to spend our group Christmas Party. The activity will also give us time to plan for the coming year ahead. It's high time we do something different before the year ends. First, we thought of Baguio...the cool breeze, park, souvenirs but we can't get our minds together on how are we supposed to kinda "bond" and make the Baguio trip worthwhile. So, we needed to scratch that one off. Next choice was Tagaytay. That time we were wondering about visiting Bag of Beans (good coffee and sweets) and trying the zip line which up to now I dunno if I can do. Okay so Tagaytay, we were about to head to Tagaytay all right.

     But! There's a but. We can't figure out what exactly will we be doing in Tagaytay. Oh well, we changed out minds again. Then, here's the choice that's supposed to end our long procrastinating journey -- Puerto Galera. Yes, Puerto Galera sounds superb at that time. One of our office mates even found a place to stay. We imagine the beach and the playful sunny sky and feeling the caressing wind. In totality, we'll just be enjoying the scene, drinking by the beach at night and exhaust ourselves with the free use of the videoke. Okay. That one's settled -- Puerto Galera... Here we come!

     Wait!!! Then, yes, we changed our minds again. One of our office mates bump into this juicy, very...interesting deal:!/deal/4739-3d2n-pangil-beach-resort-with-laoag-tour  
Here's to give you a peak of what the deal is all about:

About the deal :
Take a break and head North. What better way to spend it than to try out something new with this CashCashPinoy deal—Only P1, 658 instead of P3, 350 per person for 3D/2N Deluxe Accommodation at Pangil Beach Resort! Includes daily breakfast, complimentary use of resort facilities, round trip airport or bus terminal transfers, welcome drinks, Shartea merienda, and tours to Malacanang of the North, Marcos Museum, Paoay Church, Paoay Lake, Sinking Bell Tower, and La Paz Sand Dunes.  A fun-filled 50% OFF on a jam-packed Ilocos Norte adventure for the entire family or barkada!
Located along the shores of Currimao, Pangil Beach Resort lets you enjoy the serene moments while listening to the soothing sound of the waves—be it from your Deluxe room with balcony (plus private toilet & shower, 32” LCD TV, locker) or at the beachfront.
 (copied and pasted from website)

     And so finally...that one's settled. We're booked! We bought the voucher and we are off to Ilocos on December 7 to 9, 2012 for a yearend planning and girl bonding activity.

     I can't wait to post the pictures of our trip and....start writing my 'vacation getaway inspired' romance novel. ☺