Apr 29

Budgeting is Hard

When my son told me that he wanted to have a guitar, it took me for months before I could buy the guitar he likes. And when he has the guitar already, I thought there will be no more spending discussion, but I was wrong. He likes to change the neck of the guitar and so, he was asking if I could buy him a telecaster neck. Well, he needs to wait for another months I guess for I have no idea yet how much the cost of this neck. I have bills coming, and I also need to save money for his school stuffs. He is officially enrolled now, and he needs another set of school uniforms, socks, a pair of shoes, school bags, to name a few. Once I completed his school stuffs, i will buy his guitar’s neck.

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Apr 26

Bathroom Designs

Often the smallest room in the house, the bathroom offers relatively little storage, especially considering that this is usually a shared space. A bathroom must work efficiently but, almost equally importantly, should also not feel too clinical or soulless, answering the very different needs of both the inevitable morning rush and the more indulgent evening bath by candlelight, and practically in harmony.

 

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Some bathroom products are decorative and be kept on display, perhaps on open shelving or grouped in baskets around the room. A deep ledge along a wall above or close to the bathtub will keep everything from towels to toiletries conveniently within reach, while a small glass shelf fitted above the basin keeps the essentials close at hand while maximizing available light.

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Apr 03

Dishwasher Detergents

Liquid gel detergents solve the two major drawbacks of liquid dishwasher detergents: the liquids tend to dribble out of the dishwasher’s main wash cup yet tend to empty incompletely from their containers, leaving a sizable amount unused. The gels are free-flowing and dispense completely from their containers.

The gels are better than powders at removing lipstick from glasses and cups. But the powders are better than gels in overall dishwashing, cleaning dried-on foods, and preventing washed off foods from spotting and resoiling dishes.
While all the dishwasher detergents consumer union has tested tend to discolor silver-plated flatware, after long exposure powders tend to be slightly safer than gels in this regard. Powders and gels both etch glassware when used in soft water. Typically, damage to glassware is less likely in hard water. Powders and most gels are safer to use on fine china with overglaze patterns than they used to be years ago. However, it would be prudent to hand wash fine china, silver, and crystal.

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Mar 20

Hiring a Home Cleaning Service

Housecleaning takes time and effort. One obvious way to escape cleaning, although the solution can be expensive, is to employ a qualified, reliable, and courteous home-cleaning service. Some people use a professional service once or twice a year; others employ a cleaning person once a week or every two weeks or so. If you decide to use professional help, ask for referrals from reliable neighbors and friends. If that fails, check the Yellow Pages under Housecleaning. Always ask for and check references.

When negotiating with a prospective housecleaning provider, be sure you both understand what is going to be done, how long it will take, how much it will cost, and how frequently and on what day of the week they will provide the service. Be sure there is un understanding of what cleaning materials and equipment they would bring and what you will have to make available. Tell them where the items you’re responsible for will be kept. Be sure the cleaning provider regularly tells you when supplies are low so you can stock up before their next visit.

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Feb 09

Bonsai Plants

Hello World! It’s Green Tuesday, so here are the Bonsai Plants, which I found from my folder last night. I was glad that it wasn’t deleted from my files. I remember when I and my friends went to Baguio City, there were lots of bonsai plants for sale, and it was very cheap. When we got back in Manila, I brought some bonsai plants. The seller taught us on how to take care of the small plants, but since I don’t have green thumb, the bonsai plants didn’t show any signs that they were okay, and later they all died. Anyhow, the bonsai on the photos was taken inside the Botanical Garden at SM Mall. There was a competition for the most beautiful bonsai plants, and the owners of the bonsai are the participants. I just don’t know if they won or not.

 

 

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Jan 19

Listening to Music while Repainting our Home

For the past few weeks, I was so busy repainting our home. It was not easy for me to repaint our home because of the furniture inside the house. I have to move them every time I was on that area. And sometimes, while moving some furniture, there were times that I found things that I thought it was gone already. The hardest part was to move my son’s musical accessories and instrument. The speakers were heavy. The component was also heavy, and I couldn’t ask help from anybody because I was alone at home. Anyhow, while repainting, I played my favorite dance music. It really helps me to work well. I wish my son will buy a new amplifier or this arturia spark. One of the speakers is not working so well, and I guess the amplifier can help to arrange the sounds. Ok, that’s all for now. I have to shop for paint and brush again.

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Jan 19

The Proper Way to Drink Water

Drink water when you wake up. Our body loses water while we were sleeping, so drink a glass of water before you go to sleep, and another glass when you wake up. You are naturally thirsty or dehydrated in the morning. Drinking water in the morning helps flush out the toxins that have accumulated all night.

Drink 8 to 12 glasses a day. For a 120-pound individual needs 8 cups of water, while a 190-pound person requires 12 cups daily. I have learned this from my doctor when I got “UTI” or urinary tract infection. This is the reason why I trained my children to drink water.

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Dec 26

Battle of the Band Winner

Before anything else, I would like to congratulate my son’s friends and classmates for winning the Grand Prize in a Best Band or Battle of the Band Competition which was held in front of Davao City Hall on December 23rd of this year. This is annual competition and it was really great to see these students who have their own talent on playing musical instruments. Aside from cash prizes, there is also a gift certificate that you can use to shop for any musical instrument at the music store. I wish it could also use for an instrument store online. Again, congratulations to the band members, and Merry Christmas to all.

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Dec 15

Coffee is my Happiness

I do love my coffee in the morning. It is like my daily ritual. I can’t start working without the aroma of my coffee. I have heard that coffee is good for our health and there are plenty of benefits you can get from it. It has lots of antioxidants and is low in calories if you don’t load it up with cream and sugar. According to some studies, coffee could protect your heart by drinking 1 to 3 cups a day. For those people who could drink coffee four times a day may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, there are some people who are sensitive to caffeine, and they get easily anxious after drinking coffee. So, if you like coffee, enjoy it but drink it moderately.

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Dec 04

Standard Guitar vs. Mandolin

Do you know how to play a mandolin? I was just wondering if playing a mandolin is the same when playing with a normal guitar like acoustic or electric guitar. I know the standard guitar has six strings while a mandolin has eight strings. And I also wondered if the one who could play a standard guitar, can play a mandolin as well. What do you think? Anyway, if you don’t know what’s the look of a mandolin, try to check guitar center mandolins. They have a big photo on this product. You can see that there are eight strings on it, and not six like on the normal or standard guitar you have seen anywhere.

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