Archive for December, 2011

For my fellow Taurean, 2012 seems to be our year financially, professionally and emotionally…I chanced upon this during my not so busy time at work. It is the last day of the month and the year. I love the way it ended despite the many movements in and out of the company, of lost friendships, of really vapid people because of him and the business has started to slowly pick up.


Read on the 2012 predictions lifted from

After some breaks in your career in 2011, the Taurus Horoscope 2012 predicts good fortune and an excellent career growth. You know what your potentials are so plan the year accordingly. You will be authentic in anything that you do. Put in your very best and you will get to see the result through unbelievable rewards. 

The peripheral events that will take place will maintain a rhythm. This will help you remain antagonistic and aggressive. The influence of Jupiter offers you a bigger perspective of life. You have plenty of reasons to indulge into meaningful discussions with people around you. 

Use your multi-tasking act to the fullest. Some business deals will be signed towards the end of the year leading you to long-term and very successful business relations. Be prepared for huge amount of workload. 

Taurus Work Horoscope 2012

You would soar high in 2012 in terms of your career. If you are a writer or involved in any artistic work, you would receive fame and recognition. The amount of work will be heavy. Keep your calm and plan things out even before you start. This will help you accumulate everything evenly. There is a change of job towards the 2nd quarter of the year. You can also get a call from overseas by the last quarter of the year. Those in research work or academics can expect a sudden hike in salary. There will be an overall growth in the professional field starting from the 3rd quarter of the year. 

Taurus Love Horoscope 2012

You will be calm and quiet from deep within. Your emotions will be in control of yourself lowering down your interior tensions. Romance is certainly on the cards for the bulls. Those who are in a relationship will have some great time together. A romantic trip is on the card. You will be able to keep a balance between your romantic and realistic self. Those who are single can expect to, finally, meet the dream man or woman. The emotional ground will be stabilized and you can handle emotional outbreaks with ease. Your efforts to resolve differences in a relationship will not go in vain. You would be able to fulfill the desires of your partner when it comes to love and romance. This is a great time for the Taurus couples to spend some private time together. 

Taurus Money Horoscope 2012

Money will flow in towards the 2nd half of the year. Business deals will turn out to be fruitful. The 3rd quarter of the year will be more successful than the first two quarters. Things that were cluttered will now be resolved. Your dreams and goals will now be achieved as you experience a lot of financial gain. Be diplomatic while handling your seniors. They might come at great help in one of your ventures. This is the time when you should go for long term business deals. Throughout the year you would be placed well when it comes to finance. 


New year’s resolutions do not work for me at all. My procrastinating nature makes certain that nothing gets done. So my way around it is to have this checklist. At least I can just put there Done, Doing or Not Done (TBD).

2011 was filled with vacations here and abroad, losses and wins. I am hoping that by doing my checklist a couple of days before the end of the year, I can have a head start…

  • Laugh more – regardless if my life is so filled with stress, necessary and otherwise, I promise to laugh more. Find reasons to laugh and make those around me laugh.
  • Clean up FB list – if they have been idle for a long time or do not take time to reply to my comments/questions better to get rid of them. No use holding on to people’s names when they do not want to be part of my life. That is why it is tagged friends’ list because they are supposed to be friends or try to be friends.
  • Flat abs – when I was in college I managed to lose weight, during my stint in OBMCI I used Arsi’s breathe thin tape and shed off 30 lbs, but I never had a flat abs. For some reason regardless on how thin I get, my abs remain flabby. Since I plan to shed off weight anew, my main focus aside from my ginormous arms is my abs.
  • Fiercer invites for my business – time to do some major brainstorming since one would rather be incommunicado than focus on the business. Two need some boost up. Basically if I want this to work I need to think of a way to make it work even if there will be only a few who would do the actual leg work. This is a rather challenging task but in the end if I manage to iron out the kinks, everyone will be a winner with heaps and heaps of passive income.
  • Get at least one new outfit a month – this must be worked in the budget regardless if I have already stretched out the measly income I get per pay day. Scraping a few pesos to have something to look forward to at the end of the month is something I would consider as an accomplishment.
  • Write more – I have a gazillion topics in my head but once in front of the computer I get a writer’s block and no longer know how to proceed. I will make it a point to grab a pen and write down my thoughts. That way I will not lose sight of what I want to say.
  • Read more – none of the inspirational stuffs, my leanings are still towards the detective, suspense genre. But if I get wind of a cannot be put down, must finish til the end book series of sorts, I will buy my own copies if not borrow someone else’s copy. I’d steer away from the romantic stuff because for some reason it does not satiate my grey matter.
  • Experiment more recipe – despite my limited cooking space and my sparse (I only have one frying pan) cooking wares, I can still whip up really nice meals. I have already done chow fan ala java, done buttered veggies, done adobo both Chinese and regular ones, done tuna pesto and even gourmet sandwiches. Time to use more ingredients and conquer more meat. I hope to do the pistachio baked salmon recipe I saw on Yahoo.
  • Do what I can for Mother Earth – I saw the recycling box again in Trinoma for plastic bags, I have managed to collect quite  few which I hope to deposit in that bin/box.  We have felt her wrath once more when typhoon Washi hit the country so even if I am just one, I’d try to do my own advocacy in cleaning up Mother Earth one plastic bag at a time.
  • Learn a new word or a skill – my brain cells need some major booting up thus I must put it to good use. I really have to conquer my love-hate relationship with numbers so I wont zone out each time any formulas are being discussed. Since when it is money matters I get to concentrate, I should think all numbers I encounter is about money. 🙂
  • Have a day just to kick back and relax – when I mean this, it means that I get a chance to bum around the house and enjoying my time sleeping, eating, watching the tele or surfing.
  • Enjoy a time with the family – now this is hard as someone is always hot headed but doable altogether.
  • Try to do something out of the norm – I do not like change but maybe it is time to be adventurous from time to time. Any suggestions to make this happen are welcome.

This list of course will get longer as the days progress but all in all, this is what I set out to do in 2012. Nothing fancy, nothing far fetched just something more out of me and my ordinary life…

I got three bags of used coffee grounds from Starbucks in Raffles Pasig and went home to dry ’em out using my trusty cookware. Microwave is busted so I use the stove. It has been two weeks since I discovered the magic of combining coffee grounds with olive oil. Of course it did not mean that I now am cellulite free, it just means that I saved a lot of money going to the spa just by getting free bags of used ground coffee from Starbucks.

There is this step wherein you need 1/4 cup of used ground coffee and 1T of either olive oil or coconut oil. Warm the concoction in the microwave and apply liberally on the cellulite prone body parts (yes, dearest it could mean your butt cheeks, thunder thighs, tummy or flabs under the arms). Wrap yourself in plastic wrap and do about your business until the plastic wears off or the coffee grounds start to peel off your skin, whichever comes first.

Another is, use it as a scrub while taking a bath by mixing the coffee grounds with some oil and shower gel.

Me? I do my own thing. I warm the 1/4 mixed coffee and olive oil filled cup in the oven and massage liberally all over the parts I feel need some blood circulation. I rub until my hands can no longer feel anything. I wait a couple of minutes then I rinse it off. Each time I am rewarded with a silky smooth skin and to think all I spent on this spa like treatment is P110 for the bottle of olive oil. I do this daily but it may seem over the top, twice a week according to research would result to the same thing apparently. 😛

Home made “gourmet” sandwich

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Food review

Bread is not the typical one since this is a soup bread, sliced in half and stuffed with scrambled eggs, four pieces of spiced ham, romaine lettuce, cheese and nonfat mayo.

Honestly what would you feel if someone like Anchel from Metrodeal replied to you in a very condescending manner after you bought P16,500 worth of vouchers and you cannot contact the numbers provided because either it keeps ringing or forever busy? I replied to this email and sadly Metrodeal did not reply where I can complain this Anchel. Also this email he sent me was after a couple of days I sent my inquiry and follow up email about contact details of the voucher provider. Not only was it a late reply, it was also an improper one. Increasing the font size and changing the color show how little this Anchel thinks of me as a customer, s/he must have thought I am quite the idiot not to see the fine print. Well I did read the fine print, I just needed more info on how else to contact them. Beside the email address was incorrect. It should be either be or lacarmela2​@indochinas​  I found this when I tried all the numbers I Googled on Indochina. I suggest before email rep think so highly of themselves and become untouchable, they ought to think twice as consumers like me who buy the vouchers are the reason why they have their jobs in the first place. X<

Because of you

Posted: December 4, 2011 in My World in 4D
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Hi Francis,

I am writing this open letter to you because I want you to know how grateful I am with our little chat. I did not have the luxury of having a lot of male friends as I am not the least bit friendly. But I feel very lucky indeed to still have one in you.

Funny isn’t it that we only had a month together and yet here we are closer than we ever could get as friends. How many girls would have this going on for them? A guy to talk about guy stuffs without the added baggage of the past.  I know somehow it was such a delicate matter, the one I talked to you about. I have been laughed at by one who I thought would treat the matter sensitively yet found the idea rather comical. When I brought it up with you, I was not sure how you’d take it.

But you handled  it really well and you were able to ease my discomfort. You were able to make me realize that it was not an affront, more of he did not want to come off as gay so he said something that may perhaps allude to missing me yet make him sound macho.

So thank you. Thank you for not thinking less of me, for righting someone else’s wrong, for taking my discomfort seriously. It really means a lot having you on the other side of this keyboard.