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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Charles Feeney --- philanthropist--

Charles Feeney is a very good example of how a rich man should live his life.

He is the "anonymous" donor of $350 million dollars to Cornell University. He is an Irish American businessman and philanthropist. He became rich as a co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group. He made a lot of donations to different kind of institutions.

His philosophy is "Giving While Living". He actually does not own a house or a car, flies coach and wears a $15 watch.

I admire the way this person lives his life, I could actually count with my fingers how many I know who lives like him.

If you see celebrities and athletes -- they live the opposite way. Extravant, lavish and selfish. They buy jewelries that could actually buy a shelter that could house a whole bunch of homeless people. They buy cars that could actually feed 1,000 hungry people. They buy houses that could actually clothe countless people that needs it to warm them in the cold weather.

Feeney -- lives his life as normal and as frugal as possible. He said "I set out to work hard, not to get rich." "I had one idea that never changed my mind--that you should use your wealth to help people."

I think other wealthy people should look up to Charles Feeney because this man is awesome! He lives his life by giving. I remembered my father telling me when I was a kid, he said "the more you give--the more you receive". No wonder, this man would never be poor because God is blessing him even more because he is sharing his blessings to other people.

Thinking about it -- I think we should give more -- even little things because it's not the value that counts, it's the thought of giving.
  • Give more time to my kids

  • Give more love to my husband

  • Give more dedication to my job

  • Give more effort on blogging
Just give, give, give...and never expect to receive. You will be surprised that you will!

What about you? Are you willing to give?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Things you can buy "Your Man" for Christmas!

Every Christmas, we always wonder what our man wants.... We actually have to google it --- I have come up with my own list to hint you what to buy for him.

  1. Electronics - All men likes electronics, they want the latest and the coolest. Consider giving: Iphone 4S, iPad2, nintendo ds, camera and kinect.

  2. Ammunitions - Boys like to play with toy guns, Men like to have the real thing.

  3. Tools - Anything from house tools to car tools, tool chests - cordless drill, angle grinder, air impact wrench.

  4. Sporting Goods - You have to know what kind of sports your man is into -- basketball, baseball, football, boxing, tennis, etc. Then you can buy him goods that he needs for his sport.

But we have to remember, the real essence of Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether or not we receive a gift --- it doesn't really matter.

Let's celebrate life!

What about you? What do you want for Christmas?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

my son don't want me to go to work...

My son woke up this morning while I was getting ready for work. He asked me "Mommy where are you going?" I said that I am getting ready for work and that I will see him later. He said "Mommy, don't work." I told him that I need to go work to have money because we need money to buy a lot of things like his and his sister's diapers, milk, clothes, food and the list could go on. He said "Daddy work only" (he meant, he only wants his Daddy to work and not Mommy) I just told him that I will bring a treat for him when I return from work.

Children just don't understand that parents need to work to earn money. I would love to stay home too but I would love it even more if I earn something while I do that. Wouldn't it be awesome if we get paid while we take care of our little ones? I love spending time with them but we just cannot afford to do that for now..or at least that has just not happened yet...

... so meantime I need to go to work and earn some money.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SNOW -- cold, wet & slippery...

I was born in one of the tropical countries in Asia, the Philippines, and I grew up with warm tropical marine climate. It has relatively high temperature, very humid and rains a lot. We actually have 2 seasons, rainy season (June to November) and dry season (December to May). May being the warmest month and January being the coolest.

The average weather in the Philippines all year round is 79°F. In the cooler days, it is 77°F and in the warmer days, it is 83°F. Elevated areas have colder weather and lowland areas have a little bit warmer weather.

As a child, I have enjoyed this kind of weather where we can play outside all year round without putting a layer of clothes. We can wear shorts, flip flops and tank tops anytime. We go swimming in the beach nearby, go to waterfalls or sometimes we even play in the rain (my favorite). I've never complained about this kind of weather -- i love it!!

Here's a picture of me and my husband (then my bf) enjoying the hot weather and the beach in the Philippines :)

Snow for us was just an imagination -- we just see it on American movies. We've never played with it, felt it, touch it or maybe taste it :) So it was just a dream for me to have a snow experience.

When I came to America, one of the things that I am excited for is the winter season, so that I can finally have a snow experience. I finally had my first snow experience last December 16, 2007. I was so excited to finally feel it, touch it...taste it :)

One of the things I love about snow is that I can stare at it while it's falling down from the sky to the ground forever ***** it is very mesmerizing & very relaxing *****

Looking up and feeling the snowflakes touching my face makes me feel good too -- it's a feeling, I cannot explain -- very soothing...

Even after the snow, where it's going to be hard to drive around because it is cold, wet & slippery. I'm not complaining because no matter what -- i love the snow JJJ

déjà vu -- that's what I am right now --

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Why I don't go Black Friday shopping?

I am not a black friday shopper at all and I also don't shop on a thanksgiving weekend.

There are a lot of reasons why I choose not to do that.

First - I can't stand the long wait outside the retailer store until they open...patience is not my virtue.

Second - I must have wanted something really, really bad for me to line up in a cold weather and wait for the store to open.

Third - I can also be an impulsive buyer so it makes me scared to go in and the thing I wanted is already out and then I'll end up buying something more expensive which I don't really need.

Fourth - I can't stand the crowd, doing elbow to elbow shopping...people who are naturally nice and calm will transform into their evil side and will become rude, mean & violent. Of course, you've heard about the woman who allegedly pepper sprayed around 20 shoppers to get the merchandise she wanted.

Fifth - The savings that I get is not worth the 5-6 hours of my time wasted waiting in line when I can spend it with my 2 kids and my husband at home.

My list could go on and on...but bottom line is, it is a personal choice -- "I don't go because I choose not to" ---

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2011 "25 Worst Passwords" Revealed

Splashdata compiled a list of passwords that are commonly used and are considered worst because of it. Splashdata is a provider of productivity applications for smartphones.

So take a look at the list below and if you see your password on the list. GO AHEAD CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD RIGHT AWAY!!!

1. password
2. 123456
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

Strong passwords are really important, a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers & special characters like !@#$%^&*()~.

Keep your passwords strong and change it regularly too.
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