Thursday, December 27, 2012

NetSuite Makes Dreams Come True This Holiday Season

Leading cloud ERP software company, NetSuite and members of SuiteImpact team – the company’s employee-volunteer group, held its 5th annual Adopt-a-Child giving program with non-profit partner Philippine Christian Foundation (PCF). Employees generously provided gifts for 120 children, which included one of the popular gifts - a bicycle! Dozens of employees were present to share the special moment with the young owners of new bikes and other Christmas presents. Gracing the event were NetSuite senior executives (standing, last row) James Dantow, General Manager & VP Worldwide Customer Support and David Geilhufe, Program Director.

Other executives present were NetSuite Social Committee headed by Jheng Ponciano, Vice Pineda, Mitch Lucentales & Bernie Cadaing, NetSuite SuiteImpact Team Ambassador headed by Louie Baltazar and Team members Mariel Bertumen and Rhoda Navarro.    is the corporate citizenship arm of NetSuite, leveraging the company’s assets to create social impact for charities and social enterprises around the world. Through our unique initiatives, including product donations, pro bono service grants and social solutions we are supporting organizations worldwide better achieve their missions.

The PCF children had loads of Christmas presents all prepared to make the holiday more fun and memorable. 

Kamlesh Rajyaguru, who represented NetSuite’s London office, was all smiles with his adopted Kid for the day. 

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Life's a Happy Song

I got this video from YouTube when my friend Reena tweeted the link. Thought about posting this video here just before 2012 ends.

Life's a Happy Song
Everything is great everything is grand
 I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect its falling into place
I cant seem to wipe this smile off my face
Life's a happy song when there's someone by my side to sing along
When your alone life can be a little rough
It makes you feel like your 3 feet tall
When its just you times can be tough
When there's no one there to catch your fall
Everything is great everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect its falling into place
I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face
Life smells like a rose with someone to ping with someone to pose
Lifes like a piece of cake with someone to pedal
Someone to break
Life is full of glee with someone to saw and someone to see
Life's a happy song when theres someone by my side to sing along
Ive got everything that I need right in front of me
Nothings stopping me
Nothing I can't be with you right here next to me
Life's a piece of cake with someone to give and someone to take
Life's a piece of pie with someone to wash and someone to dry
Life's an easy road with someone with you to share the load
Life's full of highs with someone to stir and someone to fry
Life's  like a lamb and someone to lend a hand
Life's a bunch of flowers with someone a while to lay the hours yes it is
Life's a happy song when theres someone by your side to sing along

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's Christmas time in the city

Oh Christmas Day!  We attended a Christmas eve mass last night  at UST  grandstand where thousands of people flocked together with their  families.  After  the mass, we went  home for our simple Noche Buena.  Today,  before heading to the  mall for a movie,  we  made a quick visit to   some  friends  nearby   for  a Christmas get together.

Our next  plan was supposed to be a   movie  date.   Okay,  maybe they're not  much  Vice  Ganda  fans  to give up a movie date  or maybe  Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)  movies  are not theirs  this  year.    Mom was the happiest,  that's me.  It  saved a lot  in my  pocket.   I  headed them to houseware section  and bought  a  new table cloth, place mats and other kitchen wares.  I didn't buy anything for myself because I  think  I've  had enough for Christmas day already.  Happy and contended,  it's overflowing!

By the way, the picture was taken on Christmas eve when we went to Robinson's.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

What are you having tonight for Noche Buena? Are you done preparing or  will busy yourself  in the kitchen later?  I'm almost done with my menu as I  only  prepare a simple Noche Buena  for  us.  We earlier planned to  visit  my  sisters  and  spend our Christmas  in our home province but our  plan changed and will just celebrate Christmas at  home.  So here's  wishing you all  a very  Merry Christmas.

Picture was taken yesterday at Robinson's for our last minute shopping. So very Christmassy! I hope Santa brings everything you want tonight!  Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holidays and Stress

Holidays mean  shopping, gift wrapping, partying, food preparing  and  more.  In this over tight schedule, you need to  allocate more time and budget in this time of the year.  It should be all happiness  but  people seem to  face holiday stress instead.

But why?

Let's start with the party.  If you are not ready for the party and you do your shopping very late, most likely you'll pick only  gifts that are generic.  You can keep the stress out in the list  if you just prepare  it early on.  Shop as early as you can and plan ahead of time.

If you face trouble and if problems come your way in this time of the year, just shrug if off and move on.  It's sad to say that sometimes worst  time comes during  month of   December.  If it happens, leave the stress behind, stay strong and continue with life, move on.

Before even the holiday kicks in,  start your healthy diet  to prepare yourself  for some unavoidable calories and cholesterol   to inject into your body.

Stick to your budget. Before you put the gifts into your cart, check   if  you can afford them  and if  they still  fit  into your budget.   Talk to the members of the family  about the  food to prepare for noche buena. In this case, you won't waste your  money for the food that they don't like.

Exercise. Go to the gym because physical activities really help to relieve your mental stress.   But if the stress really get into your nerves,  easy..  go and  do some yoga.  There are some other ways to cope with this stress.  A yoga dvd will surely make it easier for you  without spending a single penny  for gas.

Lastly if you are facing a really bad stress, better seek a professional help because stress can cause many physical illness and problems to your body. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Good HouseKeeping Expo

Check this out!  The newest event for the family from Good Housekeeping happening on December 15, 2012 at  Trinoma Activity Center!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


December 21, 2012 has become the most anticipated date of our age. Over the past several years we have been flooded with overwhelming information that the world is going to end this December. Numerous websites, television documentaries, newspaper articles and radio reports are continuously cropping up across the globe and warning us of impending disasters of massive proportions. We practically don’t know what to believe anymore!

Where did all this come from? This all stemmed from a calendar created by the Mayans, an ancient civilization. The Mayan calendar was a very precise calendar that accurately predicted events, such as eclipses, years before they actually happened. Surprisingly, this long count calendar ends exactly on December 21, 2012, 11:11 am (UTC- Coordinated Universal Time) or 7:11 pm (PT – Philippine Time). Because of that, many people began speculating that this is a prophecy that the world will end on that date. This rumour immediately spread around the globe like wild fire, especially now that mass media has begun jumping on the bandwagon.

Because of all of this negative news, a lot of people around the world are getting frightened. Fear has become intensified after television documentaries have shown real footage of survival bunkers being constructed globally, where the elite can hide for years starting on the dreaded day. One documentary even showed million-dollar arks being built for the mega-rich. Several have also started stock piling food supplies, water and other essentials of survival.

How about you? Are you going to be in a space of FEAR or a space of LOVE come December 21, 2012? John Calub, the Philippines’ number one success coach has come out to the public, in a recently held press conference, to boldly declare that there is no reason to be afraid on December 21, 2012. John Calubexclaims that only God knows when the world will end. He cites a Bible verse that reads, ““However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36)”. With the vision of moving people from fear back to love (our true essence), John Calub has gathered the country’s best motivational speakers to do a live conference and celebration called TURNING POINT 2012, which will happen on December 21, 2012, 1:00 pm to 12:00 am at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. According to John, instead of being afraid, why not make December 21 a major turning point of your life and move yourselffrom poverty to abundance, suffering to happiness and failure to success. Be empowered in the Turning Point 2012 conference by Pido Aguilar (Best-selling author of the book Abundance), Dr. Christian Mancao (Pain Management Expert), Paolo Trinidad (Founder of Pinoy Laughter Yoga), SainayahGurnamal (Life Coach and Healer), Tony Suvega (FengShui Master), Dr. Kevin Plata (Clinical Psychologist), and much much more! Also, get amazed and entertained by the laser light display and magic show of master illusionist JB Dela Cruz. Plus song and dance numbers from D-Coy and various artists. One of the highlights of the Turning Point 2012 Conference is the Hug Festival, where thousands of Filipinos will hug one another in a designated time in the spirit of love, peace and harmony. John Calub hopes to grow Hug Festival into an annual activity and soon make it to the Guiness Book of World Records with the record of the having the most number of people hugging at a time and longest hug chain ever done.

Tickets for Turning Point 2012 are available for only P500.00 at all SM Tickets outlets in all SM Cinemas nationwide. For inquiries, you may call John Calub Training at 748-7646 or log on to For updates, LIKE John Calub’s fan page at

Monday, December 10, 2012

More of holiday tips and gift ideas

I've written in my previous post about  gift ideas  but  I still have more to add.  Most businesses offer  holiday sales this season. You  cannot deny  the fact  that Christmas is coming very near,  thus  you  need  extra  money  to buy gifts for your loved ones. There are bazaars  where you can buy  cheaper ones.  In  high end malls, your few dollars will only buy one  or  two  items because most of the stores offer only  overpriced premium brands.

When it comes to buying gift nothing beats the personalized item like custom design t-shirts.  You  will also find the same stuff  in bazaar but not exactly  the same print that you want  in a  shirt.  The quality  of the shirt that I bought in the mall   last time was  not even worth for  the prize.  It costs me more than  $20 and  it looks like a rag after one use.  Shirts are  common as a gift but it can be special if you personalize it.  You just need to be smart and look around first when you're in bazaar. Unlike in the mall, you can haggle to a lower prize  when you're in  bazaar.   

Bluer than Blue

Breath taking scenery on our way back home. The sea is so blue, or should I say bluer than blue. We just stopped by here for  photo ops.

My thoughts on Pacquio-Marquez 4th fight

I watched the game via live streaming and at the same time  peeked at  live blog update  from Yahoo's  blow by blow updates of  the 4th fight  between Manny Pacquaio and Juan Marquez yesterday.  At  6th round while I was thinking Manny would win,  Juan Marquez  with his right power punch,  knocked Pacquiao down.  The medical team rushed inside the ring to see if Pacquiao was okay.  I was thinking at the fifth round that it  was Marquez who would use spirometry to check if he's still okay when Pacquiao blew a powerful punched that threw away  his mouthpiece out  from his mouth.

The nation was  left in  shock and who wouldn't?  It was a game predicted in the early rounds  for Manny that showed the real aggressive boxer  inside the ring.  Marquez was  bleeding and hardly breath with his  nose. Boxing analysts said that Manny was over confident and opened himself to Marquez  who was  patiently waiting  for a chance,  ready  to throw away that powerful punch in the last few seconds of  6th round.

Marquez won and he proved what he really wanted to happen in this game  but no matter what, we still love our champ, Manny Pacquiao.    He congratulated Marquez  at once  and  accepted the defeat. That shows a true sportsmanship!   He said that it's  part of the game, we cannot always win the battle, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  We still love you Manny Pacquiao!   Nothing change with how the nation look up on you.  You are an epitome of  a true  Filipino.  You get knocked down. And that's part of the game, being hit by  the opponent.  When someone falls on the ground,  it is just right to just  shake off  the dust and stand up. That's  what Manny did, he was wounded yet  he  stood up and smile. That's life,  move on.  You showed your  best and  you  will be forever our hero,  Pacquiao!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekend at Benisa Resort, Bataan

As the saying goes, the more elements you join together, the merrier the result. And so is true because we had lots of  fun as this weekend getaway was an awesome one with  Agulto, Mendiola and Borje family.

We decided to join the group for Agulto's prenup and at the same time spend a weekend in one of the resorts in Bataan.

We  were booked  at  Pamarta Bali Beach   Resort  but  the location and the actual view of  the  place  was an  issue so  we headed another resort and found ourselves in a cozy place,  Benisa.  

As soon we settled ourselves,  we had our lunch near the beach  and rest for while.  And because it was too hot  at the beach, we isolated ourselves in our rooms and  spent more time to catch some power nap between 2 to 3pm.   

An early morning scene near the beach area for our breakfast buffet, oh not a buffet but  a boodle breakfast. 

And boodle dinner, haha. Guess what,  we were just so lazy to clean more utensils and  left  the table empty with only our hands to wash. Lol.

Sunset view at Benisa

and 6am sunrise

Before heading back to Manila we stopped by at     Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church  and headed Segara Villas  for lunch.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The weekend that was

A short post to update where we've been last weekend. I'm afraid I won't be able  to post an entry  soon. The image I posted below was taken early morning at the resort where we stayed in   for our 2-day trip. I woke up as early as  6am to catch this view and  this is the best shot I could get with my camera.

I so love the smell of  the  sea as it always gives me a  refreshing feeling. It  was another wonderful weekend trip with friends and  another  exciting and jampacked one is coming... Azkals on  Saturday and  Pacquaio on Sunday! .. So there you go  folks,  I'll be posting a separate entry soon.

When is the best time to apply for a job?

My niece who graduated last March is still looking for a job related to a course that she finished. She tried to apply in banking companies but luck doesn't seem to be in her favor this time.  She was desperate to get a  job and seek online for possible opportunities.   Applying for a job on December,  as some may say,  is not really best at this time of the year because most of the companies are in freeze hiring or busy gearing up for holiday.   Yes,  some companies do but  others are not because they do hire when there is a vacancy that needs to fill up immediately.  More companies  need sales persons for  holiday rush  and usually  hire temporary  or contractual employee  during this season,  Christmas holiday  that  is.   They usually hire sales staff  and use e-verify poster for quick checking on  status.  But hey,  not only the retail industries  hire during holiday because  even the corporate firm  wants  to get people on board  as soon the new year starts,  January.

There is no perfect  and bad timing when  applying for a job because companies hire employees all year round or  when there is a  vacancy  to fill up.  When there is an opportunity posted in a bulletin or even online,  never delay and try to submit your updated resume  or you'll miss the train   for a minute late.  If  you are qualified and the employer wants you,  you might  get the job that you want.

Monday, December 3, 2012

YUMMY magazine kicks off December with Yummy Cooking Demo!

Last December 1, food lovers trooped to Robinsons Supermarket, Galleria for the Yummy Cooking Demo with Lady’s Choice and Yummy magazine. This was a Noche Buena themed cooking demo to start off the Christmas month with a delicious headstart!

Loyal YUMMY readers and shoppers alike were able to learn easy-to-do, mouth-watering dishes that the family would truly enjoy. Aside from the exciting cooking demonstrations, the participants also had a chance to win awesome prizes courtesy of YUMMY magazine, Lady’s Choice, Masflex Cookware and Fujidenzo!

YUMMY’s contributing chef and food artist Chef Katherine Jao demonstrated three sumptuous recipes from the December issue’s “A Holiday Feast” spread—sure-fire mainstays at Christmas gatherings this month. Two special recipes from Lady’s Choice were also demonstrated by Chef Dianne dela Cruz. Among the dishes prepared were Baked Lapu Lapu, Clam Capellini Pasta and Christmas Fried Rice.

Yummy Cooking Demo was made possible thanks to Lady’s Choice, YUMMY magazine and the venue, Robinsons Supermarket.

YUMMY magazine is a publication of Summit Media and is available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide for only P125. Be part of YUMMY magazine’s growing online community by visiting, liking us on Facebook via, and following us on Twitter via

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