Dropping ranks and Kobe's D-day
Monday, March 17, 2008
Yes, this site's page rank and authority are dropping dramatically. Probably because of lack of updates. My own blogging activity and rounds has been irregular as well.

But I couldn't care less. My second child is going to make his grand entrance any day now and I'm cramming on a lot of stuff.

Yes, the Supreme Being of Procrastination strikes again.

I owe rounds and tags and updates to a lot of people. My maternity leave will start next week. I swear I'll dedicate at least one day to make up to everyone.

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EXHIBIT 012 - The Battle of Pelennor Fields, yummy version
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Remember my post about the yummy Helm's Deep masterpiece? Well, the genius didn't stop there. Like I said in my comment in their site, I wouldn't dare ruin the masterpiece by eating even its smallest, most insignificant part.

Here's another masterpiece. Click on the images for a bigger view.

This is a scale model of Minas Tirith during the Battle of Pelennor Fields from the novel, The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Mouth-watering top of the tower.

I won't mind THIS battering ram banging my mouth open.

And this is one dragon corpse I'd want to feast on.

More yummy, mouth-watering, unbelievable pictures here. And there's a video as well!

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Friday, March 14, 2008
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EXHIBIT 011 - Battle at Helm's Deep, yummy version
This. is. amazing. I will kiss the ground that the makers of this walked on.

Recognize the scene? It's a scale replica of the battle of Helms Deep, from the movie based on the second book of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The genius who made this says:
The whole thing was constructed out of cardboard, glue, icing and… well, candy. It clocked in at about 7 feet long by 3 feet deep by 2 feet tall. We used over 500 Gummy Bears as orcs and Uruk-Hai. The Elves, Dwarves and Men were represented by sour patch kids. Most of these were of course corpses.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Gummy orcs and Uruk-Hai! Y-U-M!!!

Lollipop catapults! G-E-N-I-U-S!!!

Wanna see more pics of the masterpiece? Click here.

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Naming the Frostlings
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I wasn't able to post on this blog for two days because I was too busy preparing myself for the approaching D-day of Kobe.

And I can't believe I haven't posted about Baby Frost #2's name! What the hell is happening to me?

Baby Frost #2 will be known to the mortal world as Corvinus Keith, or Kobe for short. For the benefit of those who doesn't know yet, Mr. Frost has a couple of demands when it comes to naming his sons:
  1. The full name must always include Keith as the second name. He didn't used to care if it is used as the first or second name, as long as it appears in the child's birth certificate. But apparently, that changed and now he wants his sons to share his initials.
  2. The first name should start with a letter "C". And it should go and sound well with Keith.

Issen's full name is Constantine Keith. Actually, we were dead set on naming him Corvinus Keith, but God knows why we changed our minds a couple of days before he was born and wrote Constantine Keith on his birth certificate instead. Probably because John Constantine was way hotter in the movie than what I pictured him to be while reading Hellblazer. I could already see Mr. Frost rolling his eyes, with a thought bubble above his head saying, "What a BS!"

Now where did we get the name Corvinus?

I loved the movie Underworld. Need I say more? For more details, check out this Wikipedia entry.

And where did the nickname Kobe come from?

No, we're NOT fans of Kobe Bryant. In fact, I hate the guy, but Kobe is just the perfect nickname. If a kid who can barely talk will say the name "Corvinus", it would sound something like "Ko-be-nu". And it sounds Japanese, because it is actually a name of a Japanese City.

And yeah, for the last time, we got Issen from a video game, Onimusha 3 to be specific. That's what you get for having geeks as your parents.

Judging by the way we name our kids, you might think we're weird. Wait till you meet us in person.

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Going down under
Our friend Don has already migrated to Australia to be with his wife. He's been there for about two years now. Our circle of friends are still in touch, of course, and Don never stopped convincing us to go there and visit him. He must really miss us that much. :)

Anyway, he's in Middle Park, Queensland, but he said he's willing to meet us anywhere in the country if that would be more convenient for us. He raved about the Sydney Hotels and Melbourne Hotels. Apparently, staying in hotels in those cities are not as expensive as we think, but much more comfortable than we could expect.

A couple of weeks ago, he and his wife spent the weekend at one of the more affordable Brisbane Hotels and went to the 2008 Brisbane Adult Sexpo. Of course, most of his stories were about the expo he attended, but he never forgot to mention how comfortable they were in their hotel.

He even offered to bring us to the beach where the family of the late Heath Ledger held the ceremonies before his interment. The beach is apparently just near the best and most affordable Perth Hotels. I'm not a big fan of Heath Ledger until recently when I saw the trailer of his latest movie, Batman The Dark Knight (his performance as The Joker was comparable to Jack Nicholson. He's that good), but I won't say no to a good swim on the beach. :)

Maybe when the kids are old enough to travel, we'll find ourselves on a vacation down under.



Online casino bonus codes
Monday, March 10, 2008
When I was trying to familiarize myself with poker in preparation for the newbie poker tournament my friends organized last month, I signed up to a number of online casino websties. From time to time since then, I have been receiving their newsletters, updates and latest promotions. Just the other day, I got a rather interesting promotion from one of them.

It turns out that these online casinos don't see each other as competitors all the time. There are times when they do cross-promotions and review of each others sites to increase traffic and membership sign ups. Like what FlopTurnRiver and Full Tilt Poker is doing.

I thought at first it was some kind of pinball game, that's why I clicked their link. Then I found out that Full Tilt is holding a tournament and they have what they call the Full Tilt Bonus where they will be adding $500 to the prize pool, no matter how many players enter the tournament. All you have to do to get started is register at the Full Tilt Poker website and enter the Full Tilt Poker referral code and voila! You are now eligible to enter the special tournament.

FlopTurnRiver is also doing a similiar room promotion with PokerStars. A PokerStars Bonus Code will enable you to to receive 100% of your intial deposit up to $50, which you can only get if you're a newly registered member making your first deposit.



Bb. Pilipinas 2008 Interview
I'm not a big fan of beauty pageants, but I don't have anything against those who join them. I admire women who use their beauty AND brains to bring honor to their country and family. I just wish that the ones the judges choose to represent our country in international pageants are deserving and would bring honor instead of shame.

Bb. Pilipinas 2008 concluded last night. (See winners here.) I wasn't able to watch but a friend forwarded this video clip to me.

I am speechless.

And the girl actually won one of the major titles, Bb. Pilipinas - World. I've read a lot of comments begging to let her have a translator at the Miss World pageant.

I couldn't agree more.

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Catching up...
Friday, March 07, 2008
Things have been really toxic at work, plus the fact that Mr. Frost and Issen got sick, so I end up owing a lot of people some visits and comments. I need to catch up on my rounds if I don't want my only friends to forget that I still exist.

And that catching up starts now.

I hope I'll have enough time this weekend to really catch up.

See you in your online territories.

And yeah, I'll be posting more awards on my other blog because the ones who tagged me are my fellow moms. Check it out later.



Zero PR but lots of awards
I just noticed that my page rank dropped from 3 to zero. I think I know why. Crap.

Oh well, I think I know what to do bring back that precious page rank. Yeah, it's precious, especially for those who are trying to make extra money online. Ironically, I think that's one of the reasons why my PR dropped.

The show must go on.


I've been given a looooot of awards by some online friends. One them is Heidi, who gave me this award.

And Pat gave this to me.

Thanks, my dears! I really appreciate these kind gestures.

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Online casino at its finest
It seems that online casino really is a popular thing nowadays.

Several friends who used to be all books and no play are now going crazy over online gambling. They actually prefer playing online than going to real casinos.

Among the very familiar sites I hear from them is Rushmore Online Casino. Apparently, the fairness of the gaming environment is more transparent than other sites that they have played on. And their bonuses are much bigger also.

Of course, one of the main considerations of many players is the security. And I believe Rushmore Online Casino won't get this big if their security is not up to par with the most advanced, technologically capable casinos in the world.

Maybe I should give it a try. If only have the extra moolah to spare. :)



My curse.
Summer is a few days away and talks of the beach and outings are all over the place.

I used to love summer, but now, I can't stand hearing people talking about the company outing or wherever they'll spend their summer vacation. Why?

Because this is the third time that I can't join the company outing. Three years in the running.

Summer outing of 2006, I was just 3 months pregnant with Issen. We did't go because Mr. Frost and I decided that the 4-hour travel won't be good for me and the baby. Find out here what we did instead. Don't worry, it's wholesome.

Summer outing of 2007, Issen is already almost 7 months old. Unfortunately, the company outing coincided with the wedding of Mr. Frost's sister. The wedding was held in Laoag City, a city about 12 hours drive from Manila. The outing was scheduled on the day of our flight back to Manila from Laoag, so we were still planning to go to the company outing. However, when we got home, we were so damn tired that we can't bring ourselves to travel another 4 hours on the road even if our travel back to Manila just took us about a couple of hours by plane. So there, we weren't able to go.

This year, I will be giving birth to Kobe by early April or late March. And needless to say, I will not be in shape to go to the company outing by mid-May. I doubt that my body will be physically ready for several hours of travel to the beach, let alone for the activities in that outing. And even if my body can take that beating after pushing out another life from my body, I don't think I can leave my newborn Kobe for a couple of nights. I don't think so.

So there. I've actually accepted my fate. My curse. That I am not meant to join the company outing. For three years in the running.

Who knows what will come up next year to prevent me from going again?

Before I go, lemme share this cartoon with you. Something that I long to experience.

Credits go to University of Rochester Outing Club and PhoneyBusiness for the cartoons used in this post.



What you can do to get emergency cash
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Here comes another thing to think about.

I'm pregnant and due to give birth in a couple of weeks, right? Now, at this point, I should already have been able to buy baby stuff that we need to bring to the hospital come delivery day. When I was pregnant with my first son, my hospital bag was packed and I was ready to be rushed to the hospital at least a month before my due date. I was ready to give birth because my government maternity benefit was released on time.

Now, I just found out that my maternity benefit will be processed after I give birth, and the amount will depend on my manner of delivery, normal or caesarean.

I'm not really worried about not being able to pay the hospital bills because I am blessed to be able to give birth in an efficient hospital with unbelievably low fees and charges.

Anyway, I was kinda expecting to use my maternity benefit to buy the baby stuff I need, which isn't really that much because I got some hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law who gave birth last December. I still have kept most of the necessary stuff I used with my first-born, so I don't really need to buy a lot of new baby things.

Still, we need some cash for anything unexpected that might come up during that anticipated day. Something gave me the idea to go to Jewelry buyers and try to sell some jewelries. If only I have that much valuable jewelry to sell. All I have are some fancy stuff that were given as gifts and I doubt it would amount to even a few hundred bucks. I'm not a big fan of jewelries and until now, I didn't realize their value as investment.

I know somebody who got through an emergency by Selling Watches. Then again, I don't have many watches either. What few pieces I have turns to be not among the models that are accepted by watch buyers.

Somebody told me to try Diamond consignment transactions. Right. I wonder what made her think I own previous stones such as diamonds when she was the who jokingly called me too uncivilized for the finer things in life. :)

My last paycheck from my previous company is due to be released this week, though, so we're not totally penniless. My estimate on the amount of the check is enough for the necessary hospital fees. It's just that I was relying on my maternity benefit to cover most of our childbirth expenses because that's how we did it last time and we didn't have any problem. It was convenient, actually.

Oh well. That's how life goes. Wish me luck. :)

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Give me a break
Both my husband and my son are sick.

I'm not feeling very well, either.

And there are stuff at work that need my immediate attention.

Talk about wishing to be at several places at one time. And to feel a lot better.

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Not just yet...
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The work-at-home plans has to take the backseat for a bit longer. I was hoping that by July this year, I could resign from being a corporate slave an employee and start making a living without having to leave home.

But as fate would have it, there are important matters that we need to attend to and settle before I can afford to start from scratch. And sadly, we can't accomplish this with me relying on a barely earning start-up venture.

This doesn't mean, though, that I have to put my plans on hold. I will still continue laying down the groundwork so we still have extra, no matter how small, coming in. Who knows? I might get really lucky and I can stay at home earlier than expected.

Oh well. Let's get on with the show, shall we?

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Presenting, my computer desktop...
Monday, March 03, 2008
Senator Mon tagged me and "obliged" me to display my desktop for everyone to see. I'm at work right now and I decided to do a quick post on this because I sooooo love my desktop here.

Click on the image for a better view
I am one of the lucky few to be issued a 19-inch wide-screen LCD monitor, so my desktop is quite wide. I so love this particular picture of my son, which was taken last New Year's celebration.

I just realized that in majority of my favorite shots of him, he's wearing that striped brown romper. Useless trivia.

I won't be tagging anyone because I saw that most of my blogger friends have done this already. To those who haven't, feel free to grab this tag. Don't forget to let me know you've done it so I can take a look.

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The newbie poker tournament part 2
The guys are organizing another round of newbie poker tournament by the end of the month. This time, they say, it's gonna be played like a real tournament. So what did we do last time? A kids' poker? :D

Anyway, they want me to play again. In fact, they're actually "requiring" all newbies who joined the first time to be part of the second tournament. And this time, the buy-in will be split between the pro and the newb "so that the newbie will feel how it is to play when you're own money is at stake." They say this will encourage the newbie might play more seriously. And they were looking at me when they said this.

They actually think that I didn't play my best last time. I don't know what makes them think that I'm really good with card games and I'm just playing terribly on purpose out of spite. It's not as if my pro partner is teaching me anything. During our briefing last tournament, when he was supposed to be teaching me some techniques, he said nothing but,"You can do this, I know you'll cream them. Pregnant women are lucky in gambling." Right.

I need a poker or a Casino Guide or something to help me through this. Oh wait, I'm probably on my way to the hospital delivery room by the time the tournament pushes through, so I don't need to join them anyway. Ha!

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Work at home plans
Saturday, March 01, 2008
I am seriously considering a work-at-home career in a few months time.

I have come to terms with myself and finally decided to stay at home to be a hands-on mom to my kids. I don't want my kids growing up and learning unacceptable values and principles while their parents work their butts off to provide them their needs and hopefully, their wants as well. I'm not saying all kids of two-income families turn out to be rotten, because that's not the case. It just so happens that with our environment and living arrangements, it would be best for our family if one of us stays home with the kids.

More details about this soon. I need to sort everything out before I disclose my plans to the public, including my clueless boss.

Right now I am in search of means to earn money online, aside from paid posts, and offline, like small businesses that would allow me to still be in control of my schedule.

Any suggestion and/or recommendation will be greatly appreciated and will be added to my list of options for further consideration.

I'm serious. I need all the help and ideas I can get.

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Nesting period starts now
My nesting period has officially started.

I remember when I went through this period when I was pregnant with my first baby. I literally drove everyone in the house crazy.

Now I look around the room and I see a lot of stuff that I need to put away to make room for our new baby. I need new cabinets for the baby's stuff. I'm sure I'll find a lot of things that I'll just throw away because I really need to make more space in our small room.

And the bathroom! God, I need new bathroom cabinets! The ones we have right now are practically hanging on for dear life on just a couple of screws.

I will be very busy once my maternity leave starts.

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Quality printing for less
A lot of my blogger friends are into digital scrapbooking, or digiscrapping, for short. They lay out their pictures into a design and voila! Their pictures have are more meaningful, more beautiful, and more interesting.

Some designs are just so artfully done that their creators would have them printed, framed, and displayed in their homes or offices. But of course, they don't want to spend too much (who does, anyway?) so they try and look for companies that offer cheap printing.

Finding a printing company that offers good, high quality, and affordable printing services is not that easy, but there are companies like that. You just have to know where to look, both offline and online.



Delivered With a Smile
Anybody can deliver some dried flowers to your doorstep, but it takes a special kind of company to have Fresh Flowers delivered to your home or office in a timely manner. That company is Vogue Flowers. Whether you're sending blue lilies or Red Roses, Vogue Flowers is the Online Florist of choice. With a selection that can't be beat and customer service that will make you feel like family, it's no accident that Vogue Flowers has established themselves as a leading provider of Flowers both in person and on the web.



Just sharing Issen's most recent video. No words can describe how I feel watching him grow and learn things like this.

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