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Friday July 10th, 2009
1. You watch too much TV. Research by the University of Chicago indicates that happier people watch 30% less television, regardless of age, marital status, income, or level of indication. Happier people spend, on average, six fewer hours in front of the TV and instead share that time with friends, volunteering, or in activities.

2. You do not have good relationships with other people.
Studies consistently show that people who have a strong circle of friends are more likely to report that they are happy. Married people report more often that they are happier than single people. Unhappiness could impact how issues are handled within relationships and could also prevent people from initiating friendships or staying connected to other people.

3. Your stress level feels out of control. Research has noted the problem of increasing stress levels for people and particularly for women. One analysis of men and women showed that men may be happier because they give less time and energy to "unpleasant tasks" than women (there are those bills and to-dos again). Stress, some scientists say, can motivate us in the short term but wear down our happiness considerably over the long haul.

4. You are always seeking pleasure.
Pleasure, Conger notes, is "momentary and fleeting." This is different from contentment, which entails appreciating where you are now in your life. If you simply seek pleasure, you will always be on a quest for more, always be coming from a place of lacking rather than abundance. This reminds me of the high of buying a new pair of shoes or having an expensive dinner -- a high that crashes when the bill arrives or as soon as the shoes get tossed into the closet.

5. You do not get enough sleep. According to one study of more than 900 women, the number one indicator of unhappiness (aside from work stress) was a lack of sleep. While there are many factors that contribute to how many hours of sleep we get and how much of that is quality sleep, it has been shown that people who are sleep-deprived are more sensitive to the stress hormone cortisol. If you've been both sleep-deprived and well-rested, it probably isn't a big surprise that consistent, good sleep beefs up your physiological (and surely, emotional) ability to cope with stress. Plus, at this point in my 30s, I think every person my age I know would agree that sleep does make us happy.

Source: Yahoo! Shine
Friday July 10th, 2009
I would really want to go on a trip this year -outside the country probably. The first time I experienced traveling outside the country I thought to myself, I would love to do this every year. But heck, I can't! Why? because at that time, I still didn't have the means to earn money for traveling outside the region. Can't afford the air tickets. It would be nice if I had F4 friends. (is it real? those F4 guys? are there guys like that in real life?)It's also a good thing budget airlines popped out. Now traveling is cheaper.

If I would have a map, I would probably have 2% of the globe covered. Well, maybe not 2% maybe less. So what if I covered only 2% of the world? At least I covered a percentage of it. I'm lucky enough to travel 2% of the world.

Where have I been?

1. Melbourne, Australia 2004
Visited my relatives in Melbourne. Had fun in Phillipp Islands and at the Melbourne Zoo. Loved the morning walks even if it was Winter. Jogging at 7am in the morning with my mom was fun. We'd walk for hours and find ourselves at the mall. Was amazed with Crown Casino's uber cool animated "diamond" ceilings (or was it crystal?). Loved every minute at Melbourne. Hope I stayed long enough.

2. Singapore 2005
A small country but with lots to offer. Watched the dolphin show at Sentosa Island plus the amazing aquarium which wowed me so much. I wish I was a fish. If the after-life is true, I'd wish that I'd become a fish. I want to experience a different world - the underwater world. Had fun eating those meat preserves, especially the bacon. Loved the crabs and oyster omelette plus the spring rolls.

3. USA 2006
We flew thousands of miles on a Christmas day to California. On air we still were celebrating Christmas. And when we got to California, it still was Christmas. heheh. Funny but cool. We spent 3 months in the US. A month and a half in California and another month and a half in New Jersey. Visited several states in the East and West coast. Was able to visit Las Vegas and the lights and life there was pretty cool. Tried the slot machine, was able to gather pretty "casino" necklaces from random shows.Went to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Had fun trying out wild rides like The Mummy. Enjoyed eating Chinese take-out food and El Pollo Loco plus Popeye's Chicken. Enjoyed every bit of grocery shopping and mall shopping.

Flew in New Jersey after 3 weeks in California and enjoyed NYC. Went to Washington DC and visited the Smithsonian Museum and other museums there. Enjoyed NYC pizza and NYC shopping. Loved Central Park and saddened when I saw ground zero. Stared at Lady Liberty for minutes. Experience my first snowfall and lost my gloves. Winter was doubly fun when you eat ice cream in the middle of NYC.

Hm.. did I forget something? Well, maybe. I think so.

4. Hong Kong 2007
Wnet there with my cousins. I was supposed to go there with mom but she was in Australia at that time. So I went with my cousins. Had $300 in my pocket.. whew.. survived 3 days and 2 nights at HK with that. Well, my hotel accommodation was free. hahaha.Loved the egg tarts from KFC.. yum. Went to Victoria Peak, Ocean Park and HK Disneyland.

Last year, 2008. I had several road trips with friends. Went to Iba, Zambales for the summer. It was a 6 hour drive passing through so many bridges and dark high ways with only big trees on the sides, but it was great. I never thought that I would be able to inhale "green" air ever- the pollution in the Metro is really worsening.

Well, here's a list of places I would love to go to

a. Macau
b. Singapore(after Universal Studios)
c. Hong Kong (egg tarts)
d. Japan
e. S. Korea (Hyun Joong)

a. Germany
b. Greece
c. Ireland
d. Australia
e. USA (travel other states)
f. Guam
g. New Caledonia
Thursday July 9th, 2009
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1
~ The Flaming Lips ~

Her name is Yoshimi
she's a black belt in karate
working for the city
she has to discipline her body

'Cause she knows that
it's demanding
to defeat those evil machines
I know she can beat them

Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots eat me
Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots defeat me

Those evil-natured robots
they're programmed to destroy us
she's gotta be strong to fight them
so she's taking lots of vitamins

'Cause she knows that
it'd be tragic
if those evil robots win
I know she can beat them

Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots defeat me
Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots eat me


'Cause she knows that
it'd be tragic
if those evil robots win
I know she can beat them

Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots defeat me
Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots defeat me

Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots eat me
Yoshimi, they don't believe me
but you won't let those robots eat me


Thursday May 14th, 2009
It was only late last year when my boyfriend and I discovered Oki Oki Japanese Restaurant and really, we did fall in love with the food. Sumptuous and a-OK! At first it seemed intimidating to enter the doors of Oki Oki in Mall of Asia because it just seemed like a restaurant above the average budget. But we were wrong- the quality (taste and presentation) of the food served just compliments the price.

At Oki Oki MOA we had ordered the Gyudon, Yakiniku, Katsudon, Miso Soup and Shake Nigiri plus bottomless iced tea which are all yummy!!!!

And then another Oki Oki experience (now with pics) at Trinoma Mall. The Oki Oki resto at Trinoma is alot different from that of MOA. If Oki Oki in MOA lloks like the traditional, "oh so expensive" resto, Oki Oki in Trinoma is a bit more contemporary- open space, not the elegant looking Japanese place but just the average Jap resto. But both service crews are friendly which adds mor epoints to the restaurant's image.

California Maki (Another reason why I love Oki Oki- I dont usally eat Cal. Maki
but I loved their Cal. Maki)

Shake Nigiri (My ultimate fave! Salmon)

I forgot the name but its Grilled Beef Strips with a special sauce

Oki Oki Chicken Teriyaki

Beating the summer heat with Oki Oki Halo-Halo Special

You should also try their Oki Oki Super Yakimeshi- Japanese fried rice.
Your budget per person: Around P300
Thursday May 14th, 2009
After one week of working up to the wee hours of morning my friends and I decided to chow down on some Sisig at The House of Sisig in Philcoa, Quezon City.

Sisig 101
is a Kapampangan term which means "to snack on something sour". It usually refers to fruits, often unripe or half-ripe, sometimes dipped in salt and vinegar. It also refers to a method of preparing fish and meat, especially pork, which is marinated in a sour liquid such as lemon juice or vinegar, then seasoned with salt, pepper and other spices.

Sisig as is popularly known today is actually sizzling sisig, a Philippine dish made from parts of pig’s head, liver and usually seasoned with kalamansi and chili peppers. The dish is served almost in every Filipino restaurant.

We ordered the DIY Sisig- which means you'll be able to choose your Sisig's "flavor" from the following:

a. Honey Mustard
b. Garlic Mayo
c. Wasabi and there are other flavors which I really forgot.

Then they have the SoMa (South of Manila, mayo-based sisig) and the NoMa which is the vinegar-based variety. What I love most about their sisig is how they present it to the customer- with the mini sizzling plate on top of a wooden base and a little "barrier" made out of cardboard to refrain those messy oil/fat from staining your clothes or making hot oil splatters on your skin. And to make it even better order some "salad" (dunno what its called so just stuck with the term "salad) its served with salted eggs, tomato and onions - a good dish to wipe down the sisig's fatty tast from your mouth and another way to enjoy your yummy sisig. (which BTW is a healthy option too)

And then for the thirsty customers they offer the Macho Mug which BTW is also good for sharing if you and your friends are part of the not-so-drinking-too-much-drink group. (Okay that's a bit confusing). You can choose from Apple Iced Tea (in picture), or Soda. I think it would be a liter or almost a liter of iced to or soda to gulp down.

Anyway, when I last ate there the Sisig was around P90-P100 per order and then the Macho Mug around P40-50 I think. (Not sure of the prices)

Well if you want to indulge on some Sisig and stay at a cozy, cool place, try out House of Sisig.

Thursday May 14th, 2009
I was browsing through one of my favorite food blog sites, and found her blog that New York Times published:


Okay now that is a bit scary 'coz I love my red meat... and I mean LOOOOOOOVE... Emotion: biggrin.gif

Here's the article:
Eating red meat may increase the likelihod of dying early, a study financed by the National Cancer Institute has found. In the report published on Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a half million people aged 50 to 71 years in the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study cohort were asked how much meat they ate. During the 10 years that analysts followed these people, those who ate the most red meat were most likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other causes. Those who ate the least red meat were least likely to die.

Okay now, where did all the meat go? I guess it's time to cut down on the meat.
Thursday May 14th, 2009
I've been out of the blogging world for quite sometime and I really did miss blogging. I wasn't sure whether my account has been terminated already or if my followers have been slowly going away and removing me in their list ('coz nothing's being updated/written). Anyway, I'm still glad to find that my friends are still in my list Emotion: biggrin.gif

I've been very busy for the past weeks because I am still adjusting to my new job. My shift starts at 9PM and ends at 6AM (though job- change in sleeping habits) But really, I love my new job now as much as I loved my previous job. With my new job as an Intermediate Graphic Support Specialist (which BTW is a really long job title) I am learning new things and really enjoying them. Right now I am learning Eloqua for email campaigns and newsletters, and I am thankful because they did sign me up for a training which costs $2,000. Really, its something big - the company spending something like that big to let you learn new things- it really is a great opportunity and I shouldn't miss out on this one.
Friday April 24th, 2009

From big whoppers to little white lies, almost everyone fibs on occasion. Here, experts reveal why.
by Jenna Mccarthy

Nearly any adult will tell you that lying is wrong. But when it comes to avoiding trouble, saving face in front of the boss, or sparing someone’s feelings, many people find themselves doing it anyway. In fact, more than 80 percent of women admit to occasionally telling what they consider harmless half-truths, says Susan Shapiro Barash, author of Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets: The Truth About Why Women Lie (St. Martin’s Press, $15, And 75 percent admit to lying to loved ones about money in particular. The tendency to tell tales is “a very natural human trait,” explains David L. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. “It lets you manipulate the way you want to be seen by others.” To pinpoint how people stretch the truth from time to time and the potential fallout from it, learn the six most common ways that people mislead.

Deception Points

Most lies aren’t meant to be hurtful to others; rather, they’re meant to help the one doing the fibbing. These are the six top ways people lie.

1. Lying to Save Face

What it sounds like: “Gosh, I never got the shower invitation!” “Sorry I’m late, but there was a huge pileup on the freeway.”

Why people do it: For self-preservation. While it may be instinctual, people who frequently cover up innocent errors may start to feel as if they have permission to be irresponsible. What’s more, it can become grueling for them to keep track of those deceptions. (“Now, why did I tell her I couldn’t cochair that event?”) Eventually those lies hinder people from having close connections, says Smith. “Of course, there are relationships in which it doesn’t matter as much,” he says.

How you can avoid it:
  • Think long-term. When you’re tempted to be less than truthful, consider your ultimate goal: to have a happy marriage, say, or a solid friendship. Then, when torn between fact and fiction, ask yourself, “Which will put me closer to my goal?” Usually the choice is clear.
  • Keep it simple. Most of the time, a short apology is all that’s needed, and you can omit some details without sacrificing the truth. Something like “Sorry that I didn’t call you back sooner” is usually sufficient and effective.

2. Lying to Shift Blame

What it sounds like: “It’s my boss’s decision, not mine.” “My husband never told me you called.”

Why people do it: “To effectively give away power and control,” says Smith. “When done habitually, this can diminish a person’s ability to deal with life’s bigger problems.” When someone constantly saddles other people with his responsibilities, others can grow resentful of carrying this burden. Also, eternally passing the buck is downright exhausting. The deceiver keeps fielding requests but is only postponing the inevitable. Eventually the issue will have to be dealt with.

How you can avoid it:
  • Dig deep. In some cases, blame shifting can signal difficulty with accepting responsibility for your actions, says Joseph S. Weiner, chief of consultation psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, New York. Maybe you were criticized for making mistakes as a child, for example, and so now you’re afraid to own up because of what other people may think of you. Once you realize this is a behavior that can be changed, however, you can start to regain the power you may feel you don’t have.
  • Flip it around. Before using a colleague or a loved one as a decoy in a minor deception, think of how the other person would feel in the same scenario. If the deception puts other people in an unfavorable light, it’s best to leave them out of it

3. Lying to Avoid Confrontation

What it sounds like: “That’s a wonderful idea, Mom. I’ll make sure to get to the airport three hours before my flight.” “You’re doing a great job, but we can’t afford a housekeeper anymore.”

Why people do it: A believable excuse may help someone avoid an uncomfortable talk or keep that person from feeling guilty. But relying on nonconfrontation too often eventually does relationships―both personal and professional―a disservice. With people to whom one is deeply tied, it’s important to remember that “closeness is not always pleasant, and that interpersonal dealings, by their very nature, have highs and lows,” says Smith. “When you try to avoid the lows at all cost, it can have an overall deadening effect on these connections.” Even if the person on the receiving end of a lie isn’t closely tied to the fibber, the one deceiving still has to keep track of―and live by―those lies. What’s more, she may have to deal with the consequences of the lie anyway (for example, if the housekeeper finds out someone else was hired in her place).

How you can avoid it:
  • Consider the options. Before you tell a fib, it helps to make a list of all the ways you could handle the situation―from delivering a total fairy tale to telling the stark truth. If, after thinking it through, you still decide a fabrication is the best choice, “it may signal that you don’t value having an honest relationship, and that in itself is worth pondering more,” says Marlene Chism, a relationship expert in Springfield, Missouri, and the author of Success Is a Given (ICARE Publishing, $15, On the other hand, maybe there is an option that will allow you to tell the truth but that will still provide your desired outcome.
  • Pair it with the positive. Look for the bright, true spot buried within the lie. Saying to your mother, “Your ideas are always appreciated―I called that tutor you recommended last week!―but this time I just don’t agree,” makes the truth easier to swallow for both of you.

4. Lying to Get One’s Way

What it sounds like: “I won’t be at work today. I caught that bug that’s going around.” “Officer, my speedometer must be broken.”

Why people do it: For personal gain. But when a lie like this is uncovered, the recipient is unlikely to be charitable. And the more hurtful the lie is to the person on the receiving end, the less it’s likely to be forgiven. “When getting what a person wants drives his every word and action, he will not earn people’s trust or love,” says Weiner.

How you can avoid it:
  • Stop justifying. Maybe you think you deserved that day off. Or you figured it was late and there was no one on the road when you were speeding. While both rationalizations may be true, “that doesn’t make the lie any more acceptable in the end,” says Smith. If you have to convince yourself the lie is OK, chances are it’s not.
  • Think of the alternative. Consider if honesty could still bring about a positive result. Example: “I know I don’t have any vacation left, but I’d be willing to come in Saturday or stay late every day next week if I could have Friday off.” Or admit to the police officer that you lost your concentration going down the hill and apologize. That may result in a warning instead of a ticket. You never really know until you try.

5. Lying to Be Nice

What it sounds like: “That dress looks fantastic on you.” “This is the best meat loaf I’ve ever tasted.”

Why people do it: In some cases, the little white lie is altruistic, says Smith, but when used excessively, it can make interactions with people less authentic. At its worst, others may feel that a person isn’t being genuine or trustworthy.

How you can avoid it:
  • Walk in the other person’s shoes. People often underestimate the information that others can tolerate and even benefit from, particularly when the words are said out of friendship, says Weiner. For example, you would generally want someone to mention it if you had a piece of spinach stuck in your teeth, if your blouse had a stain, or if your pot roast could use a pinch of salt.
  • Tone it down. If you feel that a certain amount of truth stretching is a vital social lubricant, the best thing to do is to avoid gushing. “That’s a great color on you” is a lot more plausible than “That’s the most stunning sweater I have ever seen in my entire life.”
  • Track it. Keeping a tally of the tales you tell for a day or a week can help you distinguish between the instances where being truthful matters and where it doesn’t. Maybe you didn’t need to tell the supermarket checkout gal that you loved her (hideous) earrings. But it made you feel better to say it, plus you got a pleasant reaction from her. Most experts say there’s no huge harm in that.

6. Lying to Make Oneself Feel Better

What it sounds like: “Eating my kids’ French fries doesn’t count.” “I’ll charge this stuff now because I’m going to pay off the credit-card bill as soon as I get my bonus.” “I never watch television.”

Why people do it: To reassure themselves. But when people start to believe their self-deceptions, it can snowball, which is especially dangerous. A clean-your-plate habit can lead to an extra 10 pounds. One shopping spree can trigger can’t-pay-the-mortgage debt. And while denying hours spent in front of the TV isn’t a crime, it might cause a person to wonder where all her time is going―or get busted humming the Law & Order theme song.

How you can avoid it:
  • Plan honesty ahead. Because self-deception can become almost automatic, “stopping isn’t simply a matter of just saying in the moment, ‘Hey, should I lie to myself right now?’” says Smith. Instead, pledging to face reality in the situations where you’re most likely to deceive yourself is a smarter tactic.
  • Keep your goals in sight. Whatever you want to accomplish, from sticking to a healthy diet to keeping your bank account in the black to cutting down on those television marathons, lying about what’s really going on puts you one step farther from that objective. Instead, it’s a good idea to visualize, in full detail, what it will look, feel, sound, smell, or taste like when you attain your goal. “Painting a detailed picture in your mind will help you maintain your motivation, even in the face of temptation to sabotage yourself with deception,” says Weiner.
  • Help others be accountable. When people who tend to deceive themselves spend too much time with frequent fibbers or even others who tolerate that type of mendacity, their destructive habits won’t be challenged or corrected. In the most serious situations, where lying is causing someone serious damage, it helps to be a particularly truth-conscious friend and lend support as well as a gentle, watchful eye.