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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Relaxation is a Skill

Nowadays, people are more educated about stress management.  We see the value of relaxation. We are more open to spending on worthwhile treatments like the spa, chiropractic, reflexology and such. But these things cost money. I believe that relaxation is a "skill." It is a mental habit. It is the ability to detach our worries and concerns and give ourselves a break every now and then.

There are many ways of unwinding and relaxing that does not require a lot of spending. Watching a movie is one of those. Whether it is a movie, sports, hobby channel... I have found watching very relaxing.My husband Doods is fond of watching sports... any kind of sports. Basketball is his favorite -he plays well too- next is football, then there's baseball, tennis and what have you. Other than sports, he is also a fan of the Food Network. Myself, am fond of HGTV. Am easily entertained by those interior decorating channels and those craft shows. Discovery and History channel are our common faves. It really pays to have Direct Satellite TV! It's one of the most economical way to relax. With Direct TV's $29 a month, it's but  $1 a day of pure unadulterated pleasure.

With Direct TV Satellite, you have options. You get to chose what package is best suited with your lifestyle. You get to prioritize which one of these features count. High Definition TV, Digital Video Recorder (DVR) premium movie channels, local and international channels or best of all, just include everything.

Remember, relaxation is a skill, and one that is worth mastering. It does not have to be costly! 

Your Car In Tiptop Shape

Is your car in tiptop shape?

It is a long commute for me to school on a daily basis. One of the main concerns regarding a long commute is a car that is properly tuned up. It is important to make that periodic visit to the car repair shop for maintenance. If the ignition system and the fuel system are serviced correctly, then a car is properly tuned up.

Make sure that the car starts easily, does not lack power, and is not getting poor mileage. Oil change will lubricate the engine properly and the a new oil filter will prevent harmful deposits from the engine, thus making the car run smoother. Oil and filter change means draining the old motor oil and replacing it with new motor oil. If you are keen on doing this, it will save you from forking out large sums of money to your auto shop later on.

My friend who drives an  Acura Integra makes it a point to have her car checked regularly (tune up, change oil). She depends on Repair Pal in finding reviewed Houston auto repair. Instead of the time consuming calls made on each auto shop, Repair Pal will provide information on how much in a particular city a car owner will shell out for parts and service done. Amazing how one site saves her time and provide her with the best service available. So, is your car in tiptop shape?









Friday, November 20, 2009

Halong Bay, Vietnam

It is Fun Friday once again at our blogging group, Blogging for Fun. We are doing an A-Z meme. This week we are working on letter H.

H is for Halong Bay in Vietnam

Doods and I visited Vietnam last July 2009. One of the highlights of the trip was a cruise in Halong Bay. The cruise was reasonably priced at only $40. per head including lunch (cool huh). There was a three-hour drive to get to the port, so our tour guide picked us up real early at 8AM (yikes!)  The $40-cruise includes a lot of fun activities. There's kayaking, lunch with fresh catch-of-the-day seafood, then we stopped by to explore one of the biggest caves in the island.

Halong Bay is made up of 1,967 islands of different sizes. There are two types of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated on two main zones: The southeast (Bai Tu Long Bay) and the southwest (Halong Bay).

Halong Bay is world famous for it's spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves. The central zone of Halong Bay has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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This photo was taken from our ferry.



Love the breeze!






Grateful for an overcast  because it was warm that day.



























Beautiful caves


That guy in the center is our tour guide, Tram. 















Home Security System

Doods and I left for Arizona last Friday, we plan to stay until this coming Saturday. We (being teachers) both have a week-long break from work and have decided to visit my sister and her family here in Arizona. It would be their first Thanksgiving here in America and my husband and I are excited to celebrate it with them.

There are many things to look into whenever we leave our house for over a week. One of our major concerns is our home security. Whether we like it or not, crime is part of every society. Home break-in is one type of crime that thieves are fond of (less exposure) Face it, most of these thieves are more concerned about stealing than hurting anybody, so instead of accosting people on the street, they would rather burglarize an empty house. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent such crime. Doods and I have ADT home security in our house. It is always wise to have a home security systems set up in your homes. Whenever we're out of the house or simply asleep in our bedrooms, nothing can beat having the peace of mind that if somebody were to break in, we will be alerted.

Home security is an important part in owning a home. A lot of our friends and neighbors are installing ADT home security in their homes. Choosing a home security system does not have to be complicated. We did not have to spend an arm and leg to have one that is high quality and reliable. Click here to find out if there is an ADT home security system in your state.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Downtown Houston

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One afternoon on our drive home, the sky looked so beautiful with a splash of feathery clouds. It beckoned to be photographed. As our car slowed down due to slow-moving traffic, I snapped!

My last week's entry, Gazing Out, was featured at Monochrome Weekly, hosted by Aileni. 

Thank you so much, Aileni. It is such an honor!






Friday, November 13, 2009

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

It is Fun Friday once again at our blogging group, Blogging for Fun. We are doing an A-Z meme. This week we are working on letter G.


G is for Garden of the Gods @ Colorado Springs, Colorado



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Can you find Doods?


Follow the leader






































Cavemen on the loose























Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gazing Out

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I had to undergo two major surgeries in an interval of three months. There were discomforts but, ooh, the months of blessed rest (while recuperating) was a huge change having been employed for almost two decades . There were days when I would just sit in my favorite couch and stare out the window. Bliss!

This photo was taken during one of those mornings while I sip hot chocolate, gaze out of the window and eagerly anticipate the beautiful sunrise.


For more magnificent monochromes, check out Monochrome Weekly hosted by Aileni.









Beautiful Blue @ Today's Flowers

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I saw these beautiful blues at the park. They were inviting! They beckoned for me to walk over and say hello to them, and I did. When I came closer, I was mesmerized by their dainty color.



The world laugh in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



My beautiful blue is featured today at Today's Flowers, Please feel free to check it out! Thanks!


I am grateful for the hosts of Today's Flowers for taking time to run this wonderful site. Thank you Luiz, Denise, Laerte, Valkyrien.


To see more wonderful blooms, click on the badge below.








Friday, November 6, 2009

Florida Fun

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It's Fun Friday once again @ our blogging group, Blogging for Fun. We are doing an A-Z meme. This week we are working on letter F.

F is for Florida Fun!

One spring break, Doods and I, together with some friends explored some cities in Florida. Fun, fun, fun!


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I have always wanted to see the Disney castle! Yay!


The child in us cannot resist exploring Mini's house.


One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. ~George Santayana
Yeap, we were this crazy! Hahaha! My five-year old students would always have a blast whenever I show them this photo of the teachers trying on costumes and...er...wig! Teehee.









Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book


Destin Beach, Florida



At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston

Our former co-teacher, Ellen (second to the last) housed us for a week.
"We had so much fun, Ellen, Thank you so much!"
Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle








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