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It’s been a long day and it still hasn’t ended. I started out the day picking up where I left off from yesterday’s laundry. Then in between loading the wash, hanging the clothes and taking down the ones that were dry (wash and fold, dearie –  yup, no need for a steam cleaner for pajamas and house clothes, I can live with the wrinkles), cooking lunch and attempting to homeschool, I check my email and other online stuff. I feel like the energizer bunny on overdrive! What’s more… it’s past midnight and I’m still not done! I have online stuff to finish and a webinar till 4 am. I need a block of CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!! aaaargh!

Yes, I do have a hangover but I think it’s not a bad one. I’ve been looking around for some outdoor furniture and I decided to google around for some eco-friendly designs. I’m more of the modern, clean, minimalist type. I found this one online and I like the clean, simple look of this teak bench. I love how they preserved the natural grain of the wood on the planks. It still looks like one piece with slats in between. Just gorgeous! I just noted that they said it was eco-friendly so that’s a good thing.  Ok, into my inspiration folder it goes!

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!

One of the consequences of the heavy flooding that what we’ve experienced lately is the high probability of contamination of our water supply. Homes that have been totally submerged in flood waters means that water from bathrooms, toilets and sewage systems have become part of the flood waters and might have contaminated our drinking water making it unsafe for human consumption.  So what do we do? Here are some tips that you can do to disinfect drinking water (courtesy of the US Environmental Protection Agency):


  1. Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
  2. If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers. You can also purchase water filters or make one yourself using a clean sock stuffed with charcoal and tie it with an elastic to filter water from your faucet.
  3. If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
  4. If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or provincial health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Things to remember:

  1. Filter murky or colored water through clean cloths or allow it to settle. It is better to both settle and filter.
  2. Boiling is the surest method to make water safe to drink and kill disease-causing microorganisms like Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium, which are frequently found in rivers and lakes.
  3. To improve the flat taste of boiled water, aerate it by pouring it back and forth from one container to another and allow it to stand for a few hours, or add a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of water boiled.
  4. When boiling is not practical, certain chemicals will kill most harmful or disease-causing organisms. Chlorine (in the form of unscented bleach) and iodine are the two chemicals commonly used to treat water.
  5. You can use a non-scented, household chlorine bleach that contains a chlorine compound to disinfect water. (Remember, 1/8 teaspoon and 8 drops are about the same quantity.)
  6. You can use tincture of iodine to disinfect filtered and settled water. Common household iodine from the medicine chest or first aid kit may be used to disinfect water.
  7. Tincture of iodine. For cloudy water add ten drops and let the solution stand for at least 30 minutes.

With another storm approaching our country, I hope you can use this information to be better prepared in case another flooding happens. Stay safe, folks!

I missed watching UZ last night. Tsk, tsk… I completely forgot. I like watching that show because I learn a lot about home designing and I get to see a lot of very talented Pinoy architects and designers. One particular episode that I’d like to see again was the one featuring an eco-friendly house somewhere in Antipolo. I’m not quite sure about the details of the show and I even forgot who the lady architect was but of course I remembered the house. It was a modern house, clean, minimalist, maximum use of natural light (although I think there was a lighting fixture there that was interesting…), well placed ventilation systems…very well thought of. Pinag-isipan, in short. Everything in its place and a place for everything. Even the back of the refrigerator was put to good use by placing a closet behind it to dry umbrellas etc. – captured energy indeed. I’m still a long way from my ideal home but it’s nice to see that it already exists here in the Philippines.

Our lifestyle is ever evolving. As a family, we are transitioning into a more fast-paced routine because dh and I have taken on new things while we increase the extra-curricular activities of our kids. Ever since they started ballet class (yes, both my kids-boy and girl) and dh started teaching in De Lasalle and College of St. Benilde this term our schedules have become so volatile. We’ve had to work around time constraints and travel time considerations just to fit all these. It’s a good thing that we are a homeschooling family so we can take our “school on the go” anytime, anywhere. I’m not quite there yet but I think we will be needing a laptop or probably a netbook especially for the kids so that it’s a bit more convenient for all of us (especially mom and dad who have to lug around those books once the little hands get tired). In fact I checked out this Sony Vaio laptop at Buy.com to see if the specs will fit our needs. Hopefully, when the budget permits we will be able to have all the resources we need to support this lifestyle.

Sony VAIO NS290J/W Notebook

Just a few more days till Christmas and a few more days after Christmas will be the New Year. What do you do to prepare for the New Year? Are you one of those who make lists of things that need to be done before the year ends. I’m sorta like that. As much as I can help it, I want everything in place, finished and done before I start something new. Of course, there are factors that somehow do not allow me to  do it my OC way. If I had my OC way, the credit card bills, the auto insurance, the utilities and rental would all be paid one year in advance. hahaha There would be no backlog on my kids’ homeschool work and when the clock strikes midnight of December 31, not a single object would be out of place.

Well of course, this is my ideal utopian world but IRL, the toys and books would be somehow, somewhere hidden between the sheets or inside the pillowcases. The chores and the to-do lists are always a day away. The action items inert. LOL But at the end of the day, even if my year end wrap ups always end up undone, I think that the little arms that wrap around me consoling me and telling me that they’ll do better next time is enough reason to just go with the flow and live life one day at a time. How about you? How do you end your year?

Every year, well almost every year really, we try to go home and spend Christmas with the grandparents. My kids look forward to this annual trip because it’s a time to take a break from the school and work related things we do and replace it with the parties, get-togethers and reunions and all the jam-packed activities already scheduled in advance. Not much difference huh except that doing the latter “expands your horizon” or better yet “expands you horizontally” in so many ways. LOL  It’s a break from washing dishes, doing the laundry, clearing up the dining table and all the mundane household chores that we do as a family because we don’t have househelp. Don’t we all need that? I do – BIGTIME!

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few pics from our trip last year. The kids love that the whole place is decorated. I don’t do any decorations in our house anymore because we’re away for the most part of the holidays. It makes for fun pics as well without the cleanup. hahaha These are SOOC so no post processing – (had no time to open up the editing software – tamad!) Here they are:

the foyer: Welcome, come on in!

Welcome! (this is the foyer)

in my MIL’s garden there are pointsettias year round

and here’s a glimpse of the hallway where the Christmas tree was last year

So that’s it for now – will be back in a bit to finish up my bloggie duties and then maybe I can start packing.

Magtanim ay di biro

Maghapong nakayuko

Di naman makatayo

Di naman makaupo

Lalo na kung gubat

Ang gusto mong itanim 😛

Ito ay isa sa mahigit 10,000 punla na naitanim namin nung kami ay mag-tree planting nung nakaraan. 9,999 ang di ko nakunan 😀

Makigulo at makisali sa mga blogistang litratista sa LP. Baka umabot tayo sa mahigit 10,000 din di ba? Klik mo na ang kamera sa ibaba – dali!


… and it’s not from blogging. LOL  It’s because of our ratty, 8-year old mattress. I’ve been bugging hubby for the last two years that I wanted to throw away that mattress forever because I always wake up in the morning feeling more tired than rested. My lower back is always painful and my shoulder blades feel sore in the morning. I feel like an old lady!  We actually did an experiment a couple of days ago to prove my point. After waking up achy all over the other day, I told him that I was going to sleep in my dad’s bed to see if it was actually the foam mattress that was the problem or it was just me. So I did. Guess what, I woke up rested and not grumpy at all. I am so convinced that if we do buy a new bed  and a luxurious mattress (someday?) I’m going to invest on a really good one, the kind that you find in fancy hotels with the Egyptian cotton sheets and those whatever-pedic kind of pillows that cradle your head so that your spine is aligned or something.  That would be totally dreamy…. (sigh).