Today, I receive all God’s love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s Universe. Today, I open myself to your Blessings, healing and miracles.Today, I open myself to God’s Word so that I become more like Jesus Everyday. Today, I proclaim that I’m God’s Beloved, I’m God’s Servant, I’m God’s powerful champion, And because I am blessed, I will bless the world, In Jesus Name, Amen.

RUPTURED BRAIN ANEURYSM: Living with a Broken Brain

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HONG KONG:Lucky Number Eight in IKEA Shatin


HONG KONG: Lucky Number Eight in IKEA Shatin



The above "forced perspective" picture was taken by accident.


I was then about to take the picture of my younger sister and while motioning her to move a little to her left to block the view of the yellow wet floor signage at the back, an idea struck me.

I ignored the yellow wet floor sign and took the shot.

Voila! It is as if the number 8 was on top of her head. 



In Chinese tradition, the number eight (8) is one of the numbers believed to be auspicious (吉利) or lucky. In fact, it is treated as the luckiest of of all lucky numbers This is because "bā" (八), the word for "eight" in Mandarin Chinese sounds similar to the Mandarin Chinese word "fā" (发), which means "prosper" or "wealth." In Cantonese, "baat" (eight) sounds similar to "faat" (fortune).

Another reason why the number eight is considered lucky is that the figure "eight" has a perfect symmetrical shape, which is equivalent to perfect balance, one that is considered ideal in Chinese Astrology.

IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer known for its well-designed, inexpensive, and functional furniture for the home, must have these in mind when it placed an ornamental plant shaped into a figure "eight" outside its store in Shatin, Hong Kong.

This particular store of IKEA in Shatin is where we dropped by right after we climbed up to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery nearby.

IKEA was founded in 1943 by 17 year-old Ingvar Kamprad. As a young entrepreneur in south Sweden, Kamprad soon turned his business into a mail order operation selling a variety of household products, particularly furniture. The first IKEA showroom/store opened in 1953 in Sweden.

The name IKEA comes from the initials of its founder (IK) plus the first letters of Elmtaryd (E), the farm in Southern Sweden where he grew up, and Agunnarvd (A), the nearby village.

The IKEA logo's colors are blue and yellow which are the same colors of the Swedish flag.

Swedish flag.


Before IKEA was known to be seller of home furnishings, it originally sells pens, wallets, picture frames, table runners, watches, jewellery and nylon stockings, meeting needs with products at reduced prices.

Kamprad's innovative strategy was to design functional furniture that was easy and inexpensive to build, receive it disassembled at stores, and display it on the show room floor with detailed explanation tickets, making salesperson assistance unnecessary. Employees were available for questions but the customers could choose, order, pick up, transport, and assemble their own selections. Cost savings earned by IKEA were passed through to customers in lower prices (estimated cost savings are 20-50%, compared with the competition). His stores soon became home furnishing centers, also offering restaurant facilities and play areas for children. The strategy continues to drive IKEA operations.

From the start, Kamprad's desire to integrate social value into business practice has strongly influenced the IKEA vision. In December 1976, Kamprad wrote, "What is good for our customers is also good for us in the long run." This objective of responsibility drives the company vision to create a better everyday life for the majority of people. The vision is realized by offering a wide range of functional and well-designed home furnishing items, at prices so low that the majority of people can afford to buy them.

Ikea will open its Philippine store soon! Abangan!


TAGAYTAY: Puzzle Mansion Bed And Breakfast Staycation


TAGAYTAY: Puzzle Mansion Bed And Breakfast Staycation




My friends and I spent one (1) night and two (2) days stay at the Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Tagaytay City.


Upon the invitation of Tita Gina Lacuna, we troop to Tagaytay for a much needed rest and relaxation sojourn.



My Kababayan from Bicol Noks loves to lie on his back even on this hard cement floor. Ha ha ha! Okay, okay, he wanted to pose ala modelo. So. pagbigyan! Ayan, I hope you achieved that model pose you've always wanted. We actually left him behind because he waited for his best friend to come and fetch him.  Ha ha ha!
  


I think Noks has a valid reason for laying on his back on that hard cement floor. According to studies, sleeping on a hard surface can be very beneficial for your back and spine because the floor does not sink like a mattress.




Missing these guys! I hope to have another out of town vacation with all of them real soon! Oh, we missed you Kuya Ted sa pictures natin! Waaa! 



With Blaire Villanueva (leftmost standing actually kicking Noks,lol) , Noks lying down, Anton aka Pusang Kalye and I aka travelonshoestring.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

I Love BORACAY


I Love BORACAY 


Boracay island is the most visited tourist destination in the Philippines all year round. It has a pristine white sand which is soft to the touch.

Since this is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines, you need to take a plane from Manila .  You could either opt to land in Kalibo, Aklan and take a shuttle to Caticlan plus a short boat ride or take a smaller plane which will land in Caticlan plus a short boat ride to the island.


If you hate the crowd you could opt to stay in station one (1) where there's less tourist because of the hotel prices in the area. Don't worry,  I know you want everything on a shoestring that's why I'll point you to the place in station one where you don't have to pay an arm and a leg. Ha ha ha!

Just read my blog about that budget inn here

Boracay Island and its beaches have received various awards from different travel publications and agencies.

Enjoy and be safe!





Thursday, September 8, 2016

12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub


12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub


If you find yourself in Makati, you can venture at Century mall and try the various offerings of 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub. Located at the 5th floor of Century City Mall. To reach it, you take an elevator to the 4th floor and then enter a separate elevator to arrive at the 5th floor.

The orange chicken at 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub is very delicious according to my friend.  You have to take my friend's word for it because I never tried this dish yet.


I was able to try the burger and fries and it is superb. Kudos to the chef for this particular meal!

This is what I ordered, carbonara. And I shared this with Kuya Rey.  I am a bit disappointed. I think there is more room for improvement to this dish.  The chef at 12 Monkey's should improve this particular dish. Make it more creamy and put more cheese please.

My seatmate got this for herself, a seafood spaghetti, She said it is delicious. 

At least, you and I now know what to order the next time we find ourselves at 12 Monkeys.

Enjoy!


The waiters shared that the live music performers at 12 Monleys are musical icons in the Philippine music scene like Side A, The Dawn, Razorback, Wolfgang, Parokya ni Edgar etc.


Disclaimer: This is not a paid review or a food review. 


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