Merry Christmas

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To all my beloved friends,

Christmas is upon us and this season, this year, this moment is the perfect time to remember wonderful Christmases of the past and reflect on how we want to make this Christmas just as joyful.

I hope and pray that your holidays will be filled with thousands of little joyful happenings that bring you peace, comfort and happiness.

With all my love,
Tita Beng aka Tita Poorshya

The Gala(an) and Who's Who Night in Freiburg

Life has been busy lately, but things are starting to settle down – just in time for me to attend the Charity Gala last Friday, October 31, in Freiburg (organized by my kumare and best friend Jojo). But long before the said Gala, I was sure I could not attend dahil nga busy kami sa clinic and the event was scheduled on a working day. And besides, Freiburg is 735.75 kilometers away from our place. Kahit gustuhin ko man hindi pa rin ako makating on time dahil almost seven hours ang biyahe by car. Last Tuesday, October 28, nagtaka kaming mag-asawa kong bakit walang pasiyenteng naka schedule for Friday. We asked our med. secretary why and she told us that its a holiday, the Reformation Day to be exact. It is the day on which in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, criticizing certain aspects of the Catholic Church and thus starting the Reformation in Germany.

Well anyways, natuloy din ako sa madaling salita. Hubby made it possible for me to travel but not by car but by plane. I flew from Schönefeld, Berlin to Basel, Switzerland and arrived on time in Freiburg for the Gala. There I met several familiar faces from good old days and people whom I did not expect na makakadalo doon like Mr. Andy Pador, the President of Bicol Varsitarian in Cologne. As usual, nadoon yong beso-beso at picture taking. Para baga kaming true celebrities (ngehehehe). But the real celebrity that evening was Archie or known as Matt Ranillo III with his lovely wife Linda Tupaz. He was invited to co-host the beauty contest show with Joyce. Joyce was a former fashion model in the Philippines and now an Ambassador’s wife. The Gala was successful and well attended.

It is a very long story mga kapatid kaya hindi ko nalang isulat ang mga detalye dito. I decided to let pictures speak for themselves this time, so that you can get your own impression.

With my compadre Reverend Luis, the President of Works of Mercy Association in Offenburg.

A stage pose with some of the beauty contestants.

An awardee? Nope hindi akin yan kundi sa kaibigan kong si Tessie (hehehe).

Ayan na sila…

With Linda Tupaz this time.

Past midnight na kaya some are getting ready for the Halloween.

This was taken the next day as we went to Baden-Baden

Fashionable Full Figure Clothing

Luckily, the days of shopping for Plus Size Clothing and having a hard time finding stylish outfits are through. With the great demand for trendy plus size clothing there also comes a much wider choice in designs for full figure women.

Plus size women want to feel good about the way they look by wearing the clothes that are able to play down their imperfections while showing off their assets. Today, half of the population around the globe are size 14 and over and the demand for plus size clothing can no longer be ignored. This awakening of the fashion industry about the plus size clothing sector benefited not only the consumers but retailers as well.

Gone are the days of the dull, clothes or Plus Size Swimsuit with no style. As that is the case, realizing that each one of us has our own likes, dislikes, shapes, sizes. At Bodacious Boutique, they try to provide a wide variety of options, styles, sizes and colors. They are specialize in moderate to better brand name like Vikki Vi. And by the way, if you are unhappy with your purchase in any way, you may return your item (within 20 days of purchase), Bodacious Boutique will refund your money and enjoy their free return shipping option.

The Opposite Of What We Are Or What We Have

Generally, lahat nang tao sa whole universe (lalong-lalo na babae) ay gustong-gusto makamit ang opposite nang kanilang let say APPEARANCE. Okay, let me give you an example: SKIN TONE

In Germany:
Noong nagtrabaho pa ako, during summertime kapag lunch break namin. My office mates and I always spend the rest of our time outside the building. Madalas akong nakaupong mag-isa sa isang bench na nasa ilalim nang kahoy. Habang ang mga kaopisina ko naman ay nakaupo lantad sa araw. Kinantiyawan pa ako nang mga ito bakit daw ako nagtatago. Aba eh, wala akong balak na maging nognog ano? Imagine, kong ang balat ko ay kulay uling, ngipin ko nalang ang makikita sa akin sa gabi. Di vah?

During wintertime, madalas na hindi lumalabas ang araw (nakakadepress at nakakaputla) kaya karamihan ng mga Aleman and other Europeans ay pumupunta sa tanning studio. Talaga naman pong ang kinalalabasan ay mas brown pa ang mga hinampak sa akin. Take note may mga tao doong sumobra ang gamit nang tanning bed (addicted na), kaya nasira ang balat nila. Nagkaroon tuloy sila nang balat elepante, gone is the balat porselana. Most people using tanning booths or tanning beds are not aware that it can lead to skin cancer and premature aging of skin.

In the Philippines:
People here admires white flawless skin. Kaya dito, may sangkaterbang produkto na pampaputi ang tinitinda. You can see/buy them in the malls and pharmacies. May mga sabon na pampaputi, lotions like Block & White, facial creams at take note may tabletas pa noh? Nung dumating kami dito last March, I was so mestiza looking talaga (ubo ubo). Hoy huwag niyo akong taasan nang kilay at ako’y hindi pa tapos magrelate. Mestiza looking lang ako pagdating sa skin tone. Flawless as in talaga at umaamag pa kamo sa dilim (ngehehe). Pero matapos akong mag scuba diving nang ilang beses (kinarir ko na talaga ito), wild water rafting (exposed sa araw whole day) at magdrayb-drayb sa malalayong lugar. Guess what happened to my snow white skin (kuno)? Dark brown na po! Hindi na ito umaamag sa dilim (aside from my teeth and my bum). ‘tsaka alam niyo bang kapag lumalabas ako nang bahay sa gabi, kinakahol na ako nang mga aso nang kapitbahay namin dahil akala nila isa akong maligno. Teka, maitim nga ba ang maligno? Anyways, basta’t hindi na nila ako nakikilala.

I was so frustrated na talaga ano dahil pati aso eh gusto white skin lang. So what your lola did is pumunta nang mall and bought the complete Belo Essentials face and body whitening products, kasi whiter skin in seven days daw eh. So ayon, kuskos dito kuskos doon ako at pahid dito pahid doon naman. Aba eh, two weeks na ang nakalipas…wala pa rin akong epektong nakikita noh? My mother scolded me dahil reklamo daw ako nang reklamo samantalang paano naman daw ako puputi kong halos sa dagat na daw ako tumitira. Ayon, tama nga naman siya. When I look at myself, parang may tumutubong kaliskis na nga sa legs ko…I’m almost a mermaid na sa kakasisid sa dagat. Kailangan ko na lang magpahaba nang buhok para mas bagay. Di vah? Ay teka, napalayo na pala ako sa topic. Okay, balik tayo sa pampaputi. Yong ginawa ko ay subok lang naman ano? I can not keep a fairer skin if lagi akong naarawan. Kaya hindi na ulit ako bibili nito. I promise to do my best and to love God and my country and to obey the girl scout laws.

The Opposite Of What We Are Or What We Have

  • Ang mga puti ay gustong magkaroon nang darker skin.
  • Ang may dark skin (na katulad ko) ay gustong pumuti.
  • Ang mga kulot ay nagpaparebond (kagaya ni Kathleen).
  • Yong mga straight naman ang buhok ay nagpapakulot.

Hay ang labo! Bakit nga kaya ano?

What Are You Shopping For?

Doesn’t online shopping sound rather serene this season, given gas prices and the feel-good knowledge that fewer mall trips can help the environment? What’s more, online shopping alleviates holiday shopping rage – no fights for a parking space, no traffic and no lines.

When shopping online, we all want perks to save some money right? To date, there are hundreds of online stores offering discounted products to shoppers. But shopping online isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can be confusing to tell if the product like for example lingerie is qualitatively good.

Tell you what? I found Shopping.com UK, their specific task is to help consumers anywhere use the power of information to find, compare and buy anything! Searches a range of goods from computers, garden products, furniture, lingerie through jewelery to clothing. And the most important part is, each item includes product reviews.

Social Climbing Logo Contest by Reyna Elena

Haay naku kong hindi lang ako busy sa kakaimpake eh di ako sana ang panalo sa pakontest na ito. Aray! Ang sakit naman ng mga inisiip niyo. Pero hoy fwede bang pagbigyan niyo muna akong pumapel ng ilang sandali lang?

Pasakalye muna: I was not able to join Reyna Elena’s “Social Climbing Logo Contest” dahil wala akong time. But today I decided to create a button, oo button at hindi logo na pwedeng i-market sa kong saan mang market :). Reynz, 40% ng binta ay akinnn.

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Balik tayo sa pakontest, kong hindi ako personal na nilapitan nang mga participants para ibuto sila…hindi ko sana malalaman kong paano ibigay ang votes. Talaga naman kasing hilo ako sa kakaikot ngayon kaya nilalangaw itong site ko at hindi rin nakapagbloghop. Hehehe, noong simula, akala ko parang poll system lang, yon fala eh kailangan kong sumulat ng siete palabras tungkol sa contest na ito. I’m looking forward sa pasuhol na nabasa ko sa iba’t-ibang blog na matatanggap mula sa may pakana ng contest. Ang hirap pa naman magcast ng vote dahil halos puro malapit sa puso ang participants. But guys…please walang samaan ng loob ha? No favoritism ito.

Numner 1: Chuvaness, ito ang napili kong mas babagay sa motto na social climbing.
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Number 2: is from ItotJoni
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Number 3: ay mula kay Ka Ambo, talagang logo ang dating kaya lang medyo may kulang. Ambo where is the socialite epek?
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Number 4: From Miss Chuvaness again.
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Number 5: is from KotsengKuba – it’s nice kaya lang mala fairy tales ang dating.
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Haay salamat naman sa Lord at natapos ko rin ito. Yong mga hindi pa bumuto…gawin niyo na bago kayo mahuhuli sa habulan :).

The Convenience Of Online Shopping

With the gas prices going higher faster than we can blink our eyes, online shipping has become an attractive alternative than going to our favorite stores in person. When shopping online, we all want perks to save some money right? Different stores has been offering free shipping as an extra incentive for shoppers to buy from them online. Get free shipping codes from stores like Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, HomeDepot, Kohls, Macys, Target,Old Navy to name a few. It would be great to go to a portal site just for free shipping codes. You don’t have to look any further because freeshipping.org has come up with a list of the stores who are offering free shipping conveniently just a click away. Coupons do expire so they keep the list updated to make it convenient and efficient for shoppers like you and me.

I like the clean, neat and well organized design of their website. It’s easy to find the stores I want to shop from. Some stores even offer free shipping both ways to make returns and exchanges hassle free. If you are not given the free shipping page automatically it means you have to use the codes at check out. The challenge is to remember to input them when you are about to confirm your order.

Winter Is Here Again

The winter season is here again and you may not believe me but winter has always been my favorite time of year. Not only because it is close to Christmas but because it is the season with the most variety of clothes to wear. Sure that’s shallow, but summer is much more simplistic in its fashion with a selection of tank tops, shirts, shorts and sandals. On winter, however…you have your pants, jeans, long skirts, boots, weather resistant shoes, sweaters, turtlenecks, long-sleeve shirts, blouses, cardigans, heavy coats, leather jackets. The selection is endless and I haven’t even mentioned the accessories.

The hardest thing about winter is how to stay comfortable in different environments, basically being outside dealing with the weather or inside adjusting to a heated room. The best combination I’ve always used for wintertime is a knitwear or a sweater and a heavy coat, the one you saw on my previous entry. This outfit can deal with any situation. Just because winter is upon us doesn’t mean it is time to pass the winter in a dormant or torpid state. So how about you guys is your wardrobe winter ready? It is time to check out or take out your winter clothings from the box now and have at least some of it available. It only takes a few items to update your look, so keep cool. Get out all your winter clothes from where you hide them and mix up those what you have and get creative!

No idea yet? Okay, here are some essential items that will keep you warm and of course looking fashionable through the colder months. Jumper – is one of the must have item for the season. Sweater – is good at everything it sets out to be, with great wind insulation and warmth. Jacket – is perfect for the days where coat is too much. Knitwear – is always big in winter too, and there are plenty of styles to suit. And oh, please don’t forget that a good pair of denim jeans will suit any season.