27 April, 2010


No relationship is perfect, but there are simple ways to keep the peace. Bounce back after a bad fight with these tips.

Time apart gives you a chance to step back and gain insight about what's wrong between you. If he expressed a need of space, give him what he wants instead of arguing with him. The realizations both of you make while apart will help your relationship. 

Even if your partner is very upset, the key to get him to be able to hear you is to give him plenty of acknowledgement, appreciation and acceptance. Be patient and resist the urge to blame or judge when the lines of communication between you and your guy start getting muddled.

Encourage him to share his sentiments by empathizing with him. Whenever your partner says something important to you, you should state in your own words what you think your partner just said. Doing so will give him the feeling that his words did not fall on deaf ears.

24 April, 2010


Being the center of attention is easy when you've got these look-at-me accessories..

Skull Danglers

Leather and Gold-plated Stud Cuff
-- don't be afraid to sport more than one cuff at a time. Also, try combining it with one arm in contrasting materials and sizes, like metal bangles or dainty bracelets

Pyramid and Stud Earring
-- maximize the face-slimming effect by wearing your hair in an updo

Beaded Neckpiece


Metal and Gem Brooch

Extended Ring

Three-Layer Ring

Chain-Fringed Pin
-- create your own trendy top by accessorizing the shoulders of a plain tee with an embellished pin

"images copied from various websites"

02 April, 2010

Holy Week in the Philippines

Lenten celebration in the Philippines is a conglomeration of quaint Christian and paganistic practices that are found nowhere else in the world. Some are breathtaking and exciting as they are charming and so distinctively Filipino that they are a source of wonderment for any tourist.

It's a family affair with the cooperation of relatives and neighbors. Others do these twenty four hours daily within the seven days of singing and reading of the Passion and Death taken from the verses of the Bible. Foods and drinks are being served to the singers.

Cast of characters who reenact the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Almost every Baranggay hold one.

They scourge themselves in a somewhat paganistic manner considered medieval by many. This is done by stripping themselves naked from the waist up, walking barefooted under a midday sun and flagging themselves bloody with ropes and broken pieces of glass attached with strings to bamboo sticks. They do this as a means of atonement of their sins. It is a sort of retribution of their offenses and human weaknesses for past favor such as after going through some crisis or danger in their lives. This is commonly practiced in the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, Rizal and practically all over the Tagalog region. Below are some photos I personally took just this morning.

more photos, click here


In Manila it is a practice of Catholic believers to visit, if possible, 14 churches within Metro Manila representing the fourteen stations of the cross. This year, my family and I were able to visit 7 churches only. Since, I have my two kids with me, I just decided to recite 2 stations in each church.
(1) at Sta. Clara Parish Church     (2) at St. John Bosco     (3) at St. Paul Parish


All radio stations throughout the nation are being sponsored by religious groups to air the reading of the "Siete Palabras" (Seven Last Words). There are series of speakers depicting the life of Jesus Christ and of course in different versions but the same meaning. Aglipayans, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics do this simultaneously.


In Sipalay, Negros Occidental, it is a day for Herbolarios searching for anting-anting in unexplored caves on Good Friday.