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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jason's Memorial Garden

Jason Pope has been missing for over 10 years, he was kidnapped in Angola, Africa. Hubby knows him, and they got to work in Angola same time together, it was in the year 1999! They arrived two years before me, yet there was still civil wars during my time but it didn't last long as the leader called Savimbi got killed somewhere, late year 2001. Hubby and I wanted to visit this festival, to share to his family our experiences and understanding about this place, that we've been there where Jason was. Sad really..

My dad-in-law forwarded this too me, this caught my attention straight away as it reminded me how Local Bandidos treated expatriates (Filipinos, English, Portuguese, South Africans, etc) during the war time. In fact, there were Filipinos got killed too!

His family have created a Memorial Garden for him and it is only open to the general public for special occasions and will be open over the Folk Festival, and
once again we will return to the fantastic Jason Garden at this years Folk Festival.

Located at the very top of East Cliff Walk (Just past the Lido/East Cliff Cafe), this amazing Garden has a stunning view over Teignmouth and is the perfect location for listening to folk festival. It was a treat for everybody that made the steap walk to the Garden but is well worth it.

It's a Stunning clifftop garden with 180 degree panoramic view of sea and South Devon coastline. Modern, stylish design with high quality landscaping and bold planting, creating areas of individuality within an harmonious whole. This tactile garden is accessible and of interest to all and its underlying ethos leaves a lasting impression. Seeing is believing.

Jason's Garden has been showcased on the BBC's Open Garden and has been included in the Yellow Book.

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Gorgeous Rings For Your Engagement

Getting engaged is one of the most wonderful and exciting events in woman's life, and one thing always attached to the word "engagement" is a perfect ring for a wonderful woman! I remember exactly my feelings when I got engaged, that couldn't really wait to have a diamond engagement ring. In fact, as soon as I got my ring, I didn't want to stop showing off to my friends and family and it was one of the most precious gifts I have ever received from my husband.

Engagement Rings for me are eternal symbol and mark of commitment and love between lovers. Diamonds are a perfect stone to be set into engagement rings, and whether you choose round diamonds (like what I've got) or perhaps a princess cut (this is quite common on engagement rings), or emerald cut diamond, Blue Nile website offers you a wide collection of engagement rings.

The good thing about Blue Nile is that, it gives you an opportunity to choose your ideal design and stone cut, settings you want, and a choice of the ring you want. How I wish to get engaged again for me to get another ring, of course with my husband. I can never thinking of being engaged forever with the love of my life.
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My Nephew Braint Has Grown Up Alot!

It has been quite a while since I blogged about my nephew - BRAINT MICHAEL (1st grandchild of my parents), it was even before I saw him in person (see his cute smile here), it was when he was still months old. And now he is already 1 year old and 4 months! Time has gone very quick and he had also grown up alot too....

We used to give him S26 formula milk during his first 6 months, and Promil from 6 months to 1 year old! Somehow, I'd realized that proper formula milk helps a lot in baby's brain development....He is such a clever, smart, intelligent, you name it! So it was worth spending a fortune on his milk really.... LOL..
My sisters in Manila have only borrowed him, he had flown with my other sister back to Manila from Bohol and now they didn't want to return him back to his parents. He's been away from them for more than 2 months now, I believe that they could only see him again if they visit Manila. Sad thing is, he doesn't even missed his mama and papa! Oh dear.....
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Enjoy Free Interracial Dating Online

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Leeds Castle, Kent - Part III

We always come passed this castle on the way going to my parents-in-law's place, but we never thought of going into this place until the Kent Police hosted the National Police Dog Trials on the 22nd-26th of this month, which we did go last Friday with Alfie and my in-laws. We spent the whole afternoon there and we really had a good fun especially we had Alfie - the little man!Leeds Castle in Kent, England, has been called the "loveliest castle in the world". Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence and a royal palace. It's situation is stunning, set on two islands in a magnificent lake. The Royal Manor was originally built in 857AD and owned by the Saxon royal family. After the Norman Conquest, work began on building the first stone castle on the site.

That's me doing some
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Home Secutiry Gadgets For Safe Living

In today's world, we should need to consider in increasing our security for our own safety. Even if we think we are living in a serene place, but we never know what's gonna happen. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that it can happen anytime and we should take preventive measures to minimize the risks.

Just few days ago we bought a small gadget, a personal panic alarm with pull-pin activation. An inexpensive one that still draws attention to any crisis may arise. We may be at less risk if we always stay at home with other family members, than those who live alone and who often away on business trips, however, we can always guarantee despite of the facts. Having any of these home security gadgets installed in our homes, we can ascertain to be the less objective of burglars.

I should say that, prevention is better than restoring what you may have to loose.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

National Police Dog Trials at Leeds Castle, Kent - Part II

When we got inside, the dog show was nearly finished but it was been repeated plenty times over for the new comers! Alfie then saw a pond where there were loads of ducks, swans, various species of birds and peacocks. The visitors' route to the castle.
He was telling the ducks to make "splash"....
scroll down to see more photos....

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Excellent Baltimore Remodeling Contractor - A Help for Home Improvement

Have you ever remodeled your house? Normally this includes the top two changes; that of a new kitchen and bathroom, but there is more. On our case, we did our kitchen first and we haven't done anything about our bathroom yet. Remodeling a house involves a lot of decision making process. One of the most important is the financial aspect or the cost of the renovation. Renovations can prove to be very expensive and it is important that you are able to mange the costs involved in the renovation. However, there are also major considerations that you need to look at even before you decide to renovate.

Once you have decided to renovate your home, you must then be able to review the bids and quotations that potential contractors and builders like the Baltimore Remodeling. Apparently, they specialize in the following fields:
  • Working with you to design a floor plan to present to an architect, saving you hundreds of dollars.
  • Building custom and modular homes, do total rehabs, build additions and garages and do interior and exterior remodeling.
  • Erecting and completin modular homes, both stock and custom floor plans, with North American Housing Corp.
  • Building decks, patios, carports and fences.
See their website:, they are registered with the State of Maryland Housing Rehab Project.

The bids that are submitted to you should include the cost of construction materials, the cost of construction labor, permit fees, decorating the remodeled part, the cost of repairs due to remodeling and cleaning up after remodeling. It is important the contractors and builders submit accurate and specific figures on all costs so that you can consider all aspects of the cost.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

National Police Dog Trials at Leeds Castle, Kent - Part I

It was a lovely Friday the 24th of April when we decided to watch this National Police Dog Trials for the first time in the prestigious event's 49 year history.... and the final phase of the trials took place at LEEDS CASTLE in KENT, just 20 minutes away from where we live.The highlights were:
  • Obedience - Sits, stays, walking to heel off lead
  • Send away and redirection - Dog is sent to a given point 100 metres away and then redirected left or right for 50 metres
  • Agility – Nearly one metre hurdle, 1.8 metre scale, window obstacle and 1.8 metre long jump
  • Straight chase - Chase a fleeing criminal and bite and detain
  • Stand off - As above but criminal gives up and dog must not bite, but must stand off and bark
  • Emergency recall - Straight chase but when the dog is 30 metres away in full flight, must return to handler on command
  • Weapon attack - Dog must bite an advancing aggressive criminal armed with a weapon
  • Gun attack - As above but with criminal discharging gun
  • Crowd control - Must first walk to heel through a passive/non threatening crowd then when crowd becomes aggressive – respond and through controlled canine aggression move the crowd to a determined point. The crowd will then become passive and then the dog must walk through with no aggression.
This is the LEEDS CASTLE, will blog about this castle shortly.
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The Imporatance of Having a Car Insurance

Car insurance is never something to be taken lightly because it provides the safety umbrella of financial security that is required when driving a car. Often, people take the need for insurance for granted because they generally do not have problems driving. In honestly, the vast majority of drivers in the world are sane and safe divers.
Yes, there are a great many reckless drivers on the road, and even if we regard ourselves as responsible drivers, doesn't still save us from any harm on the roads and hi-ways! In fact, there is always the chance of an errant accident. That is why car insurance should be highly considered.

It basically protects us from personal liability should we be in an accident. If you are in an accident and you are at fault you can be held personally responsible for the costs of medical bills if a person is injured and major monetary awards if a person is killed. These costs can all but ruin most families.

Think safety and security! Check for detalils.

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2009 Friendship, Best Blogger Award and Many More...

Though I haven't been blogging for days now (again lol), yet, I am so flattered for always been remembered from my circle of friends here in blogosphere! Thanks for your visits and comments in my message boards, I do appreciate your time and efforts... This is being addressed to all of my friends in here.

However, I'd like to give my extraordinary gratitude to those who gave me this tag: 2009 FRIENDSHP & BEST BLOGGER Award from Rechie of The Whereabouts, Shybub of Simply Happy Life and Beng of Beng's Entertainment Spree.Rules:
1. Take your award here

2. Put the logo on your post

3. Link the person who awarded you

4. Nominate at least 7 other blogs

5. Add links to those blogs on yours

6. Leave a messages for your nominees on their blog

...and thanks for this FRIENDSHIP BADGE too Beng. Promise I will keep this badge with me:)

NENO'S Award was from Lynn of My So-Called Life, thanks my dear sister.
Here are the rules for this meaningful award:
The aims of this award:

* As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.

* To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!

* Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it

* Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.

* Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.

* Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.

* Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

given to me by AteCecille of Down Home with the Kenyons and
Beng of Beng's Entertainment Spree too.

Sorry for breaking the rules again, as I would like to pass these on to ALL BLOGGERS in my blog roll and to those who come to visit my blog. We all deserve to receive this tag, dont't we? Go on then, grab this everyone.....
HAPPY BLOGGING.... and SMILE since we have all the reasons to, being lucky to have lots and lots of friends in here....
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

We Visited the World of Water - The Pond Centre!

We visited the one in Rolvenden Kent, just few miles away from where we live in Tenterden. This is the UK's Leading Aquatic Superstores. I didn't know about this place, hubby decided to bring me in here to see various types of ponds, species of fish, fountains, etc...

We both like to have a small pond in our garden in the future, but it is not just practical of having one this time as baby is coming along soon and not a very good idea though...
I'd really love to have any of these ones below, its like having a mini water fall in the garden... wouldn't it nice to have one?Another option would be one of these barrels, if you don't a large garden then its perfect for a courtyard one. The sounds of running water can be very relaxing indeed!... if not, I would be so happy to have this dolphins....You know the idea of having a pond surrounded with plants and flowers, is hubby's dream....Could either be purely NATURAL STYLE (with plenty of plants and flowers with soft edges like the one below), or FORMAL STYLE where its more hard edges (squares or rectangles), often with ornamental fountains....don't look at my big bump huh!! LOL....
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Orlando's Disney Water Parks, Would Be a Great Fun!

Have your ever thought of bringing your kids to Disney Waterparks? This would be an ideal place where the whole family will have plenty of thrills to experience. The destination is loading up on the new theme-park action, providing parks, rides, shows and parades that are only available in Orlando. Get wet at Aquatica – Sea World’s Waterpark, take a ride with The Simpsons at Universal Studios Florida or have a “Block Party Bash” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.However, most people would think that it might be expensive to get there especially of bringing the whole family, but it is not! Good news for us though, since Orlando Fun Tickets is the largest ticket discount store in Florida, which has an authorized contract with Disney, a reliable and legitimate ticket company which can be trusted. Therefore, you can never be wrong in choosing Orlando Fun Tickets in booking your trip!

Orlando vacations are what millions of people look forward to every year, so why not make sure that you make the right decisions when purchasing your theme park and Disney World tickets for your trip. Orlando Fun Tickets are theme park specialists who provide theme park tickets with the lowest prices on discount tickets for all Orlando attractions. For your information, their management team has over 50 years of management experience in the theme park industry and they take pride in having our vacation plans start with them.

Orlando, home to some of the finest Water Parks in the world are waiting for just for you! Exhilarating heart pounding fun, high speed water slides, wave machines, lazy rivers, and tropical lagoons create the magical one in a lifetime family experience that will have you coming back each year.
If your image of a water park is a bunch of nondescript slides held up by exposed wooden superstructures surrounded by an over glorified city pool then you are in for a special treat. Disney’s water theme parks are of a whole different variety.

The Wet N Wild Orlando (Disney's Typhoon Lagoon) and the Disney's Blizzard Beach are Florida's premier water parks for fun packed adventure, these parks have been voted the America's #1 water parks in numerous publications. Orlando water parks are known for its signature thrill rides and excellent service.

So, book your holiday now at Orlando Fun Tickets, which is known to be the largest tickets store in Orlando
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My Sister Is Looking for a Greener Pasture

She is my sister Ghie. She graduated from Adamson University Manila as a Computer Engineer! Apparently, she is one of my sisters whom I managed to send to university when I first came to Angola to work (when I was still young as 21 yrs of age!)...

Anyway, right after she graduated even without having any work experience locally, she applied for a job abroad - in Taiwan as a Repair Engineer/Technician, which she did manage to!!!... and off the record, she was also 21 years old when she first left Philippines (same age as me)! I should say that we are quite fortunate when it comes to applying for a job abroad! uuummmmm... My other sister next to her was the same too (I will blog separately about her)....

Then, she will be 27 years old this coming May 14 (still single)! In short, she has been working in the same company (High-Tech Computer Corp.) for almost 6 years now.

However, SHE WANTS A CHANGE!!! A change in work maybe and a change in country... While she already started her application for CANADA... If ever she'll ever be lucky and will eventually get a job there, it won't be difficult for her as we have loads of cousins living in Calgary. GOOD LUCK MY DEAR SISTER...

her second option would be, if Canada is not meant for her, she can come here in the UK to join me as family, and in due course, she can look for a job.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CD Earth Free Video Games

That's right! CD Earth is giving away FREE Software CD while enjoying the ten of your favorite action video games in one fun collection. The name you can trust in software collections. Apparently, CD Earth had pulled together these exceptional video games compilations though special licensing and distribution agreements with some of the best-in-the-industry software companies in the U.S., Canada and around the world. Off the record, these companies have received many industry honors and awards for the software products available on our CD collections.

Good idea for hubby, as he loves his video games so much! He normally spends hours and hours of sitting down defending himself from enemies, and what a coincidence too for bumping into this website, as I have been looking for any video game collection to buy for his birthday. Considering that I could get them for free, with so much actions games in one collection, is absolutely amazing! Video gaming has traditionally been a social experience. From its early beginnings, video games have commonly been playable by more than a single player. Whether we agree with his optimism or not, there is little doubt that our children's popular entertainment is becoming increasingly hi-tech. Video games emerge from the convergence of the twentieth century's two most important communication technologies - the computer and television and this "hybrid" is already profoundly changing the way children play and learn, and even adults.

From amongst the classic video games on this CD are: Space Pirates, Fighter Pirates, 3D Space Attack, Motocross, Enemy Territory, and Galactic Mushrooms. Check CD Earth now to get your free Software CD, and take time to read their testimonials from various customers around the world.

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A Wonderful Wife I am, Will Become a Mom Soon!

Got this wonderful tag from my wonderful friend - Lynn. I'm gonna be a Mom soon (I would just answer how I wanted it to be as a mom in the near future!!), and I am so proud to fill in the wifey section. You're not just once a wonderful wife and a proud Mom to Yogi, but you are also one of my wonderful friends here in blogosphere! Thanks for sharing this to me sister, and take care my dear always...RULES:
1. Link with the person who tagged you.

2. Copy above images.

3. Post this on any or all of your Blog/s.

4. Answer the two-part questionnaire following these Rules. (Feel free to elaborate your answers. For questions 8 - 14, post only the one (1) which you believe best describes your choice.)
5. Share this with at least seven (7) friends on your Blog Roll.
6. Come back to Living A’ La Mode (DO NOT CHANGE THIS LINK PLEASE.) and leave the URL of your Post in order for you/your Blog to be added to the Master List.Master List:
7. Have Fun!

~ Parenting Style ~
1. Do you exercise full or minimal control over your child’s / children’s behavior?

- I'd like to have a minimal control over her/him, I will let hubby to have it! But then, he'll be working abroad most of the times, so maybe I will take full responsibility!...It would be difficult but I will try my best!!

2. Do you expect your child / children to obey 100% or let her / him / them do what pleases her / him / them?

- Yes I will expect him/her to obey me 100%, thought I will let him/her enjoy whatever he/she wants, but has to learn when too much!

3. Do you welcome discussion or you simply set rules?

- I will definitely set rules with explanations, as to why I do this and that so he/she would understand the reason behind....

4. Do you reprimand?
- I would, so he/she would understand why he/she was being punished!! lol...

5. Do you use spanking for punishment?
- You can't absolutely do it in this country! I will set any ground depending how he/she behaves...

6. Do you use some kind of a reward System for motivation?
- Yes definitely, especially if he/she does what he/she been told!

7. Do you enjoy being a Parent?
- I certainly will?

8. Are you a hands-on Parent or do you have a full-time Nanny?

- I will be a hands-on mother...

9. At what age would you let your child make simple decisions for himself / herself?

- As soon as he knows how to handle them.

10.Do you and your Husband have the same Parenting Style?

- I think so.

~ Wife Style ~
11. How long have you been married?
- Been happily married for only 1 year and 5 months, but been together for 6 years already!

12. How do you feel about being a Wife?

- It is such a wonderful feeling, with security and protection from my amazing hubby! lol....

13. What has been your typical sleeping attire since you got married?
- Secret...hehehehe, you know what I mean....LOL

14. How do you show how appreciative you are of your Husband?

- I always say thanks for everything with a kiss and a hug whenever I say it, and say it often too...

15. What do you do when your Husband annoys you?
- I don't talk to him for a while to send the message that I am upset!

1 6. You are buying or planning to buy your first house as Husband and Wife.
- We already have bought our 2-bedroom flat here in the UK, and planning to buy a 3-4 bedroom house in the future, a house in Laguna and a mango farm with house in Bohol. I couldn't ask for more....

17. How does your house look like at the end of the day when Hubby gets home?

- I make sure to have a cosy environment, with coffee while relaxing and watching TV....

18. How do you feel about running a household?

- Very rewarding!!!

19. What is the sweetest gift you have given your Husband so far?

- I actually asked hubby about this question, and you know what he said? MY LOVE!!! This is the greatest and sweetest gift I have ever given to him and eternally will.....

Now I am passing this tag on to my friends listed below, mothers and wives: Dangz Dhemz, Dangz Umma, Mareng Niko, te Cecille, Rose, te Lanie, te Mira, Amy, Marife, Mommy Liz, Ruby, Mommy J, Irel, Rechie, Hazel, Elizabeth, Richelle, Cacai, Te Kim, te Beng, Weng, Vhing, Faye, Lulu, Shydub, Meryl, Mommy Liza, Grace, Benrechie, Cookie, Lizzie, Mommy Elvz, Eden, te Lisa, Beng, and many more. Visitors and all others, you are all welcome to grab this.
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Fort Worth Sprinkler Systems In Protecting Your Green Investments

A lush, green lawn is something that all homeowners seem to crave. I know that if you want that kind of lawn yourself, you need to know how to get it, and more importantly, how to keep it looking that way. For me, having a sprinkler system is the answer while in fact, we are really considering of buying one for our decent sized garden.

Once you buy a sprinkler system installation kit for your lawn, your grass will more than likely be healthier than it has ever been. It is designed to deliver water to your garden and lawn in a different way, so the best garden irrigation or watering plan is one that uses a combination of techniques.

Apparently, Fort Worth Sprinkler Systems offers professional installation, which might take extra time but it would definitely save a lot of money on water bills, as it will be done properly. They specialize in the following fields:
  • Repair any, and all major electrical and hydraulic irrigation issues ($70 per hour + parts)
  • Provide system analysis, for coverage, and effectiveness ($50 for analysis only)
  • Provide total system retrofit, for water conservation (and save money on your water bill) (Call for pricing)
  • Replace broken heads, nozzles, and repair broken pipe ($70 per hour + parts)
  • Provide monthly service contract (to keep your system maintained) (Call for details)
Contact Forth Worth Sprinkler Systems now to get your quote for the installation.
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Our Shed Has Finally In Place

Like I mentioned on "Our Unfinished Garden" before, that I have been longing to have our dream garden be finalized! However, even before we could make more flower beds, we have to put up our Shed first.... and here they are, my dad-in-law and hubby were busy of it for these past two days.Imagine, they had to drive to come and help hubby. Though I couldn't really help much with this, but by making them nice dinner makes a lot for them indeed! Lol, I'm still not completely useless!!! hahahahaHere it is, almost 100% finished! Still have to install the glass window but apparently, one set was all broken so will go out today to buy the replacement. Plus we also have to secure the base by filling the gaps with cement, after that, ready to move all the gardening stuff, tools, etc...
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