Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Victoria's Secret Passion Struck

A friend wanted to buy beauty products from Victoria's Secret but, she's living outside the US so; I ordered the item for her. Last March, Victoria's Secret offered free shipping for the entire month for their Angel cardholders. I took advantage on their offer when I ordered this purse. It was a great saving. Right now, I have 5 Secret Rewards and I will be shopping in-stores for my mom.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Barn of Walt Disney in Marceline Missouri

When hubby and I visited Missouri, all I had in my mind was to visit the boyhood hometown of Mark Twain in Hannibal Missouri. How cool was that right? We ran out of time to visit Hannibal, instead we were driving down the road towards Marceline, the boyhood town of Walt Disney. This is his barn, his playground and before Disneyland and Disney World came into existence, this place is where the magic begins, his happy place. Pretty amazing huh?

Unlike Disney World or Disney Land where everything is magical, visiting Walt's boyhood town is just the opposite but, this town is full of charm. Who would have thought that Walt Disney once lived in the countryside? Have you been to Missouri? You should check out Marceline.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Great Property to Buy

Everyday, hubby and I including our family in MS are watching the property listings in Mississippi. We are using Trulia, Zillow, Remaxand Realtor websites to check them out. We are constantly in-touch with our Realtor in MS and when we find a property that we really like, we have her to check it out first. Since February so far, we found 4 properties that we really like and before we can put and offer, it was sold. Well, that's the disadvantage of buying a house in other states. Anyway, my husband found this property today and it has more than an acre lot by the lake, with a good size pool, and the inside needs paint but other than that, it's in good shape. My sister-in-law went there to see the property.

The location is about 30 minutes commute to where I am going to work. Not bad because there's no traffic in the area. I have been there countless times. The best part is that, we will be neighbors with my sister-in-law's family.

The bad news that we gather awhile ago when we called our sister was that, there were 6 offers on the table this afternoon. One of the offers came from their friend too. We are not counting to get this property but, we will put our best offer and see where it goes. Our advantage at this point is we will pay cash but, who knows, others might be cash offers too.
If this property is meant for us then, it will be ours.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

For A Good Cause

Probably most of us had known someone who suffered the dreaded disease, cancer. I lost one of my dearest aunt few years ago with ovarian cancer and she was young. I miss her every single day but, what can we do about it? Early detection would have help her. There's no crying over spilled milk now. We find solace in knowing that she is not suffering and will never feel the pain anymore.

Whenever I saw this pink sign, I remember my aunt. I do buy stuffs that has this logo, it could be caps, cancer shirts, mugs and if they are selling for a good cause like giving a percentage to support cancer causes , I give my support all the time. This is my way of helping other families who are undergoing this hard time. Small amount goes a long way.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Home Inspection and Real Estate Appraisal

Sellers Point of View:
The moment home owners decide to list their property in real estate market, inspection as well as home appraisal requests are expected. Sellers dreaded inspection and home appraisal especially if the property is old and has a lot of problems. Their apprehension is high when they encountered problems while living in it and did not do anything about it.

Ancestral houses are money pit especially when there is a termite, structural, electrical and plumbing problems. If the square footage is huge and the owner lack the financial aspect to renovate and fix the problem, the value of the property is not favorable even if it is located in a great neighborhood. Someone might buy the property as a fixer-upper so; the buyer will offer way low of the asking price.

In some cases, if there are multiple offers, sellers will be lucky to get the asking price. If the property is sold then come the home inspection and the home appraisal. If they accepted a cash buyer, it will be easy to negotiate than someone who is not. The bank of the home loan buyers will definitely ask for home appraisal. When the appraised value is available, seller has no control over it. Seller usually stick to the asking price regardless of the appraised value.

Home Buyers Point of View:
Finding a property that has the charm and potential can be the home buyer's delight. Home buyer loves to find a property that is in a great neighborhood, appealing lay-out, huge square footage, big backyard and with in their price range.

Cosmetic fixes are inexpensive so; a fixer-upper or foreclosure is an ideal property to buy. There is a need for buyers to request a home inspection and if possible a home appraisal to make sure that the purchase is worth the money they are paying for.

If the appraised value is low then, the bank could only loan the money equal to the appraised value. The buyer can either stick to the contract and put up the extra money or walk away.

Monday, March 31, 2014

#DonaldTrump's Private Jet

Few days ago, I was hooked on watching the Smithsonian Channel and one of the episodes that truly fascinated me featured Donald Trump's Private Jet, the Boeing 757. It was so luxurious and Donald Trump's private pilot, John Dunkin is truly an awesome man who delivered top notch work ethic to his highly demanding boss.

He loves his job and though the demand of his work is perfection, he was able to pull all-together amidst the problems encountered in between flights. He was there for the inspection of the plane before take off. He makes sure that the inside details of the plane should be spotless and perfect. He got the coolest job I think. Here's part of the episode that I saw:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

#HearstCastle's #NeptunePool

I was watching the Travel Channel today and was amazed to see the Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool in the Santa Lucia Mountains designed by Julia Morgan. The Neptune Pool was built for perfection, why? It was rebuilt three times from 1924 and finally completed in 1936. The impressive features of this luxurious pool are the following: fountains, sculptures, marble pavilions, ancient temple façade and alabaster lanterns. Neptune Pool holds 35,000 gallons of water. It is 58 wide and the length is 104 feet with variations of 3.5 to 10 feet depths.
showing here the colonnade pavilion
Here's the Roman Temple Terminus
The Roman Temple façade and the Colonnade Pavilion
A relaxing view on the other colonnade pavilion.
The Main Entry Stairs to Neptune Pool.
A shot from the opposite pavilion.
A closer look of the Greek Revival Style Pavilion and colonnade.
The view at sunrise/sunset ...
the pool with statues
The Neptune Pool is a gorgeous pool isn't it? With the design elements and architectural details added to this place, I would think that this place is in Europe. Well, if you are in California, #HearstCastle is located between San Francisco and Los Angeles. I would love to check out this place one day. Do you want to see this place? You can purchase a ticket for $25 (adult) and $12 (children). Better yet, just visit for more info. Have fun!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

#Umac #BalikbayanBox Tracking is Down

Yesterday, I sent an email to UMAC in-charge in Orlando, Florida asking about the whereabouts of my boxes. The last time I checked using the tracking link in, one box arrived in Manila last Feb 25 but as of today, the box is not yet delivered. The tracking page in their website is down for more than a week now.

Awhile ago, I received an email from them informing me that my box will be delivered March 13-14 and the rest will follow. They also provided me the tentative dates of the other boxes. All I have to do now is wait and hoping that the box will be received in perfect condition. Last December, my box was slashed-open at the bottom part. I was upset and sent UMAC a complaint to investigate. So far, UMAC has been a good company and I trusted them since 2008. I have no issues with all the boxes I sent thru them except the last box which I sent last December. I am hoping that it will never happen again.

The M and M Philippine Mart in 7339 E Colonial Dr Ste 3 Orlando, FL 32807 is where I usually send my box. I like this store because the in-charge is friendly. If you live in Orlando and looking for a Filipino store, this is the address and you may also call them in this number: (407) 281-6999.
If you are trying to know the whereabouts of your box, try to contact the in-charge of your location. The name, phone numbers and email is listed in their website then click branches. Goodluck!

Playing the Guitar

For me, guitar is the easiest musical instrument to play with. As soon as you master 3 chords, the combination can make music. You can find many songs that have 3, 4, and 5 chords combination. For a start, you need to learn few chords and master how to strum. The more you practice, strumming guitar will soon become your favorite past-time. Eventually, you will challenge yourself to learn the tricky chords and how to do plucking.

Later on, you will find yourself visiting to a music store and look for musical gadget such as cheap slides from guitar center. That is likely to happen because you want to have vibrato and sustain that sound as you strum. Not only that, you will also maintain short nails so that you will not scratch and ruin the fret of your guitar. Tell me, are you doing that now?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Knowing the Parts of Classical Guitar

I made mention before that I can play the guitar but, having trouble in tuning it. Maybe I am not trying hard enough to learn. I get frustrated after many attempts. I actually bought a digital guitar tuner but, never tried it LOL. Okay for now, I am reviewing the parts of guitar for no apparent reason at all. I thought it is nice to share this to all of you too.

Thanks for stopping by.


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