Thursday, July 30, 2009


1. Chew your food thoroughly.

2. Increase your liquid intake. Drink lots of water and fruit juices especially after every meal.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables aid digestion naturally.

4. At bedtime, eat about four or five tablespoons of scraped carrots, peanut brittle or a small bag of freshly popped corn. Dried seeds and nuts, like peanuts and raisins are also good laxative choices.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Here's a collection of nice quotes on marriage. Read on and ponder.. :-)

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.

A great marriage is not when the “perfect couple” comes together, but when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. – Dave Meurer

That quiet mutual gaze if a trusting husband and wife is like the first moment of rest or refuge from a great weariness or a great danger. – George Eliot

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. – Phyllis Diller

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin

The fulfillment of marriage is that joy in which each lover’s true being is flowering because its growth is being welcomed and unconsciously encouraged by the other in the infinite series of daily decisions which is their life together. – Neville Ward

To keep the fire burning brightly, there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart – about a finger’s breadth for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.

Between a man and his wife, nothing ought to rule but love. – William Penn

When entering into a marriage one ought to ask oneself: do you believe you are going to talking with this woman up into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory, but most of the time you are together will be devoted to conversation. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they’re on the same side. – Zig Ziglar

Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry. – Tom Mullen

The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly. – Peter De Vries

Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine. – Honore de Balzac

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again. – Judith Viorst

Even if marriages are made in heaven, they all have to be maintained on earth.

The Christian is supposed to love his neighbor, and since his wife is his nearest neighbor, she should be his deepest love. – Martin Luther

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman. – Joseph Joubert

The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion. Remember that successful marriage depends on two things: (1) finding the right person and (2) being the right person.

Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you can’t live without. – Dr. James C. Dobson

More marriages might have survived if the couple realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. – Doug Larson

Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash. – Dr. Joyce Brothers

A good marriage requires determination to be married for good.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


1. Serve moderate portions of the lean cuts of meat, or trim off excess fat from meat before cooking or before serving. Eat shellfish and organ meats in moderation because they have higher dietary cholesterol than red meats.
2. Serve more poultry or fish.
3. Boil or broil food from time to time instead of frying them to occasionally avoid unnecessary oil and fat in your diet.
4. Substitute pastries, ice cream and other sugary desserts with fruits and fruit juices.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Here are some fun but inexpensive ways of spending the day with your loved ones. No fancy stuff yet these are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

1. A movie night at home: Rent videos or watch movies on cable. Make homemade popcorn.
2. Do some star gazing. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag and cuddle up in your backyard or at a nearby park.
3. Visit the zoo. For Pinoys, we have the Manila Zoo, Avilon Zoo and Ark Avilon. You may also visit the Manila Ocean Park.
4. Tour a museum.
5. Have a picnic. Pack homemade sandwiches and fruit juices.
6. On a rainy day, prepare your favorite hot chocolate at home.
7. Go to the nearest SM Mall and enjoy ice-skating, knock down some bowling pins or play bingo.
8. Rummage through a flea market or your nearest ukay-ukay store.
9. Cook dinner together and then enjoy the meal by candlelight, dressed in your finest.
10. If you have kids, have dinner with them at home, and then go out with your husband for dessert and coffee.
11. Bring out the diva in you and sing to your heart’s content on your magic mic.
12. Ride the MRT from end to end on a non-busy day.
13. Go to a playground and take turns pushing each other on the swings.
14. Go for a bike ride.
15. Enjoy the sunset.
16. Drive outside of town and pick wildflowers together.
17. Take a roadtrip at a nearby town you’ve never been to before. Drink at a local coffee shop of sample their delicacies.
18. Read aloud to each other. It may be your favorite poem, short story or something you’ve never read before.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


1. Purchase herb seeds from your local green house or gardening center. Some malls also have stalls that sell these seeds. Ensure that the seeds are of good quality.

2. You may also choose to buy baby plants but it would be more fun and rewarding to tend your own mini herb garden from day 1.

3. Some good choices are oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, chamomile and lavender, as they grow well indoors.

4. They thrive in indoor window sill herb gardens.

5. You may use a small, fancy pot for your indoor herb garden, or even just the ordinary ones.

6. Make sure that there is proper drainage in your containers .

7. The soil is also crucial so make sure the soil is mixed with sand and lime so the herbs have great soil conditions allowing maximum growth.

8. Choose an area where your plants can have at least partial sunlight. Preferably, place your plants by the window.

9. Fluorescent lighting may also supplement the lighting during non-sunny seasons.

10. Bring your plants outdoors once in a while for direct sunlight and fresh air.

11. Give your plants a good soak once or twice a week. Do not overwater.

12. Make sure that your plants are not infested by small insects.

13. Harvest with care. Clip out just the right amount of herbs you need.

Monday, July 13, 2009


1. Have an eye check up by an ophthalmologist once a year.

2. Don’t be too near when watching the TV.

3. Make sure there is good lighting in the room where you read or work.

4. Protect eyes from excessive heat or glare.

5. Avoid sharp or pointed objects near your eyes.

6. Do not touch your eyes with dirty hands, hankies or towels.

7. Keep household chemicals beyond the reach of children.

8. Remove foreign object with a clean cotton buds or cloth. Wash any chemical that gets into your eyes immediately.

9. Do not rub your eyes.

10. If your work involves computers, close your eyes for at least 15 seconds every so often.

11. Do not look directly at the sun, bright lights or eclipses.

12. Always soak your contact lenses in a clean case with a good amount of solution for at least 8 hours everyday. Do not sleep with your contact lenses on.

13. Pay attention to the following danger signs: blurring of vision with or without eyeglasses or contact lens, seeing spots or light flashes, redness, tearing, sensation of foreign object, itchiness, secretion, pain, heaviness, swelling, seeing double, repeated or persistent headache or dizziness.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

SIMPLE JOYS: Part 4: Thoughts to Live By

*Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
*When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “why do you want to know?”
*Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
*Remember that not getting whet you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
*Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
*When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
*Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
*Live a good life so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they will think of you.
*Don’t expect money to bring you happiness.
*Take responsibility for your life.
*Take care of your reputation.
*Live a good, honorable life. When you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it the second time.

Monday, July 6, 2009

SIMPLE JOYS: Part 3 - For You

*Count your blessings.
*Be thankful for every meal.
*Take a nap on Sunday afternoons.
*Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
*Wave at children on the school bus.
*Leave everything a little better than when you found it.
*Wear outrageous underwear under the most formal business attire.
*Call your mother.
*Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
*Read more books and watch less TV.
*Invest in good health.
*Trust in God but lock your car.
*Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
*Learn and enjoy a creative hobby – paint, sew, cross-stitch, there are lots of these!
*Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.
*Learn the rules then break some.
*Love and cook with reckless abandon.
*Drive a different route to work.
*Slow dance.
*If you can, get a pet cat or dog. They will keep you company and you can practice your nurturing side on them.
*Eat a gourmet meal at a fancy restaurant.
*Never refuse homemade brownies.
*Never give anyone fruitcake.
*Sing in the shower.
*Take a bubble bath.
*Play card games.
*Play a sport.
*Watch funny movies on your DVD.
*Keep a journal.
*Don’t postpone joy.

next: Thoughts to Live By

Thursday, July 2, 2009

SIMPLE JOYS: Part 2 - Your Social Life

*Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
*In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.
*Don’t judge people by their relatives.
*Don’t let a little dispute ruin a great friendship.
*Never interrupt when you are being flattered. Smile and say “thank you”.
*M.Y.O.B. Mind your own business.
*Once on a while, do nice things for people who will never find out.
*Remember to greet people on their birthdays.
*Never give up on anyone; miracles happen everyday.
*Say please and thank you a lot.
*Don’t rain on other people’s parade.
*Be there when people need you.
*Never deprive someone of hope. It might be all they have.
*Keep your promises.
*Don’t be afraid to say I’m sorry.
*Support your community; help in every way you can.
*Be gentle with the earth.
*Be someone’s hero.
*Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
next: For You

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