Only words


First there were the Wordless Wednesdays and I think many of us had fun with it. I have to admit it’s an ingenious way to ‘write’ a blog post without actually writing it! But now I’ve decided on going in the opposite direction – pictureless posts, something that few may embrace though it sounds like fun to me.

For too long, we’ve given in to our photo-snapping obsession and allowed our pictures to tell our stories for us. Some folks have even gone so far as to trade in their blogs for insta’s. Nothing wrong with that but there’s a reason why I never bothered setting up an account!

Personally, I’m not a fan of using my photos to do the talking, or blogging, for me. I’m someone who rarely pulls out my cellphone to show people my pictures or plaster them all over the internet. I actually prefer to describe stuff to folks whether they like it or not.

We-ell, it could be because in real life, I’m a nerd lol. So yeah, it’s all very well that technology has made it so much easier for our pictures to paint a thousand words but for me, I still prefer to write a thousand words.

I think half the fun of blogging is the writing itself. To some, a post without pictures is like driving without a steering wheel. I get that! But somehow, that’s not me! Sure, photos add a nice backdrop but ultimately, I think it’s the words themselves that speak the loudest.

More power to the written word! Hear, hear!

On being a bum


If it seems like I’ve given up on blogging, well, I haven’t. I’m still blogging, furiously, voraciously, in my head every day night. When my head hits the pillow, chances are that keyboard in my head will start hammering out a blog post. Since I’m not in the habit of sleeping with my gadgets, by sunrise, that post would either be lost in space, or relegated to my mental recycle bin. Oh well, so much for blogging!

As it is, life is pretty mundane. I’m more prone to staying home these days. Of late, most of our beloved restaurants have raised prices, reduced portions and watered down their fare. What could be worse than people who take their customers for fools, eh? So I’m down to a handful of restaurants that are just barely meeting our standards. If I were like the regular person who judges a restaurant by the number of diners rather than letting my own tastebuds decide, I might still have a list a mile and a half long. But that’s not me. Right now, I can honestly tell you, my list is looking rather sad.

Luckily for me, food isn’t everything. Shopping is, if you know me. That too, I’ve been doing too much of lately. Not retail therapy, mind you (I’m saving that for you, Cali!), but stuff I need for the house. Yeah, that kind of shopping is fun for a while but it gets to be a bit of a chore. Oh well, I’m done with that now so there’s precious little reason for me to be roaming the malls. I’m home a lot more than I used to, which isn’t necessarily all bad, since I get to stuff I rarely used to have time for, like afternoon naps (aaah!).

If you’re thinking, man, you’re boring, well, maybe I am, or maybe it’s this place, I don’t know, what do you think? Yeah, I should probably join a Facebook food group and spice up my social life with a bunch of strangers. Except I don’t do Facebook, and I’m not interested in saliva-sharing, and I don’t have the patience for people who are unapologetic about showing up late, and I’m not willing to drive out miles for food that everyone else swears is good but likely isn’t… and well, food, in general, isn’t that important to me anyways, so yeah! I can handle a small group of friends who know me and my quirks, and it’s fun when I’m out with my kids but it’s too much work for me to be out with a big, rowdy social group.

So that’s a bit of a random update. I’m trying to find a way to turn my nocturnal blogging into tangible posts because goodness knows how cyberspace must miss my writing by now ๐Ÿ˜. To be honest, I miss writing and maybe I’m tired of being a bum too. And I really do miss writing. Have I mentioned that already?

Sidenote: I’m suddenly reminded of a guy I used to work with who would read and reread my memos, emails and every bit of documentation I wrote. No, he didn’t have a crush on me, hell no! He says he just loves to read my writing and I’m like, but it’s business writing, and he goes, I still love the way you write. Hahaha, funny guy ๐Ÿ˜„!

Bringing hip back

Bringing hip back

Hey guys, I’m back. A bright sunny hello from California *waves*. I’m sorry I went MIA without warning. It wasn’t intentional. Honest. Life happens sometimes and I got disconnected from the online world, literally.


Listen, I’m gonna keep it short here for now. I need to decompress for a bit. But I’m so excited I’ve got so much to tell you guys, so be sure to stick around…

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Stopping in to wish everyone…


How to make a success of online fundraising


In the digital age, online fundraising has made it so much easier for us to give to causes close to our hearts. For instance, I made an online donation to the Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief recently and all it required was a few clicks. So easy.

Online fundraising also makes it easier and faster for the funds to reach emergency relief efforts. So it’s a win-win all round. It’s no wonder online fundraising is so popular these days.

Via: iContact

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You’ve no doubt heard the news that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. That’s next Monday. I hope you’ve switched to a new reader by now. If you still haven’t decided which reader to switch you, you should save a copy of your RSS subscriptions for migration to your new reader later – here’s how.

If you’ve been using Google Reader to follow me, please follow me on Bloglovin’ or on Feedly. Go on, you know you want to ๐Ÿ˜‰ . They’re both excellent platforms that are easy to migrate to/use and I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do for reading all of your favorite blogs.

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How to save your Google Reader feed subscriptions for migration to a new reader


So Google Reader retires July 1 and most of us will be moving on to a new reader of our choice. There are several options out there that you can consider before the big day comes.

  • Newsblur
  • Feedly
  • Netvibes
  • The Old Reader
  • FeedReader
  • Bloglovin’ (you can follow me here)

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For those of us who have spent years accumulating a list of blogs we love to read, we certainly don’t want to lose all our precious feeds when we move to a new reader. You could do it the hard way and resubscribe to each feed manually.

Or do it the easy way by grabbing the OPML file that contains all your feed subscriptions. Regardless of which reader you eventually choose, if it allows you to migrate your feeds, you will need this OPML file. So the first thing you want to do is go to your Google Reader and grab that file.

  1. Log in and go to the Reader’s settings window.
  2. Click on the Import/Export tab.
  3. Select the option to download your list through Google Takeout. Wait for the compression to finish. It doesn’t take long.
  4. Download the .zip file to your local drive. Inside that .zip archive is the .xml file you want.

With this file, you’re ready to easily migrate or import your feeds into your new reader.

Now then, which reader will you be using? Have you decided? What’s your new reader like?

An alternative to Google Reader


I’ve been using Google Reader like forever and I love it. But come July 1, they’ll be pulling the plug on Google Reader. I’m heartbroken, of course *sobs*. I’ve started scrambling around for an alternative. So far, I haven’t found any yet that appeals to me. Picky me!

I’m not a fan of the boxy magazine format like Feedly and I don’t actually need one that’s mobile-friendly either. I’d prefer something that resembles Google Reader. So far, the only ones I know of are The Old Reader which is backed up on new subscriptions because so many people are waiting to get on, and Newsblur which is free for only up to a certain number of feeds. Most recently, I heard Digg is working on a Google Reader lookalike. I’m holding out for that and hoping it materializes into something that appeals to me.

When they retired Google Friends Connect a while back, I signed up for Bloglovin’. So glad I did. Well, okay so it’s not 100% like Google Reader but it does the job. Signing up is a piece of cake, and you can easily upload your Google Reader feeds to Bloglovin’ which also comes with a handy-dandy mobile app. I like it. Odds are you will too. Feel free to follow me here. The more the merrier.

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The beautiful thing about…

The beautiful thing about...

.. having all my kids under the same roof for the summer is that we’re always up for one great pigging out session after another. The girls and I have been taking Steev to all his favorite places to eat.

Dinner at Chili’s on his first night home

A full-fledged bento feast at Ichiban Boshi

ย Steev’s favorite dumplings

ย Hanging out over dessert and drinks at Coffee Bean

Taiwanese food at a restaurant with a funny name

That was our weekend. Everything been yums so far but for now, it’s back to business weekdays in my kitchen so it’ll be homecooked food during the rest of the week ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Ideal day of “me time”


To be honest, I’ve never really thought much about “me time” or taken much time off from playing Mom. Mommy experts will frown and throw their arms up in the air going “No, no, no, you gotta have time to yourself!! If you don’t, you’re going to go nuts being around your kids so much!!”. Well, I haven’t gone nuts yet, so there ๐Ÿ˜› !

Going Green with the Grizls

Frankly it’s not that big a deal. For me anyways. I’ve never consciously made it a point to get away from my kids. I love having all my kids around the house and I love hanging out with them.

If I wanted some time out, I simply take an afternoon nap or go to coffee with a girl friend. I just don’t feel like I have to orchestrate some elaborate escape or farm my kids out for the weekend. But that’s just me.

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