I Love the Way That My Custom-made Weapon Looks

My husband is the one who got me interested in his weapons. Left on my own previously, I never paid much attention. But he likes to go out target shooting, and when I married him, I began tagging along. This is when he would offer me a chance to shoot with him, and I really enjoyed doing it. Just a few months ago, he actually put together a handmade rifle for me that fits my exact wants and needs. He even bought me a couple of pink camouflage gun stock covers for it, too.

As someone who never cared much for camouflage items in the past, I was thrilled when I went to a sporting goods shop and found out that they sell pink camo. I now joke and tell everyone that pink camo is my favorite color. There are nightgowns, shirts, baseball hats and so much more, and I get whatever I can when we stop by the store where they sell so much of it.Read More

Don’t Ignore a Good Deal

I always get an email in my inbox telling me to click for some money saving deals on energy, and I always move it into the spam folder. These kinds of emails always get on my nerves, because the people who are sending them don’t get the hint that no one actually takes the time to read these messages, or in the worst scenario, they’re just deleting them. I got tired of clicking on each individual message, so I set up a filter that would automatically move the messages to the spam folder once they were received. My spam folder became so full of them that I just couldn’t take it anymore. I clicked one f the messages, and that’s when something interesting happened.

The message took me to a website that showed me a list of companies in my area. All of these companies have the ability to service the homes where I live, which means that I had the option to sign up for any of them at any time, and I didn’t even know it. The email was also true to its word, because the companies on the list had pricing plans that were league better than my own plan.

I did a lot of thinking about what I found, and switched to one of the other companies. I told my neighbors about the website, and a few of them already knew that there were other companies who provide energy in our area. They never mentioned it, and I never asked. We all just assumed that everyone was using the same company for energy. I asked them about any other companies they knew about, and one of them told me about an Internet provider that gives its users a free cell phone, along with free wireless calling, texting, and data.

Getting Better Internet for Our House

When my family and I moved to the country, we were so much happier with everything other than our Internet connection. That might sound silly to some, but that was our main lifeline to family and friends that we had left back in New York City. We used social media as well as video chat programs, but the dial up connection that we had was just not good enough to support those things. My sister sent me a letter not long ago, and she told me to check out Hughesnet Internet in your area.

I had heard of Hughestnet Internet, but I thought that it would be too expensive for us. I had no idea that the prices were as low as they are though, which I found out after I went to their website and researched everything I could about satellite Internet. I was surprised that it was so affordable. I had assumed because of the high technology involved that it would be a lot more.Read More

Started Working for a Law Firm

Obviously I am not a lawyer, but I have been thinking about becoming one some day. I am going to graduate from college in about a year and a half if all goes to my plan. With high school AP credits and good planning I should be able to graduate in three years and after that I may go to law school. What I am doing is pretty boring, this firm is involved in mass tort advertising, which obviously means that they have commercials on the TV and radio telling people that they should sue some entity. In this case they want you to sue drug companies, mostly they are involved in something called Pradaxa right now.Read More

Changing is Coming: Are We Prepared for It?

The world is changing. It’s always changing. It’s in a perpetual state of change that we humans are prone to taking for granted. Climate is in transition, a very slow transition on a geological time clock, which means that it’s difficult to perceive on a human scale. However, with the presence of human and our globe spanning civilization consuming resources in order to fuel our drive for industry we are causing that pattern to change even more quickly than it once had. Even here in Texas we’re responsible for the change of weather. With the help of http://www.texasenergycompanies.net/ we might be able to change this for the better if we come together in order to educate each and every citizen on responsible habits of home ownership. Energy expenditure if something that don’t necessarily think about effecting us but it’s going to become a facet of social life that we’re going to have to start considering as being more important than just the present or ourselves.Read More

A Year of Savings on Electricity Can Really Add Up

I think Texans need a cute little character to advertise how much money can be saved on your monthly electric bill. It is working for that car insurance company, and they do not even have the lowest rates! I used to think that your local electric company would naturally have the lowest rates or people living in the area would get upset. Well, you can click here to see for yourself what the facts are about electricity savings. I did not see any cute company mascots or other characters, but the per kilowatt hour rates are interesting.

Get out your electric bill and search on it to see how much you are paying for every kilowatt hour used. Then look at the other rate plans that are available to you by clicking here. The only way I could see my family getting into a issue with switching is if we did not use the minimum amount of electricity different providers require each month, or if we signed up for a variable rate.Read More

Just Got Down to Texas City

I have just got down to my new job location this morning, in fact right now I am thinking about digging out my fly fishing rig and going to the beach to fish for some speckled trout. I am working near the Houston Ship Canal right now, but I am out on the Gulf of Mexico near Texas City and not too far from Galveston. Of course this is the center of the Texas energy industry and they have a whole lot of refineries and other oil facilities around here. That is where the company makes it’s money.Read More

Backyard Gardening Update 2015 Blooms!

I’ve been meaning to write and publish this post weeks ago, but I’ve decided that today’s the best day because I had to take very recent photos of our backyard garden.

But first let me say that the start of the year looks good especially when it comes to our backyard plants. I think I’ve already conquered my brown thumb and I’m on my way to becoming a better home gardener. Plants don’t just die shortly after I plant them, or when I move them from one place to another, or whenever I fuss and prune haphazardly. I’ve overcome my impatience and learned to control myself from unintentionally harming the plants.

2015 is indeed a blooming one. Even though not every flowering plant has flowers or buds, this is still a great month for some of our flowering plants especially the one plant that I’ve been moping for for so long.

Let’s start the parade of colors and blooms…

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Backyard plants

The combination of flowering and non-flowering plants is a great way to constantly have color in the garden. Colorful, vibrant, and patterned foliage plants such as Persian shield, schefflera, aglaonema, ti plants, and variegated pothos and mini caladiums are just few of the best plants you can have in your own backyard garden.

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The plant with purple flowers on the above photo collage is the one I’ve been moping for for 2 years. The first and last time I saw it bloom was the day I bought it at the March 2015 garden show. After a week or so, the flowers were gone and the plant didn’t bloom until late February this year.

Here’s a closer look…

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This plant is called Pseuderanthemum graciflorum or ‘blue twilight’ or ‘Florida twilight’. Its origins are Malaysia, India, and Sri Lanka and it thrives in tropical regions like the countries I’ve mentioned, as well as here in the Philippines. This plant survived 2 years of hot summers and super typhoons. And I was already losing hope last year ‘coz it hadn’t flowered for a long time.

The flowering plant beside it is called Aglaia adorata or ‘Chinese perfume plant’ or ‘Chinese rice flower’. The tiny yellow flowers have very mild lemony scent. It’s been flowering for years and it’s very sturdy and tolerant of hot and cold weather, and rain.

We love aglaonemas or Chinese evergreens because they’re easy to propagate and care for. I’ve given my grandma and a close family friend (more like an aunt to me) two small pots each of young aglaonemas which I separated from the mother plants. Those are only 4 variants and I promised I’ll give them additional pots once the other variants can be divided.

Our backyard garden is still thriving after all these years – after all the rains and hot summers; the plants that have come and gone; and the fauna, both domesticated and wild. It’s still a work in progress and this semi-green thumbed gardener is still learning the ropes of proper home gardening with all the challenges included.

All of these are a culmination of hard work, patience, persistence, and of imbibing lessons through experience as well as online research and talking to other home gardeners and garden shop sellers. Backyard gardening takes time to learn, but it’s all worth it!

UPLB Garden Show Updata

It’s been two weeks since me and my sis went to second leg of the bi-annual LBHS / UPLB Garden Show. Went to the college town of Los Banos, Laguna on the 10th and met with my sister within the campus, at the show’s venue. However, it was too darn late to take good pictures, so we went back the following morning which was just the second day of the show.

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bromeliads, ferns, aglaonemas, colocasias. and a cute kid

It’s kind of disappointing to find very minimal exhibits that revolve around this moth’s theme: Fruit-bearing trees.  I’m not sure if there were more exhibits on the days that followed til the 19th.

The venue’s pavilion did not disappoint with the usual exhibit of tropical plants that greet attendees. It was truly a wondrous site to see. The lovely gigantic bromeliads and colocasias, colorful aglanoemas (Chinese Evergreens), ferns, anthuriums, and ornamental reddish-brown grass are stunning.

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giant colorful bromeliads, ferns, chinese evergreens, colocasias

The outdoor exhibits, as I mentioned, were minimal in terms of variety and presentation. But that’s probably all there is during the first days of the garden show. I do hope the last few days had additional species on display.

These are the plants and fruit trees on display during our attendance at the 2nd installment of the 2014 UPLB garden show.

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I just can’t get enough of the bromeliads. We took lots of shots of the display in the pavilion due to the monotonous green color of the fruit trees on display outside.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did.

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I will be posting another Part  of the 2015 UPLB Garden Show within the week and it will feature lots and lots of plants and flowers.

Until then.

Backyard Gardening Newest Update

Since we started gardening in mid 2012(2015 Updata), I was truly determined to keep it alive and well no matter the weather and challenges.

We’ve lost several plants because of my brown thumb and for lacking enough knowledge on how to properly choose and care for specific plant species. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. But as I’ve learned, I understood that gardening is a learning process and a bit of experimentation in order to see which plants will survive on specific conditions.

Our tiny backyard garden doesn’t receive enough sunlight especially during the end of the year – during the ‘BER’ months – since our residence is surrounded by taller houses and walls of our neighbors. We’re in between two residential lots with a couple of houses at the back with two to three floors. Our backyard garden is like the inside of a shoe box – surrounded by walls, just like a fort or a shoe box without a lid.

Many of our plants took hard beatings of super hot summers and unforgivable typhoons. Even if I want to plant more flowering varieties, many factors deter me from doing so. But there’s always an option if we want to have color in the garden even without the flowers. In our case, we can only choose hardier tropical plants or those that can withstand extreme weather conditions.

Over the past three years, we’ve replaced a lot of plants in our backyard garden. But you’ll also see that there are varieties that stood the test of time and weather. They’ve been there for years and thrived despite the challenges of our location and weather conditions.

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What to Know – Fiji

What is the Weather & Climate like in Fiji?
Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate and can get hot in the summer but seldom reaches above 35°C (96°F). Winter temperatures range from 72-84°F. Trade winds from the east southeast bring year long cooling breezes late afternoon and early evening. Tropical rains fall December to March, coinciding with the hot summer months

Do I need to have a Passport and Visa to enter Fiji?
A valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel is required. Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of up to 4 months for US citizens.

What is the customs quarantine procedure like when entering Fiji?
There are strict laws prohibiting or restricting the entry of drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms, protected wildlife and associated products. If you are unsure about anything declare it to Customs upon arrival.

What languages are spoken in Fiji?
Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English – as it is the official language, but the Fijian language is preserved and widely spoken in many different dialects. Almost everyone is bilingual and many Fijian terms are included in everyday English usage.

What is the time difference between Fiji and the U.S.?
Fiji is +17 EST/+14PST and currently does not operate daylight saving at this time.

What currency is used in Fiji?
The Fijian dollar is the basic unit of currency, available in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, $50. Coins: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $1. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in. Visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported. Most airports, banks and large hotels have facilities for changing foreign currency and travelers’ checks (commissions and fees may be charged) A passport is usually adequate for identification.

When and how much should I tip in Fiji?
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity. In lieu of daily tipping, some resorts operate a staff Christmas fund where “tips” are shared.

What electric voltage does Fiji use?
240 volts, 50 Hz, 3 pin plugs. Fiji has three pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. If your applications are 110v check for a 110/240v switch; if there is none you will need a voltage converter. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc.

Do I need to get any specfic vaccinations before entering Fiji?
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from, or visited a yellow fever infected country or zone within six days before arrival. No other health certificate is required to enter Fiji.

Is all water safe to drink in Fiji?
Fresh water reticulated in Nadi, Suva, Lautoka and other major towns has been treated and is safe to drink from the tap. Bottled water is also widely available.

What precautions should I take to protect myself from the sun in Fiji?
The sun can be strong all year round, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat.

Fiji – When to go

Best time to go diving in Fiji
April – November, although you can dive year round from most resorts in Fiji. Coral spawning occurs on the full moon either November or December each year (mother nature likes to keep us guessing). Although this is a highlight for many divers, it reduces visibility immensely for a period afterwards. The diving also varies greatly by region in Fiji and it is important to let us know your experience level and what you hope to experience in your dives. We can then assure we match the right location.

Best time to honeymoon in Fiji
April – October. Perfect for a gorgeous beach available just to the two of you all day. You can stretch into November if you want to explore the waterfalls as well as the beach areas. Be sure to ask us about Adult only resorts in Fiji.

Best time for a family vacation
Year Round. Fiji Islands are popular for Australian and New Zealand family vacations. Some luxury resorts offer family weeks which usually occur Janaury and June. Ask us for a cuurent list of offers and dates. Free meals for kids and free babysitting are not uncommon either.

Best time for an adventure vacation
March – November, to enjoy the rainforest as well as the beaches. The rainfall in March and November bring the waterfalls and flowers to their peak. Bamboo river rafting, ziplining, island hopping and visits to local villages are all fine during these times. Let us know if you have a specific interest in mind.

Best time to stay in overwater bungalows in Fiji
April-November. Warm tropical waters make a delight for swimming out from your private stairway into the ocean. An adults only resort, it is the perfect location to celebrate a honeymoon or other special occasion.

Best time to visit New Zealand and Fiji
We like this combination for adventure and beach relaxation. Best done August – November or March – May. But great to do year round, we simply pair resorts and locations you visit by the time of the year you travel.