Sunday, December 6, 2009


Lj T. Salceda

Ay, calendar na naman? Planner ulit?

Are you tired of getting and giving the same gifts every time the holiday season kicks in? Bakit kasi ‘di mo inaantay itong article ko? Joke lang! I got caught in the midst of the C’mas preps and the usual work duties kaya medyo na-delay. In case you’re still completing your list and checking it the nth time and still scratching your head trying to streeeeeetch your budget, here’s my personal list of what-to-give this season.

1. GIFT CHEQUES/CARDS - Whether it’s from/for a mall or SPA or fave coffee brand, who could ever resist or be disappointed by a GC? Well, not me! Specially if it’s over 500! Lol! May required amount pa? Basta, pag may GC ako, masaya na ako. Madali pang mabili di ba?

2. DEVOTIONAL BOOKS – Sabayan mo na ng journal or planner and pen or marker. There’s one for almost every type of reader. Meron na for mothers, men, couples, professionals, teenagers, kids, Tagalog, English, mahal, mura etc. Eto ang alternative, if it’s for your business partner or superior, why not try a coffee table book like 100 Ways to Live the Word from PBS?

3. SUBSCRIPTION for MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS – This one super tagal ko ng gustong ma-receive for C’mas, pero hanggang ngayon walang maka-isip magbigay sa akin. He, he, he! Just do a little sleuthing and find out what your recipient’s favorite mag or newspaper of choice is. Then, surprise him or her with a subscription gift! 

4. PRE-PAID CARD/LOAD – You just have to know if it’s post-paid or pre-paid and what network ang gamit n’ya. Then either buy him or her a month’s (or more) worth of cellphone/inter-net load or pay his or her bill if it won’t break your bank.

5. MULTIPLE USE ITEMS – I am a sucker for this one! I search for clothes or household items that you can use in various ways like this blouse I got that you can wear 14 different ways or this box cum chair cum d├ęcor I bought.

6. RE-FILL GALORE – Whether it’s their fave scent or their gas tank or their bank account. Joke lang! Mahirap yung last one, but you can sneak in a re-filled bottle of their fave perfume or fill-up the coin/piggy bank with 5 or 10 peso coins or lahat ng pwedeng punuin sa bahay n’yo or office, without telling them para may element of surprise, pwede!!!

7. HOME MADE or PERSONALIZED ITEMS – If you’re into baking/cooking/sewing/drawing etc., why not maximize your skills and put a personal touch to your holiday gift? Save some moolah or earn some if you’ll sell your products or render a service. Or you can check out some of my friends' products like Little Cakes (the best cupcake in the Philippines!) or Ignite shirts.

8. THEMATIC GIFTS – Why not give him/her a bag or basket of all his/her fave things? Example, know what is her fave meryenda or frequently used toiletries and put it in a nice basket. Perhaps you can also do an all-blue or gifts-for-a-cause or all environment-friendly items, ala kris kringle!

9. TURN BACK TIME – Maybe he/she missed a concert or a movie or an episode of her fave TV show, buy or record it then present it with matching popcorn and drinks pa! Get inspiration or idea from his/her frustrations and you will be surprised to know it doesn’t take much to make someone happy.

10. BOXES or STORAGE CONTAINERS – Sa dami ng matatanggap mong gifts ngayong Pasko, sumisikip na closet mo. Kaya what’s the next best thing other than a new and clean closet, siyempre boxes or storage containers! Colorful na, multi-functional pa and plenty of designs to choose from.

Share mo din ang iyong personal ideas for a stress-free, budget-friendly yet memorable holiday gift sharing. Blessed holidays everyone!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Relief Pics


Mother and Child

Praying Mom



Thursday, October 8, 2009

MY NEW FAVORITE COMFORT FOODS!!! (sensya na sa mga health buff)

Here are some of the foods that make me smile and drool a lot lately:

Rowena's Buko Pie from Tagaytay
A listener brought us a box of these yummy treats and we can't help but ask him to buy us some more. Siyempre kami na nagbayad! It's cheap (P150 yata per box of 6 pcs), not too sweet and 'di nakakahiyang ipampasalubong or as a gift.

Tempura's Caterpillar Maki
Dumayo pa kami sa Pampanga para maka-kain n'yan! Thanks to Dr. Mavic for treating us to lunch. I did not regret ordering it. Actually, umorder pa kami ng isa. Super sarap talaga, hindi nakaka-umay. Nag-compliment yung cream and sweetness ng mangoe and our own concoction of sawsawan.

Starbucks' Caramel Dark Roasted Coffee Jelly Frap
I'm not much of frap person since my throat is sensitive to cold drinks. But it was such a hot day and I was so drained from a hosting gig. While I was waiting for my date, I dropped by my fave cofeee house and ordered their new product. I was initially hesitant, but I'm glad I got it cuz I super liked it! And to think that I'm not a fan of jellies. It wasn't too sweet or overpowering. Kaso the last time I went to SB, wala na raw sa list nila yun. How sad! :(

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Urgent Prayer Concerns - Typhoon Andoy

We ask for your prayers...

1. Some of our staff's houses/cars are now submerged in flood waters. Please pray for Boss Eric Maliwat and family, Kuya Larrie Ilagan and family, Kuya Vaughn Hagberg and family, Kuya Dan Cura and family for protection, comfort and provision.

2. Our transmitter sites in Bocaue, Bulacan and Iba, Zambales are also flooded. We are temporarily off-air. Our inter-net broadcast is also cut off. Please pray for the safety of our personnel currently on-duty and for our equipment. Also pray for the immediate restoration of power/water supply and our broadcast.

3. Some of our staff are stranded in different parts of Manila or evacuated to various centers. Please pray for their safety as it is already dark and some of them are still on the road.

4. Please pray for the availability of resources/donations/help to affected areas/people.

5. Pray for the government and other agencies involved in rescuing and helping our kababayans. We are currently in need of rescue people, equipment, resources etc.

Many thanks and I'll post more updates asap. :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Chapter One... Page One...

(during my baptism. with my godparents, my late Pa & my Ma)

(during my first birthday. with my late Pa, helping me blow my candle.)

(during my graduation in prep school. i was 4 yrs old and one of the honor students.)

Special thanks to my Ma and Aunt Vivian for searching, scanning and sending me the pics!

Welcome to my new place...

My new site...

My new neighborhood!

What a blessing...

What an opportunity...

What a milestone...

What an honor to be 30 and starting my own blog!


Stay connected, more to come...