Twitter Away

In case you’ll notice the new addition to my sidebar, yes, I have joined the Twitter bandwagon.

I know that posting major posts could take long but I would still like my audience to know what I am up to so I signed up for a Twitter account.

I’ve read some reviews why some bloggers won’t Twit and it is mainly because they felt that they would lose their privacy with Twitter. Well, yes that could happen but it still up to you what you would post. I think of Twitter as a sort of a controlled Big Brother. My audience would know what I am up to but only if I tell them.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and follow me.

What a Week

I’m so proud of myself. I was never a writer so updating this blog is really an effort for me. More so, it’s the busiest week at work and yet I only missed two day in posting an entry.

I’m so tired at work especially since November because one of my teammates transferred to another team and I assumed most of his work.

I realized that updating my blog is my outlet. I might not be updating this blog so much about showbiz because I am gathering material for my new blog in Blogger. Hopefully, I could unveil it next Saturday depending on my workload. *Crossing my fingers*

Till then, cheers to another week!

WordPress vs. Blogger

When I decided to blog, I chose between WordPress andBlogger among all the other free blog hosts available.  Eventually, I chose WordPress because of the good reviews I read about it and because I wanted to migrate to wordpress.org eventually.

But I overlooked one detail for WordPress, that is, Google Adsense is not available in wordpress.com.  If I wanted to put up my Adsense, I have to migrate to wordpress.org which was my original plan as soon as I have gathered critical mass of blog readers.

This led me to explore my other choice, Blogger.  Knowing that Blogger is now owned by Google, I knew that putting Adsense in my blog would be a breeze.  While I was creating a new blog with Blogger, I found it easier to customize with other add-ins and the support is more extensive.

The advantage of wordpress for me is it is easy to write posts here and to monitor site stats.  However, the more I explore Blogger, the more it made sense for me to move in there because of overall easier blog management.

Therefore, watch out for my new and improved blog once I have set up my Blogger entries.  My new blog would be tighter in terms of content and would have a signature way of posting.

By the way, my Blogger account would not be mominthecity anymore since it is not available anymore.

Hint:  My Blogger account name would reflect the way I would post and it would showcase  mainly the majority of the referrals I got in my 2 weeks stay here in wordpress.

I will still maintain this site but edit its content so that it would really contain my original plan for it, that is a blog for moms.

Project: Weight Loss

I got this idea from Chuvaness. I believe that if I write about it then it becomes a reality. So I went to ticker factory to get my own ticker so that I could track my own weight loss. Starting today, I am putting the weight loss widget on right column of my blog so I have a constant reminder of my project.

I am 5’2″ so 105 lbs is my ideal weight. 110 lbs is not bad but I would like to stretch it to 105 lbs.

Before giving birth to my first daughter, I was 102 lbs. I topped out at 141 lbs. during my 8th month then down to 138 lbs prior to giving birth. After a year, I was able to bring it down to 105 lbs. so I believe that it is doable.

However, I have gained 25 lbs. ever since I started working so I am now at 130 lbs. I gave birth again last year and went up to 150 lbs but I am back at 130 lbs.

Mind you, I am not doing this for only for vanity (but it would be nice to fit back to my old clothes) but because I can already feel the strain on my knees so I better start working on it.

I don’t plan to go on diets because I am breastfeeding but rather I would just eat more sensibly. I would also increase my physical activities. Hiphop Abs, here I come!

Any other weight loss techniques are welcome. Please leave suggestions in the comment box. Aja! Fighting!

Site advisory

I would like to apologize in advance for the hodge podge of information in my blog.  When I conceptualized this, I was set on creating at least 2 blogs so that the content would be concentrated only to relevant topics.  I was finding my niche, so to speak.

I had outlined my plans in my trusty notebook but over the holidays, I was just too excited to put all of my ideas into practice and just went on by creating my flagship blog (which you are reading now).  By now, I am posting  very diverse topics that it might turn off some readers.

I am just in the process of finalizing my plans and of course I still have my day job too so for the time being I will be maintaining this blog first.  Since it is the start of the year, work is kind of toxic now but as soon  my schedule permits, I would be decoupling my posts by maintaining several blogs with their own niches.

As an example, I planned to put all of my Korean stuff in another blog and my entertainment blog in another.  I really envisioned this blog as a helpful site for mommies like me (thus the title mominthecity) by sharing tidbits I have learned in my 8 years as a mom but so far, um, as you may notice I haven’t done that yet.

So please  bear with me, I was too excited and jumped the gun even before I was really ready.  In time I hope that I could execute my vision and share my ideas with you.

Yugatech 2008 New Year contest

Yugatech is holding a contest for bloggers and I want the 1- year free hosting and domain so I could transfer my blog to wordpress.org and be able to customize it.

All I have to do is to mention the sponsors here in my blog, Auction.PH and plogHost.  How easy could that be?

I have visited Auction.PH and  they have a wide range of available stuff there.  For those who are looking for good buys and don’t want to get out of the house, here’s an option for you.

Happy New Year again!

New Year 2008: Forecasting 101

As someone with a career in forecasting (the scientific kind), one thing that gets my attention every time the New Year rolls in is the avalanche of psychics of all kinds that are plastered all over the television this time of the year.

 

I assure you, watching them is like an episode of the Twilight Zone meets Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

 

Cases in point:

* By the way, although I am married to a half-Chinese, my family is not Chinese but as typical Filipinos, we have been influenced by the Chinese culture since they have been here long before the Spaniards came thus we try to follow some Chinese beliefs like feng shui.

 

<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Last Saturday, a Feng Shui expert (let’s call her Ms. West) advised that a water fountain in the southwest and money tree in south east brings luck. Oh well, since this was relatively easy to follow, on Sunday morning we moved our small fountain from the pocket garden of our house which is facing the northeast to our lanai which is facing the southwest. Yey, one lucky practice down! 1278+ more to go. our house

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Well what do you know, on Sunday night another feng shui expert (let’s call her Ms. East) said that the fountain should be in the eastern part of the house. What the heck, do we move our fountain again? Then I remembered, we have this one covered since our main fountain is already in the southeast part of our house. Yey again!

(Side story: Our house is L-shaped and a feng shui expert advised us to put something in the nook (empty space in front of the short leg of the house) to balance the house since a house should have symmetry or balance. Anyway, the choices were either we put a pool, gazebo or a fountain. We decided to put a fountain since it was the cheapest and most sensible alternative.)

I wonder if they were consulting opposite calendars (or whatever they based their forecasting on.) I mean, can’t they agree on one direction so they would not confuse us? (I know, it’s our fault that we still listen to them but we can’t help it.)

<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Ms. West also said that it would be lucky to roll 7 mandarins (small oranges) from the our lucky fruitsdoor going inside the house and eat them the day after. Of course, Ms. East contradicted her by saying that it is unlucky to play with food. This I agree with. There are still several beliefs involving fruits as lucky charms and honestly, the only person who surely becomes lucky are the fruit vendors.

 

<!–[if !supportLists]–>4. <!–[endif]–>Ms. West also advised to throw coins and rice up into the air for luck but make sure to wash the coins first to wash away the bad luck. How I wish that all bad lucks could be easily washed away with a simple rinse of our lucky tap water.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>5. <!–[endif]–>Everyone’s favorite psychic, Madam Auring (with her bright yellow hair and red highlights), guested in Showbiz Central. To those who are not familiar with the show, they have a portion called “Don’t Lie to Me” where the celebrity guest strapped into a lie detector would answer the questions of host, John Lapuz, and if they are lying according to the lie detector, John would do his funny, nay, hilarious dance.

Personally, that’s the only portion of Showbiz Central that I try to catch just to see what kind of dance John would do.

In fairness to her, she got more truths than lies. Let’s wait and see if those truths would come true.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>6. <!–[endif]–>Chinese psychics who base their forecast on the Chinese Calendar. Technically it’s not yet the new year in the Chinese Calendar yet they dispense advises based on the Chinese practices. It’s makes me wanna scratch my head and go, “Eh?”

 

However, how contradicting they may all seem, all of these psychics would end their advise with, “If all else fails (lucky practices), nothing replaces hard-work and prayers.” I mean, even I KNOW that.