Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Meet Miguel De Guzman - Your "Picture" Perfect Pinoy!

Sir Miguel De Guzman, picture perfect Pinoy who gives so much soul in photography.
Oh, I am really hating my self for taking a very long time to post this blog. Honestly, I was supposed to publish this months ago, yet I was not able to do so due to so many circumstances beyond my control. But anyway, so much about that. I just feel so excited to share with you my very first issue on "Proud to be Pinoy!"

Of course, I have always been proud to be a Filipina... yet there are these people who make me more grateful for being one. Gentlemen, and (especially) ladies, I am proud to present to you Mr. Miguel De Guzman whose own love and talent for photography has made him dominate the world of soulful and wonderfully taken works of art in digital photography.

Born and raised as a pure Filipino who knows the value of family, he is known to his younger siblings to be a very sweet, loving and supportive kuya. He graduated from Lorma Colleges in San Fernando City La Union as one of the best students in their batch. He eventually landed great jobs and soon he was sent to Indonesia. He has gained so much achievements in his life and as of the moment, he is hailed as one of the most outstanding photographers who somehow has dominated one of the most best performing digital magazine in Asia - the IMag Photoworld Magazine. His image was chosen to hail the cover of the magazine on May 2012 and some of his other images won several awards to this date.

*Image taken by sir Miguel De Guzman gave glory on the cover of IMag Photography Magazine on May 2012.
So, let me share with you my little chit chat with this very talented Pinoy who made photography extraordinarily special for Filipinos.

Me: Good morning sir Mike! Thanks so much for giving me the chance for this online interview. We are just so proud to see a Pinoy Lormanian performing so well in photography. We see that the image on the cover of IMag for the May 2012 issue was taken by you. How was your photo discovered?

Miguel: I submitted some of my images to i-Mag website ( hoping that one of my photographs would be published to their "Thousands Words" section. Luckily, one of my photo of Mount Fuji landed this column.The publisher notified me by email and asked if I have a "Star Trail" shot of the mountain. Luckily, I did...and so I made cover.

Me: Were you interested in photograpy as a child?

Miguel: No. As I child, I was more interested in music, dancing and science. As far as I can remember, I didn't have talent in visual arts…although I did try to learn how to draw.

Me:  What made you start taking phtos?

Miguel: Out of boredom, I guess. After four years of living in Indonesia, I had to adjust again to the life in the Philippines when I got transferred last 2010. I had nothing to do on weekends and so I tried all sorts of hobbies to keep me occupied.A friend invited me to try Landscape Photography. I did…and I fell in love with it!

Me:  Do yu have any professional trainings or seminars related to photography?

Miguel: Yes. I joined a group called "Guided by Light" which specializes in Landscape Photography. We had a two-day workshop last June of 2011 in Pangasinan. After that, I cannot stop myself from shooting landscapes. I got addicted with it so to speak.

Me:  What or who inspires you to take photos, and what images are your favorite to put into focus in your craft?

Miguel: When I got deeply involved in Landscape Photography, it became a way of life for me. Whenever I get the chance, I wake up early to shoot the sunrise, stay under the sun at noon to shoot Infrared photos, wait for the afternoon to shoot the sunset and even stay late to shoot the stars.Before, simple things like these that are with me everyday are almost unnoticed…just an everyday phenomenon. Now, I get excited for every sunset and sunrise because I won't know what Mother Nature will give me to visually enjoy. In the past, I don't like spending time under the sun for any reason. Now, I love it when the sun is high because it is favorable for my Infrared Photography. By the way, this is the flavor of Landscape Photography that I want to be good at.My point is that, I learned to appreciate the creation of God more as I take photographs. I don't get tired of witnessing His creation at the start and at the end on a particular day. It is a miracle to have such a beautiful world. I want to share the same passion to others. This is what inspires me.

Me:  Thanks so much sir Mike! I am so honored to have this chance to talk with you.

Miguel: Sure no problem.

So there you have it, guys! At the end of our conversation, I started to admire this very talented bachelor much more, not just because of his amzing photogrphy but also his ability to appreciate the gifts of life that we do not really have the heart to be thankful for everyday. Aside from that, this very talented Pinoy is so humble as I could see in our conversation, he's very simple and very down to earth despite the fact that he has so many things to be proud of.

Here are other images taken by sir Miguel which will simply melt your heart and will surely inspire other blooming photographers:

Sir Miguel will truly make us proud to be Pinoy! For more captivating images, feel free to visit the site of sir Migueal at MDG Landscape Photography. All images in this article are copyright of sir Miguel De Guzman. Image with * is the courtesy of IMag Photography Magazine.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pope's Butler Under Arrest - DID A "SPY" REALLY ENTER THE VATICAN?
Image courtesy of ABC News

This is really a shocking news! Pope Benedict's personal butler was arrested who allegedly "stole" essential documents from the Vatican files. According to the latest news which was aired earlier last Friday, the Pope's personal butler whom he trusted and has taken cared of his every need was believed to have stolen some secret documents from the Vatican,  and allegedly "leaked" secret vital information, is now suspected to be a "spy" and is now detained. 
For the first time in history, this true to life experience reminds us of some fiction that the Vatican have detested some years back. It gives me chills, because this sounds familiar, right? Anyone who have read the famous and most talked about book by DAN BROWN and the "detested" movie in 2006 which starred TOM HANKS (as Robert Langdon) and AUDREY TAUTOU (as Sophie Neveu), entitled the "DA VINCI CODE" would feel some kind of enormous chills... maybe coupled by some ridicule or even ridiculous thoughts. Here is a short review of the famous movie:

 Of course, we should always remember that anyone who is a suspect and is now detained is not guilty unless proven otherwise by law through legal practice and proceedings. The butler, however, is believed to be "used" as a "scape goat" by some people who are of higher rank than him for "some actions" that "could allegedly harm" the stability of Vatican. Whatever it is that has truly happened, no conclusion have been stated up to now, only speculations. It makes me wonder with curiousity... could there be true to life "Sir Leigh Teabing" who is using the butler like "Silas"...? Happy Sunday everyone!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Okay, MOMMA Knows BEST (Happy Mother's Day!)

Months ago, I came across this article that was sent at “Mother Knows Best” by Ephraim Kahana, and it made me laugh really hard. Let me share it with you, anyway, it is MOTHER’s DAY, and it is the best time to remember our loving moms. Here it goes:

1.       My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2.       My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You'd better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3.       My mother taught me TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4.       My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."
5.       My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the shops with me."
6.       My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7.       My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8.       My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9.       My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10.   My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11.   My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12.   My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I've told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
13.   My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
14.   My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
15.   My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
16.   My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17.   My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
18.   My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
19.   My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20.   My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
21.   My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22.   My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23.   My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
24.   My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
25.   My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you".

LOL! This one reminded me when I was a little kid, and how my mom used to say, “Hey, if you three want to fight, go yell at each other outside, anyway, we don’t take care of you just to kill each other!”… And me and my siblings would stop arguing, look at each other and pretend that we are not about to laugh. That was how our mom would make us stop arguing ~ “reverse psychology” at its best, and everything will be back in peace and order in our lovely home. 

How I miss being a kid… I would love to spend those humorous days again that have molded me into a more mature adult. These things may make us laugh, but we can never deny the fact that our moms who often said these “funny” little things have influenced us much more than we could imagine.
On a more serious note, let me share what my own mom has taught me. I could mention just a few, but I hope I could touch the very heart of every child that I hope will always appreciate his own mom no matter how much he age. Here are some of the things that my mother taught me:
  • She taught me how to be more than just physically beautiful without giving out a single cent from my wallet…( errr… or from her own bank account by keeping in mind the following):
  1. Exercising at least two to three times a week is a better pore cleanser than the deep pore cleansing treatment done monthly by one’s dermatologist, or than massaging one’s face with a pore cleanser everyday and then dabbing a toner after. Regular exercise does not only clean the pores of one’s face but all the pores in one’s body, aside from that it tones one’s muscles helping one to achieve a better figure and healthier body.
  2. Sleeping naked is okay, but make sure that you do it in your own room ALONE. Lol! Of course I was still single when I heard this from my mom. This one helps our skin pores breathe, better than applying those soaps and skin cleansers that claim to help your skin breathe.
  3. Forgiving and prayers are more rejuvenating than spending so much time and money at the spa. Forgiveness frees one’s heart from carrying baggage that is not essential in one’s own life struggle, and prayers keep one close to God who never lack anything, therefore, no prayerful being could ever lack anything as long as he keeps close to God and follow Him in every way he can. God provides everything we need so this thought will make us carefree and more relaxed lessening one’s chance to have unwanted wrinkles. Having the heart to forgive and knowing that one is secured in HIS own loving care rejuvenates one’s mind, soul and spirit. Aside from that, it lessens one’s chance to acquire any illness that day to day stresses could cause. She says, these are the secrets for looking younger than your age too! Hehe!
  • She taught me that the art of being liked starts with truly liking what I really am and that pretending to be someone I am not will just make me miserable.
  • She taught me how to choose clothes that flatter my (according to her) assets and remain respect worthy even to people that I pass by.
  • She taught me when not and when to use a fuschia pink lip color. ;)
  • She taught me how to be assertive without being aggressive.
  • She taught me how to tell the truth even if it will hurt big time because it is better to feel bad as long as one knows the truth than to be happy with lies.
  • She taught me to pretend to be dumb when people starts to abuse my rights, but use all the knowledge that I have when they start to abuse my "goodness". lol!
  • She taught me to fight fair and  square and that wearing a "bullet proof" belt is just for soldiers who deal with real bullets, guns and bombs.
  • She taught me that talking behind the back of others makes me pathetic. 
  • She taught me to be humble because every people who come and go in my life, good or bad are the people who made me what I am today.
  • She showed me that the adage that says, "Rude people are like sandpapers, they rub you hard but they end up useless and you become polished because of them..." is true.
  • She taught me to giv a good fight as long as you know that you are on the right side.
    Of course, there are much more than these that my mom taught me, but there is one thing that I will never stop keeping in my heart and mind- she will always be the BEST mom in the world who taught me how to live with grace and courage through the good and the bad just by living a life that is worthy of all the prestige and honor that anyone could give. My mom has not given me all the best material things that a daughter would wish to have, but she has shown me a good, dignified and prestigious life not every mother could show their children. She lives with principles and values that she teaches her children just by living by them - no lectures nor learning sessions needed.

    To my loving mom, thank you for showing me how to live with dignity. To have a good life without taking advantage of others, for showing me how to forgive and learn from what cause me pain. For showing me how to keep calm especially in times when my rights are trampled to the extent of looking like a fool yet showing me how to fight back with courage and dignity when these people seem to never stop because they think that I am a fool just because I don’t fight back. Whatever and whoever I am now is more of my mom’s workmanship. I will always live up to what she has taught and gave me. Most people would say, “You are just like your mom…” and I smile back, at the back of my mind I would say to my self, “I hope to be just like my mom…” =)

    If you have the BEST MOM IN THE WORLD, feel free to share this blog. Happy Mother’s Day TO ALL WONDERFUL MOMMIES OUT THERE… and to MY MOM and GRANDMA, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, we love you so much, and thanks for everything that you’ve been, for everything that you are and always will be to us! 

    Copyright by Jen Magante, 2012. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

    Saturday, May 12, 2012

    Happy 50 Years HAVAIANAS! ... Cheers For Our Happy Feet!

    Who does not love Havaianas? Oh, if you don't, then your feet misses 3/4 of comfort that it craves! "Havaianas" is a Portuguese language which means "Hawaiians". Their flip flop manufacture started out in Hawaii in the year 1962 with their own original designs derived from the serene design of Japan. They never failed to stand out with their 100% rubber formula which remains a "secret" exclusive only for Havaianas up to this moment and each design they make is inspired by the exuberant colors and great culture of the Hawaiians. From then, Havaianas became the ORIGINAL CHILD OF EASTERN ZEN and the undefeated EASTERN JOY.
    Image courtesy of Havaianas Philippines
    Today, we are about to celebrate 50 years of HAVAIANAS giving comfort to every step anyone who wears it all over the world. Hurray to Havaianas who live up to their promise for the best STYLE, COMFORT, LUXURY and never failing to give us POSITIVE ENERGY. It is a part of our daily struggle with life... and hey, simple things as flip flops make our day to day busy life easier to manage, right?
    Image courtesy of Havaianas Philippines
    In connection with their 50 years celebration, Havaianas Philippines launched the MAKE YOUR OWN HAVAIANAS 2012 (a. k. a MYOH2012) last May 10, 2012 at the ROCKWELL TENT  which started at 10am and goes on onwards until May 14, 2012. The launch of this celebration was attended by people from the mass media, celebrities, models, businessmen and people from almost all walks of life. Great food were served with style accompanied with comfort that tickled every taste buds... just like what the feet enjoys when we use the best flip flops! Oh, of course, we all love Havaianas!

    Here are some images for more of the event and more of the designs that I love from Havaianas.

    ...with foods we love... 


    ... and the latest designs I personally love and are really on my wish list! hehe!

    (All images are courtesy of Havaianas Philippines. )

    HAPPY 50 YEARS HAVAIANAS! Mabuhay!!! Our feet  and WE will love you ALWAYS! Cheers! =) 
    For more details on the MAKE YOUR WN HAVAIANAS 2012 events, please check out and LIKE the official Havaianas Philippines  facebook. Thank You!

    Copyright by Jen Magante 2012. All images in this blog are courtesy of Havaianas Philippines official FACEBOOK Page.

    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Who Is The HATER Now?

    Image courtesy of "Payong Kaibigan"
    Oh, I am laughing… every time I log in to a social networking site, I seem to notice that almost every day, some people would post and share something or anything about “HATERS”. Hey, what are “haters” anyway, and what are they made of? Are we really their “victims” or are we just enjoying to pretend that the people we call our “haters” really hate us so much?

    Haters according to the urban dictionary are people who simply cannot be happy for another person's success. They develop a strong dislike for another by just basing from their own opinion on personal or subjective judgment rather than objective merit. A hater's contempt commonly arises from jealously, resentment and denial that some people could be much better than them. TAKE NOTE though that people who hate others for JUSTIFIED reason can NEVER be LEGITIMATELY classified as haters, although some people try so hard to justify their immature tendencies by doing so.

    So, how can we identify haters? Take note that according to JASON COOLEY a Yahoo Network contributor, haters do not necessarily hate you, but they hate you doing better than them. Their official creed is, “I wish you well just don’t do better than me.” Does that sound familiar to you? LOL! Oh, it sounds so familiar to me. *Sometimes identifying a hater can be hard because the hater is often someone who has been close to you for a long time and is in your close circle of friends. The hater is often someone who you think highly of because they have been right there for you whenever you were down and out. You must think hard about these times and wonder if they were there to seriously help you or is it possible that they were there when things were bad because they secretly enjoyed seeing you down? … So, now I am laughing really really hard!!! Wahahahaha!

    Here are the *“signs and symptoms” of being a HATER: 

    • Haters do not want you to be happy, your happiness is their own poison… like a lethal injection that runs so fast in their blood so they try so hard to find ways to put you down by inventing negative stories about you.
    • Haters roam around talking to every people they could deceive and make them believe of the fictional stories they make and of course, the number one villain is no other than YOU. Take note, THEIR STORY IS AUTHENTICALLY FICTIONAL… wehehehe! Oh, I love that!
    • Haters stories of you as the villain makes you look so crazily desperate, but unknowingly, the people who are intelligent enough to analyze and get the chance to listen to the hater’s “masterpiece” knows inside their head how desperate the storyteller (a. k. a The Hater) is. Hmmmmm… so pathetic! You know damn well, stories like your own lawyer would put you inside your own room right inside your own house because you acted immaturely crazy???! Does the story fit? Oh, come to think of this: Even hired lawyers by real criminals will not allow their own clients be put to jail. LMAO! Hihihi! Laugh, laugh, laugh… Come on, your own slip of the tongue irregularities are manifestations of your own lying habits, or is that really your hobby?!... lol!
    • Haters claim that the people they hate are putting them down just because they do not have some things like wealth, education or anything under the sun that they crave yet you have them. Hey, hey, hey, lines like “Oh, you put me down just because you are…. And I am just…” sounds so familiar. Analyze the line, and you could interpret that these people hate you for something you have that they could not just grab. This is not just a sign of being a hater, it is also a sign of self insufficiency and insecurity.
    • They hate you because they claim that you trample their own human rights… yet they do not realize that they are trampling on other people’s rights too. Lines like “Hey you are getting my sandwich!” being shouted at you while they are getting from your own lunch box! LOL!
    • Haters are people who seek God’s forgiveness but they manifest a character and even verbalize their own inability to forgive others. They choose to live in misery because they take care and give so much value to hatred in their hearts and of course they would love you to be miserable as they are. So what they do is provoke you to hate them too so that they could tag you as their own haters, even declaring you as their “fans” to satisfy their insecure ego. Oh, by the way, fans are people who look up to you because you are worthy of their respect. And let us go back to the legitimate definition of a hater, that one can never classify anyone who hates them as a “hater” if a person hates them for some justified and warranted reasons. “JUSTIFIED” is the word, justified means proven, matured, and legitimate reasons that provoked some people to hate others. An example is a very good evidence with legitimate people to prove that this or that person has been or is gossiping some crazy lies about you… oh, but never mind, forgive this “author” of your fiction stories, because he is just violating your morality and you could introduce them how much "moral damages" really weigh in your own country’s applications of law on the civil code.  And even the lawyer whom he is accusing to have locked you in your own room right in your own house could sue him for accusing him of a thing that he has not done..Hek hek hek!!!! And whatever your "stories" are, wait til this hater sees himself on a large image reflector of what really happened on the day he is claiming that you were "locked" by your own lawyer in your own room. Oh, what kind of lawyer is that? No lawyer who truly passed the BAR EXAMINATION and who is in his good presence of mind would do that to his own client unless he would wish to lose his own client or his hard earned license. lol! What a shame to the one who talks of this hearsay.
    So now, we have a little bit of what haters are… SO, WHO IS THE HATER NOW? Keep this in mind, YOU ARE DEFINED BY YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND WORDS, no matter how you define who and what you are made of, YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND VERBAL EXPRESSIONS ARE UNCONSCIOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF SHOUTING TO THE WORLD WHO AND WHAT YOU REALLY ARE.  
    *according to Jason Cooley, a Yahoo Network Contributor since 2005

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    How to Keep Your WIFE HAPPY (For Good Husbands... and Wives Too)

    (Image copyrighted to DjBryle)
    “… I wish I could have five lives. Then I could have been born in five different towns, and eaten five times’s worth of food, and had five different careers, and fallen in love with THE SAME PERSON FIVE TIMES…” This is a quote sent to me through a text message from a good friend few days ago, and it made me laugh and think twice. Would a married man tell these things whole heartedly after marrying the woman he fell in love with?

    Most of the time, I can hear my guy buddies complain about their wives being insensitive and how much they have changed after marriage. I laugh and say that, most (if not all) married women are asking those same questions.  As the old adage says, “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus…” the two genders will never ever really understand each other as much as they want to.

    I know that I am not in the right position to suggest things that may alleviate the burdens of these married men. As one of those women from Venus, I honestly don’t know how to understand men as much as I would like to. So I humbly admit that all I could do to give a little help for my buddies and to some husbands out there is to remind them again what truly makes a woman happy.

    Gone are the days when you were both care free and could spend all the time being alone since your first child was born. And as naturally as other married people, you can always watch so many things that seem to change, like her mood that used to be so jolly and loving turned into being rude. She may also be feeling tired and exhausted most of the time that you slowly feel like you are her last priority. Before you worry so much about the “evolution” of an adorable woman into a horrible monster, think twice. Here are a few things to keep in mind to at least understand your loving wife:
    • Marriage has given both of you new tasks and responsibilities, this means that both of you should adjust and make compromises if necessary.
    • If you worry that your wife is becoming physically ugly, analyze why. She might not have so much time to take care of herself because she puts the needs of your kids and yours her first priority before her own.
    • Being a single woman is so much easier than being a mom and wife, so if she starts to show some mood swings, or starts being rude, realize that she may need more of your attention and needs to communicate, or she might need some time alone.
    • Many (if not all) husbands manifest alterations from adorable to being a “monster” without them realizing it. So, before wondering why your wife is becoming a fearsome monster, be wary of your unconscious evolution too. You might be one of the causes of your wife’s horrible behavior.

    Make your wife HAPPY…

    For husbands who are burdened with their wife’s “monstrous evolution”, be reminded that women can be truly happy with the little things that men do. We don’t really need the most expensive diamond with the best cut or the finest flower arrangements.

    Here are a few ways to make your wife happy and for you to enjoy once again her beauty and grace that made you say “I do.” :
    • Stay with her and communicate, not just to hear but to listen. Most of the time, women just want someone that they can talk to, especially about their fears or just about anything. And most married women would prefer their husband to listen to them. Being listened to is far more meaningful than just being heard. Let us be reminded once again that listening is about paying attention on what others are saying and taking them into account, while merely hearing is just being aware on what others have to say without understanding with the heart. Women want to be understood. Most of the time, you don’t even have to say your opinion, just listen with your heart and be thoughtful to hug her after she talks.
    • Be sensitive when you are having a day off from work and change more diapers. When your child has a dirty diaper, don’t rely to your wife to change it all the time. Whenever time and space can allow you, do it for your wife and she will be very thankful.
    • Surprise her. No, you don’t need to buy some fancy stuff to do this. You can just get a sticky note pad, write things from your heart, or just a simple “I love you… have a great day ahead. Take loads of care!” note and placed somewhere where you are sure that she can find. Your wife will be so happy and yearn for the afternoon to come for you to be together again. You will have a big hug and a kiss instead of the usual bad mood or whinny statements that most husbands complain of. You may even have a hearty dinner together with the family, instead of opening canned goods because she feels so tired to cook.
    • Let her know that you are alright especially when you need to go out of town. Don’t forget to call her to tell her not to worry because you are okay. And if you do so, be sure that you are REALLY okay. And don’t forget to say “I love you” from the heart before hanging up.
    • If your wife has a job, visit her at her working place from time to time. You can bring some flowers or just invite her for lunch. She will soon be the envy of her co- workers for having a thoughtful and sweet husband, and as they tell her all these compliments, she will realize much more how much she has been blessed to have you for a husband. Sometimes, we all need constant reminders that we have wonderful husbands.
    • If your wife stays full time in the house, make her happy by helping her enjoy her hobbies much more and give her opportunities to make her own money. I love to make hand crafted jewelries and other things as such, and I love to write. So when my husband and I decided that I have to be a full time mom and wife, he bought and put up necessary materials so that I could enjoy doing my hobbies, and helped me make money out of them. This simple act of love enhances your wife's creativity, as well as her self esteem and even helps her stay away from boredom and depression. Aside from that, it gives her the chance to make extra cash even if she is not employed while enjoying all her time with you and the kids.
    • Hire a house helper if needed once a week or more often to keep your nest clean and comfortable. Help your wife with the household chores. Take note that doing this will get all the chores done faster and that means more time for you and the kids to bond together.
    • Say, “I love you” whenever she says the same. Women say these words from the heart and your wife deserves something equally affectionate. Never respond with “I know,” or other things like, “Thanks”.
    • NEVER compare her with other women. You married her because she is one of a kind, and make her feel that she is special because she is unique.
    • Take care of your kids as a “father” not the “baby- sitter”.
    • PLEASE DO NOT say bad words, especially when your kids are near enough to hear it. Your wife won’t be pleased to hear her 4 year old kid say the b***s*** words.
    • Never learn to forget to maintain your proper hygiene like you did when you were still a bachelor. Most husbands complain that their wife is becoming untidy and ugly, never realizing that they are undergoing the same transformation.
    • Watch your diet as much as you like your wife to watch hers.
    • Encourage your wife to bond with her good girl buddies. Let her go on a girl’s night out once in a while. She will thank you for that.
    • Never forget to give her a deep, slow, long and loving kiss. You never failed to do that when you were dating, now that you can do it anytime you like, do it whole heartedly again, and AGAIN… and AGAIN.
    • Keep in mind, the best things in life are FREE. I can still remember when I first used a hand bag to work which was given to me by my husband. One of my co- workers said, “Wow, I like your bag… where did you buy that?” and I answered, “I don’t know, my husband bought it for me.” And almost all of my married co- workers said, “Oh, you are so lucky to have a thoughtful husband...” I just said, “Oh, yes I am…” Deep in my heart, I know that I am really blessed for having a very thoughtful husband, not because of the bag or any material things that he has given me. What came to my mind that moment are the days that we spent eating street foods while we take a walk down town… I most treasure the companionship he gives as we hold hands eating the cheapest food in town! And at this moment, I know, that if I could have FIVE LIVES, I WILL CHOOSE TO FALL IN LOVE FIVE TIMES TO THE MAN I MARRIED. 

    .... for WIVES TOO

    Of course, there are many more ways to keep your wife happy. And I bet you know it better than me… Hey, she is YOUR WIFE you know her much more than anyone else does (aside from her parents maybe… lol!). Every day, keep in your heart and mind why you married her.

    Errrr… I guess I have to address the wives out there too. Your husbands are struggling as much as you do, so as much as they like to keep you happy, try to make them feel the same. Try the tips above, and add up your own tricks.

    “The best gift that a father can give to his children is to love their mother…” We have all heard this before… but can we make it this way, “The best way to show your kids that you love them is to love one another through the good and the bad…” For all married women, please do not put all the loads to your husbands, share the load with them and you will both be happy. Hey, husbands, please do the same! Have a joyful family life!

    Copyright of DjBryle, 2011
    Images courtesy of Nuttakit and Africa at

    It is BEST to GROW OLD with that ONE PERSON we vowed to LOVE and CHERISH FOREVER...

    "... There is NO ROOM for TRUST in a MAN who can not be TRUE to someone that HE VOWED TO LOVE AND CHERISH before GOD and MAN. For if one can't be true to that promise, one can fool anyone around him... If behind any successful man is a woman, keep in mind that behind every successful, beautiful and happy wife is a THOUGHTFUL AND TRULY LOVING and TRUSTWORTHY HUSBAND..." (DjBryle, "Are You The OTHER ONE?")

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Halo- halo De Iloko 8th. Year Anniversary Summary of Events

    (Image courtesy of Sir Xavier B. Mercado)
    April 18, 2012 marked Halo- halo De Iloko's 8th. Year Anniversary. As part of the celebration, the management have started their art show entitled, "Ninuno ArtShow at Halo- halo De Iloko" last March 20, 2012. The art show aims to promote paintings and art works by Filipino artists, among them are some paintings of the renowned artist Dong Ilay who designed Halo- halo De Iloko's souvenir t- shirts. The art exhibit will culminate on the 22nd of April 2012.

    Miss Chrisme of Halo- halo De Iloko showing us some of the masterpieces at the "Ninuno AstShow"

    Sir Xavier Mercado- owner and manager of Halo- halo De Iloko, showing us more art exhibits

    Halo- halo De Iloko's Souvenir T-shirt designed by DONG ILAY

    The 8th. Year AnniverSARAP Street foods event started last April 18 and the last day will be today! So hurry now, grab the chance to savor those street foods served at this really cozy place... for once, experience "street" foods in the ambiance of a "home" =)

    Here are more images of Halo- halo De Iloko's foods, ambiance and everything in the place anyone would love to call "Balay"!

    Catch some fresh air, and chat with friends at the lobby

    We love halo- halo even more if it comes from Halo- halo De Iloko

    Simple breakfast dish made special


    ... and soooo yummmy!!!
    (All images in this section is a courtesy of Sir Xavier B. Mercado- owner and manger of Halo- halo De Iloko)

     Visit Halo- halo De Iloko now at its NEW LOCATION at 12 Zandueta St. San Fernando City La Union!