D60 it is!

Thanks to the boyfriend who financed 50% of my newest toy, we went out today and came back home as proud owners of a Nikon D60! Woot woot! 🙂

We had to cash out Alfred’s last NCO paycheck at Citibank Paseo de Roxas then we had lunch at Jollibee right across the bank. From there we took a cab to Quiapo. Went in to inquire for a D60 at Henry’s, left because their stocks were just arriving in the next two hours. Tried next door at Mayer’s which was packed, and got good quick service from the attendants and manong who looked like he was the owner.  We were shown a brand new D60 and we said we were taking it. Went out to the ATM right across the store, came back not 3 minutes later to find that another guy purchased the kit that was shown to us. No biggie, they had more stocks from where it came from.  Five minutes later (okay maybe more), the whole transaction was done. The box was wrapped in newspaper, then I shoved it, along with the camera bag, into my reusable shopping bag.  

Backtrack to while we were in the cab on our way to Quiapo… Alfred went to the BDO branch near Citibank to withdraw from the ATM there.  He said he saw Chavit Singson there. He also saw a bank employee that reminded him of when he was working at the BDO head offices.  There are many different jobs in banking but the one he held while he was there so many years ago, doesn’t really have anything to do with banking.  To tell you honestly, he sounds bitter now when he talks about that 6-month stint.  He said that when he saw that poor guy earlier, he wanted to approach to tell him to get out from that joint and find something better.  Haha.

Anyway, back to the D60.  I have to be honest, the manual isn’t helping me a lot.  Maybe I’ll just read through it again tomorrow when I’m not sleepy.

I’m naming her Maxine, because she’s Frankie’s daughter. But I might still change my mind. No photos to post yet. Maybe I’ll share a few tomorrow.

For now, I sleep.


I have been MIA for several days haven’t I?  

On Thursday morning, I went to take a look at the job offer from another company and that took quite awhile – longer than I anticipated.  I fell dead asleep after having lunch on Friday. Stayed until 2pm at work on Saturday, then out with the boyfriend too. Today after work we went out to lunch and a stroll at the mall. Then the usual Sunday afternoon TV viewing, haha. 🙂

If you’re a blog addict like I am, being away from your domain can give you anxiety attacks, haha 🙂 Being hooked on blogging is probably why Delaney gave me this award:


From what I gather, here’s the official description of the award:

The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…

You know what I think? This award should be given to bloggers whose writing keep us glued to our screens like zombies, reading through their posts.  Bloggers who, when you first chance upon their blog, get you to spend hours reading through to their first ever post.  In short, these are the bloggers who keep me away from my bed, keeping me awake until I look like a zombie! Haha 🙂

Now, I decided to bestow this gift to bloggers that I super enjoy reading, but I’m more of a stalker in their blogs.  I’m not optimistic they would even notice that I gave them an award, these are very popular bloggers and receive so many comments for each post, but I’d love for you to get to visit them anyway. Oh okay, I’ll add in some super fun ladies who I’ve been stalking for a long time!  So check out my Zombie Chicken Awardees:

  1. The Pioneer Woman
  2. Bakerella
  3. MammaDawg
  4. KimB
  5. and Delaney too! 🙂

Why don’t you go ahead and recommend more Zombie bloggers to me? 


On a very different note… Remember our condo units that have forever been in improvement mode? Well my brother just reminded me that we haven’t heard back whether the kitchen cabinetry installation is finished (and it should already be).  I wonder how the place looks like now?  I haven’t been there since the improvements were made, maybe because I don’t wanna feel bad that we can’t do more to make the space fantastic, or turn it into a big working kitchen filled with baking equipment, a zero radius sinks, Kitchen Aid mixer, oven, and everything else I drool over. Hays.

Thursday Thirteen #18: My New Team

Thirteen Thoughts on my new Team 🙂

1 It’s a crazy world that I am currently in. Perhaps it really is all just about timing. But many things are done differently, it confused me for awhile.

2 I have had no alone time so far in the recent two weeks. I have spent most of my day going to and fro just to meet with my agents, or attending meetings left and right.

3 I can get used to it. And the work really is doable. It just seems daunting at first but when you get right down to it, you can actually finish the stuff in no time. I may change my mind about this though. After all, I haven’t really had to do ALL that has to be done yet.

4 My new kids are a fun bunch. They have already developed bad habits, but because they’re mostly non-tenured, it can still be fixed. I have the impression that they just need TLC, with a sprinkling of nagging 🙂

5 Our stats for the first week I’ve been with the team are looking good. I hope it’s just the beginning of a winning streak.

6 The management team is a fun bunch. Hardly ever 100% serious. 🙂

7 The schedules are CRAZY! But hopefully it will get better in the coming weeks.

8 I’m not sure when I will actually know each TM by name, much less befriend each one. There’s just too many!

9 My Inbox gets filled a LOT faster than it used to. The volume of mail doesn’t seem to be that much, but there are just a lot of big attachments maybe? I keep on archiving on a DAILY basis versus a weekly thing.

10 We have daily pre-shift huddles. It’s become more like an hourly huddle for me because my agents come in at different times throughout my day. It’s okay really.

11 I have the best rest days! Back to the Friday-Saturday offs of my OL days 🙂

12 It’s supposed to be a high energy environment, but some of my agents aren’t hyped. I hope to change that real soon. Go team spirit! 🙂

13 I really hope we reach the goal this quarter. It won’t just mean job security, but pride. 🙂

Thursday Thirteen #18 – Sending you hugs!

Do you pray everyday? I don’t. At least not in a way that I speak to God directly. I’m pretty sure though that I send up one form of prayer or another, on a daily basis.

Like, when I say: Ingat or “take care.” Usually to someone on their way home from work, or to my dad on his way back from a trip. What I think I really mean is – “Lord, take care of him/her.”

I don’t devote a specific time of day to just have conversations with God. I used to pray every night though – just to give thanks mostly and that was a long time ago. I didn’t just decide to stop praying, it just happened.

I belong to this online group where women just chat about anything and everything. It is not strange to have someone talk about an illness she has, or something that a family member is getting treatment for. Even when I don’t pray a lot, I find myself responding to their emails and saying that they’ll be in my prayers. Sometimes I feel bad doing that, because I don’t really pray, so I just say they’ll be in my thoughts. 

But then I realize, that when I do read what they say, and when I reply back about sending a quick prayer on their behalf – I actually am praying for them. 

The way I see it, whoever God we pray to, He can hear us whenever we call out – in whatever manner.


When blog hopping, I find myself to be more conscious about comments I leave. I rarely say that i will pray for someone because not everyone believes in prayer. So when I read a post and I feel compelled to reach out and just say something – I just leave/send out virtual hugs. I’m not so good with words, you see, and I know that nothing I say will be truly comforting. And somehow I feel that hugs would be better when truly meant. I feel that a hug may mean as much to the giver, as to the receiver.

Here are 13 graphics to give out HUGS (or just to say “I’m here if you need anything”):



What about you, do you leave comments saying you’ll be praying for someone and really do? Oh, do you feel that when a blog friend leaves you hugs, she really means it?

Anyway, if you’re playing TT, leave a link so I can visit you too 🙂

Spread the hugs!

**Checkout my previous TT’s here and here.

Thursday Thirteen #17 – Site Changes

Over the weekend (and still ongoing) my site has been through changes! So for my seventeenth edition of Thursday Thirteen, here are both subtle and obvious changes to verabear.net:

  • 1- The main theme/template. From bright to dark.
  • 2- Changed the default logo that came with the theme. I might be changing that one again this weekend though.
  • 3- Removed the About the Author and Ads sections of the Sidebar
  • 4- Added ads under the Header and under the Footer, but only for the Main Index page.
  • 5- Changed the way Archived posts are displayed. The default display only listed the contents but I wanted the actuall posts shown too when you clicked on a Category, for example.
  • 6- Edited the appearance of the Threaded Comments Plugin to match the template.
  • 7- Removed the “author” property (e.g. posted by verabear) for each post. I don’t feel that I need it because I’m the only one who posts here anyway.
  • 8- Added a gallery plugin – NextGen – which I may not be able to use after all because I’d have to pay per additional 8M of PHP memory.
  • 9- Changed the color scheme for my Bidvertiser and Google Ads.
  • 10- The Subscribe area. I never had one although the previous template also had an RSS link by default.
    Still looking forward to changing/adding the rest…
  • 11- A photo gallery that’s hopefully integrated with WP
  • 12- Top Commentors plugin
  • 13- I might add an Instant Messaging Control box so we can chat real time when I’m online 🙂   I had one back when I was still blogging at my Blogger address but the only one that ever chatted with me was Tracy and we chat on Messenger all the time anyways. Haha. Maybe I’ll get to know more blog readers next time I set it up, or at least I am hoping too. 😉


Feedback has been generally positive about the new look. More importantly, I am quite happy with the changes. 😀

**Checkout my previous TT’s here and here.

**I have just added Mister Linky, please add your links so Thirteeners can easily find you 🙂

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