Hard on the outside. Soft on the inside.


Christmas Is In The Air

Christmas …. it’s Christmas time once again. I started my Christmas gift shopping as early as November.

And come December, our Christmas tree is all set up with the gifts.

The kids get excited knowing they can get their most coveted wishes!

But I have a wish list too.

Since last Christmas, I started to make a Christmas wish list where my family could check out what they can get for a gift which I would really like to have.

Here are the easy ones:

1. Starbucks tumbler – so I can take my coffee while driving to the office.

2. Twilight 4 set Journal – for a creative project I have in mind for my kids

3. Paulo Coelho book -  any of the following: Brida, Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept or Like The Flowing River.

4. Credit Card Holder

5. Work out clothes

6. CD from any artist I like

I’m sure my kids would get me something from the list. Now I only need to guess who gets me what.

Now I’m excited as well.


Mr. and Mrs. Ribo


Such was the utterance on this big event that happened this morning.

And there were only the best wishes for the couple.

We’ve all been waiting for this!

Ceremonies held 7:00 AM at
St. Pancratius Chapel Paco Park
Gen. Luna St. Paco, Manila

Reception at Makati Parks & Garden
J.P. Rizal Extention, Makati City

Congratulations Nelson and Rowena!

Event photos here :  NELSON & ROWENA’S  WEDDING DAY


Responsible Gaming

I came across an advertisment from a magazine about Resorts World Manila.

It caught my attention as it says “resort” and the location is very near — at the Newport City across the NAIA Terminal 3.  I thought it’s some place to bring the kids for some fun.

When I checked out the website, it turned out that it’s not fun for kids but for adults.  Just the same I continued to browse on their site hoping to find something interesting.

And I did.

The place itself is impressive as it aims to boost Philippine tourism and create employment.

But that’s not what caught my attention.

From their site, there is a dedicated page entitled RESPONSIBLE GAMING.  I think the resort is good to post what I consider to be a warning.  There listed qualifiers that would help assess individuals if they have gambling problems.  And I thought to share this with you.

A “yes” answer to one or more of the following questions need to consult professionals.

  • You have often gambled longer than you had planned
  • You have often gambled until your last dollar was gone
  • Thoughts of gambling have caused you to lose sleep
  • You have used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid
  • You have made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling
  • You have broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling
  • You have borrowed money to finance your gambling
  • You have felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses
  • You have been remorseful after gambling
  • You have gambled to get money to meet your financial obligations

    Playing is a lot of fun especially when you are winning but before entering casinos or engaging to gambling, you may want to ask yourself those questions first.