Saturday, 28 March 2009

Buying a house in Halifax west yorkshire, England

We move in to this development 2 years ago, to start to get into property ladder. My husband got one of this newly built house on a mortgage just 6 months before the housing market crash last 2007. The worst thing is that since we move into this house, we got a lots of antisocial experience from neighbors, teenage kids and children. You see, the council has been putting or should i say dumping these problem families in these new houses giving it to them for free, and they destroy everything around them. We have always been reporting this to the police and sad to say they cant really do anything about it. They will say, that when there are many reports about them, they will be evicted, but you see, the council will just move them into another place similar to these since these families have little children. So, its an on going process.
It's been so unfair for us and other families who has bought these properties and not to mention paying council tax to get this kind of harassment from people they been dumping into this area. They say you'll get in prison if you don't pay your council tax, where in this problem families are free from council tax and they are actually living by it, got everything for free. Good for this families, they will be move and transferred to maybe something better if they destroy the whole place, but for us were stock here, cant figure a way out, since we don't want to file for Bankruptcy just like some neighbors did, i cant really blame them, because if this is for free, we wont be living here, sad that were paying for it so we don't have a choice.


This house beside us is for sale, £30,000 lesser than we bought ours before the housing market collapse. You'd be totally crazy to buy this if you intend to live in this, but it might be better buying it to let or rent. In the picture the gas meter cover is no longer there, somebody broke it.

this is the side of the house, the small windows are broken, so it is just covered with ply board.
The whole development is not finished cause the owner of the development has file for Bankruptcy. The builders before say they been stoned by local kids when they were building the place, and some of their equipment were stolen. You cant believe this is a first world country.

Damage gutter
Broken window

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Red meat news

It has been on the news today that Eating less red meat for a longer life, say researchers. On the guardians news paper, researchers says people who ate the most red meat as a proportion of their diet were more likely to have died during the study than the people who ate the least red meat, by about one third. The researchers call this a 'moderate' increase in risk. Eating lots of processed meat was also linked to increased risk of death, especially for women.

It's quite hard to put exact figures on the increased risk from eating meat. That's partly because eating lots of red meat was associated with other unhealthy behaviour. The people in the study who ate the most red meat were least likely to take exercise and most likely to be overweight, to eat more in total and to smoke.

People who ate the most white meat (which in this study included fish, as well as chicken) had a slightly lower chance of having died during the study. But there's a question over this. People who ate the most white meat or fish also ate less red meat, and had a generally healthier lifestyle. So it's hard to know whether the white meat or fish was having a positive effect in itself.

Well, i think moderation of everything is the best thing to do. You don't have to avoid red meat, just moderate it, have a well balance diet, exercise, and be happy is the most important thing, live the most while your still alive.



Monday, 23 March 2009

Tax on chocolates in UK

Dr Walker described chocolate as a "major player" in problem weight-gain and associated conditions, including high blood pressure and joint pain. He believes chocolate is no longer the special treat it once was and is being consumed in unhealthy amounts. He call at a British Medical Association meeting in Clydebank, West Dunbarton, was only narrowly voted down - by two votes.
I am a chocolate lover and personally i am against tax on chocolates, lets face it we already have to pay VAT on all our chocolate, and by taxing it, people with lower income cant afford to buy it.
I know that NHS has been tackling this obesity problem here in UK, but it is actually up to people itself to control themselves, and be responsible enough to get fit. By walking along the to the supermarket would be a great free exercise, or jogging along the park would do.

Well, I'm glad tax on chocolates it has been narrowly rejected by doctors.

This is my favorite chocolate, Maltesers.








Sunday, 15 March 2009

LIFE IN THE UK TEST

I have taken my exam once last year and pass it. I would say it was not difficult but its just a bit tricky for some questions requires 2 answers. You will find all of the answers from the LIFE IN UK journey to citizenship book, 2ND edition, color blue, it is about £9.99 at WHSmith or at online shops like amazon. You will find all the answers to the question on chapter 2-6, but you can further your knowledge by reading all the chapter if you want to.

There are also some websites that you can practice the test for free which is i say very similar to the real one. I'm sure there is lots more online for free, its just a matter of looking for it.

Good luck and have fun with the practice test!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Climate Change

The world today is facing this greatest challenge, and should we worry about it? Perhaps yes, it does affect us all, the rising global temperatures will bring changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather. We often heard in the news the melting of north pole ice berg and the drought in amazon rain forest, this will however make big impact in the future. Let's admit it, it is a bigger long term problem than recession.

I am writing this to spread awareness that as an individual, we can make a big difference to help save the planet. There are ways to tackle climate change, by reducing impact of C02 .
Top 10 most popular by survey:
1. Drying clothes outside
2. Washing your clothes at 30 degrees
3. Recycling
4. Switching-off standby
5. Cycling and walking instead of driving
6. Using dress sense
7. Home composting
8. Reusable bags
9. Keep your fridge-freezer clean and ice free
10. Cutting down on meat and dairy

Please help make a difference, by your own way, you can just Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Best Regards,

Friday, 13 March 2009

Family Prayer


God made us a family.
We need one another.
We love one another.
We forgive one another.
We work together.
We play together.
We worship together.
Together we use God's word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all people.
Together we serve our God.
Together we hope for heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them,
O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Got this on my favorite poem web Catholic supply which you can purchase this and some other wonderful poems for a low price.
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my family

Friends Awards

The "Let's Be Friends" Award represents:


These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.



This is given to me by my sister amy. Thanks for sharing this to me.



Now, I am sharing this award to you.







Awards!

Trixie has given me an award! Thanks for sharing this my friend.

Now its my time to pass this award to my friends and to all blogger. Please feel free to grab!.












Name 7 things/person that you love then pass this on to 7 other bloggers.

1. I love my family.

2. I love God.

3. I love waking up each morning seeing my little girl smiling at me.

4. I love food.

5. I love chatting online with friends and families.

6. I love making new friends.

7. I love my country Philippines.



want to pass this award to my friends and visitors here. Please feel free to grab it.

Regards,


http://www.marifen.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Keswick Lake District

The lakes has been well known as one of England's best tourist destination, has the best walking and climbing routes. The town is set on the shores of Lake Derwentwater, overlooked by fells on all sides. The most relaxing way to appreciate the stunning views is to have a trip on the Keswick Launch, which takes you on a 50 minute tour of this beautiful lake. For the more adventurous, the valley of Borrowdale is just a stone's throw away, and is a heaven for climbers and walkers. We use to come here allot for kayaking, and picnic along the lakeside.

Balloon Festival

My husband took this pictures a long time ago, when digital cameras were not yet invented, hahahaha... This is a balloon show was in south west England. These were i think taken 20 yrs ago. There are still some festival like this going on like the Southampton Festival, Northampton Balloon Festival, and Llangollen Balloon Festival.






Were planning to go to one of this festival one day.





Wednesday, 11 March 2009

My Family back home

After 3 years of being away from home, I have finally come back to see my family and friend. I left the Philippines after I got married to an English man and after 3 years, I came home with an additional member of the family, my little baby girl. My Parents was very happy to see us again and I saw how excited they are when they saw my little baby, my mother told me that it feels like she is holding me when I was a baby when she was holding my little girl. Anyway, It was so nice to see my friends and family again, and I am sure I will be missing them again when I am away.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Bag/Purse Tag

My Sister Amy tag me into this, and I'm not really sure about my bag, or should i say my baby's bag, as she got most of the things in it, hahahaha... Well, i started carrying this heavy stuff when i had my little one, everywhere we go this bag is always around me, sometimes i hang it in the pushchair. It is uncomfortable at first but i got use of it now.

Not sure how much this is as this was given to me by my husband, this bag is made by Mamas and Papas, has five external pockets, three with zip or popper closures.
Padded nylon lined interior with insulated bottle pocket, wet; pocket and zipped pocket. Very useful for mothers on the go.

Whats inside it are diapers, milk bottle, milk holder, flask for hot water, baby wipes, baby powder, house keys, my face powder, eye shadow, blush on, lipstick and hair shine liquid, and a wallet. When its all in the bag, it looks a mess, hahahaha....

Thanks for sharing this sis, now bloggers knows whats inside my bag, hahahaha!

Here's the rules:
1. Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late. No, you can't go into your closet and pull out your favorite purse! We want to know what you carried today or the last time you left the house.
2. List how much it cost. And this is not to judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. So spill it. And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, we’d love to hear it.
3. Tag some chicks. And link back to this post so people know why the heck you’re showing everyone your bag.

Philippine public transport

This are the public transport you usually see in the Philippines, aside from the Big buses for long travel. Motorela is a cheap way of getting here and there. This is ideal for small roads and short travel. In the picture you will see the happy passengers and feeling handsome driver, hahahaha...
As you can see, people are as warm as the weather :)
Taxi as everywhere else in the world is a costly but comfortable way of transport.

This is a Jeepney, well what can i say, only in the Philippines. It is also a cheap way cost of travel, just a little more than the motorela. Ideal for short and long distance travel.




This was taken on a busy day outside Gaisano Mall Cagayan de Oro City.


Camiguin Island Philippines

Holiday in Camiguin Island Philippines
February 27, 2009



Balinguan port misamis oriental

Camiguin Island


cottages in Ardent hot spring

Ardent Hot spring

Katibawasan falls
Cold springMt. Hibok hibok
Sunken Cemetery



White Island
Model, hahaha...




It was a great Holiday!





Divine Mercy Hills

Divine Mercy Statue
Newly built Divine Mercy Statue located in El Salbador Misamis Oriental, Philippines.








Nice view, overlooking camiguin island. Statue was very well made and I'm actually very impress with it. Oh, if ever planning to visit, i would advice you not to wear shorts or sleeveless blouse, as they would not allow it there, or they would let you wear a cape like cloth arround your sleeveless blouse or a skirt on your shorts. It does look silly specially if your a man.


Chloe's Christening

My little girl's name is Chloe, she got baptized at Mt. Carmel Church, Cagayan de Oro city Philippines last February 21, 2009. She was 1 yr and 2 months old during her Christining day. As a Christian, what I know about Christining or baptism is that Baptism has been part of Christianity from the start, as shown by the many mentions in the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline epistles. Christians consider Jesus to have instituted the sacrament of baptism. How explicit Jesus' intentions were and whether he envisioned a continuing, organized Church is a matter of dispute among scholars. In Christianity baptism is very important as this means immersing, performing ablutions, washing, is the ritual act, with the use of water, by which a person is admitted to membership of the Christian Church.