Bye-bye Barista!

Perhaps you are buying coffee every day on your way to work – maybe the barista even knows your order and your name. That’s one way to guarantee a great cup of coffee but it can be pretty costly and it’s not all that convenient. With an on demand coffee maker you can enjoy Starbucks®, Tazo and other K-Cup® coffees from all the top brands for just pennies a cup and there’s no need to tip the barista. On demand or single serve brewing systems as they are commonly known have revolutionized the way to make and enjoy coffee.

On demand brewers take up about the same amount of space as a conventional electric drip coffee maker; they require access to an electrical outlet and hold anywhere from one to 12 cups of bottled or tap water. Unlike a conventional coffee maker they do not employ a coffee pot and warming tray or a thermal carafe. This means you have less to clean and it also means you never have to suffer through a cup of burned or stale coffee.

The coffee makers use pre-measured individually sealed coffee pods so you no longer have to buy, scoop and measure coffee or deal with messy coffee grounds and flimsy paper filters. To make coffee you simply place your cup under the brewing port and select a coffee pod – the donut shop brand K-Cup®, for example, that can be found at for $11.99. Place the pod in the machine and press a button; the machine opens the pod and issues the right amount of water at the correct temperature. It brews the coffee in one minute or less – all you need do is drink it and enjoy. To brew another cup simply discard the spent pod and insert a new one.

June Weddings

The month of June came with the weddings of my hubby’s pretty nieces, Denden and Danica to their handsome grooms 🙂  And as families are expected in this part of the world, the hubby and I attended both weddings. Take note that in both weddings we were also assigned as secondary sponsors (we were cord sponsors).

For Denden’s wedding, we had to travel about an hour from Butuan City to be there. It was held at the church just beside the  house of Denden’s family; reception was held on a specially arranged area between their house and the church. Danica’s wedding, on the other hand, was held at a convention center in the city. Both the wedding ceremony and reception were held there.

As always, weddings make me smile. They always remind me that people in love always, always desire to make life-long commitments before God, family and friends 🙂 God bless the newly-wed couples!

Denden & Albert together w/ the bride’s family.


Danica & Rutchel w/ her mom & uncle (my hubby) and Rutchel’s mom.

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The Change has Come!

If you haven’t been aware of it yet, the system of education in the Philippines has been changed to K-12.

I am not currently a teacher but my husband is, so obviously he has to make changes in his teaching. In the previous years, he was teaching 2nd year high school Biology but with the change he is now teaching Grade 8 Science beginning last June! What does this mean to my husband and to other 2nd year high school Science teachers?

As a teacher of Grade 8 Science, my husband now teaches Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science and Biology in one school year! Whew! What a challenge! My husband, like his fellow teachers, had to undergo training to be able to make the teaching adjustments. Thank God that he has been able to make the needed changes in his teaching and yes, with all the additional effort on his part 🙂

My hubby’s copy of the new Grade 8 learner’s manual

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Needing a Laptop

It was not until 2008 when I got my own laptop. By that time, I really needed one for my job as my work then also included traveling. It was bought outside the country (Australia) and yes, I was glad to have it 🙂  And I would have to say that back then I could not afford buying this laptop model by myself. Thank God for His unexpected provision, finally it was bought at just the right time 🙂

By last year, there was already some “wear and tear” on my ASUS A8e laptop. And so I considered getting a new one. And surprise, surprise! My latest laptop is a gift! But that newer laptop also deserves another post 🙂 Below is a photo of my old ASUS laptop 🙂

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