Bitter Sweet Life

A collection of my life (mis) adventures on being a wife, mom, daughter, friend, and anything in between.

Road trip : Pililla Windmills

Alternergy which operates Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte constructed a wind farm in Pililla, Rizal.

Pililla Windmills in Rizal are on top of the hills overlooking the beautiful plane of Tanay Rizal on one side and Laguna on the other. It will surely be one of the great destination you can go along Rizal area.

How to go there:

Via public transportation: 
  • From Starmall Van Terminal / Jeepney Terminal in Shaw Boulevard or Araneta Center, Cubao, you can ride a jeep or van going to Tanay, Rizal. 
  • Get down at the junction or the Tanay Public Market in Sampaloc. Travel time is about 2-3 hours depending on traffic.
  • Hire a tricycle going to the Wind Farm. Rates are negotiable. It’s better if you’re in a group so you can split the costs.

Via private vehicle: 
  • Drive along the Manila East Road to Tanay. 
  • At the fork in the road, turn left to the road leading to Real, Quezon. 
  • Villa Lorenzo Resort is the sign that you are already near at the windmill. 
  • Drive up the hill, and check the entrance to the wind farm on your left. 

Learn Javascript for Beginners & Start Coding today at Udemy!

       As I mentioned on my about me page, I am a B.S. Information Technology graduate but I wasn't able to practice my computer programming skills. Hence, now I missed doing it so much. I just realized recently, that I love doing things which involves analytical and critical thinking. Oh well, I guess it's still not too late to go back and explore the world of coding.

 As I'm searching for online courses, I am happy that I found Udemy which offers free and affordable online courses. One of the course that caught my attention is Javascript for Beginners by Learn to Program, Inc.  Javascript is basically the programming language of HTML and the Web.

Anyway, here's what we need to know about the course:

It's one of the most Udemy’s most popular courses with 4.3 star rating out of 5.
There are total of 47 lectures, with 4 hours of total content on this course.
The course is aimed at beginners, and provides a comprehensive overview of the most popular coding language on the web.

What is the target audience if this course?

• Web Designers looking to improve their skill set
• Programmers who need to learn Javascript for their web applications
• People looking to start programming and need a first programming language to learn
• Students who want to learn Javascript
• People who manage a web site as a volunteer or as a hobby
• Bloggers-- even if you use Wordpress or another CMS!
• Anyone else who wants to learn Javascript

How much does the course cost?

Normally, this course costs $49. However, since you are a reader of my blog, you can have the course for only $10! That's 80% off! Isn't that great to know?! (Happy dance!).

Here's what you need to do, enroll in the course now, just click redeem a coupon and input my special coupon code: "" to avail the discount.

I'm so excited to go back and learn one of the popular language now! Let's enroll & avail the super discounted price! Enjoy learning!

Birthday letter to my dearest princess

Happy 5th Birthday C.A.!!

To you my dearest princess, we've been through a hell of ups & down. I wanna say sorry for all the disappointments I've caused you especially when I wasn't able to fulfill my dream for you - having a complete family (biological mom & dad + you). Sorry anak, di ko kasi kinaya lahat ng sakit ng nakaraan, someday you'll gonna know and understand everything about the story of the past. But hey, just so you know, we can still be called a family nevertheless since real definition of family doesn't only bind with the connection of blood. Family is the people in your life, who want you theirs; the one who accept you for who you are & the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who loves you no matter what.  Andyan si caleb, si dada, mama, lolo, tito jr at tito caycay diba? Di lang halata pero sobrang love ka nila. Sorry for the dramatic intro anak. Anyway, Happiest 5th birthday to you! though hindi ganun kagarbo atleast makita kitang masaya at malusog ayos na ayos na ako. Di man natin inaasahan ung nagyari kahapon still we manage to celebrate your birthday and ang mahalaga you are okay now - Very very okay! Thankful that all the lab test were negative! Tsaka Diba may elsa cake ka pa tapos all the staff on the hospital greeted you a happy birthday plus the doctor gave you a key chain dog. :)

Happy happy birthday anak! I know I am strong because of you and I will continue to be strong (much! much pa!) para sa inyo ni caleb. I really love you, always will. To the infinity and beyond nga ang peg natin kahit madalas tayong aso't pusa. Walang sawang bangayan. Haha pero sa totoo lang, I love you anak! Always & Forever! I hope you'll grow as fine lady who loves God eternally. May God bless you always!


How to check your SSS Loan Balance via Online Inquiry

As I've doing my search about SSS, I've came to this post wherein people where asking how to check their SSS loan balance. They provided their loan account number on this particular site without even knowing that they can actually see it via an online SSS account. See image for reference:

source: via yahoo answer
Anyway, for you people, here's the easy steps for you to check your loan status and balance. I included images for better instructions.

1. First is you need to register and login for your member contribution information on the SSS Philippines website here:

2. After that, you will get redirected to member's homepage. Click E-services, under that is Inquiry, Apply for Salary Loan & Submit Maternity Notification. Click for Inquiry.

3. After clicking the Inquiry, you will get redirected to Employee's Static Information wherein you can view all about your SSS account - loans, benefits, etc. Click for loans, under that is Loan Status/Loan Info. This is the section where you can see all about your loan information.

4. You will get redirected to Loan information page wherein you can see a summary of your loan. Click the "Statement of Account & Loan Payments" to view the list of all availed SSS loans.

5. You will get to this page, wherein you can see the loan application details, loan information & as well the list of availed loan. Click the recent SSS Salary loan that you have applied for to see your payments and balance.

6. As I said earlier, you will get redirected to the page which shows you the total amount of paid & balance of your SSS loan. See the image below.

I hope this simple tutorial helps you guys on how to keep yourself updated with regards to your SSS loan payments & balance. Let me know if you have questions or any other concern via comment.