Bitter Sweet Life

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

Learn Javascript for Beginners & Start Coding today at Udemy!

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       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: "http://lyrahcchronicles.blogspot.ca/" 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!

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Birthday letter to my dearest princess

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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!

                Love,
                Mommy 

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How to check your SSS Loan Balance via Online Inquiry

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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: http://www.sss.gov.ph.

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.






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Marikina Attractions: Mama Chit's Coffee House

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One beautiful Sunday afternoon of June 07, 2015, when me & him decided to push through on our usual stroll via our motorcycle. We went to Mama Chitts Coffe House which is one of the popular places to eat in Marikina City. How do I know about Mama Chit's? It was actually featured before on various TV programs.

Since my husband loves burger, we really push through on this journey. Anyway, Mama chit's is located at the main road of San Roque, Marikina. It is just few steps away from Our Lady of the Abandoned Church (OLA).

Mama Chit's of Marikina
What I love the most about Mama Chit's (aside from their big and delicious burger) is their collection of their vintage items which serves as their restaurant decor. They have old sign boards, coca-cola collection, metal flat-iron, old radio, etc. 

slot machine
Coca - cola Collection
Old ice crusher, metal flatiron and that radio! They older than me
At the counter, my hubby ordered 2 cheeseburger, mojos, blueberry float for me and avocado shake for him. All for 450 pesos only! It's worth the price since the burger were really big. Actually, I haven't consumed it all.

Mojos, Blueberry float & Avocado Shake

the cheeseburger we ordered. 100 each only!
Mama Chit's Menu and Price list


MAMA CHIT'S
278 J.P. Rizal Street, San Roque, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 646-8547
Just across the Shoe Museum, near Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

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Every pain has a purpose

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It all started when I'm 19, I went out with a guy who was 1 year younger than me and was probably my first proper experience of dating and so called thing - "relationship". My family didn't know about everything that happen in between on that relationship. The relationship lasted a couple of years but I leave the relationship when I couldn't stand the pain it gives me. I must admit he was the source of my happiness yet he was also the reason of my misery that time. It was actually 2010 when I learned there is someone else he was seeing - it was also the year when our daughter seen the world for the very first time. Oh imagine the pain it gave me plus the pain I have to endure facing everyone in the family and people around me.

Looking back to all those painful scenarios, I'm thankful that I wasn't able to commit suicide. It's true that every pains you've endure become your cure in the long run. I must say that I am much stronger now and happy as well. Thankful that God gave me strength to face all those dark days. Thankful that I have people around me that inspire me and help me to continue to explore the world. Now, as I am writing this, I have my own family with 2 beautiful kids (my daughter & my son ) whom I spent almost all my time. I'm very grateful to the man that God have given me because he accepted me for who I am - past, present & future. Really, God is so great!

So to everyone who's into dark days because of failed relationships & other reason, 
Remember: "Pick up yourself and don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth or your reason for being because I tell  you can be happy without them."


Note: (if you can able to read this) "to you, praying & hoping you find your own happiness as well. Thank you for all those experiences - best & worst - it mold me to the person who I am now.  God bless! "

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Quotation Treasure # 4 : Stop Worrying

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"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain" 


Stop worrying cause it is useless. When you feel sad and your world is turning upside down, PRAY because only God can help you. Focus on purpose behind the problem, not on the problem itself. Remember: It's great to count small miracles in life rather than exert effort on frowning 'coz of the trials you have in life.

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Why I love being a mom...

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We all know that motherhood is the toughest job in the whole wide world - no salary, no day offs and no resignation - yet it is the most rewarding job you could ever have in your life. Below's the list of reasons why I'm loving it in every bit:

  • I love being a mom because it helps me to strive more to be a better person.
  • I love being a mom because my children are my inspiration.
  • I love being a mom because I receive lots of kisses and hugs that no any amount can match its value.
  • I love being a mom because it helps me to realize how to love unconditionally.
  • I love being a mom because my kids makes me happy everyday.
  • I love being a mom because it is a constant reminder that I am bless by God everyday.
  • I love being a mom because motherhood gave me a deeper sense of purpose.
  • And last but not the least, I love being a mom because it is the most rewarding job a woman will ever have!

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DIY: How to make baby paper shoes

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If you were on a tight budget yet still wanting to give party favors after your baby’s birthday or christening or even baby shower, then you might check out how to make this baby paper shoes. I remember the time (way back 2011) when I scout on Google regarding this and tried to do it on my own for my daughter’s birthday party. 

Here’s what you need for the project:
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Embellishments (ribbons, buttons, etc)
  • Glue 
  • Baby shoe pattern (click here to download the pattern
  • And lastly, good cutting skills and your creativity!

Procedure:

    1. Print out the free pattern and cut it out.
    2. Trace the pattern on the paper you chose.
    3. Cut it.
   4. Start gluing the sole and tabs. Make sure that the part that is being glued is actually facing the    inside.

Below is the final product I’ve created! With a minimal fee and effort, you can now have cute and unique party favors for your baby’s guests.

baby paper shoes that I created

How about you mommies, I would love to know if you were going to try it out and how do you plan to use them? Share your thoughts on the comments below!

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Antipolo Attractions: Old Boso Boso Church

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Last May 09, 2015, when we decided to went to an old church at Antipolo named Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata Parish or popularly known as Boso Boso Church via our mighty ride zuki. Actually, it was my idea to go there since I fell in love with it the moment I saw it online. The church is situated at Old Boso-Boso, Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines.

Boso Boso Church
Boso Boso Church - Facade

According to wikipedia:
The first church was built as a mission church by the Franciscan missionaries sometime in the late 16th to early 17th century. The Jesuits eventually took over the mission there in the 17th century who began constructing a new church made of stone and brick, It was turned over to the seculars in 1768 when the Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines.
In 1880, an earthquake caused significant damage to the church. Owing to the dwindling population in the area, the damaged portions of the church were not rebuilt.

In 1930, the Americans planned to build a dam in Boso Boso, Thus, the remaining inhabitants were ordered to resettle elsewhere. The dam project was eventually abandoned due to a discovered earthquake fault line, yet the people did not return until the time of the Japanese occupation. Even then, whatever that was left of the church was subsequently burned down by the Japanese, leaving only the lower portion of the original church facade intact.

As the area was eventually resettled, administration of the parish was taken over by the Camillian order in 1986 who helped organize the restoration of the church. Restoration was completed in 1995, preserving the original remaining façade of the old church with the rebuilt portions built as close as possible to the simple, sparse architecture of the old structure.

Boso Boso Church Historical Marker
church historical marker
When I saw the church personally, I felt really captivated and it was like going back to old times. I totally love it - the church facade, the altar, the giant trees, the community around the church, and the fresh air. I must say that it is one of the worthy places to visit in Antipolo. I wish we could go back there again soon.

Boso Boso Church Big tree
Big three beside the church

Boso Boso Church Altar
church altar
saint statue at the side of the church
side entrance of church


Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish Church
(popularly known as Boso-Boso Church)
Sitio Old (Lower) Boso-Boso, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal
Tel. No.: 401-4951

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Nutri10 Plus for Active Kids

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My 2 kids, CA & C, are taking vitamins everyday. I always followed their pedia advice since they are usually prone to cough and colds. It never crossed my mind to try other brands like flintstones and scott multivitamins since their current vitamins are very suited for them.

A few weeks ago, Wert Philippines send us this new multivitamins, Nutri10 Plus for active kids. Since my kids vitamins were already consumed all, I am very glad that this new vitamins came at the right time. *Savings*



Nutri10 Plus contains the following vitamins & minerals that is really essential for our growing kids:
  • Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) - which helps children to grow at an accelerated rate.
  • Zinc - contributes to the maintenance of cell and organ integrity
  • Taurine - which helps in brain development
  • Lysine - help boost appetite.
  • Vitamin A - which is important for growth and development, and for good vision
  • Vitamin Bs -  play important roles in cell metabolism. 
  • Vitamin C -  necessary for normal growth and development. 

That's goodness in 1 bottle so what can we ask for? I hope my dearest kiddos will be "hiyang" with this. To know more about Nutri10 Plus, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Nutri10Plus

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Quotation Treasure # 4 : Faith

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"We should always put our faith in our Mighty Creator. Do not worry because He has a better plans in our life." (Jeremiah 29:11)

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Good morning sunshine!

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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius


One Sunday morning, we wake up early than the usual coz you told me we are off to go somewhere. We wear the helmet,  I wrap my hand around your waist and you started the engine. Minutes of a long ride, we stop and you let me captured the beautiful sunrise at the highest peak of the road at Antipolo. I gazed to the eternal blue sky, with beautiful sunrise and sea of clouds and thankfully whispering to HIM that it is indeed a blessed day.  I have witnessed one of the beautiful sunrise in my life.  I must admit I like this new experience, wandering through the city with your hand in mine. 

Good morning sunshine!

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9 Tips On Saving Your Money

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It's been half a month now after we welcomed 2015. Most of the people tend to put on their new year resolution the goal of saving money. It always a cycle yearly - save money, invest, live within our means, etc. But honestly, how many of us turned this goal into reality? Anyway, below is the list of simple tips on how to save some money.


1. Record your expenses. So grab a notebook and jot down all your day-to-day expenses since the first step in saving money is to know how much you are spending.

2. Plan on saving money. Actually, our savings should be deducted first once we got your salary. It's like paying our self first. Standard formula for us to save is Income - Savings = Expenses not the other way around which is Income - Expenses = Saving.

3. Set savings goals. Be sure to know, why you are saving. Is it for your child education, retirement or anything? This would really help you achieve your goal.

4. Make a budget and do stick with it. Do create budget for your grocery, your daily work expense, etc.

5. Decide on your priorities.

6. Live within your means. Always!

7. Make saving money easier with automatic transfers.  This can be tied - up into your payroll account so you'll have an automatic and force savings. - Wasn't able to do it since the company's bank branch is from Parañaque while our office location is here in Taguig.

8. Different savings and investment strategies  for different goals. Do create different account for your saving purposes. I actually have an ATM account for emergency needs, then another bank account for short term saving goal & and I have a VUL - a mutual fund and life insurance at the same time for long term saving goals. I am also planning to venture into Mutual Funds and other investment products. I hope budget will allow me. =)

9. Last, watch your savings grow.



Also, be sure to have discipline and continue doing the tips above so your savings will double up. Hope this might help you! How about you, what saving tips you can share to us?

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On Being Lucky!

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My friends often told me that I am very lucky on raffle and even giveaway since the day that I received the iPad mini from last year company's Christmas party raffle. To tell you a short description of mine, I love joining blog giveaways/raffles and luckily, I won some of the blog giveaways that I participated in.

Here's the picture of awesome things I receive this year:

collection of giveaways/raffle items that I receive




I am very thankful for this year because of these awesome things I received unexpectedly. Also, thankful for the bloggers who hosted those giveaways. This actually help me save some money. I hope God will not get tired of giving me some of these favors.
Don't think of the things you didn't get after praying. Think of the countless blessing God gave you without asking.
How about you guys? Have you receive any items that you haven't shed any amount?

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January: On Being Healthy

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If you're actually gonna ask me how was our January. It is actually a rough road. The whole entire family got sick - I was included on the list. Maybe, it was because of the humid & cold weather. So cold that almost all the Filipino got flu and colds. Anyway, My baby boy was the one who got sick the most . He's fever was on & off plus the cough, colds & diarrhea. We already went to his Pedia but unfortunately looks like he doesn't get well. Last January 15 (during papal visit), we rushed to the nearby hospital because he has a high fever with lots of red spots on his skin. We actually thought that it might be dengue since the symptoms are relative to it. But after the health specialist examined his blood and stool, thank God that it wasn't caused by dengue nor his diarrhea wasn't caused by amoebiasis. So how was that incident related to money? Do you know the saying that "Health is wealth" right? It's very very true! Health really ensembles our wealth. If you're super duper rich yet your health suffer, for sure your money will be gone to soon. Yet when you are happy and healthy, you could acquire much more wealth and spend it on the things you've ever wanted. Anyway, that incident actually cause us almost 5k - prescribed milk & medicines only. It's one big "uh" to our family budget - you already know the reason why. So what measure do we do to prevent this things to happen again? Below is the list of things of staying healthy and happy:
  1. Always making sure that the 2 kiddos drink their vitamins including us, adults.
  2. Eat healthy food always. We almost eat vegetables, fish and fruits everyday.
  3. Lots of lots of water to drink since it helps us to wash away the toxin in our body.
  4. Have an enough sleep - so we are making sure that they get 8 - 10 hours a day of sleep plus a nap time in the afternoon.
  5. Make them play outside. This will serve their exercise.
It is really hard when someone in the family is sick. So let's should be wary of the things we do to our body. As the saying says, "Health is wealth". I hope this February will be very good to us.So how about you guys, what have you experienced last month?

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