Bitter Sweet Life

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

Cebu Pacific Valentine's Day Seat Sale

Cebu Pacific announces their Valentine treat for travelers entitled "Basta FLYER Seat Lover Php1.43!". This promo is for domestic and international destinations. Travel period is from June - December 2014.

For tickets, head on to Cebupacific website or their respective ticketing offices. Promo period is up to February 16, 2014 only or until seat sales last. Please be reminded that it is subject to availability.

American Eye Center Launches OFW Privilege Card

In line with its support of Filipinos working abroad, the American Eye Center is giving eligible OFWs the ultimate gift with its Pamaskong Handog OFW Privilege Card through its Shangri-La and Greenbelt branches. With the OFW Privilege Card, kababayans can now secure eye health for themselves and for their dependents from anywhere in the world through discounts on diagnostics and treatments.

“The essence of the holidays is giving back to the community and American Eye Center does so by honoring our beloved OFWs. These modern day Filipino heroes deserve much recognition and we do that by offering quality eye care for them and the rest of their families through our exclusive OFW Privilege Card,” says American Eye Center’s COO Dr. Benjamin Cabrera.

American Eye Center offers the OFW Privilege Card to all overseas Filipino workers and their qualified dependents. The card is absolutely free and entitles the bearer to a 50 percent discount on comprehensive eye examinations and 15 percent discount for their dependents. The card also allows special 20 percent discount on cataract surgery, 15 percent discount on All Laser or Bladeless LASIK, and 10 percent off on diagnostic procedures. 

The card also offers exclusive discounts at American Eye Center partner SPEX Optical. All OFW’s need to do is set an appointment and present valid overseas employment documents to avail of these unlimited discounts starting December 2013 to March 2014. 

Eye health and OFWs

“American Eye Center honors OFWs with this privilege because we believe and respect the sacrifices they make to provide a better life for their families. In order to do so, these modern day heroes need to be physically up to take on this challenge which is where eye health comes in. They deserve nothing short of optimum eye health to achieve overall well-being,” Dr. Cabrera said. 

Excellence in Ophthalmic Care

American Eye Center has been breaking new ground in ophthalmic care since its establishment in 1995. American Eye Center’s level of excellence is backed by the Associated Eye Specialists, the most experienced and longest-running EyeMD group practice in the country, composed of 17 doctors extensively trained in various ophthalmic subspecialties. The Center is also staffed with highly qualified optometrists, nurses and counselors to provide patients with personalized quality eye care.  
American Eye Center is a full-service diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical eye facility fully accredited with the Department of Health and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. It houses the latest diagnostic equipment for the early detection and monitoring of all eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataract.  
Its location in Greenbelt 5 in Makati City has a laser suite, an operating room, a recovery room, examining rooms, and a spacious reception area.  Clients can also choose from a wide array of elegant eyewear from SPEX, a world-class eyewear center adjacent to the American Eye Center and managed by The Optical Shop. 
The company’s main office is located at the level 5, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries and details, call tel. nos. 636-0762 or 729-EYES (3937) or email us at You may also visit for more information about the OFW Privilege Card.

Avail of American Eye Center’s OFW Privilege card and ensure a clear future for the entire family. Set an appointment today via phone or e-mail or through American Eye Center’s appointment planner available at their website. Always stay in the know by downloading the American Eye Center App available on iPhone, iPad, and on Android.

Thanksgiving 2013: What I am grateful for?

Two more days and it will be thanksgiving day in US, but here in Philippines there's actually no specific date or month it is celebrated (in short, it is nonexistent). Yet still, some Filipino's were celebrating it - mostly because of influence (ehem!).

Anyway, in line with the thanksgiving event in US this November 28, below is my list of the things i'm grateful for 2013:

  1.  First is to the Almighty God who bring me to life and never abandoned me. 
  2.  Second is to myself who continue to move forward despite of all the things that life is throwing me. 
  3. Third, for the pains which become my opportunity to grow up.
  4.  Fourth, for bringing Caleb here in earth safely.
  5. Fifth, for Chloe who always bring cheer in my heart (though she's growing up as a maldita).
  6. Sixth, for my partner who accept me for being me - PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE.
  7. Seventh, for my mom who continuously supporting me. Taking care of my children though I know she's complaining already even without saying it verbally.
  8. Eighth, for my immediate family (my father and 2 bros) who will be the first three boys of my life.
  9. Ninth, for my friends who will be there always even though we were not seeing each other often.
  10. Tenth, for my career who gives me opportunity to learn and earn.
  11. Eleventh, for the internet which happen to be my outlet to view the world.
  12. Twelfth, for bloggers, online forum community and Facebook groups which help me learn and share things and meet new friends as well.
  13. Thirteenth, for all the blessing's I have received and will receive before the year ends.

How about you what are the thing you were thankful for? Don't hesitate to share it below. 

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Be sure to count your life's blessings and small miracles. 

How We Can Help Philippines Typhoon Victims

As we all know, our beloved country Philippines was hit by the strongest typhoon "Yolanda" (internationl name: super typhoon "haiyan") last November 8, 2013. This was the strongest typhoon ever that hit Philippines and was considered as well as the worst typhoon in the world for 2013.

As the death toll, there were already 1,774 number of deaths caused by super typhoon said by a government agency last Monday night. It is really heart breaking to see them in that situation. As seeing the video and pictures in the internet and  in the news, trees, houses, road and other infrastructure like airport and churches were wrecked.  Almost all the typhoon victims were asking for food and water and most of the child are getting sick already. 
People you can do even small things to help them. Spring clean your old clothes, get your slippers that you're not using anymore yet still in good condition and even some of the blanket that is only kept on your wardrobe may do good to the victims. And if you have some spare on your budget, you may buy bottled water and some noodles and bring them at some drop off areas. 

You may check the list of organizations and institutions below that accept donations whether it is in cash or in kind: 

  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) - DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) Chapel Road, Pasay City (going to NAIA2). Contact number: (02) 851-2681
  • Philippine National Police - PNP Gymnasium, Camp Crame, Quezon City. Contact numbers: 0915-333-8685, (02) 722-0650 (Police Senior Superintendent Teroy Taguinod)
  • Operation Tulong Bayan - Balai, EDSA corner McArthur Ave., Cubao, Quezon City. Contact number: 02-913-6254; or The Commissary at Whitespace, 2341 Chino Roces Ave Ext. (formerly Pasong Tamo Ext), Makati City. Contact number: (02) 729-0030
  • The MVP Tulong Kapatid Center will be open today from 9AM to 5PM to accept cash and relief goods at the Meralco Covered Tennis Court, Meralco Compound, Ortigas, Pasig City. Contact Eds Addun at (0939)913-3771 or 632-8301 for more details.
  • All LBC branches are accepting donations for typhoon Yolanda victims until November 30.
  • All McDonald's stores in the National Capital Region are accepting donations in kind. Collected donations will be packed and distributed through the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Bigay Tulong Program and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya.
  • Operation Blessing Philippines is accepting donations in cash and kind at E. Rodriguez Ave. C5 Road cor. Corporal Cruz Bagong Ilog, Pasig City. Call 477-7802 to 04 or (0917)581-2603 for more details. Operation Blessing is also accepting volunteers for their partners in Cebu and other nearby areas.

For some other areas, you may check rappler list here.