February 17, 2012

What's Going On

It's been a looooong time since I made my last entry. I felt bad I didn't have any single post in 2011.  But looking back, 2011 is such a busy year for me. Having Andre and Jaden have completely changed my life for the better of course but that means I don't have much extra time.  Even if I have a nanny, it doesn't feel like I have one because each of us is focused on one of the Twins at all times.  In the early months of my Twins, even bathroom breaks were considered a luxury, much more a decent shower.

I only had a reliever when we went back to the Philippines.  Actually, I had many relievers because of relatives who are excited to see and play with the Twins and volunteered in taking care of them. We stayed in Philippines, both in Manila and Bataan for about five (5) months.  During my free times, I took the opportunity to take baking and cake decorating lessons.

As soon as we got back here, the Babies got sick on and off for about three (3) weeks.  I also started the preparation for my Twins' 1st birthday party.  After the party, I got busy preparing for Christmas.  It was my intention to launch my home-based business before Christmas to take advantage of the holiday season business opportunities.  But between Twin's birthday and Christmas time is such a short-time to prepare considering that I'm still a full time mom.  I was so glad that I had the chance to participate in the Museum of Islamic Art Bazaar to make up for the missed opportunity.  It gave me the chance to showcase my baked products to wider audience.  It also gave my friends a chance to try my products by buying retail quantities.  The bazaar will be a regular activity, happening every first Saturday of the month except on summer months of July, August and September. So that's something that will keep me busy for the next few months, aside from taking care of the Twins.

February 14, 2012

E-mail Scam? - AAA Liquidators Warehouse

I just received what looks like an e-mail scam. It's either a scam or perhaps illegal activities that needs someone to work for them. I actually googled "AAA Liquidation Warehouse Scam" and it did not yield any result except for this FB link.  Looks like e-mails were sent in the Philippines sometime in December. Google search results also provide maps, etc. of this AAA Liquidation company.  There's even a positive review at bloglines though it's also suspicious. I don't believe in product reviews anymore because when I was looking for "work at home jobs," there are many "job openings" to make positive reviews of their products. If you receive this e-mail, beware. I really think it's scam because....

- First, the offer...It's too good to be true. If you search for jobs from home...the most you can receive for virtual assistants is US$ 15/hour.

- Why would a company entrust receiving payments to a stranger? Considering the offer, it is safe to assume that receivables would be large sums. For legit transactions, bank transfer is the usual mode of transfer - not western union. So either it's a scam or illegal activities going on.

Here's a copy of the email...

ATTENTION :::::::::We are one of the largest Hotel / Restaurant equipment warehouse in Miami USA. Due to the large amount of order we receive from Qatar, we are in urgent need of workers who will work part time as payment/fund receiving agents.JOB RESPONSIBILITY / MAIN REQUIREMENTSOur customers in Qatar will divert payments to you, we will then give instructions on how to remit the funds to any of our office location or clients in UK using Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram. Payment will be sent in QAR and you will instantly deduct QAR 3,500 on every payment and also get a Monthly Payment of $4,000 (USD). You will receive about 2 payments weekly.IF INTERESTED, EMAIL US THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:Full Name : Contact Address : Mobile Phone Number : Age : Current Occupation : Do you have a DOHA BANK ACCOUNT ? : Note: You are required to have a DOHA BANK ACCOUNT (Account will be used in receiving payments)Our agent will call you to give you more information and also guide you regarding this offer once we receive your application. We will also email you your employment letter and a sample of our products.Awaiting your quick response and application. Confirmation and Employment letter will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

February 12, 2012

Two More Sleeps

Note: Found this entry in my drafts. It was originally written on November 28, 2010, two days before my scheduled CS delivery.  Somehow, I did not finish it; thus, it wasn't published.  But I'm posting it anyway.

I thought I’ll write an update before I deliver my twins. Two more sleeps before my little angels will come out but tonight will be the last night I’m going to have a peaceful sleep. Tomorrow evening, I’ll be admitted at the hospital in preparation for the CS delivery the following day. When we go back home, we’ll have little angels whom I hope will not be cry babies like when mommy was a baby.

I haven’t posted any update since I entered the second trimester of pregnancy so I’ll pick up from where I left off last time. By the time I entered the second trimester, my nausea slowly went away. My sensitivity to smell also started to decrease though it did not completely go away. Until now, there are certain smells which I cannot stand for long periods. I started to have an increased appetite at around 24 weeks – about the same time I tested positive for gestational diabetes so I was put on diet for the rest of my pregnancy.

I’m glad I started my leave as early as my 29th week because my energy level has gone down even before I entered the third trimester. I easily get tired and I can’t stand for long periods. Finding a comfortable sleeping position became more and more difficult specially during the last three to four weeks. I am also struggling to get up and the and the first few steps after getting up from lying down position are painful. Trips to the bathroom became more frequent and there's always a feeling of urgency!