Monday, December 29, 2008

Goofing Around at Home Part 2

Here's another video of us goofing around at home. Henry took this video, and watch Keisha dance. Nicole was trying to dance too, and if you're wondering who's doing the background singing, it's my mom in law.

The Bautistas

Here are some pics of my mom, my dad, and my sister. I'm sure you can guess who they are since we look alike!

Goofing Around at Home

Here's a video of me, Nicole, and my mom in law. This video was taken by Henry while the digicam was connected to the TV, which is why we keep looking the other way. Watch out for the ending!

Me at Work

My officemate took this video of me while we were at the QA room. I work, really. It just that this video seems to show otherwise. Lol!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

DTV Quality Assurance Analysts

I just wanted to share some pics of me and my co-QAs at work, since we had a potluck post-Christmas party earlier today. Here are some of them:

my workstation

Our First Picture

I just wanted to share the very first picture taken with our digicam. The sales lady took this picture of me and Henry while we were still at the store. I just love this picture because we both look so happy. Well, here's to us and the new camera!

Our First Digicam

Yesterday, Henry and I went to the mall to buy our first digicam. We had so many choices like the popular Sony Cybershot series, but we ended up buying a GE A735 black digital camera. We considered a lot of factors before buying this particular model, like the features, the look of the camera itself, and the cost.

This camera pretty much has the same features as a Sony Cybershot, like the red eye removal, smile detection, face detection, and an image stabilizer, which is perfect for me because I have really shaky hands and the pictures I take normally end up being blurry.

I took the camera today at work and took lots of pictures with my co-QAs. Taking the camera with me today was a great idea because I forgot that we had a pot luck at work and everyone was there. There was a lot of food and we all had so much fun.

My supervisor Roland is actually busy uploading the pictures we took, and I'll post them in another entry when I get home.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Are you an Action AllStar?


I just finished registering for an account at It's a pretty cool game, especially if you're into sports. The registration process is pretty simple. You just need to choose your character's name, and of course it's preferable if you don't use your real name. Of course, you also need to choose a password that is more than 4 characters, and then put in a valid email address. You can also customize your avatar by choosing its gender, hair, eyes, and smile. Plus, there are also a lot of cute outfits you can dress up your avatar in. From choosing the color of its shirt, shorts, and shoes, there's a lot of fun you can do.

What I like about this game is that it is very secure and safe for the kids. If you're wondering what made me say this, it is because if you're a kid, you need to have parental consent before you can start playing the game. Your parents need to click a link that will be sent to their email after registration and that's the only time you can start playing the game. Choose a server to play in, and that's it! Let the fun begin!

You can even choose whether to turn on or off safe chat settings. I like this because if you're a parent, you're assured that your kids won't be learning any foul languages while playing. I'm sure my eldest daughter who loves sports will enjoy this game. And by the way, did I mention that this game is free?


VXI Christmas Party 2008 - SMX Convention Center

Yesterday was our Christmas Party and it was held at the SMX Convention Center. The venue was amazingly big. I honestly had a hard time moving around and finding friends as the place was big. VXI occupied Function Rooms 4 - 5. Imagine this, I had to text friends to find out where they were so that we could see each other.

The food was OK. There were two caterers - Friday's and Itallianis. I liked all the food that was there, too bad we were only entitled to one trip to the buffet table. There were also a lot of drinks, but I drowned myself in dalandan juice and iced tea, causing several trips to the washroom. I was more thirsty than hungry. There was also a specialty bar for those who wanted to drink alcohol, and as I predicted, the line was very, very long.

Going there was a challenge by itself. Henry and I initially planned on taking a cab all the way to Mall of Asia, where the SMX Convention Center is. But the traffic was horrible so we had the cab driver drop us off at the LRT station. So imagine me in a short black dress, heels and makeup commuting. After we got off the LRT, we took another cab all the way to SMX. Most of my friends were late and got stuck in traffic as well. I guess Henry and I were pretty lucky in taking the LRT.

I hung out with friends from the Welcome team, since I had a hard time finding my bosses from the QA department. I finally found them, hung out for a little while, and then went home. I didn't win any prizes in the raffle, but that's OK. I left the party early as Henry and I ate dinner at KFC, and then took a bus home. We got home almost quarter to 1am. I wanted to tour the mall than the party (sorry!) as it is my first time in MOA. But I guess I would have to say that the party went well.

I couldn't help but remember the sign I saw while we entered SMX - No request is too big for a venue this big. And they weren't kidding.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas / Holiday from dNeero-ites

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Excited about Tomorrow

Tomorrow I get my first 13th month pay from VXI. I an hoping it will be close to the amount I have in mind. I've been with the company since January 7, so I know it will be a bit big. We'll be using the money to buy a new fridge. I'm excited because in the 5 years Henry and I have been married, this will be the first time we'll buy a new fridge. The fridge we're using is my mom's, and it's been a fridge since I was a kid. Since it's old, it consumes a lot of electricity.

Hopefully there will be some left so that I can buy a new washing machine as well. My washing machine is almost 5 years old and has gone through many repairs. I also want to buy one with a dryer in it, so that during rainy days, I don't have to worry about clothes being wet for a long time, especially Keisha's school uniform.

I hope everything goes well tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wasted Time

I'm currently at work right now. The PC that I'm using is terribly slow, not to mention the fact that the keyboard that this PC comes with is a piece of work - the spacebar key is broken. You really have to put in effort for it to work.
The network is also very strict and there are restrictions that are driving me crazy. For one thing, they don't have Firefox installed, just IE and I'm more comfortable with Firefox and it's tabs. The IE here isn't even IE7, so imagine working with either one window or multiple windows.
The right mouse button is also disabled, so I can't copy URLs to deep link this post to older posts of mine, which I'll probably just do at home. And besides, the Internet connection is so slow anyway and to open a new window will just drive me nuts.
So you're probably wondering why this post is entitled Wasted Time, right? It's because my shift starts at 11pm, and the client we're supposed to have a video conference with won't be available until 2 hours later. What makes things even worse is the fact that someone else will be using the conference room, so we won't have a room to stay in until further notice.
So there. Even though I'm getting paid while loitering at work, I just can't help but feel that my time tonight has been wasted. And this keyboard is beginning to get on my nerves.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kakasa Ka Ba sa Grade 5?

Kakasa Ka Ba sa Grade 5 is the Filipino version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? I just wanted to share that my mom in law has been bugging me for the longest time to join this show.

If I decide to concede in the game, I may end up with Php 50,000 which isn't so bad. I know I'll be able to answer some questions, but not all of them to reach the jackpot of 1 million pesos. I guess I don't trust myself as much as they trust me.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


I got this tag from Rose and Richard, and I'd like to thank them for always dropping by and reading my blogs. I love your blogs and I hope you guys keep it up! Because of blogging, I've made new friends and I hope to make even more. It just makes blogging all the more fun.

I'd like to share this tag to friends of mine at work, and my virtual friends as well. They are:

My Mom's Birthday

My mom's birthday went really well. Although it wasn't much of a surprise party anymore as she already knew we were coming over, she was surprised that I actually did come, even though I had work that night and only got a few hours of sleep.

I gave my mom our present, a Nine West bag, and she loved it. The color of the bag actually matched the gown she is set to wear tomorrow for a friend's son's wedding, and she was happy that she had a bag she could use. We also gave my sister Elena's wallet already, which she absolutely loved. I didn't know she was getting into the color green recently, and the wallet we gave her is in a shade of green. So there, luck was indeed on my side while I chose their gifts months ahead.

And of course, I wasn't able to take pictures as my cellphone is with Henry and his phone is busted. I let him use my phone as there are a lot more people texting him compared to me, and with his line of business, he really needs to stay connected all the time. I really need to get a digital camera before Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2008

SpitzTunes - Cheer & Fear

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Big Day

Tomorrow is my mom's birthday and my sister Elena, my mom in law, and the kids are all involved in planning a surprise birthday party for my mom tomorrow. We already have a gift for her, a Nine West bag, and I hope she likes it as my mom in law and I spent hours and hours on this online store just to find a bag for her.

Earlier today, my mom in law and the kids went with me to the market to buy our lunch, and we also bought a birthday wrapper to put the bag in. We also bought another gift bag for my sister to put the Liz Claiborne wallet I bought for her as well.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow. I hope my mom is surprised, and I also hope that everything turns out well. I hope the food turns out great, and that my mom likes the present.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Spirit Award

Wow, I just got another award! Feels like the Oscars, lol!

The award is from Doods, and it's the Christmas Spirit Award. To be honest, I've been so busy at work with the shift change and all, I just realized that it's only a matter of days before Christmas arrives.

Better get those presents wrapped up fast!

I'm also sharing this award to a great friend Chubs and her family.

Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

You're an Amazing Blogger

I would really like to thank my friend Rose for giving me this award. I've always loved blogging but I love it even more because of friends who appreciate the time you spend in front of the computer. I'd also like to share this award to my friends Richard, She, Zhey, and Jaime.

Happy blogging to all!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Manny Pacquiao Wins!

Congratulations Manny Pacquiao!

Won by a TKO, Manny Pacquiao defeated Oscar dela Hoya today. Dela Hoya quit before Round 9 started.

Congrats Manny!

How to Make a Wise Decision

I need help in making a decision.

Yesterday morning at work, the director for Quality Analysts spoke to me and one of my co - QAs and asked us a series of questions as though we were being interrogated. My co - QA John also handled an account I took in calls for almost a year and a half for almost as long as I did. We were then informed that VXI Los Angeles is opening a Customer Service line of business for this same account - and they were looking into the two of us assisting in training these agents in LA and also, in pioneering the QA team for Customer Service.

What VXI did in Inbound Sales is that they had Filipino QAs listen and evaluate calls for LA and Texas agents, which is where I am now. And since they did a good job, the client decided to have agents here as well. The client is planning on doing the same for Customer Service - with me and John spearheading the project.

In short, the director informed us of their plans of sending the two of us to LA.

I just got promoted two weeks ago as a QA, and I am so overwhelmed with the details divulged to us during our conversation. I am flattered, but I am also worried. We might stay in LA for 2 months, and just thinking about it makes me sad. I'll be away from Henry and the kids, and I just can't bear that thought.

I spoke with my good friend Doods about it, and I am lucky he understood. He understood my hesitation of being away from home, but also made me realize that this kind of opportunity doesn't come along often. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if things materialize and we'll take it from there.

A Present for Henry

Henry and I went to my office earlier. It's my day off today, and we just went there to get his Christmas gift. I purchased a Mossimo watch for him through my supervisor, whom I also purchased my bag and wallet from. Here's what his watch looks like:

We had to have one link removed because the watch was loose for Henry's wrist, but now everything is fine. What's even funny is that Henry is still wearing his watch - even at home!

I love you hon, and hope you liked my gift.

Pacquiao - Dela Hoya - Who Will Win?

May the better boxer win.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SpitzTunes Without a Cause

Twilight Theatrical Trailer

Gosh, I love this movie.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Time with the Kids

I just wanted to share how happy I am how things turned out on our family day yesterday. We had a great time at the mall with the kids, and we practically agreed on everything when we went out - no disagreements, no shouting, and we had a really great time.

I took some pictures of the kids and Keisha while we were at the mall, and she said it herself - she had a really great time, which is all the assurance I needed. I was meaning to upload them, but I am missing my USB cord to my cellphone. I have to cook lunch now, so I guess I'll have to do it some other time then.

Engage With Grace

Sunday, November 30, 2008

About You ... dNeero-ites

LA Police Gear

I came across this site called LA Police Gear. The site was founded by Los Angeles Police Officers and serves the general public, military personnel, security professionals, the police, and pretty much anyone who would like to buy their products.

There are several products that are available for purchase, like a 5.11 Tactical Knife, surefire flashlights, galco holsters, underamor, footwear and boots, pants, and other durable equiment. LA Police Gear also pride themselves in extremely fast shipping, low prices, and oustanding customer servce. Their products are available for purchase by anyone who is interested in their gear. Should you have any questions or need clarification while ordering on the website, there is an online customer service chat support one can utilize to address their concerns.

A promotion that LA Police Gear is having right now is that they will be including a Shick Quatro titanium razor for free. This particular razor features four blades for that ultra-smooth and ultra-clean shave. Also, you can choose to sign up for SMS message alerts if LA Police Gear has any updates or even text message coupons you can use to buy items with a discount. Sign up for email updates as well so that you can also receive emails and updates about promotions, products, and offers.

If you order online, you can also rest assured that they take the issue of online security very seriously. For each and every time that you put in your payment information or specifically your credit card information as well as your billing and shipping information, LA Police Gear uses the industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to prevent and stop the information from being intercepted. The computers that LA Police Gear use are also protected by multiple firewalls and DMZs, as well as the latest in anti-virus software so that your information is always secure. All credit card information is automatically encrypted once your order is placed. As of this date there has never been a breach in LA Police Gear's system's security, and they plan on keeping it that way.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Very Productive Day Off

After I got the QA position at work, tonight will be the 1st day off I'll have in the week. Last week, instead of 2 days off, I only got a few hours worth of rest. What's funny is that last night, I fell asleep several times during training. I hate falling asleep at work or when I'm doing something, and my co-QAs were having a hard time waking me up.

Today when I got home, I slept for 3 hours and then Henry woke me up for lunch. After which, I proceeded with starting the laundry, went to have my training manual book bound, and then went for more laundry. Henry helped me rinse the curtains and the bedsheets as they were too big and heavy for my small hands. Then we ate dinner and now here I am!

I'm already really sleepy but I want to finish blogging tonight so that I'll have all day tomorrow with my kids. The new shift I'm in just hasn't sinked into my body clock yet, but hopefully it will soon.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hotels in Barcelona

A vacation is something we all need. Given our busy schedules and tiring work days, a good break from all the hustle and bustle of city life would be well worth it. If ever you find yourself traveling to Barcelona, you should know that there are great Barcelona hotels you can choose from. Do book a hotel in Barcelona prior to your travel. It will save you from the hassle of finding a place to stay when you're already there.

There are 4 Star hotels in Barcelona that I'm sure any traveler would love to rest their tired souls from all the traveling, as well as a good break from the routine of city life. You'd be surprised at the many choices you have in regards to accommodation in Barcelona.

To stay in hotels downtown Barcelona and hotel Barcelona are a great way to complete the feel of your travel. I'm sure you'll love the unique atmosphere and ambiance that each hotel has, not to mention the warm, friendly, and accommodating staff. Each hotel is also very easily accessible to roads and important establishments.

And of course when you travel, don't forget to bring your camera to capture the exciting memories that you'll have once to travel to Barcelona, stay in one of their great hotels, and get to know the culture and people of the place. Have a happy trip!

This is a sponsored post.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Online Holiday Deals

Kmart is having some really great online deals for the upcoming holiday season. Like for instance, their Attention Women's Kimono Wrap Sweater is at an extra 10% off if you order online, their Abbey Hill bedding Medallion Dream bedding collection is at an extra 30% off if you order online, and a 1/4ct tw Diamond 5-Stone Journey Pendant and Earrings Set in 10K Yellow Gold is also offered with an extra 10% off online only. The prices on the products are shown in the cart, not on the product page though, and the discount is only up to November 26th, so better hurry up and start shopping online!

What's even better is that through December, Kmart will also be giving an additional 10% off on the following item categories if you order them online:
  • women's plus sleepwear
  • women's attention brand
  • girls tops
  • ALL juniors
  • boys tops
  • men's shirts and bottoms
  • big men's shirts and bottoms
  • infant and toddler bedding

Also, if you keep your eyes peeled while shopping online at Kmart's website, you just might stumble upon their hidden ornaments that are there every week up to Christmas. These ornaments will be providing us customers extra savings on already great prices and discounts with a secret coupon code! So what are you waiting for? Start shopping online and get great deals and discounts online with Kmart!


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I got Locked Out Yesterday

Silly me forgot my house keys yesterday when I went to work. So I came home I guess around 15-20 minutes before 7am (my new schedule is 9pm-6am by the way) and don't quote me on this as I was really sleepy I'm not sure if I was reading the time right anymore. So I knock and I knock but my mom in law and my kids just didn't wake up. I understood as I knew they probably slept wee hours in the morning while reviewing Keisha for her exams and they had the door to the room closed so that Nicole won't get out the room and come tumbling down the stairs. So I knock. And knock. And knock.

And what the f**k it's already past 9am. I guess I finished a pack of cigarettes already just waiting for someone to wake up. I was already making a lot of noise. I was ringing our landline phone, buzzing our doorbell nonstop, knocking on the door with a coin, and screaming my lungs out. Yes, I can multi-task, and I was able to do all of those things at the same time. I tried picking our lock with my ID but it just wouldn't budge. So there. I decided to walk around first as I was really sweaty, stinky, and sleepy, and my fingers felt they were already dislocated because of knocking and knocking.

That was when I went to my mom in law's sister's house. She had her son knock on the door with me. Oh, and did I mention that my neighbors who lived on the left and the right side of our house were also knocking on our windows and our door as well? One of them even gave me something to drink, another one a bag of chips, and lo and behold! Even more cigarettes came pouring on me. But the neighborhood's efforts were to no avail. Until my mom in law's sister's husband came to the rescue. Bless his soul, but for a man, he seriously has a loud mouth and literally pounded on our door so loud that it sent my mother in law running down the stairs.

So finally, more than 2 hours later, I got to enter my house and collapsed on the bed. They all had a good laugh about it, but I sure didn't. I learned my lesson though. When I woke up in the afternoon I had our darn house key duplicated and pinned it to my company ID. I learned my lesson the hard way.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Spitz Tunes Now

My First Day as a QA Analyst

Today was my first day in training as a Quality Assurance Analyst at work. The account I was assigned to is an account that I've handled before in my previous call center, so the product training was like a refresher for me.

I made new friends, and the day went surprisingly well. I must say, even though I was pissed off at how things started out, I had a great time. Imagine this, I was getting ready to get to bed for my 2am shift when I received a text message informing me that I had to report at 9pm for training. I was like, "That's 2 hours away from now!" So, without any sleep (as in no sleep, even a wink) I went to work with a heavy heart. What even made me sadder is that Henry came home from work early and I was really looking forward to spending some time with him.

Oh well, I guess you just can't have everything. I'm just thinking that after training, I'll get the morning shift so I can stay at home during nights for a change.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Rob Pattinson ... Bite Me ... Please!

Friday, November 21, 2008

On Gas and Electric Fireplaces

Winter is just around the corner and in other parts of the world, the cold season has come as well. So what are you guys doing in order to keep yourselves warm?

Well, some people might be planning on a trip to where it's sunny, and some just might make use of their gas fires as they have been used to. Even fireplaces nowadays have been modernized with electric fires. If you were to think about it, electric fires are actually great as there are no burnt wood and ashes to clean up, and you don't have to worry about bits of burnt wood flying around your furniture and your house as well should a strong gust of wind come about.

Hole in the Wall Fires are also something that is very modern, as it is something that is sure to spice up any modern house, without forgetting its main purpose - to warm the room up! There are several great hole in the wall fires, like those being sold by this website called Hotprice.

If you're unfamiliar about Hotprice, they are a UK retailer of gas fires and electric fires. They also stock all the leading brands of fireplace manufacturers. Being featured several times on UK TV, the styles of gas fires and electric fires that they offer range and vary from the traditional ones to those that are very modern and contemporary. Do check out this site as I'm sure you'll find a style you'll love!

Only Exclusive Travel

For couples looking for a romantic honeymoon destination or those who are just wanting to take a break from their routine, busy lifestyle and are looking for a luxury holiday, do try out this site that I came across. It's called Only Exclusive Travel, and they are actually a travel agent based in the United Kingdom. Most of the locations that Only Exclusive Travel offer are perfect and suitable for couples who are looking for an unforgettable honeymoon destination.

Ever been to Le Saint Geran? What about Le Touessrok? Well, at Only Exclusive Travel, they can help you book your dream honeymoon at these fabulous places all hassle-free. They even put up sample itineraries of places you can visit for that perfect adventure. Like for instance, if you want to explore South Africa, you can take their sample Explore South Africa itinerary wherein you can tour Cape Town, view the sights in Garden Route, and even get to see wildlife in action.

If you're the type who's into sports, you'll also be pleasantly surprised to find out that Only Exclusive Travel also arranges golf holidays in the best golf courses. If you just want to sit back and relax or are the laid-back type of person, there are also luxury spa hotel island getaways that you can indulge yourself in.

So the next time you plan a romantic getaway, just sit back and relax and let Only Exclusive Travel take care of the rest.
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