Friday, October 31, 2008

YOUR BEST CHOICE OF INSURANCE COMPANY

When you heard about insurance, the first thing that will popped up to our head is assurance, security and investment. Nowadays, it's hard to choose what insurance company you would like to invest for your future because of the horror stories that some people had experience to some insurance companies. Most of them offers similar policies but there's always the best company that will suite your need and your budget. Advantage Life Insurance offers the best life insurance in town. They have different types of insurance policies including term, whole life, universal, key man, second to die,group policies, mortgages and smokers. They will provide you the information regarding each of these type of insurance and you can make an educated decision in determining which is right for you. They also offer the best rate on insurance plan.It is great to hear that there are still existing insurance company whom you can trust. Let us plan for our future. Let us secure of loved ones lives. Let us assure them and ourselves that we are taken care of by Advantage Life Insurance.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A RECREATION TO TREASURE

I love doing adventurous things. It challenges me and makes my learning more broader. Lately, I have been interested to learn about hunting and the first thing that popped up on my mind are the gears to be used in performing the hunting adventure. I was browsing the internet and found Nikon Monarch and Trailblazer Binoculars. Finally, my adventure is about to start. They all have the gears I have been looking for. Right now they are offering a $25 or a $50 gift card for Nikon Pro Gear. There promo runs from July 1, 2008 until December 31, 2008, wow it makes it more easier for me to have those gears. They offer a great variety of quality men's and women's outdoor casual garments, optics accessories and other high performance gear.Here are some of their products:

Grab this great opportunity now and gear up like the pros.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

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Have you ever dreamed of a place that you can call home?A place that you can call on your own? A place that because of hard work you are able to invest on it. A property to where you will spend the rest of your life together with your loved ones? Those are some questions that we are trying to find an answer as we are building our family now that we are married. My husband and I had planned before in purchasing our own place. A place that we can just be on our own. A place that has privacy for us as husband and wife and we have been searching for that place to start our lives together and to build our family.

For us starters, a condo type property will best suite our need and for such long time of searching those answers, we finally found it. PANAMA CONDO HOTEL is the place that leads us to our future investment. It is a great place to live and invest and at the same time their HOTEL CASCO ANTIGUO is a grand property in a historical setting. They have lots of condo units for sale on your choice and surely we can decide the property that we have been wanted to start our journey as a couple.

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CARAMEL-DRIZZLED BROWNIE HEARTS

Caramel-Drizzled Brownie Hearts

Caramel-Drizzled Brownie Hearts
Love brownies? Here's a special way to love every chocolaty crumb.
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 2 hours 15 min
Makes: 12 brownie hearts
INGREDIENTS:

1box (1 lb 6.5 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme brownie mix

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
1bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped
3tablespoons whipping cream
1/2cup chopped pecans
1.Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with foil. Grease bottom only of foil with shortening or cooking spray. Make brownie mix as directed on box, using pouch of chocolate syrup, water, oil and eggs. Bake as directed for 13x9-inch pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
2.Using foil to lift, remove brownie from pan. Remove foil. With deep 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut 12 brownies.
3.In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and whipping cream uncovered on High 1 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute, until caramels are melted.
4.Arrange brownies on serving plate. Drizzle caramel mixture over brownies. Sprinkle with pecans.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Follow High Altitude directions on brownie mix box for 13x9-inch pan.


Variation
Make double-chocolate brownie hearts by drizzling with chocolate syrup instead of the caramel.
Nutrition Information:
1 Brownie Heart: Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 130); Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 3 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 35mg; Sodium 220mg; Total Carbohydrate 59g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 38g); Protein 4g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 6%; Iron 8% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

ALL SOULS DAY AND ALL SAINTS DAY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Tomorrow is the All Souls Day and All Saints Day in the Philippines. When I was still there,we usually go to the cemetery and visit the grave of our loved ones who pass away. Typically, I will celebrate those holidays at my granny's farm and we always plan to go to beach right after. My cousins and I will usually go for a mountain climbing and do some nature tripping. It's been a while that I haven't do that since I was working before and especially now that I am in the states. I miss doing that though but of course I am happy to be here and for sure my loved ones will understand on why I won't be able to be there. All Souls Day and All Saints Day in the Philippines is a huge event because most occasions were celebrated in the cemetery,sounds weird right but it's the day of those people who are now in peace. It's a way of commemorating their memories while they are still alive.

All Souls Day is when the Church commemorates and prays for the holy souls in Purgatory, undergoing purification of their sins before entering heaven. All Souls Day is November 2nd, the day after All Saints Day. Prayers: All Souls Day Prayers

All Souls Day follows All Saints Day, and commemorates the faithful departed, those who die in God's faith and friendship. However, Catholics believe that not all those who die in God's grace are immediately ready for the Beatific vision, i.e. the reality and goodness of God and heaven, so they must be purified of "lesser faults," and the temporal effects of sin. The Catholic Church calls this purification of the elect, "purgatory." The Catholic teaching on Purgatory essentially requires belief in two realities: 1. that there will be a purification of believers prior to entering heaven and 2. that the prayers and masses of the faithful in some way benefit those in the state of purification. As to the duration, place, and exact nature of this purification, the Church has no official dogma. Many faithful Catholics, including Pope Benedict XVI, grant that Purgatory may be an existential state as opposed to a temporal place. In other words, Purgatory may be something we experience instantaneously, because it is outside of the confines of created time and space. Many non-Catholics, including C.S. Lewis, have believed in Purgatory, and the official dogma of Purgatory is hardly offensive, even if the popular understanding of it has led to confusion. As a more everyday explanation, many liken Purgatory to a place to "clean up" oneself before going into the presence of Almighty God.

All Souls is the day to remember, pray for, and offer requiem masses up for these faithful departed in the state of purification. Typically Christians will take this day to offer prayers up on behalf of their departed relatives and friends. Others may remember influential individuals that they never knew personally, such as presidents, musicians, etc. This may be done in the form of the Office of the Dead (Defunctorum officium), i.e. a prayer service offered in memory of departed loved ones. Often this office is prayed on the anniversary (or eve) of the death of a loved one, or on All Souls' Day.

There are many customs associated with All Souls Day, and these vary greatly from culture to culture. In Mexico they celebrate All Souls Day as el dia de los muertos, or "the day of the dead." Customs include going to a graveyard to have a picnic, eating skull-shaped candy, and leaving food out for dead relatives. The practice of leaving food out for dead relatives is interesting, but not exactly Catholic Theology. If all of this seems a little morbid, remember that all cultures deal with death in different manners. The Western aversion to anything related to death is not present in other cultures. In the Philippines, they celebrate "Memorial Day" based loosely on All Souls Day. Customs include praying novenas for the holy souls, and ornately decorating relatives' graves. On the eve of All Souls (i.e. the evening of All Saints Day), partiers go door-to-door, requesting gifts and singing a traditional verse representing the liberation of holy souls from purgatory. In Hungary the day is known as Halottak Napja, "the day of the dead," and a common custom is inviting orphans into the family and giving them food, clothes, and toys. In rural Poland, a legend developed that at midnight on All Souls Day a great light shone on the local parish. This light was said to be the holy souls of departed parishioners gathered to pray for their release from Purgatory at the altars of their former earthly parishes. After this, the souls were said to return to scenes from their earthly life and work, visiting homes and other places. As a sign of welcome, Poles leave their windows and doors ajar on the night of All Souls Day. All of these customs show the wide variety of traditions related to All Souls Day.

Traditions and Customs

Visiting a Graveyard for a Picnic
Decorating Relatives' Graves
Remembering and Praying for Departed Souls
Giving Orphans Food, Clothing, and Toys
Leaving Doors & Windows Open on All Souls Night

DO YOU HAVE SEXY POWER?

1. YOUR RECENT EX SHOWS UP TO A PARTY YOU'VE AT WITH A CHEESY NEW GIRL. YOU:
a. Look her up and down and say to him "wow", your standards have really come down.
b. Politely introduce yourself, give him a kiss on the cheek, and walk away.
c. Focus on having fun with your friends and totally ignore them.

2. WHILE AT A FOOTBALL GAME, THE GUY DIRECTLY BEHIND YOU IS BEING OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD. HOW DO YOU RESPOND?
a. Flag down an usher and ask him to have a word with the guy.
b. Whip around and say "dude", they can hear you across the stadium.
c. Flash a huge grin and tell him " Keep it down" and I might let you buy me a beer when we win.

3. IF A GUY ISN'T GIVING YOU HIS FULL ATTENTION ON A DATE, YOU'LL LIKELY:
a. Tell him a funny vacation story that involves you in a teeny bikini.
b. Ask about his job, hobbies and family. Maybe he'll reciprocate by asking you about yourself.
c. Say "I'm not feeling well" let's get the check and then give him the silent treatment until you leave.

4. THE LINE AT THE CLUB YOU FREQUENT IS A MILLION MILES LONG. YOU WALK UP TO THE BOUNCER AND SAY:
a. Will this help? and slip him a $20.
b. My supercute girlfriends are at the end of the line. Can you pull some strings for us?
c. You're not seriously going to make me wait, are you?

5. IF A GUY YOU'RE DATING HAS TROUBLE PLEASING YOU IN BED, YOU:
a. Give him a hands on tutorial of your hot spots.
b. Tell him it's not working and flip on the TV.
c. Figure you,re just hard to satisfy and make the best of it.

SCORING:
1. a=2, b=1, c=0
2. a=0, b=2, c=1
3. a=1, b=0, c=2
4. a=0, b=1, c=2
5. a=1, b=2, c=0

SUM UP YOUR POINTS AND SEE HOW MUCH SEXY POWER DO YOU HAVE:

7 TO 10 POINTS
SASSY STEAMROLLER
You live every week like it's Shark Week, anyone who crosses your path risk losing a limb. Being snide about your ex boyfriend's new girl or bitchy to a bouncer is unattractive and it won't win anyone over.

4 TO 6 POINTS
SEXY POWER PLAYER
You have the perfect combo of charisma and confidence, with a splash of sex bomb. People help you because you're charmingly disarming and present requests that benefits the offender. Also you know that when you don't have the upper hand, it's better to work your assets that to kick ass.

0 TO 3 POINTS
PASSIVE PLEASER
You may fell shy or fearful about stepping on toes. But muzzling yourself comes off as insecure and people don't respect doormats. So ask for what you desire when a dude can't turn you on and don't be afraid to flirt your way to the front of a line.

Feel free to grab this.

Angelica Panganiban is enjoying her independence

She's one of the most amazing woman in the world of show business. I've been her fan since princess Sarah til on her growing career. I'm just glad that even if I'm in the states now, I'm still updated with what's happening in the showbiz industry in the Philippines. I like the way she act on her soap opera Iisa Pa Lamang. Although kontrabida but it fits on her. She has this angelic face ever and no wonderful why her name is Angelica.


Now enjoying a very fruitful career and living on her own, Angelica Panganiban seems to be every cosmopolitan Pinay’s role model. At 21, she has already top-billed a hit movie alongside showbiz heavyweights Maricel Soriano and Aga Muhlach aside from gracing the covers of the hottest men and fashion magazines.



Glitz and glamor aside, she says there is still so much more she wants to do. On top of her list is traveling around the world with boyfriend Derek Ramsay. “Pareho kaming makakati yung paa, ayaw namin na nakaupo lang kami. Na-e-enjoy kasi namin yung sobrang simpleng buhay. Yung mag-co-commute kami, sasakay kami ng bus tapos bitbit namin mga gamit namin. Yun yung sobrang babaw na kaligayahan namin. Kakain kami sa mga karinderya lang tapos gusting-gusto namin yung nakaka-discover kami ng mga bagong bagay. Gusto namin yung maghahanap kami ng masarap na kainan tapos lilipat-lipat kami sa iba ibang kainan,” she shares.



Part of the lure of travel for Angel is that she gets to live a normal life while abroad. “Siguro gusto ko gawin yun kasi yun yung mga hindi ko ma-e-experience dito. Yun yung mga bagay na hindi ko magagawa dito unless madaling araw. Sa abroad, walang tumitingin sa amin. Pantay-pantay yung tingin sa amin ng mga tao. Feeling ko pag nasa ibang bansa kami (ni Derek), normal lang. Doon wala kaming limitations, sobrang free kami. And at the same time, may na-di-discover kaming mga bagong bagay. Meron kaming mga nagiging bagong kaibigan,” she adds.



A different kind of adventure for Angel has been moving out of her mother’s home and living in a condo by herself for the past year. “Parang non-stop pa rin yung adjustment. Noong umpisa, akala ko mag-a-adjust ka lang sandali. Ok naman, nasanay na ako. Pero ngayon, hindi pa rin nawawala yung pagtitipid. Iniisip ko yung puwedeng huwag ko munang bilhin. Yung ganun,” she shares.



Although she has house help, Angel prefers to be more hands-on when it comes to doing the chores. “Mahilig ako maglinis ng bahay. Gusto ko yung sobrang linis tingnan. Sobrang maayos. Mas gusto ko yung ako yung nag-aalaga ng mga gamit ko kasi ‘pag ikaw mismo ang maglilinis, mas may pagmamahal ka sa gamit mo,” she concludes.



After cutting her hair short for her mature role in Your Song Presents: I’ll Take Care of You, Angelica surprised her fans by cutting it even shorter for her character in the upcoming teleserye IisaPa Lamang. “It’s a new look. Excited ako kasi this will be a different type of role for me. I’m sure magugulat din ang audience sa character ko,” she says mischievously. Iisa Pa Lamang also stars Claudine Barretto, Gabby Concepcion, and Diether Ocampo.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MY SSN WILL BE HERE IN TWO WEEKS TIME

Yesterday, my husband and I went to the Social Security Office to apply for my Social Security Number under my married name. We didn't applied for it a few weeks after when I got here in the states so that we won't be changing my name anymore once we got married but unluckily SSA staff had told us that they can't give me my SSN 'til I have my resident certificate, what the heck is going on. My husband was pissed because we research everything about this. That we can still file for my SSN after we got married as long as my I-94 is not yet expired but still we didn't had my SSN yesterday. As soon as we got home, my husband searched for the information we had read, stating that I can get my SSN without having my resident certificate yet. We printed it out and presented it to them this morning. Thank God we were able to get this things done today. They didn't say anything and had processed my application immediately. I will be receiving my SSN two weeks from now and were happy about our accomplishment. We were just laughing and recalling what they've said yesterday. Everything went well today. We accomplished something and at the same time we spent more time with each other.

HOW TO KEEP HER GAGA

At the beginning you pulled out all the stops to impress her. But now that you've been together for a while, you are in comfort zone and probably don't try as hard. If you don't want her to go looking elsewhere for the thrill of being doted upon, it's time to regain those excellent habits you once had.

1. ASK HER QUESTIONS:
people constantly change but regularly inquiring about her life shows you recognize that.

2. PLAN DATES:
planning something will make her feel special and reassure her that you want to keep the
bond strong.

3. FLIRT WITH HER:
being playful with your girlfriend maintains that awesome spark from when you first got together, plus it's a helluva lot of fun.

4. BE CHIVALROUS:
women love chivalry, it helps them feel taken care of an safe plus she'll think it's really cute if you're occasionally all formal and gentlemanly.

A PLACE TO STAY

Being at your own place is a great place to stay because you have the privacy on whatever things you want to do on your daily life. My husband and I has always wanted to have a peaceful place to stay,especially a property near the beach because we both love being close to nature and as a newly wed couple, we are on the process of buying our own property for our family. A place that we own and for our kids to have. We discussed about buying a beach front property and as we are browsing the internet, we found what we would like to have that we can call our home.

BRUCE GERMINSKY JERSEY SHORE REAL ESTATE is the answer to our query in finding a home. They offer great homes, condominiums, townhouses, commercial, retail properties, professional & medical class A office space and shopping centers. This is the place that we wanted to build our family especially when we are soon to have our kids. They will provide you the service with many years of experience and knowledge to guide your investments and decision-making in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate in Monmouth County. So, if you are seeking for an investment property, begin and end your search at BRUCE GERMINSKY JERSEY SHORE REAL ESTATE. It's the best choice in building a family and a place to call home.

Monday, October 27, 2008

How Hyper Are You?

You Are 75% Hyper
You have an energy unlike any other. You're full of pep.
People wonder how you are able to get so much done. You love to keep busy.

It's likely that you're very physically active as well. You have a lot of physical endurance.
You are also quite outgoing. You're quick to start up a conversation and make friends.

You have the drive, confidence, and motivation to take you far in life.
While you may tire some people out, someone else is always looking to feed off your energy.


How Hyper Are You?

RENEWAL

When you get involved to an addiction, the way to avoid it or to recover from it is so hard to achieved. Some people will just quit trying to survive and some tends to avoid it but still, it keeps coming back. Professional help is very necessary for this recovery and Promises Treatment Center is here to help, that provides substance abuse facility to overcome a particular addiction into a better life.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

NEWLY WED

For the past day, it was a busy day. Busy preparing all the stuff for our wedding. Getting things ready for our wedding and yesterday it has finally happened. Were so happy that we finally made it. It's a wonderful feeling and we have entered another chapter in our lives once more as husband and wife. We thank God from all of this. All his blessing and guidance throughout our journey and his been there and will always be there. Everything went so perfect last night. It was chilly outside but we thank everyone who attended our wedding. I couldn't ask for more and I am so happy. Here's some pictures of our wedding:
The newly wed couple. Mr and Mrs. Forest Wayne EatonMy family. Mom Debbie, my brother in law Bobby, my husband,me,Helen,my brother in James and dad Jim.Dad and mom,my husband and me and granny ViMy bridesmaid Helen.

I will be posting more pictures soon guys.

DERMATOLOGY TESTED

Sometimes, it's hard to find the real deal in taking good care of my skin. Lots of offers around but it will end up terrible. Lots of discounts offer but I am not satisfied. I am looking for someone that could satisfy my skin care. Dr. Martin Sands is the answer to my question for such long time. He is a dermatology associate and has been in private practice since 1976 and serving Waterloo/Cedar Falls and surrounding communities since 1986. Martin S. Sands has 24 years of investment experience in areas that include investment banking, venture capital, private equity, real estate, money management, sales/brokerage, and merchant banking. Martin is the co-founder of Sands Brothers. To know more about him just check the link above.

Friday, October 24, 2008

OUR ANNIVERSARY!


It's our first year anniversary today and tomorrow were going to get married,were so excited and we thank God that we found each other. I love my baby so much. Happy anniversary mahal ko

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SURPRISE BRIDAL SHOWER

Last night,It was a huge surprise for me at the church because they gave me a surprise bridal shower. I'm so overwhelmed of what they did because I'm only new to their community but brought a huge party for me, that was so sweet. Everyone in the house knew about it and of course I'm the victim. The whole time, they were preparing for this without my knowledge and I am so very surprised. My mom in law had told me yesterday as we were in town, that were going to decorate and bring some of the stuff at the church last night so that we will have much time for the preparation and i said okay. When we were about to park the van, I've seen some vehicles there and I just thought,well today is wednesday and it's there weekly prayer meeting but never in my mind that there is a huge celebration for me out there. I sneaked on the window and I saw miss Vicky and I thought, what is she doing at the church and mom just told me,that maybe her mother in law had invited her but at the moment I stepped into the seminar hall,all were there and told them,what are yo guys doing here?It's not my wedding yet,they laughed and mom told me, babygirl it's your bridal shower party..OOhhhh my God,that was fabulous. I wasn't really expecting a bridal shower at all because my friends are not here and it really never came in my mind but I'm so thankful to God for all his blessing. It was such a momentum to treasure. My future husband knew about this whole thing too and manage to keep his mouth shut from all of this. He gave me a dozen of fresh flowers and a heart figurine. It was really a fantastic day yesterday and until now I can't beleive it. The people here are so loving. Members at the church are spectacular because I only see them once a week and I'm only been there for how many sundays but praise God for all those people. I really couldn't ask for more. I thank all the people whose been behind this event. I love them all. Here's some few pictures of my surprise bridal shower.Just getting started. This was my baby's present to me..The first gift I opened.The cake they prepare.Some of the church member. The people behind this surprise bridal partyThe bride to be.Flowers from my babyMe and miss Ruby our neighbor and will be the to make wedding cake.
Granny,me,miss and mom.
My baby and mom fixing the stuff we got.
The stuff we got so far.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

BEEN BUSY

Please do bare with me guys for not posting for quite a bit. We were just busy preparing things for our upcoming wedding. As you can see,it's only three more days to go and it's our wedding. We are excited. My apology if I wasnt be able to respond and visit your site especially for those who leave there messages on my cbox, I appreciate it so much for remembering me on your daily update. I'll make it up to you soon guys. Hope you all have a great day.. God Bless

Monday, October 20, 2008

THE TALK OF THE TOWN

Here's the video clip of the recent Obama and Mccain presidential debate.




YOU DECIDE

DIDN'T SLEPT WELL

I am still worried from our conversation last night. As we are exchanging text messages,and suddenly he won't be able to receive my messages anymore and we were on the middle of our discussion of being open to each other. Sometimes, it's really hard for me to open something especially if it's bothering me because I always think that he might get mad or won't take it properly or we might end up fighting. That's always my perception and I know it's not healthy because my soon to be husband is very much willing to help me and will always be there for me whenever I need him. But I am working hard on that and I am getting better as he said. I don't want to hide anything to him because I want him to be always part of my decision. To be always part of whatever thing that bothers me because he is my partner and I should share. I'm just worried because I don't hear anything from him yet this morning and I hope he is doing fine. Because of that unexpected incident last night,he might think again that he did something wrong to me because I wasn't answering back but he did nothing wrong to me. I received some of his messages but some are not. I kept on answering him back but it seems that his not getting any messages from me. I just hope all the messages that I sent last night has gone through his phone. I love him so much and I won't gonna trade him for anything. I love him to death. Maybe we just have to talk about this matter on being open to each other and that is what I'm doing now. I'm hoping to get a message from him this morning. I didn't slept well last night because of that because I kept on thinking about him and I'm worried. I hope he knows that I kept on sending messages but it didn't go through to his phone. I hope his doing good and I really miss him so much and I can't wait to see him on the next couple of days. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MAHAL KO MWAH

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Healthy Eating: Tips for a Healthy Diet

Simple Strategies for Better Nutrition



Healthy Eating: Guide to New Food Pyramids and Tips for a Healthy Diet

Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible – all which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and incorporating them in a way that works for you.

Choose the types of foods that improve your health and avoid the types of foods that raise your risk for such illnesses as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Expand your range of healthy choices to include a variety of delicious foods. Learn to use guidelines and tips for creating and maintaining a satisfying, healthy diet.

Healthy Eating: Strategies for a healthy diet

Here are some tips for how to choose foods that improve your health and avoid foods that raise your risk for illnesses while creating a diet plan that works for you.

Big picture strategies for healthy eating

Eat enough calories but not too many. Maintain a balance between your calorie intake and calorie expenditure—that is, don't eat more food than your body uses. The average recommended daily allowance is 2,000 calories, but this depends on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity.

Eat a wide variety of foods. Healthy eating is an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying foods—especially vegetables, whole grains, or fruits—that you don't normally eat.

Keep portions moderate, especially high-calorie foods. In recent years serving sizes have ballooned, particularly in restaurants. Choose a starter instead of an entrĂ©e, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes—foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, low in fat, and free of cholesterol. Try to get fresh, local produce

Limit sugary foods, salt, and refined-grain products. Sugar is added to a vast array of foods. In a year, just one daily 12-ounce can of soda (160 calories) can increase your weight by 16 pounds. See suggestions below for limiting salt and substituting whole grains for refined grains.

Don’t be the food police. You can enjoy your favorite sweets and fried foods in moderation, as long as they are an occasional part of your overall healthy diet. Food is a great source of pleasure, and pleasure is good for the heart – even if those French fries aren’t!

Get moving. A healthy diet improves your energy and feelings of well-being while reducing your risk of many diseases. Adding regular physical activity and exercise will make any healthy eating plan work even better.

One step at a time. Establishing new food habits is much easier if you focus on and take action on one food group or food fact at a time

Eating smart: A keystep towards healthy eating

Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart”. It's not just what you eat, but how you eat. Paying attention to what you eat and choosing foods that are both nourishing and enjoyable helps support an overall healthy diet.

  • Take time to chew your food: Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of what is in our mouths. Reconnect with the joy of eating.
  • Avoid stress while eating: When we are stressed, our digestion can be compromised, causing problems like colitis and heartburn. Avoid eating while working, driving, arguing, or watching TV (especially disturbing programs or the news). Try taking some deep breaths prior to beginning your meal, or light candles and play soothing music to create a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Listen to your body: Ask yourself if you are really hungry, and stop eating when you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly. Eating just enough to satisfy your hunger will help you remain alert, relaxed and feeling your best, rather than stuffing yourself into a “food coma”!
  • Eat early, eat often: Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating the majority of your daily caloric allotment early in the day gives your body time to work those calories off. Also, eating small, healthy meals throughout the day, rather than the standard three large meals, can help keep your metabolism going and ward off snack attacks.

A TRUE FRIEND

True friends are hard to find especially nowadays but in the blogging world they are always there for you. I want to thank my BLOGGER FRIENDS for accepting me as your friend and giving me the opportunity to be part of your page. It means so much to me. This tag is for all of you guys.


If you have friends that means so much to you,let them them know that they are a true friend and they deserve to receive some compliment. Simply copy and paste this tag on your page and mention the name of your true friends and let them know that they've got a tag. Send this tag to as many friends that you have and let's spread the true spirit of friendship in the world of blogging.

HAPPY SWEETEST DAY

I got a tag from grace . Thank you so much for this tag my friend, I really appreciate your thought. You are such a wonderful person.

Happy Sweetest Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY COUSIN


This is my cousin Sheila Mae Baluran. She's the eldest daughter of my dad's elder sister. We grew up together but she is a year older than me. We are like sisters. We use to go out all the time when we were still together and I really miss her since I'm already here in the states. But we still talk online. She is a teacher and this woman as I call her a small but terrible woman. She's not afraid to do things and will really stand on her belief and will fight for it. She is such a wonderful woman and she's always there for me whenever I need her. I also use to call her my diary because I just tell everything that I've been through in my life. She never complain but instead she's always a shoulder to cry on. To my cousin I thank you so much for always being there for me that eventhough I'm here in the states now you are always there to support me and will always give some advice. I know saying thank you is not just enough for all the things you've done for me and I know one day I will give it back to you. I know you are not asking for any payback but you deserve it. I only wish that you stay strong. Stay as good as you are and to be always happy and I know you are with your special someone. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUZ, I just wish I was there to greet you personally but one day soon we will see each other again. Just a bit of information about the two of us when we are together. We can stay up all night long and just keep talking of everything underneath the sun. We love to share stories,we love to share updates in our lives and I really miss that. But to my cousin, you are such a blessing to each one of us. I love you cuz and HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Went to the flea market and garade sale

Yesterday, I went with my parents in law to the flea market and see what they've got there. We didn't really buy any stuff and we're just looking for the display. We knew a couple there and we stayed for a bit to chat. We left the place and as we are headed home we saw a garage sale along the way and decided to drop by. They've got lots of stuff and we end up buying. I bought 4 pairs of pants, 2 winter jacket, a blouse, 3 shirts and 2 short pants for my behalf, a belt and 2 pairs of sandals which only cost me 32 bucks. Wow that was a good buy for all those items. I am so happy because all the pants I bought fits me good and I hope my beloved will like the stuff I bought for him. Hope you guys had a great day of shopping..

Saturday, October 18, 2008

NEED TO RELAX?

Since I've been here in the states, I haven't had the chance yet to roam around because we don't really know where to go. Mostly, we just roam around our area but I really want something else that me and my behalf will enjoy. A place that has different atmosphere. A place far away from home. A place that we can spend each other alone for few days and I've been trying to search for a place for us to go especially that we are soon to get married and a get away would be a good idea for both of us.

As I was surfing the internet, I came through a site that is celebrating there 28th annual dickens of a Christmas at Down Mckinney's Texas this coming November 28th, 29th and the 30th. It is an old fashioned, Victorian atmosphere with horse drawn carriages, strolling carolers, visits with Santa Claus, the Christmas tree lighting and activities for all ages. The highlight of their festival is there snow tubing hill


It busted my interest and excitement with all the activities they have and this would be a very unique vacation for both us. Yes we both like a kid and likes to try things that we haven't tried yet and we enjoy each memories of it. So, if you need to unwind and wants to be out of town for the season, visit Down Mckinney's for there 28 annual festival. Bring your family and enjoy the weekend tubing and visiting the many great shops and restaurant. Its the perfect start to the holiday season.

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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION




History


Around the eighth century, the Christian church made November 1 All Saints' Day to honor all of the saints that didn't have a special day of their own. The mass held on All Saints' Day was called All Hallowmas (the mass of all Hallows -- saintly people). The night before was known as All Hallows Eve. Eventually this name became Hallowee
n.

In the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain , the Celtic New year. On that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living. Naturally, the living did not want to be possessed, so on the night of October 31, the villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable. They would then dress up in and parade around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.

The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.

The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven. The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree.

According to the folk tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but he was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the devil. Instead, the devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the frigid darkness. The ember was placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing longer. The Irish used turnips as their "Jack's lanterns" originally. But when the immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips. So the Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember.

Many people view Halloween as a time of innocent fun. Children love to dress up as their favorite characters. They will go door to door saying the infamous words "trick or treat". Many adults also love Halloween, because it gives them a chance to let loose and act silly. Every year in the U.S.A. alone, millions of dollars are spent on Halloween goods. Halloween is the second highest grossing money maker outside of Christmas. The promotion of Halloween by the television moguls, the advertisers, and not to mention the blockbuster sales of movies and rentals this time of year. Everyone can see Halloween is big business. Allot of people do not see the harm in all of this Halloween hoopla. But yes, there is a darker side to Halloween than anyone dares to imagine.

Unlike our modern-day Halloween, theirs was not a children's holiday. The Celts and their priests, the Druids, from Great Britain and Ireland. They celebrated "SAMHAIN". It was a festival that marked the eve of the Celtic New Year, which began on November 1. The fall harvest was complete and winter was looming ahead. The Celts believed the sun was fading away, at this time of the year. For the next several months, darkness prevailed. The Celts believed that during "Samhain" the veil separating life from death was at its thinnest. On the evening of October 31, the evil spirits and souls of the dead passed through the barrier and visited the world of the living. The Celts believed these spirits could cause all kind of havoc. They also believed that they could talk with the dead, departed loved ones and such. They also believed that they could Devine the future. The powers of darkness were conjured up on "Samhain". The Devil himself, would be called upon to foretell of future events.

Friday, October 17, 2008

MY 1 YEAR OLD BLOG



I just noticed as I was updating my blog, I came through my ever first post and had thought,wow my blog is already one year. Time flew so fast and I can still remember when a friend of mine introduced me to the world of blogging and I really find it so interesting. Thanks to Anna who patiently thought me to blog. Through blogging, I was able to express myself,I was able to write and share the article/s that I find interesting. I gain a lot of friends around the world through blogging. I am just so proud that all this time I am able to create my own page that I can share to my friends,family and the most important thing is they can stay in contact with me by just hitting my cbox. I thank the people behind this great site who connects people worldwide. Keep up the good work guys and let's continue blogging and share it to everyone..

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY BLOG

STRESS BUSTERS

I know most people had experienced how to be stressed,especially now that our economy is down. Stress may sometimes ruin our day and will make us moody to do things around and that's very disappointing because you can't act the way you want to act because somethings bothering you. How we truly overcome stress? As I was reading I found this & new ways to take tension taming to the next level STRESS BUSTERS:

1. GO FOR A WALK when tension strikes, you put on your sneakers and hit the pavement. You can also do self talk while you walk,in that way you probably know that walking walking lowers stress levels significantly because the exercise causes our bodies to release endorphins ( the brain chemicals that calm us).

2. WATCH DANCING WITH THE STARS. You forget your troubles by curling up on the couch to watch celebrities do tango and the cha-cha. Vegging out in front of a favorite TV show can distract you for a time but this escape from reality approach known as avoidance coping,offers no long-term stress reduction.

3.SPEND SOME TIME ALONE. Cooling off by your lonesome helps you clear your head and keeps you from lashing out at your husband or kids.

4. REACH FOR ICE CREAM. Nothing lulls you into a state of relaxation quite like a bowl of rocky road. There's a reason we feel an urge to reach for goodies high in fat and sugar when we're under stress. Eating these foods triggers the release of serotin, a feel good chemical, in the brain.

5. TIDY UP THE HOUSE. Your weapons of choice against stress are a vacuum and a to do list. Your home is often a metaphor for your life. Cleaning and putting stuff back where it belongs relieves tension by giving you a feeling of control and a sense of accomplishment.

6. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME RETAIL THERAPY. Purchasing a pair of shoes calms every anxiety. Rewarding yourself during tense times, even with something as small as a new lipstick, can make you feel better. A massage is also a perfect example to indulged yourself. It relaxes muscles and lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

7. CONFIDE WITH A FRIEND. When you're feeling frazzled, you pick up the phone to gripe to a friend. Relaying the details of a stressful situation to a friend can be a comforting.

I hope this will help us a bit on how to overcome our stress..Have a stress free day everyone.

RAINY FRIDAY and MISSING MY BEHALF

As I sit infront of the computer, I could hear that it's raining outside. It's getting cold again and me personally don't like it. I easily get cold,eventhough it's not raining,I'm still cold. I'm still thinking of what to do today but I guess I will go back to bed and get some sleep. I did'nt slept well last night because I went to bed around 2am if I'm not mistaken and got up at 10:30 in the morning. Well, it's just one of my lazy days especially when it's raining. I don't know how long this rain will last but I am really freezing right now and feeling sleepy again.

As the day passes by, I am missing my behalf more and lately I've been missing him so bad. He is still at work right now and hopefully next week he will be home because I really miss him. I always pray to God to keep him safe in everything he do and protect him from any harm and danger. Talking on the phone helps a bit but it is alot better when I can hold him. But I know not before long now and he will be home and I'm so excited to see him and I could hardly wait. I'm just really miss him right now.

Have a great day everyone

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Slow day

I'm just here at home and surfing the net. It's a slow day today and I'm so lazy to do things. I miss my baby,we haven't got the chance to talk on sms today and I'm hoping his doing good. He is probably asleep right now. I'm also hoping that I will get my approval soon,I really wanna join to that site that my friend had told me but until now,no response yet,hopefully I will qualify. This morning it was kinda weird also because someone called me on the phone and they said, they are from the University of Phoenix. They were asking if I'm going to pursue my masters degree on their institution, a what? I was shocked of what they've asked because I don't have any idea on how they got our number at home and I'm still in bed when they called. My mom in law woke me up for that phone call. I do hope they will not call again because I'm not interested for now. I hope everyone is having a good day today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WHAT MARIA ADELIE MEANS?

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic “Type A” personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
Well somehow most of the descriptions are true. In short I do the things I like to do,that eventhough it's hard but as long as im having fun,i'll go for it. Yes I wont be intimidated easily because I don't usually put myself down or going down to someones level,that's just not my personality but I'm really easy to get along with.

THE ORIGIN OF HOROSCOPE

I am fun of checking my horoscope daily. Some details will describe my personality and some are not. In some point in time,there are events in there that actually happened to me. It's fun just knowing those though and I always checked my horoscope everyday and here's my horoscope for today:

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

You've been too agreeable lately -- and you run the risk of being branded a pushover! Today, it's time to stand up for what you think is right. Don't back off from being the lone voice of dissent in the room. If something isn't right to you, then it isn't right! You deserve the chance to say your piece and have your thoughts be given just as much respect as everyone else's. No one is taking the spotlight away from you -- you've been giving it away. Take some of it back today.

Well it's quite true though but come to think of it,where does horoscope came from?

The Origin of the Horoscope


The decisive turn in the history of astrology occurred Iate in the Greek era, paralleling the metamorphosis of the human spirit in general. The Orient al redemptionist religions began to flourish. There arose profound conceptions of god and devil, good and evil, paradise and hell. A feeling of portenteus changes impending was expressed in apocalyptic visions of the end of all things, of Last Judgments, of coming Messiahs, and in the concept that history had a deep meaning; and represented a process of salvation for all humanity.
Persians, Jews, and Chaldeans were the peoples who promulgated this new kind of religion. The Chaldeans, carriers and heirs of Babylonian culture, contributed their astrological beliefs to the new amalgam. Astrology now parted company entirely with its astronomical base, and became mystical speculation. Thus a third and most highly systematized type of astrology came to the fore around A.D. 300.
To determine the full influence upon human beings of the planets and the signs of the zodiac, the astrologer must obviously consider more than the rising and setting planet or constellation at birth. Rather, he must take into account the total radiation impinging upon the newbom child. The Chaldeans thought to accomplish this by introducing a unique device: the twelve zones of influence.
How they hit upon this we do not know. The scherne no longer had the slightest connection with astronomy, nar with any empirical facts. As far as we know, intermediate stages of the idea did not exist. It was simply there one fine day, all complete-a flash of mystical insight.
A circle was conceived, carved into twelve equal zones of influence: a zone for death and a zone for health, for martiage and money, friends and foes, religion and travelin short, for all the subjects concerning which a person might wish to ask a fortuneteller. This division had no reference to anything in the heavens or on earth; it was purely geometrical, without any demonstrable relatianship te anything real.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

FACTS AND FIGURES


USS ALABAMA STATS

BATTLESHIP USS ALABAMA

I had a great day today because me and my dad in law went to Alabama and get the chance to see the BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK. It's so amazing because i was able to ride the ship which was used during the WORLD WAR II,wow i wasn't born that time yet but I feel so proud that once in my life I've been there and had witnessed the historical event of that particular ship. I really had fun,my dad gave me some information about the ship. Here's some view about the BATTLESHIP USS ALABAMA:
The History of the USS ALABAMA (BB 60)

The keel of the USS ALABAMA (BB-60) was laid at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 1 February 1940, the sixth vessel to bear the name of Alabama. At the outbreak of hostilities, her hull construction was nearing completion. Some two years later (16 February 1942), the new South Dakota Class battleship was launched in a colorful ceremony attended by many national figures. Sponsoring the vessel was Mrs. Lister Hill, wife of Alabama's Senator Hill. On 16 August 1942, in ceremonies at Portsmouth, Virginia, the new ship was placed in full commission and Captain George B. Wilson, USN, assumed command.

The name ALABAMA was first assigned to the 74-gun ship-of-the-line whose keel was laid in June 1819 at Portsmouth Navy Yard. Work proceeded slowly until the outbreak of the Civil War when "Almost Alabama" was renamed the NEW HAMPSHIRE.

The first ALABAMA, a 56 ton Revenue Cutter built at New York and acquired June 22, 1819 at a cost of $ 4,500, was active in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico in the 1820s. She was responsible for the capture of more than one dozen pirate vessels and slave traders, and sold in 1833.

The second and third ALABAMAs, both U.S. Steamers, also pre-date the American Civil War. The second was a 700 ton ship, which was transferred to the Navy Department from the War Department under Act of Congress of 3 March 1849. Being unfit for Naval purposes, the troop carrier was sold at auction in October 1849 after the war with Mexico. The third ALABAMA, a sidewheel steamer of 1,261 tons, was commissioned on 30 September 1861. She served in the Navy as a troop and cargo transport until 14 July 1865, at which time she was placed out of commission and sold on 10 August 1865.

The Legendary Confederate Raider CSS ALABAMA captured or sank 69 Union
vessels during the War Between the States. Commanded by Captain Raphael Semmes(whose great grandson later served on BB-60), the 1,050 ton screw sloop was built in Liverpool, England in 1862. She was sunk by the USS KEARSARGE off Cherbourg, France in 1864.


The fifth ALABAMA BB-8 was a battleship of the 1st Rate Class. She was commissioned on 16 October 1900 and was a member of the Great White Fleet. She was the flagship for Division 1, Battleship Force, Atlantic Fleet during World War I. She was placed out of commission, and on 15 September 1921, was transferred to the War Department for use as a target in experiments in aircraft bombing. Her hulk, after lying on the bottom of Chesapeake Bay, where she had been sunk on 27 September 1921, was sold on 19 March 1924.

Commissioned in 1985, the seventh USS ALABAMA, SSBN-731, a fleet ballistic missile submarine, was assigned to Commander Submarine Force Pacific in early 1986. She is currently still on patrol in the world's seas as a deterrent to nuclear attack.


With a fighting name to live up to, Battleship USS ALABAMA BB-60 commenced her shakedown training on 11 November 1942. This series of trials, exercises, and drills was conducted in the Chesapeake Bay area and the operating area of Casco Bay, Maine. Upon completion of her post shakedown repair period, ALABAMA stood out from Norfolk and made the up-coast run to Casco Bay where she conducted tactical maneuvers in company with the USS SOUTH DAKOTA, her sister ship and namesake of the class.

On 20 March 1943, Captain Fred D. Kirtland, USN, relieved Capt. Wilson as skipper of USS ALABAMA. It was under Capt. Kirtland's conn that the ship completed a tour of duty protecting lend-lease convoys to Britain and Russia, while operating with the British Home fleet in the "Murmansk Run"

After a 10 day period of limited overhaul and repair at Norfolk, ALABAMA got underway on 20 August 1943 enroute to the forward area in the Pacific. On the
25th, she cleared the Panama Canal, and reported for duty with the Pacific THIRD Fleet at Efate, New Hebrides, in September 1943.

Her first major Pacific engagement was in the Gilbert Islands in November and December 1943. From this assignment, the battleship proceeded to Roi and Nauru. After heavily bombarding these installations, she moved to Kwajalein and Majuro were secured, the fleet moved into anchorage, and commenced planning the forthcoming attack on the Caroline and Marianas Islands.

On 12 February 1944, ALABAMA sortied with units of Task Force 58 and launched strikes on Truk in the Carolines. Upon retiring, the force moved to the Marianas and gave enemy bases there a thorough pounding. In the course of these raids, the ships underwent severe air attacks with one raid on the night of 21-22 February lasting 13 hours. The ALABAMA downed one Japanese "Betty" on 29 March 1944. On 1 April, she was in the force making the first raids at Palau, Yap, and Woleai in the Palau Islands, retiring for a week in Majuro.

The days and nights of 21-24 April 1944 were spent in supporting the operations along the North coast of New Guinea, where General MacArthur's troops moved ashore at Hollandia, Ataipe, and Humboldt Bay. Steaming at top speed, ALABAMA arrived back in the Carolines in time to participate in the bombardment and strikes on Ponape and Truk on 29, 30 April, and 1 May 1944. The remainder of May 1944 was spent at anchor in Majuro Harbor.

The ALABAMA and other powerful units of the Fleet got underway for pre-invasion softening-up strikes in the Marianas. For seven hours on 13 June 1944, the fast battleships bombarded Saipan while mine-sweepers cleared the landing lanes for the small craft. On 15 June, the assault troops moved ashore under the protective fire of the "big boys," and the ALABAMA accounted for another enemy plane.

ALABAMA steamed with TG58.7 during the battle of the Philippine Sea, 19-20 June 1944, and her group downed nine enemy planes. The result of the action was some 476 enemy planes destroyed out of a total of 545 sighted, to only 130 American planes lost and minor damage to four ships. When the fight was broken off, the U.S. force made an attempt to catch the enemy fleet, but their high speed retirement made it impossible to make surface contact. Pursuit was abandoned and ALABAMA, in company with other units, returned to support operations ashore.

On 6 July 1944, the ship retired to Eniwetok, and upon arrival, Rear Admiral L.W.Hanso, USN, broke his flag aboard as Commander, Battleship Division NINE. After making attacks on bases in the Carolines (25-27 July) in support of the Marianas operations, ALABAMA moved into the area of Guam for pre-invasion and D-Day support, continuing until the island was secured in August 1944.

While undergoing an 18 day logistics period at Eniwetok, Captain Vincent R. Murphy, USN, relieved Captain Kirtland as commanding officer of BB-60. With Captain Murphy as skipper, ALABAMA participated in the series of attacks and raids in connection with the capture and occupation of the Southern Carolines and the Palaus. This operation was carried on throughout September 1944.

From the more advanced base of Ulithi Atoll, ALABAMA and other ships continued operations in the Western Pacific, the first assignment being in support of the Leyte operations. ALABAMA steamed in company with the carriers throughout October as the planes wrecked Japanese military installations in the Philippines, Formosa, the Pescadore and the Ryukyu Islands. Japanese air attacks on the carrier-battleship force were furious and persistent, however, ALABAMA helped drive off all attacks without damage to herself or any carriers in her group.

Moving southward, the fast ships launched strikes at various enemy installations in the Philippines, shooting down 3 enemy planes and damaging a 4th. In late October, it became apparent that the enemy was moving a strong surface force into the area to oppose U.S. landings. ALABAMA was the member of Admiral Halsey's force which fought in battle off Cape Ehgano on 25 October as a part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. This battle removed the enemy's threat to Allied landing in the Philippines, and cleared the path for further operations.

After a brief rest in Ulithi, the big ship moved into the area on the Mindoro (Philippines) operation, and, while in this vicinity, she rode out a fierce typhoon in December, which cost the U.S. Fleet three destroyers in the group. On Christmas Eve 1944, news was received that ALABAMA was to retire to the U.S. West Coast for an extended drydock period. At Pearl Harbor, Captain William B. Goggins, USN, came aboard and, upon the ship's arrival at Bremerton, Washington, he relieved Captain Murphy as commanding officer.

During the vessel's overhaul, crewmen was granted rehabilitation leave to rest up after two long years of continuous operation in the forward area. After clearing the shipyards, ALABAMA held refresher training exercises in the waters off Lower California, and proceeded then to join the Fleet at the anchorage in Ulithi, arriving in early May 1945. As a member of the THIRD and FIFTH Fleet, the battleship participated in the Okinawa Gunto supporting raids on the Japanese home islands.

While carrier planes were carrying out their strikes on Kyushu, Japan, enemy planes tried in vain to break through the formation in attempt to make their suicide dives. On the morning of 4 May 1945, several of the Japanese penetrated the combat air patrol defense and, in the midst of the attack, a Kamikaze plunged through the low clouds into Admiral Mitcher's flagship, USS ENTERPRISE. Of the four other planes which attacked the surface formation, ALABAMA's gunners shot down two which crashed only about 1,000 yards away.

On 5 June, while conducting operations off Kyushu, the task force rode out a typhoon with ALABAMA experiencing slight damage, and cruiser PITTSBURGH losing nearly 100 feet of her bow. On 10 June, ALABAMA received orders to proceed southward and join other battleships in the bombardment of Minami Daito Jima. This new assignment was carried out, and the ship proceeded to the newly developed base in Leyte Gulf.

The THIRD Fleet's biggest venture was soon to be executed, and after three weeks at anchor, ALABAMA steamed in Admiral Halsey's task force enroute for the home islands of Japan. After the carrier planes had raked the islands from Nakasaki to Hokkaido, enemy targets practically disappeared, and the opposition encountered was negligible. On 14 July came the phase of the operation which was purely a battleship function. Three new "big ones" were turned loose on an industrial area on Hokkaido and, although ALABAMA was not one of them, she spurred her fleetmates on with much enthusiasm--at last, the dreadnoughts were getting a crack at the Japanese in a more direct way than protecting the carriers.

ALABAMA got her chance on 17 July 1945, with her principal target for the bombardment an engineering works on Honshu Island, about 50 miles north of Tokyo. Some 1500 tons of shells were thrown into the mills and factories under the cover of darkness, but the destruction could not be observed due to a heavy rainstorm. Nevertheless, ALABAMA later learned that she had done a very handsome job of demolishing the targets assigned her.

The end of the war found the ship still at sea, and, after 67 days of continuous steaming, she dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay, remaining for two weeks while her landing force assisted the occupation of the Yokosuka-Tokyo area. On 20 September 1945, ALABAMA stood out from Tokyo. At Okinawa, she embarked some 3700 passengers for the U.S., thus doing her bit in the task of returning the Pacific veterans. Navy Day, 27 October 1945, was spent with other units of the THIRD Fleet in the celebrations at San Francisco. On 26 November 1945, Captain E. H. Pierce, USN, relieved Captain Goggins as Commanding Officer.after being moved to Bremerton, Washington, she was decommissioned on January 9, 1947