May 31, 2008

Last Day of May

A few minutes from now, the month of May would end. I am saying this because lots of things happened to me this Month and just yesterday was one of the best. May would be my last complete month here in the Philippines for now for I'll be joining the love of my life in his place. That means that I'll be starting a new WONDERFUL life with him and with our son.

So far, I have the most number of posts in May too. So you see, lots of new things had come to me this month.

I'm happy but sad now. Happy because 9 days from now, I'll be in my Honey's arms again and would be inseparable then ::grin:: and I know that from that day, I will have a new life, hopefully the life that I am dreaming of because I would be in a new place, be around with new people, having a new lifestyle, and just everything would be new and I know that for some time, I will have a little hard time to adjust but I know too that my Honey would help me with that.

Sad because I am leaving the life that I am used to, most especially to be apart from my parents. Right now I am really hurting because I am thinking about the day that we'll leave this house, for sure, it would be a few years before we can see this house again. This is my first to be far from my parents, especially my Mom and it hurts so much. I know she's hurting too. But this is the life that I've chosen and she let me chose it.

Oh my, May, bye-bye to you. The next time I'll be with you is I'll be in a different place with a new different life but I hope another best thing would happen by that time still.

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First and Last

This is my second tag for the day and this time, Genny tagged me. This is good because I can't think of anything to write about today :-D

Participants:

1. Me and Mine 2. Creative in Me 3. Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. Supermodel Wannabe 7. FunFierceFaboulous 8. A Sweet Taste of Life 9. My Simple Joys 10. In This Game of LifeScribbles of My Life 12. malditang bunso's journal 13. marshimallows 14.Gandangnanay 15. lisgold 16. Pheandy's Blog 17. The Joy Of Life Forever 18. Beauty of Life 19. Your Blog Here!


First

First real job: Department Store Cashier
First screen name: Raven
First funeral: my brother
First pet: dog
First piercing: I think when I was still a baby (need to ask my Mom about this because I'm not sure)
First tattoo: never
First credit card: Metrobank Visa
First kiss: 18 years old with my 1st boyfriend
First enemy: a 6th grader and i was a 4th grader that time (can't remember why we fought though)

Last

Last car ride: earlier
Last kiss: fiance (8 months ago ::sad::)

Now, I am tagging Tess, sweetposh, sweetiepie, sweet angel, Janet, Ruby, Richel, Resebel, Prily, and Poray.

Please leave a message here once you're done posting this tag in your site. Thanks! :-)


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A Tag for All My Links

Lots of tags are coming these past few days and today I am tagged by Darlene. Thanks girl for this tag.

And as the title says, I am tagging all my friends on my BLOGROLL, so if you see this tag, just grab it.

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1. Copy from ::Start Copy Here:: through ::End Copy Here::.

2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. Just make sure to post this to each of the blog you added in the list
3. Tag other online friends you know.You don’t need to be tag in order to join. If you want to join just post this one in your blog.
4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.That way, everyone is happy and can meet new friends too!
5. Come back once in a while to get the master list! Let’s see how this makes our Technorati and PR goes up!
6. DO NOT REMOVE THIS: scrap page made by Yen. Using alphas and tapes from Kate H., flowers from Ida,paper by Catrine.


1. Me and Mine 2. Creative In Me 3. Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. Chez Francine 7. Le bric � brac de Cherie 8. La Place de Cherie 9. SuperNova and SweetPain 10. Avee's Adventures 11. Fil-Am Stories 12. Air Sick 13. Essay of Life 14. All About Reviews 15. From PI With Love 16. Beauty Kikay 17. Everyday Life 18. Fil-Oz Blog 19. More on Health 20. Ozlife Begins 21. Rants and Ramblings 22. Taurian�s Bible 23. What A World 24. Jocelyn's Journal 25. Dhaqueen's 26. Man's Call to Salvation 27. Life Away From Home 28. Icelog 29. Dabawenyako 30. The Nook 31. Al's World 32. Darlene's Blog Site 33. Beauty of Life 34. Your Blog Here!

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May 30, 2008

Received Visa Today .. Let's Celebrate!!!

A text message woke me up at 8:15 in the morning, it said that my son's Visa is for delivery which start tomorrow, then another one followed which is for my Visa's delivery. YAAAAYYYY!!! ::dance:: . I really jumped for joy because finally I had a good news since the date I knew my Interview date. I got up from the bed, turn on my computer, and send message to my Honey about the good news. Then we talk about the next thing to happen (not the wedding yet, we should wait until I am in Texas). He immediate ly reserved a plane ticket. We'd be flying to Manila on June 9th, get the CFO stamp on the following day, then fly to Texas on the 11th. Our port of entry would be San Francisco, CA. OMG! I'm very excited. I don't know how to express it, really ::grin::.

But around 3 o'clock this afternoon, our Visa arrived. WOOOHHH!! That was so QUICK! I was expecting to receive it on Monday base on the message that I just received from them. But, OMG! This is one of the best days of my life. I finally have the visa in my hand and 10 days from now, I'll be seeing my Honey again. OMG! I miss him so much ...

So, that was it, I have my Visa today, finally, after a long wait. Total processing time is 7 months and 11 days. That was long and while waiting for my visa, it seems to be taking longer than forever. But no more waiting now coz I already have it. YAAAYYY!! ::dance:: And all the other processing that we need to do would be easier coz me and my Honey would be in each other's side to do that.

If you want to know the processing of our(me and my son) Visa, click on the following links:
K1 Visa Timeline
Interview Experience
Medical Examination Experience

Thanks for reading. Let's drink to that. LOL

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May 29, 2008

The Friendship Tag

I got tagged by Jojo. Thanks Jo for this wonderful tag and giving me the idea on how to post it without taking too much of my time (you know what I mean.lol).

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Rule:
1. Copy from ::Start Copy Here:: through ::End Copy Here::.
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. Just make sure to post this to each of the blog you added in the list.
3. Tag other online friends you know.You don’t need to be tag in order to join. If you want to join just post this one in your blog.
4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.That way, everyone is happy and can meet new friends too!
5. Come back once in a while to get the master list! Let’s see how this makes our Technorati and PR goes up! :D
6. DO NOT REMOVE THIS: scrap page made by Yen. Using alphas and tapes from Kate H., flowers from Ida,paper by Catrine.



1. Me and Mine 2.Creative In Me 3.Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6.Because Life Is Fun 7. Piece o’Kaje 8. Mon a Bric 9. Celebrate Life 10.My Journey11. Deeply In Love 12. Pink and Brown Diaries 13. Happyheart 14. Wilstop 15. Fun|Fierce|Fab 16. Nita’s Random Thoughts 17. Nita’s Corner 18. Thomas Web Links 19. Thomas Travel Tales 20. Make Money Online 21. Great Finds and Deals 22. PRC Board Exam Results 24. My Wandering Thoughts 25. Nita’s Ramblings 26. Just Me.. Eds 27. Etc Atbp 28. When Silence Speaks 29. Juliana’s Lair 30. Juliana’s World 31. Juliana’s Library 32. Blessed Chic 33. Can of Thoughts 34. Hailey’s Domain 35. Hailey’s Beats and Bits 36. ISL family 37. Arbitrary Thoughts 38. D’ Cooking Mudra 39. My Big Picture 40. Dancing in Midlife Tune 41. Blessings In Life 42. My Colorful World 43. Dare to Blog 44. Life Realities 45. WebGeek Journal DotNet 46. WebGeek Journal 47. Let’s Travel Philippines 49. MY DAILY THOUGHTS AND MOODS 50. A Sweet Taste Of Life 51. My Life in this Wonderful World! 52. Denz Techtronics 53. Denz Recreational 54. Surviving Deplyoment 55. Ester’s Raptured Dreams 56. Nipa Hut 57.Picture Clusters 58. My Wanderings 59.Maiylah’s Snippets 60. EuLehKulit 61. Life Quest 61.Being a wife. Being a Mom. 62. MoMie SPace 63.Woman Xplore 64. PinayWAHM 65. Agring’s Simply Digital 66. Agring’s Home & Garden 67. Agring’s Homecooking & Baking 68. Agring’s Electronics & Entertainments 69. Scrap Addict Sundays 70. Mommy Talks 71. Aggie Scraps 72.Teacher’s Corner 73. My Drift 74. lancernews 75. My so called Life 76. See Me for what You Will… 77. kathycot.com 78. buhaymisis.com 79. All about Mye life 80. Everything has a Reason 81. Life’s Impression 82. Some Thoughts I have 83. Life’s Lessons 84. Just Let Go 85. Pieces Of Me 86. Winding Creek Circle 87. BOTH SIDES NOW 88. Happy Life 89. Blessed Sanctuary 90.Confessions of an Army Life 91. moms….. check nyo 92. Mommy’s Little Corner 93. Wanna Be SuperModel 94. Gandacious 95. Jo-Jo’s Place 96.My Quiet Zone 97. Proud PINAY 98. Simply Jen 99. Jenny Said So 100. A Slice of Life 101. My Blog 102. TIP OF AN ICEBERG 103. Coffee Cup Princess 104. Deranged Insanity 105. Just Another Day 106. Stev & Emz Journey 107.Runaway THoughts of Emz 108. Heart of Rachel 109. Nora’s Notes 110. In the Life Of Mne 111. In my Kitchen 112. Nyumix’s Blog 113. Everything’s Here 114.Out of Nowhere 115. My Simple World 116. Seek Health. Feel Great 117. Smile Puppies 118. Almanacqueen 119. The Life of an Outback Pinay 120. Dancing With Butterflies 121. My Treasures 122. Everything Green 123. 124. Memoirs of a Filipina 125. The Pit Gadgetry! 126. My Daily Life Experience 127. Married and Happy About It 128. My Discoveries 129. iCreate+iDeas 130. My Healthy Living Journal 131. Busy Moms Cook 132. Christian Weekends 133. Reflexes 134. Caramel Corn 135. Sunny Side Up Foodie 136. A Mothers Horizon 137. Bits and Pieces 138. Whats Up! 139. Simply Me 140. Life and Me 141. A Handful of Surprises 142. Anything and Everything in Between 143. from here and beyond 144. The Nameless Blog 145. Exploring Asia 146. Malaya 147. Swan Portraits 148. BUSYNESSWORLD 149. Sprawt 150. Thinking Consciously? 151. BLOGSILOG 152. Cherry’s Comfort Zone 153. DigiScrapz: Captured Memories 154. Buzzy Me 155. Thinking Out Loud 156. Wishing and Hoping 157. Jobs for Davao 158. Jobs for Cebu 159. Filipino Jobs Abroad 160. PRC Board Exam Results 161. Nakedminds 162. Personal 163. Interesting 164. squeeshies 165. Shenzee’s World 166. Geekyology 167. Swanportraits 168. Rumination Under the Clouds 169. In My Home by Ria aka Msculit 170. It’s my Party (and I’ll cry if I want to…) by Ria aka Msculit 171. Malaya 172. Cheese: Jherson84 173. Beans: Jherson 174. EP Treasures 175. Republic of A 176. Nora’s Family Treasures 177. Points of View (Discussion Blog) 178. Gala Tayo! 179. Lucky Peso 180. Buhay Pinoy 181. Pinay Mommy’s Love Blog 182. MOMEMO 183. OnlineBiz and Resources 184. Lourdes’ Mia 185. Pinay Mommy’s DigiScrap and Musings in Life 186. Pinay Mommy Online 187. ‘nna 188. My Sweet Escape 189. The Next Chapter 190. Painted Life 191. Live Love Life 192. Beauty of Life 193. Creations

194. You're BLOG here


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Now, I am tagging Anna, Blog Gurl, and Janeth.


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May 28, 2008

Cleaning up my page

I am trying to clean up my page and I believe I have done a quite a few things here now.

First is I changed my template to something clean and simple from a neon color one which I realize not friendly to my readers eyes at all. I just hope that I won't be changing my template again though I really can't say so. Let's just see after a few days(lol)

Second is I tried to arrange my Blog Roll alphabetically by names because I don't just wanted to blog, but I also want to earn friends here and putting their names instead of the title of their blogs make be easy for me to remember them. Though I was not able to find out some of the names on my Blog Roll because they didn't put their names on their blog itself. So, if ever anyone here would check my Blog Roll and you are listed by the title of your Blog, please let me know by dropping a line here so that I can be able to change it. Thanks in advance.

I will be on leave for a few days(I hope) for some personal reason. I will surely miss blogging so much and I hope I can get back to doing this soon.

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You and Your Child/ren

I got a tag from Pinay WAHM. Actually didn't tell me, but I saw it on her site and I was on the list for the people that she tagged with this. That's considered, right? But I like this tag so much because it would mean bragging about my wonderful life with my Angel and of course, me. I know humility is always the best but having a life that's full of happiness not considering the materials things, is worth bragging for, right? :-)

One of our first pictures together when he is still 3 months old.



We just got off from our first airplane ride from Cagayan de Oro to Manila. He loves airplane so much and being inside the airplane itself was one of the mots memorable moment for him (I guess! He was enjoying it so much, he doesn't even want to got off from it)



Since we are INC members, attending an INC service in Manila for the first time is a great experience for us so here is our picture.



So far, this is our last picture together. He is playing with my MP3 Player because he thinks that he should know everything and anything that I am doing, so he's trying his best to explore my MP3 Player.




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2. Choose the photo(s) of you and your child(ren) that you would like to share in your blog, with a small story/explanation about when and where the photo(s) was/were taken.
3. Add your blog name and url blog, then leave your url post in here. And I'll add you to the Master List.
4. Please help spread this tag by tagging your friends as much as you can.
5. Please come back again to copy the update of the master list, often. This process will help new participants to get the same gains as the first participants.

Master List :
1. Juliana's Site; 2. Moms..check you; 3. PinayWAHM; 4. Residual Matters; 5. So Cute; 8. PinayMama's Diary; 7. Beauty of Life; 8. You're spot

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Now, I am passing this tag to Jona, Prily, and Richel.

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Can never get satisfaction with the background

As you have observed, I have a new template again and maybe some of my blogger friends would think that they're hopping in a new site. lol! Yeah, I've changed my template again. As what I have mentioned on my previous post, Changing my site's background again, that I will be playing around with my blog's HTML. I also love using the Photoshop and I am still in the stage of exploring it. I find it interesting and a fun thing to do. If the time would come that I will be tired doing it, I would probably ask some of my blogger friends who are specializing in making fantastic templates to give mine a make-over, because they're very good at it. By the way, if you are interested in having your blog a make-over, check Carlota's Web-Blog Designs and Designs by Vhiel. I really admire their work.

What inspired me to do this template is the Photoshop's Special Effect brushes, like the butterflies in my header. Yeah, I just started making my header then I decided to change the whole template. hehehehe.

So, here it is, my plain and simple template, still with a touch of pink.

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Very Slow Internet Connection

I almost hate this day. My internet connection is verrrrry slow. It's seems to be running in 1kpbs though I know that I have 700++kbps connection. I'm losing patience here now. I can't seem to do multiple things at the same time because what I normally do is check my blog, bloghopping, play with google search, watch videos at YouTube, check my e-mail and chat with friends on the Messenger. But today, I can only once at the same time and it's killing me. I feel like wasting too much time.

I hope that I can have the good connection that I usually had. Maybe it is just because of the bad weather here right now.

And to my blogger friends, I will still try to do the request you had with the best that I can.

May 27, 2008

My Bestfriend went Scuba Diving

My bestfriend, Tetet, went scuba diving last March 18, 2008 with her officemates in BDO at Talikod, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte, Philippines.

This is her while under the sea.



Wow!! I'm so envious about it. I always wanted to do scuba diving but just doesn't have the chance to do so. I'm happy that at least my bestfriend had finally done it and we're now planning to do it together. That would mean so much fun.

To see more of her pictures, click HERE.

May 26, 2008

Tribute to the Dads

My Papang is the best father for me, not because that he is my father but because he never failed to be a good father to me. He worked hard to give me the things I needed and I realized the efforts that he did for our family. He may not be the best man in the world because he has failures too but he is always the best father. If not with him, I will never be who I am now. I am so proud of him for being strong despite of all the hard things we had in life. I know it was never easy for him and I even saw him starting to give up but he didn't and continue to stand up and fight for us.

My fiance has always been a good dad to my son. Obviously, he's not the biological father of Dion but he's Dion's real father still. He treated and accepted my son as his own without any second thoughts and I wanna thank him for that. Dion had always known him as his real father though.

To this two FATHERS in my life, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH and you two will always be the BEST FATHER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.


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1) Copy from {Start Copy Here} to {End Copy Here}.
2) Blog 'Brag' about your husband - yes, the father of your child/ren. As I’ve said singles may also join by bragging about their own fathers, or even grandfathers. It doesn’t matter! Of course, Daddy bloggers themselves may also join, but you have to blog about your fathers and not about yourselves, deal? Okay. Good.
3) Add your blog in the master list below linking to the post that you just made. Or if you wish, do it as how I’ve done it in my other blog by adding a new page.
4) Leave your comment here and don't forget to leave your link so you can be added on the masterlist. Yup. Here. Thanks!
5) Let’s not forget Peppermint Creative for the corner border I used for the badge.

Masterlist:
1. When Silence Speaks
2. Everything About Deye
3. Etc Atbp
4. Pinay Mommy Online
5. Coffee Cup Princess
6. Pinaymama's Dairy
7. A Mother of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
8. Everything that has Breathe Praise the Lord
9. Kate Ashley
10. Top Form Secrets
11. Marilyn
12. Anything and Everything in Between
13. Can of Thoughts
14. Pinay WAHM
15. A Time to Weep and a Time to Laugh
16. Beauty of Life
17. You're next...

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Thanks to Jona for this wonderful tag. Now, I'm passing this on to Poray, Blog Gurl, Felicity, Princess, and Jenn.

Changing my site's background again

Here I am again, I guess you've notice that I already develop this bad habit of changing my background from time to time. ehehehe. Well, that is because I love playing around with it but sooner, I will have a background that I would really use permanently (about 10 years from now? lol).

Anyway, this time, I just want to play around with the new brushes that I have in my Photoshop and these brushes are the ones I used on creating my Floral Vector background. Again, I got these wonderful brushes as a freebie from Brusheezy, Hawksmont Universe, and Deviantart. As what I have commented on them, "I can't imagine a Photoshop if without their wonderful brushes". Yes, that is true because they really have huge collection of wonderful brushes and they're giving it away. That's how generous they are and I wanna thank them for that.

Philippines is part of the NEW SEVEN WONDERS of Nature

Some of the beautiful spots in the Phlippines are nominated in the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the World. As a proud Filipino, I am very happy about this and though I haven't been to these places before but I know how wonderful they are that is because for one reason, they are located in the Philippines.

Here are the nominees from the Philippines:

Tubbataha Reef - an island of coral reefs that encircles a lagoon, located in Sulu Sea. It is protected by Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park to keep it's natural beauty.


Was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 1993.



Chocolate Hills - composed of over a thousand of perfectly shaped cones located in Bohol. It is the Bohol's most famous tourist attraction.

The hills are all covered with green which turns brown during dry season. But until now it was not yet known how these wonderful hills were formed though there have been lots of theories of some geologists and some legends that the Bohol people would tell for the reason of the formation of these hills.


Mayon Volcano(Mt. Mayon) - an active volcano which was known for it's near perfectly con e shape, located in the province of Albay.

This is the most active volcano in the country, erupted over 47 times in the past 400 years, because it is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.


Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - also known as St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park, located in Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island of Palawan.

The longest navigable underground river which measures 8.2 kilometer that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying into the South China Sea.

You can cast your votes on www.new7wonders.com for whatever place you want to be part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the World.

May 25, 2008

Makes me happy when they are happy

This is my friend's family. Bhuboy(father), Jingkoi(mother), and their cute daugther, Ziggy. Jingkoi is my barkada since high-school until we went to college and until now, we're still being true to each other, FRIENDS FOREVER of course.



I got this picture from Jingkoi's Friendster Profile because I like it so much.

I'm always happy when I know that my friend is happy. Well, Jingkoi had always been happy for me whatever happened to my life and she has always been there to encourage me. She's always been a loyal friend to me and I really love her for that.

May 24, 2008

My Very Own Pancit Palabok

As a Pinay Mommy, we love to cook (though I don't really cook that much) and of course we want to share our favorite foods with our kids. Pancit Palabok is one of my favorite foods and I am posting this because I am joining the PMC's weekly fest, of course I wanna get the wonderful freebies from PMC. That's how we, Mom's, bond. We share ideas and we're enjoying every moment of it. :-D



Ingredients

Noodles - 1/2 kilo of white and round miki
Boil 4 cups water, add a little salt. Put noodles in strainer and dip in boiling water for 5 minutes or till noodles is cooked. Drain. Transfer on plate. Top with garnishings. Pour palabok on top. Garnish with sliced cooked eggs and chopped spring onions.

Garnishings

* squid adobo (pusit)
* flaked fish meat (tinapa)
* pork sitsaron, coarsely pounded
* powdered pork sitsaron
* fried minced garlic
* cooked shrimps, shelled
* hard boiled eggs, sliced
* chopped spring onions

Palabok

* 1/2 kilo fresh small crabs
* (possibly w/soft shell)
* 1 large onion, chopped finely
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 tbsp cornstarch
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 3 tbsp atchuete seeds or
* 2 tbsp atchuete oil
* 2 tbsp patis
* 1 tsp vetsin

PROCEDURE

Wash crabs, open up and extract fat top shell, squeeze out meat from body. Set fat and meat aside. Then pound crab and squeeze juice in 1 1/2 cups of water. Set aside juice till brown. Add onion. Add crabs fat meat, season with patis. Stir for 2 minutes and add crab juice. Season With patis and vetsin. Let boil for 10 minutes , stirring constantly Then, add dissolved cornstarch, stir until it thickens.



Week 1: May 25 - May 30, 2008 - FOOD

Pinay Mommies Community has Evolved to Something Better



PMC is an online community made by Mommy Ruby for mommies, wives, single moms, and expectant moms.

I have been a member of PMC since I started blogging and I like the idea that you get to know some Filipina Mommies involved in blogging who lives almost all around the world. But now PMC had become better: a new page, more members, great banners and badges and MORE.

Joining PMC is very easy and it's FREE. You just need to meet the following requirements:

1. You are a Pinay. (1 whole, 1 half, 1 forth, it doesn't matter basta may dugong Pinoy!)
2. You are a mom (not necessarily married), a wife (not necessarily a mom) or on the way to become one .
3. You have a personal blog(s) of your own (either free or not, monetized or not)
4. You need to link with us by using any of our badges, blinkies, or chicklet. Please click on the “LINK WITH US” button to get one.
5. Of course, after linking with us. Please submit your blog(s) to us by pressing “SUBMIT YOUR BLOG” button
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So, if you think you can meet the requirements stated above, then you can join us at PMC.