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make theme by theme foundryPlease excuse if some elements are not yet in order. This blog is undergoing a make-over.

I found a great theme from Theme Foundry called “Make”. It’s simple, minimalistic, and very flexible with no codes to alter (unless you really want to do a major facelift!).  Involves a drag and drop feature and customising layouts, colours, and fonts are very easy.

So for the meantime, please excuse the clutter. I’ll be done very soon!

Dress up, dress down

I have been looking at a lot of online shopping sites because since going back to work after a long time, most of my work clothes were either too small for me or too old to be worn again.

I admit that although I’m no stranger to online shopping as I’ve done several hauls in the past two years, I’m still a greenhorn compared to some people I know. *wink-wink*

dress first black princess scoop neck with ruffle lace prom dressWhen my brother was scheduled to get married last year, I browsed through loooots of online shops hoping to find the one dress to buy for the occasion, if not, just gather some style ideas. There were plenty, I tell you, and all of them were too hard to resist. DressFirst is one of the sites I visited (and bookmarked) and, I must admit, I just could not stop staring longingly at the beautiful wedding gowns and dresses there, particularly the fun styles and colours appropriate for special occasions.

How I wish online shopping was already thought of back when I was younger, it would have spared my mum of the stress that went with  finding nice Prom dresses for her daughters. I mean, just look at this dress… a floor-length A-line/Princess scoop-necked prom dress with ruffle lace. So elegant, so classic. Had I been so enthusiastic about dresses, I would’ve picked this one.

vava-voom red strappy shoes from dressfirst

And since I have posted here my choice for a Prom dress, let me continue with dressing up (virtually, that is) and hunt for the perfect pair of shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not a fashion expert nor am trying to be one. I’m only posting this because the thought of online shopping for clothes this day and age has become more convenient as we have a lot of choices and sources.

So here’s what I like, still from the Dressfirst site – et voila! Va-va-voom, isn’t it? It’s a modern ballroom shoes in sparkling red leatherette glitter heels. The heels are not that high and pointed and I think I’ll survive a night of dancing and prancing with these gorgeous shoes on.

However, on normal days, I only get dressed up for work. And I actually don’t think about what others are going to think or say or react when fashionistas and fashionista-wannabes see me. Thank you for the kind attention but I don’t have time to stop by and answer your questions.

Dumb ways to die

Dumb ways to die
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie
So many dumb ways to die.

My husband looked at me quizzically while I was singing this lines. Actually, I’ve been LSS*ing on this chorus for three days already. The lyrics are part of a campaign jingle launched by the Melbourne Metro Train last week in their efforts to raise awareness about safety in trains. I watched the video that was shared by a friend in my twitter list several days ago and couldn’t get it out of my head. I laughed out loud at the adorably foolish lyrics of the jingle!

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See what I mean? The chorus is so catchy and the animations are super-dooper cute. Cute.But.Violent.  So I think parental guidance is needed, for children below 13, lol.

It is a brilliant ad campaign by the Melbourne (Australia) Metro Trains – what can I say, McCann Erickson hit the target with this jingle.  This video ad apparently is part of a larger multi-media compaign that includes radio, giant posters, and a website. This was video was launched only a few days ago and has became viral, already hitting the 4M mark on Youtube. Will it catch up to the Gangnam fever? It remains to be seen.

So now the lyrics are in my head playing over and over. How can I dismiss it? Here goes:

Set fire to your hair
Poke a stick at a grizzly bear
Eat medicine that’s out of date
Use your private parts as piranha bait.

Dumb ways to die,
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Get your toast with a fork
Do your own electrical work
Teach yourself how to fly
Eat a two-week old unrefrigerated pie.

Dumb ways to die>
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Invite a pyscho-killer inside
Scratch a drug-dealers’s brand new ride
Take your helmet off in outer space
Use a clothes-dryer as hiding place.

Dumb ways to die
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Keep a rattle snake as pet
Sell both your kidneys on the Internet
Eat a tube of superglue
“I wonder what’s this red button do?”

Dumb ways to die
So many dumb ways to die.
Dumb ways to die-ie-ie,
So many dumb ways to die.

Dress up like a moose during hunting season
Disturb a  nest of wasps for no good reason
Stand on the edge of a train station platform
Drive around boom gates at a level crossing
Run across the tracks between the platforms
They may not rhyme, but they are quite possibly…

The dumbest ways to die…
The dumbest ways to die…
The dumbest ways to die-ie-ie…

So many dumb…
So many dumb ways to die…

This post got me thinking… could we have something like this, but instead of singing about the dumbways to die, it describes the dumb ways of driving in Phnom Penh? Just saying.

*LSS – Last Song Syndrome

Back online

I was offline (involuntarily) for two weeks due to problems with my ISP. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, we weren’t getting what we’re paying for to this company.  We would be happy to continue paying them every month if only the Internet connection worked. So yeah, after almost three years we already said goodbye to Ezecom. If only you gave serious attention to my {your subscribers} call or complaints…

Anyways, I’m back online now with a new ISP. For almost the same amount we used to pay to Ezecom, we get triple the speed from this new company. Apart from working online for my consultancy, I have blogs that need updating (luckily my web hosting site is very reliable) and needless to say, the speed, stability and reliability of an Internet connection is very much needed to do this – and which we weren’t getting from Ezecom. While it is too early to give a review of the new ISP, I can say that we have no trouble watching youtube videos and downloading files so far, no cut offs while downloading or watching vids in progress.

Now that I’m back online, it feels like I missed out on a lot of things. I was surprised at the feedback by some bloggers arising from the recent introduction of an online site requiring their bloggers to have a static IP. It doesn’t concern me much as, number one, this blog is not registered in that site; and number two, even if this were, I have a very good host who had the foresight of getting a dedicated server hosting as soon as the news of this came out. So, thanks for that!

Sana tuloy-tuloy na ang ligaya.

Welcome to Crafting with Sreisaat!

You have just landed at the new home of Sreisaat Crafts, which I renamed to Crafting with Sreisaat.

It’s been awhile since I last updated this blog. Mainly, I have been busy with a lot of OTHER things but I have managed to work on this one earlier this year and finally – and thankfully! –  move it here in WordPress about a month ago.

As is with my other blogs that I moved from Blogger to WP, it was a tedious, trial and error process  but along the way, with me being nowhere near a web designer/expert, the learnings I gathered are very valuable.

So Crating with Sreisaat is up and running now via WP platform and I expect to post regularly (*insert anti-jinx here*) from hereon despite the obvious need for code-tweakings (some customisation bits, e.g., header, navigation bar, etc.) . I’ll definitely be adding more content (slowly, but surely), perhaps put a gallery or sorts (if the theme allows), and what-have-yous.

By the way, the background you see is one of the five bundled cute wallpapers from My Crafting Den. I have already downloaded most of her kits there I’m probably the topnotch “download-er” of her freebies! I know, I’m el cheap-o (LOL) but I could not resist the cheery vibe of this design.

*Update: Crafting with Sreisaat was consolidated with my other (this) blog, Sreisaat Adventures, in June 2013.


Skills training for medical professionals

I received a call from an unexpected source the other day and the person on the other end of the line is hinting on a possible employment. After years of being a stay-at-home-wife, the idea of working again is a huge welcome. While I am excited at the prospect, going back to work makes me nervous and meeting this person in a week’s time is quite nerve-wracking… I had long forgotten how to “sell” myself to an employer. Maybe I need something like a consultant interview course to give me that important push to face {again} a panel of people and be in the challenging world of the employed again. What do you think? No harm in a little professional development.

A cousin of mine, J, based in the UK, has a doctor-friend who she tells us is a go-getter and really wants to be successful in his profession, to be always a step ahead. While working as a doctor in a London hospital, my cousin’s friend took up a medical management course from a reputable medical training company in the UK. Almost after his completion of the said course, the doctor was promoted and is now enjoying the challenges and privileges of his new position at the hospital where he currently works. There are also doctors in their hospital who are taking a medical teaching course. J is a nurse and constantly wish  for a similar program for nurses and other health care professionals. He might even consider the teach the teacher course if the opportunity to study comes sometime.


It’s been almost two years since I had my own self-hosted blog.  In the beginning, I thought that building my own self-hosted blog was a very complicated process, messy even for a non-techie person like me. I didn’t want to disrupt anything so I chose the easier way and depended on the hassle-free blogging services. Then my friends started having their own domain names. It was the cool thing to have, you know. Lol. So of course I jumped into the bandwagon not wanting to be called “un-cool” 🙂

Anyways, now, I am running three blogs on my own. Yes, three, and that’s not counting the ones hosted in WP. Do I look like a serial blogger to you? Bleh. I have an unlimited web hosting service. So far, so good. Never ran into major problems. Not yet, anyway. Apart from the help-desk, I have a fairy godblogger who has answers to my never-ending questions. She knows who she is.

So what is the point of this seemingly senseless post? Nothing, really. I just want to blabber… that I love the freedom, flexibility, and wide-ranging choices that go with self-hosted blogs.

Just sharing the excitement…

I was able to figure out on my own what’s wrong with the template and corrected the errors.  I should give myself credit for being persistent because I finally was able to make this template work! So now, as you can see, I’m using this template (pic, below right).

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I told you, I don’t give up that easily especially when I’ve set my eyes on something that catches my fancy. You see, the problem was with the sidebar… it won’t go to the side, instead, it stayed in the footer. I had a feeling that the solution lies on the size of the width as my pictures were bigger than what’s specified in the template codes so I asked the template author whether I should re-size the blog post width and sidebar as well as the pictures. But he didn’t exactly answer my question; he wrote that “even increasing the blog post width, it’s vain cos any problem in template excep you want to increase a big size” [sic].

I didn’t press him any further. What I did was use a temporary template and studied this template in a dummy blog to explore which parts I could tweak and/or change. Last night, already exasperated from tweaking and searching for another template, I decided, as my last ditch-effort, to just try resizing the pictures and the width of the post and sidebar. I was right – it felt like I had hit the jackpot! I should’ve trusted my instincts earlier. . Anyhoo, I’m just happy that this template is working  (the banner will come later) and that I appreciate the attention that was given to me by the template author.

Now  I could go back to regular blogging.