Thought Bubbles...

musings, rantings, and what-have-you, about my own small part of the world, and my 'sometimes' not so-ordinary life...something to read and reflect on, and which hopefully will bring a smile to your face... :)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Wanders show

My kids and I consider ourselves very lucky to have watched the Wanders show last night at Casino Filipino Pagcor Grand Theater in Parañaque. Special thanks to my dear friend (from way back in high school, mind you) Wilza who gave us tickets to the show. Love you, Isa! :)

The Wanders show was billed (quite aptly, I must add) as "Ang Pinakamagandang show sa Pilipinas" (The Greatest Show in the Philippines)! The show featured Russian dancers and Chinese acrobats, aerial dancers, contortionists, plus a lot of home grown Filipino talents as well, like local stage and singing stars Nonie Buencamino, Calvin Millado and Frenchie Dy, and top Pinoy dance groups Whiplash, Hotleggs and the Manoeuvres. The live band was all-Filipino and the musical director and arranger was Egay Gonzales.

All throughout the show, we were clapping our hands and were in awe! It elicited a lot of "oohs", "aahs", and "wows" from everyone in the audience. Really, our hands hurt from all the clapping we did! Highly recommended, great entertainment for the whole family. Go and watch it!

To see a preview of the show, go to and search "Wanders at Pagcor Grand Theater" or to Casino Filipino's website,

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Building Unshakable Self-Confidence by Brian Tracy

I just want to share this great article. After reading this article, I hope you'll say to yourself, "I'm going for my dream!"

GO for it!

Building Unshakable Self-Confidence
Article by: Brian Tracy

Identify Your Biggest Dream
A young woman wrote to me recently, telling me that her whole life had taken a different turn since she heard me ask the question, “What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?”

She wrote that, up to that time, this was a question she had never even dared to consider, but now, she thought of nothing else. She had realized, in a great, blinding flash of clarity, that the main thing separating her from her hopes and dreams was the belief in her ability to achieve them.

Most of us are like this for most of our lives. There are many things that we want to be, and have and do, but we hold back. We are unsure because we lack the confidence necessary to step out in faith in the direction of our dreams.

Determine What You Really Want
Just think: What difference would it make in your life if you had an absolutely unshakable confidence in your ability to achieve anything you really put your mind to? What would you want and wish and hope for? What would you dare to dream if you believed in yourself with such deep conviction that you had no fears of failure whatsoever?

Be True to Yourself
The key is to be true to yourself, to be true to the very best that is in you, and to live your life consistent with your highest values and aspirations.

Take some time to think about who you are and what you believe in and what is important to you. Decide that you will never compromise your integrity by trying to be or say or feel something that is not true for you.

Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are-not as you might be, or as someone else thinks you should be-and know that, taking everything into consideration, you are a pretty good person.

Make A Plan to Achieve It
Being true to yourself means knowing exactly what you want and having a plan to achieve it. Lasting self-confidence comes when you absolutely know that you have the capacity to get from where you are to wherever you want to go. You are behind the wheel of your life. You are the architect of your destiny and the master of your fate.

Use the "Act As If" Principle
Act as though it were impossible to fail. Act as though you already had a high level of self-confidence. And continually ask yourself, “What one great thing would I dare to dream if I knew I could not fail?” Whatever your answer, you can have it if you can dream it, and if you have the self-confidence to go out and get it.

Action Exercises
Here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, resolve to step out in faith in the direction of your dreams; just do it!

Second, ask yourself, “What one great thing would I dare to dream if I knew I could not fail?”

Third, be true to yourself, to the very best that is in you. Never compromise!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

My weekend in bullet points ;->

Saturday AM:
- We purposely stayed away from the malls this weekend. Still thinking of the Glorietta blast.
- Paolo still had classes this weekend because of all the holidays the past month.
- Went to the gym with Neil after our mini-tour of Valenzuela. Felt my arms ache. Not surprising since I haven't been able to go to the gym since late August.

Saturday PM:
- Chores! which included having shoes repaired, going to the grocery, then the highlight of the afternoon, drive-thru order for Krispy Kreme! reward for going to the gym. hehehe... ;->
- Church with the kids
- Dinner with family and friends

The dinner with friends was not planned at all. Dan just sent text that afternoon that he was bored, and would drop by the house that night. The one (Dan), became three (add Thad and Ben). Dinner was beef kaldereta, roast chicken, and kalderetang kambing. Dessert was Ben's gift of Go Nuts donuts (yum!) and our supply of krispy kreme (double yum!). Then after dinner, hot choco and coffee. And I wonder why I gained weight! aargh!

Just realized that my house is so often my friends' favorite hangout. Not that i'm complaining! I always enjoy the company, the good conversation, and of course, the food tastes better when shared with friends.

Sunday AM:
- It was our turn to be the guests. Brought the kids to San Mateo to visit friends for some fresh air, and good food! Each time we go there, it's just like a fiesta what with all the food prepared for us. Laswa (vegetable dish ala pinakbet), grilled fish (bangus), grilled pork, dried fish with ensalada, and pandan-infused rice! We went home in the afternoon, refreshed from the activity, the fresh, clean air, and the hearty lunch and merienda.

It was another weekend packed full of activities.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

October 19 - Glorietta blast

I'm still reeling from the news on the Glorietta blast. I still can't believe it happened. A friend emailed to me pictures of Glorietta II after the blast, and I was shocked at the devastation. Even cars parked outside Glorietta II were not spared. I recalled that hours earlier, I had driven by Glorietta on my way to Pasay Road. I was there for just a few minutes, but what if? Gives me goosebumps.

I was originally planning on posting the pictures here, but decided against it. I think it would be better to share what we learned from this incident. I got another email, from the hubby of one of the victims of the blast. What struck me most was what he said, "All I want now is that for each of us here to cherish each moment that we spend with our loved ones. Pretty simple to say, very easy to take for granted."

I have nothing to add to that. Let's just pray for all the victims of the blast.

Friday, October 19, 2007


Attended the wake of a TM mentor, Mr. Jimmy Pamintuan, at National Shrine of the Sacred Heart. After hearing the eulogies, our group kidded around about our own wishes for the funeral arrangements. A morbid topic, yes. But with our crazy group of friends we came up with some pretty outrageous, and funny ideas for our respective wakes. In fact, we’re planning a eulogy party now. As the name implies, it’s a party when we all deliver eulogies for each other (maybe a toast, or better yet, a roast) while we’re still alive. No use delivering all those sweet, poignant, touching, and funny stories about each other when we won’t be able to hear it! So the eulogy party is coming.

It may be a long time coming, but IT is coming. By “it” I mean death, of course. I hope in my case as well as that of my family and close friends, it's going to be later (much, much, much later!), rather than sooner. But still, it does pay to prepare. In fact, I already have one of those Loyola plans for the burial plot. Plus, of course, the almost million peso insurance benefit my loved ones will get upon my demise.

I’m reminded of the circumstances when I wrote my will summer of last year. I specifically remember that I wrote it before a planned trip to Cebu. It would be my first trip outside of Luzon with my high school friends. In the will, I specifically stated that the kids would go to my parents, or my brother. When I told my best friend about it, she reminded me of past conversations wherein we told each other that we’d get each others’ kids should something happen to us. She questioned why in my will, I wouldn’t leave the kids to her. To which I replied, “Eh if I die while on our trip, I’m pretty sure it will be in an accident of some kind, and you’d be with me! So we’ll both die!” Hahahaha!!! That elicited a lot of laughter among us friends.

Another friend of mine, a big hulk of a guy (but who happens to be gay) becomes sentimental each time his birthday rolls around. He reminds me EVERY YEAR at the time of his birthday, of his wishes for his wake and funeral arrangements. The major requirement is that all visitors during the wake should wear bright colors, no black! And no crying! And the music playing in the background? All of Madonna’s songs! He even specified the song titles. Material Girl. La Isla Bonita. And what-have-yous. Sheesh.

I guess this goes to show that even a sad and morbid topic like death can be talked about, and laughed at. You just need the right set of friends to talk to about it. And it doesn’t hurt if they’re a little crazy. :)


MySpaceBookShelfSter! What is it?

It's something my TM friends and I came up with last night during another one of our "coffee-after-dinner" chats. In case you don't know, it's a play of words on those social networking sites that have come up, and which are getting us all addicted! MySpace, FaceBook, Shelfari and Friendster can now be called simply (not!) "MySpaceBookShelfster". Kinda has a nice ring to it. And since I wrote it on my blog first, I've got first dibs on that name! ;->

Monday, October 15, 2007

Puerto Galera -- nearly spoilt

It was my first time to visit Puerto Galera. Contrary to what I've heard, it's still a beautiful place. But it's become so commercialized. Reminds me a lot of Boracay. Along the beach front are numerous houses turned into resorts, restaurants, and bars, all beside one another. You walk on the beach and just a few steps away are the resorts/bars/restaurants, and they add to the cramped feeling. There are very narrow alleys, presumably because home owners have maximized their owned lands and "developed" (the term developed is used loosely here) these into mini-resorts or rooms for rent. Along White Beach, I think all the houses offer rooms for rent, to fit any budget. What struck me was that there were also a number of new "hotels", two (2) or three (3) floors high, and one begins to wonder, how is this "development" affecting the environment? I wonder how Puerto Galera will look like months, or even years from now? I shudder at the thought.

More than the tourists to Puerto Galera, there are also hundreds of locals there. They are the ones who earn a living off the tourists. Vendors (hawking trinkets, bangles and jewelry) and masseuses offering their services, abound! It seemed as every few steps we took, someone was in front of us offering various items for sale. Masseuses charge 200 pesos an hour, ladies offer to braid your hair, there are henna tattoo shops, etc.

Considering it was off-peak season, there were still a lot of people. But not as many as I expected. It wasn't as if there were crowds every where you went, but it was still pretty crowed. And that is when our knack of discovering perfect, out of the way places, kicked in. Peace, quiet, solitude. Sitting on the beach early in the morning. Way before sunrise. No vendors, just plain fisherfolk out at sea..ahhh, finally some solitude. That's just the way I like it.

Long weekend at Puerto Galera

The kids and I spent the long weekend at Puerto Galera. It was all our first time to go there so from the very beginning, it was really an adventure! Last October 12, Friday (a holiday because of the end of Ramadan) we woke up and got the kids ready, and left the house at 4AM! Then just took a cab up to the bus station, to take us to Batangas Port. The bus left the station 4:40AM, and we arrived at Batangas Port at 7:05 AM, then we took a ferry ride. Fare was Php 340.00 (round trip), no special fare for the kids. The ferry left batangas port 830AM, and we were in White Beach at Puerto Galera a little after 10AM. We found our resort, left our bags, then headed to the beach for brunch. It's off-peak at Galera so there were not a lot of people when we arrived. Off-peak season is from June to November. By December to May, the place is packed! We were also lucky that we weren't there the weekend before, as we were told that the storm Ineng hit them hard! We actually saw a lot of the restos by the beach, with their floorings ruined since the water went up so high. Lucky for us, it didn't rain a single drop the whole time we were there. Summer weather! :)

Anyway, we so enjoyed the beach. The water was a very nice blue hue, and surprisingly, clean! Even when we were at waist-high deep water, the water was so clear we could see our feet and the stones and sand. The first day we just walked the beach while the kids played in the water. It was so hot but ayaw paawat ng kids. I just did some shopping for pasalubong, and sandos for the kids, then around 1pm, went back to the resort to nap and enjoy the aircon! When we woke up from our nap, we went outside to the beach again, and found this out of the way place/resto run by a Brit and his Filipina wife. West Havana. The wife is kapampangan and the food was delish! If you go, I hope you don't mind the wait, since the wife who runs the resto does all the cooking. Her Brit hubby runs a dive shop. Theirs was a nice resto which was high up and we had to go up some steep concrete stairs just to get to their resto. But the climb is well worth it, if you enjoy quiet. Not too many people go there, which is a surprise, considering the great food, AND the great view of the beach. There we had our first dinner and planned out the rest of our vacation. We went back to the resort after dinner then enjoyed the quiet in our room. Believe it or not, we were asleep by 830 pm! Mainly because we were all so tired from the trip. The resorts and restos by the beach were kinda noisy, with music blaring, and most of the patrons were college-age kids, groups of friends, and lots of hetero couples as well.

The next day, we all woke up before 6, then went to one end of the beach near West Havana, where the kids swam, while I just sat on the beach watching them. It was very early so the sun wasn't that hot and the breeze was nice and cool. I was just sitting by the beach enjoying the solitude, and fish vendors came by. I bought 2 large parrot fish for just 100 pesos, and 1/2 kilo of squid for 50 pesos. Then we had breakfast at West Havana again, where we all had a hearty breakfast of tocino and tapa, fried rice, then pancakes! We asked them to cook the fish and squid for us, for lunch. We knew it was going to be a lot cheaper that way since we only had to pay for the cooking charge, then whatever food orders we had. Gosh, I'm pretty sure we all gained weight from all the food we ate during our vacation! I know i did! :(

Anyway, after breakfast, we walked almost 20 minutes to get to the other end of White Beach, where there was less people! After swimming for almost 2 hours, we decided to try out a different beach and went to Tamaraw Beach, which was on the other side of the island. Instead of walking along the beach, where it was rocky and slippery, we walked up this very steep concrete stairs to the road. The road was virtually deserted, so we were "feeling" adventurers. hahaha. :D

Tamaraw beach had even less people, and we took a dip in the cold water. By the beach was a rustic place named Pizza Margarita. It was a place referred to us by David (the Brit) who said they served the best pizza in Galera. But since we reserved lunch at West Havana, we just promised them we'd be back for dinner. So off we walked back again up the road, and went to have lunch at West Havana. After that long walk, we had an even heartier lunch, what with our 2 large fish, our calamares, and side orders of fries, and what have yous! After lunch, we then walked back to our resort (which was located right smack in the middle of White Beach), then what else, but napped! hahahah! :D it was a well-deserved nap considering all the walking we had to do!

After waking up from that well-deserved nap, for dinner on that 2nd night, we decided to take a tricycle up to Pizza Margarita. A 5-minute ride, and that cost us 100 pesos! Sheesh. People really take advantage of tourists here. Trying to get off the negative feeling of being hoodwinked, we instead focused on the fact that it was a dark road anyway, and tried to convince ourselves that the money was worth it. On to dinner!

There was only another family and 1 couple with us at the resto. It was dark on the beach, and we enjoyed a lightning show. It was raining hard somewhere in Batangas and we watched the lightning. It was a dark but starry night, and there we were on the beach, not a single raindrop ruining our nice dinner of pizza and pasta. We were able to get back to our room a little after 9pm, and enjoyed just watching "the Mummy" on HBO. Simple pleasures. heheheh... We didn't bother to leave the resort anymore 'coz outside it was noisy with all the young people enjoying their "night out". As for us, we were more into nature-tripping and the beach, really family-type and no night out for us since it was not 'wholesome' for the kids. ;-> Anyway, we watched TV until 11PM and got our well-deserved rest in our air conditioned, quiet room.

We were up the next day around 7AM. It was Sunday, and our last day at Puerto Galera. Our ferry back to batangas was scheduled at 11am. We had breakfast at West Havana (again!) and after breakfast, just walked along the beach and did some last- minute shopping while the kids stayed in the room to watch cartoons. They didn't want to go swimming anymore, since they were already sunburned by that time, and complaining of sore back and shoulders. I told them they had no right to complain since that was the consequence of their actions. They didn't want to leave the water even after my soooo many reminders. Oh well, i think they learned their lesson. :)

We were on the ferry before 11 am, and the ferry left 11:10 am. We arrived at Batangas port almost 1pm, so we decided to have lunch at one of the carinderias there. We circled the place before we decided on a clean-looking place run by a little old lady. We were being hounded by vendors all this time and I was irritated at how persistent and noisy the vendors were. But on hindsight, I felt sorry for them as well since they really had to compete to get customers.

So anyway, we had lunch at this little place (carinderia-turo-turo style), the Philippines' local version of fast food! And funny coz the little lady was talking to us and told me that the kids looked like foreigners. She heard them speaking in English earlier on so she really thought they weren't locals. hehehe...

We arrived home 4pm, and after arranging our things, I felt so tired. But not the kids! After resting a little and getting cleaned up and dressed, they still had the energy to play video games. I had to stop them from playing, and we went up to bed around 7pm. Imagine, by 8pm, we were all fast asleep! It was a tiring, but enjoyable weekend. Sunburn and all, but if you ask the kids, it was a very fun vacation. and that's all that matters.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Blog Action Day

This post on blogger buzz caught my attention. And to think that I recently saw "An Inconvenient Truth" and my (few) past posts on my blog have been on the environment...

So what is Blog Action Day? Check it out!

What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?
One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.

Blogging for the Environment
October 8, 2007 — permalink
October 15, a week from today, is Blog Action Day, and the theme this year is the environment. If you have a blog and want to join in, all you have to do is use that day to post something related to the environment, in whatever way, shape, or form you prefer. You can pick an environmental issue that has meaning for you and let us know why it's important. Organize a beach or neighborhood cleanup and tell us about it. If you're into fiction writing, give us a story with an environmental theme. Have a podcast, videoblog, or photoblog? Join the fun! The idea here is to have a mass effect on public awareness by sharing as many ideas in as many ways as possible.

If you're game for participating, go register your blog with the 7,000+ other blogs (with 5 million readers!) that are already signed up. Also, see the Blog Action Day blog for more on how bloggers can change the world.
— Graham

Enchanted Kingdom (October 7, 2007)

The kids and I were at Enchanted Kingdom yesterday. Yup, again! It seems that we're there at least once a year. This time, it was just the three of us... oh, and our whole company pala! It was our company's 1st ever Family Day, so all expenses were paid for by the company.

As usual, the kids thoroughly enjoyed being at EK. We had the whole park almost to ourselves as there were not that many walk-in guests. Probably because the past days, it was really rainy because of Typhoon Ineng (which thankfully, left the country and headed to Taiwan). So it was sunny the whole day! Alleluia! It rained only when we were on our way back home.

The kids and I enjoyed the rides at Rialto, 4-D Theatre, Dodge 'Em (bump cars), Roller Skater (kiddie roller coaster), and Flying Fiesta (swing-type seats that are suspended in air ala-carousel). At the Flying Fiesta, I was only able to ride it once. I had to beg off since I was feeling queasy already after the ride. But not the kids! Since there were no lines, they were able to ride it 4 consecutive times! They so enjoyed that ride! Patrick would even shout, "This is sooo awesome!". :D Patrick is funny like that, always with his comments and antics. In Filipino, he's "bibo" which is another way of saying he's active and a smart aleck. :)

The kids also wanted to ride Anchors Away (big ship that just rocks forward and back) and Jungle Log Jam (water ride ala roller coaster), but I refused. I was looking for someone to ride it with them, but everyone else was either busy, or a scaredy cat just like me. ;-> Oh well. At least, they enjoyed the rides that they did get to go on. :) It was a fun and busy day and we left for home at 6pm.

When we got home, we just had Mcdonald's delivered as I was too tired to cook. Proof? We were all asleep by 830pm. :) It was really a fun day out with the kids. :)

Monday, October 01, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

The kids and I saw "An Inconvenient Truth" yesterday. Scary! After watching, even the kids started asking what they could do to help. They've seen that we already segregate our garbage, and throw kitchen waste (such as veggie and fruit peels, and the like) into our plant pots in the garden. Cuts down on garbage plus acts as fertilizer for the plants as well. We also reuse plastic bags, turn off electrical appliances not in use, recycle cans/bottles and newspapers/magazines.

Seeing that documentary made me realize that still, we do so little to save the earth. We can ALL do MORE. So I'm reposting here research I did a few months ago, and compiled into a list, "100 Things You Can Do To Save the Environment".

Repeat posting from May 4, 2007...

As part of our department's project for the Company, I decided to come up with a list of things we can do to save the environment (and save the Company on costs as well!). So with a little research and help from the internet (and Google), I was able to compile this list of "100 things you can do to save the environment". And I decided to post this on my blog as well. The more people this reaches, the better! :)

Special mention goes to "", “everyday activist”, "",
"HK's environmental protection department ( which offered these valuable tips. Read on, and let's do share in saving the environment.

100 Things You Can Do To Save the Environment

By making simple changes in our everyday lives, we can make significant strides to improve the planet we all share. So here are 100 tips we’ve collected from various sites. Whatever little thing we can do to help save the environment will make a big impact in the long run. So let’s all do our share! :)


1. Recycle everything you can: newspapers, cans, glass bottles and jars, aluminum foil, motor oil, scrap metal, etc.
2. Don't use electrical appliances for things you can easily do by hand, such as opening cans.
3. Use cold water in the washer whenever possible.
4. Save gas by using microwave ovens and slow cookers. Using these can cut your fuel costs by up to 70%. A pressure cooker saves up to 2/3 cooking time, saves energy, and preserves the goodness in your food.
5. Re-use brown paper bags to line your trash can instead of plastic bags. Re-use bread bags and the bags you bring your produce home in.
6. Store food in re-usable containers, instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
7. Save wire coat hangers and return them to the dry cleaners.
8. Take unwanted, re-usable items to a charitable organization or thrift shop. Donate un/used clothing and other items. Rather than throwing away un/used clothing and items that are in good shape, consider donating them to your local church, Goodwill, or other charity. Many charities will even work with you to schedule a pick-up time.
9. Reduce water waste. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute - that's 10,000 gallons a year for a family of four.
10. Install low-flow aerators to your faucets and shower heads Aerators are inexpensive, easy to install and reduce the amount of water wasted.
11. Soak pots and pans rather than let them sit under running water while you scrape them clean.
12. Install low-flow toilets. You'll use 1.6 gallons per flush compared to a standard toilet which used 3.5 gallons. You'll see big long-term savings on your water bill.
13. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk. You could save up to 80 gallons of water every time.
14. Turn off the lights, TV, or other electrical appliances when you are out of a room. Cut your vampire power! Vampire Power: Not Dracula, but the home electronics we leave on standby: TV, printer, DC re-chargers and converters… they add up to WASTED electricity.
15. Use sunlight as far as possible.
16. Use energy-saving bulbs which are cooler, like halogen bulbs, fluorescent tubes and energy efficient compact fluorescent (CF) bulbs rather than the conventional incandescent bulbs. The CF bulbs give off a warm, bright light but use 75% less energy and last up to ten times longer than the conventional incandescent bulbs.
17. Smarter air-conditioning. Use fans instead of air-conditioners if possible. (Fans with intake and exhaust fans work best, pulling cool air in and blowing hot air out.) If you must use an air conditioner, be sure to buy an Energy Star rated model, and select the correct size.
18. Install energy efficient A/C. Look for cooling units and systems with a high Energy Star rating. You'll prevent wasted electricity and benefit from big decreases in your monthly energy bills.
19. Clean/replace your air filters. Check your air filters on your ventilation system every month. If you clean them regularly, you won't have to replace them often.
20. Be pro-active in hunting down energy problems. Perform an “energy inventory” on the house. Identify areas where energy is being wasted and work on correcting them. The energy savings will pay off in your monthly bills!
21. Use automatic timers to control appliances to avoid wasting energy.
22. Dry your clothes in the sunshine and fresh air whenever possible. Reduce dry-cleaning.
23. Close drapes or blinds in warmer months. This will keep the sunshine from overheating your house.
24. Add air-cleaning plants in your home to help keep the air clean!
25. Turn your trash into crafts! Use popsicle sticks, newspapers, used office paper, etc. for craft projects.
26. Never litter, even when peers do it. Teach your children never to litter, even if they see their friends littering. Encourage them to be proud of keeping the environment clean!
27. Pick up trash. If you see trash on the street or neighborhood, pick it up! Even if it's not your garbage, its still your planet!
28. Consider cloth diapers over disposable. 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown in landfills each year, taking as many as 500 years to decompose. Disposable diapers make up the third largest source of solid waste in landfills, after newspapers and food and beverage containers.
29. Use eco-friendly laundry detergents. Look for phosphate-, petroleum-, and chlorine-free products, and use only as much as needed for a given load. If you have hard water, you may need to use more detergent than the packaging suggests.
30. Shop green! Buy shade-grown, organic coffee. Shade coffee provides habitat for birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife in tropical countries.
31. Volunteer instead of watching TV. Instead of watching TV, spend an hour or two a week volunteering for your favorite cause.
32. Ride your bike or walk. When you don't have far to go, try riding your bike or walking instead of getting a ride in a car. You'll help save energy, lessen the amount of air pollution, and you'll keep healthy and fit, too!
33. Plan a community event. Coordinate an event at work, at your school or within your community that helps raise awareness about environmental issues such as recycling, waste reduction and conservation.
34. Use rechargeable batteries. Disposable batteries are expensive and wasteful. Although rechargable battery sets can be slightly more expensive up-front, you'll save a lot of money in the long-term.


35. Start a compost pile.
36. Put up birdfeeders, birdhouses, and birdbaths.
37. Pull weeds instead of using herbicides.
38. Use only organic fertilizers. (They are still the best.)
39. Compost your leaves and yard debris. (Burning them creates air pollution, and putting them out with the trash wastes landfill space.)
40. Take extra plastic and rubber pots back to the nursery.
41. Instead of a garden hose, use pail and dipper to water your plants.


42. Keep your car tuned up. When your car is running more efficiently, it will produce less exhaust. It's also better for your car, which can save you money in the long run!
43. Turn your car off. Idling can use a lot of gas. Generally, it’s more efficient to turn the car off and restart when you are ready to go. If you are thinking of hitting the drive-through, consider parking and picking up food inside. For short waits, put your car in neutral to avoid burning gas.
44. Carpool! When heading to work or school, share a car with a friend! You'll both save money on gas, you'll reduce the amount of pollutants you're producing - and maybe even squeeze in a quick nap on days you're not driving!
45. Use public transit whenever possible.
46. On weekends, ride your bike or walk instead.
47. Recycle your engine oil.
48. Keep your tires properly inflated to save gas.
49. Wheel-alignment. Keep your wheels properly aligned to save your tires. (It's safer too.) Tires that wear unevenly don't last as long.
50. Travel light! Don't keep your car weighed down with lots of stuff you don't need. Bring heavy items into the house when you don't need to travel with then. A lighter vehicle means better fuel efficiency!
51. Drive calmly. Speeding and slamming on the brakes wastes fuel and increases pollution - not to mention your blood pressure!
52. Don't litter our roads and highways. Save trash and dispose of it at a rest stop.
53. Buy a more fuel-efficient model (such as a hybrid or electric) when you're ready for a new car.
54. OR if purchasing a vehicle with a gas engine... A smaller engine will result in greater fuel efficiency and less air pollution. Try to avoid add-ons that add weight and/or drag, and avoid using 4-wheel drive unless absolutely necessary. 4-wheel drive reduces fuel efficiency.


55. Recycle office and computer paper, cardboard, etc. whenever possible.
56. Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others.
57. Print or copy on both sides of the paper.
58. Reduce documents to fit two pages onto one. Use for circulating rough drafts or file copies of documents.
59. Find alternatives to mail. Use email, voice mail and fax modem transmissions whenever possible.
60. Eliminate unnecessary subscriptions. Cancel newspapers, newsletters, and magazines you don't read or can access online. Take your name off mailing lists to reduce junk mail.
61. Make recycling easy. Place recycling bins in high-traffic areas, including the conference room and kitchen as well as by the copier and fax machines.
62. Use a routing slip to circulate copies throughout the office.
63. Use smaller paper for smaller memos.
64. Re-use manila envelopes and file folders.
65. Steer away from disposable cups - and B.Y.O.C./M. Hide the throw-away cups, and train people to use their washable coffee mugs. Use washable mugs for meetings too. Be sure to Bring Your Own Cup/Mug and set a good example!
66. Turn off your monitors. If your computers are on a network or need to be left on for remote access and can't be shut down at night, turn off the monitors.
67. Choose a computer manufacturer with a recycling policy. According to a recent study by the National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center, approximately 20.6 million personal computers became obsolete in the U.S. in 1998. Of that number, only 11 percent, or about 2.3 million units, were recycled.
68. Add air-cleaning plants. Plants not only brighten up a room, they help keep the air clean! Shoot for at least one 4-5 ft plant per 100 square feet.
69. Recycle/refill printer cartridges. If you use inkjet printers, buy replacement ink and refill them when they are empty. There are also several programs that will allow you to send in your empty ink and laserjet printer cartrdiges for recycling.
70. Use a water filter and refillable water bottle. Millions of plastic containers are thrown away every day, which adds to the amount of trash. By purchasing a refillable water bottle and using filtered water (instead of buying bottled water), you can greatly reduce waste and save yourself a bundle!
71. Choose re-usable containers for lunch. Use a lunch box or insulated cooler for lunch in lieu of a paper or plastic sack.
72. Reduce lunchroom waste. Bring home sandwich baggies and other plastic bags to be washed out and re-used
73. Recycle at the office. Recycle office and computer paper, cardboard, etc. whenever possible. Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others.


74. Avoid buying food or household products in plastic or styrofoam containers whenever possible. (They cannot be recycled and do not break down in the environment.)
75. Think twice about buying "disposable" products. (They really aren't disposable and are extravagant wastes of the world's resources.) This includes disposable dust cloths, diapers, etc.
76. Buy paper products instead of plastic if you must buy "disposables." They break down better in the environment and don't deplete the ozone layer as much.
77. Check the energy rating of major appliances you purchase. Buy only the most-energy-efficient models.
78. Ask questions. Don't buy products, such as styrofoam, that are hazardous to the environment or manufactured at the expense of important habitats such as rain forests.
79. Buy locally grown food and locally made products when possible.
80. Don't buy products made from endangered animals.
81. Buy refillables. When shopping for cleaning products, etc., always buy refills when available to reduce the amount of packaging. (Refills are usually cheaper, too!)
82. Buy eco-friendly gifts. When it comes time to buy birthday or holiday gifts for others, choose environmentally friendly gifts, shop from companies that make environmental protection a part of their mission, or buy from companies that give a portion of the proceeds to charities.
83. Buy efficient fluorescent light bulbs. New compact fluorescent bulbs use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent - and last about 10 times as long!
84. Buy food in bulk & repack in reusable containers. Less packaging is used when you buy in bulk - and it's usually a lot cheaper too! Once you get the food home, you can repack it in individual, reusable containers, like Tupperware.
85. Buy pump instead of aerosol sprays. Chlorofluorocarbons used in aerosol sprays contribute to ozone depletion. When there is a pump spray available, buy that one. If there isn't a pump spray available, write to the manufacturer and ask them to make one.
86. Shop with re-usable shopping bags. Bring canvas or net bags with you to the store.
87. Buy products made from post-consumer recycled content. When purchasing paper products, choose products with the highest percentage of recycled content —post-consumer recycled content is the best. Choose tree-free paper alternatives if possible.
88. Smarter air-conditioning. Use fans instead of air-conditioners if possible. (Fans with intake and exhaust fans work best, pulling cool air in and blowing hot air out.) If you must use an air conditioner, be sure to buy an Energy Star rated model, and select the correct size.
89. Be green when you clean. Purchase only eco-friendly cleaning supplies, and avoid/limit disposable cleaning products.
90. Purchase eco-friendly (and animal safe) personal hygiene products. Look for products that do not use animal products and are not tested on animals.
91. Get trendy with home décor. Natural fibers and flooring are in fashion! Look for interior design items made from recycled and natural materials.


92. Plant a tree! Protecting and planting trees will help create natural air filters in our cities and neighborhoods.
93. Join a conservation organization. Find an environmental organization you would like to support.
94. Volunteer your time to conservation projects.
95. Give money to conservation projects.
96. Switch to a vegetarian diet. (Raising animals for food consumes vast quantities of natural resources, including water, land, and oil; destroys habitats; and generates a tremendous amount of water and air pollution.)
97. Convert by example. Encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to save resources too.
98. Learn about conservation issues in your community or state. Write to your legislators about issues that affect the environment and our health, and let them know where you stand on the issues.
99. Teach children to respect nature and the environment. Take them on hikes or camping. Help them plant a tree or build a birdhouse. Teach them by example. Never litter, even when peers do it. Teach your children never to litter, even if they see their friends littering. Encourage them to be proud of keeping the environment clean!
100. Donate to charities that have positive impacts on the environment.

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." ~Aldo Leopold