Friday, June 27, 2008

My precious gas

i wanted to stay at home... watch tv and just cuddle my pillows under my blanket... but no! i had to leave.. work work.. we need to rehearse for the upcoming FHM 100 sexiest show on the 17th.. it was such a hassle for me because i have to go all the way to Pasig (and i live all the way from Las Pinas) and since i got the text message around 3pm already i had to hurry because rehearsals start at 4.30pm. so in short i was pissed and was flying through SLEX which means i used up most of my gas.. by the way, im driving a 2007 toyota rav4 so it just drinks up all the gas i put in it.. i loaded P500 worth of gas on my way to work and used up all of it on my way back! grrrrrrr.... gasoline is sooooo expensive! so i always check for better ways on how we can conserve and maximize the use of our precious gasoline... it looks like im not the only one ranting about this thing so there are lots of sites and forums that come out when you search about saving gasoline.. i will try this technique in the hope of conserving my precious gas..

10 Easy Ways to Save Over a Grand on Gas

by Sean Tucker
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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According to the mileage book in my glovebox, I averaged about 21 miles per gallon in May. So far in June, I'm at 26.

New, more fuel-efficient, car?

Nope, I'm commuting in the same old Volvo S60 that has seen better days. Same dent in the right rear door. Same old Cheerios wedged under the child safety seat in back. (Yeah, I know. I'll get to it, Honey).

So how did I do it? I'm trying to learn to drive more efficiently, and little by little, it's working. With a few simple changes, you can easily squeeze more gas mileage out of the car you're already driving.

A Note on the Calculations:

Your mileage will vary. Governments and automakers estimate fuel mileage savings by percentage -- do x and you'll get five percent better fuel mileage. I wanted to know what they meant in real dollars, so I used the average mileage Americans actually got from their cars in 2007 (22.4 mpg, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics) and boosted it by the percentage each tip should gain. I've assumed you spend 55 percent of the time driving in the city and 45 percent driving on the highway. I borrowed those assumptions from the formula EPA uses to calculate the mileage of new cars.

Using the average price of a gallon of gas as of June 12 ($4.05, according to AAA) and assuming you drive 15,000 miles a year (according to EPA estimates), I calculated what each tip would save in a year. The numbers aren't a perfect prediction -- I have no idea what you drive, or what's in your trunk -- but they do provide an interesting perspective. Here are ten easy ways to put the math to the test and put some more cash in your wallet.

1. Get that "Check Engine" Light Checked Out:

Possible Savings: Off the charts

A faulty oxygen sensor -- a fairly common cause of those unexplained "check engine" lights -- can actually cost you up to 40 percent of your engine's performance. If the light's on, make the appointment now. It could pay for itself very quickly.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure:

Possible Savings 133.9 gallons/year ($542/yr)

According to some government estimates, the average driver could boost their fuel efficiency by 25 percent just by keeping their tires inflated. That's often a free, or cheap, repair. On my way to work, I pass two gas stations with air compressors I can use for free, and three -- apparently owned by cheapskates -- that take quarters.

3. Change Your Air Filter:

Possible Savings 60.9 gallons/yr ($247/yr)

Gas is half of the combustion equation. Air is the other half. A clogged air filter can rob 10 percent of your engine's efficiency. A new air filter can get that 10 percent back -- usually for under $15.

4. Drive 60 on the Highway, Not 75:

Possible Savings: 57.8 gallons/year ($234/yr)

On the highway, stay close to the speed limit, and keep your speed as constant as traffic allows. Most cars reach optimal gas mileage at about 60 miles per hour. Speeding up increases wind resistance against the car, making the engine work harder and burn more gas. According to the EPA, each 5 mph over 60 that you drive decreases fuel efficiency by up to seven percent.

5. Turn Off the A/C:

Possible Savings 31.9 gallons/yr ($129/yr)

Some air conditioners rob an engine up to five percent of its fuel economy. There is some controversy about this one -- many newer cars are able to compensate for the energy used by an air conditioner and don't suffer the same penalty for keeping cool.

6. Get Your Engine Tuned:

Possible Savings 25.8 gallons/year ($104/yr)

Most of us can boost our mpg by four percent with a simple tune-up.

7. Drive Calmly in the City

Possible Savings: 17.9 gallons/yr ($73/yr)

There's a red light up ahead. You're going to stop when you get to it. Do you keep your foot on the gas until it's time to brake for the light? Most of us do, but that doesn't necessarily make sense. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that accelerating rapidly and braking hard can reduce your car's fuel efficiency by as much as five percent. And that may be a low estimate. Look at it this way -- are you willing to spend money to stop at that light sooner?

8. Lose Weight:

Possible Savings 13.1 gallons/yr for each 100 pounds you remove ($104/yr)

Government estimates say that an extra 100 pounds in your car can reduce fuel efficiency by up to two percent. And that's an average -- the smaller the car, the more extra weight makes the engine work harder.

So, empty the trunk. In winter, don't just scrape the windshield, scrape the entire car -- snow and ice add to the weight of your car.

9. Lose the Roof Rack

Possible Savings 13.1 gallons/year ($53/yr)

Wind resistance is the enemy of fuel efficiency. Do you have a roof rack? Every time you drive, it's making your car fight wind resistance, and burn fuel. Most of the time, that's money you're spending to carry an empty roof rack. Get a two percent boost by taking the thing off.

10. Change Your Oil on Time

Possible Savings 6.6 gallons/year ($27/yr)

After 3,000 miles, changing your oil (using the recommended grade) gives you back one percent of your car's mpg rating.

How Much Can You Save?

If you follow the tips above, that's $1,514 less you could spend on gas in the next year. Though it's a rough estimate, it shows you what small changes in your habits -- most of which you can make for free -- could do for your wallet.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Age Test

i was browsing in one of my favorite forums then i saw this one post about a site where you can calculate your life expectancy. so i did took the test and i got a good score ;)

my Biological age is: 27
my Real age: 19.1
life expectancy: 81.9

this just means that my body's age is relatively younger than what my biological age is and my life expectancy is really high :D i know i am not that young anymore so even if i get this good scores i wont take any chances with my health. i am really trying my best to take good care of my body with proper exercise and right diet. :)

when i was younger i had no trouble running up and down the bleachers of our gymnasium during basketball practice but now that i don't get to play that much anymore i get muscle pain and cramps whenever i try to play really hard. plus i get back pains and my knee gets kind of swollen after playing a long tiring game. it just means that im already starting to grow older hehe. it may seem that i can still do stuff and my mind knows that i still can but there are times where my body don't communicate well with my mind thus making it hard for me to accomplish certain things.

im not afraid to get old.. everybody will pass through that stage unless they die young.. i dont think i will die young because i am generally safe in the things that i do so that just means that i will go through the phase of aging. wrinkles, sagging arms and tummy will happen but i want to make sure that i happens gradually. im blessed that my frame is small so it will be easier for me to keep myself slim. soon i will find out how i will transform into a full blown woman.

this picture was taken JAN 2005

And this was taken just last Sunday ;)

6 Ways You're Wasting Gas

It's not easy to break bad driving habits, but if you don't, the money you lose on gas could wind up breaking your bank.

By Peter Valdes-Dapena

Here are six ways drivers typically waste gas on every trip:

1. Racing away from green lights

When the light turns green, you don't have to take off as quickly as possible. That pedal under your right foot is called the "gas pedal" for a good reason. The more you press down on it, the more gas you're pumping into the engine.

Press lightly on the gas pedal, and you'll still accelerate, and you'll still get where you're going. You might be surprised at how little pressure it takes to get your car up to speed in a reasonable time.

2. Racing up to red lights

When you're driving down the street, and you see a light red light or stop sign up ahead, you should lay off the gas sooner rather than later.

There's no point in keeping your foot on the gas until just before you reach the intersection. Let off the pedal sooner and give your engine a rest as you coast to the stop while braking gently. As an added benefit, your brake pads will last longer, too.

By themselves, these first two tips can improve your fuel economy around town by as much as 35 percent, according to tests conducted by automotive information Web site

3. Confusing the highway with a speedway

Even if it doesn't involve hard acceleration, speeding wastes gas. The faster you go, the more air your vehicle has to push out of the way. It's like moving your hand through water. The faster you try to move your hand, the harder the water pushes back.

In tests by Consumer Reports, driving at 75 miles per hour instead of 65 miles per hour reduced fuel economy by between 3 and 5 miles per gallon, depending on the vehicle.

4. Bumper-buzzing

Tailgating is a bad move for many reasons. First of all, it's unsafe. You reduce your ability to react if the car in front of you slows or stops. It also means you have to pay ultra-close attention to that car which reduces your ability to scan for other hazards ahead of you and to the sides.

And tailgating wastes gas. Every time the driver ahead taps his brakes, you have to slow down even more than he did. (That's because you can't react immediately so you have to slow even more because you're slowing down later.) Then you accelerate again to get back up to speed and resume your bumper-buzzing routine.

Hang back and you'll be safer - plus you'll be able to drive more smoothly and use less fuel. A good rule of thumb is to allow two seconds of space between your car and the one ahead. You can figure that out by counting off two seconds after the car in front of you passes an obvious landmark like an overpass.

5. Driving standing still

You've probably heard that it takes more gas to restart a car than to let it run. Maybe that used to be true, but it isn't anymore. With modern fuel-injection engines, it takes very little extra gas to restart a car once it's warmed up.

Idling, meanwhile, burns about a half-mile worth of gas every minute, according to the California Energy Commission. That's why hybrid cars shut down their gasoline engines whenever they stop, even for a moment.

Now you don't want to shut your engine down for every little stop in your regular, non-hybrid car - it's not designed for that - but if you're waiting for someone to run in and out of a convenience store, turn off the engine.

And don't go through the drive-through at fast food restaurants. You're already paying enough for the oil in those chicken nuggets.

Bonus tip: Don't idle your engine to let it warm up before driving. It does your engine no good and it wastes gas. Instead, start driving right away, but drive gently until the engine is warm.

6. Short hops

For really short trips, take advantage of the opportunity to get some exercise. Try walking to the store instead of driving. You can save gas and burn a few calories instead.

If you can't hoof it, save up your errands. A lot of short hops that let the engine cool down at home between trips can use twice as much gas as starting the car once and making a big sweep to all your stops, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Go to your farthest destination first so your engine has a chance to reach its optimal operating temperature. Then make your other stops on the way back. With the engine warmed up, the car will restart easily and run efficiently all the way home.

>>> i saw this in one of the forums i regularly visit.. not that the gasoline is getting more and more expensive, people are more conscious with the way they drive..

that includes me! hehe! yeah i used to drive really fast and i drive around a lot! but now that the gasoline prices are shooting up i make sure that i plan my trips and just stay at home during off days.

i hope that this post will help those people who needs to utilize the use of their fuels.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Marriage... hmmmm

Quiz: Will you marry your present boyfriend?

Your result is: True love, but not destiny

You guys are undeniably in love but he is not your soulmate. Don't be deterred though because it can possibly work. With trust, love, honesty, and patience you guys can take this relationship for the long haul!!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Philippine Fashion Week 2008 closing show...

after 9 days of intense rehersals, fittings, make up and tons of hairspray the 2008 Philippine Fashion Week has come to an end.. hurrahhh to all the designers, fashion directors (specially tito Raymond Villanueva, who has done most of the shows for our group), production team, production assistants, dressers, makeup artists, hair dressers and the models who worked so hard to make this event a hUGE success!!

i can say that after 4 years of doing philippine fashion week a lot has changed.. the designers now are coming from different parts of the counrty, most of them are coming from the new breed of upcoming fashion designers (but ofcourse the grandmasters and icons of fashion are still there continuing to give us more excellent pieces).. the models have improved on how they sashay through the runway (with the help ofcourse of Mr. Joey Espino., who went all the way to new york to learn how our foreign counterparts work and apply all these things in our own fashion week).

i hope that Philippine Fashion Week will continue to flourish in the coming years to open new doors to people who want to excel in the fashion industry.. Mabuhay Philippine Fashion Week!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Almost done...

a week has passed since Philippine Fashion Week 2008 opened but i still have 2 shows left... the ready to wear collection and the closing show... i was able to finish5 shows already and one jager event last sat... my body is starting to feel the fatigue because ive been working everyday but its okay because i love what im doing and this only happens once a year so i might as well make the most out of it...

this year lots of new faces graced the runways of Philippine fashion week but i was happy to see that fashion week veterans like melissa frye, amy verbo, joy carralde, khaki delos santos and cal carries girls: michelle panemanglor, eri fukuda, chriscel agudo, etc.. tutay maristela and charo ronquillo came back to manila to do the fashion week so its like reuniting with them after almost a year of not seeing each other. the makeup artist and hairstylists, who i work with on a regular basis, are the ones responsible in making us look glamorous and/or scary (lol.. my cousin told me that couture hair and makeup is scary) there were also the dressers who helped us in changing our clothes, shoes and accessories. i only see them once a year and i'm so glad that they still remember me tho i dont remember some of them anymore. its like that when you work with lots of people its hard to remember all thier names but you will definitely remember thier faces.

since some of the shows was not that hectic as the other shows, i was able to take pictures backstage with friends..

James Zablan, Melissa Frye, Amy Verbo, Tutay Maristela, Lotus van Heddegem and me :)

getting wacky before the show starts...

after dressing up...

amy, melissa and me with our dressers

us again...

me, melissa frye, amy verbo and sam lewis in Odelon Simpao

lining up at the back waiting for my turn..

with charo ronquillo in Manelle Chamian

amy, melissa and me in Manelle chamian

melissa frye, amy verbo, me and cathy untalan with Arnold Galang

me amd my best friends looking like ghosts! haha!

with Yako Reyes (baggets) and Ziggy Savella's sister

with Melissa Frye's mom and bro Allen


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