Something illusory, unobtainable.

Outfitting Your Garage With Style and Convenience

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tony Stark’s garage look-alike, anyone?


Completing the Layout of Your Garage

If you have a garage, you need to have a great layout so that you can do your job the right way. Any garage that is not designed for optimal work may affect your job performance. Companies like Garage Appeal can offer you a wide array of garage equipment and tools to complete the design of your garage. Rest assured that all of these alternatives will come with quality designs at prices that will fit your budget.

Garage Alternatives you can Choose

When you are browsing through the website, you will find a wide range of categories on the left hand side. One of the first categories that can help any mechanic is a car lift. You will be able to find a wide selection of car lifts, which are made with high-quality materials. Garage appliances are also other essential things that you may need in your garage, such as a refrigerator or a garage compactor. The garage compactor will be more beneficial than your standard trash compactors.

More Options for Your Garage

Two other great choices that you need to consider for the layout of your garage are the flooring and lighting options. The flooring alternatives can include floor pads, floor kits and tiles, just to mention a few of the choices. Lighting is also another important factor in your garage. You can find light fixtures that can give you the necessary lighting so that you can do your job right. These light fixtures will come at affordable prices.

Storage and Workbenches

Storage collections are also available so that you can properly store your tools and equipment. You will be able to find a wide range of toolboxes, such as combination sets, portable toolboxes, roller cabinets and many other types of toolboxes. Aside storage, you can also browse through workbenches. These workbenches will give you more than enough space to work on your small repairs. You can choose from steel, metal or a storage workbench. You may also find workbenches that are adjustable to the perfect height you need. Rest assured that you can find all of the essential selections to outfit your garage just as you have always wanted.

Or a fantasy garage?

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Car Insurance Necessity

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Cars, Uncategorized | 0 comments


Car insurance will always be a necessity, and for many consumers, acquiring a policy is a dreaded task that involves a vast amount of time spent browsing websites, and then a vast amount of time spent on the phone. But who says finding car insurance and setting up a policy has to be such a drudgery? You can use the internet to help you find potential car insurance companies, and then set up an appointment with a qualified auto insurance agent. This way you take care of the researching of insurers and their benefits and features at your own pace, without feeling pressured to buy; and when you do buy a policy, you’ll have the guidance and expertise of an insurance agent to help walk you through the process.

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So let’s say you’ve spent quite a bit of time researching auto insurance companies, and you’ve narrowed down the selection to just a few. To help expedite the process of selecting the insurance company who will provide you with an insurance policy, ask family and friends for their recommendations on a local insurance agent. For instance, if you live in Ohio, then an insurance agent in Columbus OH would be the perfect recommendation. Likewise, if you live in Philadelphia, seeking out a Philadelphia-based insurance agent would be a better choice.

Now you’re probably wondering if you should even bother with hunting down a local auto insurance agent. The answer is yes, you most certainly should. While there is no harm in going ahead and ordering a custom policy from an insurer’s website, or calling a company and setting up a policy over the phone, by scheduling an appointment with an auto insurance agent, you’ll be taking advantage of face-to-face interaction. By giving your auto insurance agent a bit of your time, they’ll get to know you, and be eager to work with you in person. You won’t have to worry about selecting options from drop-down menus or pressing numbers on a keypad. With an in-person appointment, you can set up an auto insurance policy the old-fashioned way: with a handshake, eye contact, and paperwork.

One of the biggest perks to having a car insurance agent is that there is always someone you can call. Whether you would like to add another driver to your policy, need to report a claim, or simply have questions about your car insurance coverage, having your own agent means you’ll always know who to call, and who you’ll speak with.


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Getting to know me q’s

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Fickle-minded me can’t contain myself in one blog…I got a personal blog, a foodblog, a city blog and a mom blog and still, am not satisfied. 🙁 I’ve joined a number of sites, networking, aggregators, photo communities and most of the time I forget my login details for them. lol.

I discover things around me and about me in different situations…I think, getting to know one’s self is a continuous process. So here are some of the questions for this week that I’ll answer.

1. what inspires you?
– photos, vintage edits, bible, reading

2. what was the last thing you bought yourself?
– nozzles (baking)

3. would you rather watch a movie in a theater or from the comfort of your own home?
-home theater 🙂

4. household chore you don’t mind doing?
-washing the dishes

5. coffee or tea?
-tea please

6. what could you eat every day and not get sick of??

7. what’s the last book you read?
– reread: Daddy Longlegs

8. do you think you look you “look” your age?
-no, I look older 🙁

First entry for:
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Posted by on Mar 27, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments


“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime,” goes the cliche. I say give him a boat as well and he’ll feed the whole village. 🙂

A post for UE Challenge’s theme boat.

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Uncategorized | 20 comments

Dawty and little boy goofing around at the Taal Vista Hotel grounds.
July marked my brother’s wedding and we flew home to be part of it. First time the kids attended one to be precise. They absolutely loved the prince/princess play being in white ensembles.

Papa’s girl and Papa
I love weddings most particularly garden and beach weddings. Where there’s not much demand to be all too formal and quite. Where there are less instances of people getting unconscious having enough air to breath… 😀

Look alikes
mommy moments

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 23 comments

Hi! I’m Gizelle or Marie to some (G to my closest friends). I am Harold‘s understanding wife and AB, C and D’s wholesome mom. If I may add, I am also one  who firmly believes in the one, true God.
I was born and raised in the Philippines, south of Manila, so I only learned Tagalog while growing up. Given the chance, I would have chosen another or two other dialects.
I am a writer and photographer by profession…should I have pursued my career. 😀 Back in college, I consider myself more of a hands-on writer and photographer than a journalism student. I was learning the ropes of how to be a journalist as a staffer of UST’s publication, the Varsitarian, instead of as a student listening to lectures. I was doing beat report in and outside the campus.  I was there being part of and writing history during the oust of then President Joseph Estrada and I also covered the NBI for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for some time. Those were the days…
Unforeseen circumstances lead me to another path…that of motherhood. A welcomed and exciting path. I became a mom 5 days before my 21st birthday…and have been a proud mom of 3 beautiful kids for 9.5 years now. I’ve decided to take my kids as the subject of  my writing and photography. Thus, the stories behind the photos that you often see featured in this blog.


siblings, family
(hubby is of Singaporean descent, my kids took on more of his genes)
We’ve been in Vienna since 2002 (two boys born here). Been taking photos since day one; all archived by hubby for posterity. When my youngest boy was born (March 2006), I’ve stayed a stay-at-home mom to help all three with school stuff and be with them longer. In between, I submit articles and conceptual photos for magazines featuring my kids…my stint as a stagemom slash photographer (click to see some of the printed photos). 😉 I also sell photos and of course write paid reviews. I used to host the SAHM Project, a bi-weekly project (almost like a meme) where I feature things I do with my kids. Hmmm….must be high-time I revive this project wilth all you moms out there!
I love reading books even as a child. I’d pick up my mom’s college books and read them repeatedly. This is the reason why I love writing too.  I take inspiration from Jane Austen, the Brönte sisters, the Bible, Neruda and Haruki Murakami. The latter prompting me to study Japanese, my fifth tongue (still learning). Aside from Tagalog and English, I also speak German fluently and am still mastering Spanish.

IMG_9214Japanese food is my weakness,  I can eat raw salmon 24/7…ohhh Unagi (barbecued eel) and tuna in all its glory  too!

Like most of you, I like to shop. I especially  like to shop for shoes. I am  from the land of Imelda after all…

I love traveling. I particularly like to take photos of different places capturing their culture, what is known in them and what is different from the other places I’ve seen. This is one of the many common things I share with hubby. We also love movies, animes, mangas, playing tennis and other sports (basketball included) and go on adventures in different places though he’s more to it than I am, I’ll just take photos if given a choice. I won’t go beyond climbing up the Eiffel tower…he’d go bungee jumping had he the chance. He loves to snowboard but I’m contented taking his photos.


I enjoy being on the move, taking the chance to sweat when I can. I do bellydancing and  Pilates but have stopped since I started going to  the gym regularly. I see to it that my heart races even for just 15 minutes a day.


Why “Mirage?” Mirage (/mi-rash/) means something unobtainable…it’s an adjective that I’ve always associated myself with. In life, there are things that would be just an illusion, no matter how near they may be.

There are a dozen more things I love and spend time doing but if I am to sum  up my life in photos, these would best describe me:

Please pardon that I am so used to being behind the camera that I rarely have a solo shot. 😀 Sorry too that this  write-up has taken so much space. I think this is the first time I wrote about me and I discovered myself more as I write. Arigatou gozaimasu; Gracias; Salamat; Danke schön;Thank you for taking the time reading about me. Again, this is Marie, a jack of all trades, master of none but for now, I’m just a  contented stay-at-home mom.

I used to have different niched blogs but have combined them all here….this blog is actually in the process of renovation. 😀

I maintain a city daily photoblog, ViennaDailyFotos.
A drive by photography collaboration, Drive By.

A listing of memes and a collection of badges’ codes, DailyMemeBadges.
An inactive meme for photo postcards, PostcardPerfect.

Special thanks to Mommy Willa for listing me at PMC and guiding me to the the Bloggers Exchange. To Mommy Rubz for additional ideas for Meme Badges and also creating this community and all you mommies for the warm welcome.

P.S. heads up to Stef, Irish , Janice and Anna for the companionship. 😉

A post for Weekend Blog Follower Caravan #9
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