Maggie In Cebu!

Welcome To My New Life In Cebu The Philippines

Sewing, Art And A Whole Lot More…

For all those who know me for my love of sewing and art, I finally made the move to Cebu in the Philippines and I would like this blog to reflect my new beginning and tell this part of my journey through life.

I hope my new found surroundings provide new inspiration for my work and I look forward to sharing new work and new teachings in my true passion for sewing.

Also, I will be writing about various topics on how to start a new life as an expat…Enjoy!

Functions Of A Sewing Basket

Functions Of A Sewing Basket

Once upon a time women everywhere were blessed with the ability to sew. Not just because they loved it; as a matter of fact, love had very little to do with it. Sewing was an absolute necessity in the households of yesteryear. Mothers in addition to their role as caretaker, cook, nurse, and cleaner held the role of seamstress, making and mending clothes for the family and linens for the home. Subsequently, sewing was a skill that was passed down from generation to generation an essential ability of all up and coming women. Today, with a bevy of retail stores at our fingertips, sewing is not something we have to do; but, rather, is something we choose to do. And many people choose to sew for a variety of reasons. Chances are, if you are someone who enjoys sewing than you have had many a sewing basket on hand throughout the years.

We may remember a sewing basket from the days of our grandparents; perhaps you remember one sitting near the feet of your grandmother as she sewed. The sewing basket has modified its appearance for modern times taking on a variety of looks to suit contemporary tastes.

Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying A New Sewing Machine

Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying A New Sewing Machine

Buying a sewing machine can be a daunting experience, as well as an exciting one, a little like buying a new car, remember you might be committing to spending a few hundred dollars and a sewing machine is something you are going to use a lot, you need to make sure that the one you spend your money on is really the right one for you.

So how do you make the decision on the sewing machine that is right for you? Well the first thing to do is decide what you need the sewing machine for, is it just some light repair work or something more complicated? Are you going to use it on just one type of material or many different fabrics? Is the brand you have at the moment the one you wish to purchase this time?

Are there certain functions on the sewing machine that you must have, list the features the machine needs in three categories, these should be features I must have on my sewing machine, features I would like to have and other features that would just be a bonus and might make you try something new with your sewing machine because they are there.

Cebu Plumbing Advise

Cebu Plumbing Advise

Cebu Plumber Gives Good Advice About Plumbing

Check Out These Helpful Plumber Solutions!

While there is a lot of information on plumbing available, learning what you can be a huge help to your projects. Completing your own research is not very difficult, especially if you find the right information. Remember the tips in this article so you can stay informed about plumbing and never hire someone again.

If any water pipe that you have frozen, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. This can relieve the pipe pressure that could cause bursting and further home damage.

If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.

If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Locate your garbage disposal manual, or do an Internet search for troubleshooting advice and a diagram that illustrates your model.


You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Sit in a reversed position, putting one foot on each side of the toilet and shift your weight from side to side to check if the floor feels slightly unstable. Early detection of the problem may save you a great deal of money over time.

Ensure your overflow holes aren’t clogged up. The overflow holes are there to make sure the sink doesn’t overfill, which can become a problem if they are blocked. The overflow holes should be cleaned out regularly; do this when you are making your regular checks for other issues that necessitate fixing.


Make sure a new shower head is of high quality. People will buy the cheapest option thinking it will do the job they need it to do. Inexpensive shower heads are not terribly sturdy, though, and may not hold up to daily use.

If you take care of your plumbing, you will have lower plumbing bills. Clogs are the most commonly reported problems when it comes to plumbing issues. Hair can clog drains. Put a drain cover or a screen that is made to protect drains over your drain so that hair cannot get in. Cleaning a screen is a lot easier than cleaning out your pipe.

Frozen pipes can cost you a significant amount to repair. However, this problem can be prevented. The first concern is making sure that all water lines that run outside of your house are fully and sufficiently insulated. Secondly, when the temperature begins to drop, you want to drain and disconnect the hoses, then make sure you turn the outside faucet off. Be proactive about this and save on future repair bills.

Now that you’ve read this article I hope that plumbing doesn’t seem as daunting to you! Just like other aspects of life, there is much to learn about plumbing. Sometimes you just have to figure out where to start to so that you have the ability to jump right in. Hopefully, the tips above have given that to you.

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My Cebu SEO Guy

SEO? Now I Understand…

Search Engine Optimization In Cebu City

I thought I would dedicate my first post to a wonderful young man Colin Walter Lewis from Octopus SEO in Cebu.I met Colin recently by chance in a local restaurant in Kasambagan, while trying out some local Filipino food at lunchtime. I was sitting on the next table to him and overheard his distinct British Accent and once we both had finished eating I thought (being new in town) I’d strike up a conversation.

I asked Colin what he was doing here and he told me he was running a Digital Marketing Agency in Cebu. My next question was what on earth is digital marketing? Colin went on to say that he helps small business marketing their websites online. I must admit I had heard the acronym SEO somewhere before and knew in some round about way it was something to do with the internet.

After a good half hour chat with Colin I know had a simplified understanding and a new found knowledge of why Search Engine Marketing is important if you want your website or blog to be seen by the search engines like Google. I now know I need Backlinks from good quality Referring Websites, my site needs to optimize for On-Page SEO so the search engines can easily read and index my site. I need my Social Media Sites created and updated for Google to find Social Signals. Also, I found out the speed and load time for a website is important for visitors to stick around.

As result of meeting Colin from Octopus SEO, I decided to hire him as my new Web Designer and SEO expert. So far I must say I am very impressed with the look and feel of my website and very excited to get my name out there and receive lots of traffic.

I would highly recommend Octopus SEO for your Search Engine Marketing and if you would like to know more I would recommend him a top Cebu SEO Specialist.

You can check out Octopus SEO’s website here –



Comparing Prices Of Hollow Blocks

Comparing Prices Of Hollow Blocks

Liteblock for Cheaper Hollow Concrete Block Prices

The plans for our extension are now well and truly underway. What we didn’t realize is here is the Philippines the traditional brick isn’t used or if it is, it’s very rare. We have now found out that the construction industry uses types of Concrete blocks and then they render them.

So after a little bit of research, we found a block that was cheaper,lightstrong, and quicker to install.

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