Believe It or Not! My Real Halloween Short Stories

halloween, short stories

I know it's late for the Halloween. But, I'd like to share these short stories that happened in my life almost 40 years ago. These happened in different stages of my life. This is my real, my Halloween tell-tale short stories. It's up to you if you believe it or not.

Story I - Is it a Kapre?

What is a Kapre? According to Beast and Myth's website, it is 8 feet tall with a mixture of human and ape. It has a black and brown hair.

Perhaps, I'm 5 years old at that time. I remember my little brother was a baby or maybe a few months old. The location or lot where we had lived was owned by my Grandma. It was grassy with a lot of trees such as coconuts, bamboos, and Nipa (palm trees that will grow on the side of the river).

It was night time when a distant neighbor shout for help. She was the mom who shouted, "Tabang! Tabang akong anak" (Help! Help! My child). It is a Cebuano dialect. We were alarmed. We can hear shouts of the child and a strange sound like raar. My father has decided to check what was going on. Before he goes, my father told us to keep quiet even if we see something strange.He warned us not to shout. Just keep quiet.

My mother checked the doors and locked it. She also closed the windows except for one in my parent's room. It is facing the highway. Mom urged me to go to sleep, though. I kept my eye on the open window. I can't sleep, I keep on watching the window until I saw someone walking on the street. I whispered and told my mom that I saw someone walking. We can hear him say, "ak, ak". The sound is strong and angry. Even if it's too dark, I can see his large-build body and his red eyes. It is too dark to say that he has black hair around his body. My mom said, go back to sleep. I went back to my makeshift bed on the floor and prayed hard to keep us safe.

Early morning, my father came home. He told us the story. He said it was a Kapre. The child was walking towards their home with a torch. Suddenly, when he passed by a bamboo tree, someone grabs him. He was scared when he saw who grabbed him. He shouted for help and fought. According to my father, the mother came running after what she saw and kept on shouting for help. They are pulling his son's hand while the other was pulled by a Kapre. The Kapre was trying to pull and get him in the dark.

When my father arrived on the scene, he prayed silently. Father knows some Latin prayer and that's what he did. The child was freed and was taken home. Father told us that they all prayed together to ward off sickness.


Story II - Red Eyes on The Window

This is a very short story that happened after I came back from Manila. Our house was transferred on the other side of the highway. The house where we once lived was turned into an office of the Valderrama. It is a logging company who occupies and rent the land owned by my grandmother on father's side.

Again, it was night time. I sleep with my Uncle (my mother's big brother) and a cousin. We made a make-shift bed on the floor. It was made of wood. The room has a window made of wood. It has a screen against mosquitoes. I tossed and turned around that made my Uncle angry. I couldn't sleep. So, I just lay down in a supine position. Then, my eyes saw something in the window. It is not only one, but two red eyes. It looks like watching me. Out of fear, I closed my eyes but turned to open it slightly to check if it is really true. It is really two red eyes watching me or us. I tried to wake my Uncle and my cousin. in almost a whisper. My Uncle answered under his breath like a horse snorting. He said, yes, I saw it. Don't move and pretend to sleep. It will just go.

I told my parents about it. They said it was only checking on you. Then, I went to the back of our house where the window of the room was located. I feel the fear rising. The window is high from the ground and there are no footprints.

My uncle said it was a balbal which means manananggal. A creature with wings that flies in the night. Sometimes, they fly only with half of their body


Story III - Is The Woman A Ghost?

I was in grade school. Our house was in front of Fil-Eslon. It was made of bamboo. Behind our house was a river- a part of Mandulog river which is now closed, I think.

It was night time. I sleep beside my parent's house helper. Our room has no door. But, it has a curtain. It was cold and I thought it's windy because the curtain keeps on flying from different directions. Suddenly, I saw someone walking. I can hear the sound of flip-flops that was dragged. My eyes went big for fear. I don't know what I'm going to do. My heart was beating fast. What I saw was an old woman with white long hair. I thought I am dreaming but it was real. She only told me to study hard and finish your school. Else, You' ll be a pity. Then, I closed my eyes.

In the morning, the house helper said, "Now, you know what to do in school?" I was surprised because she knows it. She told me she's awake and turned her back on me. My mother thought it was her mother. A ghost?? Am I going to believe that? I feel bad, though.

For years, I've been telling these stories over and over with my friends, when we struck a conversation about elves, giants and other fearful elements. I told them you can laugh at my stories. You were lucky, you were not born 40 years ago. Nowadays, it is hard to believe. So, it is up to you if you believe it or not.

Definition of A Michaela Woman

michaela-bags

When it comes to a woman, how do you define it? I think everyone has a number of responses in defining a woman. But, how about defining a Michaela Woman who has a standard and value of its own in terms of fashion and integrity.

A Michaela woman is focused and hard-driven. She is modern, powerful and knows what is worth it. Like Michaela, she opts for products she can be proud of. She prides herself with its range of trendy but practical, stylish but fashionable range of women's products (apparel, bags and pouches, wallets, umbrellas, footwear, and more) - all of them of superior quality, but are reasonably priced, eco-friendly, and competes with more expensive designer brands. Now on its 12th year of success, proving that humble hard work while aiming for the practical and the fashionable; it perfectly appeals to the Michaela woman's need for simple, but dignified and reliable products.

Professional Italian designers conceptualize each bag so that they're unique, exquisite, and of top notch quality while promoting the use of natural leather and other high grade raw materials. It also takes into great consideration the brand's preference for timeless look. Each bag is a joy to look at and to hold, a blend of utility and taste. It is in this manner which makes the bags appealing to buyers in Europe, the United States, and ASIA, particularly in Hong Kong and in the Philippines. Also, MICHAELA knows that their target market both have elegant tastes and have learned from life experiences - hence the brand's focus on a timeless, dignified design combined with utility and unmistakable quality just fits the shoe.

Since the company’s beginnings in 2005, with the first MICHAELA boutique at Juan Luna street, Binondo offering their first line of lady’s bags, Goldnines International Co., Ltd., the company behind MICHAELA, has expanded operations into the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Fast forward 12 years later, it is now among the staple choices for women’s bags and other women’s items.

“The "in" thing will not always be equal to value for money, and both the brand and the MICHAELA woman understands this. That's why, over time, Michaela has become a metric for Filipina fashion - the product lines adapt to change but set the trend, come out with noticeably fashionable designs, but always highlight quality build and durability alongside a dignified look,” Julie Yeo, Vice President, Goldnines International Co., Ltd.

Just as the MICHAELA woman knows what she wants and will continue to thrive, so, too, with the MICHAELA brand. Right now, MICHAELA can be found in all 103 major department stores in Metro Manila and provincial booths. Metro Manila alone has 25 MICHAELA boutiques. Sarah Geronimo, who everyone in the archipelago knows at a glance, is the brand's ambassador, and continues MICHAELA's inertial presence. The brand is also starting to expand into men's products, starting with apparel and belts.

sarah-geronimo, endorser

The MICHAELA 12th Anniversary Revolution happens on September 30, 2017, 11am to 7pm, at the Event Center of Robinson's Place Manila. Joining the celebration will be Sarah Geronimo and Jak Roberto; Michaela’s official endorser and brand ambassador. The event will also feature Alex Baltazar, Theo, DJ Vinzon Verdan, Jedidiah Maigue, and the Power Movers Dance Company.

On the other hand, if you want a personalized clothing labels for your brand, check this out. These labels are made of good quality which is a Damask polyester yarn. While the ribbons are made of silky polyester satin ribbon. You can choose from woven clothing labels, printed clothing labels and a custom ribbon. Customized cheap personalized ribbons.

Find Out Why Chemical-Based Products Are Not Good for Hair Loss


While looking into the mirror, have you seen the baldness in your scalp? Are you confused and desperate on what to do? It's natural to feel the need to do something about it. All you have to do is tell your friend or go to a doctor. Due to low finances, some people buy an over-the-counter chemical-based hair loss products. Here are the reasons why they tend to buy these products on impulse.
  • They claim to be effective.
  • They say the healing effects are felt quickly.
  • They are widely available.
  • They appear to be cheaper.
  • They claim to be safe.
Sounds tempting, though, be wary enough that once you delve into the nitty-gritty of these products available to allegedly promote hair growth, you’ll see why they may not exactly be a perfect fit. These are some of the negative possibilities when you use chemical treatments:

  • Serious side effects like tightness in the chest, difficulty in breathing, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and swelling of the hands and feet. These are actually some of the possible side effects of the hair loss drug Minoxidil, which is said to cease hair loss and promote hair growth. 
  • Most chemical products say they can “treat” alopecia, but reading the fine print will lead you to discover that it actually just slows the progress of hair loss. Little is said as well about these chemical treatments actually promoting hair growth.
  • These products or “treatments” usually contain a variety of chemicals that may or may not cause allergic reactions. It pays to check the labels. Some chemical-based products may actually be presenting the side effects as the main effects. Let the internet help you on your personal research.

There may be safer and effective alternatives out there, but NOVUHAIR is a stand out among the rest. It has 19 natural ingredients—standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients that work in synergy and have been clinically proven to help stop the progression of hair loss, aid in stimulating hair growth, and reduce excessive hair shedding.

NOVUHAIR is available in the Philippines at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide, Seafood City supermarkets and other Filipino/Asian stores in the USA and online at www.novuhair.us and at BeeOrganic in Kuwait. International online orders are also possible through regaloservice.com. For more information, you may visit www.novuhair.com or contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575.

Don’t make yourself fall as the next victim of the trap. Be smart, choose natural.

Color, Culture, and Adventure: Give Your Family Memories to Last a Lifetime

travelling, family-memories

There are three great things you can do with your family: have an adventure, experience new cultures, and make memories. One of the best ways you can do this is by traveling. Getting out of your usual environment awakens curiosity in you, your spouse, and your children. Being in a new place helps you open up to new experiences that you would not otherwise consider. What are some places you can visit that would allow you to experience a new culture and make lasting memories with your loved ones?

Go on safari in South Africa

Visiting a wildlife reserve as part of a trip to Africa is an excellent way to experience a culture that is not your own. Not only are you getting out of your comfort zone, but you are getting out of the comfort zone of most people – and hanging with an entirely different life form. Taking some time to explore Kruger Park in South Africa or the reserves of KwaZulu-Natal province can provide great, memory-building experiences for an animal-loving family.

Hike the Viking Trail in Newfoundland

Take an entire week to hike the nearly 400-mile long Viking Trail in Newfoundland. Starting in Deer Lake and ending at St. Anthony’s near the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, you'll march along rocky coastline through many picturesque, but sparsely-populated fishing villages. If you have the time, a side trip to the UNESCO site at L’Anse aux Meadows or Labrador would be a great addition to the trip. Staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in St. John's is also a great choice for a base camp.

Camp out in the American West

The southwestern United States is full of beautiful sand-and-stone vistas perfect for family camping and hiking trips. Some of the places you can visit together are Monument Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and the Valley of Fire. While most opportunities involve lots of hiking, water sports, horseback riding, and Native American attractions also abound. On top of that, if you want to take a break from the mountains and deserts, there's always Las Vegas with every conceivable entertainment choice available.

Experience the sports, nature, and culture of Argentina

You'll have to spend more than a few days in Argentina to get a full taste of what the South American country has to offer – starting with the vibrant and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where, according to Mike Unwin, “you can stroll the historic Plaza Mayo, tour Bombanero Stadium or saddle up on an out-of-town estancia for a polo lesson in the noble sport of polo.” If you prefer nature to a metropolis, you can take a hike down a jungle trail, go kayaking around the shoreline of Patagonia, take in the ice panorama of Los Glaciares National Park, or sail through the Iberian wetlands, home to caiman and capybara. There no end of things to do, places to go, or sights to see in Argentina, and you are guaranteed to make some great memories with your family.

Regardless of the trip you and your family take, the most important thing to remember is that you stick together, have fun together, and help each other enjoy our adventure. Because, in the end, it's not the place you go, but the people you go with that makes it worthwhile.

Win A Samsung SmartCam HD Plus Giveaway


These days, I never know how important it is to have a good web cam. Until, I applied for verification. That verification process is to have a selfie with your ID by using a webcam. It must be very clear and the ID should be readable. Else, your application is a reject. And I got rejected because the ID is not clear and so is my selfie. If you need a new one like me, join this giveaway. Who knows you will be the winner of a Samsung Smartcam HD Plus.


Hosted By
~ 1 Winner~
Open to US
10/22 12am ~ 11/05 11:59pm


~Prize~
One Samsung SmartCam HD Plus

RV $129.99

Check out our review for the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus.

Check out our giveaway host and see what other events we have coming up.

Find Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews on 

Facebook, InstagramPinterest, Youtube, and Twitter


Thank you to all of the bloggers promoting this giveaway! I appreciate all of you for your hard work and helping our readers get really awesome prizes!


Now for the fun stuff. This giveaway is open to US. There are daily bonus entries so please check back tomorrow. Share it with your family and friends, they'll want to enter to win too!!

I can't ask you to "Like" our pages but, if you see something you like, let us know so we can bring you more of it.
We LOVE it when you "LIKE" our pages.



a Rafflecopter giveaway



If you have any questions about this giveaway,  reviews, or any of our other giveaways, please feel free to email us directly at grovesamy81@gmail.com or amy@aarlreviews.com

How I Celebrate My Birthday?

birthday-celebration


October is my birthday month. I am a certified Libra! 


Last year, I did not think of celebrating because my budget is not enough. I only light a candle and pray. But, my little brother who came to visit us bought the cake, ice cream, and fried chicken. 

Two weeks ago, I splurge for myself and my family's needs. And this is how I celebrate:


Hair and Body Pampering
dermcare-bed
This is the bed where I'm going to have a massage. My phone that time signaled for low battery that is why it's pinkish.
I always love pampering especially a body massage to pinch a little of that aching muscles. After all, it makes me feel light and breezy. You'll have a good night's sleep then. With the gift certificate on hand, I drop by at Dermcare Philippines for the service. My first choice was a body massage with a steam. Unfortunately, they don't have it in SM San Jose branch. So, the staff suggests a whole body massage and a hot oil treatment for my hair. My hair is dry, curly and frizzy. 

Win Overnight Oats By Dave's Naturals

Overnight Oats By Dave's Naturals (Simple, Delicious, Awesome!) Plus A Giveaway! Ends 10/27

giveaway, oats

Win one of these delicious and ready-to-go Overnight Oats. It's rich in protein and tasty oats which is good for your family. 

Deliciously Savvy is hosting a giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive a Variety Case of Overnight Oats (2 of each flavor). These are delicious and nutritious breakfasts for the family that are ready to go when you are. Enter Today & Good Luck!

Read My Review Here

Sponsored By:

WEBSITE ~ FACEBOOK ~ TWITTER ~ PINTEREST

Hosted By: Deliciously Savvy

Plus a Big Thank You To All Of The Blogs Helping To Promote This Delicious Giveaway!

And Now To The Delicious Part.....

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1 Lucky Winner Will Win a Case Of Overnight Oats. 2 of Each Flavor.

Dates: Begins 1PM EST 10/14 and ends 11:59 PM EST 10/27
Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents Only
Any Questions Email Me At mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway will end at 11:59PM (EST) on 10/27/2017.

Good Luck! Enter Below

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook!

By Supporting Our Blogs Via Social Media You Are Helping Us To Provide Fabulous Prizes For Amazing Future Giveaways! Good Luck & Thank You!


Deliciously Savvy did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway. Once winner is selected via the Giveaway Tools process, the winner will be notified. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the product shipment. The Sponsor Above will be providing the prize above to the winner. Thank You for stopping by! Any Questions or Concerns email me at mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Win (1) Kikki Backpack from Deuter!


When it comes to backpack for my child, quality comes first and durability. The straps should be wide and adjustable. I check every seam, compartments and pockets of a bag or backpack. You know how kids are. Plus Kikki by Deuter backpack comes in different designs that a kid loves. It is a raffle. Follow the directions and submit your entries.


Enter for your chance to win 

(1) Kikki Backpack by Deuter - Valued at $45


Deuter is a front runner in high quality hiking and mountain climbing backpacks. They hit the ball out of the park with their children's backpack - the Kikki. This versatile backpack is the perfect size for the free personal bag for children flying on airplanes; making this the perfect kids carry on. Now you have a chance to win one in the color of your choice. Come back daily to increase your odds of winning this stellar backpack. Learn more about flying with the Kikki here. 

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligation. Enter at your own risk.