May 26, 2014

OYGIF: Checking Out The School

We checked out the kids' new school. This is actually my old high school 20-some years ago, but now it houses both grade school and high school for the small population of kids in the place. 

I'm happy to see an old teacher of mine, who's now a principal and who was my English teacher back then. I don't know any of the other teachers anymore. But I'm hoping they're as good and as caring as my old ones. My eldest and second son will be studying here. 

This tree with orange flowers sure made my day. 

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May 11, 2014

OYGIF: New Day, New Place

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And so we relocated. We packed our belongings in boxes, had them shipped door-to-door to our new place (new for the kids, old for me) days before, and traveled three hours by bus, two hours by ferry, and another two hours through towns and finally to a place in the mountains I used to call home when I was a kid. Pretty drastic move but a good change for all of us. 

This was taken on the ferry on the morning of our move. I keep this photo on my wall to remind myself of our journey, of the new memories that we're about to make and the new challenges that we're going to face . New day, new place.

Apr 19, 2014


By the end of April, we would be out of this house we've called home for the last seven years. We would be relocating to be with my parents in the province, in the mountains, where thankfully they have Internet connection. This move I think would be good for the kids. It's already summer and they can play under the sun in the shade of the trees, and shower under the rain when rainy season comes. It'll be airy and we'll be using sheer curtains in the windows but might need the use of burlap curtains during the rainy season because it gets cold in the mountain during the 'Ber' months. People used to call the place 'Little Baguio' because of its climate and the pine trees that are now no more. It'll be a change, no more traffic, no noise pollution, no more flood during rainy season. But it'll be also a challenge, getting used to the quiet environment, taking on the challenges of nature. I am scared and yet excited and I have my parents with us (who refused to be uprooted from their place), and that is all that matters. 

Apr 8, 2014

Where to Find Frozen Costumes and Dolls

The movie Frozen has captured the hearts of many - kids and kids at heart alike. I'm sure by now most kids have recovered from the 'Frozen fever', and I'm also sure parents and kids are looking or will be looking for Frozen costumes for birthday party themes and for Halloween. Here are some of the sites where you can find them and I added in some sites where you can find toys, too. 

The Elsa Costume


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The Anna Costume


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Frozen Elsa's Wig


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Disney Frozen Friends Collection Gift Set

Little girls would surely find this gift set adorable!

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Disney Frozen Deluxe Toddler Elsa and Anna Dolls

This is so cute!

Disney Frozen Deluxe Toddler Elsa and Anna Dolls - $104.00, Free shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

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Mar 31, 2014

Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child

Yes, it's summer vacation for the kids! My younger kids, Simon and Sam, had their graduation ceremony last Saturday.

Need I say that I am one proud mom. :)
When the owner of the school gave her speech, she was very emotional and couldn't help but burst into tears. That was the final graduation ceremony for the school. It would be closed and it would not open again in June. We were all sad about this unfortunate situation but there's nothing we can do. The school has not been doing well as it could not compete with all the other bigger schools in our area for a couple of years now. It's good though that they waited for the Grade VI students to graduate before they finally closed shop. 

I'm glad that I was able to find this school for Sam and Simon. It was really hard to find a good preschool. I've debated so many things in my mind before I decided on this one two years ago. If you're looking for a preschool for your child, it is every important to do a thorough research of the preschools in your area.  If you're in Colorado, for example, you get a lists of all the preschool in Thornton CO area. After you have determined a favorable location to you and your budget, you can then check out the location by visiting these preschools. I would recommend visiting first the ones that are highly recommended by friends and family. Once at the location, you can then check and ask questions regarding safety guidelines, staffing ratios, school policies, legalities and accreditation. It is very important also to observe staff/teacher and children interaction. If you feel that's something out of sorts, then it's best to forgo that certain preschool. As I've read in one the parenting website, it's good to trust your instinct and intuition in matters relating to the good of your child.  On this matter, I trusted my instinct that the best school for my kids is one that is small and only has a few students with them, and it worked out well in the end. 

Mar 22, 2014

Infrared Cameras

The news about the fire at Mount Banahaw got me worried. My brother called me and told me to watch the news about it. My aunt, my mother's sister, lives at Mount Banahaw, in the Sariaya, Quezon side. It was a relief to know that the fire was at the top of Mount Banahaw, but still, a forest fire is something that's unpredictable and can go any which way. My brother called my aunt and was told that they are far from fire and safe. It such a waste that though that so much of nature had been destroyed in that fire, burning 50 hectares of the forest. A number of people are believed to have been trapped in the mountain still. 

This news about the the fire leads me thinking about Infrared system or IR system which is "heat detection system for fire detection, mapping, and hotspot identification" (thanks, wiki!). Infrared cameras are also very handy during fires as it shows out hospots to the firefighters. Hunters, firefighters, and authorities are always on the lookout for the best website for an infrared camera . IR cameras shows firemen the hottest area and the least hottest areas. The fire at Mount Banahaw burned out by itself, according to news. I wonder how  infrared cameras can help in finding the trapped people in a situation like this.