Nov 30, 2013

Simple and Recycled Christmas Trees

This is the Christmas tree that's on the lobby of the Santo Tomas Municipaly Hall in the province of Batangas (Southern Luzon, Philippines). My husband and I went there a few days ago to pay our real estate property tax in person and to see if there's any development in the subdivision where the lot is. Anyway, back to the Christmas tree, I love this Christmas tree for its simplicity. I'm sure the municipal government did not spend a big budget on this and I applaud them for that. Nevertheless, even without the usual blings and glitters and colors, this Christmas tree looks very welcoming and warm, like the people we met and assisted us in the town hall.


And speaking of budget-friendly Christmas trees, the one above is a special Christmas tree that is made of recycled materials -- directory pages, syringes, empty medicine container and many other medical supplies. I found this last year at the Urology Center of the Philippines when I had my ESWL (Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) using sound waves to break a kidney stone into small pieces). It looks better when you see it in person. :)

Have you set up your Christmas tree yet? Leave your links on the comment section and let me visit over and see! Have a great weekend everyone!

Orange You Glad It's Friday

Nov 29, 2013

Tape Echo

I'm learning a lot from my nephew when it comes to musical instruments. It seems that music is such  a complicated thing. There are more to it than strumming guitars or beating on those drums. There are such things as amplifiers,compressors, sustainers and things like delays, echoes and reverbs. My nephew is checking on tape echo. He said that musicians use this for looping, echoing and other things I can't understand anymore (nosebleed). Found some images of fulltone tube tape echo at musicians friend but I guess I wouldn't really know what it does until I've seen it in action. I heard that many musicians are using this and are in demand. I am glad I am learning about these things. At least I would have something to share with my son who has his own guitar.

Nov 27, 2013

Flags Of Nations

 

The flags of nations. My boys and their classmates made them in the last week of October as a way to celebrate United Nations Day. Instead of having a United Nations Day program starting with a parade like other schools do, they just had a few activities lined up to celebrate UN Day, one of them was making paper flags. 

At first, I found these flags cute. But Typhoon Haiyan struck and these flags became much much more than cute. These photos became much more meaningful in my eyes and I saw what the words 'United Nations' really mean. Ever since I was a kid, we'd been celebrating it and we know what it means, but this month, with the outpouring of love and support from many countries, I saw the essence of  unity, in action. There was one goal, and that goal is to help, to share, to uplift people from the dreadful situation that they are in. Now, I cannot look at these flags anymore without being teary-eyed and thankful, thankful for all the nations that gave a helping hand, thankful for the spirit of kindness and selflessness. And my belief that there is still good in mankind and all is not lost has been reaffirmed. 

Nov 23, 2013

Leave No Child Inside

I first heard of the Leave No Child Inside Movement while listening to Dr. Mike's PediaCAST, a pediatric podcast for parents. If you haven't checked out the podcast yet, be sure to Google it and listen to topics that are close to hearts of parents, explained by a doctor in a way that you will surely understand. 

Anyway, the Leave No Child Inside Movement episode aims to get children outdoors and get them connected with nature. Instead of sitting in front of the computer everyday (estimated at 7.5 hours every day) , children need to unplug and get at least an hour each day outside in free play and outdoor learning. According to one of the guests, Dr. James McDonald (sports medicine specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an hour of moderate or vigorous activity for all kids everyday. The Leave No Child Inside movement aims to spread the word about the importance and health benefits of letting kids play outside for at least an hour every day. 

I love the idea behind the Leave No Child Inside Movement. And when I listened to this podcast, I began to be more conscious of how much time the kids are spending outdoors. Not that I'm able to send them outside everyday, but I'm getting there. There's a conscious effort now on my part to walk with them around the small subdivision we live in and point out things to them. 

Trips to nature parks and participating in nature camps are ideal, and creation of playscapes are recommended. But for me, since we don't have anything here in the subdivision, just a playground would do. It would be great to have that  within our subdivision. When I was a kid, we were at the playground every day after school. And of course, a safe playground is what we need, so if the homeowner association would try to build one, I would ask the HOA president to check out swing set hardware at SwingforSwingSet.com so she'll have an idea of what she'll need. 

If you want to learn more about the Leave No Child Inside Movement, listen to Dr. Mike's PediaCAST Episode 254 and check out the Show Notes to be redirected to their site. 

Nov 20, 2013

Definitely Musically Inclined

photo not mine, credits to the owner 
I've been blogging about my nephew, the band member/guitarist, here for sometime now. I am happy to know, seeing from his Facebook wall, that he is still very much into music. In fact, what you see above is his profile cover right now, Minion Slash. (This is a kiddie blog, so just ignore the cigarette, please)  I see all kinds of music instruments on his wall, links of reviews of the latest guitars, drums and even microphones like that of  heil pr40 review. There are also many posts about ongoing sale of musical instruments and fun times with band members and photos of gigs. I hope my nephew will be a popular guitarist someday. That'd be something I'll look forward to. I am a proud aunt. 

Project Hygiene Kit for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

The devastation caused by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has affected not only a few cities and houses in the Philippines but the majority of the Visayas region where the death counts has now reached thousands and number of families affected now millions.

A conscious effort is now being undertaken by the Davao Bloggers Society and Filipino Bloggers Forum to join the relief operations by raising a total of P100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit costing to PHP100 or USD2.50 will contain toiletries and other essential goods for a week's use of one person. Hygiene kits were chosen to be donated as this is something that is not yet prioritized by many donors.

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Each kit will contain the following:

For MALES – Total Cost: PhP95.60

•60g Soap
•Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
•3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
•Toothbrush
•40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
•10 g Cotton
•75 mL Alcohol
•2 x 3 mL Deolotion
•12 mL Insect repellant
•Resealable Zip Bag

For FEMALES – Total Cost: PhP100.00

•60g Soap
•Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
•3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
•Toothbrush
•40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
•10 g Cotton
•75 mL Alcohol
•2 x 3 mL Deolotion
•12 mL Insect repellant
•2 pcs Sanitary Napkins
•Resealable Zip Bag

If you are from Davao City and you wish to help or join the campaign, you may donate in cash (please seal in an envelope) or in kind (preferably hygiene products found in the list/picture) to:

Mam Bebs Bakery
CVA Building, CM Recto Street, Davao City
(fronting City Triangle, adjacent to Ateneo Claveria Gate)
Mondays- Fridays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

If you are living outside the Philippines, you may send your donations via Paypal to
merchant@alleba.com

or simply click on the button below to donate using your credit or debit card:


Pledges for donation will be received until December 7, 2013. Please feel free to contact bloggersforreliefPH@gmail.com for all your inquiries and questions.

We are also asking donors to write down a positive message or words of encouragement (or email to us messages) for the recipients, one for every P100 donated, to be inserted in each kit.You may also include it as message when sending your Paypal donations.

Please also help us disseminate this information to those who are willing to help and contribute. You may share or link this post to your social media accounts with hashtags #bloggersforReliefPH #YolandaPH.

All kits and other donations will be turned over to Ateneo de Davao University for distribution.

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Bangon, Pilipinas!

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another” -Charles Dickens

Remembering Old Times


I was watching a morning TV program a few weeks ago, before Typhoon Haiyan hit the country, and one of the segments featured a tutorial on making Christmas balls and other decors out of recycled CDs. I thought it was a great idea and something that I and the kids can do because we have so many CDs that we don't use anymore and are already so scratched. Christmas is  near and in view of the recent typhoon, it is not practical to spend anymore so much on Christmas decorations, and anything handmade and recycled would do. 

Looking at the Christmas balls made of shattered CDs suddenly brought me back to the time when I was in college and my brother was just starting to be interested in anything electronics. I remember he made a disco ball and it hang in our room and looked so beautiful when light reflects on it. Even then, my brother was so interested in dj lighting and other lights and sounds effects. Now, he's in the technical department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and an expert on these things. He loves what he's doing and he's a professional photographer on the side. 

I miss my brother, and I remember old times. Those were our carefree days when we have the same set of friends in the boarding house and we stay awake with them till dawn, just laughing and chatting and drinking to our hearts' content. We don't see each other much anymore nowadays with him so busy with his career and photography and of course, his family.

*Image courtesy of Digitalart/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Nov 8, 2013

Creating Mr. Owl, The Paper Bag Puppet



This is Mr. Owlie. Simon brought him home one day. Simon made him with the help of his teacher. Mr. Owlie is a paper bag puppet. It's very easy to make a paper bag puppet like Mr. Owlie. You just need a brown paper bag, button eyes (can be found in school supplies store), glue or tape, art paper, a pair of scissors. Just cut out the nose, the mouth, eyebrows out of art paper and and paste or glue them at the bottom of the paper bag, as as shown above. If you have kids under 5, they would surely be thrilled to have one. Then you can make a puppet show after you make some other paper bag puppets. 

Nov 6, 2013

The Beauty of Winter

Image courtesy of Dan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Now that Fall is drawing to a close, and winter is almost here, I'm anticipating again the white Christmas photos from families and friends all over the Internet. I love to see pictures of snow, looking so pristine and picture-perfect. I love to see pictures of snowflakes hanging in trees, of people and kids in cozy warm fur coats and boots that go into hunting boot warmers, of skis and sleds, of kids having snow ball fights, of snow-covered roofs and snowman with stick noses.

I just hope that winter this year wouldn't be as harsh as it was last year. I hope it wouldn't seem to go on forever that its beauty almost faded in my eyes and I couldn't wait for spring.  But that's actually the beauty of winter. It could go on and on until you've had enough, especially those who are actually living it, and then you look forward to the signs of spring. And when spring comes, the buds and the blooms are ten times more beautiful in one's eyes.
"The beauty of winter is that it makes you appreciate spring." -- LM Montgomery. 
I live in a tropical country and would really love to experience winter, but I can only look at its beauty from afar. While I marvel at winter's beauty, I know its harsh and cold nights is something I wouldn't want to experience. I prayed for winter to be over last year, for the sake of friends who seem to be having it for so long. And boy, was I glad when spring came and we began to see green and all the other colors instead of white for a change. So, let's pray that Mother Nature a perfect winter for everyone this time around. 

Nov 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Tatay!


I want to share with you a little post that I have on my Facebook page for my tatay's (father) birthday. As I've said there, he doesn't have a Facebook page nor would he be reading this, but still I was wanting to put into words what I have learned from my father all these years. And I quote:
"Today, I'm taking the time to talk a little about my father. Today is his birthday 


I am my father's daughter and I am proud to have him as my father. From him, I got my temper, my loud voice, my stubbornness and close-mindedness on some things. But from him, I also got my generous nature, my love for family, my passion for things, my being inquisitive, my open-mindedness on most things, and the hunger for details. 

My father does not really tell us anything in words about friendship and family, but his actions speak louder than words for me. I learned from my father the value of friendship, I saw from him how to be giving to people who are in need, saw him go beyond what is expected to help family and friends. I saw how he would give to friends and family when there's barely anything left for us, because they need it more than us or just because he wants to give. For my father, when you're a friend, you're a friend for life. 

From my father, I learned how to be grateful for things I have and for people around me who makes my life happier and easier and who makes my world a better place to live in. I learned from him what utang na loob means. He does not easily forget people who have helped him in any way they can, and so do I. There are some people (like former bosses, friends, and family) that I love to pieces because they're like my father who gives without receiving anything in return and helps even without being asked. My father is so giving that he finds it difficult to understand why people wouldn't help when he knows they can, sometimes it hurts him deeply. 

Lessons of love, friendship, gratitude, passion for life, pagiging makulit -- that's what I got from my father. No material riches but wealth that money can't buy. 

Today is his birthday. He doesn't have Facebook, but I want to let everybody to know how special my father is. If he had finished high school and gone to college, he would have been an architect and engineer or even an inventor. heck, he made all our furniture, made his own electric stove and even an electric oven for Nanay. 

I wish my Tatay good health, and I wish many many many more years with him and Nanay. Tatay, happy birthday! We love you!
My father does not really tell us anything in words about friendship and family, but his actions speak louder than words for me. I learned from my father the value of friendship, I saw from him how to be giving to people who are in need, saw him go beyond what is expected to help family and friends. I saw how he would give to friends and family when there's barely anything left for us, because they need it more than us or just because he wants to give. For my father, when you're a friend, you're a friend for life. 
From my father, I learned how to be grateful for things I have and for people around me who makes my life happier and easier and who makes my world a better place to live in. I learned from him what utang na loob means. He does not easily forget people who have helped him in any way they can, and so do I. There are some people (like former bosses, friends, and family) that I love to pieces because they're like my father who gives without receiving anything in return and helps even without being asked. My father is so giving that he finds it difficult to understand why people wouldn't help when he knows they can, sometimes it hurts him deeply. 
Lessons of love, friendship, gratitude, passion for life, pagiging makulit -- that's what I got from my father. No material riches but wealth that money can't buy. 
Today is his birthday. He doesn't have Facebook, but I want to let everybody to know how special my father is. If he had finished high school and gone to college, he would have been an architect and engineer or even an inventor. Heck, he made all our furniture, made his own electric stove and even an electric oven for Nanay. 
 I wish my Tatay good health, and I wish many many many more years with him and Nanay. Tatay, happy birthday! We love you!" 
It has been my habit to dedicate a post for him every year on his birthday, but on my other blog. You can see one HERE and more of his parents HERE and HERE

If there's one thing your father had taught you by example, what is it? Please share. Let's give our fathers some love. 

*Thanks to a good friend to giving me the idea to feature this in my blog. :) Love you to pieces!

Dump Trucks And Trailers

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Last week, while Sam and I were walking on our way home from his lola's/grandma's house, we saw the DPWH or waterworks men working on the street. There was a big truck dumping sand at the side of the road. Sam suddenly stopped, amazed at the movement of the dumping bed as it pours gravel and sand on the ground. It's his first time to see a dumping truck at work and it was definitely a wonderful moment to see such amazement in a child's eyes. 

Fast forward, of course, when we got home, we had to Google it up. My child is a very inquisitive child. When he ask about things, you have to explain everything -- how it works, what are the parts, who uses it -- and you have to back up your explanation with pictures just to validate the idea he has in his mind. We not only found images of dump trucks online. We also found a big tex trailer image and other huge trucks images, and he said there's no way those would fit in the roads in the neighborhood.  We learned that there are also dump trailer trucks that have dump beds on them. I wonder how big his eyes would get when he sees a big trailer truck one day. Now, that would be a moment I sure don't want to miss. 

Nov 1, 2013

What's On Your Wish List Giveaway!

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So what's on your wish list? I have already posted my wish list HERE and my hubby's wish list HERE. Please do check it out. It might give you some great ideas on what to give loved ones or friends (or what to give me, lol) just in case you're having a hard time figuring things out. 

Whether it's your own wish list or you'd want to be able to give to a loved one, this giveaway is for you. Who wouldn't want extra cash to buy anything you want for Christmas? In this giveaway, 

One lucky winner will receive $ 1,000 Visa Gift Card or Amazon Gift Card {choice}!

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