Feb 28, 2014

Wishing for a Portable Backup Charger

I am wishing for a portable backup charger. It's really convenient to have an all-in-one charger. I also think that I'll have additional peace of mind with an all-in-one backup charger. I'm thinking, even if the adults are out of the house and my kids run out of power on the cellphone or on the iPhone or the e-reader, they wouldn't even think of plugging in to the electric outlet to charge these devices. They can use the backup charger instead. 

I checked online where to find us a universal charger for all of our electronics. All I have to do next is save for it, lol. We have so many chargers lying around the house and it's a mess really when the gadgets ran out power at the same time and we have to plug them in. Sometimes we run out of outlets because most of them are already being used for the appliances. Not that we have so many of them, just the cellphones, the e-reader and the iPhone are the most important ones. But it would be great to have universal charges that could charge at least two or three of the gadgets at the same time. 

Also, a backup charger is a necessity in this part of the world where the weather is so unpredictable. It could rain anytime and it could flood anytime, and when there's flood, usually the power is cut off. We never know when this happens, so it's better to be prepared at all times. 

*Image courtesy of Iamnee/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net  

OYGIF: Tortilla Sandwich

This post is linked to Orange You Glad It's Friday

Orange You Glad It's Friday

This is my sister's first attempt at making her very own homemade tortilla. I can't believe she actually have the patience to knead and knead until she got the dough to the right consistency. Or maybe not so right, because it did not turn out soft. But it's okay, this was her first time. She almost perfected it in the subsequent tries. And we've been enjoying delicious tortilla sandwiches ever since, like this one below (her first) with tuna filling. 

I'm hungry and craving for this all of a sudden. Gotta grab something to eat. 
Have a great weekend!

Feb 27, 2014

Online Video-to-MP3 Converter

When Basti and his classmate had their field demo (where they won first prize, by the way) I was tasked to provide the other parents with an mp3 format of all the songs that was needed for the dance mix. I was very undecided downloading mp3 files of the songs online because because I'm afraid my computer might get infected with a virus from all the unfamiliar sites. So, I decided to convert videos instead to mp3 using an online video converter at clipconverter[dot]cc. I can't believe how easy it is to convert videos to mp3 using this site. 

If you're looking, for example, for the sound of an  sdx electric guitar and can't find an mp3 of that sound online, you can try looking for it on YouTube. Once you found it, just copy the link of the video, the go to clipconverter[dot]cc.  

How to use convert video to mp3 at clipconverter(dot)cc.
1. Paste the link on the Media URL to Download box;
2. Choose what format you want the video converted to 
(In my case I chose mp3 because that was what we need for the dance mix); 
3. Click on Start to start conversion.
4. Click on Download. 

{Please note that pop-up ads will appear once you hit Download. Close the pop-up.) This is tricky part here and that pop-up is the only thing that I don't like about clipconverter[dot]cc. But the site has to earn somehow, I guess, so it's all good, as long as they don't leave a virus. All I do is click it close even before it fully open. 

Now, you can find many other video converters online. As in everything, exercise caution before utilizing unfamiliar sites. I've used it many times and so far, my computer has not caught on any virus yet from this site. I love this site and including it in my list of Useful Online Tool/Site, if only that annoying pop-up will disappear. I don't know really if this is legal, but I suppose it is. The site has almost half a million fans on Facebook and would have been taken down a long time ago if not. 

Hope this little info helps! Enjoy the rest of the day!

Wooden Musical Notes

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo

Wooden musical notes
I found this photo of wooden musical notes while I was looking for preschool photos of my eldest son. I'm going to make a small scrapbook for him, from when he was in preschool until now that he's in sixth grade and soon to graduate. I've almost forgotten we have this photo, which was taken a year or two ago. We found these wooden musical notes at the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Museum, but I don't know if it's still there because the place was renovated last year. I have no doubt that musicians and artists would really want to have something like this displayed on their walls at home. 

 The bamboo pieces at the side reminds me of woodwind instruments, which reminded me that I need to find cool rico reeds discount online for a relative who's planning to buy a saxophone for his son. If I haven't found this photo I wouldn't have remembered. It's interesting that just because I keep posting so many things about my nephew and his music, some of my relatives thinks I'm already a music person who knows a lot about music, when in fact, everything I do know about music I got from Google and from nephew, lol. :) 

Feb 26, 2014

Gardens of Time

G is for Gardens of Time

It is a hidden object game where you pass through different periods in time and different places in the world as you level up. I haven't been playing for a year now, but in 2012, I got addicted to this game. My computer hangs whenever I play it on Facebook so I stopped playing it for some time, until I discovered I can play it outside of Facebook. In the Playdom site.

What I like this game is:
1. That it's a hidden object game. Enough said. :)
2. Players can chat with each other.
(Players who have been playing for a long time are already friends in real life.)
3. You can win points through team effort. You get a prize by winning against another team. Members get points for helping, by buying, by going up another level. 
4. There are mini-games where you can get additonal points and things to add your collection.
 5. And you get to give and receive gifts. Ah the joy of giving!

And most of all, I can build my own virtual garden. 

See my garden within a garden? This is my favorite part of my garden. That's Cinderella with the broom. Do I sound silly enough?

If I have all the time in the world, I'd probably be playing still even now. But the reality of life is I have so many more important things to do than play games online. I would recommend this game to everyone, just please don't get addicted. It's a great way to unwind and de-stress but not great if it occupies too much of your time. Enjoy the game!

Feb 25, 2014


I found a gemstone ring online that look so much like what my mother used to have. I am happy to find this because my mother lost hers a long time ago and I am sure she would really love to have this kind of ring again. I'll add this to my already long line of things to save for. 

On the same website where I found the gemstone ring, I also found a table of birthstones. I was surprised to know that there are many birthstones lists available. Now, I learned that there's a Modern Birthstone list, a Traditional Birthstone list and a Mystical Birthstone list. The Modern Birthstone list was adopted in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers. And then, the Traditional Birthstone list is an older list of the modern birthstone list from the same organization. The Mystical Birthstone originated from Tibet a thousand years ago. 

Modern, Traditional and Mystical Birthstones as seen all over the Web
And aside from these three lists, there's the Arabic,  Ayurvedic, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, planetary, Polish     Roman, Russian, Talismanic and  Zodiac birthstone lists.

I've always thought that my birthstone is garnet. But according to the mystical list, my birthstone is emerald. Not that it matters to me. These are just fun facts for me, anyway. But I would really want to just follow the mystical list because I've love emeralds more. 

How about you, what's your birthstone? 

Feb 23, 2014


Keeping fit and healthy starts in the home. Kids need physical activity to build strength, coordination, and confidence and it is the parent’s responsibility to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. How can you do this, you ask? The answer is simple – engage in physical activities with them and make it a daily habit.

For kids, fitness means playing and being physically active. Once they enter nursery until they get to big school, exercise comes in the form of playing tag with friends, P.E. classes, and attending organized sports such as basketball or swimming. However, parents can no longer rely on physical education in schools to provide enough physical activity for kids. They need to play a more active role and make fitness a family routine.

This March, jumpstart the summer with Mom and Me: Fun To Be Fit, a series of health and fitness activities that both moms and kids will enjoy.

Yoga for all ages have become popular as this activity improves the three elements of fitness – endurance, strength, and flexibility.
Mark your calendars for a yoga class with the little ones on March 1 at Yoga+. 
Moms and kids, and even dads too, can sweat it out in the mat with an interactive yoga class from Yoga+ on March 1 (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio on March 15 (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.).  Poses that promote fun, laughter, and creativity will keep the kids engaged while moms challenge themselves in their own yoga practice.

On March 22, all roads lead to White Space Mind and Body Wellness for an interactive yoga class for moms and kids. 
While yoga entails focus and flexibility, aerobic dancing involves heart-pumping movements and is a great way to improve coordination and memory. Make your way to Slimmers World on Mach 8 (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) in their Megamall branch and March 22 (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) in Trafalgar Makati branch for a fun and easy dance work out. Moms will also enjoy a signature Body Fat Analysis and Figure Consultation, Nutritional Counseling, Diamond Peel and a Slimming Treatment. Dancing to upbeat tunes, prepare to sweat it out. You’ll surely find yourself doing the routine even until you get home.
Sweat it out and aero dance on March 8 and March 15 in Slimmers World. 
Swimming is one of the best workouts you can give your body as it activates almost all of your muscle groups at the same time. Since you’re floating in water, there’s less pressure on your joints and bones, and it almost seems like you’re not really exercising. Rounding up the Mom and Me Fun To Be Fit series is a swimming class with Coach Herman Brinas as hosted by The Legend Villas on March 29 (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.). Paddle, kick, and soak the sun, it’s a fun fitness activity for a Saturday afternoon.
Paddle and create bubbles under water as The Legend Villas hosts a swimming class on March 29.

Entrance Pass is only Php 350 good for mom/dad and one child per day. Participants get the chance to win in raffles and will receive a loot bag filled with treats.

Allow enough time for free play, regulate the use of gadgets, and keep a variety of games and sports equipment at home. You’ll be surprised how a jump rope can make a big difference.

Make fitness a family routine. Jumpstartwith Mom and Me Fun To Be Fit in March!  
Show your kids that fitness is important by engaging in fitness activities with them. Mom and Me: Fun To Be Fit gets you and your little one active together. Get in shape and create moments that you and the kids will remember for a lifetime!

Mom and Me: Fun to Be Fit happens every Saturday of March - March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. For details and event tickets, go to www.momandme.com.ph. Like and Follow Mom and Me at /mommyandmePH. This event is also supported by Citibank, Enercal Plus, Thor Productions, Malaya Living, Baby Magazine, Travelife Magazine, Circuit, Mom Center Philippines, and WhenInManila(dot)com.

Feb 22, 2014

Guitar Knobs and Plugs

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. - Johann Sebastian Bach

This is my nephew's guitar. I guess this is an electric guitar with all the knobs and dials in it. I didn't know it could be this complicated, ha ha. I don't know where an amplifier like an ac30hwh at musicians friend plugs in  in this guitar or if it really does plug at all. I don't even know what an amplifier is. Basti's guitar is only a beginner guitar. I can't wait for summer, maybe I'll send him to my brother's house for the summer so he can learn from my nephew. This is a really great shot of the guitar. I think my nephew took this shot. He's not only a great guitarist but a budding photographer, too. 

Feb 21, 2014

Manila Seedling Bank Demolished

I saw in Yahoo News yesterday that the Manila Seedling Bank was demolished. This really made me sad. I've been to Manila Seedling Bank a few times. Every time I go to QC and pass by the area, I don't go home without checking out the place. It seems that the dispute over the hectares of land the greenhouses were built on have been going on for awhile. The last time I was there, which was in December 28, 2012, I noticed that there were not as many open stalls as before. Reading articles about the QC government versus MSBF made everything clear to me now. 

Manila Seedling Bank December 2012 
Don't we all have enough of condos and malls and commercial establishments in the city? When are we going to stop? The Manila Seedling Bank, even during the last time I was there, was a beautiful place. There are only very few places like that in the city and now, it's gone.

Manila Seedling Bank December 2012 

The Manila Seedling Bank was open to the public and you can just go in and gaze at the wonderful flowers and plants, and you don't even have to buy anything. If you decide to buy, the prices were very low. You can buy herbs, seeds, seedlings, ornamental plants, fertilizers and garden supplies. 

I was just starting to discover herbs and here in Manila Seedling Bank they have a greenhouse half filled with it. 

Manila Seedling Bank December 2012 

On the other half of this greenhouse (just one of the many greenhouses in the MSBF),  they had this sale of different mugs, saucers and cups. I was planning to come back for these cups and mugs, buy in bulk, but I guess I wouldn't have the chance anymore. 

Manila Seedling Bank December 2012 
A photo I saw here in an article by Pia Ranada of Rappler really broke my heart. I heard the stall owners were relocated to the Quezon City circle, but would it be the same for them, for the plants and for the environment? In my eyes, this is all so wrong. 

Drums for Simon? Nope.

This a nice looking set of drums. 

Simon wants these drums but, of course, nope, I think he's too young for it. And we don't have the budget for it, we don't have the space. The neighbors might report us to the barangay captain if my kids ever play this in our house, haha. It's doesn't look like a good Pearl electronic drums at musicians friend but it really looks as cool. When I was a teenager, I wanted to play drums as well, you know, like the main character in the film Some Kind of Wonderful. I never got the drums. I wonder why I thought I could even play drums when I can't even carry a tune. Is that possible?  Maybe when Simon's older, we'll think about it. I hope by then we have the budget and space. For now, he can just enjoy beating to the music with toy drums. 

Relaxing During Weekends in Videoke Bars

It's only Friday but here at home it feels like Saturday already. Everyone is home and we're all huddled in the living room, hubby watching TV and the kids drawing on their notebooks. It's a relaxed day, but I know I got so much to do online, with my transcripts and blog posts. 

While checking out my photos, I found this old one from my hubby's folder. It's a photo of a videoke bar where they had a birthday party last January 2013. Hubby sings and so he enjoys going to videoke bars with his officemates on Fridays. It's his way of relaxing after a week of hard work. 

The man in this photo (if you can call the image a photo) seems to be singing so intensely. This is what I call letting it all go. If this would be a real person, I can imagine him strumming a classic rogue acoustic guitar ra-090 at guitar center  while singing and really letting go. Filipinos are very fond of music and that is why singing in karaoke, videokes and whatever you want to call it is a favorite past time. There are a only few things more  relaxing than singing your heart out with and in front of a group of  friends. If you can't sing, then you can just enjoy the drinks. If you don't drink, then enjoy the food. If you're on a diet and don't sing and don't drink, then just enjoy the company. Going to a videoke bar with friends is a win-win situation for you and your social life.

I haven't been in a videoke bar for awhile. I guess I have to put this on my list of things to do. I want to be able to go with my hubby and the kids.

How's your day so far?

Art Friday: Flower Farm

Orange You Glad It's Friday

I can't believe it's Friday. The hours and days just flew by. I was anxious to see earlier what art projects the kids were supposed to bring home from school  today. But they left their art projects at school because they haven't dried out yet. I'll feature them some other time then. 

I found this oil and acrylic painting that my hubby worked on during an art workshop years ago. I love this painting. I love the colors and the thought and warm feeling that come with it. I would love to see a scene like this in real life.

Do you see hints of orange in this painting? I hope so. It's linked up to Orange You Glad It's Friday. If you don't see the orange hues, forgive me, but I do hope you enjoy this painting. 

And I hope you enjoy Friday, too. Have a great weekend ahead!

Replacing Water Pipes

Early January, right after New Year's Day, I asked the handyman in our subdivision to check on our water pipes at the front of the house, where the water meter is also located. The pipes I noticed are already rotting with rust and they might explode anytime when the water pressure becomes too great during the evening. So even if it's not within budget, I hired the handyman to do the job and also to take care of some things that need fixing around the house. He came to work one day with all sorts of equipment and gadgets like those you see at reidsupply.com. It is more convenient and less costly to have the pipes around the water replaced as soon as possible than later when it would have exploded and caused damage already. 

I also asked him to have the area around the water meter cemented. It was actually a pocket garden filled with soil, but the cats in the neighborhood think its their litter box. So I have the area filled with cement. Anyway, I think the cats love lounging in front of our house. The cement is still wet and soft and one of the cats very comfortably already sat on it. Haha, smart cat, re-marking her territory already. 

Feb 20, 2014

Kids In Doodles: Creating With MS Paint

This post is linked to Kids In Doodles! 

One of Simon and Sam's favorite activities is drawing using MS Paint. They love to create structures and creatures using MS Paint. They love to create buildings and skyscrapers, and even alien spaceships. There are times though when they just love to draw nature and landscapes. The above are actually mountains and hills inspired by the book "Where do Mountains and Hills Came From?" by writer Liwliwa Malabed, my bestfriend's sister. 

How about you, what do your kids love to draw?

Synchronous Viewing

My brother tagged this photo as 'synchronous viewing'. He shot this when when he was with his friends. People living by the beach are very lucky to witness this beautiful scene everywhere. I'm sure people living in Miami Beach condos may be enjoying the same kind of scene, those whose units face the beach anyway. Though, this might be more beautiful. Yes, I'm biased. :) Looking at this picture, I suddenly am longing to be by the sea, enjoying the cool breeze and viewing the amazing sunset. 

Months of the Year Flashcards

My kids are visual and audio learners. It helps them a lot  when they get a visual representation of whatever it is that is being taught at school. 

This week, the lesson is months of the year. Simon is attempting to memorize the months of the year by heart and is having a hard time just looking at text of his books and notebooks. We, of course, showed him a real calendar and to make thing easier for him I downloaded a PDF file of a month of the year flashcard. We have an e-reader that my brother gave me for Christmas and we have been downloading reading materials on it, that we read before going to bed aside from the storybooks. 

I downloaded the flashcards for the months of the year at ESL Kids Lab

I like that these flashcards have small images of  important events of the month. For example, the month of the July shows fireworks for the Fourth of July. This gives me an inspiration to make my own flashcards in MS Word (which I can then convert to PDF) showing the important events of the months in the Filipino context. I think it would be great to incorporate the national holidays within the flashcards for easier recall. 

I am thankful for these kind of sites because it's a big help to us moms. I don't have to buy flashcards at the store anymore. I can either print them or if I'm not going to print them, just store them in the e-reader. Anyway, the kids enjoy reading using the e-reader. To them, it doesn't feel like reviewing but just merely reading and so their mind is more open and receptive. 

Feb 19, 2014

The 39th Bamboo Organ International Festival 2014

The yellow flags are up again at the Saint Joseph Parish Church. And that could only mean one thing. It's time for the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival.

Visit the official website for more info at www.bamboorgan.org 
As you can see from the above poster, the festival starts this year on Thursday, February 20th with the  invitational gala concert, EL SIGLO DE ORO. The El Siglo De Oro reconstructs the music of Intramuros in the 1600s.  There will be music accompaniment of recorders, guitar, organ, castaƱetas, drums and similar instruments. I wonder if they'll be using saxophones for this concert. I'm suddenly interested with saxophones because I've just seen a rico alto saxophone reeds at guitar center while looking for a musical instrument that my nephew mentioned on Facebook.

I am mostly excited about the Concert Under The Trees  on Saturday with featured artist. Jed Madela. I don't know if this will be a free concert or invitational also. Got to find out. 

Have you been to the Bamboo Organ International Festival before? I would recommend checking it out. Please see posters above for details of the event and to get the event website link. 

ABC Wednesday: Funny, Feathery, Fluffy Friend

This is our feathery, fluffy friend, Tiki-tiki. She is sort of our first pet ever. She's a funny chick. We let her around the house for a week, because she makes such a noise whenever we bring her outside. She's just a chick when we bought her and I guess she misses her mother hen because she always wants to be with us. She snuggles like a cat, unbelievable! She can't sleep at night without any of us holding her in our hands. She makes a noise until one of us gets her. 

This is a photo of her on her last night with us. As soon as hubby holds her in his hand, she fell asleep. I think she thinks she's a human. She loves human warmth because it's cold during the nights and sometimes even during the days here.

The next morning after these photos were taken, she's gone. I woke up and couldn't find her. I was told that the kids' aunt who comes to our house everyday to help take care of the kids stepped on her. Oh my! She passed away. I cried and that was last Monday. I miss this funny feathery friend. I suddenly realized that we can't get a pet. If I can't recover easily from this, how much more if I get a pet that I'll keep for years or months?  The kids moved on easily but still get silent when we talk about our feathery friend.

Feb 18, 2014

Still Broken

“The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.”
 ― Ludwig van Beethoven

The guitar strings still remain broken. The guitar still lays in the corner, looking sad and neglected. We were supposed to replace the strings after Christmas but I got too busy with work to think about it. Basti got too busy with his flurry of school activities so we didn't get around to having the strings replaced. 

We don't know how to put the string back on. If we knew how, we would be perhaps looking at some
good d'addario xl super lite exl120 at musicians friend online. But as the case is, we have to bring the guitar to our favorite music store in the nearby mall and buy the string from them and have them put it on the guitar. It cost around P285 online and P350 at the mall including service.

Basti may have forgotten about the broken guitar, but now that's summer is approaching, I bet in a couple of weeks or so, he would ask about the broken strings again. Time to go to the mall soon.

Feb 17, 2014

Photo A Day 02/14 - Simon Helped Make Waffles

Last Friday, Valentine's Day, Simon helped his Tita Reindrops make some waffles. It was fun watching him looking so busy and feeling so grown-up. He was in charge of mixing the batter. We were careful he doesn't overdo it. He was so happy with his achievement for the day. 

Simon always love to help with the cooking. He's always been everybody's ever ready assistant. :) They made almost 18 pieces (9 peanut butter filled and 9 cheese filled), all gone within minutes. We were that hungry and the waffles were that delicious, hehehe.

Ibanez S1XXV or Ibanez 2XXV?

When my nephew posted this on Facebook, Ibanez S1XXV or Ibanez 2XXV, I sought the help of Mr. G, because I didn't know exactly what it means, although the word Ibanez gave me a clue that it has something to do with music. I later confirmed that these are electric guitars. If I'm right, one is pink and the other one is green. Aside from that I have no idea what the difference in the specs are. I am musically challenged (lol) and I wouldn't even be able to tell if an exceptional godin bass guitars could also be an electric guitar or not. Still, I look forward to my nephew's updates on his music and band. I am very proud of him. How many times have I said that here? I can't count anymore. :) 

Heart-Shaped Candies

I wonder how these candies are made. They looked simple enough to make. Found them at the store and bought the kids some and we were munching on this even before Valentine's day. The boys are happy with their heart-shaped candies. It would be nice if I can make/cook candies like this but star-shaped instead.  

I'll try to find some recipes online. Maybe next year, I can make many like these and give them away for Valentines. What do you think? :) 

Feb 15, 2014

Field Demo Winners

My eldest son's class won for the third year straight in their annual field demo event at school. This year, their class opted for a jungle theme. The kids practiced almost every day for this event. And the parents helped, of course, with the costumes and the effects. 

There was a discussion on what music to use and whether there would be any use for instruments like drums and percussions. Drums like great pintech drums are out of the question, but we did need drums like those used by natives for better sound effects. In the end, we opted to use sound clips from YouTube, which I converted to mp3, and they turned out great when one of the parents mixed them all up with MixPad. 

I am so happy for the kids (who are almost teenagers now) and very proud of them. They worked hard and their efforts paid off. I am also happy and thankful for the parents who helped the kids, especially to the parent who taught them the dance steps. It was indeed a collaboration between the teachers, the parents and the kids. 

Cards From The Little Ones

I'm sure many of you made plans not only for Valentine's Day but also for Valentine weekend. It's really great that Valentine's Day this year falls on a Friday, giving a chance for everyone to include the weekend in their celebration of the Heart's Day. 

Valentine's Day is not only for lovers. It's for everyone. It's special day for moms, too, because it's one of those days we're sure to receive a Valentine's card from our little ones. Valentine's card made by kids are special. They are not bought, they are made by tiny little hands (with help of the teachers or whoever)  and comes straight from the heart. Moms who have received their first card from their toddler or preschoolers, I know, are joyful during this day. Who wouldn't  be thrilled especially when it was given to you along with a hug and a kiss? 

This one was made by Simon. He made it at school. Sam also has a card for us, but he tucked it away and I was not able to take a picture of it, yet. Thanks to the teachers who helped Simon make this. It sure did made me and hubby very happy. 

Feb 13, 2014

The Maya and the Chick

We had a week full of animals. It started with the two goldfish. Sam's teacher asked him to bring fish for an experiment. On the second day, one of them died and floated on the bowl. On the third day, the second was dead. The children were heartbroken.

The same week, it was Basti's turn to bring a pet animal to school. We bought two mayas, but the first one died overnight. They say it must be the cold weather. Chicken and other fowls are dying left and right because of the cold. The maya was already not feeling well (we think) even before we bought it. It just stands in the corner and slept, and then in the morning, we found it dead. The children, again, were heartbroken, because there's still one remaining maya. Basti brought the maya to school and showed to the teacher and brought it back home. 

The maya wanted to be free from the cage, and it succeeded. It flew all over the house and perched on one of our picture frames hanging in the wall. Then, it vanished in the room. At dawn one day, it made such a noise, enough to wake the kids, that I tried to catch it. I succeeded and brought it outside. The maya is free now, to fly and be with other birds in the neighborhood. I haven't seen it since but I think I hear it chirping outside along with some other mayas perched on my neighbor's roof.

I didn't know, that the maya still need to be seen again by the teacher. She made a compromise that Basti can bring any kind of animal instead for her to check. I really don't see the logic in this, but we bought this chick for Basti to show his teacher. He brought it back home again and we call her Tiki-Tiki now. The neighbor's kid named it Vangie, Simon named it Warrio (after the Wii character) and we later settled on Tiki-Tiki. 

Tiki-tiki is a cute and funny chick. We don't know if it's a she or he, so we'll just refer to it now as she. Tiki-tiki and Simon are inseparable on the first day. On the first night with us, she made such a noise that could wake all the neighbors. If she's a dog, I would need bark collars  for her. Even the neighbor's dogs and puppies haven't made a noise that big. The kids realized that she might be cold so they put her inside a container and black cloth, and she slept right after. She follows the kids wherever they go. We were concerned for the cleanliness  of the house, so we bring her outside but she would run as fast as she could inside whenever someone opens the door. And she can't sleep outside, she makes a noise unless she's let in and she sleeps inside her box. 

Now, I have a problem. She's getting bigger and it's not sanitary anymore to keep her in the house. I wanted to bring her to the person who raise chicken in the neighborhood. But I'm worried about the kids, they look for her every now and then. And I can't see her sleeping in a chicken house filled with chicken pee and poo. Silly me, huh? If you're in my position what would you do? Your thoughts, please. 

Feb 12, 2014

Kids' Art: Eggshell Mosaic And Crayon Etching

As I mentioned in my previous post, Friday is Art Day at Sam and Simon's school. Last Friday, Sam made an eggshell mosaic and Simon did crayon etching. 

The night before, hubby prepared the materials. We selected Nemo for Sam because we only had orange poster paint and we did not want to buy watercolor anymore. Hubby drew Nemo based on what he saw online and painted the eggs orange with poster paint.
Egg mosaic preparation for Sam
Hubby only painted the top side, so when the eggshells were crushed the orange blended with the whites. The first photo below was Sam's original work. The second one was after we painted the orange parts with orange poster paint again, with Sam's consent, to make the orange appear brighter. Sam and Simon were happy with the result. 

This is Simon's crayon etching. This is his first time to do something like this. I almost forgot what it's called until I asked the teacher. I remember when I was a kid, we used to make one like this also. 

I look forward to the artworks that the kids are bringing home each Friday. Thanks to the teachers who assist them in doing their artwork at school. 

Feb 11, 2014

PE Fridays and Playgrounds

Fridays are always fun days for Simon and Sam at school. Fridays are when they have PE and arts and when two kids both go to school at 7:30 in the morning . They enjoy walking together going to school.

Sam and Simon's school does not have a playground, too bad,  and they use the subdivision's basketball court for their activities or just sometimes the space in front of the school. It is a small school and located inside the subdivision, there's no space for a playground. There is a rumor that the school might close next year or a new owner might take over. That makes me sad because Sam already is very much at home in their environment and way of teaching. If the latter is true, if a new owner would take over, I would recommend to find a nearby bigger space for a playground and to buy school playground equipment even before the school year starts. 

In picking playground equipment, I wish that the school administrators would ask the opinion of the children. I was actually looking a website last night and my kids saw me, and Simon went to pick the play equipment that he wants. There was a discussion between Simon and Sam on what he (Simon) can do on the equipment that he wants and where the different loops and holes would take him. I like this one also because it's simple and low, it an early childhood structure which is great for kids even younger than Simon . 

Simon wants this kidscenter at eplaygroundz
Playgrounds really very important as kids use their imagination when playing in a playground and they are able to socially interact with other children. Even more emphasis should be given nowadays to building playgrounds and playscapes because according to research, kids today spend an average of 7.5 hours each day on electronic devices, excluding the hours spent on electronics at school. And because of this most children do not spend so much time outdoors, leading to Vitamin D deficiency and decrease in physical strength and muscle coordination. Having more playgrounds visible and accessible both at the school and community, and parents intervention, could help solve this growing problem. 

Feb 10, 2014

How to be Free from Debt

Debt is one of the things that everyone has. Even those rich ones haven’t gotten escape from it as well. No one has ever been free from it to be exact, even big companies that belong in different industries. Yet, one can lessen his or her involvement to it somehow.

When it comes to money talks, there are times that we just can’t avoid including the topic of having a debt from certain companies, organizations, or even from a person. But that’s normal though. It occurs because that is one of the reasons why we look for more options on how to earn from another source of income other than what we get out of working. Hence, never get feel irritated or ashamed if ever such topic arises. In fact, with this, people can get idea on what solution could be the best to give in.

How to be free from debt?
The question at first may be simple; yet, quite hard to prove that one can really escape from it. Tendency, there is a chance but lesser as it is expected especially that we do not know what could possibly happen in the future. There are two ways on how one can possibly get free from it:
  1. Balance your income -  For individuals who have owed somebody or a company a certain amount of money, it is expected to be difficult for you to handle such solution. But nonetheless, if you just have the perseverance of wanting to escape from it, there’s no impossible of applying this idea.

  2. Investing to Business -    If you’re one of the majorities of the individuals who don’t just want to get free from debts but also want to earn at the same time, investingto business is the best solution you could have. However, it varies on the business you’re going to invest for.
There are different kinds of businesses available nowadays even online; make sure to choose the business that will not put you into trouble. And because of the advance technology our generation has, it will not be difficult for those interested individuals to look for such like forex trading for instance.

Forex industry in other hand has a lot of benefits can offer for individuals especially those who are badly in need. It is one of the easiest businesses to invest and generate money today. Hence, when it comes to choosing for business, you better get forex instead.

Though business is not that a solution for everyone, but somehow for individuals who are interested and willing to earn, this is really the answer.

Read more about forex at https://www.varengoldbankfx.com/en/.

Feb 5, 2014

Feb Photo-A-Day #5: Found My Old Dell DJ Ditty


Found my old Dell DJ Ditty when I was cleaning my cabinet a week ago. I forgot I even have it. I bought it with my Dell Rewards points. I love Dell as a company because I think it's generous with its employees when it comes to freebies, reward points and incentives. I just don't know if they're still as generous now as they were back then. 

 This Dell DJ Ditty has 512MB capacity. It has an FM tuner too. I don't think that Dell is still selling this. I can't find this on their website anymore but I see some ads about it on eBay. It's a good thing I found it, because Basti, my eldest, is now using this instead of my iPhone for music. He's using the headset that he got for Christmas. That's the green cable there that you see in the picture.

And speaking of the letter D, I found this yummy-looking donuts at picmonkey.com while doing my collage for this post. I'm using PicMonkey for most of my collages in this blog. If you love to make collages, you could try using PicMonkey collage. They got awesome fonts, layouts and effects and it's absolutely free. I got a week free of Royale if you just try PicMonkey using my link. Will you help me? Just click on the donuts. Thanks a bunch.


This post is also linked to Rcel's A-Snap-A-Day Challenge. I skipped Day 3 and 4 due to heavy workload but I'll find time to post them in the following days. I want so much to keep up.

Enjoy the rest of the week! 

Feb 2, 2014

Feb Photo-A-Day #2: Toys: Cars

This post is also linked to Rcel's Snap-A-Day Challenge 


One of my Simon's godmothers brought him these beautiful toy cars when she visited last December. The kids love them, though remote is used only for activating the car alarm sounds and lights and not for manipulating the cars. These toy cars are from Shell Petron of their Blaze 100 Euro 4 campaign.

 I think these are excellent gifts for kids.