April 30, 2012

Hats off to Hardworking Teachers

School life is one important aspect of children's growth and development. The students relationship with their teachers can either build or destroy their confidence.

I remember I learned the proper way of passing the scissors at Grade 1, with Mrs. Villanueva. Hated Math at Grade 2 because I was afraid with the very strict Mrs. Sedigo (peace Ma'am if you're reading this).  I found strength and self-confidence at Grade 3 with the loving teaching of Mrs. Alejo.

My daughter is a very intelligent girl but shy to the bone. I am very grateful to her Grade 3 teacher - Mrs. Raissa  Najaro Villaroya, for helping not just my daughter but her whole class to shine.  Ms. Raissa, as she is fondly called by everyone, showed impartiality to all her students, making the girls of  3-Courtesy feel loved and respected equally.  

To all the hardworking teachers, hats off to you - Madams and Sirs!

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

"To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary, is love ."

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others."

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectation." 
- Patricia Neal

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops."

-Henry Brooks Adams

"A wise teacher create an environment that encourages students to teach themselves."
-Leonard Roy Frank

"Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges."
-Joyce A. Myers 

"A courage which looks easy yet is rare; the courage of a teacher repeating day after day the same lessons - the least rewarded of all forms of courage."
-Honora de Balzac

"Teaching creates all other professions."

"A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image."

(Photos are from my husband's flower photography session at Ecopark)

Julianne - Amazingly Impressive!

I seldom attend events lately to focus more on my family but Karen's invitation for Dermatopoietin Press Launch is one I  didn't turn down for Karen is one of those people who's truly nice.

Makati is one place I will always love to hate.  I find difficulty driving around here, ang daming one way! If you're not familiar with the place, hello ticket from traffic enforcers. Though the trip for this event gave me headache, it was all worth it  because of the voice coming from this talented young performer - Julianne Tarroja, simply known as Julianne.  Julianne serenaded the guests with her original songs, Fly and Queen, at the start. Wow, I told myself, an amazingly impressive voice! At the last part she made her own rendition of Coldplay's Yellow. Since Yellow is one of my favorite songs, I stood from where I was seated and captured it on video. Grabe, I almost cried when she finished singing. Damang dama ang pagkanta, ang galing pang tumipa ng gitara!

As a busy mom, I don't have much time listening to new artists. I settle listening to the songs of senior singers like Sampaguita, err, Barbie naman! It was my first time to see and hear Julianne that day. Right after the event, I took the opportunity to come up to her and tell her how good she is. I admire people with good voice, specially female singers who plays the guitar.  It was nice of her to listen to my babbling. Told her it's my frustration to be a singer, and that in my next life (if there is) I'd like nothing but be a singer, one that plays guitar - just like her.

To be able to share this video of Julianne here in my blog I uploaded it at Youtube. It's my first time to do this, ang tagal pala or am I just not into this stuff that I don't know how to do it the easy way? I started last night at 10pm, finished uploading at exactly 4:10 am today and still typing now at almost 6am.  While uploading, I read articles about Julianne. She's under Genesis.  She's one amazing talent to support for there's a lot to like about her - not only for her voice but more so her great personality. On a personal note, I like her name because my daughter is named Julia and she looks a lot like my cousin, Love.  These and more I also told Julianne. Hopefully, di sya nakulitan sa kadadaldal ko.  Visit Julianne, here.

April 29, 2012

Naniniwala ka pa ba?

Around 9pm last night friends dropped by at home. When all the guests went home, Juan started vomiting for no apparent reason. The vomitting continued overnight prompting us to change the bedsheets and pillow cases many times. I was already thinking of 'usog' but living in the modern times made me think twice.

Usog may mean two things for Filipinos. First, usog means move. The second one doesn't have an English meaning probably because it is not a part of other countries' culture. Usog is sometimes called bati. Usog happens when someone notice or said something to another, then that person will get dizzy, will vomit or will be feverish.

Many Filipinos believe that when a person is 'na-usog' or na-bati, you have to ask the person who naka-usog to rub or put saliva on the affected person's tummy. I hear yuck and eww from my children as I write this post. If  the first option is not possible, an alternative antidote is to boil the last clothes the person was wearing, let it cool, then wipe that clothes to the na-usog person. It took me hours before finally deciding to do just that to Juan. And in an instant, Juan turned okay, as if nothing happened.

There's no medical and or scientific explanation to this, but then a mother has to do whatever it takes to make everything alright for the sake of her child.

Kid's Oral Hygiene - Parent's Responsibility

My friend told me that one of her friend's kids is due for operation because of plaque gone unnoticed. The operation will cost them around forty thousand pesos.  The mom of this boy even said, "ayaw kasi mag toothbrush e".  We, parents MUST remember that the oral hygiene of the kids is the responsibility of the parents.  Kids will be kids. At this stage in their lives, children by nature feel as though brushing teeth is a big task. Very young children has no sense of responsibility, if not properly guided by parents, kids will choose not to brush their teeth. It is easier for stay-at-home parents like us to monitor our children's oral hygiene because we're at home 24/7.  For working parents, I suggest you talk to your nannies about this. Make sure that your child is involved about the talk, so when yaya say, brush teeth na, remember what your mom and dad said? 

Keep in mind the following:

1. Baby teeth are important and must be taken care of until they are replaced by the permanent teeth. 

For infants, use a piece of gauze wrapped around the index finger to clean the gum pads and teeth every feeding, especially before sleeping.

For Children with baby teeth, use baby toothbrush to clean the baby teeth.

For school-aged children (4-10 years old) parents should supervise them in tooth brushing and flossing since they need enough motivation to perform these tasks.

2. Easy on sweets.  Frequency of eating sweets and the time the food stay in the mouand preferably with th plays an important role in the development of tooth decay. Give sweets less often meals. A child's mouth should be immediately cleaned after eating. If this is not possible, at least rinse vigorously with water.

3. Look for a good dentist that the child will be comfortable with. Bring them to the dentist for casual visits, not when they already have tooth problems. This way the kids won't have negative notion of dental clinic and the dentist.

My kids are happy visiting their Tito/Ninong/Dentist, Dr. Gilbert D' Asis.

About Dr. Gilbert D' Asis:

Dr. Gilbert D' Asis studied Denstistry at Centro Escolar University. Finished 2 year externship at UP-PGH and studied orthodontics for a year under Dr. Urbi.

Dr. D' Asis is connected with University of Sto. Tomas, Dental Department, OPD. And currently the company dentist at Shell in Makati.

He has a private clinic at 29 South Road, Cubao, Quezon City.  For appointment, you may txt or call him at 0922-8445278.

April 27, 2012

T-Shirt Painting and Spray Painting

Summer is still a long way to go. The kids are bored when doing nothing. John and I do not allow our children to watch too much television and play too much computers and other gadget. To keep the kids busy and promote creativity we bought them materials for painting, such as Textile paints of varying colors - around P50 each at National Bookstore, paint brushes, plain shirts - P120 at Regina's, newspapers - to keep the area clean, and water.

For the kids who's not much into painting or art, try  battery operated Spray Art or the like. It comes with stencils that has different shapes such as flowers, sea creatures, fruits etc.

This activity is a sure hit to kids and friends who come over for slumber party.

The Avengers - A Movie for the Whole Family

We don't go out on a Wednesday because our car is coding on this day. But last Wednesday, we storm the road - beating the coding window, to see the Avengers on its first day of showing.  Shang Cinema  - where we normally watch, has sold out tickets a week before so we headed at Greenhills Theater to try our luck.  The teller said that as early as 10 am, tickets are sold out  for the 6pm, 7pm, 9pm and so on. We settled for a 4:20 pm showing. For lack of choices, we were  seated at the side  which gave me stiff neck! 

After the movie, I asked my husband to make a review of The Avengers. He refused to because he reads Marvel comics so his review will  definitely be different from what most will expect. Just the same, he said the movie is great, it's action-packed and the efforts they put in giving all the characters equal exposure is to be praised. He added, The Avengers  is a movie for the whole family, especially the kids.

My view: This is not a review, I don't want to spoil it for those who hasn't seen the movie. I'll be talking more about the actors here. I slept for the first  10 minutes or so. Not that I didn't like the movie, buy hey, I didn't get enough sleep the night before.  

Robert Downey Jr.  played  his role very well as Iron Man. When asked, "what are you without the suit?". He replied confidently, "a genius, billionaire, playboy, philantropist". 

Chris Hemsworth as Thor, made Julia's and my eyes stuck on the screen. He's so good looking! There's an angle where he looked like the younger Brad Pitt. 

Captain America is played by Chris Evans - who's also one good-looking guy, but not my type. I like men with long hair. I like Chris better when he played the role of Johnny Storm at Fantastic Four.

Mark Ruffalo played the Hulk. It would have been nicer if Eric Bana played this role. His physique would match that of Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. My husband on the otherhand prefers Edward Norton.  Peace to all Mark Ruffalo's fans out there. Mark is a great actor, I just don't find him handsome enough  compared with all the other actors in the movie.

Hawk Eye is played by Jeremy Renner. Nothing much to say about this guy, I'll just wait for his Bourne Legacy movie.
Scarlett Johansson, as Black Widow, will always make women envious. That great bod!

Photos (except for Hawk Eye who's still in transit) are from my husband's Bowen statue collection

Juan Found the One

Among my 3 kids, Juan - the youngest is the easiest to please. He is one happy boy - probably because he breastfed the longest. Actually, he's still nursing at 6 years and 2 months, I wonder when he's gonna stop.

He doesn't ask much for as long as he sees green, it's his.

This is Juancho's rubber slippers, Reva, which he has been using for the last 4 years. His heels are over it, he can't run and walk well because it doesn't fit him anymore. His dad and I  convinced him a lot of times to give it up but he can't let go.

When he saw this pair of Rider slippers (R1 Play Kids, P695) at Bambu - Glorietta 4, I knew that Juan found the one to replace his worn out slippers. He even said, "Mom, my old pair is small na, can you buy me this one please". Gusto ko sanang sabihin, dalawang taon ng maliit sayo yan anak, but that would mean longer conversation or debate as Juan knows how to go around the circles.

April 26, 2012

The Best of Modern Motherhood

Are you a Babywearing Mom, who holds her child close to her heart in the hopes of raising a secure and confident individual? Maybe you’re a Tech Mom, who uses all these cool gadgets to manage her daily schedule and stay connected with everyone else’s? Or perhaps you’re a Mompreneur, who juggles the many demands of building a business and raising her children?

Expo Mom 2012 : The Best of Modern Motherhood, happening on May 5 and 6 Saturday and Sunday at the Rockwell Tent, celebrates the many faces of modern motherhood—Fit Mom, Tech Mom, Babywearing Mom, Belly Blessed Mom, Breastfeeding Mom, Earth Loving Mom, and Mompreneur—by putting the spotlight on the latest products and services designed to provide solutions to their many concerns. Expo Mom 2012 is the only lifestyle event of its kind created especially for mothers. 

“Being a mom today is so different from what it was before. For starters, we have access to all this information. We now know that caring for our children starts from Day 1 of our pregnancy. We now know that the best way to take care of our family is to take care of ourselves first. We also know that technology, while allowing us to make full use of our time, is a double-edged sword as it has exposed our children to materials that they may not yet be ready to see,” observes Janice Villanueva-Crisostomo, founder of Mommy Mundo, a dynamic organization devoted to empowering and engaging mothers through unique concept events and publications. Mommy Mundo has been organizing Expo Mom since 2008.
She adds, “These are some of the issues that the modern mom faces every day. Expo Mom hopes to answer some of these concerns by showcasing the latest tools that can help us save time and make tasks easier, so that we can devote more of our efforts into becoming better moms.”

Complementing the trademark mom bazaar of products and services is a barrage of interactive sessions addressing the concerns of the various modern mom personas. For the Fit Mom, there will be talks on the latest health trends like shifting to organic diets, raw food, or fitness programs like TRX and the like. Guest Mompreneurs will share their success secrets. Mommy Matters will also be launching its newest campaign, celebrating the beauty of real moms.  

MICHELIN offers free gas for Michelin tire purchases from April-June 2012

At a time of prohibitive fuel prices, here’s good news from Michelin.
From April 1 to June 30, 2012 all Michelin dealers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will give motorists a chance to get free gas credits upon purchasing MICHELIN tires.

Any single-receipt purchase of Michelin passenger car or light truck (PCLT) tires, of the same pattern and tire size within the promo period entitles the consumer to receive a pre-loaded fuel card which he/she can use at selected Petron outlets nationwide. A purchase of four tires entitles the consumer to a fuel card pre-loaded with P1000, while a purchase of two tires gets a fuel card pre-loaded with P500 worth of fuel. The fuel cards are transferable but not convertible to cash.

 In Luzon consumers may contact TIARA Commercial and Industrial Corporation at 813-2548, 813-2786 and (0918 842-7201for inquiries or more details.  In the Visayas consumers may contact Primex Trade Sales, Inc. in Cebu at (032) 254-8490, Iloilo at (033) 320-9344 and Bacolod at (034) 434-5408. Midanao customers may inquire from Transway Sales Corp in Davao at (082) 227-4355 and in Cagayan de Oro at (08822) 735565.
 The Michelin Free Gas Promo is covered by DTI-NCR Permit Nos.1405 and 1403, Series of 2012. For more details about the promo, customers may consult the promo posters, visit participating dealers in their area or log on to www.michelin.com.ph