Sunday, August 14, 2016

Video: Tornado in Manila / Quezon City / Sampaloc Philippines (August14, 2016)

This has got to be one of the scariest things I've seen in recent times. We were just hanging out in Alveo Celadon and casually checking how things are outside. Figured we have an optimal view from where we were. 

First it was slightly foggy, then zero visibility and then suddenly some dark clouds hovered above. 

What we thought as heavy dark clouds was actually a tornado/ipo-ipo/buhawi forming over Quezon City / Manila / Sampaloc area. Shikes!!! From top view it seemed as if it was barely making any contact..upon checking the news tonight, it actually made more damage than we initially thought was possible.

Make sure to check out the zoomed in scenes to see debris whirling around & the "lightning-like" show inside it 😳


Oh noes!! Hope everybody's alright :)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

POP by Retail Lab & SURCO

Saw this on my newsfeed tonight: "Watch out for the opening of Pop by Retail Lab on August 1!💕 @ilovesurco's latest collection will also be released on the same day! Located at the Ground floor, Powerplant Mall, across Starbucks. See you there!!!" #POPbyRetailLab #ShopRetailLab #Surco 
#wearsurco #ilovesurco

I really love this brand not only because I know the wonderful lady behind it, but because I've also been a client for almost half a decade now!

SURCO has been with me from my single years..and through important milestones in my life like my engagement, wedding, pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond... :)

Sharing with you some pictures of me in different SURCO pieces, both retail & made to order couture..

This is a lovely breastfeeding dress specially made to order. Isn't it sweet that Z gets her mini version too?!

In a made to order dress for my SIL's wedding. I was very ready to pop at that time.

And of course, my most favorite is my wedding gown, especially made by SURCO. Do check out their Wisteria Bridesmaids line too! :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Stash and Chink +

Looky what I found! I've been cleaning our room (bit by bit) and saw these, again!! 

I've been reading Chinkee & Nove Tan's Happy Wife Happy Life book and am thoroughly enjoying all their practical advise. Their message is not just directed to wives or married couples..even single people will learn lots from it too. Well personally, I hope I was able to read this before saying I do! Would've saved me/us lots of questions :)

Really happy I found the rest of my stash. See, the DIY Money Kit needs to be unboxed too! Is this a sign? Yes! A sign to clean up more (who knows what else I'll find) and read more (oh the things we can learn). And the best is to always think positive despite the odds in life :)

P.S. Got these autographed books & money kit at a homeschool conference I attended last year. Looking forward to this year's event :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Simple Pre-writing Activity for Toddlers

Our homeschool is pretty simple... sometimes we're done in 15 minutes 😊 Hey, I only have 1 student! 

But today she wanted to do more tracing sheets so I gladly obliged 👍🏻 

While we mainly use Letter of the Week/LOTW printables (which I printed and laminated to be used with our dry-erase markers) and some photocopied sheets (where legally permissible from books we purchased), I also felt it's important for her to be able to use actual books and practice pre-writing by tracing with other mediums like crayons and pencil. Glad I found something relatively inexpensive (pero parang mahal pa rin since it's just in black & white hahaha) in National Bookstore. So here we are using it some parts of the week: Readiness in Writing for Preschool -- Nursery level🖌 It's PHP 220.00 and already K to 12 Curriculum Compliant.

Simple activities like this make me appreciate homeschooling. Sometimes we think that something is so easy the kids can easily do it on their own but more often, we are reminded that (1) they are too young for an activity, so we don't push it until they are developmentally ready; (2) they still need a helping hand and someone to encourage them when needed. 

When we started with tracing I used to get frustrated that she didn't want to do it on her own or sometimes would even instruct me to be the one to do it instead!  I thought cuter printables or more crayons & markers would do it but, no..she'd just flit to another part of the room and play with another toy. This baffled me because she enjoys doodling and making stories out of it. However, when we introduced a little structure (i.e., tracing along the broken lines) she just didn't want to do it. 

I changed my approach by (1) not expecting her to do it by herself & (2) not expecting a perfect job if ever she does it on her own. We also added the singing part (to the tune of Leapfrog's Letter Factory) which she absolutely got onboard for! Oh, and this could very well reinforce color recognition for the littles. Really was a stark difference  and I felt she was happier doing the work. Me too! :)

So this is what flexibility (and adaptability) in homeschooling means. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us both in this journey that we may be productive, successful, happy and always have the love for learning. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Love Love: Wipe-clean books & Dry-erase markers

Just a few weeks ago, we started our homeschooling activities for our 2.5 year old toddler. We have free-play & read alouds and of course some activities to help build her pre-writing skills too! 

But I noticed that she wasn't too confident nor comfortable yet with holding any writing material be it pen, pencil or crayon. We don't want to rush into it, given her age, so we just let it slide for the meantime. 

Good thing I remembered to update our pediatrician about it and she assured that we really shouldn't worry. She also advised that at this stage, it's better to just pique her curiosity and familiarity is good enough. She also reminded us to let her use the jumbo version of crayons and pencils. (And bigger things to trace too) And that should she wish to trace or doodle, to just let her..even if she's just grasping at the pen and not really holding it properly. At least she gets some pre-writing practice and it will self-correct (or at least we can intervene) in the future; this is of course, owing to the fact that she's not even preschool age and have not mastered hand muscle control yet.

So I've printed & laminated some tracing sheets which I downloaded from Letter of the Week (by Confessions of a Homeschooler). Sometimes she would want to trace on the broken lines, most days she just wants to doodle on the apple. And that's okay! :)

I'm really proud of her that at least, now she tries her hand in this activity instead of shunning it altogether & say, "Mommy, ikaw na lang mag-trace." Hehe..

I was really very happy with our DIY sorta tracing sheets but couldn't resist when I saw this very nice Usborne Wipe-Clean book on capital letters! It's cute, fun and in not so many pages, tells a story through quirky artwork how these monsters also want to learn their letters - straight, curvy or zigzag!

Just perfect to always grab before heading out together with our dry-erase markers! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Throwback: Sunday Fun Day at Nuvali (Treveia, Wakepark, Solenad)

Oh how I miss you guys! Just last year we were all so inseparable, but now (as the song goes) you're so many miles awaaaaayyy!!!

Sharing a video of a fun day we've had at Treveia in Nuvali. Simple joys...the good stuff of life. 

Hope to see you soon! :)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Alternergy 54MW - Windmills of Pilillia, Rizal

From the seas and mountains of the Quezon province, we made a side-trip to the Windmills of Pilillia, Rizal. It reminded me so much of the Transformers, the first time I saw them. I don't know why but seeing them really makes me feel so proud that such progress is happening to this side of the country.

The traffic (both vehicles and people) was really massive during the time we came to visit - a Holy Week weekend but I feel it's worth it to see so we can learn more about the benefits to our society. If anything, the kids had a blast with their giant 'electric fans'.

I'm not sure to what extent they plan to develop the place. So far there was a small cafeteria, visitors' information center, a good number of Portalet cubicles and some street vendors for finger food and little knick-knack souvenirs.

I must say the view is amazing. If you watch thru the end of my video, you'll see a nice image of the sunset over (is it?) Laguna de Bay...I'm not too sure. 

Some reminders:

  • As of our last visit, entrance and parking were both FREE
  • If you are allergic to dust, make sure to bring a mask / bandanna / hanky or anything to cover your nose with. Dirt road + windmills = not a good combination for your allergy
  • If you have a baby carrier, don't leave it in the car like we did..
  • There are small/low hills in the vicinity. Make sure your senior citizen companions are cared for because it might be too steep for them already

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Upcoming Review: Lillebaby Carryon Airflow

So we've transitioned to a Toddler carrier. Another Tula? Nope, not this time...we ventured into a different SSC (soft-structured carrier) altogether - fabric make, size (it is big!), and if you'd notice a different brand. 

We've had this Lillebaby Carryon Airflow since May of 2016, have used it sparingly in between but only put it to the test today. Did it pass? We'll let you know in our follow up post. 

For now, we're sharing some photos we took while we tested the Lillebaby Carryon Airflow out in the trails of La Mesa Ecopark..on a very h-o-t Sunday morning! :)

P.S. Thank you so much to my friend, Atty. I, for lovingly bringing the Lillebaby carriers for us from the US! Mwaaaahh!!! :D

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recipe: Tuna Melt Sandwich

Since it was pretty much an overcast day, we decided that today's lesson will be devoted to home economics / food prep / cooking :) That's the beauty of homeschooling, especially for this particular age...we can be flexible as we want to be, play as much as we want while incorporating lessons - life lessons in the every day living :)

Lucky that my daughter was really interested to help out in the kitchen. Well, it makes it so much easier when she has her own kiddie-sized apron, her "own" tools (borrowed from mommy) get the idea! 

We started by making sure our hands and tools were clean. Of course to a 2-year old, this needs to be emphasized all the time while preparing, cooking and serving. She was very attentive the first 15-20 minutes when I was explaining what the tools/utensils are for, what ingredients we will use and who we will be making these sandwiches for. 

Glad she was still on standby mode by the time I finished chopping the celery and onions - she was still able to mix everything together..yay! :) After which she proceeded to do her own "cooking project". 

Things hopefully she learned/absorbed/taken an interest in today:

  • Cleanliness - before, during, after..of ourselves, our counter, our food
  • Proper handling of utensils - demonstrated and explained how to open cans, use knife and that she has to ask us for assistance in the meantime
  • Measurement - that we can control for taste and nutritional value if we measure our ingredients. She was in charge of adding and mixing in the mayonnaise
  • Healthy food choices - that we can make healthy and yummy snacks...and not always look to opening a pack of eggnogs!
  • General awareness - I don't know how this should be classified but basically I hope this activity makes her a little more knowledgeable about kitchen / pantry items. That a tomato is called a kamatis, etc.
  • Fun fact - I was about to explain what the green leafy stalk was until she yelled, "Mommy, that's the celery crunch ni Jesse Bear"...hmmm good job on our BFIAR Before Five in a Row readings *thumbs up!*

Okay so I guess some of you came here for the recipe. I won't say it's the best but it was really delicious!! :) I was originally looking at around 3 different recipes online but when it came to it, we just improvised as we went along hehe :)

  • 3 cans of (6 oz) Tuna in Brine - we like to use Century Tuna
  • 1 jar (470 ml) Lady's Choice Mayonnaise
  • 2 celery stalks chopped finely (or more depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 onion chopped finely (or more depending on your preference)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs chopped finely
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Loaf of bread
  • Cheese slices - we used Quez-o, but you can use the Quickmelt variant
  • Butter
  • Optional: tomato slices, cucumber or lettuce

To make the sandwich spread
  • Drain the tuna, set aside
  • Add the mayonaise, chopped celery, chopped onion, eggs. Mix thoroughly
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste
  • Put in a jar / canister and refrigerate before use
To assemble the sandwich
  • Spread a thin layer of butter on slices of bread and toast for 5-7 minutes
  • Heat a skillet on low fire, scoop tuna spread ala patty and top with cheese. Let it "toast or cook" for a few minutes or until the cheese melts
  • Get the bread slices from the oven and top with the "tuna spread patty" and finish with the other slice of bread
  • P.S. You can add tomato slices, cucumber or even lettuce as desired

There you have it! I hope you enjoy your Tuna Melt Sandwich! Tasty, delish and really easy to make! :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Learning about colors

Today we unboxed the Primary Science Kit we ordered from Timberdoodle.

Ever since our Preschool Complete kit arrived, my dear daughter has been asking to open the lab set which she so lovingly refers to as "Timberdoodle". I guess she finds it to be the most interesting among all the other fun stuff we'll be doing this year..uh, hopefully we can stretch this kit to next year too! :)

I have to agree with my daughter. If I were a kid, I'd love to have one of this too! It comes with a beaker, flask, funnel, goggles, magnifying glass, tweezer, dropper, test tubes and a few experiments you can safely do at home. All are plastic parts so definitely safe to use for kids. These are also appropriately sized for little fingers to hold on to. We also purchased the color my bath tablets and twisty dropper from Timberdoodle too as part of the Preschool  package.

Since it was our first time to use it, we decided on just doing the first and easiest experiment which aims to teach about primary and secondary colors. I helped her by setting up our table and all the things we'd need. 

She was too happy to learn what the different containers are called and was really excited as she dropped the color tablets as they mixed and fizzed in the water. 

She already knew the primary colors so it was easy for her to identify. She also recognized that the color changed to violet as we mixed the red and blue. The problem was when we mixed the red and yellow and there was too many red (my fault!) dropped into the turned into, uh, red! Hehehe..we then corrected it by adding more yellow into the mix and then it turned orange..thank God! :)

It was a good experience for us, learning not just about colors but also about mistakes and how we can remedy them. If this is any indication of things to come, then I'm all the more excited as we begin our homeschooling journey. 

She really loved this kit or making a mess or both. I'm happy that she's happy and learning. She didn't want us to pack away the kit just yet so she played some more and tried to discover what other colors would be created from her experiment.

Oh, I also had her try the pre-writing activity I purchased from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Why, I had them laminated yesterday and we just tried our Expo Dry erase markers to go with it. It works! I just have to get a picture next time because she was already tired when I asked her to do it again for picture's sake :)

Today's preschool homeschool? All good! :)

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