Apr 19, 2014

Relocating

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

Apr 8, 2014

Where to Find Frozen Costumes and Dolls


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

The Elsa Costume

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Frozen Deluxe Elsa Toddler / Child Costume Disney Kids - $89.98, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

The Anna Costume

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Frozen Deluxe Anna Toddler / Child Costume Disney Kids - $29.98, 4.53 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

Frozen Elsa's Wig

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Frozen Elsa's Wig - $31.64, See Site shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

Disney Frozen Friends Collection Gift Set

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Little girls would surely find this gift set adorable!

Disney Frozen Friends Collection Gift Set - $66.90, See Site shipping - Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

Disney Frozen Deluxe Toddler Elsa and Anna Dolls

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This is so cute!

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

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Postpresso.

Mar 31, 2014

Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child

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

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

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

Mar 22, 2014

Infrared Cameras

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

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

Mar 21, 2014

OYGIF: The Marching Band

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

photo credit: www.theweddingprojects.com
 The band during a parade at the Pasinaya 2014 of the Cultural Center of the Philippines looks really awesome in their red and black attire. Pasinaya 2014 is a one-day open house of the CCP where it showcased dance, music, films, visual arts and theaters from thousands of artists and hundreds of artists groups all over the country.

photo credit: www.theweddingprojects.com

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

JS Prom

As a photographer, my brother always covers weddings and other special events. His business' Facebook page has been filled lately with photos of  teenagers in their Junior and Senior Prom attires. It's always refreshing to see happy young faces posing for camera in their formal dresses and suits. Girls look so radiant in their gowns and boys look so handsome in their tuxedos or suit. I remember when I was younger, during my own JS, I was so nervous because I don't know how to dance, even if they taught me. I swear I must have stepped  over on my partner's toes many times that night. I can't remember most of what happened that night, it was all a blur to me now. I do remember that I danced with my crush. That's something you don't forget at all, haha. Someone was actually dancing with a cigarette and accidentally burned a hole in his Barong Tagalog. Poor him. Unlike today, where you can find a lot of tuxedos and other kinds of suits in a site like this here, suits and Barong Tagalog in those days are expensive and hard to find especially if you live in the province. Anyway, I guess everything went okay for him when he came home because it's not his fault anyway. Reminiscing my JS Prom, huh? JS Prom really is a big day for teenagers and it's something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. 



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