Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Fun Sunday at Nuvali Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

Last Sunday, the family had the chance to bond and the 2 monkeys were overly happy running everywhere. I'd like to share with all of you some fun pictures taken last Sunday...

Enzo is now getting bigger and here he is enjoying a walk with Kuya Kenn with his new haircut...

Daddy Jon and the monkeys! LOL

As a bonus treat to everyone who visits Nuvali, you get to feed the Koi Fishes @ 15php you can buy the fish pellet in a nearby stall. Just make sure to buy ample for everyone cause they easily ran out of stock! =D

If you feed them, they will come... LOL!

There are a lot of activities that this place offers like boat riding in the stretch of this man made body of water... You can also find a nice place for a picnic with the family. There is also a nice venue for weddings and parties. They also offer bike rentals.

Sure was a fun Sunday! Looking forward to another one next week, until then... =D

Friday, January 18, 2013

Popping The Question Is More Fun in the Philippines!

In support to the upcoming slogan from the Department of Tourism here in the Philippines, I would like to share with all of you the video that started it all! The video below was taken at the famous Island of Boracay...

Very romantic indeed!
Enjoy guys!

Proposal like the one in this video is like all other proposals that melts the heart... 

My Thoughts On Bitterness...

What we say and what we do influences the people around us. Positive and negative energies are being radiated by our body and the aura that surrounds us will always reflect the type of person who we are. The reason why I am writing this article is because there was a great impact the past days when I came across a bitter person, whom we may say, we don’t want to be friends with. I do not know the individual personally but in my opinion, I can say that the bitterness roots from within. It could be because of a tragic childhood, heartbreaking family life or whatever, the point is, that person is trying to spread bitterness in this world. So I did some readings on this downside of life and here are the things that I learned.

How Bitterness affects you?

Pride is what causes people to be bitter! It's because of pride that people become bitter instead of yielding and becoming broken and soft through their trials.
Tough trials and tests can either melt you or harden you. When people refuse to change or adapt to changes or forsaking or breakings, they sometimes get mean and bitter about not having what they used to have.

One reason why bitterness should not be entertained is the fact that once it takes root, it can grow inside you and once it grows in you, it will eventually spread and cause damage to you and the people around you. This is the start of a very contagious (I would say) disease. Why? Because it blinds your sight, eats your esteem and contaminates your spirit, which ultimately will cause you to harbor hurt feelings against others who might have wronged or mistreated you, and if you allow it to continue, such roots of bitterness will eventually eat away at your very heart and spirit, until they will finally devour and destroy you spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally. Now you are turning into a monster before you even realize what's wrong with you. Such anger, resentment and murmuring in your heart will just grow and grow and begin to cover and affect everything around you. That's what bitterness does.

How Bitterness Affects Others

There are quite a few ways that this disease can spread because people who are really bitter about one thing, will simply become bitter about other things too. It's usually because they never put the blame to themselves for anything that seems to go wrong, but instead they're always blaming other people, just like the self-righteous hypocrite who never blames himself either.
People who are full of hatred, anger, aggrieved and critical are usually never satisfied unless they can influence others of their own judgment. Misery loves company, and they always want other people to agree with them; and sad to say, murmuring and complaining is a very widespread flaw of the human race and something that is very easy to fall into.

What to do when you are with a Bitter Person?

Just ignore them. They may keep complaining, but just let them do their forte. Don’t let them get into you, whatever they say, or else, they will plant a small seed of bitterness that you may plant into someone else’s life. Most importantly, pray and leave everything to Almighty God, He knows everything that is going on in our lives and will never let anything bad to happen without a reason.
Maybe I was wrong to have judged the person I came across with and instead of entertaining the anger that I felt with what that person did to me, I should’ve just inspired him/her that there are still good things in this world, happy things that we should be thankful for. Now I know what to do the next time someone does me wrong… atleast now I think I know.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Top 5 Child Killer

It’s that time of the year again when children, most often than not, catch different infections. Being a mom of 2, I always make sure to keep myself updated to what’s new in the world of infections, funny, but it keeps me sane during the times whenever one of the boys are in to something. During my early days of being a mom, my best talent is panicking.

You can also check my post about Hand foot and Mouth Disease.
I want to share with all of you some important information on some childhood diseases that you may come across with your kids and how it affects them...
Here are the top 5 child killers:

Sick days are always a part of our lives and every disease that they encounter is an opportunity for every parent to learn a new thing that will make our lives worry free. Parents quickly learn from experience all about ear infections, pinkeye, stomach bugs, colds, and the flu. These things may be most familiar to you, but there's a whole world of childhood illnesses out there that you may not know about.

  1. Childbirth Complications 
    Cause: Lack of health care for mothers during pregnancy and birth, poor hygiene, and little understanding of newborn care. 
    Effect: Children are traumatized by the birth process, deprived of oxygen, and vulnerable to fatal infections. 
    Annual death toll: four million children under five.

  1. Respiratory Infections 
    Cause: Pneumonia, a respiratory infection of the lungs is caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasite. Respiratory problems are also found in families dependent on cooking inside their homes on open, poorly vented stoves with wood or dung. 
    Effect: Pneumonia leads to the lungs filling with pus and mucus until they no longer function properly. Poorly vented stoves lead to children inhaling a lethal cocktail of carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxides. 
    Annual death toll: two million children under five.

  1. Diarrhea 
    Cause: Poor diet, poor hygiene, or contaminated water, allows bacteria or parasites to enter a child's body. 
    Effect: Loose, watery stools, which cause rapid dehydration—leading to loss of muscle strength, exhaustion, and collapse. 
    Annual death toll: two million children under five.

  1. Malaria 
    Cause: A parasite that is spread to humans by the bite of a female mosquito. Especially common in environments featuring stagnant water, where mosquitoes can breed. These include swamps, pits, or even garbage. 
    Effect: Chills, sweating, vomiting, and high fever. Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds. 
    Annual death toll: 800,000 children under five.

  1. Measles 
    Cause: Usually spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of those infected. 
    Effect: Red, blotchy rash, coughing, and high fever. 
    Annual death toll: 400,000 children under five.

I would also like to add to this list a childhood disease that affects most children today, ASTHMA. Asthma is a disease affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. People who suffer from this chronic condition (long-lasting or recurrent) are said to be asthmatic. As inflammation causes the airways to become narrower, less air can pass through them, both to and from the lungs. Symptoms of the narrowing include wheezing (a hissing sound while breathing), chest tightness, breathing problems, and coughing. Asthmatics usually experience these symptoms most frequently during the night and the early morning.

The more we are armed with the information that may help alleviate these kinds of diseases from being a part of our lives, the more it will be easier for us and our kids to live a sound and peaceful life and this can also be our pledge in making our lives better.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Miss America 2013

The crown has been passed and Miss New York, Mallory Hytes Hagan, 23, was named Miss America 2013. She hails from Brooklyn and she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her platform issue is child sexual abuse prevention and she plans to take a degree in cosmetics and fragrance marketing, according to her bio, with an eye toward a career in global cosmetics marketing. She was tops with the judges in the swimsuit competition during Saturday night's show, Mallory Hagan won the Las Vegas beauty pageant Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Off of That Thing" and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not fight violence with violence. Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and gets the crown for one year.

Congratulations to all winners!