Inflatable Island : Are You Ready For Summer?

Sunny days are here. Summertime is starting and everyone either in front of their airconditioners, electric fans, fanning themselves of eat ice cream to cure the heat that the weather is causing. Being a beach bum myself, I would usually opt to be in the water during times like this. So, when I discovered that the Inflatable Island is now in Olongapo, Philippines, I can't help but be ecstatic!   The Inflatable Island is the biggest floating playground in Asia. At 3,400 sqm, it's as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side. It contains inflatables slides, towers, bridges,...

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In Loving Memory Of My Lola Who Always Gave Us Chocolates

Recently and very suddenly, I’ve become grandmother-less. I lost my Lola Mama (mother of my dad) in my last year of highschool some years back, to cancer. She had fought it for a good amount of time, and only sought treatment during her last few months. We knew the day would come. But that wasn’t the case for my Lola Mommy. My last memory of her, alive and well, was the Saturday before she had passed. We were eating the food she had lovingly prepared in celebration of my brother’s, and dad’s birthday earlier that week. She was there, offering...

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Spoken Word Collaboration: The Undeveloped Portrait of My Home

I am currently a member of the site HitRECord, a site that promotes collaboration between artists of all kinds; writers, illustrators, singers, filmmakers, curators and whoever else are encouraged to contribute art and remix whatever art in the site they are inspired by. One such example of that, is this. I wrote a poem that (again) was meant to be a spoken word piece.  Shortly after I posted it on the site, Rebecca Finlayson (aka bfinlayson on HitRECord) posted a recording of her performing my writing. This is how it turned out. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/284062344" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /] The Undeveloped...

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6 Ways to Make Your Kids Ditch Their Gadgets

When I gave birth to my son two years ago, technology was slowly taking over almost everything that time especially gadgets. I thought about my childhood and all the memories of playing outside with my friends, getting ourselves muddied, getting my pigtails in a disarray which my mom would carefully tidy up for me, getting some sticks from our walis ting-ting, asking for one roll of thread and some used plastic to build a kite, never running out of game ideas we could play. I fear my son will never get to know how playing outside feels like. When we...

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10 Things That Are Cool About Having A Soccer (sorry, Football) Mom

Sorry, I meant ‘football’ not ‘soccer’. Gotta get that right. As a former athlete, I’ve played with some of (who I believe are) the best male and female football players in the country. I came from a high school where it was the only sport, which allowed us to focus on developing our skills in football alone. My brother played before I did and I think that’s when my mom found her calling as a footballer’s parent. Even long after we quit the sport, her habits and bonds that formed during our time remained.   You have a medic, (sub)coach,...

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Why Love Is The Greatest Thing There Is

  Love.   Pure. Sacrificial. Selfless. All these attributes comprise the most powerful emotion in the world. I belong to a family of five– awesome five at that! Ever since, they took good care of me. They were always there by my side. I remembered a time wherein we really don’t have money to sustain our daily needs. Despite the challenge then, my parents did everything to make both ends meet. Moreover, they always understood me. At times when I had doubts, they were there to strengthen me. For one, they truly ignite the fire within me. And yes! They...

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Ate Speaks: What It’s Like Growing Up With A Younger Brother

Any Ate can write volumes upon volumes about their experiences growing up with a younger brother, and how much they've learned from those experiences. Here are some of mine, that are hopefully relatable to other fellow ates out there. Limiting it to a 10 item list was rather challenging, but here it is:   When you were younger, you either loved or hated each other. There was no IN BETWEEN. And my parents only remembered the good stuff. My friends, on the other hand, know the TRUE STORY.   You have a system when dealing with your parents. He deals with asking...

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Indoor Plants That You Need To Have Inside Your Home

When you think of indoor health hazards, exposure to air pollution is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. According to some research, even inside our home there is still pollution, which is considered to be hazardous that can cause illness such as asthma, cough and flu. So to keep your house breathable with clean air. A simple house plant can prevent the pollution from spreading inside. Fortunately, we can count on nature to be our health ally when it comes to creating healthier indoor air. In the late 1980s, NASA researchers studied the ability of houseplants to...

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The Easiest Way To Teach Your Kids To Love The Environment 

One of the best ways I've found to protect the planet is to teach and let children understand to what is happening to our climate and most especially let them know the simple ways to preserve the environment especially the trees. Another way of letting the kids understand is to let them watch a short story about the Pines and the bird. My friend recently suggested a video on YouTube that is entitled "The Story of Pines" so I tried this little experiment to my nephew and indeed it worked. The following day he ran into me and told me...

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Coming Home With Half A Bag Of My Shattered Heart

After a month of nights swimming in a pool of my secret salty sweet tears and days of wearing fake bright smiles, I finally get to end my misery. I finally get to come home. I finally get to fall asleep smiling. My morning smiyes (my cousin says its short for smiling eyes) would brighten up my face. Missing people you love can really do a number on you. It will push you past the point of breaking. You‘ll be forced to walk the fine line between sanity and madness especially when you're not used to being away. I‘ve been...

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Make Your Kitchen Life Easier: Seven Easy To Follow Kitchen Hacks

Whether you're a trained chef or a stay at home mom/wife it's always convenient to finish the food at the same time keeping your kitchen clean. And if in case something went missing on your countertops you are ready to replace it with your own diy materials.  Here's a video that will surely help make your kitchen life less hassle especially when you're in a hurry chopping those onions to cleaning your sink and making ot stain free. So here it is. https://youtu.be/hIfm7QerjRo So what can you say about this one? Share us your thoughts by simply leaving on the...

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Save The Rest For Motherhood: The Expectations And Reality OF Being A Mother.

Being a mother is somehow not easy. You get to do most of the chores at home and look after the whole family and most especially the kids. We have some expectations with our moms on how they handle the motherhood life. It may really look easy sometime but in reality it's not as easy as you think. Our moms can be like a superhero. They can work at the office at the same time at home. But some stay at home mothers are also the best heroes we are lucky to have. So today this blog is dedicated to...

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