Thursday, January 30, 2014

Top Four Myths Preventing You From Getting an Online Education

For years, the only ways to obtain a quality education were to attend a traditional school or to learn as an apprentice. The arrival of online learning has enabled thousands of people to further their education. Although online education is very convenient, there are some myths being circulated about its credibility. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about online learning. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


So my brother dreamed of forming his own band and having me on the keyboards as long as I take formal piano lessons, right ?(more like me wishing he will take me in his band to play keyboards.  He cannot seem to reconcile how I can turn chopsticks - which is the only piece I know aside from DoReMi - into rock music) 



So, like I was saying in Part 2, I was on my way to my first ever piano lesson excitedly when my friend told me about a skull on top of the piano. Of course, it was just one of those stories going around, but I was a very impressionable eight-year old!

I wish the old music room had this red piano!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Let me pick up where I left off.  I wanted to play the piano really bad like I told you in part 1, right?  

My pianist Aunt Rose swore my fingers are made for the piano and promised to pay for my piano lessons.

And she did. 

So, cut to my first piano lesson (or my almost first piano lesson).

Why I Don't Play the Piano Part 1


I got a confession to make.  I don’t play a musical instrument.  Really.  (Although I do if you count my iPod as a musical instrument!)  When I was younger, I wanted to play the piano.  My brother is a whiz in the guitar, my cousin plays drums.  I should have completed the band by playing keyboards since we planned to buy from our savings a phonic powerpod 410/s710 pa package and form the world’s greatest band.  However, my first encounter with the piano room traumatized me…

I'm Perfectly Imperfect!

Don't you just love this???

Leaving Your Dog Behind When You Travel

I bet you dog-lovers out there like me had to eventually leave your dog behind when you need to travel.  It is not easy to leave your dog behind, alone, especially in this cold weather!


Fortunately, there are dog hotels like offering a safe, comfortable place for your furry friend to stay and be cared for while you are gone. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

New and Improved You!

“You look so young.”

I so love to hear these words.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Teacher Yaya: A Workshop (February 15, 2014)

We never had Yayas like we did before!

I had a Yaya who stayed with us until I was in Second Grade and I considered her my second mom!

It is time to let Yaya know her importance!

Presenting to you mommies The Learning Basket’s Teacher Yaya: A Workshop.

Why should you send Yaya to the workshop?  Added gastos na naman…

Because letting her attend is worth it.  Here, she will learn:
  • Her special role in her alaga’s life,
  • To understand her alaga’s actions and not think that he is “naughty”,
  • To respond to her alaga,
  • Why television and tablets are not good for kids below three years old,
  • How and why she needs to play with her alaga, depending on age,
  • How important her job is,
  • And how her love and care will shape the child under her care.

Teacher Yaya is happening on:

                  Date: February 15, 2014
            Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
            Venue: Medela House, QC
            Learning Fee: P500, inclusive of handouts, snacks,                           and certificates

For registration and more details, go visit The Learning Basket here!

Developing Your Child's Fine Motor Skills via ColoringPagesKid.Com

Before you expect your child to write perfect letters and draw perfect characters, he needs to develop his fine motor skills.  Fine motor skills are small muscle movements requiring brain coordination, like tying his shoelace, writing, cutting paper into small patterns, completing simple puzzles and pouring water from a pitcher into a glass. 

Precision in the control of his hands and fingers will help him in his writing and skills development, ability to dress himself, and do activities on his own.

If by chance you ran out of coloring pages for your preschooler, you can always head over at  and download a coloring page (or pages) of your or your child’s choice!

This site has a wide array of printable coloring pages that will help in developing his fine motor skills. 

The pages are categorized alphabetically from Arthur coloring pages to Yogi Bears coloring pages.

If your child is a big fan of Blues Clues, you can easily click on it and the image is ready to download:

Or if your child loves Princesses, you can download any of the “Princesses” images like this one:

You can even teach your child letters of the alphabet as he is developing his fine motor skills:

The site is easy to navigate and the images are easy to download.  The images are clear and are appropriate (and what can I say?  Just perfect!) for your preschooler who is just learning to use crayons.

There are also coloring pages which are perfect for older children, like Dragonball Z and Barbie.

With, your child will have fun coloring his favorite characters endlessly. 

Oh, before you download, you must first like via facebook, tweet or G+ the page. After that, download the image FREE.

Didn't they say the best things in life are free? 

Friday, January 24, 2014

CollageIt: An Easy To Use Photo Collage Creator

I have literally tons of digital photos waiting to be printed.  Some go way back to ten years!  I was thinking of a perfectly good app to organize and turn the pictures in collages.

Thankfully, I was given the chance to check out CollageIt, an app that will help you turn your photos into quality photo collages.

CollageIt was created by PearlMountain Technology, a company which has been focusing on developing graphics software since 2006.

CollageIt makes collage-making a breeze.  I was able to create beautiful collages in no time.

{Dear Young Lady} Be The Belle of the Ball with Dress First Prom Dresses

Dear Young Lady,

Prom is definitely one of the brightest highlights of your high school life, don’t you think? 

I was awed at the likes you got when you posted in your facebook status page that you needed the perfect dress for your prom.  I felt a little sad, because I cannot stop my baby from turning into a lovely lady.  (A little annoyed, though, because you insisted you will not wear the prom dress we bought last year).  In fact, you asked my opinion on choosing some lovely prom dresses online.

I was glad there is a site like DressFirst that is like a one-stop shop for dresses and accessories.  There is a wide choice of beautiful prom dresses and accessories that are simply lovely and affordable (Don’t look at me that way, young lady!  For a mom, these two things go together!).

I won’t even wonder why you would want to go online shopping aside from the fact that the dresses are simply lovely and in your words, “sooo cuuuute…” and end up liking around five (and looking at me asking if you can get them all).  I won’t even think that you don’t like to be caught dress-shopping with “the mom” in the mall.  In fact, I was like a teenager once again as I secretly coveted those prom dresses, which are practically made-to-order!  You can pick your style, size and color!  Pure awesomeness!

These are some of the prom dresses I would pick up for you:

This A-Line/Princess Sweetheart Floor-Length Chiffon Prom Dress With Beading Sequins would be a perfect fit for you because you are a princess!

This lovely A-Line/Princess Strapless Floor-Length Tulle Charmeuse Prom Dress with Beading is a true classic.  I would have worn that same thing in my high school prom!

I could imagine this Ball-Gown One-Shoulder Floor-Length Tulle Charmeuse Prom Dress swirling as you move to prom music.

This Mermaid Sweetheart Court Train Organza Prom Dress with Ruffle Beading Feather Flower(s) Sequins will complement your figure and complexion.

Of course, I won’t insist on a gown and force you to choose.  It is your choice.

And don’t stress on it.

Because there’s so much pressure to make it memorable, it is easy to get caught up in worrying about having the perfect dress, the perfect date and the perfect night. 

Here’s a little secret though.  

When you look back on this night years later, it’s not the stress you will remember, but the little things that made you smile – the awesome playlist, your best friend’s jokes and the funny way your date danced.  So quit worrying, and start enjoying!  You’ll have fun with the right attitude – that’s a promise! 

                                                                                           Your Mom

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yoga Poses 101

Don't ask me if I got into Level 2 of Yoga Meltdown.  My tummy got a little bigger because of those endless feasts last holiday (and post-holiday) season that it was a little hard (ok, it was hard) maintaining some poses, but hey, I can do side planks now (in Jillian Michael fashion-fast side planks)! Ain't that a miracle?  

Anyway, I was so psyched last month over my yoga poses I can't help but show off to the two little girls in the office

Me:  Can you do this? so yabang! (as I did the downward dog)

And they did this:

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Mineral Make-up Love

Five years ago, mineral make-up was the rage in the cosmetics world.

Why shouldn't it be?

It is healthy, beneficial and most of all, natural.

I was in the bandwagon when it started.

You see, I have a love-hate affair (mostly hate lol) with my skin.

I have the most sensitive skin just thinking of what will irritate it will make it turn red.


Enlarge to see lots of spots!

And oh, I am not even talking about my dark spots and atopic dermatitis.  I break into a rash when it is warm, I break into a rash when it is cold, I break into a rash when I am stressed.  It is a  family curse.

Thankfully, in the midst of an intense dermatitis flare on my face, of all places, five or so years ago, I read about mineral make-up.

Fact Sheet on Mineral Make-up:

Mineral makeup is made from sterilized minerals / naturally occuring pigments from the earth.  The minerals are sterilized and ground into powder then mixed with other natural ingredients.

Mineral make-up is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog the pores, allowing the skin to breathe.  It has no damaging oils and chemical additives.  It has ingredients like zinc oxide which guards the skin from the sun’s harmful rays and from inflammation.  It gives your face a healthy and natural glow.  And there are mineral make-ups which actually minimize or reduce acne!

One of my favorite brands (in fact, it is the only one I use now) is Joppa Minerals.  The mineral make-up company was born when Amy Casto Booher was on a search for a natural alternative to commercial cosmetics.  Her oldest daughter who was starting a career in the musical theatre had severe psoriasis. Theatre make-up was extremely harsh on her daughter’s skin and even cosmetics which claim to be natural contained chemicals which irritate the skin.  Amy did research and testing until finally, Joppa Minerals Full Coverage Mineral Foundation was born.  It still remains to be Joppa’s best selling product.  In fact, a lot of people claim that leaving it on overnight can heal acne!

I buy them online.  

In between BB and CC minerals, I still am a Joppa Mineral Make-up user.  I have been having lesser flare-ups and if I do have one, the mineral make-up can cover it. 

My facial skin is much healthier, and if I do break out, the ingredients heal my skin.

And the best part - it makes me glow. 

Joppa Morning Dew Sunny Day 
Choosing your exact shade is pretty tricky though.  Unlike regular drugstore brands where you have a choice of only three shades, Joppa has 4 formulas and over 56 shades.  To find your perfect fit, you can get Joppa's 3-piece mini-sampler kit for $5.50.  The mini-sampler kit will consist of two foundations of your choice and a finishing silk.  The sampler may look small, but with mineral make up, a little goes a long way.

And oh, Joppa is offering  free worldwide shipping until January 20!  You can buy Joppa Minerals online (yup, they ship to the Philippines).  Visit Joppa's site here. 

Disclosure:  I have not received any product for this review.  This review is purely Joppa Mineral Makeup love.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Things to Consider When Buying A Netbook


I am using an old Inspiron netbook for all my accounting work.  I have it for over five years now and so far, it has been good to me.  It offered the convenience of typing reports and making spreadsheets that my iPad cannot give me anywhere, even while at the coffee shop.
Lately, however, I have been seeing some lines on the screen.  I am now thinking if I should go to a Dell computer repair or just buy a new one.
If I were to buy a new one, I will definitely be getting the same brand.  My netbook which has been with me for over five years gave me the following which are the things I will definitely consider when I do decide to get a new one:
After all the spending I did during the holiday season, I am on the lookout for a cheap netbook.  However, I do need one with updated specs.  A netbook in the $300 -$400 will be fine with me.
Although the price may be cheap and its size is small, the netbook I am going to get should deliver.  Its size should not mean that it will not perform as well as the bigger one I use at my office.  It should be able to run all the Microsoft Office programs I always use for my reports fast, make me check my mail and of course, do some networking on my social media accounts.
My old netbook’s battery life averages for four hours, while my older one does not run on batteries anymore.  My new criteria is that the battery life has to last for at least ten hours. I do fieldwork a lot and having a long battery life is a must-need on my list.
I am a pink person (obviously), so I want a pink one, although I would settle for other pastel colors, or pantone maybe, which they say is the color of the year.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

When Your Child is Mean

We all want our children to get along well with everyone.  In fact, we believe they are perfect and can do nothing wrong. 

I have seen this in the school playground.  Girls will gang up on a certain schoolmate and ostracize her or boys will hurt some classmates.  And the frustrating thing is – the parents are clueless! They find it hard to accept and actually are very surprised when they find out their child is hurting others.

When your child is being mean, what should you do?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Understanding Your Payslip: Payroll Deductions in the Philippines


January 15 is so near na!  It is sweldo time again!

I bet most of you can't wait (I can't.  I practically squandered mine - just a little percentage lang naman, honestly...)and are itching to go to the nearest mall and withdraw at an ATM Machine.

But have you ever wondered about those confusing numbers and shocking deductions from your hard-earned salary or you are contented with what you can withdraw?

It is time to figure out your payslip amidst the number jumble.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

How To Prevent Day Care Separation Problems for your toddlers

I bet you mommies are familiar with this.   You did your homework, you have searched and researched to find the best daycare center here for your toddler, but you did not expect that she will go to pieces when you leave her there that you simply dread saying goodbye and leaving her there.

Your toddler may seem much older than she did a few months ago.  In fact, she seemed to be more independent which made you decide you can leave her at the Day Care.  She seemed to like the idea of playing and doing fun activities with the other children.  Why then does she make a scene when you drop her off?