October 1, 2014

GSP-Mandaluyong Council Star Badge Fair 2014

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Girl Scouts of the Philippines-Mandaluyong Council Star and Junior Badge Fair was originally scheduled last September 20, 2014 but postponed due to inclement weather. It was conducted yesterday at the Mandaluyong Elementary School Gymnasium. 

Thea participated in the said event. I took a half day off from work and accompanied her. Even though she already experienced this last year , she was very excited for another round of challenges and additional badges. She already have four badges for completing last year's challenges. 

After the preliminary activities like invocation, Star Scouts Promise, and Troop Yell, each troop/school consist of more or less 20 Girl Scouts visited the stations one by one. There were seven stations representing the seven themed challenges which include Spirituality and Well-Being, Preparedness, Heritage and Citizenship, Family Life, Arts, Environment, and World Community. Each participant will receive badges corresponding the completed challenges. To know more about these challenges, read the Eight-Point Challenge at the official website of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines .  

Here are the snapshots of the event. 

presenting their troop yell

the girls listening attentively during the knot tying session

 they went outside to look for plants and animals that start for letters A-Z

Thea's artwork: an owl made up of brown paper bag and color paper cut-outs.  She made a smaller version of this at home last night and gave it to Yohan. 

It is really important to involve our children in activities like this. Aside from additional experiences, the badge fair as a whole, will help the children to be well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Congratulations to Thea for another job well done! Kudos, also to the other participants and organizers of the event. 

September 24, 2014

Low Maintenance Houseplants

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Container gardening and indoor gardening is perfect for people who live in small apartment. Houseplants is one of the easiest way to create a "greener" home. Now, check this out!

10 types of house plants that are easy to grow:

1. Aloe

Size: To 3 feet high and 3 feet wide
Growing conditions: Bright light; 65 - 75°F; moderately dry soil

2. Anthurium

Size: To 2 - 3 feet high and 2 feet wide 
Growing conditions: Medium to bright light with no direct sun; 65 - 80°F; evenly moist soil 

3. Asparagus Fern

Size: To 18 - 36 inches high and 12 - 36 inches wide.
Growing conditions: Medium to bright light; 60 - 75°F; evenly moist soil

4. Peace Lily 

Size: To 1 - 6 feet high and 1 - 5 feet wide
Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60 - 85°F; evenly moist soil

5. Peperomia

Size: To 6 - 12 inches high and 6 - 12 inches wide
Growing conditions: Low to medium light; 60 - 75°F; moderately dry soil

6. Snake Plant 

Size: To 6 - 48 inches high and 6 - 36 inches wide
Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60 - 85° moderately dry soil

7. Cast-Iron Plant 

Size: To 1 - 2 feet high and 1 - 2 feet wide
Growing conditions: Low light; 45 - 85°F; evenly moist soil (barely moist in fall and winter)

8. Christmas Cactus 

Size: To 8 - 12 inches high and 6 - 18 inches wide
Growing conditions: Bright light; 70 - 80°F (55°F in fall); moderately dry, well-drained soil

9. Dieffenbachia

Size: To 1 - 6 feet high and 1 - 3 feet wide
Growing conditions: Low to medium light; 65 - 80°F; evenly moist soil

10. Philodendron 

Size: To 1 - 10 feet high and 1 - 6 feet wide 
Growing conditions: Low to bright light; 60 - 80°F; moderately dry to evenly moist soil

Actually, there are more than 10 plants that we can cultivate at home, inside the house, that is. I'll update the list soon. I will buy snake plant and philodendron on Friday. I'll post photos of my own plants soon. 


credits to the owners of the photos via Google images

Just Write, Never Get Tired

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“Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.” 
                                                                                                ― Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Writing is my hobby, writing is part of my job, too.  I've been writing essays since my childhood days. I pursued an IT degree in college but I got higher grades in English and Business Communication than in Programming and other major subjects. After college graduation, I landed a job (which is my job until today) that requires extra efforts in research and technical writing. When blogging was introduced, I joined the bandwagon and created my very first blog site. 

Writing requires extra ounce of motivation and inspiration. However, there will be instances that our creative juices run dry. As a blogger, I have my own share of this.  In fact I can not count how many times that I lost my interest in keeping this blog updated. Why? maybe because I'm busy, I'm upset, or affected by the negative news and write-ups involving bloggers. 

My friends recently told me to continue to write. They reminded me to never get tired of expressing myself. Just write, write, write. Never lose interest in the things I am passionate about. Thanks to my friends for waking me up, for inspiring me to write again. I am lucky to be surrounded by optimistic, like-minded people. So, here I am, trying to regain my mojo because writing is the only I can explain my own life to myself. 

P.S. Watch out, new blog coming soon! :) 

September 8, 2014

On Homeworks and Study Habits

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Thea has a short attention span when it comes to studying and doing homework. She's an active child who loves to babble and sing. She's also showing interest in creating stories of her own and draw her favorite cartoon characters. However, studying and doing homework on a regular basis are yet to be established. Sometimes, I feel guilty because of very limited time to guide her. I often go home later because I have to render overtime at work. Weekends are spent on different chores, but I see to it to help her in anyway I can. Lack of an established routine might be also one of the reasons. That's why I've been researching about the proper way of developing good study habits for children. 

Some say it is best to establish a routine, others say creating a child's own study area at home. Thus, good study habit is developed along with good organizational skills. 

Thea doing her Geometry Project last year. 

The following photos were taken last night. I helped her complete her project in Mother Tongue: 

Teacher's Note: Handwritten. We used washi tapes as page border.

her cousin Joie did this for the cover page.

Here are the tips I bookmarked from the website A Better Child

  1. Use checklists (help child get into the habit of keeping a to-do list)
  2. Organize homework assignment
  3. Set a designated study space (we already have one. need to get her some sort of drawers or cabinet for school supplies)
  4. Keep organized notebooks 
  5. Conduct weekly cleanup  
  6. Keep a master calendar 
  7. Prepare for the day ahead (pack schoolwork and books in the child bag before bedtime so that nothing is left behind when she leave for school the following day. same goes with the uniform and accessories)
  8. Provide needed support while child is learning to become more organized

So, that's it! I am thinking of buying a book shelf or a small cabinet for her books and school supplies. It would be a perfect gift for her MTAP Graduation this coming Saturday. 

PS: Please forgive me for some grammatical errors in this post. I just came from a blogging hiatus (again) and trying to gain back my writing mojo through this post)
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