Friday, June 28, 2013

Music And Friends

Do you know what I missed most during those years that I was actively working in the Philippines? Music and Friends!  I've always enjoyed going out with friends and when we do, we usually go to our favorite hang out where we could watch some live bands.  Music is really addicting especially if songs are being rendered by good singers. Of course, what could make a song more exciting than being accompanied by a good band with all those gorgeous musical instruments.  I love acoustic songs, ballads and even the latest disco hits that could really make the most of your day. Watching performers on stage doing their usual antics is really relaxing and fun!  There was a time that one of my friends asked me to join their family to see a concert by the orchestra which I politely turned down. I know this is a kind of classical music that some people may enjoy but probably not me.  I've seen one before with one artist playing the flute and it was fine but I did not really enjoy the show in general.  It bores me somehow, but  that gemeinhardt flute at wwbw is certainly a favorite among music enthusiasts.  I wonder how much would it cost to own a set (lol). Kidding aside, this is definitely one of the activities that I truly missed.  Whenever I'm on vacation at the Philippines, I always take some time out to see a live band with the whole family but I just couldn't have enough because of limited time.  Oh well, I am looking forward to see one again soon. :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Another Series to Watch

After months of following ABS CBN's "Ina, Kapatid, Anak", I'd been hooked to following "teleseryes" and it's something to look forward to daily. In a way, it helps me eliminate stress after a day's work and it helps me reconnect to my home land. It's not easy to speak a foreign language daily. Sometimes I do miss speaking in my native tongue.  But apart from that, some series that I've watched before apart from Ina, kapatid, Anak really contained moral lessons in life.  Sometimes, you can even relate to the characters in the story.  Now, that my favorite series has ended, I did try to pick up a new series to watch and I have chosen the one top billed by Sam Milby and Judy Ann.  I think this is a story of how women should fight for their rights and for their loved ones. This is a story of sacrifice, of love, hatred and triumph.  Hmm, this is another thing to look forward to every night.  At least, I have an outlet while working abroad, right?


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Indoor Activities

Haven't got the chance to go out lately as it is also raining very hard in Cambodia.  I could just imagine how it is now in the Philippines.  I've heard that it's raining non stop there as well. Anyway, speaking of rainy season, I've heard that some malls are offering "rainy days sale".  Out for grabs are some books, gadgets, and other stuff that could practically be used while staying at home during the rainy season.  I hope to see some cheap korg keyboards at guitar center on sale as well, as these normally come with a hefty price tags.  I just thought of this as my daughter loves to polish her skills in playing guitar.  But I think, it would also be nice to get some indoor table games such as scrabbles, monopoly, games of the general, snake ladder and other table games which can be used to keep kids and parents busy while inside the house during this season.  I guess, this will also be a good and cheaper alternative to bond with the whole family. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

6 Ways To Childproof Your Home

Everybody thinks childproofing your home just means putting child latches on their kitchen cabinets.  While this is definitely part of the process, there are many dangers lurking in your home you might not know about.  Here are some ways I have childproofed our home over the years for my one and four years old boys.

1. Doorknob protectors. These are extra useful when your baby begins walking until they are potty training age. They should work until your child is at least four years old and coordinated enough to use a doorknob in spite of a protector. I have them on all of our bathroom doors and the door to the garage that does not have a deadbolt on it. Once my toddler got into the bathroom and had pool time in the potty without me knowing, I realized the importance of doorknob protectors.

2. Edge and corner guards. In the last couple of years, they have really improved the quality and durability of guards for the edges and corners of fireplaces and furniture. We put them around our brick fireplace and our coffee table and it saved many a head injury!

3. Baby gates (not just for stairs). We have a small one-story home, so we do not have stairs, but our office area is a section of our living area. It has since been turned into our store-all for dangerous electrical cords and other items like my sewing and serging machines. We use the baby gate to keep our little one out of the area, while our older boy can still get in to play games on the computer.

4. Secure heavy furniture and flat screen TVs. Your doctor should mention this, but it is still easy to let it slide. However, this could be a very deadly situation, especially if you have a climber on your hands. Flat screen TVs are always best hung on the wall with appropriate equipment. Likewise, any furniture that you could pull over if you really tried are capable of falling on your small child and causing serious injury or death. Please go to your local baby store or online and get furniture safety brackets and install them immediately!

5. Put away medicine. Again, most people think if they put their medicine in a medicine cabinet that it is out of reach. But think about when your child is old enough to climb onto the bathroom sink and reach those items. My boy could easily do that at three years old - well before he could be trusted around medicine. I put all of our medicine and dangerous items in our "medicine box" which is just a tupperware box with a lid. I store that box on the highest shelf of our hall closet where the boys never go and never see it. If it is out of sight, it is usually out of mind.

6. Video surveillance. When all else fails, video surveillance can be a life saver. If by chance your child does get into your medicine or poisonous items and accidentally ingests them, you can have a way of knowing what they ate and how much it probably was. We use Grand Prairie Home Security for our video surveillance and we have been happy with them the whole time. My brother and sister-in-law use Smith Monitoring and have been equally pleased with them. These are both local companies who are committed to working with you whenever you need it.

Please take all measures to make your home as safe as possible for your children. It may seem like an inconvenience to secure your home, but it will be well worth it when you have full confidence they are safe even when you do not have your eyes right on them. Also, be sure and take a look around your home to make sure you do not have any additional dangerous items I may not have mentioned. Thank you so much for reading, and please comment below with any additional ways you have childproofed your home.

Author bio: Karen is a work from home mom of two busy boys who works hard to always be more healthy, safe, fun, and frugal!


I wonder if anyone had experienced transacting with Metrodeal.  I've been seeing a lot of great deals from my email subscription but I haven't really tried going into any of the offers posted there.  Some offers are really catchy as they offer really great values for your money.  I haven't tried though coz I am not certain as to how am I going to avail of those since I am not currently in the Philippines.  I would admit though that I almost got few as I find those to be "real bargains".  I wanted to get some promos for trips but I am thinking if it's for "real". :)  I also find that food treats and spa services posted there are really cheap.  I hope somebody out there who had already experienced transacting with Metrodeal will be kind enough to give us few lines in the comment section.    

How To Choose A Babysitter

Choosing a babysitter for any number or age of children can be a difficult task. Whether you are looking for a friend, local teen, or a person from an agency finding someone you can trust your children with is not easy.  There are many places to look for suitable babysitters. There are tons of people out there who can do the job of taking care of your children but as a parent it is your job to find the person who will do it the best. Here are a few tips to help aid you in your process of finding the perfect babysitter.

Pay is a huge part of finding the right babysitter. Finding a babysitter that agrees and will work hard for what you are offering to pay is key. When approaching a potential babysitter make sure that pay is something you discuss at the very beginning. Falling in love with a babysitter and then not agreeing on the pay can be devastating. If you are going through an agency most of the time there is already a standard of pay that is required so this is an issue that does not even have to be discussed.

One of the first things to look at when considering anyone to take care of your children is their prior experience with children or any other field. Just because someone does not have a ton of experience with children does not mean they are incapable for the job; but if it comes down to two people that can be your determiner. If you have a child with a certain behavioral issue or any other type of special need choosing a person with experience in that need or something similar is your best bet. Knowing some ones prior experience can help you in multiple areas when determining who to take care of your children.

There are multiple different types of personalities that can be good for taking care of your children. Obviously finding a person who is loving and patients is your number one goal when looking for a babysitter. For most parents finding a babysitter with similar personalities to themselves is what they prefer. If you know that your child is prone is bad behavior finding a person with a push over personality would not be the best. On the other hand if you have a child that require tons or praise and patience finding a babysitter with sweet demeanor and maybe a little bit of a push over would be best. You know your children the best and what types of personalities they will respond to the best.

Feeling that the babysitter you are trusting is safe and will keep your children safe if the absolute most important aspect when choosing a babysitter. Most babysitting is done within the home and Smith Monitoring a leader in Bedford home security  has come up with technology that will help you continue to feel safe while the babysitter is at home with your children. If you choose Smith Monitoring as your home security provider you can have them install cameras  inside and outside of your home. This way when you are away you can get on a PC, smart phone, or Ipad and see a live feed of what is going on in your home.

Author Bio: Ally is a writer, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.

Friday, June 14, 2013

3 Fantastic Ways To Track Your Teen

Let’s face it. We all know that teenagers aren’t always the most law-abiding citizens in our society. All of the hormonal changes, and adjustments to new friends as well as a new way of life every year cause us to mistrust our teens. And the thing that makes you doubt the trustworthiness of your teen is the fact that you have raised them and you know that there are plenty of times where they are up to no good. Teens are prone to danger and trouble so the question is this: how do we know what our teen is up to? Do you really know what they did last Saturday when they said they spent the night at a friend’s house? Are you sure that they were at the school doing “extra-curricular” activities after school? With today’s crafty and clever teens being able to know exactly what they are up to is far more challenging than ever. Thankfully there are great ways to keep tabs on your mischievous teen.

1. Learn about the people your teen is around

Do you know your teen’s friends? Do you know if they are liars or if they are truth telling good teens? What do your teen’s friends enjoy doing? Starting with the friends of your teen is a great way to know what your teen is doing. Someone once said look at your teen’s friends and you’ll be looking at the future of your teenager. In other words your teen will be influenced by who they are around a lot. So I encourage you to get to know your teen’s friends. Ask them what they enjoy and get a sense for what your teenager will be likely to do.

2. Get a great app

I don’t know if you choose to give your teenager a cell phone or not. But there are multiple reasons to give your teen a cell phone. They need it in case of an emergency. If they can’t call upon you then they will definitely need to call upon authorities if there is a situation that leads them to danger or vulnerability. One of the great parts of having a smart phone are the applications that come with the phone. As you prepare to hand your teen a smart phone be sure to get an app that can track that phone. There are some fantastic applications that allow you to track the whereabouts of the phone and as long as your teen does not know that you are tracking their phone then you will always know exactly where your teen is.

3. Watch them when you are not home

I’m very glad that I chose Smith Monitoring a Pearland home security provider, as my home security company for their numerous services that they offer their clients. One of these great services allows me to monitor the inside of my home through my mobile device even when I’m not there. So if my teen says they didn’t skip school and my security system shows me something different then I know they are liars and I have to keep a closer eye on them.

Author Bio: Ally is a writer, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.

Ina, Kapatid, Anak......The Finale!

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When it comes to Filpino teleseryes, I am a certified addict! (lol) You can call me "mababaw" or anything of that sort but watching one or two "teleseryes" of my choice really keeps me away from boredom especially that I am here staying in a foreign land.  But because of my super busy schedule, I am only limited to one "teleserye" per night. :)  Good enough for me.

Now that my favorite "teleserye", "Ina, Kapatid, Anak" is now on it's finale, I am now left with no choice but to pick a new one.  Well, I hope that the next "teleserye" which will be aired on Ina's current time slot will be equally nice and interesting, and of course with a good cast, too.

While I am writing this, I am yet to watch the final episode on replay.  Thanks to the internet, watching Filipino shows has never been this easy.  Anyway, I just resorted to writing this post as a breather for a series of posts that I am writing in my blogs for the last couple of weeks.  I am thankful that despite some difficulties, my blogs are still alive and kicking and giving me more reasons to be happy. :) 

Now, I will be waiting for the upcoming "teleserye" from ABS-CBN.  Hope it will turn out to e a good one as I really need to be entertained now a days.  (lol) 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Essential Ingredient Promotes Skin Whitening

BV-OSC is a form of vitamin C, one that plays an important role in face whitening creams; it has special properties that work to inhibit melanin production while helping the skin produce collagen.  Studies behind the ingredient have shown that it may help provide more protection for skin cells than other vitamin compounds and it has been compared to ingredients like ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (other ingredients that are used in face whitening products).  BV-OSC (also known as tetrahexyldecy ascorbate) is a proven functional ingredient used to promote skin whitening; odorless, it is a highly concentrated liquid that provides antioxidants to the skin. Choosing the right product depends on several factors, including the formulation of the product with this ingredient in order to help lighten skin. 

Many face whitening products are formulated to treat age spots; these age spots are most commonly found on the face, but may appear on other areas of the body including arms, shoulders, and hands, though skin whitening creams may be used for purposes other than age spots.  Some creams are formulated to treat acne breakouts or work to repair skin damage caused by sun exposure; there are topical products designed to treat skin discoloration as a result of specific skin conditions, regardless of whether or not they are hereditary, caused by medication, or the result of an imbalance in hormones; the active ingredients in these creams may vary based on the type of condition that they are attempting to treat.

Hydroquinone, a common ingredient found in skin whitening creams, helps the skin control melanin production, though not all products may contain this ingredient; possible replacements for this ingredient include licorice extract or arbutin extract, also used for the purpose of lightening skin tone.  Melanin is responsible for skin tone, and different skin whitening products are formulated to reduce or prevent further melanin production; high levels of melanin in the skin contribute to age spots, the brown-ish dark spots that appear on the skin’s surface.  The good news is that there are many different options available when it comes to choosing topical creams.

Skin whitening creams are available for many different skin types including oily, sensitive, normal, and dry skin, and it is an important consideration when choosing product in order to reduce skin irritation.  Some lightening ingredients may cause minor skin irritation, though if the right product is chosen, the right product based on skin type, a person will be able to benefit from the healing moisturizing ingredients that are incorporated into the product’s formula, as these formulas are designed to counteract specific reactions. Mature skin often exhibits age spots, and as such, it is important to ensure that the product being chosen contains ingredients that help repair skin like vitamins A, C, and/or other antioxidants; these compounds also promote healthy looking skin while suppressing melanin production.

Face whitening cream products such as Ageless Derma Skin Brightener Cream contain special ingredients designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and exfoliate dead skin cells in aging skin. Many facial whitening products also offer sunscreen protection, especially if they are formulated for daytime use.  Skin lightening products may make skin more sensitive to the sun, so it helps to look for a product that offers this added protection.  There are whitening creams made for evening use (night creams) which offer moisturizers to keep skin hydrated and even reduce acne breakouts. 

Facial cream products that assist in lighten skin tone are rising in popularity, but they may not be for everyone; depending on the extent of a person’s skin concerns and pigmentation irregularities, it may be recommended to seek other facial whitening methods, such as creams that are available by prescription that have an increased strength allowing the skin to exfoliate dead cells faster, thus providing quicker results, while there are other creams that help improve how certain ingredients penetrate the skin.  Azelaic acid is another option used in treating age spots and hyperpigmentation; it is similar to glycolic acid and chemical peels are still another option for face whitening, one that claims to provide dramatic results. Chemical peels involve adding a chemical solution to the skin and allowing it to sit for a certain time period before it is removed; many people have complained that this procedure results in skin pain and irritation and the procedure may take several hours to complete while experiencing this discomfort.

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In an effort to expand his ability to assist clients seeking to restore and maintain their youthful appearances, Dr Mostamand founded a skin care website. Since 2006, has been dedicated to providing complimentary skincare consultations as well as easy access to more than 4,000 of the most effective, physician grade anti-aging skincare products available.

His well-received book, Ageless Skin Obsession, provides valuable insight into the latest skincare research and the assists readers in making educated decisions in their quest to capture the essence of ageless skin.  

Safety In The Work Place

For the past week, I have witnessed two incidents in my work place which I think had occurred  due to lack of safety standards. The first is when the electrical wiring short circuited due to absence of proper plug and wet floor. This caused a commotion in the area due to sudden flashes of lights and an extra ordinary sound.  It was just fortunate that nobody gets hurt.  

The second incident is about the newly renovated staff area where the sliding door in the mess hall collapsed due to substandard materials used and loose fittings.  How I wish the contractors who worked on the project had used some dowel pins to ensure safety and stability but again, I've seen how careless they are in doing the project.  This is one thing that I am worried about this country.  They lack some awareness on safety standards especially in the work place.  Again, it's a good thing that nobody was hurt or affected on the second incident.  How I wish that some measures will be taken to correct these mistakes and to ensure the safety of the employees.  After all, safety in the work place should be the primary concern of each and every company.  We should all strive to have a healthy and safety working environment.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Incredi Bulk Sale

Here’s the solution for those who want to buy a lot of books on a tight budget. With the launch of THE INCREDI-BULK SALE, OMF Lit Bookshop will offer customers the chance to take home five books for as low as Php 450.  Other bulk deals include 10 books for Php 700, 20 books for Php 1200 and 50 books for Php 2900. The books included in the bulk sale are all OMF Lit original and republished titles.

Isn't it a good steal for book lovers out there? I think the Php1,200 for 20 books isn't bad at all, that's only Php60 per book!  Also, take note!  This is not a fixed bundle, customers are free to choose whatever they want to include in their set of books.  That's awesome, isn't it?

So what are you waiting for?  Grab your copies now!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Scrap Book

My son and daughter gave me a scrap book more than 2 months ago before I took my flight back to Cambodia.  This scrap book displays our happy moments together as a family.  The last pages of the scrap book also contains some messages that truly warms my heart.  I love it more than any store bought gift as I know that both my son and daughter took time out to prepare such a sweet souvenir of my vacation at home.  I used to make a scrap book before and even now.  In fact, I still have one left unfinished scrap book   which features some of our travels.  I hope to finish it soon.  I kept a lot of memento during our travels which I stick onto the pages of the scrap book to remind me of our good times together.  I did include some maps, photos, paper bills, movie tickets, brochures, calling cards and train tokens.  I wish to have included some platinum coins, too but I wasn't able to get some. (lol)

Making a scrap book is one way of releasing my boredom working away from home and this also enables me to collect happy memories while using my creativity coming up with cute and fun designs that I could proudly show to my family and friends.

What to Look for in a Home Caregiver

If you have a loved one who needs constant care, then you likely understand the important role that an at-home caregiver plays in their lif...