Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clay Art

Found this cool clay art project online and I'm thinking of doing this myself at home.  I think it's pretty easy. You just have to collect leaves and flowers of different shapes and lay them on top of the clay.  Pressed these leaves and flowers against the clay to form their shapes.  Best to use as magnets!

I haven't done any clay art yet actually but I've seen some who's much into clay art and I think it's pretty interesting.  Given a choice, I prefer to have my own art work displayed in my house rather than store brought art pieces.  I didn't have a luxury of time though and would just settle for doing some once in a while. This hobby can even help you save few bucks as art works that can be bought from shops are quite expensive.  I really like to practice frugal living.  You will reap all the fruits of your labor in the end by being frugal.  Doing things as a hobby and being able to save money out of that hobby means a lot for a home maker like me.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Sale

I've been going to the mall frequently over the past two weeks and as expected, I've been seeing lots of Halloween stuff on sale.  Halloween costumes and decors can be found anywhere and sometimes, I cannot help but recall those times when me and my kids used to attend tricks or treat.  It was really fun especially when we hunt for costumes days before the actual event.  Our company used to hold treats or tricks yearly and I always take the opportunity to buy discounted tickets for the employees. Oh my, how I missed those days. :)

I wonder if there's also a sale of musical instruments as my friend wanted to buy a guitar for her son as a birthday gift which happened to fall on October 31st.  He's been attending guitar lessons every weekend and my friend was really pleased with the outcome.  She told me that she need to get a better guitar for him this time.  I suggested her to just source it online as more often, online shops are giving big discounts especially that we are already on the last quarter of the year.  I told her that she can save on fulltone fat boost at guitar center.  Well, I hope that she could get it just in time for her son's birthday.  

Anyway, we will never attend any Halloween party this year as we have lots of things to attend to at home.  I guess, we would be having a movie marathon at home instead. (lol)

Why Did I Quit My Job?

I can't believe that I'm almost two weeks now at home with my kids.  I would admit that I was really very busy during this period with loads of things to do at home.  But, I hardly notice the passing of each day as I am really enjoying what I'm doing now especially that I'm doing these things with my kids.  I'm making up for the lost times and I am very seldom to go online now compared to when I was still working in Cambodia. Maybe because, I'm still catching up with lots of household chores.  My off line and online friends knew how domesticated I am.  I love to clean, I love to cook, I love to organize and I love gardening a lot.  Contrary to what my colleagues said, I have more things to do now compared to when I was still working.  I remembered one of them telling me that I might get bored if I will stay at home for good.  But I told her, "I don't think so!"  I knew it!  I would be busy more than ever. :)

Why did I quit my job?

Well, there's a lot of factors which made me decide, "game is over".  I really had a hard time dealing with my Aussie Boss.  He's one of a kind, you know.  I've been working with a lot of Westerners before but I never had the feeling of getting irritated each day that I come to work. It's very hard to explain but it was a challenge on my part.  Guess what? Despite of that, it was kind of hard for me to tender my resignation as my Boss seemed like doesn't want to accept the idea.  He was trying to convince me to stay, but I told him that my resignation was not only a personal but a family decision.  He told me that I am being paid well and have an appropriate living quarters, so why resign?  I told him that there are so many things to consider, and that sometimes, money alone is not the only thing important in life.  I've worked abroad for 6 and a half year and I guess the experience, the knowledge and the financial rewards I've received is enough to make me feel satisfied with what I've achieved.  In fact, I've been working all my life and this will be the first time that I am going to just stay at home with the kids. 

I've read an article that getting a break will help you manage your priorities better. In life, we may experience various conflicts that may lead you to problematic situations.  Getting a break maybe be best to take your mind off for the time being.  I have a feeling then that there are so many things that had been taken into the back seat just because I am tied up with my job.  Besides, I had the sudden feeling that I've already lost my passion for the job and as a result, I'm no longer happy going to work.  It seemed like coming to work each day was already a struggle on my part.  I'd been longing to do a lot of things and I feel that I have to do those things now.  I missed my family especially the kids and I wanted to be around for my Mom who is already at the prime of her life.  My kids are growing very fast and I no longer want to miss the chance to be with them as much as I could.  I knew that even though they do not voice out what they feel,  deep inside, they're missing me a lot.

With all these being said, I guess, I have all the reasons to quit my job and I am happy about that decision.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Penwortham Home Care

Deciding on the best elder-care facility for their loved one is somewhat difficult for a child to do, no matter what age they are. The amount of thought and requirements that go into this process is a lot, you want the best care possible for your elderly parents or family member. Penwortham Home Care is there to offer you just the service that you need if that is where you choose to send your loved one.

At Caring Hands, you can trust them to provide a facility that offers the best home care services that you could want for your family member. The services that they offer is just what you would provide for your loved one at home.

Their many range of services can put your mind at ease when it comes to the care of your elder, whether it is family members or friends. If you are in a position where you are unable to see to the adequate care of your loved ones. Or if you are unsure of the type of care to give to them, then Caring Hands Home Care can offer you that peace of mind that you crave when it comes to their care. They provide a facility that offers live-in, personal and respite care, they offer night sitting services and support services 7 days per week.

If you would prefer to have your loved ones at home with you, then you can still take advantage of the services offered at a Penwortham Home Care facility. They can see to it that your loved ones are taken care of during the day and returned home you at nights.

They offer a facility in which your loved ones will get to interact with others in their age group, play games, read stories, and do other fun activities that will keep their minds occupied. Even if these activities are provided at your home, it will not be the same as when they enjoy it with their peers.

Caring Hands Home Care is known for the care that they provide to their elderly wards. They offer them the opportunity to relax and be themselves in an environment that is conducive to such activities. Their staff are professionals who take pride in their jobs and enjoy the level of interaction that they have with their wards.

The best thing that you can do for your loved ones is to get them registered at a Penwortham Home Care facility. You could end up boosting their confidence, just by recognizing that they have a desire to be with others who are in their age group.

It can sometimes be difficult for your elderly loved ones to interact with children and grandchildren at home after they have reached a certain age. Apart from the fact that children don’t always listen, they don’t necessarily have anything in common with younger people. Trust the professionals at Caring Hands Home Care to get them involved and to start interacting with others again. They will love you for the mere gesture.

Matt Johnston writes for http://www.caringhandshomecare.co.uk/

It's Leptospirosis This Time!

Two days ago, I've heard about the new epidemic outbreak in Olongapo City. After the sad stories brought about by the killer flood last September 23, residents of Olongapo, including our family, are working very hard to restore our homes to it's original shape.  So, hearing about this second bad news really made me sad. I've seen from the news that 6 persons already died and more than 200 patients are now confined at the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital and were diagnosed of being infected with the same disease.

It's very alarming since we do not know yet how far the epidemic would go, but I am really so worried for my family right now.  I hope, they didn't get the disease.  I feel sad about "my kababayans" in Olongapo City.  I know that many families are still at the evacuation centers and now, another unexpected problem occurred.  I hope those who are in the hospital right now are able to take the proper medications and could recover from the disease soon.

The city government is now exerting all it's efforts to help the victims of Olongapo and Mayor Rolen Paulino had already made an appeal to his constituents to immediately go to the nearest health center or to the hospital once they experienced any of the symptoms of the dreaded disease. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to Choose the Right Acting School

There are a number of acting schools in Los Angeles and New York, so it is important to carefully choose which one is right for you. Prestigious acting schools, like International Academy of Film and Television, can provide you with training on both film and television. Other schools may focus more on one form of entertainment than the other. It is important that you have a general idea about whether you want to focus on film, television, or theater so that you can find the right school for your future goals.

Sit in on Classes

Most acting schools will allow potential students to sit in on classes so that you can get a general feel for how the class runs. Their curriculum should cover all of the aspects of the film making process, from acting to directing, so that you understand the bigger picture. Call the school to schedule a sit-in.

Participate in a Short Film

You need to get as much experience as possible as soon as you can. Whether you are participating in short films, school productions, or local theater showcases, you need to hone in on your craft and expand your acting horizons. Take a look at local casting calls and call your acting school of choice to inquire about how you can audition for one of their short films.

Oftentimes, acting schools will make their own films so that all acting and film making students have a chance to practice the skills they have learned. You may be able to star in one of these films to see if you like the school’s style, film equipment, and professionalism.

Tuition and Scholarships

Acting school can be very expensive, especially for struggling actors. However, they are worth it because along with helping to improve your skills, these classes can also help to make you feel more confident in your abilities.

Schools like International Academy of Film and Television are more affordable and offer significant assistance with tuition in the forms of various scholarships. Speak with your school of choice about whether they have financing, payment plan, or scholarship options. Request as much information as you can so that you can make an informed decision.

Almost Done Packing

I'm about 70% completed in fixing and packing my things.  I still have 5 more days to go and I will finally set foot to my native land.  As expected, I won't be able to bring back all my things at home. I'm just traveling alone and I won't be able to manage carrying loads of things on the road. Imagine traveling all the way from Cambodia to Chantaburi to Bangkok Thailand? Well, it's really no joke to carry tons of things. I just hope that I won't have any problem along the way.

I've worked in Cambodia for 6 and a half years and from that span of time, I have acquired a lot of stuff. But since, I've already shifted from one company to another, I've already lost almost half of my things as I've given away most to some local staff from my previous work place. From that company, I went back home first to the Philippines to spend a 2 weeks vacation before I finally headed to my new job site. That's why I've decided to leave my things and just distribute to some local friends. 

I think, I'll be doing the same thing this time.  I will only bring my personal clothes and some shoes and all the rest will be left in my room.  I planned to donate my things to the housekeeping staff who will clean my room after I left.  At least, I know that I am able to help them in my own little way.  Actually, I won't also be bringing 100 per cent of my clothes and shoes as my baggage allowance is only limited to 40 kilos.  I've decided to leave all my office clothes, majority of which are coats and blazers.  I know that I've invested much on these but considering that I've already used these for years, I think I've earned enough and the money I spent for those were already recovered (lol).

Anyway, I still have few more days to go and I am hoping that I would finish all my obligations soon. :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Learn How To Care For Your Teeth The Easy Way

Emergency Dentist and Tooth Extraction in Ballwin, MO

People often have old-fashioned views of dental care can be crippled by their fear. The great thing is that the article below will help any consumer dispel his or her doubts about dental care. Brush your teeth at least twice each day. This is not just a good idea; it is the ADA. Brushing your teeth should be a part of your regular routine. You may also want to floss your teeth regularly.

If you are anxious about seeing the dentist, research local dentists. Look online for reviews on the best dentists in your area.This helps you to feel more comfortable throughout your visits. 

Hydrogen peroxide can whiten teeth whitening. Brush gently and avoid your gums. Follow this by brushing with your regular toothpaste.

Don't neglect your back teeth when brushing.It's easy to concentrate only on the teeth you can see when you look in the mirror, but this can cause plaque build-up on back teeth, which can progress into decay. Regular brushing is important for your teeth is vital to good dental care.You should brush at least twice a day and preferably after every meal. Brush for three minutes ensuring you brush each tooth. Use toothpaste with fluoride and avoid brushing too hard. Floss your teeth after brushing.

You may be able to strengthen your teeth stronger by using fluoride supplements. Fluoride may be in order if your teeth aren't as white as you want or if you are having trouble with your gums. Yellow spots appear on your teeth from too much fluoride. If you see this happening, immediately stop taking supplements. You should not forget to brush your teeth and your tongue. Food collects on the tongue and leaving it there lets germs and bacteria to form. This is both unhealthy and may cause you to have bad breath too.

Most teenagers out there are pretty lazy and forgetful when thinking about their dental care. Remind your teen that taking care of their mouth so they don't have bad breath. This can provide some motivation for teenagers because they are usually preoccupied with the opinions of their mouth.
Approximately 20 inches should suffice to clean your entire mouth. You should have about an inch of floss between your fingers for adequate cleaning. 

Emergency Dentist and Tooth Extraction in Ballwin, MO
Brush your teeth from your mouth.This grabs the food debris and gets it away from under your gums so they are cleaned completely. You should scrub from side to side to some extent, but be sure that you do not forget to do this as well. 

You should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. The longer time you spend brushing, the cleaner they will be, so it's in your best interest to brush thoroughly. If you do not brush long enough, you will not to a good job, causing cavities.

Many people have a fear of getting proper dental care, due to misconceptions and illogical expectations. Most people could easily avoid dental problems by adopting an efficient dental care routine and going to the dentist regularly. The great information contained within this article will be helpful to anyone interested in maintaining the health of his or her teeth.

When you need an emergency dentist or urgent tooth extraction in Ballwin, call the office of Postol Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at (636) 556-0214. You can reach Dr. Postol directly by calling this main line for his cell phone number. Since time is of the essence after a dental accident, it is best to contact us as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Gym and Family Time

Gyms of today have facilities that cater to the needs of all ages, therefore coming to gyms as families are a common thing. Families on the other hand are becoming aware of the need to bond each other in ways other than the usual things they do every day or cannot find time to do because of lack of space or time. Activities have to be part of the bonding process so as not to let time drag or simply slip away. Gyms are the better options because they are situated in cities or centers.   

Gym Facilities

The facilities can range from air conditioned rooms, conference centers, restaurants, and beauty parlor for men and women to sports facilities such as a swimming pool, a tennis court, a badminton court, a basketball court, and activity center.  Some gyms even have camp sites. The usual fitness facilities for toning muscles and explosive movements to reduce weight using special equipments with the aid of some trainers are provided too. Chiswick gyms offer state of the art facilities like the ones already mentioned.

Lessons and Trainings

There are schedules for lessons and trainings offered to users of the gym facilities.  Swimming is one of those with schedules already prepared as to days or as to categories like kids or adults for the Learn- to- Swim curriculum. Kids come together at a certain time and an assigned coach is there with them.  They are first taught how to breathe in and out of the water and how to swim the basic simple routines designed for them or an Introduction to Water Skills.  This part works to teach children how to become more confident and how to be independent in the water. This is a means of familiarity for children to feel more comfortable. Children can also learn about general water safety, to move back and forth in the water, and how to enter and exit a pool.  Basic Water Skills involves learning awareness in the water, how to handle surface dives, sculling, and water safety. This lesson also involves learning how to get into the water without any assistance, having great strength, flexibility, grace, artistry, endurance, and precise timing. Exceptional breath control is an added skill to learn in swimming.

Planning for Family Time

Just like any family outing, the planning phase has to be done weeks or months earlier in order to ensure attainment of the objective and that is family bonding.  In a fast pace era where people are rushing to meet deadlines, family time suffers.  Parents keep on complaining how busy they are and they can no longer find time to relax.  The children on the other hand are busy going out with friends because they can’t find their parents. They don’t communicate much to each other anymore and if they do this usually ends in disputes. Why not try planning gym activities together as a family? A different ambiance, activities, and fun add meaning to life. A whole new perspective can be expected.

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