Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Different Uses of Salt

I don't know how true all these are but they sound like sound advice to me. Whoever compiled this should be commended :)


1. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.
2. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
3. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
4. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.

5. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting..
6. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
7. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
8. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
9. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.
10. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.

11. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
12. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
13. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.
14. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.
15. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

16. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour
17. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.
18. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.
19. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.
20. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

21. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.
22. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.
23. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.
24. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.
25. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

26. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.
27. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
28. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage. ( Is this true ?)
29. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.
30. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea. ?

31. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.
32. Soak your clothes line in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.
33. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.
34. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
35. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

36. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.
37. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.
38. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.
39. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.
40. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.

41. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added. ( Is this true ?)
42. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.
43. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
44. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains..
45. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

46. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.
47. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.
48. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
49. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee..
50. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

51. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
52. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.
53. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.
54. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
55. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

56. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
57. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.
58. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a better look.
59. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.
60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Go For Non-Electronic Toys

One of the mistakes I made was getting excited over electronic toys before. I requested a lot of those from my parents abroad. I ended up requiring battery packs after another.

And though they did teach my son cause and effect maybe, they did not teach him to make connections himself. They were not particularly encouraging of creativity and use of imagination. They did not let him play pretend most times. They had lights and taught songs, sure, but they ended up limiting what my son could do and learn in the end.

I am notsaying they are bad. But if you are investing on toys for your child, go for non-electronic ones. The ones he could bang and throw and still play with after. Ones that are durable and would withstand toddler roughness. At least you, and your child, will be able to enjoy the toys for a longer time. Because you see, once electronic toys are broken, they really aren't much fun anymore.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Handy Dandy Diapers at the Salcedo Sunday Market and Whitespace Green Market

received this in my e-mail today



Handy Dandy Diapers Crazy Summer Sale!!! All diapers at 15% off!!!
Our latest (and now best-selling brand)

Safeties Nature Nappy from Australia
90% Biodegradable, Grade A
Newborn/Small: P240... now only P204/36pcs
Infant/Medium: P250... now only P212.50/32pcs
Crawler/Large: P240... now only P204/28pcs
Toddler/Extra Large: P230... now only P195.50/24pcs

Handy Dandy Diapers will be at the Legazpi Sunday Market and Whitespace Goes Green Bazaars this Sunday, March 28th!!!

Legazpi Sunday Market is located at the corner of Rufino (formerly Herrera) and Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati

We will be there from 8am until 12noon.



Sunday, March 28, 2010
Noon to 7 pm
2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City

Come for regionally grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, wines, coffee beans, natural health and beauty products and hand-made crafts.

Enjoy a hearty sampling of international fare by Margarita Forés’ The Commissary
and an exhibition of works at the adjacent Manila Contemporary Gallery.

Everyone encouraged to bring reusable bags.



Handy Dandy Diapers offers diapers at a cheaper price. Percentage of the proceeds also helps the group Moms for Moms.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Employ Comment Moderation

Whether in Blogger or Wordpress, make sure to employ comment moderation for all your posts, not just the recent ones.

You see, people are actually hiring other people to leave links on blog posts. Some may even be posting scripts that could basically 'steal' away your traffic. Don't let them ride on your blog's popularity... or at least, don't let their links fool your few visitors into getting who-knows-what when they click on a link. These comments become part of your blog's pages so make sure you have total control over every link there is on your site.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

APO Hiking Society @ The Marriot

If you missed APO Hiking Society's Valentine concert at SMX Convention Center last February, then don't despair because they are going to be at the Maririot Hotel.

One Night Only: APO Hiking Society LIVE at the Marriot Hotel is happening on April 10, 2010 (Saturday). Gates will open at 6:30 PM while the show will start at 8:00 PM. The cost of this special and intimate APO Hiking concert is P4,000* nett (inlcusive of dinner and two drinks).

Marriot Hotel is located at No. 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City. Tickets may be bought at your favorite SM Ticketnet (911-5555) branches or at the RWM Tour Counter (836-6333).

So purchase your tickets now. The month of May signals APO Hiking Society's official bow from the limelight as a band so there won't be a lot of shows left for you to catch!

Ipanema Colorful Sea Collection

Last March 17, Ipanema officially launched Giselle Bundchen's new line of flip flops and footwear under the Ipanema Colorful Sea Collection. The advocacy is preserving marine life with an emphasis on turtles. The launch was held at Whitespace and the collection showcased by dancing ballet dancers.

The latest GB collection is as colorful and fresh as Ipanema, Brazil, with its pristine beaches and cool waters. Perfect for summer outings and casual strolls, the collection will be available in stores in the country come April.

Meanwhile, here's a peek of the launch and the new flip-flops, with their vibrant colors and just really beautiful design.

The flip-flops cost between P1,500 (most flats like Kirey, Sand Fem and Star Thong Fem) to P2,000 (Plataforma and Thong Fem) but the creme de la creme of the collection, featuring a true-blue swarovski, costs P6,000 per pair.

Whitespace hall where Colorful Sea Collection
was exhibited

flip-flops used as trimmings in jellyfish centerpieces

ballet dancers donning the flip-flops in different
dance numbers

the pearl of the collection

Sand Fem

Sandal Star Fem

Star Thong Fem (perfect for dainty feet, which mine

Catering by by Via Mare.

So when you're shopping for your beach must-haves this summer, don't forget to stop by the nearest Ipanema outlet and get yourself a pair or two of flip-flops from Ipanema's Colorful Sea Collection. Guaranteed to adorn your feet and elicit compliments from friends!

Manila Bay Dining Cruise by Prestige Cruises

It will not cure joint pain but it may just clear colds, provide a relief fron allergies and make you fall in love all over again... either with your date or with Manila Bay.

Prestige Cruises Inc. offers Manila Bay Dining Cruises four times a day every Mondays to Fridays and five times a day every weekend and holidays.

It takes about an hour and you are provided with a man and woman serenading you as the ship cruises around Manila Bay. It reaches Mall of Asia before returning to the dock near the now-closed Jumbo Palace. Walk-in guests are welcome but making reservations does ensure you get seats, they contact you and meals are arranged for you. You also have the option to buy tickets with meals or not.

Tickets with meals cost P500/person.

It's not really a very romantic thing but the sea breeze is sure uplifting. Plus, we do have a really breathtaking sunset happening at the Manila Bay everyday so you can time your trip around that time.

Meals-wise, the food is from so-so to good. If given a choice between fish and chicken, opt for the chicken because it's more tenderly cooked. They provide soup and a main meal (rice, some veggies, one viand and a small square of blueberry cheesecake) and maybe water. Other beverages would ahve to be paid for (I believe our mango juice was P75 per order). So yes, I wouldn't recommend going on the Prestige Cruise if you want to wine and dine your beloved (unless you can commission the whole ship maybe and make more luxurious arrangements).

I recommend this cruise to photographers who want a more unimpeded view of the Manila bay sunset, couples who want to try something new, and oldies who want to remember the glory of Manila Bay. It may also be a great opportunity to teach history to your kids and reminisce with your parents.

And if there is another fireworks competition over at the Mall of Asia, the Manila Bay Cruise ship will take you there without having to deal with the MOA crowd.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fresh Health and Wellness News

Looking for well-researched and timely health and wellness features? Look no further! Philippine Online Chronicles tackles health news in fresh ways, with topics that are well-though out and relevant to Filipinos.

Maternal and perinatal health, cholesterol treatments, addiction, stress management, and emerging fitness trends all fill its pages with up-to-date information. Feel free to comment on the articles as well, so that the writers will be given feedback about their work and can thus improve their research and sleuthing skills.

Feel free to also suggest topics. What pressing health and wellness issues do you feel we should tackle?

Did I just say, "we?"

Well, I am one of the contributors. And for April, we are working on a lot of childhood cancer stories because it's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Black Forest Gummy Bears

Nope, I do not know a thing about diet pills with ephedra. And am also not really an expert when it comes to candy treats. I am not even a fan of gummy bears for that matter. Which is why Black Forest Gummy Bears are really good because they got me hooked!

I especially love the red color ones. Unfortunately, our house is being raided by ants so we had to repackage our gummies and I already threw away the wrapper so I can't tell what particular flavors there are.

I also can't say just how much calories these pack.

I'd still recommend them as a better alternative to hard candy, which is more acidic and thus more damaging to the teeth.

One last thing, maybe it's because my son doesn't chew it well or maybe because it's really made from real gelatin... but I have also noticed that my son will skip a bowel movement after eating some. He doesn't get constipated exactly because he does manage to poop the following day. But i'd still go easy with this on toddlers like him.

And definitely, it is a choking hazard to anyone younger than 1.5 years, I think.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Psych Consult Summer Workshops for 2010

PsychConsult, Inc. is a group of Filipino psychologists offering psychological assessment, psychotherapy, training, supervision, consultation, research, employee enhancement programs and play therapy. What's more, they have a great list of summer workshops for fellow psychologists, teachers, parents and school-based health workers.

* A Workshop on Psychosocial Interventions During Disasters, Crisis Situations, and Beyond
By Damhin Kapwa in collaboration with PsychConsult, Inc.
April 8 to 10, 2010 (Thursday to Saturday)8:00am – 5:00pm
Target participants: Guidance Counselors in the school setting, Psychologists in the school or clinical setting, Campus Ministers, School-Based Health Workers
Regular fee: Php 5,200.00
Early bird fee: Php 4,800.00 (For the first 10 participants to pay in full) inclusive of snacks and materials
By the end of the 3-day workshop, the participants should be able to:
- Identify and differentiate the key frameworks and concepts that are important in providing psychosocial services to Filipino trauma survivors
- Assess and identify vulnerable populations in need of specific psychosocial interventions
- Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate psychological interventions and
- Come up with an action plan to apply and implement psychosocial intervention activities in their respective contexts (e.g., schools, organizations, communities)

* Rorschach: The Comprehensive System
April 12 to 17, 2010 (Monday to Saturday) and
April 19 to 22, 2010 (Monday to Thursday), 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Target participants: Graduate students of psychology and practicing psychologists
Facilitators: Maria Caridad H. Tarroja, Ph.D., and Ma. Araceli B. Alcala, M.A.
Regular fee: Php 8,500.00
Early bird fee: Php 8,000.00 (paid on or before March 15, 2010, Monday)inclusive of snacks and materials
This 10-day workshop aims to develop competencies in administration, scoring and interpretation of the Rorschach Inkblot Test using Exner’s Comprehensive System, through the following:
- Learning basic principles of Rorschach Inkblot Test
- Mastering scoring principles through hands-on exercises using sample protocols
- Understanding computer-generated report of Rorschach: the Comprehensive System

* Understanding the Basics of Play Therapy
May 3 to 7, 2010 (Monday to Friday)8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Target participants: Graduate students of psychology and related fields, psychologists, other mental health, medical, and allied medical professionals who work with children
Facilitators: Ma. Cristina H. Enriquez, M.A., and Ma. Araceli B. Alcala, M.A.
Regular fee: Php 8,500.00
Early bird fee: Php 8,000.00 (paid on or before April 5, 2010, Monday)inclusive of snacks, meals and other materials
This 5-day workshop is designed to build basic play therapy skills through the following:
- Learning basic play therapy skills vis-à-vis its theoretical grounding
- Applying basic play therapy skills through the conduct of actual play therapy sessions
- Receiving feedback and supervision from experienced play therapists
- Exploring issues related to the person of the therapist and the therapeutic relationship

* A Writeshop on Report Writing
May 14 to 15, 2010 (Fri to Sat) 9:00am – 5:00pm
Target participants: Graduate students, guidance counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals
Facilitators: Zsa Zsa M. Briones, Ph.D (cand.), Ma. Cristina H. Enriquez, M.A.
Regular fee: Php 3,500.00
Early bird fee: Php3,300.00 (paid on or before April 16, 2010, Friday)inclusive of snacks, meals and materials
This workshop is designed for graduate students and professionals who are both new in the field and those who have been doing assessment but need guidance in writing reports. Focus of workshop is on writing style, strategies for organizing ideas, and making the report coherent and reader-friendly. These reports can be in the fields of guidance and counseling, education, and psychology, except reports prepared for legal purposes. Sample reports are used for critique.

* Ethics in Clinical Practice
May 22, 2010 Saturday (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Target participants: Graduate students of psychology and practicing psychologists
Facilitator: Sandy C. Ebrada, M.A.
Regular fee: Php 1,500.00
Early bird fee: Php: 1,300.00 (paid on or before April 22, 2010, Friday)Inclusive of snacks, meals, and materials
This workshop aims to delve into the PAP Professional Codes of Ethics and its application to the areas of Assessment and Psychotherapy. Both areas will explore ethical issues in confidentiality, informed consent, roles, competencies, and personal values of the clinician. Additionally, Ethics in Assessment will include feedback, report writing, use of proper terminologies, and deviation from standard procedures. On the other hand, Ethics in Psychotherapy will discuss conflicts of interest, protection of clients from harm, receiving gifts, professional and social relationships, and boundaries. Lecturettes and presentation of case studies will be utilized for more in-depth discussions.

* Embracing Different Learners: Appreciating and Understanding Children’s Learning Styles
May 29, 2010 Saturday (9:00am - 4:00pm )
Target participants: Teachers, Parents, Social Workers, and other professionals who work with children
Facilitator: Maria Andrea S. Tirazona, M.S. (cand.)
Regular fee: Php 1,500.00
Early bird fee: Php: 1,300.00 (paid on or before April 30, 2010, Friday)inclusive of snacks, meals and materials
This workshop is designed for teachers, parents, social workers and other individuals who work with children. At the end of the workshop, participants will learn how to appreciate and understand the different learning styles in children and be able to identify techniques and strategies that can help maximize the child’s potential. Participants will also be able to identify red flags in children’s cognitive, social and emotional development which may be affecting their ability to learn and meet academic competencies, as well as influence their socio-emotional growth.

Venue for all workshops: Function Rooms, 15th Flr. Regalia Suites
Regalia Park Towers, 150 P. Tuazon Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City

Workshop fees are non-refundable but may be transferred to another participant. For inquiries and the data sheet form, please call (02) 4212469, (02) 3576427, 0917-8080193, or email psychconsult@gmail.com. Please look for Chona. Also visit www.psychconsult.com.ph for more info and future workshop schedules.

For payments:
Bank account:Banco De Oro Makro Cubao Branch
Account name: PsychConsult, Inc.
Savings account #: 2330018106

Fill out the data sheet then fax it with the bank deposit slip to (02) 4212469. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of information sheet and bank deposit slip.

All Organics and Milea Minerals

Another great organic find for those with sensitive skin!

Feast your eyes on All Organics and Milea Minerals Make-Up.

Their All Organics line is made up of soaps, other bath products, massage oils, creams, skin softeners, natural whitening products, mosquito repellants, and other products like breath fresheners, deodorants, lip balms and hair care products. Some of their soaps are natural acne products already, containing tea tree oil, strawberry cream, and tomato lime. Their Goat's Milk Honey Oatmeal soap is supposedly even recommended by dermatologists to people with psoriasis, acne and eczema.

Their Milea Minerals Make-Up line, on the other hand, is made up of lip tints, eye make-up, blushes, foundation, concealers and hypoallergenic brushes. They also have a promo: choose 10 make-up shades, pay P50 + shipping, and they will have the make-up swatches delivered to you. If you liked their product after trying their swatches, just order at least P800 worth of products and they will deduct the P50 you previously paid. They would also deliver for FREE!!!

Their products are also available at the following places:
Currently available at:
· Herbal Garden, Quezon City Circle (fronting Phil Coconut Authority) - our own store
· Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City
· Sonya’s Garden, Alfonso, Cavite (near Tagaytay)
· Lake Hotel, Tagaytay
· Refresher’s, Silang, Cavite (also near Tagaytay)
· Ming’s Garden (near Tagaytay – owned and operated by the former First Lady Ming Ramos)
· Summit Ridge Hotel & Promenade ( Tagaytay City )
· St. Thomas Cancer Center , 3rd flr Magallanes bldg., on top of Starbucks, Magallanes, Makati
· ISIP Organic Store, Palma cor Manalac (near Rockwell), Makati City
· R.O.X., Bonifacio High Street , The Fort, Taguig
· Happy Chicken Organic Store, Gold Bldg., 15 Annapolis St.,Greenhills
· Sessou Nature Source, Trinoma, Quezon City
· Somera, ground flr, Ayala Center , Cebu
· Shangrila Hotel, Mactan, Cebu

I have not yet ordered from them though because I still have a lot of Human Heart Nature products and Ilog Maria soaps. I think they're a great gift idea or giveaway at events though.

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Natural Migraine Treatment

Thankfully, I am not prone to migraines. I am not even prone to headaches. But I did keep in mind a natural migraine treatment a breastfeeding lactivist shared with us last year. That is, put an ice pack or cold compress on your head then dip your feet in warm water.

The opposing temperatures will supposedly work to restore balance your body lacks, which is basically what is causing the migraine. It can be stress, monthly period or other illness that is causing the hormonal imbalance resulting in your throbbing headache.

Drinking hot tea or any warm citrus drink will also help.

The best thing about this treatment is its very doable without side effects. Just make sure you test the water first to make sure your feet won't get scalded.

Win a $50 Target Gift Card

Maybe as a reward for parents who are intentional in their parenting, BetterParenting.com is offering a $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway! Joining is easy enough. Just leave a comment as to how you're going to spend the money!

Bonus entries will be given, however, for those who are willing to go the extra mile. One that would earn you 10 bonus entries is to blog about a favorite Better Parenting article, with a link to the post. Dare I say that all those I have written can be found here? Haha.

To be objective though, my favorite Better Parenting article is the one on Secondary Infertility. First, it was very poignantly written. It's also something that I am sort of dealing with right now, something that I am scared of. I could totally relate with the author, feeling guilty about desperately wanting another child when am already blessed with a healthy one. But some parents just really want more kids. And I feel we have love enough, and creativity enough to find the means, for another one (or two).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ladies Night at Resorts World Manila

It's Ladies Night at Resorts World Manila this March 18 at Bar 360 from 9-11 PM. Enjoy 3 RWM Lemontinis with a cover charge of only P300 for the ladies (P700 for the men). Enjoy entertainers Yuri, Power Duo and Rafael.

For reservations, call (632) 836-6333.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

16th Wedding Expo Philippines

The 16th Wedding Expo Philippines is happening this weekend, March 13-14, 2010 at the PICC Forum, CCP Complex.

Expect to be wowed by the top wedding suppliers in the country as they showcase their best works and give away freebies and discounts to their packages. There would be at least 350 wedding suppliers with their latest portfolios and Juan Carlo the Catere is going to be conducting a grand food tasting at the venue.

Also check out the freebies and hourly raffles you may win, just by booking and purchasing during the event.

Do You Want Work?

Then maybe you should be checking out I Want Work's job listings. There are assisting jobs, writing jobs and IT jobs. Workshops and events are also listed there.

Go check it out and find a new employer to give you that much-needed income and benefits boost.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Get Over Your Writer's Block

Writer's Block Philippines is holding a contest for writers. You can win a scholarship to the first ever Writer's block Philippines Summer Writing Workshop happening on April 24-25, 2010. That is sure to jumpstart your career as a writer and may even get you started on that future Palanca-Award winning children's storybook series you've been dreaming about.

What makes you passionate about writing?
What about writing makes you get up early in the morning itching to write, or working through the night editing copy and getting that phrase done perfectly? What about writing turns your world around?

Tell us in 300 to 500 words and win a scholarship to Writers’ Block Philippines’s first summer writing workshop on April 24 to 25, 2010!

Send your entries to writersblock.ph@gmail.com with the following information:

Subject: Writing contest entry
Include your full name, email address, mobile number, location
Only one (1) entry per participant will be considered
DEADLINE of entries is on Friday, April 2, 2010, at 12 noon. Late entries will not be accepted.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Swim Excess Weight Away

Summer is raging and we're all left complaining on how to tolerate the copious amounts of sweat we're generating. But there is one upside to all this heat: weight watchers can swim their excess weight away. Enroll in a swimming class if you still don't know how to swim. Enroll as a family! Make it a weekly family activity if a pool is nearby. You may not be needing diet supplements after all.

One other thing you can do is to 'drown' your fats by doubling your water intake. That will not only help burn more calories but it will ensure you don't run the risk of dehydration.


On a related note, you can also consider enrolling your babies in a Lozada Baby and Me class for toddlers.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Crocs Mega Sale on March 18-21

Yes, you heard it right. There is going to be another Crocs Mega Sale this year. It's happening on March 18-21, 2010 at the Mega Tent in Pasig from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

If you're planning to go but have never been to one, check out my post from last year on what to expect from a Crocs Mega Sale event. Make sure to bring companions to fall in line for you because the long lines are sure to be a source of hair loss for women and major grumpiness in men (unless they love shopping as well). And leave the babies at home! The summer heat and the crowd will all just be taxing to a child.

Up to 90% off! Go, go, go!!!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Klasrum Adarna Summer Workshops

Klasrum Adarna Summer Workshops are here!

The details of the seminars for kids can be found here. It basically includes short story writing, book illustrating and book-making.

The details for the adult workshops can be found here. The storytelling workshop is on April 24 while the "Teaching Beginning Reading" is slated for May 22.

The adult workshops are sure to benefit new graduates hoping to teach pre-school to find a job. A 25% discount will be given for early registrants! For inquries and slot reservation, please get in touch ASAP with Ergoe through 372-3548 local 122 or ergoe [at] adarna.com.ph.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Manila Manor Hotel

Manila Manor Hotel is a 3-star hotel I didn't know about until the NGO I was volunteering for decided to conduct a training there. I was really amazed to find such a pleasant 3-star hotel in Manila.

I am not sure if they have bigger function rooms but the one we used just past the lobby can probably accommodate 20-30 people comfortably. Their staff were friendly and accommodating and really attentive.

The cooking is between good to great, considering that it is only a 3-star hotel. It tasted of home cooking with oomph. Meals were served at the cozy dining area, which had an extension at the second level, with a lovely view of the balustrade that cascades into the lobby.

Wifi will cost you though if you didn't bring your own internet connection. Your tretinoin review will be worth P100 per hour. The wifi login cards can be purchased from the reception desk.

I did not get to take a lot of pictures because I was speaking in the training. I also do not know if their rooms are any good. But one other thing going for Manila Manor Hotel is its proximity to a lot of places in Manila. It is 1-2 minutes walk to Robinsons Place Malate and the bar scene at Nakpil and Adriatico. The hotel is located just beside a gimik scene that offers free Wifi. It is 30-45 minutes away from the airport, around 10-20 minutes from Mall of Asia, and easy to get back to/come from if patrons intend to go to Makati or Ortigas.

Do call Manila Manor Hotel to make inquiries. They may be offering discounts to rooms and events.

Manila Manor Hotel
1660 J. Bocobo Street, Manila, Luzon 1004, Philippines
(632) 525-9065 to 70
(632) 524-9733
(632) 521-8996

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Lose, And So Shall You Win

Nope, I will not be talking of a fat burning product or exercise regimen today. This is actually a blog contest where one of the mechanics is "tell us why you should lose", with the best answer winning the grand prize of a Nokia 2320!!!

There are many ways to win... one of which is to post about it or leave a comment.

So do check out this Generously Greedy contest now. Lots of prizes at stake and it's not at all complicated to join!!!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"Neat Freak" Items For Sale

"Neat Freak" items are being sold at fussyfingers.multiply.com. By 'neat freak', I mean everything that helps someone organize. Think OLD NAVY Notebooks, Metallic Notebooks, Monthly Organizer, & Pop Up Stick Ons. These are perfect gift ideas for the cool college kid, the OC Mom, the super organized colleague and the anxious bride-to-be. Also perfect for the crafty, artsy type who believe in making their own cards. The pop up stick ons are just fab! Perfect for scrapbooking too!

Metallic notebooks cost P70/pc while Old Navy notebooks are priced at P120/each. Pop up stick ons cost P25/set but if you order 5 sets, you only need to pay P100.

Hurry. It isn't that early to start shopping for next school year's supplies.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Touch, Play, Catch Energizer Game

I just learned this game last Friday and am sure others must have played this one already. But for those who haven't and are looking for an energizer to wake up their sleeping students or training participants, this is how you play TOUCH, PLAY, CATCH:

1) Have the participants form a circle.

2) Get each one to touch the point of the index finger of the person to his/her right. That is TOUCH.

3) PLAY is stroking the index finger (up & down movement) using your index and thumb.

4) CATCH is trying to catch the other person's index finger in your hand.

5) The game facilitator will be saying, touch, touch, play, play, touch (whatever sequence) ending in catch. The goal of the game is to avoid getting your finger caught.

6) Think of punishments for those whose fingers got caught.

7) You don't need to finish the game with a winner, just end it on a high note with everyone alert and open again to hearing the discussion.
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