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Nurturing Your Child’s Gifts

Nurturing your child’s gifts is one big responsibility that parents should invest a lot of time with.

Children’s gifts come either naturally or as a result of them emulating their parents (or their parents insisting on them doing things that they have not experienced as children) and these should be developed and yes, nurtured.

Nurturing your child’s gifts does not just make him or her feel confident and able but he/she knows that the support and love of the parents made this possible, coupled with the discipline and  hard work.

Artistically, musically, sports inclined children are just some of the gifts that can be nurtured. For me, having a musically inclined daughter has me scour the web like Musicians friend to see what we can purchase for her to  further improve her talent.

How do you nurture your child’s gifts?

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Para sa Mga Mananakay sa MRT

Ilang maikiling kwento mula sa mga mananakay sa MRT:

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Text messages ng isang isang lalaki sa kanyang asawa:

10:30pm Pauwi na ako nasa MRT Buendia train na. Busina na lang ako pagdating.

11:34pm Nasa MRT Quezon Ave pa lang kami. Nakasakay sa MRT Buendia mga 10:30pm mag-1 hour na kami sa loob ng train, puro hinto tapos ang tagal kung huminto.

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JEM, 18, taga QC, estudyante. “I was listening to the songs in my phone when the music suddenly stopped. I thought my phone’s battery juice ran out. It turned out someone stole my phone from my bag! Bad experience!”

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CL, 45, taga QC, business woman. “Naku, pag may meeting ako sa Makati dapat lunch time, nag-MRT na lang ako kasi traffic sa EDSA. Mas mabilis pa at di ako pagod magdrive. Pagbaba naman ng mga station may mga taxi na.”

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RP, 29, taga bandang South, office admin sa Ortigas. “Isang di ko makalimutang experience  sa MRT nung madukutan ako ng wallet. Nandun ang money ko siyempre, buti na lang may extra ako sa bag kaya may pamasahe ako pauwi. Ang masaklap pa, yung credit card at ATM madaming kailangang gawin pag-file sa bank. Wala naman ako magawa kundi sumakay dito kasi ito lang pinakamabilis na way papunta sa masasakyan ko pauwi sa amin.”

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JF, 45, teacher taga Quezon City. “Every Friday may sched ako sa Makati, 1-3pm. Wala naman ako naexperience na hindi OK pagsakay ng MRT kasi patay na oras yun, pwede ka pa nga pumili kung saan mo gusto umupo. Pag-uwi bandang 3:30pm, di pa rin puno although kung minsan nakatayo na ako at usually sa Cubao station, nakakaupo na ako.”

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Hindi magiging hassle-free ang pagbyahe sa MRT dahil sa kabi-kabilang problema kaya dapat laging handa kung magkaroon ng aberya.

Anu-ano nga ba ang dapat mong dala-dala para maing kaiga-igaya ang pagsakay mo sa MRT kahit may aberya?

  1. Music player at ear phones upang makapakinig ng music na pang-alis ng inip at stress. Huwag gamitin ang mobile phone na music player dahil baka madukot ito siksikan ng mga tao. At least, ang music player, maliit at handy.
  2. Wet tissue o alcohol panlinis ng kamay pagbaba ng MRT. Dahil hindi pwedeng hindi humawak sa metal poles at handles (kapag sobrang siksikan kahit hindi ka humawak hindi ka matutumba) habang umaandar ang train, kailangan mag-sanitize upang makaiwas sa sakit.
  3. Pamaypay. Aircon nga ang mga tren ngunit kapag sobrang puno, mainit na. Kapag siksikan, itago na lang ang pamaypay dahil walang ispasyo para magamit ito.
  4. Panyo pantakip sa ilong at bibig kapag siksikan na at hininga na ng katabi ang nalalanghap.
  5. Bag na may zipper ang gamitin upang hindi madukutan.
  6. Gums or candies gaya ng menthol candies o breath mints upang manatiling mabango ang hininga dahil matagal-tagal na hindi bumubuka ang bibig lalo na kung walang kausap.
  7. Pasensiya. Patience is a must kapag sumasakay sa MRT. Magbaon ng marami niyan dahil sigurado, iyan ay kailangan-kailangan.

Narito ang buong artikulo sa Philippine Online Chronicles.

 

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Guitar Lessons at School

My two children are quiet adept with guitar-playing. One is better than the other in terms of skills because that child has been learning how to play the instrument for three years already while the relatively new guitar student who has composed two guitar pieces started late last year.

Together they ask for a new guitar and even told me to see MF. Which I did.

Turned out they have been scouting the web for a new guitar to use and learn new songs.

Good thing they have guitar lessons in school and we don’t have to pay high fees to be able to have them learn the basics.

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Emergency Kits

We just had another destructive typhoon experience last weekend. This weather disturbance is known as Mario (Fung-Wong).

The fact that it almost came closed to being compared with that of Ondoy or Ketsana that took a lot of lives and destroyed a massive amount of infrastructure, means is it a very big one.

A lot of families places where the floodwater rose five years ago during Ondoy did not experience the same harrowing experience. Some were ready with their emergency kits and extra food.

So, what’s in an emergency kit?

  • OTC meds with expiration date a year or two more
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Candles and matches
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (make sure these are still fresh and have not leaked at all)
  • Towels, extra bedsheet and tissue paper.
  • Extra cash
  • Canned food
  • First-aid kit.

If I missed something I’m sure, merz apothecary can help you with these items I was not able to include.

What we don’t need are the situations that call for the use of these items in the kit. Wouldn’t that be better?

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What to do with Chili Fingers

If you are ever in a situation and have a lot of chili fingers, then it is time to make Chili Cheesesticks. Head over to the food blog and see how these are prepped:

Chili Cheesesticks

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Pancit Buko

Here is a pancit buko recipe I posted in the food blog:

 

 

This is a better alternative to using dried noodles because the coconut strips are fresh and has more nutrients than dried noodles.

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