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October 6 2014 is a Regular Non-Working Holiday

Working Pinoys will be looking forward to another long-weekend due to a non-working holiday.

President recently declared October 6, 2014, Monday, as a regular  non-working holiday to give way to the observance of ‘Eidul Adha,’ an Islamic Feast of Sacrifice. Read More


DTI Diskwento Caravan in Marikina 2014

The Diskwento (discount) Caravan of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is going to Marikina next week!

If you are looking for consumer goods at low prices, visit the Diskwento Caravan in Marikina. The one-day event will happen on September 26, 2014, Friday, at the Marikina Freedom Park (fronting Marikina City Hall and along Shoe Avenue). Read More

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Rewarding Children

Good parenting include knowing how to identify good behavior and rewarding children for such. Recognizing good behavior and accomplishments of a child boost confidence and further encourage him/her to continue doing such acts.

As a parent myself, I try to be wary of my child’s behavior although my guilt is that I’m verbalizing to him more his misdemeanors rather than my appreciation when is well-behaved or showing virtuosity.

For instance, last night, when I came home, he reminded me that he actually listens to my lamentations about him. He proudly showed me that he actually cleaned the house and was behaving himself when we were not around. I was speechless for a while but I do not remember telling him outright how much I appreciated what he did. Read More


A Guide for Buying Mid-Range Smartphones

A cross post from

For those buying their very first  smartphones and are tight on the budget, the selection process should be given careful thought. Most people buy phones that they are going to use for a long time. You don’t want to make your experience of using  a touchscreen phone traumatic.

This is the very reason why you need to do an online research first before you head to the mall, otherwise, the tendency is for you to buy any phone that will strike your fancy and possibly, regretting after why you ended up with the purchase. To be a smart buyer is to know what you want and why. Read More


Mall Sale: Marikina Riverbanks Center Outlet and Factory Fair

The Riverbanks Center in Marikina is an outlet store that houses brand stores, Marikina-made products and other local and imported items at bargain prices.

Today until September 15, 2014, the big brands of the Riverbanks Center are having a big sale titled “BIG BRANDS AT FACTORY PRICES.” The venue for the sale is the Atrium.

Outlet stores at the Riverbanks Center:

  • Guess
  • Attitudes
  • Bambu (featuring Ipanema, Grendha, and Rider)
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • FH (Folded and Hung)
  • Puma
  • Mossimo
  • World Balance
  • Mr. Lee
  • Hammerhead Jeans & Shirts
  • Bizaare
  • BNY Jeans
  • Forever Sports
  • The Look Boutique Read More


Hair Care is Self-Care

“I love you but I got to love me more.”  Peggi Speers, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love

The quotation above talks not about selfishness but self-love and self-care. Both are essential to living. Contrary to Narcissism syndrome where one admires self highly, self-love and self-care is not out of arrogant pride but healthful actions to look after oneself. We need to worry about ourselves, too. The carer must be cared for in order to continue serving others. Self-care is imperative if you wanted to become a better and an effective caretaker. Read More


It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Davao’s Kadayawan 2014 Festival

This week is Davao City’s Kadayawan festival. The Kadayawan sa Dabaw is among the most popular festivals in the Philippines and is well-flocked by tourist from different parts of the city and the world.

As a Davao local said, the Kadayawan Festival is big deal for Davaeños as it is the time of the year where the locals are excited preparing for the grand event and tourists from everywhere flock Davao to experience the famed festivity. To mark the importance of the event, Malacañang Proclamation No. 89 declared August 15, 2014 as a special non-working day in Davao. Read More


Rudyard’s Jungle Book and the Monkey Business of Kipling

If there are two things I love doing, they are reading and shopping. Reading is a long-time, since the day I can read, hobby of mine. I am a voracious reader which empowered my imaginative mind and led me to the love for writing. Shopping is my favorite past-time, ironically a relaxing activity which at the same time makes my pulse racing and my blood running wild. Shopping is fun for most women. I dig it a lot, yeah.

Now, combining my passion for reading and my affinity for shopping brought me to liking so dearly the bag collection of Kipling, a globally popular women’s bag collection known for its signature furry monkey key chains or bag charms.

Where’s the connection?

As a child, I grew up reading Rudyard Kipling. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English story writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. His legacies include Just So Stories, Gunga Din, and the well-known to Pinoys story, The Jungle Book. Read More


Renewal of PRC License for Teachers 2014

Very recently, I renewed my  license for teachers at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Prior renewal, I googled online the fine for late renewal and I was sad when I read in a blog post that the amount was Php300 per year. My PRC license expired in 2011 so readied myself in paying a hefty sum.

Recognizing my prior experiences when going to PRC, I took a leave of absence from work since I’m expecting long lines and waiting hours. I came there on a Friday morning, about 9:00 am and and in less than an hour, smiling and satisfied, I’m out of the PRC building holding my newly renewed PRC license. Yes! All in less than an hour of dealing with pleasant and assisting PRC personnel!

Here are the easy steps to renew your PRC license: Read More


Get Ready to Travel: Official 2015 Philippine Holidays

The Philippine government issued early the official calendar of holidays for 2015. This will give the Filipino people a heads-up in planning for travels and activities for next year.

Proclamation No. 831, signed on July 17 by President Benigno Aquino III declared the regular holidays, special non-working days and special holidays for schools for year 2015. Read More