Sunday, December 8, 2013

Static Equipment that Make a Difference

Children having fun at Quezon City Memorial Circle.
My brother and I used to visit before the Quezon City Memorial Circle. We go there for fun. We jogged, ate and shopped in the range of bargains from clothes to wellness. We had to enjoy the place as if we were children. I long for those days when we were still children and we had play a lot - all without the aid of any computer or mobile phone.

More or less 20 of them.

Brother trying the rope pull.
On the side near the elliptical road inside the park, we noticed the newly built static exercise equipment. I counted them, there were more or less 20 equipment that you can enjoy and try your self for one or more. The array of equipment isn't only for adults but for children to try too. I saw children enjoying them.

Sit-up bench
I was after to inspect each of them. Each one bears a label and an instruction to use. These are just one of the improvements made with the Quezon City Memorial Circle. When you visit the place you can tell which of them you like. For sure, children will love the place and the exercise equipment too.

Sky twister

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Support UNICEF: Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, Your Help Is Needed Now!

Support UNICEF: Find out how you can save children’s lives, protect their childhoods and get them into school. Find out how you can help children everywhere.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kid's Interests

What does your kid like to do? This is a concern for all parents. While modern technology gives an array of distraction to our children, I still would like to develop my kid's talents the way we were supposed to be. Of course children love to play computer games and savor themselves with the attention-catcher mobile apps but what is more important is what they are supposed to be and what they will be in the future.

My kid loves to draw, to paint, to color a lot of things. When she's in the mood, she is so earnest of asking from me a lot of questions about colors and objects. She likes to watch television and would request from me to peep from my mobile phone apps. However, I want her to be what she should be without too much exposure from radiation brought about by modern gadgets.

She has a chalk board where she can write and draw anytime. She loves to mold clays into different object and animals. I like the way she molds clay into animals with details of their feet, mouth, ears and tail. She shows me a buffalo, lots of snakes and other objects. 

She told me this is water buffalo.

My kid attends the mass on Sundays and she shows me how to mold a priest from a clay. I was amazed when she told me she shapes a Mama Mary. She accentuates it with a flower she picks from our yard. When she's in the mood to make all those things, I cannot even interrupt her for food or television. She exerts a lot of efforts in what she does.

She told me this is Mama Mary.

My wish is for her to develop her innate talents into something she could be in the future. Since she loves arts, I hope to support her with what she does and develop her further into what she could be. She likes to see paintings. I am a visitor of museums where there are lots of paintings that I take pictures of. I show them to my kid and she likes to see them too. 

Indeed as parents, we really have to support our children's interests so that these could serve  as their base for further development. I hope we can do more as parents and as people who are after for children's welfare.

This post was published in Yahoo Voices.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Young Photographer

My three year old kid is trying her skills in photography. Using my LG Phone, she takes pictures of things inside and outside the house. Here is one of her photo essays.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Terrifying Images of Women and Children in Syria

What help can we share to these suffering people?
What prayer can we ask for to stop violence?
What aid can we send?
What else can we give?
When can we have peace in Syria?
Where is the love?

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Next Finisher

If I can and whenever there is an opportunity, I join fun runs.

With office mate, Geraldine.

Running was part of my life since I was a kid. In elementary years, I joined various sports. I competed in long jump. I competed in sprint and in relay. I loved softball too.

When I entered high school, I became shy. Dominating fellow female students who resembled like men would look at me with prejudice to my physical skills. Yes, I am small. To them, I was small. I joined the scouting then but my things were taken from me especially beddings by a physically stronger boyish colleague. While in the jamboree, I slept on the floor but was surprised that the heavier body of my boyish colleague toppled on me while she was asleep. She got no control of herself while sleeping – thing that still needs parental attention during that time including peeing in bed.

I felt physical pain  but I did not complain. Now, I feel the other way around. All those things made stronger. Those contemporaries would approach me and say “hi” more often now than when I was in elementary years.

In high school, I mellowed in sports. Yes, I was into volleyball too but I have more love for softball. I did not compete anymore physically although I was qualified then. I left the main event to the dominantes. I did not join practice anymore. To me, a sport is everyday life. We accept defeat, we accept victory. We cherish everything including our tears.

More on high school, I focused on studies. I practiced sports by myself and few good friends. I left the fame of sports to the dominantes. I remained timid and in my own way. Thanks God, I graduated with honors. A girl without a shoe of her own made it to the stage.

When I finished college, I was so thin. People would doubt at me that I was sick. Some even thought I had tuberculosis. To that discrimination, I wanted to prove something for myself. Something that is physical. I entered the fire service – a very noble profession in the Western world (hopefully in the Philippines soon). I passed all the medical and physical exams. Thanks God, I was thin but I was not sick. I was thin but I was physically fit.

Now that I am in my 30’s already, I still continue to exercise. Once a week, I should have to jog. I may not be able to join all the fun runs out there. Yet I still can when I have free time.  I literally do not compete in fun runs. My first fun run happened a few years ago. I am a regular 3-kilometer runner. Finishing the run is already a greatest achievement to me. I did not have to accelerate to a longer run just to please myself or anybody. I just have to make it for myself and for my health.

GM with my finisher medal

Getting old and single mom, I am so glad that somebody has to finish my run. My girl, Guada, now in her 3 years of age, is so athletic too. She moves a lot. She swims in the beach with her grandma. She could even be a better swimmer than me. I never learned how to swim. I feared the sea after I almost drowned when I was between 3 to 5 years old.

Life has a lot of fears. However, a life without a challenge isn’t life at all. I may be alone to finish the run. Now I am confident that I already have a finisher. My girl is my finisher. 
Lord, thy will be done.

(See this article published in Yahoo Voices)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Kid's Artwork

I give my little girl almost all sorts of pens. I give her pencil but she dislikes it. I give her pentel pen and ball point pen. I also give her coloring pens. My girl's favorite is a ballpen. She draws animals using a ballpen. She dislikes it when a pencil does not write well.

She loves to write everywhere. She colors the mirror. She writes even on her skin. She draws a line on our wall using a chalk. Everywhere even in the pages of my books, she writes in there.
One of Guada's artworks

Whenever she draws or writes she would call us to supervise her. She directs me to draw for her too. She asks me to draw various animals from elephant to python. I am not good in drawing but I draw without hesitation whenever she asks me to do it for her.

I collect her artworks. I treasure every artwork I see. To me passing through such stage of being a child will never be repeated again. Thus, I consider her outputs as works of art. Even if they may seem incomprehensible and may somewhat look like an abstract, I find them of utmost value.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What is Virtual Piggy?

What will our kid's future be without our financial guidance? What if we left a fortune but they don't know how to manage them? Will they end up like a prodigal son? Of course we do not want our kids to be broke when we are gone. We want them to be financially independent even if we might not be around anymore,

With Virtual Piggy, let us start teaching our kids with financial management. Let us increase their financial IQ as young as they are. If we will be able to prepare our kids for the future, we are confident that they can stand on their own feet. We are assured that the fortune we left or we will be leaving for them will not be lost to nothing.

Financial literary needs no procrastination. Parents need not to wait for age of maturity before teaching their children to be competitive. Financial IQ is a must that should be handed down to our kids now, not tomorrow or never.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Handcrafted by Mothers for Little Girls

With 7,107 islands, a group of mothers from Cebu City are sewing dolls with love for little girls in the country. I bought this Isabel Rag Doll for my kid and it bears the signature of the mother who did it.

Isabel Rag Doll by Anthill are crafted from colorful scraps of cloth by the women of Handcrafters of Mary Enterprise (HOME), an urban sewing community of mothers from Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, Philippines. -HumanHeartNature Philippines

While I don't remember having such a toy when I was a kid, how I wish every girl would have one today. 

Our kids are our kids yet they will not remain forever as young as they are now.
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