My Health

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I always put the health of my kids first, and do whatever I can to make sure that they lead a healthy lifestyle. However, while paying a lot of attention to their wellbeing, I often forgot about looking after myself. Until recently, I ate nothing but junk food; did no exercise and smoked regularly, and after a meeting with a doctor, I realised that my lifestyle was responsible for me being out of shape. While I’ve pledged to eat healthily and start working out, I know quitting smoking is going to be tough. However, there are several ways in which I, and you, can kick the habit:

  • Use things like electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches and nicotine gums. If you want to quit, but still crave the nicotine which helped to make it so addictive, you could use any of those aids to help wean you off cigarettes for good.
  • Think about the impact that smoking could have on your health. Smoking is known to cause breathing problems, stained teeth, coughing fits and, in extreme cases, diseases such as lung cancer. If that doesn’t persuade you to give up, what else will?
  • Try and find something else to do instead of smoking. Smoking is often seen by many who do it as a hobby. However, if you find something else to help keep you from being bored, that could help take your mind off those cravings.
  • Try to be a good role model to your kids. By leading a healthy lifestyle, you’re setting a good example to your kids that they will surely follow. It’s also worth thinking about the damage that smoking could do to your kids, as if they inhale second-hand smoke, they could pick up similar illnesses and diseases to the ones you may have.

Protecting my Family

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Every hour of every day, I do what I can to provide for my kids. Whether they need food, clothes, help with getting to and from school, toys or days out, I make sure that they have it. While this isn’t too much of a problem for me, I dread to think about how I’ll be able to look after the family if I was forced to leave work due to something beyond my control. I could fall ill, get injured in an accident or need an emergency operation which will take a long time to make a full recovery from.

If something like that should happen, I often think about the financial consequences. As well as the possibility of not being able to work, there could be medical bills I might have to pay up sooner rather than later. However, there is something that millions, if not billions of people do to avoid this nightmare scenario. Getting some form of insurance with could be the answer to my family’s prayers.

By taking out a life insurance policy, I know that I’m prepared for the worst and that if it happens, my family’s finances will be taken care of. They won’t have to worry about paying the bills or anything else even if I pass away, which also helps to put mind at rest, because I often worry about what will happen if such a thing would happen. I’ll do anything to help my family, and taking out life insurance is one of those things.

The Little One Hits the Potty

PhotobucketHoooray! The little one is potty trained! He has been diaper free all day! He will hold his manhood whenever he want to pee while he will run and sit down on the potty when he want to poop.

I started potty training the tot when he turned 17 months old and at 19 months he was already potty trained. For me, patience and consistency are the key a successful potty training attempt.

Below are few potty training tips base on our experience.

  • First and foremost, make sure you have the right equipment. A potty chair will make your training easier. There are various potty training chairs that are available these days. I have bought our 4n1 Gerbo potty training chair at the baby company at SM Department store for only PhP 330.00
  • Your baby might not be ready for this but make sure you are ready and determine to do this as consistency is very important in this training.
  • I started to let him pee on the when he wakes up every morning and after nap time. To make it easy, we demonstrated it so he could understand what we want him to do. At first he refuses to do it but we continue to encourage him to sit down and pee on the potty and eventually he get use to it and become a routine.
  • Come up with a potty song to entertain him while sitting down the potty.  I started with “sit down, sit down your rocking the boat” and later changed it to “sit down, sit down potty’s waiting”. LoL! I am not a good composer not even for children’s song.
  • Encourage him. Once training is underway, encourage him and escort him to the potty whenever he feels the urge to pee.
  • Give him praise. Do praise him after a successful pee or poo on the potty. We often clap and told him “good job” and he loves it whenever we praise him after using the potty. There are even times that he will inform others that he peed in order to get praises.
  • Give him a reward. Whenever he poo on the potty, we were overwhelmed. It was a very good job! and we gave him his favorite snack as a reward.
  • Lastly, make those tips a habit and sure your little one is on the way to be potty trained.
I’m soo glad that he is now able to hit the potty alone. It’s wonderful seeing him taking a short break from playing running to the potty for a pee or a good doo – doo – poo. 



Flower Girls: Understanding Her Role and Avoiding the Jitters

Whenever I attend weddings, aside from the bride’s awaiting entrance down the aisle, I am also looking forward to see the little members of the entourage. It’s exhilarating to see those adorable little girls in their lovely flowergirl dresses from weddington way toting a basket of petals being scattered on the bride’s path. I’m sure their moms are more than excited than I do.

Traditionally, flower girls are part of a wedding entourage. Although you may opt not to have flower girls, most church weddings that I have attended have flower girls. Ideally, flower girls are aged between 3 to 10 years old. They usually walk before the bride or the bride’s maid and it is believed that they symbolize the childhood of the bride.

For sure moms would love to see their little girls walking in the aisle with confidence. And when jitters attacks they will end up walking with their moms and if worst comes to worst they miss the entourage.

To avoid such scenario, here are a few tips that might help her understand and execute her role.

  • Carefully and properly explain her role. Perhaps a picture book similar to “The Little Flower Girl” by Linda Trace Brandon will help a lot.
  • Make sure they attend rehearsals to give her a glimpse of what would be happening during the wedding day. That way, she will be properly oriented and that will help her develop confidence.
  • Treat them accordingly so you’ll not scare them away. It will help them to be relaxed while walking down the aisle.

Having the nerve to do their role properly will surely make the experience memorable for both the little girls and their moms.


Citizenship of a Child Born in Malaysia to Foreign Parents

In the advent of computers and the World Wide Web, it is no doubt that the internet has become a great source of information. It has become a powerful tool for researchers and even to ordinary people like me seeking information on something.

I have written a blog post on how to register a foreign child born in Malaysia a year ago. And I am glad that the post somehow helps people (especially fellow Filipino) seeking information on the latter matter. As the author, I try to answer their questions as long as I am knowledgeable about the question. A fellow Filipina asked about the (would be) benefits of a child born in Malaysia. And that motivates me to right this post and I hope (just like the other post)this would become interesting and informative.

When my friends learned that I gave birth to our first child in Malaysia, instantly they thought my baby is a Malaysian Citizen. Unlike in United States, a foreign child born in Malaysia does not automatically obtain Malaysian citizenship. Malaysian citizenship is obtained by blood, hence to obtain Malaysian citizenship one of the parent should be a Malaysian Citizen.

In other circumstances, a child born in Malaysia to foreign parents is not A Malaysian Citizen. Children born in wedlock to two Malaysian citizens are Malaysian citizens regardless of the country of their birth. Children born in wedlock, in Malaysia, of a Malaysian mother and foreign father are also Malaysian citizens; the same thing goes with children born out of wedlock, in Malaysia, of a Malaysian mother.  However, children born in wedlock abroad to a Malaysian mother and a foreign father are considered to have received the father’s citizenship. Children born out of wedlock, abroad, to a Malaysian mother are not considered citizens, but may enter Malaysia with permanent resident status, with the mother, and may apply for citizenship.

For more information you may visit National Registration Department of Malaysia.

Source: UNHCR


Are you into Gold Investment?

I’m not into it but recently I have thought about this since gold investment became profitable in the midst of economic crisis. We all know that investment is important in our life and well being. That is why most of us even those popular economists want to have investment with an expectation to gain morethan the invested amount.

Gold has been valuable. Through out human history, gold has been a basis of monetary policies and was used as payment by traders. Today, gold has been a profitable investment to some investor. It’s an easy and straight forward investment. Unlike buying a property or insurance, you don’t need a lot of documents when buying gold. But I rarely heard of people who are investing in Gold. People around me usually invest in property, insurance, time deposit, and stocks which requires a big amount of money. Perhaps only few people know how to invest in gold.

Things that you should consider before throwing out your cash for gold.

  • Giant investor normally has their financial advisor. So if you can afford, it is best to get one for you.
  • Get to know more about gold. Their characteristics, market value and the likes.
    Find a reputable and trusted dealer who has specialized knowledge about the subject.
  • Assess the gold performance in the market. This will help you decide if you want to pursue your plan of investing in gold.
  • When buying gold, always ask for a certificate of purity of gold. Purity of gold is important since substandard gold is around the market and this is usually cheaper that the pure ones.
  • You should learn how to preserve it and you should be aware that there is an extra cost in preserving gold.

There you go. Remember to invest wisely to avoid bankruptcy.

Basic Baby Sleeping Tips

Sleepless nights has become a part our new beginnings as a parents. As we all know new born babies have irregular sleeping pattern which means you have to stay awake when they are awake regardless of the time. As early as eight weeks babies sleep through the night for four-six hours, but not all babies can immediately reach this milestone which means stretching out your sleepless nights.This is the reason why I was keen on researching on baby’s basic sleeping habits as well as sleep facts. And here’s sharing some effective tips that I have just learned from few researches.

As early as 5 weeks I am trying to teach my son a sleeping habit to help my life easier during bed time.

Start teaching him the difference between day and night. Some babies are up all night and sleep all day. Remember that for the first few days this is normal to babies and you won’t be able to do much about this. Once he reaches 2 weeks old you can start teaching him the difference between day and night. During the day, play to him as much as you can, keep the room/house light and bright and don’t worry with the ordinary daytime noises. At night try not play to him, and keep the lights and noises low. Also try not to talk to him too much.

Know the signs that mean he is tired. Once the baby gets tired, it will be easy for them to fall asleep but you have to take note, that you don’t have to overtired him because it will be hard for them to fall asleep. If the baby is rubbing his eyes, pulling on his ear, or developing faint dark circles under his eyes that’s the sign that he is sleepy, then try putting him down in his crib. Just continue doing this and you’ll soon develop a sixth sense about your baby’s daily sleeping patterns.

Give him a chance to sleep on his own. It is said that how we settle the baby to bed is important. At the moment, it’s hard for my little one to sleep on his own. I often rock or nurse him to sleep. I just hope its not for long, because in the long run, for sure everytime he’s going to sleep he will be expecting me to rock or nurse him to sleep. Try to leave him alone to sleep.

How to Maintain A Good Relationship with Your Maid

Do you know that nerve racking feeling when you welcome a stranger to your household and entrust her you’re supposed housekeeping task? That was I felt when I our “yayabel” came.

Recently our long time house help left and so we have to hire new one. With two babies in tow, I can’t face the household chores by myself so I really need a house help. We had a fairly good relationship with our old house help, and I am again trying to build the same with the new one.

House maids deserve respect and should be treated well. Remember their role is to help you with the household chores, they are not slaves.

Below are tips on how to build and maintain a harmonious relationship with your housemaid.

Take time to talk. Keep the communication line open between you and your maid. It’s not just about discussing their shortcomings. Casual conversation and interaction in will make her feel comfortable and will make her feel more welcome in your household. She would definitely appreciate your effort of reaching out.

Consider Incentives. Increasing their wage is definitely a good thing while giving them rewards or incentive for a job well done or on occasions like Birthday and Christmas. This will also encourage them to continue their excellence in their job.

A helping hand. Although they might be hesitant to ask for their employer’s help during hard times, offer your help and encourage her in a sincere way.

Treat them well. Needless to say, maids should be treated well. Treat them greatly and they will show themselves great. That way, you are giving her reasons to stay and improve her service.

A good relationship with your maid does matter. Remember, we are entrusting them our valuables.






Why We Should Balance Work and Family Life

Whether you sleep in a bed of nails or get up on the wrong side of the bed, you have to embrace the day and grace yourself early for work. Otherwise you have to shake your leg if you don’t want to put an end to your growing career.

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A big part of our life is spent working in order to keep us going in this complex world. Although it may seem like an everyday routine, work overwhelms people and has occupied a big part of our being that sometimes it interrupts our life – you forget your wedding anniversary, missed a play date with the kids, rescheduled a family trip and I can go on with the lists that perhaps caused your wife or kids sulking. It’s just sad that sometimes we have to set aside our family for a while due to our exigent work.

Normally, it is the father who plays the traditional breadwinner role. They are the ones working like a horse for the family while the mother stays at home do the house chores and attend to children’s needs. Hence the mother is dubbed as caring, attentive and apprehensive while father’s image is strict, veracious and unapproachable. And in the case of workaholic dads most kids suffer. They tend to be distant from their father and this result to a frosty father and child relationship. That is why having a work-family life balance is good and proper – you maintain a healthy good quality of life while relishing your progressive career.

I know quite a few of my friends who are not close to their father and I share the same script. However, there are still those who are able to balance their life and work and I salute them. It’s not to say that those who were not able to balance their work and family life are not good fathers, of course they are. They are working hard for the family and they deserve to be love and respected.

While it is important to balance your family and career it is also equally important to ensure your safety at work. Accident is not an ideal circumstance that everyone should take precautionary measures to avoid it.

But accident is accident. And if you are unfortunate to meet one while working, know your rights and entitlement. If there’s a knot between you and your employer seek professional help like that of First4lawyers. They will help you get over it and ensure that you get what is due to you. An accident at work claims from first4lawyers will definitely carry the day.

What is a generous salary to you if you have been living an unhappy – unhealthy family? It’s not just about the salary we receive at the end of the month, rather it’s about life, work and safety. Having a balance career and family life is perhaps the best salary in the world.

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The Coffee Passport: Another Krispy Kreme Birthday Treat Brewing Your Way

For a world-famous doughnut and coffee brand that’s all about the gift of sharing, Krispy Kreme furthers its 75th birthday blowout with another treat in store for everyone.

Starting August 17, Krispy Kreme will be providing perks for those who delight in its Signature Coffee and wide variety of espresso-based drinks crafted just the way they like it—whether rich and bold, topped with thick foamed milk, or drizzled with syrup—as the Coffee Passport makes a comeback.

Krispy Kreme will grant “The Coffee Passport” to its aficionados upon purchase of a medium or large cup of Signature Coffee or espresso, gives everyone a chance to get free treats from Krispy Kreme.

You just have to collect stamps to fill it: one cup of Signature Coffee or espresso for one stamp, and a Brew Box or a Brew Box Jr. for two.

Three stamps will get a customer a free half dozen of Original Glazed doughnuts. Six stamps will equate to a free Krispy Kreme birthday mug, while a box of a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts will be given in exchange of a dozen stamps.

These passports will be available in Krispy Kreme stores nationwide until September 30. On the other hand, stamps will be given until October 14, while redemption of the free items will extend until December 14—letting everyone revel in this one-of-a-kind goodness brought by the brand’s delightful treats until the end of its birthday year.

As it spreads joy in the most thrilling way possible, Krispy Kreme is definitely on the move to etch its flavors in the palates of many. And now, with the Coffee Passport, every trip to a Krispy Kreme store is once again made more exciting—adding delight to the brand’s one-of-a-kind offerings.