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Hillsong United Live in Dubai!

 photo F36C3D2A-9F92-48B4-927F-4BAE3F39C556_zpscpribjue.jpgI remember the excitement, the music, the voices of multitude individual becoming one voice in worshipping our living God, and above all, the presence that every Christian longs, the Holy Spirit. These are so far the good memories I have, having experienced worship with Hillsong United back home. And it’s such a joy to find out that I’ll be able to experience this once again, right here in the UAE. If you haven’t heard about it yet, Hillsong United is coming for a worship concert in Dubai on the 28th of April 2017. If you haven’t grab your tickets yet, bad news because tickets are sold out, but! but! the good news is that they’re opening a second night on the 29th of April, so don’t miss the chance, go buy your tickets now! We’ve got ours, can’t wait for this to happen. You can purchase tickets at www.platinumlist.net. Visit the website for ticket price and seating arrangement. Hope you could be one of those voices, praising & worshiping God.
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Lighting The Board

 photo corn-hole-clip-art-item-1-vector-magz-free-download-vector-em3gTA-clipart_zpsuzek2kob.jpgCornhole is a fun game that can be played to raise money for a special event or that can be played with family and friends at the end of the day. If you plan on playing in the evening when it's hard to see outside, then consider adding cornhole lights to the board so that you can see where you're tossing the beanbags. There are several ideas that you can use when it comes to installing the lights, but the easiest thing to do is to add a string of lights around the holes. White lights are sufficient, but you can add lights that blend with the theme of the board, such as lights that match the color of a sports team. If the lights are around the holes, then you'll easily be able to tell where the bags are to be tossed instead of guessing at where they land. Another idea is to use lights around the exterior of the boards. LED lights are often brighter and last longer. You can also add lights that glow in the dark or that are lit by solar energy. This would prevent you from having cords everywhere while playing. Blue or green

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Tape Resist | An Easy Art Activity for Kids

 photo 5E142142-12C5-4002-B358-CA1472ED6B5C_zpshfpvrbhd.jpgI introduced the boys to canvas and acrylic painting lately. I tried searching for inspiration in pinterest and found this easy and fun tape resist activity for kids, perfect for beginners. It’s so simple but with lovely outcome. For this activity, you will be needing, canvas, acrylic paint, paint brush and painter’s tape. To begin with the activity, use the painter's tape to layout your design. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal lines, it's all up to you how you would like your canvas to look like. Once you have the layout on the canvas, here comes the exciting part. Let the kids play with colors. Paint within the lines / boxes and encourage the kids to use as many colors as they like. You can also opt for monochrome, it all depends on the design you have in mind. When all the boxes are painted, have time to dry it, then remove the tapes. And the result is lovely. Are you thinking of doing this with your kids? Before you get excited, do consider this. For best result, use only painter's tape for this activity. Unfortunately, I don't have painter's tape in the craft box when we did this activity, so I thought the

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Water Sports In The Desert

 photo shark-boat-excite-570x255_zpsl9zfpk1w.jpgIf there is one thing I miss right now in the UAE, it's being surrounded by water. As a Filipino expat, but with the Philippines still very much in my heart, I'm sure that you may know from your geography class at school, or from world history, that the Philippines Island, are just that 7,107 islands surrounded by plenty of water. The Pacific Ocean to be exact. As the UAE is actually an Arabian peninsula located primarily along the Persian Gulf, we do have water sports. But of course, not like what we have in the Philippines. Although UAE may be known as mostly desert land by other people from other nations, the country do have their share of exciting water sports. Water Sports In The UAE [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="266"] photo from https://whatdoesntsuck.com[/caption] Some of the water sports include jet ski and fly-board riding in Dubai, recreational sailing, jet packing experiences, jet-o-vator rides, hyrdro water sports, deep blue sea diving, sea-gliding and many more water sport activities. Well, we may not be exactly water people in UAE, not like the Australians perhaps, but their is enough ocean water off the shoreline to merit seeing an amazing collection of yachts. Little

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Beyond Gifts

 photo 293B2174-0BAC-412A-A0A4-5BA2B78B5644_zpslg5qhkub.jpgAsk my boys what is Christmas to them, and you will get an exaggerated answer, g-i-f-t-s! They get euphoric with the overflowing love they receive from family and friends this festive season, which I’m also happy about. It's agreeably good to see our kids delighted in this merry season. Who wouldn't, when you see your children ecstatic to go home with a surprise in tow after attending a Christmas party? It justifies, why they see this time of the year as the seasons of gifts. 😄 With all this bliss, I just feel the need to instill in their fragile heart the true reason of this season. And how timely it was, that this week's topic on my son's Bible subject, is all about God's Love Gift - Jesus. Truly, it was a good opportunity to teach the little minds, why we celebrate this season and why they’re receiving heaps of gifts. We use to say that Christmas is a season of giving. Yes, it is, and it all began, when God, gave His son, as a precious gift, to save the humanity. Jesus is the reason of this season, without Him we won't be celebrating Christmas at all. We are sharing our

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Celebrating With A Holiday Basket

 photo Holiday-Wine-Gift-Basket-_zpsb8ogyszu.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="195"] photo from: stellarosawines.com/[/caption] If you're looking for an easy gift to give for Christmas, then consider holiday gift baskets. There are numerous things that you can include, using a theme in the basket with the items that you purchase. A basket is an ideal option if you're trying to shop for someone who has a little bit of everything or someone who is simply too hard to shop for and you feel might be hard to please. A gift basket is also a gift to consider for someone who you're not close to but still want to give something to, such as an employer or a friend of the family who you have recently met. The basket is the first thing to start with. You can reuse baskets that you already have as long as they aren't damaged. Add a bit of cardboard or tissue paper to the bottom as a base for the items that you plan to include. After you've got the basket together, you can start looking for the perfect items to add depending on the age of the recipient and the gender. When it comes to getting items for a female, consider candles,

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Homeschool Global Filipino Themed Sports Fest

 photo IMG_0674_zpskiu1stg0.jpgA few weeks after the learn group’s field trip, the boys were telling me they miss their homeschool friends. Then the following days, they were asking if they can meet them. Poor boys, it’s a challenge for us to bring them on a play/learn date with co-homeschooled kids on a weekday, because my husband and I are both working. We cannot also schedule a play dates on a weekend, because that is where we maximized our homeschooling, unless there are special events on weekends, then we'll give way. And that's why, I am glad that recently, the boys were reunited with co-homeschoolers even for just a day, for the Homeschool Global first ever sports fest. Of course, the boys were elated after finding out, about the event. They were actually counting the days perhaps because of excitement. The Filipino themed sports fest was held last November 19 at Zabeel Park. The goal was to expose our children to Philippines’ traditional sports. I don’t think children today have any idea how to play, luksong tinik or patentero as they get to spend more time playing with gadgets, and if they hit the outdoors, I don’t think they will be playing agawang

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Choose an Environmentally Safe Mattress for Your Bed

 photo king-size-memory-foam-bed-mattress-twickenham-corner1_zpsdwrmhtun.jpgExperts recommend replacing a bed’s mattress occasionally to provide better back support. You may have had the same mattress for 15 years or longer because you have lived in the same home. Not only does a mattress begin to sag, but also, it collects dust, skin oils and dry skin flakes. In addition, your mattress may have contamination from parasites such as dust mites that ingest the dry skin on your mattress. Despite having mattress covers and changing your bedding frequently, your bed’s mattress might cause allergic reactions such as sinus congestion or itchy eyes. Many Mattresses Contain Dangerous Chemicals You might think that buying a new mattress will eliminate your allergy symptoms, but the wrong mattress can create additional health problems. The reason for these problems is that many companies are using dangerous chemicals to make mattresses. These chemicals will leach volatile gases into your bedroom, causing headaches and respiratory distress. Many of the chemicals used to make mattresses are also harmful for the earth’s environment. If you want to have the safest new sleeping surface, then it is imperative to find an eco-friendly mattress from a specialty store. Avoid Dangerous Chemicals When you decide to buy a new

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Making Spelling Fun

 photo A663973E-B240-4062-98E6-D6F7FB1C6428_zpstd1vjofo.jpgSpelling is a skill equally important as reading. While our boys are emergent readers, they need to buckle down on their spelling. Our boys learned the ropes to reading at an early age. And so, I thought that spelling will be a breeze for them. But I overshoot the mark, the boys were in a pickle and being bilingual also contributed confusion on their spelling, they have both English and Filipino subjects and they speak both languages, hence the mixed up of both, when spelling is a usual occurrence. Having observed that, I realized that teaching spelling and reading have a different approach. It was an advantage that the language curriculum they use is substantial for spelling improvement, but since they're not really big on writing, it was a challenge having them write spelling words. And so, I have to squeeze creativity on teaching spelling. And you know, when my wheel of creativity runs dry, I run to google. Glad I found generous websites, who shares creative ways of teaching spelling. If your child needs to improve spelling skill, check out the list of blogs below, for fun spelling activities. The Measured Mom's Spell it game Spelling Activities from every star

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Do You Need to Have a Patch Made?

 photo Embroidered-felt-peace-sign-patch_zpsq45mqewm.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250"] photo from http://wonderfuldiy.com/[/caption] Patches are used on a wide variety of clothing. You can find them on sports uniforms that are worn by athletes. You will also find patches on the work clothing worn by mechanics, plumbers and people in many other professions. You might find yourself in a situation where you need to have a patch specially designed. It is true that there are many companies that specialize in designing patches. However, you should not be fooled into thinking that the quality of the patches produced by all of these companies will be identical. That is simply not true. Here is what you need to look for when you are trying to find a company to make a patch for you. 1. Does the company produce patches that are woven? Woven patches are able to show a lot more intricate detail than standard embroidered patches. This has made the popularity of woven patches increase significantly over the past several years. Unfortunately, not all of the companies that produce patches use the embroidery method. This means you will need to do some research if you have your heart set on having your patch designed using embroidery.

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Homeschool Global Dubai | First Educational Field Trip

 photo 14203169_10208247749124487_7220764832725930527_n_zpsd7hsm7dq.jpgHomeschool Global Dubai families are growing. It's good that they've finally reached this part of the world and make homeschooling easy for us, OFW families. The coop has started few activities for our kids and recently, we hold our first educational field trip to Sharjah Dessert Park, where our homeschoolers were exposed to the wild life of the Arabian world. This was my boys’ first zoo visit here in UAE, a very timely activity for my homeschoolers as we capped off our lesson on animals. The field trip was held at the Dessert Park, located in the outskirt of Sharjah last September 3. So, you see, this is a late post. Thank God, I finally had the time to post about the trip. We visited 3 attractions, the Arabia’s Wild Life Center, the Natural History & Botanical Museum and the Children's Farm. Our first stop was the Wild Life Center, I guess this was the highlight of the field trip. The kids were in high jinks; I saw their bright faces as we explore the place. We got them on a zoo scavenger hunt, for an extra fun learning. The hunts were geared around what they learned in science. Unfortunately, photography is not

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Picking the Right Contractor for Your Renovation

 photo renovate-old-home-300x231_zpsde99ridd.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="252"] photo credit:  http://interiohomedecors.com/[/caption]   A residential or commercial renovation is a big step. It can be costly if you're not careful, especially if you're not sure which contractor to use. As you search to find local contractors near you, keep the following tips in mind and you'll be on your way to a smooth, stress-free renovation experience.   Value and Impact for Your Investment You want a contractor who prides themselves on a focused and personal approach to working with clients, and one that puts excellent customer service as a top priority. Your contractor needs to know that your home or business reflects your taste and personality. They need to understand that changes made to your home or business are investment. They will not only affect the value of your property, but the work they do will make a lasting impression on your friends, family, and colleagues. Be sure to pick a contractor that you feel will work hard to do a great job and to delight you with high quality, beautifully rendered results. The contractor you choose will show off your unique style through effective and careful changes to the style and organization of your

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How to Homeschool your Child in UAE

 photo download 4_zpsgnat4icr.jpg[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="198"] photo from: http://springscharterschools.org[/caption] Homeschooling is emerging among the Filipino Community here in UAE and recently I've been receiving questions on how to homeschool in UAE. So I thought of addressing the question here (on the blog) to reach out to Filipino families in UAE who are considering homeschooling. So, let me start by defining Homeschooling. Basically, homeschooling is where parents take the responsibility of their children's education. Learning, mostly happens at home, but it is not necessarily confined to the four corners of your home. Sounds interesting? Then let's look at some frequently asked questions on how to start homeschooling. My family decided to homeschool our children, how do I start? For Filipino families, there are two ways to homeschool our children in UAE. The first option is to enroll in a DepEd accredited provider that offers support for overseas homeschoolers. Some providers have curriculum to follow, others give you the freedom to choose the curriculum that fits your children, this include local & US curriculum. You can also expand the curriculum according to your children's interest and learning style. Official Credentials will be carried out by the provider, which a homeschooler can use should he decide to enroll in a regular school in the

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Nurturing Reading with Bookish

 photo 14444748_10153772096717026_6798501689192893273_o_zpsbi4dp84w.jpgMy growing up boys are cultivating an interest in reading. They are an emerging reader and they still loved being read to. They look forward to our bed time stories, that sometimes we read even past their bedtime.  They're also one happy fella whenever they receive books as a present. I guess, you won't be surprised to find out that they are growing a library in our tiny abode.  I remember when we moved here in UAE, we've got 1 medium box full of books. The little men wanted to bring all of the books, they can't just afford to leave them on the shelf back home. Well, I knew the feeling, as I hold on a tighter grip on my books as well, so I understood where they come from. But we managed to only bring their favorite books from Dr. Zues, Scholastics' Magic School Bus, and Thomas & Friends stories. I know, I am responsible in nurturing their interest in reading, and it's not going to be a breeze, I knew it. Nevertheless, we're making time teaching our boys reading. We made use of what was already available on our shelves, as we struggle to find affordable books. You know,

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Great Car Insurance in California

If you live in the area and are having trouble deciding which one of the auto insurance Downey CA companies you should use you should consider using samedayinsurance.com. Same Day Insurance has been providing their California customers with great car insurance rates for years. They work with everyone to help them get the appropriate level of coverage for their car and their lifestyle. Minimum Coverage As you probably know, it is illegal to drive your car while uninsured. There is a minimum level of coverage that every driver needs to be able to stay on the road legally. Same Day Auto Insurance can get any customer the liability coverage that they need. Liability is usually the minimum amount that most states require in order for a driver to be legally allowed to drive. This type of coverage will cover the other person's car and medical expenses in the event of an accident. Lowest Rates Same Day Insurance is also committed to getting its customers the absolute lowerst possible rates for auto insurance. This way drivers can stay on the road no matter what their montly budget for car insurance is. They are well-known to have the lowest car insurance rates

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