I become a member of a homeschool group even before we dive into this journey. In that group, although it was virtual, I saw how homeschooling parents, especially the veterans, unselfishly shares their experience in homeschooling. That small act serves as an encouragement to newbie homeschoolers like me. They were willing to help even if it cost them time and money sometimes. I remember a mom who organizes a storytelling event for the little one for free. And a homeschooling mom in US who took an errand to buy homeschool materials for few homeschool moms in the Philippines, and generously accommodated it into their luggage to transport it to the Philippines. (Some parents chose to buy materials from US and it would be a lot of savings if they know someone who can bring it to Philippines instead of hiring the service of shipping companies.) Small acts of kindness yet, it blesses people. That, I think, is one definition of a support group. When I attended the Homeschool 101 in TMA, they have also emphasized the importance of having a support group or what they call a coop. So, when we arrived here in UAE, along with our adjustment, I
I was at the metro yesterday when suddenly a lady from RTA came and check "nol" cards. While she was checking, she was talking to the lady on my front. I can't understand what they're talking since they were speaking arabic, but the tone of their voice seems like they are arguing of something. Then, the RTA lady point to a sign attached to the wall of the train. It turned out that the lady passenger was chewing a gum while on board, which is prohibited. She was then apprehended and most likely would be fined. Everyday I use the metro, but I don't really know all the stuff that are prohibited inside the train except those that are attached to the walls. Do you know? So here are list of Dubai Metro fine list. Operating or using any security or safety system such as the emergency exits unless it is essential to do so - Dhs 2000 Destroying, sabotaging or tampering with the systems, tools or seats of public transport modes - Dhs 500 Using of fake Nol Cards - Dhs 500 Sleeping in passenger shelters or prohibited areas - Dhs 300 Parking vehicles in the metro Park and
Sharing this DIY pen holder. Over the weekend, I was thinking of getting a new pen holder for my and the kids pens. As I was cleaning the kitchen and sorting stuffs to trash, I got hold of an empty small milk can of my boys. As I was about to dump it on the trash bin, I thought of recycling it, and make it a pen holder. This these I really need to be frugal, so such ideas are popping up on my mind. I carefully thought of how can I cover the prints of the can. This is how I did it. First, I cleaned the can. Then, covered it with white bond paper. I cut it to according to it's size. And then, I stick a self adhesive circle labels, making a red and blue polka dots design. And there, I got my easy peasy diy pen holder.
Are you travelling the world from the Philippines? One thing that you need to settle before leaving the country is the travel tax. I know, many Filipinos including me wish that this tax should not be imposed to travelers. But it has been implemented even before I was born. So what is really a travel tax? According to Tieza's website, is a levy imposed by the Philippine government on individuals who are leaving the Philippines, as provided for by Presidential Decree (PD) 1183. A full travel tax for first class passenger is PhP2,700.00 and PhP1,620.00 for economy class. For an average Filipino like me, it's quite pricey. Overseas Filipino Workers, diplomats and airline crew members are exempted from paying travel tax. For complete list of travel tax exemption visit Tieza's website. For OFW dependents did you know that you can apply for a reduce tax? I have applied for this before, when me and my son was traveling to Kuala Lumpur three years ago. And now, we're able to avail this privilege again. A standard reduced travel tax for dependents of OFW is, PhP 810.00. To apply for a reduced travel tax for OFW dependents, just present the original copy of the
Do not worry. That was the words I got from our senior pastor Peter the afternoon I saw him at a hospital . I just had my stress test done, and while on my way out of the building I saw Pastor Peter going out from physical rehab center. I took the fire exit stair which he also did, and that's where the conversation started. Hearing those words from a great servant of God really meant soo much to me. I believe it was not a coincident, but God purposely allowed me to see Pastor Peter to convey His message to me. After the sudden death of my father, I have been worrying about a lot of things. I have been holding God's promises to us in the Bible, but despite knowing some of the many promises He has for us, but I just can't get away from worrying. I felt loved and special, having heard those words from a great servant of God. Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food,
It is exactly 1 month since you "went home". I am missing you a lot Tatay! Missing your giggles whenever you are amazed with my boys. Missing the simple conversations, the ice cream; the boys miss it a lot, your text messages. I miss dining out with you and I miss kissing your hand. I will miss you forever! I may not fully comprehend it, but I know God has its own reason why you have to leave too soon. Painful it is but I know you are in a much much better place.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] photo fr mirroring-for-mission.com[/caption] But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions -- it is by grace you have been saved.(Ephesians 2:4-5) For if it not have been for Your Son, who is blameless, who took the penalty of my transgressions, I would not be who I am today. I will always be in awe to You my God my King! Thank you for the forgiveness, and for loving me first.
Happy New Year Everyone! I am hoping and trusting that everyone will have a fruitful year ahead. Setting up few goals for this year for me and my family, one of which is to increase my drive to self improvement both at work and as a mom & wife. I have also decided to boldly count my blessings this year and so I am turning my SB Planner to a Gratitude Journal to archive every thing that I am thankful for. So, how do you see 2015? Have you got your list of goals for the new year?
Six years ago, I took Mr. Z to be my partner for life and promised to give him my heart and walk with him hand in hand living, learning and growing in love together. I am so glad that we are celebrating our sixth years wedding anniversary and what makes it more special is that he is here with me to celebrate this memorable occassion. He works overseas that's why being home for our sixth is such a big deal. The past six years may not be a bed of roses, but I am glad that we have passed through rocks together. I know there are more to come, and I pray that as we sail through and learn life better our love triangle with the Lord will grow deeper. Happy 6th!
Zoe has been telling me he wanted to celebrate his 4th birthday at Bet on Your Baby (a cute-kiddie game show aired on channel 2). So I did a researched and found out about their birthday club and although it was not totally intentional, I emailed Zoe's picture. After two days I received an email from them, asking for my son's details and was told to just wait for instruction. And just before I forget about the first email, I received an invite to the December Birthday Club Party at ELJ Center via email. The said event falls exactly on Zoe's birthday and so, his wish of celebrating his birthday at Bet on Your Baby will finally come true. On his birthday, we have to pull him out of his class early so we won't be late for the event. So after a simple Birthday treat for his classmates and after picking some stuff at home, me, hubby and Zoe went straight to ELJ Center. When we arrived, we saw a couple of families also waiting for the said event. There are total of 20 kids who luckily passed the screening and became a member of The Bet on Your
Finally took the boys for a new do. I would not done these had I not noticed Zian's hair was trimmed and found out it was the yaya who willfully did the trimming. "Mahaba na daw kasi". And so, here are the tot's hair cut bonding moment. I'm glad that Zoe was friendly to kuya barbero this time. He use to be cranky before but this time he opened up a conversation by the telling kuya barbero that his birthday is coming very soon. Hahaha!
United Nations is celebrated on October and Dee Hwa Leong Academy just celebrated it last friday. Zoe was a Japanesse kid. This was remarkable for me, since this is the first school activity that I get him to dance on the stage for their class presentation without a fuss. There were two major school activity that the little pre schooler did not went up the stage for their class presentation. That's why I was happy this time seeing him excited for their presentation. I took a video of the dance presentation however the file is huge and I am having a hard time uploading it in any social media & storage site so I will not be able to share it here. My little Japanese with the little bro.
The boys visited the dentist last week. It was Zoe's second time and Zian's first visit to the dentist. Zoe was 2 years old during his first visit and it was unsuccessful. Perhaps he was not that prepared since I started introducing him to the dentist a week before our visit. At that time some of his teeth were already cavitated. The pedia-dentist advised me to undergo sedation if ever we would go for a treatment. The dentist was very good in educating me about the procedure, however I don't want my kid to be sedated. Aside from the expensive cost of the procedure, I am not sure if there are underlying side effects of sedation. And then little over six months after the first visit, I brought him again to the same dentist with the little bro. This time was totally opposite from his first visit. I guess he absorbed our preparation. I let them watch dentist visits stories from dora and peppa pig. He was cooperating with the dentist, although I have to sit with him on the dental chair. And so he got his flouride with varnish which is good for 3 months. Zian on the other