July 26, 2017

What is Your Dream Family Car?

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An SUV, van or sedan?

If you will ask me what my dream family car is, I would answer a van. It will always be my first choice. Why? Because it's spacious and can contain so much, haha. Seriously, comfort when travelling is on top my list why I would want a van like this.

2018 Chevrolet City Express, van, family car
2018 Chevrolet City Express
A van is spacious, hence you will be more comfortable especially during long trips. You can actually bring the entire family along. Aside that you can bring many things and you can also put additional things you can buy along the way during road trip. 

However, my husband would answer a different car. He always tell me how he loves to have a pick-up truck like this one.
2016 Ford F-450, pick up truck, family car
2016 Ford F-450
Whenever we saw such pick-up truck, he would always tell me that's his dream car. I ask him why, he told me pick-up looks manly and stylish. He also added that aside from the manly style, having the cargo bed at its back is a factor why he would like to own one. He has a point because if you have pickup truck, moving from one place to another is easier and cheaper. Also, you can save for delivery fee if you shop for new furniture or appliances.

But wait, we still have a little boy whose opinion matters too. He would probably want a sports car like this.
2017 Dodge Viper, family car, dream car, sports car
2017 Dodge Viper
Why? He loves McQueen! As simple as that, haha.

Whatever brand or style of car you have in mind, don't forget to do research first. Digital automotive site like Cars.com will be of great help. At Cars.com, you can find different local dealers and sellers. You can also do research and compare cars' prices, specifications, safety features and a lot more. Comprehensive set of research tools and consumers reviews are available too.

Hopefully, in the near future, we can buy our dream family car. It can be one of the above or all of them, in God's time. 

How about you, what's your dream family car?
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July 11, 2017

DIY Despicable Me "Minions" Bookmark Birthday Invitation

Almost a month ago, our little boy celebrated his 7th birthday. He had a pre-birthday celebration at McDonalds and a DIY Babababababanana "Minion" Party on his birthday.

For his Minion Party, I made this Despicable Me "Minions" bookmark birthday invitation.

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

Making these super cute bookmark invitation is so easy. You can download this template I made. (Right click on the photo and save as image)

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

And put the birthday details like this.

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

For editing, I use PhotoScape software that you can download for free here. Then, I paste this on a word document, format the size (approx 6.21x2.5") to print atleast 4 invitations in one A4 size bond paper.

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

Print and cut like these.

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

After cutting, measure about 6 inches of black yarn for the tassel.

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

Punch in a hole on top of each bookmark invitation and insert the string like this.

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

And your done!

DIY, Despicable Me, Minions, bookmark birthday invitation

Easy peasy right? You have a DIY Despicable Me "Minions" bookmark birthday invitation.
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July 1, 2017

A Quick Visit to Our Old School

Last weekend we went to our hometown as per Daddy A's lola's request. She's currently with us looking after Matthew because we still can't find a house help. It was just a quick trip because the next day we went home na din since Matthew had a Pedia's appointment for his annual flu vaccine. But before we go home, we had a quick trip to our old school.

This is DepEd CLSU Elementary school where Daddy and I spent our grade school years.

DepEd CLSU Elementary school

There are so many changes but that front stage remained the same. Looking at it, I can't help but remember my grade school days. Every morning we were lining up to have our flag ceremony that includes singing the national anthem and Panatang Makabayan. Sometimes there were small programs where selected students showcased their dancing or singing talents.

I can't forget when we were practicing our Sabayang Pagbigkas piece. It was my first time to perform in front of many people. I was a shy girl then and while performing I can;t help but tremble. Good thing the guitar music background like that gibson firebird at musiciansfriend.com helped me relaxed and made it through.

The building next to it naman was also our old school where we went for highschool. There were changes too but the old building is still there.

DepEd CLSU Elementary school

Then our little boy brought us to this part of the school.

Where Daddy A's donation were. (Read: Re-visiting Elementary Alma Mater)

Our little boy always tell us that his Daddy's name was written on these benches.

He must be proud of his Dad.

He also asked me to took photo of him in front of this Makabayan Park.

And this Solar System mural.

I will never forget this pathway where we always walked through during college days.

Finally, the best part of going home is bringing a box of fresh vegetables.

That's our short and quick trip. Looking forward to visiting other places in my old school.

Happy weekend!
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June 29, 2017

Five Reasons Why You Should Send Your Kids to New Zealand

Press Release:

Filipinos always emphasize the importance of higher education, as it is key to landing a secure and stable career. But what if education can be pushed to an entirely different level, where youths gain a broader and more enlightening worldview, international exposure, and endless opportunities for personal and professional growth? With New Zealand’s education system, this is already a reality.

New Zealand, education

Aside from its breath-taking sights and premium produce, New Zealand is home to top-notch education that produces high-performing graduates. Here are five reasons why you should consider New Zealand for your kids’ future:

1.    World-class education that keeps students mobile

Over 3,500 Filipino students are currently in New Zealand experiencing Kiwi education for themselves, and there are many more students from different countries – proof that the international scene recognizes New Zealand as a high-quality study destination. In fact, New Zealand is the only country in the world that can claim to have all eight of its universities ranked in the top three per cent in the world.

The country also offers internationally-recognized qualifications which allows for any New Zealand graduate to have great mobility, whether they prefer to stay in New Zealand, go back to the Philippines, or relocate overseas to work.

2.    Passion and practicality go well together

Filipino students are often faced with the dilemma of choosing between landing promising careers and pursuing their interests. More often than not, students can only choose one or the other, but New Zealand makes it possible to combine both.

The country offers a variety of carefully-designed courses and programmes that cater to the interests of its students, be it for standard courses such as business management, and humanities or for niche courses such as gaming, animation, or adventure tourism.

3.    Opportunities keep pouring in even after graduation

What makes New Zealand’s education system unique and of high quality is its innovative teaching approach that values both theory and practice. All courses and programmes, regardless of institution, expose students to real-life situations so as to give them a head start in the industry. For instance, aspiring chefs are trained in student-run restaurants and cafes while business management students are given the chance to shadow industry experts and leaders.
Institutions also have their own placement programmes to assist and support graduates find their way in their chosen industries.

The New Zealand government has also recently proposed shifting the education system in to a more digitally oriented one which will encourage computational thinking and allow students to design and develop digital outcomes. This enables students to keep pace with the fast-changing digital and be skilled creators.

4.    Students can focus without worrying about their safety

Parents will be glad to know that New Zealand cares about the safety and security of all of its students, whether local or international. In fact, student surveys show that 90 per cent of international students are happy staying in New Zealand. New Zealand is the most peaceful English-speaking country in the world, and it is the very first country to adopt a strict Code of Practice for the care of international students. Updated in the past year to support the rising number of international students in New Zealand, the Code sets out minimum standards of advice and care for students, and provides them with guidelines to adhere to should they have concerns about the treatment they are receiving.

To further enhance the safety and overall experience of international students, New Zealand’s Ministry for Education had also recently released the country’s first International Student Well-being Strategy. The strategy focuses on four areas that make up the international student experience in New Zealand: economic well-being, education, health and well-being, and inclusion.

5.    There is an endless list of exciting things to do

Who says learning can only be done within the four walls of a classroom? Taking advantage of the country’s exhilarating environment, New Zealand allows students to challenge boundaries  to experience the world and achieve deeper learning.

There is a number of activities students can do in New Zealand to complement their learning in school. Students not only have great access to the great outdoors, but also the city scene and various museums. The New Zealand environment makes it conducive and exciting for international students to pursue a life of learning.

For more information on studying in New Zealand, head over to http://studyinnewzealand.govt.nz

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June 17, 2017

5 Effective and Natural Sprays To Get Rid of Ants

Aside from mosquitoes carrying virus like Dengue and Zika, ants infestation is one of the most common insect problems at home. Though they don't pose as much threat as mosquitoes, ants can be carrier of bacteria causing diseases like Salmonella. That's why we shouldn't let them invade our house especially our kitchen and get into our food.

However, sometimes dealing with ants can be very frustrating. If you have a kid at home like me, you can't just use insecticides because it has strong odor and can be toxic not just to human but also to the environment. Good thing there are natural and non-toxic sprays we can use to get rid out of ants.

Here are 5 effective and natural sprays to get rid of ants:

1. Lemon Water Spray

5 Effective and Natural Sprays To Get Rid of Ants
Aside from lemon's health benefits, it can also be used to prevent ants from entering  our home. You can rub some lemon on areas where ants are getting in. Or you can make lemon water spray by mixing some lemon juice with water. Spray the mixture regularly at areas where ants are frequent. It's smell discourages ants from entering and its acidic property conceals ants' scent trails. 

2. White Vinegar Spray

White vinegar is not just for disinfection but also can be used to drive away ants. Because of white vinegar's strong odor, it sends out eviction notice to ants. Also, its odor masks ants' scent trails preventing them from getting to right direction. To make a white vinegar spray, mix equal parts of it with water. You may also add few drops of any essential. Spray this mixture once daily on areas where ants are entering or colonizing. 

3. Peppermint Spray

Another natural insect repellent that can effectively get rid of ants is peppermint. This is because ants hate its smell that can also destroy their smelling capabilities of detecting food. To make a peppermint spray, add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 cup of water. Spray this mixture twice daily on areas where ants are present. If you have peppermint plants, sprinkle some dried leaves at your door, entryways and garbage areas to prevent ants from entering or colonizing our home.

4. Cinnamon Spray
5 Effective and Natural Sprays To Get Rid of Ants
Cinnamon is another effective natural ant repellent that be readily available at home. Just like vinegar and peppermint, its smell prevents ants from entering our home. Based on studies conducted, cinnamon oil gave positive repellent and insecticidal activity results. To make a cinnamon spray, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil in a cup of water. Spray this once daily on areas where ants enter or colonize. If cinnamon oil is not present at home, use ground cinnamon instead.

5. Dish Soap Water Spray

Dish soap and water can also help in getting rid of ants. To make a dish soap water spray, mix one part of dish soap and two parts water, then shake to thoroughly mix the solution. Spray the mixture over a line of ants. The mixture will immediately stop and smother the ants. Wipe the surface after.

Those are effective and natural sprays to get rid of ants. If these are done regularly, ants will surely get off our home. However, when there's an heavy infestation we should immediately call help from our friends at Insight Pest Solutions. They provide safe and effective pest control with a quality customer care service.

Any other natural ways to get rid of insects like ants?
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