Academe-Bound?

Friday, June 24, 2011

One of my plans for this year that I had to put on hold is going back to the university as a student. My husband and I agreed that if I wish to return to the academe to work, I might as well prepare myself by earning another master’s degree which is relevant to my field of interest and past work experience. We have already visited the university that offers the best master’s degree program within the area. I have already imagined myself bringing my daughter to school and then proceed to my own school which is a few steps away from hers. Moreover, I have prepped myself up for taking exams and writing essay papers again.

But like what I have mentioned earlier, this plan is temporarily shelved due to some limitations set by the school. The program needs at least six enrollees in order to offer some subjects and I do not think that the school has attracted enough students to achieve that minimum number. So anyway, I take it as a sign that it is not time yet. Besides, I still have not learned how to balance my time between caring for my family, working online and enjoying my hobbies. Adding more activities to keep me more preoccupied does not sound to be a good idea at the moment though there is a free essay writer who can partially help me accomplish my academic requirements.

Speaking of essay writers, I recently encountered a website named Custom-Writing.org. As the name implies, they offer a customized and highly qualified academic research writing services that covers any field of study. One good thing about them is their fast completion of essays. That will certainly work for a crammer like me!

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Topamax and Congenital Deformities

As an anti-convulsant drug, Topamax is used to treat epileptic seizures of patients. It is also a prescribed drug in treating migraine headaches. Unfortunately, a study made by the American Academy of Neurology in April 2008 revealed that taking Topamax has significantly increased the risk of cleft lip and palate birth defects. Because of this finding, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued additional warnings for Topamax.

Parents who think that their child’s congenital deformity might be caused by Topamax can file a Topamax lawsuit with the assistance of a reliable law firm like the O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath. They are ready to hold Topamax’s manufacturers accountable for the dangerous side effects of the said drug. Contact them today for a free consultation.

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Earning an Online Degree

These days, more and more people have recognized the need for further education. For some institutions like the government and the academe include master’s and post graduate degrees as requirements for promotion of their people. The problem is that with the demands of their full time job, how can people earn another degree? Thanks to the advent of technology, we now have online schools and universities that offer varied online degrees. One friend of mine who searched for an online business school on Google was presented with quite a number of websites. Truly, it is not difficult to earn a degree these days. Just do a quick research and find the school that fits your needs, schedule and budget. Now my friend can effectively manage her business while earning a degree, thanks to an online business school that she found.

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I’ve Been Reading!

I have been back into reading these days and I can proudly say that this year might be the year that I’ve finished reading a whole lotta books! In fact, I was able to finish another novel and slept at around 2:00 AM today. It’s a good thing that my daughter’s class was suspended so we did not have to leave for school. But we learned about it a bit late – when we were both up and ready to leave. Anyway, once she was settled and had her breakfast, I went back to bed and slept some more. We have been having a bed weather these days and if not for some chores, I would have slept in a little bit longer.

Anyway, I will tell you about my recent read in my succeeding post. Next on my list is another book that has gained a lot of positive reviews. After that, I will start with a series of novels which my friends have been raving about and you are assured that I will be sharing with you what I think of them. Ciao!

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It’s Sew Easy!

Thread I am very grateful that I listened to my home economics teacher and an aunt when they insisted that I learn how to use needles and thread. The skills surely come in handy. I even did some cross-stitching during college. However, I never learned how to operate a sewing machine no matter how hard my aunt convinced me to try. I told her that I would rather learn how to operate the ariens mowers rather than take a chance with her sewing machine that looks intimidating to me. Honestly, I was too afraid that I might lose control and run the needle straight into my fingers! My hand-feet coordination is beyond poor so I refused and ignored her prodding with all my might!

Anyway, this morning, I did something which I have not done for a long time. That is, open my sewing kit and work on some of our clothes that need minor repairs. I have been delaying this task for quite some time now. However, there is this one blouse that needs some stitches and I have been wanting to wear since last week. That certainly motivated me to delay no more and it took me 10 minutes tops to finish the task. It was not that tough really. I was just being me – a procrastinator. Hahaha!

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Everybody is a Genius.

Everybody is a genius.
Indeed, it is sad when we push our kids to become who they are clearly aren’t. I hope for more supportive and nurturing parents for this generation’s children. I am hope that I am one.

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Fantastic Cameras = Great Photos?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

One of the many things that I choose to do with my time these days is hanging around at Pinterest. Just what is Pinterest? To quote: Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

And one of my many recent finds at Pinterest reminds me that it does not matter if I use dslr cameras, point and shoot or mobile phone cameras to take photos. My limited skills in photography play a great role in taking great (and wonderful) photos. Here it is:

It certainly hits a nerve especially that I am a hoarder and I have been upgrading gadgets without taking time to study and learn how to use them and to really use them. I have been intending to dispose those that I rarely use since I realized what I have been doing but the husband disagrees. We already own three cameras (that’s one for each of us!) and two are used rarely – a DSLR and a point-and-shoot.*sigh* His attachment to things deserves another post. *sigh again*

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Rains and Schools

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It has been raining cats and dogs for several days now. A typhoon locally named Egay devastated and already left the country but another Low Pressure Area (LPA) has entered the country’s vicinity, thus, the heavy downpour. It will be called Falcon if it evolves into a tropical depression and we wish it won’t.

Classed in the city were suspended and I would like to commend our mayor for doing it before kids actually get ready for school. I hope that this will be their practice every time strong rains hit the city. We all know how bothersome it is to send our kids to school on a rainy day, only to arrive there and find out that the authorities have canceled the classes. In our case today, the news was already posted on the Internet and an aunt who works in the school informed us about the suspension of classes around 5 AM. We hope that the government and school authorities will maintain their diligence on situations like this one all year round.

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June Babies

June marks the first birthdays of two babies in our group. We have attended the first of two birthday celebrations two weeks ago and my family had so much fun! Indeed, it was one of the best first birthday parties that we have attended. I was also surprised at how my daughter participated in all the parlor games that were played there! We took home many prizes and it’s a good thing that we brought along a spare bag. On the other hand, my husband and I enjoyed the magic show. The magician truly is amazing and not to mention funny. 

This weekend, we will be attending another first birthday party. The mom of the birthday boy already posted a wish list on his behalf on her blog and I am delighted to see that included in it are books. I always like giving books as gifts, especially to children. It is something that they can keep for a long time and once they outgrow it, they can always pass it on or give it away for other kids to enjoy. It is always a safe and fun gift idea. But one friend asked, what if the parents are not that passionate about reading that they won't be reading my gift to their kid. Oh well... That is a problem, indeed. But at least, I gave a good gift, right?

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I know that you agree with me that most often, we judge the book by its cover. Literally. A book that tells a story. Well I just did recently. And I also believed the reviews that it is one good book so I spent my weekend finishing Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. The setting is in Paris and that’s a pretty girl sitting on a bench smiling silly to a faceless boy. Yeah, the reviews and the cover got me. 

It’s synopsis reads:
Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
I do not know if it’s because I have been into more serious books previously (or that I am too old for this type of story) that I find this read boring. The plot is very common: I-like-you-but-we-are-friends-and-you-are-already-taken type of story. However, one commendable thing about this book is how vividly Stephanie Perkins created and built up the different personalities in her book. She did a good job of describing the places in Paris that she highlighted in her story. Like what reviewer said, France came alive under Stephanie’s fingertips. I have not done it before, rating books that is. But this book, I give 3 out of 5.

For now, I will be sticking with my friend’s book suggestions. That is, until I find another nice book cover with lots of positive reviews. Hahaha!

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Encouraging Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Eating Healthy

Kids nowadays are smarter and more confident to express their feelings and emotions event at a young age. This is quite a good thing because parents can skip the whole baby talk and treat their children as young adults. The growing years are very important when it comes to training and honing their attitude. This is also a good time to encourage kids to eat healthy and make them aware of the importance of fruits and vegetables.

Of course they will frown at the site of those greens and could probably lead to whining and crying. As parents, how can you encourage your children to start a healthy way of living?

Start by making this a fun activity. Let your kid’s imagination run wild when they see those vegetables. Ask them to form shapes and figures with it. Get them involve with the preparation and explain as you go over the process. Not only are they learning about food but it can also serve as a good family time.

Set out rules when it comes to lunch and dinner. Let them know that fruits and vegetables will be often served. Also, set a good example. You can’t expect them to eat their servings if you are not eating healthy as well. Be a good role model that they can follow.

Give them a variety of choices. Kids will get bored seeing the same dishes on the dinner table. Look for kid-friendly vegetable recipes and try them at home. It might take some time before you can convince them but start the first step today towards healthy living.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mia currently works as a freelance writer. Among her favorite topics include travel, current events, technology and fashion. She's enjoying her current task writing for Fotograf København, a project that provides information about photographer Copenhagen.

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Some Shopping, Food and a Good Book

Friday, June 17, 2011

It’s not that I do not have any work to accomplish. It’s just that I have prioritized pleasure over business this week. I shopped for some new blouses, accessories and sexy corsets. I also found time to eat some food that I have been craving for these past days. Moreover, Idid finish a book entitled Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.

A friend from the university suggested it last week and it is a good thing that I was able to find an e-book version of the said read. He has good words for the book and even though it was my first encounter with the said author, I thought of giving her a try. In the book’s jacket one can read:

Revolution BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

As I try to make good use of my time, I say that this book did not disappoint me. It is that kind of read that is very hard to put down. Since I have read the book’s synopsis, I already have expectations and speculations on how and when things might happen. It’s a good thing that I do not have Jennifer Donnelly’s mind or else, I would have not read the story until the end. The story is not predictable and I like how in the end, things fell into place. The story of Andi is a story of redemption, while Alex’s story one that tells us that love indeed, conquers all.

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Say Goodbye in Many Funny Ways

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I had a good laugh reading this sign! It is funny indeed! Most likely it is posted in a classroom but I am just speculating. Now I can add more expressions to my usual “why not, peanut” or “let’s go, sago” (sago is vernacular of tapioca). Hahaha!

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Going for Your Passion

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It is never too late to pursue one’s passion. I know one licensed nurse who is now taking up medicine and at the same time, secretly taking up piano lessons. He confided that not even his parents know about it. He thinks that informing them will pressure him and the hobby won’t be pleasurable anymore. For now, what matters is that he is going for what he wants to do and enjoys it at the same time.

I admire my friend for his courage and I encourage others to do the same. Pursuing one’s passion has no time nor age limit. You might be in a certain profession but wishes to engage into a different field. If you can afford it, why not? Say, you want to be a professional cosmetologist. Weigh the pros and cons if you decide to pursue the said career and if you have made a decision to go for it, find yourself a reputable beauty school like the Regency Beauty Institute, a Westminster beauty school.  They provide the best education when it comes to cosmetology. Their graduates are even provided placement assistance so that they can land a good job once they leave the school so they are assured that their education and passion for beauty won’t go to waste.

Life is so short to be spent on doing something that you do not love or even like. Make it a decision to go for your passion.

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Legal Help for Personal Injury and Auto Accident Victims

Friday, June 10, 2011

Some road accidents have been reported yesterday due to the bad weather. The responsible agencies have not been remiss in reminding motorists to take extra precaution during storms and heavy downpour. While some accidents might be caused natural calamities, others happen due to the negligence of another party. In these cases, it is but just for the victims to be afforded with proper attention and care, especially when it results to physical injuries that prevent them from caring for their family, reporting to work and paying their bills.

At The Law Firm of O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, they provide personal injury victims with utmost care and timely assistance to help their clients get what they deserve. They promise to be with you through all the steps in the legal process, fighting for your rights. If you need an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer, make sure that you contact O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath – Personal Injury Lawyers – 808 West Avenue, Austin, TX. 78701 – 512-494-9949.

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Aiming for a Reunion

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friends  
Some of my high school batch mates and I met two months ago. We had a blast reminiscing the past and we all agreed that we missed everybody’s company. Thus, we planned on going home before the year ends for a reunion. It should be fun, especially that our last grand reunion happened some many years ago.

It should be nice to see old classmates and batch mates once again, especially those we have not seen since we graduated. During that time, nursing was the “in” course, thus, many of our batch mates now are donning nursing scrubs. On the other hand, some have chosen to be into public service and are proud to be men and women in uniform. Some have ventured into business, NGO, the government and the academe. It is going to be amazing to see how we have matured and chased our respective dreams once we meet again for a fun and memorable reunion.

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Rains and Girls

 plant in the rain
We woke up to a very nice and cold morning today. My initial thought was, the temperature was indeed perfect for sleeping in if only classes are cancelled. However, when my girl woke up rather late and seeing how heavy the downpour was, she made up her mind about not going to school. I had to agree not only because I would like to sleep a little bit longer but because I do not want to risk going out of the house with a girl in tow with this type of weather. I learned from an aunt that classes were not suspended. However, the evening news tells otherwise. Argh. The LGUs, DepEd and school officials should get their act together and soon!

So right after breakfast, we both settled in our respective areas. I occupied the bed where I usually do my blogging and reading (plus a whole lot of Net surfing. Yikes.). On the other hand, the girl took out one of my yoga mats and camped on the floor. She read, played and read some more all day long. I took a nap early in the afternoon and upon waking up, I found her still playing with her toys. She did not take a nap which is good. It means I won’t find it tough to send her to sleep tonight.

The temperature was also conducive for eating. My daughter and I shared a lot of treats today – nuts, chips, cookies and biscuits. Now I regret not buying more food supply during the weekend. But just the same, it was a great, cold day for us girls.

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Move. Cook. Eat. Repeat.

One of the many things that I wish to undertake (again) as the new school year opens is living a healthier lifestyle. It means dedicating an amount of my time to exercising and choosing to eat healthy and stay on a diet, at least during weekdays. I declared weekends to be my free days simply because the husband is around. Dieting can be tough when I eat with someone. Moreover, we have scheduled dates and family activities during weekend so squeezing in some time for exercise is next to impossible.

I decided to start last Monday to no avail. But yesterday, I was successful! I spent 30 minutes doing a workout and then had a hearty breakfast composed of these:


That’s coffee, cheese pimiento sandwich and a good serving of eggplant omelet with lots of tomatoes and onion. Its a pity I forgot to add ketchup! But it was indeed a good breakfast that I was craving for since the week started. I know I should be cooking and visiting the market more frequently. And those cookbooks that have been gathering dusts must be put into good use!

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Updates from Former Colleagues

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Last week, I had the privilege to meet and spend some time with my daughter’s former teachers in her previous school. It’s been a while since I last saw them and it is great to be exchanging updates with them since they are my friends too.

They were my former colleagues at the university where I once worked and we have witnessed how each of us matured, advanced in our careers and got married. I am happy to learn that some of them who have been planning to have kids now have one or two. On the other hand, one of them who was searching for a good home for his family now enjoys the comforts of living in a manufactured home. According to him, it is perfect and just what his family needs. Some have also left the school for a greener pasture while others have filed a leave of absence to pursue further studies.

It is nice to touch base with old colleagues and friends and to be updated with the happenings in their respective lives. I am keeping them in my thoughts and I hope to see them again when we visit.

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