Texture Tuesday - Dream

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First time joining Texture Tuesday.

I don’t have any decent photographs recently so I’m using this old photo of me circa 2007 taken by my friend Pusa in Little Tokyo, Makati City.

Dream - LittleTokyo


I Like Qwerty Giveaway

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So who wants to win a brand new Alcatel One Touch 355D? Me, of course!

Bloggityboop is giving away this cellphone as a thank you to her blog readers. Click the image below for more info.

Open to anyone who has a valid Philippine address, a valid email address and a real Facebook account. Prize will be shipped by the contest host. Giveaway runs from July 26 to September 7, 2011. Winners will be announced on September 9, 2011.


Google Doodle: Alexander Calder

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Today in Google Doodle is a tribute to Alexander Calder. 

Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898. He was an American sculptor and artist. Calder was famously known for inventing mobile sculptures. In addition to that, he also made paintings, lithographs, toys, tapestry, jewelry and household objects.

Mobile sculpture was invented in 1931. A mobile is a type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium. It consists of a number of rods, from which weighted objects or further rods hang. (Source: Mobile WikipediaMobiles are popularly used in nurseries, usually hanged over the cribs to entertain and give visual stimulation to infants. 

An elegantly simple red and black mobile in the style of Alexander Calder.
The design, called Flowing Rhythm (red), is by Flensted Mobiles (http://www.flensted-mobiles.com/start.html) of Denmark.
Photograph by: Andrew Dunn © 5 September 2004


Google Today: Gregor Mendel

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Gregor Mendel in Google
In Google today features the birth of Gregor Mendel.

Gregor Johann Mendel, born on July 20, 1822, was a Czech-German Augustinian friar and scientist. While working with pea plants he discovered that by cross breeding them some characteristics are inherited and passed on from generation to generation. Without the knowledge of DNA, he developed two laws of heredity which became the basis of modern genetics. 

Gregor Mendel is also known as the father of modern genetics. 


Think Before You Click

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Social network has become part of the everyday life of the modern Filipino. But does anyone know the dos and don'ts of dealing with social media? With my observation among friends in the internet, I still see a handful of people who doesn't know the proper etiquette in using social media.

Think before you speak. An old adage that we seem to forget at this time and age. Even if you did not voiced out those thoughts, it's as good as speaking the thought yourself by clicking that "Like" button.

GMA 7's new campaign reminds us that we still hold a responsibility to everything we post online. Whether we create a post on our own or simply liking that post, think first before you click.


Thoughts for the Future

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It's been a hectic week for me. With an active toddler running around the house that always needs attention, this mom cannot find the right time to finish all of her tasks. Even if I wanted to just close the door in the room to find some quiet time is not possible. Apparently, you can't ignore the world outside your room even if there is a physical barrier between you and the little tot. Don't get me wrong, I love my kid. She is my life and the reason why I work so hard. But the constant pitter patter of little feet and calls for mommy is just too much sometimes. Especially when I’m in the middle of processing ideas in my head.

It made me wonder how my parents got through it. There were five of us with a 2 year age gap in between. It’s like they’ve been caring for toddlers in the house all their life. It must have been total chaos when we were younger.

Now that they are at their retirement age, I wonder what would make them more comfortable in the future. Living around noisy toddlers again or have something similar to Denver Assisted Living. Personally, I am scared of that future. But for now I’ll savor my time with my parents and perhaps let them all be noisy with the little one without worries of responsibilities.


Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011

With all my blogging years, I’ve been seeing these influential blogs badge all over the internet. I thought, it’s just a simple tag/blog meme that bloggers usually do. This year, I became aware of what it’s all about. 


I decided to make a list for this year and join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2011 Writing Project. I have met so many bloggers this year, some I’ve met personally and some even inspired me in one way or another. Obviously I can’t vote for all of them. But here’s my top 10 for those who qualified in Ms. Janette Toral’s criteria.

Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2011

The Tottering Mama - http://www.totteringmama.com
One of my favorite blogs to visit. I have so many things in common with this mommy blogger. Olga and I live in the same city and we both have toddlers. But the huge difference is how she handles her two toddlers. I have a toddler and I feel like going crazy sometimes but not this strong woman. I learned a lot from her, especially her ways of handling and educating her little tots.

The blog name says it all. I mean, who doesn’t like food? Every post makes my mouth water. Not to mention the free recipes they post are so easy to follow.

My Green Living Ideas - http://www.mygreenlivingideas.com
I’m an advocate of green living but I don’t post much about it. This blog however is filled with ideas on how one can start to live in a more environment friendly manner.

Mommy Survival - http://mommysurvival.info
This blog is a lifesaver. As a new mom, there are so many things I am yet to learn and most of them are so hard to deal with. Mommy Survival is filled with informational blog posts on how to deal with issues mommies usually encounter with their kids.

Learn from experience, ika nga. And that’s how I view this blog. I learned from Mommy Joy’s experience. Her blog Notepad Corner is filled with tried and tested mommy tricks. I sure do learn a lot from her blog posts.


The Journalistic View's Birthday Giveaway

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Another giveaway! This is a fun month for giveaway lovers out there. And that includes me.

You see, Divine of The Journalistic View will be celebrating her birthday on July 17th. And with the help of her generous friends, they sponsored this birthday giveaway to her readers.

As she said in her blog:
Every week, different mechanics. Don’t worry, they are so simple. I created different spreadsheets for each draw. You can join any raffle at any time, just fill up the appropriate forms. This is open for Philippine participants only. If you are in abroad but have relatives or friends in the Philippines, you can join too! However, the winner of our grand prize need to meet up with me. I can’t take the risk of loosing the gift.

All you have to do is follow the simple rules and you will be included in the raffle.

The prizes are:

Week 1: For the raffle draw on July 10, one winner will receive P500 worth of SM gift card from Karen and P500 worth of Rustan’s gift certificate from Ning! 

Week 2: For the raffle draw on July 17, one winner will receive a bag of goodies from Earth! She’s so generous and I bet she will add more! Hahaha!

Week 3: For the raffle draw on July 24, one winner will receive a solar charger and $10 via Paypal!

For the grand draw on July 31, be the top commenter of the month to win our major prize! Please comment at least two sentences. You can now start commenting on The Journalistic View until July 31, 11:59pm. The lucky winner will be announced on August 1. This contest is also open to non-bloggers.


Join Pinay WAHMS’ $800 Birthday Giveaway!

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Wow! Bongang-bongang birthday giveaway are being held right now by three wonderful Filipina work-at-home moms. They will be celebrating their birthdays on July 25, 26 and 27 and they decided to celebrate it by making a combined birthday contest. And the bongang-bongang prize? A total of $800 worth of cash and prizes!

Pinay WAHMs' $800 Giveaway


Now you know why I’m so excited right now.