The children, or the young ones, are truly the heart of Christmas season. Nowhere near can you see anything than the very spirit of the season alive in their eyes – excited, hopeful, full of and love – whenever they see beautiful ornaments depicting the holidays, laugh together with family and most of all, the wonder in their eyes when they receive a present, whatever present it might be. They usually squeal first whenever they receive anything, even without opening it.
I do not pay much attention to the tiny endocrine powerhouse in my neck. Or I guess most of us do not, do we? Until I attended a talk about Unmasking Your Thyroid. It made me realize I should take notice of its importance. Our thyroid greatly influences almost every cell in our body. It acts as our body’s control center.
According to a study by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, one in 11 Filipino adults has goiter. And around one in 12 Filipino adults suffers from some form of thyroid disorders. This study was done in 2012 and still holds true up to this date.
I remember I was a first-year college student then when my mom gave me my first mobile phone. She bought one because she will be spending a week abroad and she wanted us to communicate regularly. It was also our first time to be away from each other that long.
Mobile phones back then are intended for call and text– such simple avenue to share, express, connect with the rest of the world. And I remember my first portable phone was an Alcatel. Those big colored phones with a long antenna.
Fast forward to the world of the millennials and still, Alcatel places high value in introducing quality gadgets through its wide range of products. And each has its own distinctive specification that truly fits the user’s demand. This mobile device brand of TCL Communications has the style, function, and quality — making it at par with the leading and more expensive brands but at a lesser cost.
My boys and I love jigsaw puzzles. Solving one is something we enjoy doing at home. In fact, this mother set up our 1000 pieces Starry Night jigsaw puzzle near the dining table so anyone who would pass by the place may take a seat and solve a few pieces. And oftentimes, when someone sees someone solving the puzzle, he would sit beside him until everyone in our family gathers and helps one another.
“Be Bold. Be Free. Be You.”
This is this year’s theme for the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) competition of leading coatings manufacturer Nippon Paint. As it seeks to spur more the creative potential of all young designers and architecture talents in the region, the competition likewise seeks out designs that are unconventional, non-conformist, innovative, and with a focus on individuality.
First introduced in 2008 as the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award in Malaysia, the pioneering competition encourages innovative design ideas, concepts and solutions from interior design and architecture students on a chosen theme for the year. It has since evolved to include participants from more countries in the region, and thus has been revitalized and rebranded to reflect its widening reach and its increasing significance to the design scene in Asia.
My favorites are pan de coco and pan de regla. Sadly, the bakery within our subdivision only offers pan de sal every morning, thus imagine my excitement whenever I see a panaderia. Often, I would buy a few pieces to munch and save some for my midnight snack.
My love for bread started when my mom would buy me bread as pasalubong and baon in school.
In our household, we give premium to good nutrition. Husband and I believe that it is critical that our children are given access to better nutrition for their physical, mental, and emotional development. But how about those poor, abandoned, and neglected children? Who works to improve their nutrition?
“Rage can kill you.”
This was what my eight-year-old boy told me one Monday evening. I went home that day; saw the house nearly in chaos; and expressed my disappointed to my three boys. Surprised with my sudden rage, my boys were like superorganisms working and moving very fast to please their silly mother.
It’s a sad reality that in the Philippines, there’s an undeniable stigma with families whose one or more members are suspected to be suffering from mental illness. Most are hesitant to go to a psychiatrist for consultation because once the people around them find out about it, there’s a tendency to be looked at differently — to be considered not normal.