Thursday, September 18, 2014

The IKEA Time Travel Experiment No. 2

At best, people look into the idea of time travel with much skepticism and disbelief. This is not very difficult to understand considering that it has not been known to have been successfully carried out physically. But how about time travel through the mind? IKEA takes us to this possibility one more time through its Time Travel Experiment No. 2, this time with couple Jeff and Beth.

Imagining Possibilities 

Most people would indulge into thinking about their future but it is not always easy to do so in a realistic manner. How do we create a situation that can possibly approximate our future? IKEA helps its customers imagine possibilities right in its own bedrooms and bathrooms. Through the help of world-renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz, Jeff and Beth do not only get to imagine their future but experience it as well like it was happening now.

Experiencing Possibilities

For couples like Jeff and Beth, taking their relationship to the next level is the nearest possibility. How would Jeff pop the question? How would Beth react?

After marriage comes kids. How they would fare as spouses and parents will always be special points of interest for them. How would they fare with a five year-old son or a fifteen year-old son for that matter?

How will Jeff as a father answer his five year-old son's awkward question of "Where do babies come from?" Will he be able to provide an acceptable answer or will he just skirt the issue like most parents are wont to do?

How will the couple fare with a fifteen year-old son who considers what most people would call noise as music? Will seeing a glimpse of that future prepare them more?

Jeff and Beth got to experience all of these moments with the assistance of Justin. They were allowed to go through different future periods of time while in a deep state of hypnotism. While the power of suggestibility was very much expected to work with Beth who was open to this kind of ideas, skeptic Jeff still proved highly-suggestible enough to go through the motions while believing that everything presented to them was real.

It was very interesting to hear Jeff say that he will be a good dad. Beth was hinting on changing a few things. Experiencing the future probably has a way of making what we really want a lot clearer.

To complete our story, here is the full video of Jeff and Beth's time travel through hypnotism.

My Say

I have always wondered what I would do if were to know what will happen in my future. Sometimes I feel like knowing but then again sometimes I'd rather not know. Families make more memories at home than in any other place. Every room tells its story. Find your future bedrooms and bathrooms in IKEA as you and your family make memories together.

Remember that while we cannot totally control our future, we can always manage it a little more with wise decisions at the present time.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Yearly Search for Christmas Tokens

It has been our yearly practice to give our children's classmates small tokens every Christmas. Most of their classmates (or their classmates' parents) are very generous in giving them gifts. We figured it was just right, though not necessary, to give something back no matter how small, thus our yearly search for Christmas tokens. 

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For the past years, we have been giving items like pencils, button pins, key-holders, mini picture frames, small toys, and just about anything we think will make young children happy. There were also a couple of years that my children gave their classmates handmade book markers and Christmas trinkets. This year, we found what we were looking for very early and it came on the very first day of the "ber" months of 2014.

Less Complications

Early this year we have decided to make our lives a little less complicated by doing the things we needed to do anyway as early as possible. The plan was to do necessary tasks if and when opportunities  present themselves. Though buying the yearly Christmas tokens was not yet on the priority list, we chanced upon Ai Online Shop during one of our usual web searches looking for another product. My young daughter saw one product that she thinks will be suitable to give to her classmates this Christmas. Since the cost was not that much anyway and we will end up crossing out one item in our to-do list for the year, we acceded to her suggestion and the items were delivered 3 days from the date of our order.

Early Buy

These are the magic crayons ordered by my daughter for P 22 each. There were actually a lot of choices but she has set her heart on this item. Ai Online Shop offers a wide range of products including clothes, accessories, bag and wallets, beauty and wellness products, mobile accessories, school and office supplies, toys, as well as home and living products. This early buy represents one less task to think about especially during the often chaotic Christmas shopping rush.

Plus Two for Herself

The total cost of the magic crayons she ordered left her with some money to spare. She asked us if she could use the remaining money to buy something for herself. She chose the 12 color loom band maker kit and the loom board. I didn't have the heart to say no as she has been asking to have them since the loom band craze exploded. I realized that has been quite awhile already. As we rarely find the time to go out and shop for things anyway and to reward her for her patience, we allowed her to make the additional order. These comprise what has been delivered to her yesterday.

My Say

For someone who has been a wary online shopper, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. My previous experiences including this one have been thankfully quite convenient and pleasant. What I especially like about online shopping is that I have the time to think over and over before I make any purchase. There is absolutely no pressure in having someone wait for me to make a purchase or not.

That said, I am now finally willing to admit that online shopping is a very good option for shoppers who don't have time to go to stores. Of course, there will always be a need to visit physical stores for some of our purchases. For those purchases however wherein such effort can be dispensed with, online stores serve their purpose quite well. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bag

If you are anything like me who use my bags up to their last ounce of quality serviceable life, you would most likely benefit from reading on to the end of this post. I will not be able to survive going out without a bag because I tend to bring everything but the kitchen sink with me. Here are the factors I consider when I choose my bags:

It must stand the test of time

Quality bags do not come cheap. This is why we must choose bags that will be able to stand the test of time not only in durability but in style as well. How many bags still in excellent condition are languishing somewhere in our closets just because they are too identified with past trends? We would need to choose bags that will look trendy in several seasons, if not years. I make it a point to have at least one bag for each basic color like black, brown, and white.

It must be functional

Our bags must be able to serve their purpose especially for the required space without sacrificing style. Choosing a bag without considering its functionality may result to bags being damaged early. Over-stuffing bags tend to affect their form, shape,and their serviceable life since they are made to bear more than their standard capacity. Sturdy canvas bags like these work very well for me.

It must cater to my personal taste

It is a fact that we use the bags we like more than the others. Bags that we choose based on our personal taste reflect our personality. Showing a bit of personality through our bags manifests our individuality. I have always been partial to crocheted items and interesting details in any item so that would explain why these two bags caught my attention.

It must offer variation

There are days that we just want to look different. I have always been on the safe side when it comes to color and design of bags. I make sure however that I have a bag or two that offers variation. I find them very suitable with my outfits that border on the boringly plain side. 

My Say

I really do not have much time to go to department stores to shop. Lately, I have been finding out just how convenient it is to shop online. For my bag needs, I've discovered that I can find the best selection of bags at Zalora Philippines. This is where I found all the bags shown here. 

That said, I consider bags as necessities. So I need them to last and I want them to have the look that I would like to bring with me. How about you? How do you choose your bags?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Emerging Influential Blogs of 2014: My Choice

That time of the year has again come to choose which among the fairly new blogs will form the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2014. I believe this is a very good way for new blogs to get the proper exposure and be discovered by a larger audience. I know that by experience, having received the same benefits for two of my blogs last year.

And so here are my personal choices:

1. Dateline Movies

This is my 14 year-old son's blog which deals mainly on movies and everything related to it. It has become a platform for expression for him specially since he has always been a very shy boy. I know that being part of this writing project as well as being nominated will push him to do better. 

2. Adventurous Outdoors (Jefrox)

Reading blogs that deal with the outdoors is something I personally need to encourage me to be more physical. The posts in this blogs are very informative towards that end.

3. Not Your Ordinary Mom

No mom is ordinary, certainly not when you're balancing life, family, and work. This mom writes about ordinary things she seems to be doing extraordinarily well.

4. Jlofied

This blog is all about celebrations done the author's way, the JLo way. It is always good to read about something happy or just about any reason to celebrate.

5. Delightfully Desserts by Zheyme

This blog got me on "desserts". Being a sweet tooth myself, I especially like finding recipes for simple desserts especially those that are products of experimentation in the home kitchen.

6. Raket Hub

Every freelancer needs a site that can provide tips in finding opportunities for sidelines or "raket". This blog offers that.

7. Pinions and Plumage of Love

This is a  very interesting blog from a mommy blogger who sees God as the center of the family. She talks about blessings in life and who couldn't help feel positive about that?

8. Tweensel Mom

The author is a work-at-home mom so that explains why I find her posts interesting. I'm also a WAHM.

9. Pinas Social

Stories and happenings in the Philippines is always interesting. This blog offers an easy read of such articles.

10. Mommy Bloggers Philippines

This is a very active community blog of which I am a part of. It does not only support its members in the blogging department but also in the everyday challenges of mommy life.

The Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 Writing Project is sponsored by the following:

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit
Certified Blog and Social Media Entrepreneur Program
Philippine Internet History #phnet20 Project
Digital Creators Boot Camp
Infinity Hub Web Development Services

My Say

Good luck to every blog that has been nominated, especially to my son who has found a part of himself in blogging.

That said, no matter what, every blogger who goes through this challenge comes out a winner.

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Inspire Others Through Writing

I opened my computer to something very wonderful today. Filipino Bloggers Forum (FBF), one of the groups I belong to, held the online celebration of its 2nd anniversary last night. In this celebration, a good number of members have been recognized in different award categories, including myself. I was given  the "Most Inspirational Blogger" award and that got me thinking on how I could have inspired another or others through blogging. On a larger scope, how exactly do we inspire others through writing?

Allow me to share my thoughts.

Write from the Heart

Everything I write comes from the heart and that is with no exception. I write about people, things, and events that affected me in whatever way.  I try very hard to make even the most generic topics personal because that is simply how I am inspired to write. I think inspiring others can only come from an inspiration that comes within.

The Desire to See the Positive in Every Negative

Blogging has caught me in different moods and circumstances. When I write about something happy, I acknowledge the reason. When sad, I pour my emotions in a way that only written words can. The one thing though that I always try to do when writing about something negative is to find positivity in it, no matter how difficult. Being human, I do not always succeed but I do try, very hard, for me to find comfort. This is with the hope that I can pass it on to my readers.

Look into Thy Self

We can only speak and write with authority if we truly know what we are talking about. Because I think I will never have sufficient knowledge of how other people think and feel, I would always prefer to write about how I think and feel in every given situation. I believe through this, I am more able to contribute positively in a discussion rather than judging by mere presumption.

My Say 

I have been going through some personal issues related to blogging like losing my smartphone to criminal elements at the Shangrila Mall, losing our regular Internet connection due to Typhoon Glenda, and dealing with people online who are less than desirable to deal with. While the first two are physical losses that tend to affect my blogging activities, the last one tend to diminish my desire to blog. Notwithstanding, I enjoy blogging too much to give it up. 

I would like to believe that I have contributed something positive to the blogging world no matter how small. Hearing other people say that they have been touched by something I wrote fills me with so much happiness and inspiration. It just give more inspiration to write and blog.

That said, Congratulations to all the other awardees in their respective categories. Thank you to Filipino Bloggers Forum and all its members. I can never thank you enough.

This was my acceptance speech. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IKEA Experiment with Time Travel

If you were given the chance to travel through time to see a glimpse of your possible future, would you take it? Adam and Sofi did through the IKEA Experiment with Time Travel. With the help of renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz, the couple was sent through an interesting journey of the mind.

As explained by Tranz, hypnosis is defined as bypassing the critical facility of the conscious mind and implanting selective thinking. In the IKEA Time Travel Experiment, Adam and Sofi were hypnotized into believing that they were actually in the future. They were brought face-to-face with life-changing events that take place in IKEA bedrooms and bathrooms, with the help of several actors. The purpose of the experiment is to let customers experience solutions in the future. Bear in mind that the couple has yet to start a family of their own.

This scene shows the couple with their supposed-to-be 12 year-old daughter celebrating her birthday.

This scene shows them 5 years after with the same daughter who is now bent on going to India with her yoga instructor George.

And finally, this scene shows them now that George has moved in their home with their daughter.

Adam and Sofi were made to go through these events in their lives while in deep hypnosis. The video below would show how they were able to play along the different scenarios presented to them. Tranz explained that this was made possible through the power of suggestibility. Humans are known to react and act based on "suggestions" from others, whether spoken or not. People who are going through intense emotions tend to be more receptive and accepting of the ideas of others.

The events "forced" on Adam and Sofi made them more suggestible or accepting of the scenario presented to them. These are events that would normally put the emotions of parents in high gear: a 12 year-old child demanding something which is not possible, a 16 year-old child going off to an adventure in India with her yoga instructor, and a 23 year-old child bringing home a man of different perspective. Their feelings made them more open to Tranz's suggestions.

Let us now watch the full video and feel the experience of Adam and Sofi.

My Say

What has time travel got to do with IKEA, a company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances, and home accessories? Nothing perhaps that will be quite obvious. But in bringing this couple to a time travel experience, IKEA has succeeded in pushing to the forefront the reality that the future will bring changes. Most of these changes will be happening inside our homes and that is inevitable.

That said, every life event will bring change. Have you noticed how our homes tend to change as well with every event that comes, no matter how small? Growing up kids require room changes. A child who leaves home leaves a space as well that needs rearranging. The same child who comes back with an added member certainly calls for major changes in our homes. 

Not all changes will be physical. We will be required to adapt emotionally as well as we all travel to our future. In the physical sense, IKEA will always be there as we continuously re-adapt our homes to our circumstances.

Find your future bathroom and bedroom at IKEA. You need not travel through time to do that.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1Laba Day from Breeze ActivBleach - A Day-off Treat for Moms

Breeze ActivBleach is set to treat moms to a day-off from their laundry chores on August 28, 2014. This nationwide event is aptly tagged as 1Laba Day. It will happen simultaneously in different areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

1Laba Day

During the 1Laba Day, Breeze intends to wash 1 million stains using Breeze ActivBleach, the detergent that is able to remove the toughest stains in just one washing. Moms get to rest for the day while Breeze ActivBleach takes care of their stained clothes.

Breeze will treat moms to various entertainment activities while the Breeze Laba Ladies and Laba Machines, sponsored by campaign partners Electrolux, White Westinghouse, Whirlpool, ang LG do the work of stain removal from clothes. There are five main converging points for 1Laba Day including Metro Manila ( Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasay), North Luzon (Tarlac, Pangasinan), South Luzon (Laguna, Cavite), Visayas (Cebu), and Mindanao (Davao).

About Breeze ActivBleach

Breeze ActivBleach is the first of its kind with its 4-Enzyme technology that removes more types of stains with less effort and time. Better foam profile, quicker lather, and the presence of percarbonate TAED are just some of the things that put it ahead from the rest. Bleachable stains can now be removed without harming the environment. 

Be a part of the Breeze 1 Laba Day event and see for yourself how Breeze with ActivBleach removes 1 million stains in just one wash. Like the official Breeze Facebook page (@BreezePhilippines) and join the online promos to get the chance to win washing machines from partner brands. Consumers can also get free Breeze gift packs for every purchase of an Electrolux, Whirlpool or LG washing machine.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gentle Discipline - A Contradiction No More

The words gentle and discipline are a contradiction of sorts. While gentle denotes tenderness and pacification, discipline is often associated with rigid rules and even punishment. Apparently, these two words can be used harmoniously together and result to better parenting.

"Gentle Discipline" will be one of the featured topics for the series of seminars to be facilitated  by Miriam College's Teacher Institute - G.U.R.O. The acronym stands for Growth, Upgrading, and Resource Office. G.U.R.O. is primarily focused on the personal and professional development of teachers and educators through accessible and continuing programs. 

This is exactly the reason why G.U.R.O. has organized a series of training workshops entitled Capacity Building for Public and Private School Teachers in the Early Grades (Preschool to 3rd grade). These are Saturday Seminars which will be held at Miriam College, Nuvali, Calamba, Laguna. The half-day seminar offered to parents just confirms that it takes the combined powers of parents and educators to bring up well-adjusted and productive children.

Schedule of Seminars

Aug 23, 2014
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Classroom Management
Aug 30, 2014
8:00 AM – 12:00 NN
Gentle Discipline
(A half-day seminar for parents)
Sept 20, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teaching Reading and Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) in the K to 12 Program
Oct 11, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teaching Math in the K to 12 Program
Nov 8, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teaching Science in the K to 12 Program

The Parents' Seminar costs PhP 450.00 including snacks and handouts. Teachers' seminars cost PhP 1,000.00 per topic. This covers meals, handouts, and certificate. Those who wish to participate in any of the seminars are encouraged to pay in full at least 5 days prior to the scheduled seminar date. 

 Please deposit your payment to:
    Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) account # 3081-1112-42.
    Account name:  Miriam College Foundation Inc.

Those who paid through banks are requested to fax or email a copy of their deposit slip to the number below.
If you are unable to make the full payment in advance, a non-refundable partial payment of PhP 300 is requested for every teacher participant also at least 5 days before the seminar-workshop.  The balance of PhP 700 may be paid on seminar day.

For parents attending the Gentle Discipline Seminar, full payment is likewise requested by August 18, 2014.  Otherwise, a partial payment of PhP 200 per parent is requested also by August 18, 2014; the balance of PhP 250.00 may be paid on the day of the seminar.

Contact Person: Desiree Pante
Telephone: (+632) 580-5400 up to 29 Loc. 1118
Fax: (02) 433-8500
Mobile: 0923 6890049/ 0916 5016787

Course Description

I.  Classroom Management
This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management - from organizing time, materials, and classroom space to strategies for managing individual and large group student behaviors, transitions, lab activities, and other arrangements for classrooms in general.

II.  Gentle Discipline
Positive discipline helps a child develop a conscience guided by his own internal discipline and compassion for others. Discipline that is empathetic, loving, and respectful strengthens the connection between parent and child. Rather than reacting to behavior, discover the needs leading to the behavior. Communicate and craft solutions together while keeping everyone's dignity intact.

III.  Reading and Mother Tongue Based Multi Lingual Education
This course aims to provide teachers with the deeper knowledge, understanding and application of the mother tongue based multi lingual education.

IV. Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the K-12 Program
The sequence covers a spectrum of fundamental mathematical concepts most applicable for teaching at the elementary level. Among the topics covered are sets, logic, numeration systems, development of real numbers, integers, decimals and percentages, fractions, proportion and ratios, functions and graphing, geometry and measurement.

V. Methods of Teaching Science in the K-12 Program
This course is designed to acquaint prospective elementary teachers with current methodologies of teaching science for understanding and will provide you with practical experience, theoretical background, and pedagogical skills. This will be accomplished through modeling and by learning to design inquiry based lessons that provide strategies for dealing with the incredible challenge of teaching science integrating the seven environmental principles.

My Say

We parents usually think we know what's best for our children but most of the time we succeed in giving them the exact opposite. Discipline is an area where parents would lock horns with because of the many ways it can be done. We come from different environments, grow in different upbringings, and learn different values. It is no wonder there are so many views about discipline.

That said, in raising our young children, Gentle Discipline is worth considering. It is not about being weak parents, it is about putting respect and empathy at the very center of our parenting efforts. Instilling fear in our children will backfire, and we will never want that to happen. We can discipline our children gently and reap the benefits of doing so.


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