Spelunking Phu Pha Phet Cave

Derick and Summer were the youngest in the group of tourists in Phu Pha Phet cave. I thought they won’t survive the two hour walk inside the cave, well I thought wrong. As a matter of fact they enjoyed it, Summer got so fascinated by the things she saw and Derick, oh well, because it’s so dark and he gets to use a flashlight.

We came as a side trip since the cave is within the vicinity of the waterfalls we went to earlier that day. Although unprepared it turned out successful. They love it and are looking forward to spelunk again.

This time though we have to prepare some things before-hand like.

  • Face mask especially if your kids are asthmatics. It might be dusty inside from loose soil or bat droppings.
  • Tiny backpacks for water bottles, face towel, and the likes
  • Comfortable rubber shoes are definitely better than open loose slippers
  • Long stretchy pants would be comfortable and it would be easy to crawl or duck if there is a need to.
  • Wear mosquito repellent lotion for protection.

For more details about Phu Pha Phet Cave Satun Thailand.

Here’s a slideshow of them in the cave

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DIY Gift Wrapping

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My daughter loves to draw. She started to show interest at a very young age.  I saw how her drawings improve through the years.  She is very proud of her drawings, and we have always made sure she gets all the encouragement and praises she needs to go on.  She draws anytime and every time an idea sparks and she does this wherever she is at that moment.

One instance, we have to attend a birthday party of one of her friends. Although we were informed days before, I was too busy that I forgot to prepare for it.  So on the said day, I hurriedly bought a gift for the little girl but forgot to buy a gift wrap.  I was a bit panicking since there were still other things to do. Good thing, my daughter had a great idea, DIY gift wrapping.

On a paper she drew a family, wrote a greeting, and added some designs. She used this to wrap the gift. She recycled a ribbon, and voila.

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Music In A Cajon

I remember I used to drum my hands on the table while listening to my teachers in primary school. Some years later, I saw on television, a guy drumming on what appeared to me then as an ordinary wooden box while sitting on it. I thought, it was just part of the band’s act. After all, it’s kind of “cool” to look at.
Now, I know that this cool thing is called Cajone. It is actually cajon in Spanish (pronounced as ka-hon), which means a crate or a drawer. I was right, it’s wooden! Cajones, a six-sided, box-shaped percussion are played by tapping the faces with hands or fingers. Let’s acquaint ourselves with cajones.

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Unexpectedly my daughter, Summer, is very much interested in cooking and baking. My husband and I are hardly the average cooks. But boy how we love food. Anyway, there are times when we cook something  that we learned from our parents, but nothing fancy.  It is something for our family to consume. It isn’t worth bragging about to friends on get-together or worth sharing to my readers.   The same goes to our kitchen.  If I am to describe it, well, it’s dull, boring, and functional. So I am really a bit surprised as to why and how my daughter has become so interested in cooking.  Whatever the reasons behind, one thing is clear, we should never let the opportunity to develop this interest pass.

How did I manage to help my daughter considering the facts that I have limited cooking or baking skills and our kitchen is ill-equipped? This is what I did, and I hope to continue doing.

 

1.  I searched for easy to cook and no-bake recipes. I found this no-sugar recipe, easy, and it has only 6 ingredients from The Frugal Farm Wife (http://frugalfarmwife.com/article/healthy-no-bake-cookies/). Check out her blog for the recipe or you may watch Summer’s Slide.

2. I tried it myself, more than once, to familiarize the procedure and experience it myself.  There are things that one is able to impart well if she has got the experience of doing it herself.

3.  I let her experience bit by bit.  She started just helping out – gathering the ingredients and putting them on the table, beating, stirring, pouring, and measuring.

4.  Then, I let her do it on her on.  The ingredients, measurement, and procedure are written on a white board for her to read and follow.

 

Watch her here

Is there any other way I could help Summer develop her interest in cooking and baking? Your ideas are deeply appreciated. Please feel free to share them on the comment section below.

 

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Introducing the NEW Educents Marketplace

Introducing the NEW Educents Marketplace

I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN!

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Thousands of new products – Educents Sellers can now offer ALL of their bestsellers on the new Educents Marketplace. There’s a wide variety of worksheets, lesson plans, educational apps and toys. Shop The Young Scientists Club, Scholastic, Workman Publishing, Alpha Omega Publishing, Life of Fred books, hundreds of printable units created by educators, and more!

Offers that NEVER expire – Sellers can offer our favorite educational products year-round. Once a deeply discounted Daily Deal expires, you can still find that product available on Educents at the lowest price.

Discovery – It’s easier to search on Educents. Search for your kiddos’ interests like Minecraft or Frozen-inspired resources, and then sort by grade level, subject, brand, and more!

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Follow your favorite brands and Sellers – The “Follow Me” feature lets me add my favorite Sellers to a list. Click the heart on the Seller Storefront. You can also see which Sellers are the most popular with other shoppers!

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The Educents Marketplace is exactly what I want it to be — the best place for parents and educators to find the resources I NEED at an affordable price.

 

 

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World Book Day 2015

World Book Day

I remember an incident when I was young, my father and an American traveler were exchanging facts about the countries in Asia.  They, particularly had a long discussion about Singapore.  After awhile the American traveler asked my father about other places he has gone to.  My Dad said he has never been to any places outside the Philippines. The foreigner was like “damn, you talked as if you’ve gone to those places!”  Then he answered, “I read them from Reader’s Digest!

Today’s World Book Day, if you haven’t read a book in your life, it’s not too late.  Now is definitely a good start.

 

What kind of book do you like reading?

 

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Dogs are man’s best friend. They have these innate loyalty and loving character which are just extremely endearing.

We had a dog before name Blacky.  Like her name, she was as black as a pit.  She was from a local breed, nothing fancy about her.  But we loved her just as much.  I remember her slick, sleek, short black hair.  She had a long tail that wagged at the sight of us.  So we were totally devastated (my Dad even cried) when she died of old age, at least that’s what we thought.  Thinking of it in retrospect, her health gradually declined after she got hit by a motorbike. Living in the countryside without accessible veterinary help, and anyway, Blacky got up, walked as if nothing had happened, we all let it passed as something okay.

Anyway, I am just glad that nowadays, there are widespread proliferation of information about dogs and other animals.  Even in third world countries veterinary clinics, medicine, and vaccines are available.

Let’s equal our dog’s love and loyalty, or perhaps give even more.  They deserve all the care from us.

Don’t you think?

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Give your Musically-Inclined Kid Encouragement

As supporting parents to musically-inclined children, it is important to get a little bit involved even if you yourself are not so much into music.  Showing your kid that you know something about his world will surely encourage him.  This little effort on your part will never go unnoticed.  It will be appreciated, and they will love you even more.

Show a bit of enthusiasm on the instrument your child love.  Knowing the name, types, and parts of his instrument could be a good start.  If your kid loves guitars, here are few things you need to know about.  The basic guitar parts of les paul 2015 traditional gibson that you should definitely know about are;

 

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Great things start from small beginnings.

Most often than not success whatever its magnitude is, always begin with a small step forward.  This tiny effort may seem insignificant, easy but it actually makes a whole lot of difference; and could be difficult and a scary thing to do. It takes courage, support from loved ones, and a bit of “You’re dong great!”,”Keep up the good job!” here and there.

Summer showed a flair for photography early on.  Whether it is a prognostic sign of the future or just a momentary hobby she finds interesting, my husband and I see to it that she is encouraged and given every opportunity. She enjoys tagging along with her Dad’s photography group SOMCHAI Studios .

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Her photos started from these….

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Kids usually obey and take heed of advises from people they trust.  Fear and doubt hinder this.  That is why parents and teachers play a crucial role. If we could only create an environment of acceptance, encouragement, and trust for all children, then, they would surely reach great things.

What do you think of Summer’s photos?

What small beginnings have your children started?

This corner showcases all the creative things our little ones do, captured in photos. Be featured here by submitting your kid’s photos at mitchelle.juaban@gmail.com with a description. 
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4 Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

Kids are never born tabula rasa.  I just do not think that they are like blank sheets plunged into this world unprepared.  Kids already have some sort of unique and distinctive presets brought by the combination of genetic materials from both parents.  This genetic make-up together with the environmental conditions with which surround a child even from the womb and into the real world create a child’s total personality.

Parents are responsible in guiding a child discover and strengthen every bit and parcel encompassing his/her personality.  This task could be difficult.  There are many factors that could either help clear or blur him from seeing who he is; and what he really wants in life. Whatever the case maybe, at the end of the day, it always boils down to exposure.  A child who has variety and diverse experiences would most likely have the upper hand than those who has limited experiences.

Parents who have young kids in their formative years, now more than ever  is the appropriate time to expose them in variety of activities. Here are some suggestions for you.

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*Music and theatre workshop.  Engaging in this workshop will help them discover for themselves the presence or absence of desire to pursue this field or not.   If ever they decide to go along this line, it is parents’ responsibility to support them.  Finding the right musical instruments or orchestra instrument accessories is easy nowadays.

 

*Maths and Science Activities.  Young kids definitely love to explore, discover, and even invent things.  This kind of workshop will pave way to finding that scientific-inclination in children.  Fun Maths activities will help young kids develop a positive attitude towards Maths which is regarded by most adults as difficult.

*Camping and outdoor activities.   Find out why parents need to engage children in outdoor activities from my previous post, entitled Two Absolutely Important Reasons Why Parent Should Engage Kids In Outdoor Activities.

*Entrepreneurship for kids. Teach your kids to be pipeline builders instead of being just bucket fillers.

 

What does your kid like doing?

 

 

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