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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cool Corregidor

Superrr late post.

I'm no history buff but I do remember having fun in all my History classes both in elementary and high school and even up to  my first year in college. I used to ace my History exams and I'd often see (or I probably just imagined) my teacher's scowl every time they give the papers back and I got a perfect score... again.

I thought teachers were supposed to be happy that I paid attention and learned from them. Some of them probably thought that their test was too easy. But it wasn't. Otherwise, everyone would have gotten a perfect score. Hehe Not to brag, but I just couldn't help it, my memory was quite good when I was younger. I'd remember every line, every sentence that's been said, and every historically-significant date. It also helps that I had excellent study habits, thanks to my mother. Plus my note-taking skills are superb! Haha #buhatbangko 

That penchant for history and for old things have been rekindled when I got an invitation from two of my closest friends at work. 

The proposition: Php 1,450. One guided day tour of Corregidor. Lunch included. 

I thought, yay! Finally, some "me time"! Thank you, Ensogo. Hahaha Okay, another eight hours of being away from my baby, and on a weekend. I had to think twice, of course. But after talking to ze husband and Epp, I finally agreed to go. Guilt-free. ;) 

The trip was the weekend after a stressful work week (quarter-end, ugh), so I got my husband's permission, (not that I have to ask for his permission every time I leave the baby behind). Haha Okay, I do have to tell him every now and then. Hehe He probably thought I needed the break, too. Yes, I really needed to get away even just for a while. And there's no better way to do that than by a ferry ride! 

So get away we did! 

Corregidor has a lot of stories to tell. We went there at just the right time because we had the perfect weather and it was even made more meaningful by the insightful and comical narrative of our tour guide. Silly me, I forgot his name! (My memory isn't that good anymore. Haha)

Fun Fact: Corregidor is not a part of Bataan (contrary to what most people know, me included). The beautiful island is actually in Cavite! 

I was pleasantly surprised that it was only a 45-minute ferry ride. I thought it was going to be a slightly longer trip. Okay, sorry about being mis-informed but I did not read up on the facts because I wanted to be surprised and also because it's a guided tour so I got lazy.

Sharing with you the pictures... :)

We didn't plan on watching the Light(s) and Sound Show inside the Malinta Tunnel (because access is for an extra Php 200) but the extra charge was well worth it.

Once inside the tunnel, we were welcomed by an amazing voice-over that sounded like we're really in the 1940s. It felt so real! The total darkness in between the 'scene-breaks' helped with the imagery. (Voice-over actor alert: You will hear Joonee Gamboa's very distinct voice in some of the 'scenes').

The show highlights the events leading to the siege of Corregidor, woven in one dramatic narrative with the laterals being used as the stage for each historic event. 

The Lights and Sound Show was actually penned by national artist and film director, Lamberto Avellana and the sculptures used were created by the national artist, Napoleon Abueva. It was a treat! It's art at its finest! :)

Corregidor is a huge island. I even thought that it could house a number of homeless people in Manila if it weren't a historical site. I could only imagine what life was like before World War II for both the Filipinos and Americans who used to live there.

Both the new installations and the old ruins in this historic island are worth spending a little time on, and are worthy of thoughts of their previous state and condition. A guided tour to this historical site is also definitely a good way to educate the younger ones. I would not have minded being brought here as a high school student learning about the country's history. Wouldn't that be cool?

Corregidor Inn
At the tramvia, with friends

The Pacific War Memorial Museum

The Sun Cruises ferry
We all went home even more hungry for stories and historical anecdotes. I can say that, on this trip, I did everything backwards. It was after I went home that I read up and did more research and learned about life in Corregidor and the many astonishing places and ruins on this beautiful island.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

TED Talk: The Psychology of Your Future Self

I love this TED Talk! Time and change really are powerful forces.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Epp: Wee Wordsmith

His favorite words (which he frequently butchers, err utters) in a Wordle word cloud
There are a lot of things a mother should remember about her child. For me, one of the many things to never ever forget is the day he/she uttered his/her first words and all the other succeeding words after that. I can say that when it comes to Epp's hitting this 'talking' milestone, I've been all ears.

My baby's pedia used to say, "a toddler's use of verbal language is a sign of intelligence". Ding! That's when I started actively talking to him and listening to cues of verbal communication when he was barely a month old. Haha Syempre. I want my baby to be intelligent. No mother would want it any other way. #stagemommy 

And so it began, the endless prodding and nightly reading rituals, the storytelling session about important family stories, his parents' love story (haha) and just about anything I could get my hands on.

I have even compiled/listed the words that he could already say at a certain age in a  health journal. Thanks to Dr. Mom Health Journal's huge writing space, I was able to document some of those words that were just music to my ears. 

Epp: The Wee Wordsmith at 25 months

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spotted: Toddler at the Pedia

Last month, I brought Epp to his pedia for his boosters and also to ask the doctor about his eating habits. I've been worried because I think he eats like a bird and that it takes hours for him to finish his meal. I was so worried about his appetite. I asked the doctor about all my concerns on that visit only to be told that Epp is in tip-top shape and that there is nothing to worry about.

The pedia set my expectations and said that the ideal meal portion size for a child his age is the size of his fist. She said that is about the size of his tummy so a portion of rice, viand, vegetables and fruits should be the size of his fist for each. That's all it can hold at a time. She even said, "Baka naman isang bandehado ang gusto mong kainin nya?" Haha I really laughed hard at that. She also asked about the intervals of formula feeding (three times a day with a 5-6 hour-gap). 

Epp's pedia was convinced that the reason I think he doesn't feel like eating is because Epp is still full so she advised against giving milk a few hours before meal time. 

It was me who had a problem because I wanted him to eat like a grown-up. Haha I was so relieved. There was really nothing to worry about. Epp even eats more than the usual because he drinks milk very frequently and still eat full rice meals. She also said not to worry about his weight and his height because he's on the right track. Another learning for the first-time mommy me. Salamat, Doc for straightening me up and for correcting my perception about how much my son should be eating. And most especially for accommodating all my questions about my little tyke. [And I really ask a lot.]
Epp at his pedia at TMC

He just had to touch everything.

Always on explorer mode...

As a result of that visit,below are my action items. Yes, I listen to the doctor's advice. :)

1. Purchase divided plates for each section for vegies/sides and in the largest section for the main course. [DONE]
2. Set a longer interval between milk feedings. [DOING IT]
3. Let him join the grown ups during meal time at the dining table. [DOING IT]
4. Start looking for a nursery school, Epp is ready (probably because he was talking to her and he even pointed out all the stuffed animals in her office, haha. Showoff!) as a salingketket so he can learn social skills especially since he's the only toddler at home and is seldom around kids. [LOOKING...]
5. Do not worry. :)

Clean Plate. Happy Mom.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Of Insurances and Infographics

Lately I've been thinking about getting another insurance, (something that I have yet to discuss with my husband). He thinks that the life and medical insurance coverage by both our companies and the VUL that I have with SunLife should be enough for now since we're still paying for our house and since we haven't moved in, we are still paying for our rent. But I just totally disagree. Call me the disobedient wife. Haha 

There's no better time than the present, right? Besides, I'm already 31 and before I know it, I'll be 40. Stop. [Train of thought too scary]. I am also thinking about getting a memorial plan but I have yet to talk to an agent about that.  A friend is helping me find one.

I am still looking and considering all my options but St. Peter is probably the most popular company that offers "deathcare services" - yep, got that phrase from their official website. Morbid? I know but I did my research and I have a friend who got it for a loved one and I am beyond convinced of the wisdom of getting coverage not just for me but for my loved ones. So, I found myself searching for information even on Pinterest. Haha [Just another excuse to spend time on Pinterest].
Yes. I love infographics! Being the visual person that I am, my brain is just hardwired to recognize and appreciate pictures and any form of visualization of data much better. That is also why I like Pinterest and Instagram. Hehe Anyway, I found these really nice infographics to help me decide on the insurance that I am going to get next. I currently have a variable life insurance policy that has an investment component and I am looking to get something that won't be redundant. As I did my research, I 'stumbled' on very informative and easy to understand infographics that I know will help me decide. I am thinking health insurance and maybe a pre-need plan for Epp's college education.

My current insurance, which is a Sun Maxilink Prime is open for an additional 'rider' of a Hospital Income Benefit that pays a daily hospital income in case of hospitalization of the insured, but my friend doesn't recommend it. She'd rather I get a separate and dedicated individual HMO which could provide a much better coverage. Yay! Great insight. Thank God for knowledgeable friends. At least I know now how to proceed.

By the way, here's the description of the Sun Maxilink Prime coverage straight from the Sunlife website.

Sun MaxiLink Prime
The Sun MaxiLink Prime is a peso denominated variable life insurance plan that provides financial protection PLUS a potential source of savings that can fund future needs like retirement income through its investment earnings. There are 5 funds to choose from where your premium payments will be invested in. These funds are managed actively and prudently by our top-notch investment professionals. Sun MaxiLink Prime is payable for at least 10 years*


* The premium paying period is not guaranteed. You may be required to pay additional premiums after 10 years if the fund value is insufficient to pay charges.

 As for my own research, I'd like to share a bit of history of where all these came from. Talk about getting to the bottom of it. Haha Okay, that's the history buff in me talking. I found this on the Brighter Life website and  soon after that I've subscribed to their mailing list. :) I will let the infographics do the talking. 

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Don't get disheartened if you see the amount (in dollars) on the next infographic. There's just very minimal infographics that are available out there that reflect local scenarios. Maybe I should teach myself how to create infographics. Haha Yes, maybe I will. :)

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