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Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Activities, Featured | 0 comments


School has started in this region. That means half a day, sometimes more hours spent in school, gaining knowledge and experience for the little ones. An old adage goes “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy…” so as a mom, I find that it is but right to balance school schedule and kids’ play and other activities. Here are some ideas for you and your kids to try.

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after viewing great works of art, let them try

1. Museums and Doodling. There are a lot of museums catering for the mini-Picassos and mini-Van Gogh’s. They offer activities especially tailored for the creative, exploring little hands. After a tour of an exhibit and answering questions from the museum tour guide, they will have enough inspiration and have seen a lot of colors to invoke in them images that they weren’t even familiar before.

2. Outdoors and Adventures. Saturdays are best spent outside, especially if the sun is giving. Spend it biking, boating, wall-climbing, skateboarding, play football, tennis  and basketball and other physical activities. The year will be spent in school and winter is not far so better use the days out. Of course, skiing and sledding comes in the picture when snow comes.

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hair up, my little sailor! (ahhmm helmsman?)

3. Homebuddies and Movies. There are days when the weather won’t cooperate, or when you and thekids would not be in the mood to go out. No worries, you can always go for movies and popcorn or play chess, monopoly…and there are even online games for kids and parents that can be enjoyed by both in the comfort of the living room. In this era of technology, the possibilities of having fun at home never ends. PS3, Wii, Xbox and all that? Make use of them well!

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At the Museumsquartier, free exhibit

4. Theaters and Cinemas and Eat-outs. The theater is sometimes at the end of the list when finding things to do with the kids because they would prefer watching a movie on the big screen. Whichever you choose for them or whichever they prefer, make sure that the play or film to watch is worth it. It would be fun to talk about later on. Afterwards, take them to eat their favorite dessert or full meal! For us, that’s like a sushi restaurant and black sesame Japanese ice cream!


theater’s backstage as daughter prepares, boys play

5. Discipline and Martial Arts. There’s nothing wrong with learning self-defense and discipline while having fun. Karate, Taekwondo, Aikido and Judo are some of the popular form of martial arts but I’m sure there could be one you and your kids would find fit and enjoyable. Schools usually offer these as separate extra-curricular activities along with dancing, piano lessons, choir practices and a lot more that will enhance a kids’ creativity, sportsmanship to make them well-rounded individuals.

6. Bookstores and Reading. Someone once said “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” I wanted my kids to live the lives I had and that’s why bringing them to bookstores and libraries has been a habit. Books should not be limited to: children’s stories, fables, fantasy ones, you can try Bible parables and character stories, I’m sure they’ll love those too. I don’t mind if they ask to buy a new book everytime we visit a bookstore, I’m filling up all the nooks and crannies to raise them bookworms. ^_^


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Saving Some Time When Ordering Microscope Accessories

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Science | 0 comments


Buying microscope accessories has gotten a great deal easier in the last few years, but there are a few caveats people still fall into. Many times a person will wait for a package to come in the mail only to find out the parts they ordered don’t fit the microscope they own. This is an especially big problem when a project deadline is rearing its ugly head, but fortunately it’s easy to prevent these headaches by double-checking the existing scope.

Many eyepieces are interchangeable as far as size goes, but some owners neglect to make sure that the magnification of their replacement eyepiece is the same as the original one. While few people might give it much thought, the eyepiece provides magnification in additional to the actual objective lenses. Many stock eyepieces provide a magnification power of 10, so it can be very disappointing to try out one with too much or too little power.

It’s equally possible to end up with objective lenses that come in the wrong power. This generally comes when people buy them together in a set and neglect to check whether the three or four objective lenses they’re receiving are equivalent to the ones being replaced. Even if they’re the right physical size to fit into the revolving nosepiece mount on the scope they might not be the right optical size.

It’s important to check whether the lenses are apochromatic or more common achromatic lenses. Generally speaking apochromatic lenses correct spherical and chromatic aberration than regular lenses do. Microscopes that fit apochromatic objectives are often calibrated a certain way to take advantage of the optical configuration made by the magnification power of the eyepiece and the objectives.

When knobs or even the frame needs to be replaced it’s helpful to know the actual catalog number of the microscope in question. This number is generally printed on a label on the bottom of the base of desktop models. Larger precision models might come with a plate on the side that gives some information about the manufacturer.

Sometimes it’s not possible to find the number, so it might help to check out a catalog from Scienscope International. It might be possible to match the model based on design, especially if at least some of the numerals have been made out. When the new accessories arrive make sure to record their vitals. It might prevent some headaches the next time replacements have to be ordered.


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Plus Factors of Multiplication Blocks

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Apps | 0 comments


Mastering multiplication is one of the most challenging aspects of elementary mathematics. The most common method for kids is to use flash cards or go over the multiplication table countless times until they memorize it. Parents and teachers who are looking for ways to make this task easier and more interesting for kids need not look further as the Multiplication Blocks is here to help. This educational game app for iPhone and iPad users has a lot of plus factors when it comes to building math skills.

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First of all it’s a game app. This means that the Multiplication Blocks is definitely more fun than the traditional route of reciting the multiplication table or answering flash cards. In this game, the center of the screen is filled with multicolored blocks that represent factors while a falling gray block appears on the side to represent the product. Players need to tap or swipe the factors for the product to clear the blocks and earn points. For example, if a gray block with 6 on it appears on the side, players need to find and tap numbers 3 and 2 that are adjacent to each other in the colored blocks. However, players need to find the factors before the gray block reaches the bottom or it turns into a brick. Once the bricks get stacked up the game will end. Not to worry though, the game can be tailored according to the child’s skill level to avoid frustrations. It features three game modes that include Practice, Normal, and Challenge. The speed and difficulty level can also be adjusted according to the player’s skill.

Children who are struggling with their factors and products can have fun practicing with this app. Aside from the colorful blocks and exciting game mechanics, they can also play according to their own pace. It also helps that kids earn medals for their game accomplishments because these tokens are also great motivators and esteem boosters. Having Multiplication Blocks in your gadget is a definite plus for those who want to build math skills and promote math fluency in their kids.


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Heights of Fun with Helicopter Taxi

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Apps | 2 comments



Before the video games and consoles have been around children used their imagination in playing with their toy cars and airplanes. But since nothing is virtually impossible nowadays, Toca Toca AB brings an app that combines classic pretend play of a toy helicopter and the animation of video games – the Helicopter Taxi. This app transforms your phone into a toy that adds dimension in a classic pretend play with an inanimate object.

The Helicopter Taxi features a 3-D helicopter that can be viewed in different angles. You can change the view and make the helicopter move by moving the iPhone or iPod Touch. Set it down on a flat surface and you’ll see the top view of the chopper and a helipad where one can drop off and pick up passengers. Pick it up again and the helicopter flies off to either bring the passenger to their destination or pick up a new passenger. What is nice about this app is that users can feel like they are actually flying the helicopter around the house because of the Augmented Reality Effect wherein the camera is used to incorporate the room images in the helicopter background as it flies from one spot to the other. The app also features five characters with fun voices to guide and entertain your child during playtime. Parents or siblings can also join in the fun by helping younger ones assign pick-up or drop-off points around the house or taking turns in transporting passengers until quitting time.

Take your kids to different heights of excitement in pretend play with the Helicopter Taxi. Its 3-D fun and interesting characters are sure to feed your child’s imagination. This app can also help develop their navigating skills as well. However, parents should make sure that kids are in a child proofed room or at least remind their kids to be careful when playing and walking at the same time in order to avoid accidents.


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Mini Monet: More Fun and Learning for Little Artists

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Apps | 0 comments


Fun and learning is always a good combination in honing a child’s skills. This is why most parents choose educational toys and apps for their kids. A popular tool that parents can use to help kids develop their creative skills is an art app for gadgets and smart phones. In this field, the Mini Monet Creative Studio and Art Club for Kids offer more than just the average art application.

This virtual studio and gallery can be your little artist’s first step in becoming a future Monet. Its intuitive design and technical quality makes it easy for kids to draw, color, create, and showcase their artwork. One basic feature of an art app is a blank page or canvass where kids can express their creative ideas. This is also available in the Mini Monet app along with coloring pages, stamps, and stickers. Young kids who are in the process of developing their fine motor skills can make use of the Magic Pencil tool to help them stay inside the lines and enjoy coloring the pictures. Older kids around 6 to 8 years old can have fun creating their own art work or in tackling the weekly challenges. Once the artwork is done, they can save it and share it with members of the Art Club, pretty much like artists showcasing their work in art galleries. This app is covered by parental controls and privacy policy so that the kids can work in a safe environment when using the Mini Monet Art Club feature.

Another feature that kids will enjoy with this app is the Art Store. Kids can earn coins by opening the app, finishing an art work, sharing their work, and appreciating the work of others. Coins earned can be used to purchase additional content from the Art Store. The Mini Monet Creative Studio and Art Club for Kids is an engaging app with different levels of fun. It is a great tool for encouraging creativity, at the same time it can also promote social skills and boost esteem with little artists appreciating each other’s work of art.


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Your Online Presence

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Online reputation | 0 comments

Online marking. E-commerce marketing. Self-promotion. Advertising. Whatever you want to call it, the bottom line is that in order to succeed online, whether your business is completely online-based or your online business is simply an extension of your offline one, it’s important to focus on various types of advertising efforts in order to attract visitors who will hopefully turn into customers, and search engines that will rank your site highly within their indexes.


Here are a few tips to help you with your online marketing endeavors:

1. Keep things simple with an integrated registrar & host
Save yourself some clicks and payment woes by consolidating your domain registration and hosting account into one. Many companies, for example, can provide both services for you. Some companies can also offer custom website templates, social media account setup, e-commerce solutions, and their own advertising campaigns.

2. Update daily
Pick something — your blog, your Facebook account, your Twitter account, or ideally all three, and commit to updating them once per day. You don’t always have to post company-promoting content; feel free to engage visitors with trivia or questions about how their day is going – or share how your day is going.

3. Invest in one paid campaign
It’s fine to go it alone in terms of advertising and marketing, but give yourself a break at least a little bit of the time by using a pay-per-click or integrated links campaign. On the days you need a break from all of your online marketing efforts, you’ll appreciate knowing that the paid campaign is still going strong.

4. Use a calendar to set goals and meet deadlines
Organization is a very important part of any successful endeavor, especially a multi-faceted one such as online marketing. Make use of calendars, notebooks, to-do lists, dry erase pads, etc. – whatever it takes to keep you focused and on task.

5. Give yourself a day off
This is especially important for business owners who work from home. While it may be perfectly acceptable to be joined at the hip with your laptop, nobody said it’s good for your health, or your sanity. Pick a day, even if it’s the middle of the way, to kick back and relax.

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