Love Letter on a Hearts Day

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Dear Ang,

17 years, 3 months and 7 days ago, we were officially together as I agreed to be your girlfriend. You must have love me that much that you ask me again to be your girlfriend after being rejected. I’m glad you did ask again because I already felt the same way, I am thankful for the persistence.

When I failed the ECE Licensure Exam, I tried to stop the relationship that just started. I want to focus on my review and I didn’t want to get distracted as I prepare to retake the board exam. But then, you must have love me that much that you give your all out support. In fact, your encouragement and constant reminder to study were not a distraction at all. Somehow it help me pass the April 2001 ECE Licensure Exam.

You chose to work up north, I chose down south. It was a long distance relationship, but then, you must love me that much that you invited me to work at same location with you. I did follow you but still, work hinder us to spend valuable time together as we worked on different shifts. But then, those love letters and text messages were the best. It brightens my day despite the stress from work.

You accepted a favorable job offer down south and leave me. Thankful that the setup was just for awhile and that you must have love me that much for you saved all your pay just so we could get married as soon as possible. We got married and I gave up my blossoming career and relocated, excited to start a family with you.

As we get to know each other, slowly we started to struggle with our everyday conflicts. We argue and get frustrated as ours was not a perfect relationship. You are disappointed in a lot of things especially when I cannot meet your expectations. We failed to compromise — from choosing a day’s meal to choosing the right discipline method for our kids. But then, you must have love me that much that you tried to be patient with me, you choose to understand me, you choose to pray and hope, you choose to reconsider, you choose to love.

Hope you’ll never get tired sticking with me.

I love you and Happy Valentines Day.

Always,
Balot

When decluttering becomes difficult

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I am a hoarder. I think. I have a heap of stuffs tucked in one room. These stuffs according to the husband are trashes and consume much space, I, on the other hand, considered these items of sentimental value. I haven’t got the chance to sort these out and because I’m afraid to might throw something of value, I just have to let these stuffs sit and sleep for awhile. But then, the husband is already complaining because the room’s content for him is an eyesore. Call me over dramatic but I just can’t throw the artworks of my daughter or the test papers of my son. Those kindergarten handwriting or the wedding souvenirs or the toys they played when they were younger. I just can’t let go, not now! In fact, I’m in nostalgia already!

If you’re a hoarder and being pushed to clean up and encounter some anxiety issues during the de-cluttering process, here are some tips that can might help you.

One location for all stuffs
Yes, you need to at least provide boxes for your stuffs. Label for easy identification. You can even categorize them if you want. What I want to emphasize is to put all your storage boxes and things in one location or room. Thankfully for me, we have a spare room for all my stuffs. As long as the door is closed, I’m still safe from the husband. And yes, these items do really take a lot of space so I yep, I hear you, need to work on this as soon as possible.

Sort one at a time
Thankful for weekends as it gives myself an opportunity to check one storage box for sorting at a time. Cleaning up my stuff for a day is not possible. There are weekends that I can’t check the room and sometimes I do feel lazy just by the looking at the boxes. The husband though constantly remind me to clean the storage room. If I have an opportunity to declutter, I just assess the item as either as “I keep it” or “I throw it”. If I still have doubts, I put them on “I keep it” box and assess it again .

Seek help
If you are no longer hesitant to get rid your stuffs, you can hire a home cleaning service. They don’t consider sentimentality on each item thus easier for them to make your home spic and span.

SM Seaside City Cebu to experience Asia with SM Supermalls Mobile App

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Why A Good Night’s Sleep Is Fundamental To Family Health

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Everyone wants a family life full of positive vibes and good relationship with everyone, right? A healthy family members also means a happy life for everyone but this might be difficult to achieve when someone falls ill or sick, or the whole family indulges in an unhealthy habits. The entire family dynamics suffers. Of course, people cannot help falling ill, surely there methods that can be help avoid this malady.

Nowadays, health professionals advises everyone, especially the parents, to reconnect with sleep and develop a healthy sleeping habits. Here are some collected tips and hopefully everyone can glean from it. If you’ve figured out that something in your family dynamic needs to change, assessing the wholesome health of each member of the family can be a great place to begin.

It Nourishes
Of course, sleep is something we all need to survive. However, as a child sleep is even more important than a child could ever know. It might be hard getting your unruly toddlers to sleep when you want them to, but that should never mean they are allowed to stay up late at night. A regular and consistent bedtime is important if you hope to allow a child room to develop and grow in the best way possible. Sleep builds and rebuilds the body, and all aspects of healthy development will be tainted without it. Sleep nourishes, and for that reason it’s one of the more important things to get right, from ensuring the bed is never too hot, the room is ventilated and the right mattress from ChooseMattress.com can make all of the difference.

It De-stresses
Sleep allows your children time to subconsciously reflect on and heal from the day they’ve just lived. Being a child is not easy, as learning to be a human as well as the constant responsibility of schooling and social dynamics can take a toll on them. A good long sleep nightly is their best defence against being worn down from fatigue, allowing them a sense of personal time that truly enables them the option of feeling comfortable in their own space. This can make all the difference between a child who is regularly irritable or anxious with outside events to a child who is able to digest the oncoming stresses of life in a multitude of healthier ways.

It Wards Off Illness
Children are susceptible to illnesses,and as their immune system develops you can be sure they’ll experience many of these. Making this worse by a lack of sleep can truly prevent them from getting better at all. It can mean certain illnesses last longer or repeat after they have been shaken off. A great night’s sleep gives your child, and by extension you less chance of getting ill, even when surrounded by many children at school who carry bugs and other transferable nastiness.

With these tips, you can be sure that sleep will be reprioritized in your household.

Sunpiology Resolution Run Raises Over 5 Million for Charity

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Sun Life Financial Philippines opened the year by rallying Filipinos towards health and wellness while raising over Php 5 Million for charity in its annual fun run, the Sunpiology Resolution Run.

Held last January 20 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the event attracted over 3,000 runners, who tackled obstacles designed to raise awareness about diabetes. A limbo rock challenge reminded everyone to keep their health in check, a 100-step challenge gave reminders on how to infuse exercise in one’s daily routine, while a sugar tunnel prompted everyone to watch their sugar intake.

Sun Life has been championing diabetes awareness since 2015, after studies that it commissioned showed that many Filipinos lacked knowledge about the debilitating disease. In fact, part of the funds raised will go to the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation (ISDFI), which facilitates diabetes awareness and prevention initiatives for Filipinos.

Other beneficiaries are Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Hebreo Foundation, and the Star Magic scholars.

Now on its 9th year, the run was once again co-presented by Star Magic and led by actor and Sun Life brand ambassador Piolo Pascual. His fellow artists, such as Matteo Guidicelli, Enchong Dee, Robi Domingo, Kisses Delavin, Edward Barber, and Maymay Entrata also joined the event. Other artists were Ashley Colet, Bailey May, Belle Mariano, Chantal Videla, Christian Morones, Claire Ruiz, Franco Rodriguez, Hannah Ledesma, Hannah Lopez Vito, Henz Villaraiz, Jai Agpangan, Jameson Blake, Jessica Marasigan, Joe Vargas, Joj Agpangan, Kyle Velino, Lance Lucido, Loren Burgos, Marco Gallo, Maris Racal, Mark Rivera, Mikee Agustin, Nico Antonio, Nikki Valdez, Inigo Pascual, Pamu Pamorada, Raine Salamante, Ria Atayde, Sam Shoaf, Sam Thurman, Tommy Esguerra, Vivoree Esclito, Xia Vigor,Yesha Camile, Ysabel Ortega, Zeus Collins and Zonia Mejia.

The Resolution Run was presented by Sun Life Financial Philippines in partnership with Brooks, Cherifer, Diabetasol, DMC Marketing Services, Dr. Kong, Fitbar, Gardenia, Green Stevia, Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Mega Sardines, RUNNR, Saucony, Stable, Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc., and TrueTea; supported by Glorious Blend, Nurture Wellness Village, PhilRice, and Silka; with media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Cinema One, Lifestyle, OUTCOMM, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Star Studio. Gatorade (official hydration partner), (My Health Clinic (official medical partner), Garmin (official timer); and Toby’s (official registration partner) also helped mount the event facilitated by RunRio.

The event completes Sunpiology Duo, Sun Life’s bike-run event, which commenced last November 2017 with the Sun Life Cycle PH. #

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life nancial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of CAD $934 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

 

Simple Maintenance Tips for Gardens

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If you have a garden, large gardens, looking after it can be somewhat of a nightmare. Yes, the thought of a big garden space probably sounded amazing when you purchased your house. It gives your kids plenty of space to play around in, and you have enough room for entertaining guests too. However, sustaining a it might be a problem, right? especially if its not a priority chore to maintain it. Fret not my dear as here are some gathered tips on keeping gradens upkeep.

Acquire the best tools for the job
You are never going to maintain your garden efficiently if you do not have the right tools for the job. A big garden requires big tools; those that are capable of getting big tasks done in quick time. Not only should you consider investing in a top-quality lawn mower, but it is a good idea to look for a pull behind fertilizer spreader as well. This is a great way of ensuring your garden gets all of the goodness it needs with minimal effort on your behalf.

Make your garden low maintenance to begin with
The fact that your garden is large presents enough challenges in terms of maintenance, so don’t go and make things worse for yourself by planting flowers that require a lot of upkeep and choosing elements that need a lot of attention. The key to looking after a large garden is often ensuring that it is low maintenance to begin with. There are numerous ways you can do this, from using artificial turf to replacing some or all perennial beds with shrubs.

Create a garden schedule
It is a good idea to create a schedule for your garden. This will ensure you handle all elements of your garden effectively, and it will ensure your approach is much more efficient. For example, you can note that you should water your flower beds one or two times per week, depending on where you live. You can also schedule to do this in the morning, as the soil is cooler and so it will be more effective.

Consider enlisting the assistance of a professional
Last but not least, if all else fails, why not enlist the assistance of a professional landscaping or gardening company? Yes, this may be an expense, but you need to consider the amount of money you are going to have to spend yourself when it comes to looking after your garden. Plus, you know what they say; time is money too, and so if you don’t have the time to spare for your garden, why not let someone else do all of the hard work for you?

Following these tips will find it a lot easier to maintain your large garden. From acquiring the right tools and equipment to choosing low maintenance garden elements, surely you can reduce the workload on your shoulders.

5 Different Ways To Improve Your Finances For This Year

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At this time of year, after all the expenses from the holidays, its safe to say that our finances can be a bit tight. When a new year begins, we can all feel the pinch, whether you’re currently in financial trouble or not. But, this doesn’t mean that the rest of the year has to be tough when it comes to money, right? It’s only natural that everyone is going to start off wanting to be a bit frugal, but by the end of the year, we could definitely change that. If one of your resolutions for the year ahead is to be frugal and really make the most of your finances, you’ve come to the right post. Because we’re going to talk through five different ways (from well knowledgeable advisers) that we can do to improve our finances for the year ahead.

Start A Budget
The first thing you’re going to want to do, is to start a budget. This is something that you often associate with being on a tight budget, but that’s not necessarily the case. It’s just a way to get much smarter with your money. Your budget can be as big or as small as you need it to be, but the point is to get yourself used to allocation portions of your income for set things, and then sticking to it. If some of those set things are savings and a fashion fund, then so be it. But budgeting is a great way to keep your mind in check when it comes to what you’re spending.

Reduce Your Outgoings
Now that you’re getting used to the idea of being more conscious of your money and how you spend it, you’re then going to want to think about reducing your outgoings. This is something that comes quite naturally to you. Because as you start to look into what you’re spending more, you’ll notice that there are things you spend money on that you don’t want to be spending, or at least not as much. So this will allow you to start saving on your monthly expenses overall.

Increase Your Income
From here, you may also want to look into ways of increasing your income. This can often feel difficult to do if you’re not able to get a promotion in your current job. But you could look at getting a new job, moving to a new company, or even starting something for yourself. There are lots of different side hustles, from selling crafts to freelance writing, than can help you top up your income.

Bridge The Gap
However, each of those things can take time. And if you’re currently in a difficult financial situation, you may need to look into small personal loans online to help you bridge the gap. It’s still important for you to stabilize and improve your situation now, so that it can improve as the year goes on.

Set Goals
Finally, you’re also going to want to think about setting yourself some financial goals too. Because having goals helps you to stay on track. Whether it’s to save a certain amount or to reduce debt, you will be able to actively work towards that goal to then achieve it by the end of the year.

Remembering Osmena Peak and Kawasan Trek

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

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The last climb I had was last February 2013. 5 yrs ago, we trekked to Cebu’s Osmena Peak and traversed to Kawasan Falls. I still remember how we faced the cold, windy weather, the sweat as walk our way to the campsite and then to the falls, the difficult trail, the muscle pains and the joy of reconnecting with nature. As a novice, I’d say everyone did a good job as the team completes the trek safely. Personally, completing it was self-fulfillment.

We started our ascend from Mantalungon, Dalaguete’s market with a fully loaded tummy. During that day, rain pours every now and then that it caused the trail to be muddy and slippery. Also, the wind slows us from our track too where hats and ponchos are blown from there and here. Then fog is everywhere that is gives us almost 0% visibility of our way. We could have used trailers but it could spoil the fun, besides only foot paths are available going to the peak.

Nevertheless, we made it to the camp site. It took us awhile to set up our tent, waiting for the pouring to stop. However, seems like the weather that day was not cooperating so with the rain and wind, we looked for a better location within the campsite. Well, you can’t run away from the rain and wind, can you? And oh, I remembered our friend’s tent that was taken away by the wind. We tried to recover it but to no avail as the wind is faster than us. Good thing some of us brought extra tents.

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I love the energy of the our group. For first timers to trek on a not so good weather, its still uplifting to know that instead of complaining, they shown positive attitude on the situation enough to make dinner and still sit together and talk and share stories. This is what I love to some millennials — knows how to enjoy make the most of it despite the situation! As for me who can’t bear the cold air, I didn’t stayed long and went inside our tent. Even inside our tent, its still I can still feel the coldness though in fact it was one of my longest night ever. I’m not sure if I was able to sleep, everything is so cold. If only we have camping blankets like Montem, for a more comfortable sleep :)

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The next morning, we get a chance to peek the surroundings as Mr. Sun appears briefly. A very rewarding scene indeed.
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After we were able to get enough of Osmena Peak’s beauty, we started our trail to Kawasan Falls. It was more or less 6-hr walk. It started out exciting but then becomes painful. Thankful for the daily short walks towards the mall near our office during lunch times, as this helps me endure. I am tired but as soon as I hear the rushing of water from Kawasan, I become excited and determined to reach the place.

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It was worth a climb even with muscle pains that lasts for a week. Memories are stamped and will never be erased. Sadly I was not able to visit the peak again…hopefully soon and hopefully, I could bring with me my kids in exploring the mountains and nature :)

Photo Credits: Michael Jay Abalos of Tainted Stains

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year Everyone.

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Hey, hey, hey!
How was your new year? Hoping for the best year ahead :)

For us, this is our second time we welcome the new year at our own home away from our family at the province. We try to enjoy and have fun too even we are physically away from the clan :)

The family had good year last year, thanks to His grace. Though we had a rough vacation due to typhoon and flood and UTI and LBM and then death of a family member as the new year starts, we are moving on and moving forward.

Typhoon Vinta
Typhoon Vinta passed by Northen Mindanao last December affecting lots of families including the husband’s. Hubby’s house was slightly affected with the flooding thus draining the water and house cleaning is needed. Additionally, we are thankful that everyone in city is safe, thanks to the alertness and cooperation of the community.

UTI and Amoebiasis
For some reason, UTI strikes me during my stay in the province and my daughter togther with her cousins suffered from LBM and fever too due to amoebiasis. We blame the recent flooding in the city that could possibly contaminate the water supply. With our situation, we decided to visit the hospital to seek medical help. However, we had a bad experience with Cagayan de Oro Medical Center. The ER team don’t attend after the hospital’s office hours especially if you are using HMO so be sure to bring extra cash when go there after office hours and on holiday season. Additionally, the made a clarification that ER will not entertain you if your illness is not life threatening. Good thing there still kindness when we ask for we made an appeal.

Death and Hope
The passing of my sister-in-law’s husband is a big realization that our stay here on earth with our family is temporary. His death was sudden being young and relax. I’m lost of words. Jeremiah 29:11 reminded me that God is good. God told us not lose hope for He has a plan and gives us an assurance that everything is gonna be okay.

Jeremiah 29:11 (from New International Version (NIV))
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

Still Inspired by life’s beauty, we are here to enjoy life to its fullest, create moments with your family, have fun and pray. While we are given a chance to savor and enjoy this God-given life.

And so with hope Mommy After Work is back to sieze the day.

Have a Happy New Year Everyone!

How to Compost Kitchen Scraps

In any home, there will always be some kind of food waste daily. While these food wastes may seem like something that are just thrown away, did you know that you can put these so-called waste into something useful? There’s this thing called composting where you can use these kitchen scraps for the benefit of something else. Plus, composting can be done at any point in the year. You can even do composting in winter even if the weather is really cold! Interested? Here are some steps on how to compost kitchen scraps the right way:

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Understand what composting is
If composting is all new to you, let me define what composting is and what benefits you will be getting when doing it. In a nutshell, composting is the process of turning natural waste into a product that makes the quality of your soil improve. It is similar to a fertilizer minus the chemicals. This makes it better for our environment. Through composting, wastage will be reduced since household wastes are used for this process. Composting makes your soil more healthy which will result to better growth for your plants.

Coordinate with your municipal office regarding home waste management
There may be instances that your local community restricts the activities of food waste composting. Your local office believes that they are more confident in doing that type of work better. Therefore, there is a need to inquire with the respective department whether it is allowed or what the limitations are when it comes to composting.

Know what items are good as compost
In general, most food wastes can be used as compost. However, here are some of the most common food waste materials that can be subjected to composting:
• Vegetable or fruit wastes
• Old flour-based products such as bread or noodles
• Coffee filters and tea bags
• Grains or cereals
• The pulp after juicing vegetables or fruits
• Old herbs and spices
• Expired boxed goods
• Finely-crushed egg shells
• Chopped corn cobs
In terms of what not to compost, avoid meat, fish, dairy, and oils. These materials attract unwanted organisms such as rats and maggots. Also, these will make your compost bin smell really, really bad!

Have a separate trash bin for the storage of your compost materials
Once good-as-compost materials are mixed with waste which can’t be used for composting, it will be hard to separate it. This will result to an increase in waste materials brought to the landfills which can cause harm to our environment. With that, you should have a separate container for your compost materials. These can range to a small bucket or a large trash bin depending on the amount of your waste. However, make sure that these are sealed properly in order to prevent flies from coming. One tip is to have your bin lined with newspaper before covering with the lid.

Add a layer of non-food compost materials to your trash bin
This will prevent problems from occurring such as the attraction of flies and rats or the stench of bad odor. Another benefit of this is that it makes your kitchen waste turn into compost faster. Some examples of these non-food compost materials are soil (of good health), leaves, or lawn clippings.

Keep your compost moist and mix it every two weeks or so
Keeping your compost moist makes nutrients circulate keeping the quality of your compost. However, do not make your compost really wet. Just add water to your compost only when it looks dry. Also, make sure to turn or mix your compost every two weeks or so. This makes air (oxygen) circulate which is necessary to create good compost.

Additional Tip:
If you’d like to compost during the cold winter months, what you can do is add more of the non-food compost materials mentioned earlier than food waste materials. You can also use tarps instead of newspapers to cover your bin. Doing this makes your compost warm making the process of composting still work.
So there you have it. What we have provided are some tips on how to reduce food waste by turning these into compost. Through these, we will minimize the amount of waste being brought to the landfills. Also, it is relatively cheaper than purchasing chemical fertilizers plus it does not harm our environment. We hope that you found the information helpful and encouraged you to turn waste into compost. Let us know your take on composting in the comments section below. If you have any other tips that you’d like to share, feel free to also leave a comment below.