An Open Letter To My Son – On Your New Journey

Dear Vince,

Growing up, I have constantly heard the saying that time flies so fast. Not until today, I didn’t fully realize the meaning of this saying. As you embark on a new journey in your young life, I can’t help but think about how quick time has been. It was just like yesterday when you were a baby clutching on my leg when I first left you in your Nursery classroom and now you have confidently marched on the stage receiving your elementary diploma like a grown man.

Remember when I stayed for the whole two months inside your Nursery room because you kept on crying? I must say I had a hard time but on the other hand, I was cherishing every moment of it because I know that time will come when you will push me out of the classroom lest your friends will tease you as mama’s boy.

When we moved to Australia and you started your preparatory studies there, we were both taken back to the first day of your nursery class. I understand as everything was new and people were speaking in a language different from you. Nevertheless, I was so proud that you held your tears back and bravely went through the day and the days after that.

Going back to the Philippines is another major challenge for you. Just when you have learned to speak the English language like a pro, you were taken back to the place where you have already forgotten the language. Filipino was a pain to teach to you as your tongue seems to be so used to the English language already. But you have shown me such determination to re-learn the language and you did.

I know that you have been too pressured by me and your daddy when it comes to your studies. There was not a night that you can sleep early because we had to review the lessons to make sure you understand them. I know that your attention span as a kid is not that long so you may not have grasped everything that the teacher has taught you in school so we had to review the lessons at home. You may find us very strict but I hope someday you will be able to thank us for doing so. Do you think it does not hurt us to see you so tired? It does but no pain, no gain, right?

As you start with another chapter in your journey, my prayer is that you grow up valuing what is good and rebuking what is not. It is my earnest prayer always that you grow up to be the man that God planned you to be. We are not perfect parents but I pray all the time that God helps us be good parents to you.

During high school years, many children are inclined to confide to their friends rather than their parents. Please don’t do so. Please remember that our ears are always ready to listen. Our hearts are always ready to sympathize. Our hands are always ready to help. We are always here for you.

We love you so much and that will never change.

Love,

Mom

What’s Going On?

Happy Tuesday my loves..

It’s been a roller coaster ride for me and my family this past few weeks. With everything that’s going on at school and at home, I never had the time to write. So let’s have a quick catch up. Here’s what happened to Kiks this past few weeks:

March was the last month of school. This means that it will the month for projects and examinations too. For those who don’t know yet, I am a super OC mom when it comes to my son’s studies. So I had to review my son everyday. I also had to help him with his school projects. Come on, I believe all students require help from parents in doing school projects, right? After all, who can do all the projects for all the different school subjects and study for major exams at the same time? Who are we kidding?

March is also the month for taking entrance examinations for middle school. My son is starting grade 7 this coming school year so he had to take different entrance examinations from different schools. I want him to have as many options as he can. So this means that everyday we are busy reviewing for the exams and the interviews. Thank God that the results have come through and he passed the exams. The thing is that even if he has passed the exams, we still have to wait for the ranking. This is because the school that we want has a limited number of slots for students.

March was also my son’s graduation month. Finally, he has completed his elementary education with high grades. I am really glad that all his efforts paid off. I’ll share pictures on my next post.

So you see how busy I was my loves. Anyway, I am planning to write more often now. Writing relaxes me. When the stress is too much, writing is my rest :)

Get Free Concert, Sports & Theater Ticket From Rukkus and I

Happy Tuesday my loves!

Since I love all of you so much, I decided to partner with my good friends over at Rukkus.com, who agreed to run a contest for $250 in free concert, sports, and theater tickets.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Rukkus, here’s some good reading from Forbes to get you started. But in short, you can think of Rukkus as the Kayak for live entertainment – they take tickets from all over the internet and put them in one place.

Find out how to get free tickets over at the Rukkus blog.

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An Angel Has Come Home (On Losing A Loved One)

It’s hard to pretend I’m happy. It’s hard to pretend I’m okay. Losing a loved one is never easy.

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It’s raining really hard today. The rain seems to pour endlessly. They say, when it rains, it pours. Indeed it does. Grief after grief. It is a gloomy day today and it seems that the gloom doesn’t fade. We’ve lost a loved one today. And no amount of grief or regret in some ways can ever change what has happened.

But I take comfort in the thought that he is an angel coming home to heaven. Our hearts are breaking and our soul is crushed but the heaven rejoices because an angel has come home.

He has been sick for quite a while now. Always complaining of the pain. Just last night I heard him groaning in pain. Now the pain is gone and so is he. If this is God’s way of taking away the pain, who are we to question? God has a purpose for everything. And I believe all things work together for good.

Time heals all things. The pain will be gone. The sadness will fade. And there is nothing I can do but look forward to the time when we will all be together again in heaven.

Get Kids Moving to Their Favourite Music: Fun Game Ideas [Guest Post]

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During my college years I used to work as a children’s entertainer. I had to think of a number of games for kids to enjoy on various occasions such as birthday parties, Christmas parties and many more. Much of the fun involved dancing. What I learned is that kids have a natural flair for dancing and they don’t really need much encouragement to start shaking to the rhythm of the music.

Everybody loves music and children are not the exception. It is a fabulous way of improving memory, body movement, creativity, understanding for tone and rhythm, and much, much more. However, while most children are passionate about dancing and they start moving soon after they hear the music, others need some encouragement. What would I do when kids were not that much into dancing? I turned dancing into a game! That’s right, the best way to make a child do whatever you want is to make it look like a game.

So, if you are concerned that your offspring is not a “dancoholic”, follow my tips. Here MoveOutCleanLondon Deptford would like to share a few fun games to make your kids dance to the rhythm of the music. Enjoy!

Animal Dance

Make children dance as animals. Create a few cards depicting different animals. Make your kids pick a card and instruct them to dance as the animal shown on the card. They have to dance using small or big movements, depending on the size of the animal. They may make sounds to imitate those of the animal. The animal dance helps to generate creative energy and stimulate your kids’ imagination.

As small ones love playing different roles, this game will definitely appeal to your children. Not to mention, they will be able to get wild without getting punished for it.

Play this game with as many children as you want.

Dance and Freeze

It’s probably the most common dance game played with people of all ages. The rules are: once they play the music, you start dancing; when the music stops, you freeze. However, if someone moves while no music is being played, they will be eliminated. In the end, only one player will win the game.

Many children dislike the idea of losing. Alternatively, you can change the rules of the game and allow more winners. Don’t forget to prepare cookies or some treats for when the game is over.

This game can be played with at least two children.

Dancing with Items

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Hoops, balloons, pom poms, hats, wigs, ribbons and other props can be used while dancing. Provide several items and make your children pick one to dance with it. After a period of time, they have to pick another prop. The game is over after each child has danced with all the props or when you get tired. I’m telling you, children love this game! They really have lots of fun using various items, throwing them in the air and the like.

This game can be played with one children or more.

Dancing with Each Other

Make your children dance with one another. You need at least two children to play this game. Partner dancing teaches us how to relate to the other person, observe and understand their needs. It also teaches how to cooperate with one another. Making children dance in couples will be both fun and beneficial for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to persuade a child to dance with another one. There are a few ways to trick them into doing what you want, for example, give them a treat, explain them that by refusing to play the game they will spoil everyone’s fun, etc.

And with a little bit of luck you may even involve your children in cleaning by playing another dance game. Just offer them a game in which they have to clean several items while dancing to the music. Divide the house into sections and ask your small ones to pick one. The first one that gathers all the clutter in their area is the winner. See? Cleaning can be fun too. Now go gather your kids and let the games begin!

What Do People Use Their Smartphones For? [Guest Infographic]

Happy Thursday my loves…

Now is the generation of smartphones. People find a lot of different uses for smartphones. They have successfully became part of our lives since there are many apps which can help us with a lot of things. I use my Smartphone for browsing the internet, updating my Instagram and Facebook, and also for general call and text.

How about you? What do you use your smartphones for? Here’s a great infographic on what people use their smartphones for.

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