It's not always the place sometimes but its the people you spend with, however, when the place is also good, then that's another wonderful story. It is an icing on the cake that makes the vacation worth remembering.
It was another long weekend for us (2nd week of August), Thursday as St. Dominic Feast Day and Friday as the last day of Edil Fitr. A vacation that fits for the season, knowing August means unpredictable rain, it would be a quick getaway near Manila.
Situated just south of Metro Manila is a 36-hectare leisure park,
Island Cove. With all its facilities, Oceania Water Park,
Animal Island, the Bayside Live Music & KTV, the Adventure Zone,
Fishing Village and the Island Spa, nobody will have a dull moment during
their stay. Other attractions are outdoor Giant Chess, the Play
Concert Ground and more. Getting to Island Cove only takes about 30
mins via Cavitex. Of course, it depends where in Manila and the situation of traffic you'd be
This is the room where we stayed before we messed up. The after photo is not really appealing so I am leaving the actual condition of the room to your imagination when we left, it looked like it just survived from the storm Maring. Half kidding.
From one of the paintings on the wall, this caught me by surprise. Before you even ask me if it's mine, I would answer you "no." This is not my painting. I could draw, yes but only on a kindergarten level. The signature just looks like mine. Joy actually saw this in their first visit but she forgot to take a picture so I did.
At iCafe. Because we have no pocket wifi, we went to iCafe to connect to online world. Awts. They have strong wifi and even stronger wifi at the pool side. I don't have serious business, I just need some lives. No kidding.
I rarely do this but since I comfortably posed like a tourist, then I should include this even if it's not really related to my post. Teehee.
Tram. In a 36-hectare leisure park, a tram is a vehicle that transport the guests of Island Cove from one place to another. Oh, the photo below is not the tram. We were at the station waiting for the tram but the electric tram is not available at that time and still needed time to fully charge. .
Fishing Village, the first place that we explored.
I hope you guys enjoyed the meal?! I disclose the real story behind those smiles and laughters of Mendiola couple. "Okay, the food is great! That's it." Haha.
Duirng high tide, the water can go up to 15 feet and could even reach the floorings and on low tide it can go only up to 5 feet deep.
We went to Animal Island but did not explore much of the place. The kids just enjoyed the swing for a while and headed back the room.
Along the way we saw Makahiya leaves. They were fascinated with the leaves and thought the leaves have its own life. Buti pa makahiya they are not thick face and easily hide themselves when touched.
Swimming. Borje Familly came later that night coming from a family reunion in Cavite so I only have a few photo with them. Nevertheless, they never wasted a time and enjoyed the cool water while us, moms, multi tasked and watched over them while doing our business online.
This is what I love waking up the next morning with a cup of coffee in a different view, far from my usual sight at home. No matter where you are, you should enjoy every morning giving enough caffeine in your body to start the day. Now can you imagine, how lovely this sight is. So calming. And we're just a few kilometers away from Manila.
When sun finally went up, we proceeded to giant slides where the kids enjoyed the pool a lot. This is not the best pool for me because the area is too big and couldn't see all the children in one look. They have enough personnel at the pool including the lifeguards who are very attentive and alert. I could hear the whistle from time to time whenever they see children not obeying the rules at the resort. At least I know the staff are doing their job well..
Us! I was wearing a black shirt from bloggershirt.com. I have other personalized shirts with caption "PR3 ang Blog ko." Sad to say, I lost my site's PR3. :( Thought I couldn't wear it unless I gain back my rank.
Now this is the Tram.
Before we headed back to Manila we stopped by at fishing Village again. We were fascinated with a man holding a giant guitar and asked for photo ops, along then interviewed what those were. They gave us a short song number of their own rendtion of :"Just give me a reason." though my ears were already fed up hearing the song over and over again, I love their rendition and gave them the big applause that they deserve.
And that was another wonderful weekend with family and friends. I want to conclude this post with a look-up shot inspired by Raiza Mae, and that's where I got my post title. Haha.
Having children is a gift—a gift that just keeps on giving and giving. Everyday brings a different surprise, a new discovery or sometimes a new milestone from your child. One day, it can be the wonder to see your daughter take her first step; the next, it can be the moment she discovers that she likes to sing; or the joy of hugging her close to you after seeing her sing well at home. Then it sinks in that more than being a gift, your child is actually an exceptionally talented child.
TV Host and character actress Dimples Romana knows this firsthand. A mother to a beautiful daughter named Cal; she also hosted a TV reality program that helped develop talented kids - Promil Pre-School’s i-Shine Talent Camp.“I watched hundreds of kids audition and participate, and it made me realize that there are a lot and I mean a lot of talented kids out there. It’s just a matter of encouraging and tapping into their inherent talents,” notes Dimples.
However, she reminds parents not to pressure their children too much. “There’s a fine line between encouraging and pushing your kids too far.” Here are a few tried-and-tested tips straight from Dimples herself that you can use to help develop the talents of your kids and nurture them to excellence.
1. Take a cue from your child
Dimples says that sometimes it may actually be better to take the cue from your child himself and provide opportunities for your kids to work on things that they’re good at.
“If your son or daughter enjoys singing, then go ahead and enroll them in singing classes. And if you think they’re ready, signing them up for singing competitions or talent shows like Promil Pre-School’s i-Shine Talent Camp is a good way for them to improve their skills, meet new friends or be the next big child star,” suggests Dimples.
2. Introduce your children to new things and experiences
Remember: your children can only be interested in what they are aware of! Your daughter may be an opera singer or a synth player in the making; but because she’s not exposed to these things, that talent may just remain hidden forever. Make the effort to introduce your child to as many different experiences as possible – take him ice-skating one weekend, then maybe to basketball game or an art show the next.
Not only are you creating fun bonding moments, you’re also taking the chance to discover what he’s really good at.
3. Nourish talents in your own home
Once you’ve gotten a lock on what your child can excel in, make sure that his talent can flourish in one of the most important places in the world: your home.
If he’s into the arts, then having a steady supply of sketchpads and paint and colors at home is a good idea. If music or singing is more his thing, then having DVD concerts of his favorite singers or playing music all over the house will be something that he’ll appreciate.
4. Give him access to a balanced diet
According to Michelle Edelbaum, Digital Editor of EatingWell.com, there’s more to gain from having a balanced diet than just a healthy diet. Eating right can help even out your children’s moods, sharpen their minds and stabilize their energy. Aside from the requisite go, grow and glow food, Dimples stresses the importance of milk, especially in children’s formative years.
“Promil Pre-School has always been my top choice ever since, so Cal can get the essential nutrients that she needs to help nurture her talents,” shares Dimples.
5. Be sensitive and nurturing
For Dimples, this is probably the most important tip of all—children need to know that they’re appreciated and loved because of who they are and not because of their talents.
“Yes, their talents are special; but they need reassurance that they are special, regardless of whether or not they win the Quiz Bee or get into the next round of the talent competition,” notes the mom and TV host. “This is especially important for talented children; because parents often feel it is important for those abilities to be maximized; often regardless of their children's feelings.”
Dimples advice is simple: provide nurturing experiences for your child, but don't allow your drive for a brilliant and exceptionally talented child to overrule everything.
SYKES Asia Incorporated opened new doors for call center and young professionals alike in the heart of Makati CBD on August 14, 2013. While marking the start of a new era in the urban-economic BPO landscape, the launch also pays tribute to 16 years of continued growth and leadership in the Philippines.
Vibrant walls and floors rejuvenate the senses while comfortable sofas line the recruitment hub, lounge and common areas to encourage associations and exchange. Training rooms fuse utility with technological savvy- featuring movable individual stations and the latest effects in IT and computer technology; while huddle rooms reinforce communication, learning and relations amongst staff. Installed throughout the building is an energy-saving lighting system, specially designed to automatically adjust and supplement natural light in order to minimize visual stress; while ergonomic chairs across the floor not only support employees’ backs and lumbar systems, but also provides a vivid avant garde display.
Emphasis in the company’s consideration to its human factor was put forth in the structuring of resting spaces as well. The mothers’ rooms allow comfort for nursing women needing privacy; while the large clinic and sleeping quarters accommodate a number of employees needing medical aid, rest or relaxation.
With the launch of the Glorietta 1 site, the BPO giant, once again shifts the industry - with a structure designed for learning, advancement, productivity and collaboration of its thousands of employees. Foreseeing the future of the BPO to be highly dynamic and interactive, SYKES strengthens its pioneering position by aligning in-house operations with a workplace that highlights its intelligent culture of support.
Olive Ramos (3rd from left), Tigerair Philippines President and CEO, shows off her big smile to those who visited the Tigerair booth during the 24th Philippine Travel Mart held recently at the SMX Convention Center. With her in the photo are (from left) Patrick Tan, Nick Gitsis, Marc Nelson, Delza Gochoco, Malou Pangilinan, and Bing Miranda.
Last night's "The Voice Live Show" was stressful for me. It should be the other way around, while watching my favorite show on TV. I felt so anxious waiting for the final votes of the contestants. I wasn't able to update because my little daughter occupied the desktop and I couldn't do mobile blogging and update because my connection was kind of slow. I just focused myself on TV.
Even before Daryll went up on stage, I already got a hint to where the votes of the public would go. I would agree with the audience. He did well last night and he got the right choice of song in that round.
Let me quote here a message from a friend @joy.. "Voice-wise mas magaling si Mitoy kaya lang yung puso ng kanta pasok don ke Darryl."
And later she messaged me.. "ready kana ba ma out si Mitoy." and I replied, No! Tinodo ko ang boto ko."
And my friend's opinion was just one of the many viewers who thought of the same thing. The song is really napapanahon. And if you are an emotional voter, you'd probably vote for Darryl. On my part, and I think this is what his coach probably wanted to say, yes, he did well, but not competitive enough to move to the next round.
Daryll was so relaxed and sang "Balita" which is perfect for the quality of his voice plus the song goes well with the current issue. I had a goose bump myself too and if you love our county, definitely you'd be hit with the message. Go to You Tube and watch Daryll Shy's performance "Balita" and feel it. Apl was in awe, as caught in the camera, especially on the part "Duul mga kaigsuunan ugpami naw kamo
Duna koy dala nga mga balita gikan sa banwa ko
Gusto ko nga ipahibalo ang mga istorya
Na naga gahitabo sa banwa gisaad na to" Do you know the translation? but as the song goes.. Mga kaibigan.. eto ang balita ngayon sa Pilipinas. .. Let me end the issue here as it will only lead me to another topic.
I voted for Mitoy and supported him all the way because I know that he has a lot more talent to unleash in the next round. He just showed his versatility even on Tagalog songs in that round.
Please rock the Resorts World again next time. Pick a song that fits you like Skid Row's "I Remember You " or Aerosmith's "I don't wanna miss a thing, or any of Air Supply's hits." What about "Help?" You surely will hit the high notes of the songs above but do it in a more relaxing and classical rendition. And yes.. with your powerful guitar. Please rock the Resorts World! BTW, I like your version of "Anak" in You Tube. Go and make history in your next live performance!
To all the bitter voters, please respect the decision and move on.
So here's the recap of last night's performance.
Team Sarah Morisette Amon “What About Love” Hearts Maki Ricafort “Every Breath You Take” The Police
Team Bamboo Paolo Onesa “Skyfall” Adele Lee Grane “Losing My Religion” R.E.M.
Team Lea Mitoy Yonting “Paano” Dulce Daryll Shy
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How many times have you read in the news about sites that are hacked. Or status asking for help because site is infected with malicious script something like "sexual enhancers, viagra and the likes.
And you fret. And you panic.
You are not alone. My site has been hacked too.
But I don't panic. Read on to the end of this post.
When your site is suspected to have malicious threat, go to Sucuri and check the status of your site. Even after scanning, Sucuri will help you clean your site. You just need to follow the procedure how to remove malware. Now the easiest way is to delete the old installation and make a new ones. But when your theme is already injected with malware, get a new trusted theme and change it at once. Also, delete the pages where possible scripts are hidden.
My i-embrace-life.com was hacked and was injected with malicious script and malware. See the script at the header and there were more injected all over my template and pages. Every time I share my post in Social Media, the preview shows different content like that of below. Disgusting! It sucks that no one dare to click and thought I was just spamming.
I went through a different process before its gets the Current status: now VERIFIED CLEAN! It was easy but..
I am not sitting so relaxed now because there could be other scripts that are good in hiding and could explode again anytime.
Read: VERIFIED CLEAN!
I am still checking out how to get back my old theme clean with no threats. I did not hire and pay my web designer only to keep my old theme in one corner as a back up. Now, it will take a whole lot of learning how to edit my template and get back my old theme.
When your site is compromise, don't delay the problem rather.. solve it quickly. If your site is already blacklisted because of Malware, you can request reconsideration using Webmaster Tool once you're done cleaning. Would you still wait till you get to this point? Clean your site before even other users got infected too and put your blog to Google blacklisted sites.
Here are some tips to secure your Wordpress site.
Change your password. Strong Password!
Make sure that only secured plug ins are installed and updated!
Update new version of WP.
Remember to always back up your file. That's my number 1 rule. And yes, it saves my panic attack to take over me.
And the positive result here is that you'd learn a lot in tweaking, fine tuning and experimenting your blog.
Whew! That was an amazing performance! I'm a talent show enthusiast and always blog and support the artist whom I believe is deserving to win. If you are follower of my blog, you surely know about PGT's winner Jovit and some of my X-Factor favorites that I supported from day one of the contest to the end. I guess you wouldn't ask anymore whom I supporting this season of The Voice. I am a fan! I actually have a lot of draft posts waiting to be finalized but couldn't find time to publish, but this one should be up in my site now!
Yes! Because Mitoy's performance tonight was really amazing! He got the right choice of song, the right moves and everything was perfect! The audience gave him a standing ovation. I always think that Lea Salonga is OA but it changed my view now with her understandbly reaction. She must be a very proud coach to Mitoy.
Here's the video that I embed from YouTube of his goosebumping performance! I think that the stage, Resorts World, made him more relaxed, it, being his home stage together with his band, performing in the same venue and yes, experience being a veteran singer count too.
He got a landslide of 82% votes from the public. Truly deserving votes!
I love his great sense of humor and that adds an appeal to the audience.
Congrats Mitoy! You sounded more like of Queen, Freddie Mercury! Perfect song for you!