Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I see myself in your eyes

This got me emotional that clouded my eyes.  My sister sent me these photos. Although the pictures appeared blurry which were taken from our  old album, her memories are still vivid and clear to me.  It's been like 24 years...

You were only 45 and would have been 69 this year. I would be skypeing you right now should you still be here with us today, share a lot of pictures of us together, shop, travel and dine. I remember  when I got my first paycheck, we dined together and celebrate my new job.

 I'd tell you how your grandchildren are doing these days and you would be so proud. I have a lot more stories to tell, but then I'd be telling you everything in time when we meet again. Not soon mother.  I don't want my children to experience what I've been through, to face life's struggles without you mother   was hard.  It was really hard.

 I always wish you were beside me in all my failures and achievements. I always longed we're together in it. But then, I always reminded myself, I should be okey because this is how you wanted me to be, a stronger person like you were.

 I never remember a day that you complain or get tired. You were hardworking and never stopped for us. You were an OFW and those years you worked abroad was hard. I knew it. I am a mother now.

Your death brought us down and we grieved for many years. It was the hardest but as life went on, we coped and comforted ourselves and moved on and we're just thankful in those days we have you in our side.

A mother's loss takes a lifetime recovery. I say this because we never stop needing a mother for life. To you mother, you will always be missed, we love you and your memories will be in our hearts forever.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ring that bell lady!

When I posted a video of myself  with this caption "the lady is about to ring the bell,"  I got private messages congratulating me of winning a car from the raffle. Haha. Funny how the message sounded to me.  I posted it to give myself two thumbs up. All my working weekends were paid off.   You know what it means  when  you ring that bell from this dealership. It's their way of announcing a business where everybody in the sales office give you attention. So to myself, Congratulations,   I truly deserved it! Winning a raffle would be nice too and I wish so, but it's an achievement and grinning from ear to ear in the vid clip means that I checked one of my mid-term goals just on time where I intended to tick. Did I say I got a Grand Touring?  And that connects  goals in my life. Work.Save. Travel. Enjoy. Repeat.  Yes!  Before you react,  I can't be humble here.

Anyways, posting below is a photo during our vacation in Palm Springs. It's an overdue post again but here are some photos to speak rather than a wordy post.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sparklelab Sparks Creativity and Imagination

As a working mom, I don't get to spend a lot of time with my son. He mostly spends time with my parents and their means of entertainnment is either television or computer. Last week I am happy to have been a part of Sparklelab's Mommy Bloggers and Kids Event thru the invite of Occasions of Joy.

The day was so worth it for me and Yuwan because we really had fun as soon as we entered the room. There are lots of books, toys and other learning materials that entertained all the kids. We experienced one of the summer workshops Sparklelab offers which they call "GET REEL". This workshop is "THE ART of STOP MOTION" which involves activity of developing the craft of storytelling and create beautiful stop-motion animation.

We were divided into two groups. The first group used toys to tell a story while our group used clay for our animation. The theme we used was the nursery rhyme of  Humpty Dumpty. This one of a kind activity is very ideal for parents and children who wants to have a bonding ativity that you will both enjoy. Yuwan and I enjoyed the activity from start to end, from molding the clay into the characters we chose, to post production.  Yuwan actually have a short span of attention when it comes to play but with claymation, he was all ears and eyes. 

While Sparklelab is holding their own classes, they also hold activities with other schools and organizations.  They organize pop-up Sparklelab events during school fairs and mall activities. They also conduct teacher trainings about play-based education in STEAM (Science,Technology,Engineering,Arts and Math) related subjects.  Sparklelab also help museums and companies design play-based educational experiences to their visitors and employees.

If you are looking for summer programs or activities that will spark creativity, imagination and the love for learning while playing and having fun, give Sparklelab a call at  0917-8014778.  Sparklelab is currently located at 455 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City. They will other branches to open soon. Visit Sparklelab's website at www.sparklelab.ph for more info.  

Sparklelab's summer program is ongoing until June 10! Here are the year-round programs that Sparklelab offers to children ages 7-18 years old:

GAMEMAKERS--Gamemakers is a series of workshops that focus on game design and development.  Young people play games, modify games, learn how to play critically and reflectively.  
Children will learn how to create objectives, define rules, develop mechanics, and scaffold challenge thus designing unique, playful experiences in physical and virtual worlds.

Gamemakers are divided into two programs.  Gamemakers 1 will teach kids to create board games, card games, and role playing games.  Gamemakers 1 will also give children an overview of developing digital games on which Gamemakers 2 will concentrate more on.  On the other hand, Gamemakers 2 will teach children how to create digital games using Scratch, a programming language.  Children will learn to write the narrative of their own game, design core mechanics, components, and the likes, and eventually build their own video games.

TOY MILL--Toy Mill workshops lie at the intersection of arts, designing and engineering.  Young people will play with toys, study them, tear them apart and put them back together again.

Children will experiment with a variety of materials, discover their properties and imagine the possibilities that each material affords.  Young people learn about circuits and bring their toys to life, making them talk, move and see.

GET REEL--Get Reel is a series of workshops that focuses on storytelling.  Young people explore the concept of narrative as expressed in films, games, animations, books, graphic novels and performance art.

Through the course of Get Reel, young people learn about character, setting, plot and point of view. They develop their own narratives and express them through their medium of choice.

SPARK--Spark is Sparklelab's program on robotics, electronics, and physical computing.  Tinker with little treasures like motors and sensors, speakers, and LEDs.  Children will learn how to build their own robots and meet quirky little creatures who run on AI.  Furthermore, children will come across greater challenges and earn new skills--like coding, soldering, and creating with Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

STITCHES AND CIRCUITS--Stitches and Circuits is a program that focuses on e-textiles, wearable technology and soft circuits.  This course is perfect for every geeky fashionista!  Children can create light up shoes, solar-powered head gear, or hoodies equipped with joy sticks that can redefine games on the go.

All programs mentioned above consists of 6 sessions of 3 hours each session.  One workshop costs Php8,500 with a class size of 5-12 kids.  Children are welcome to have a free trial, just contact Sparklelab for appointment.

While most workshops at Sparklelab are designed for older kids, they also offer program for younger kids ages 3.5 to 6 years old called BYTE SIZE.  Byte Size is Sparklelab's flagship program for young tinkerers, scientists, artists, and engineers!  Byte Size class is for two hours for 8 sessions and can only accommodate maximum of 8 kids per session.

About Sparklelab:

Sparklelab was founded by Rosanna Lopez in 2013 and this year, Jacqueline van Ende joined as CEO.  Both women have good background in teaching and promoting creative thinking among children and adults.  

Sparklelab designs play-based learning experiences mainly focused on STEAM.  They offer a year-round program for children and teens (after-school during school days and summer workshops during school vacation).  Sparklelab aims to prepare kids for success in the future by teaching the 21st century skills such as Imagining, Research/Finding inspiration, Exploring, Tinkering and Experimenting, Designing, Procedural Thinking, Collaborating and Connecting/Sharing, among others.  Sparklelab wishes to create creative problem solvers, innovators, and lifelong learners by making learning extraordinary.

Carlyn Chamcey Mendiola is a guest blogger for MoreThanJustaSAHM.com

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Road to Anza Borrego

Plenty of sunshine, lots  of  spring wildflowers, pleasant weather and  scenic view   await the road trip in southern California. Your eyes would be full  but you would crave  to go deeper and chase  wild flowers, rocks, mountains and canyons of  the  600,000 acres of  life and color of Anza Borrego State Park.  With that said attractions,  a day trip is not enough. And who would stay in a resort in Palm Springs if you can camp  and see the sky full of stars at night in the desert. Ok, we're tourists  and not locals who are used to stay in RV and camp out. But yeah, 'maybe the next time we got lost, we might find a way to life just like desert where wildflowers and cactuses grow naturally and find its way to survive.

We  passed by Coachella Valley, Indio, Palm desert and Salton Sea. But what's supposed to be the Anza Borrego which is on   our  top destination now has become another next spot to visit. We went off the road like a jeep trail. I drove a few miles of uneven and cracked road like it has been damaged by the earthquake. Believing smooth road is ahead and  there was no vehicle along with us or coming from opposite side,  I pushed a few more miles. It was an empty road that seemed to be abandoned.  I guessed when I googled that the two wheel drive is ok  and  off road jeeps are not necessary  only meant for those coming from the east.  Seeing this sign "5mile off-road ahead" made me a quick u-turn.   GPS pointed me to other direction.  Know before you go.  I'm trying to outsmart Google here.  Added to that chills, my  celphone showed no service and that's when I decided to go back to highway  and headed the resort.

The Anza Borrego is just right there, it may not be our luck this time but there's more spring to come and our eyes already feasted  with the beautiful lined palm trees.  The photo below is from Joshua Tree National Park as we enter the  desert. Yes. I also thought we're going straight to Oasis Resort in Palm Springs.  The park is just as  spectacular and thats in my next post.

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