Many relief and resource operations are currently being conducted by local and international institutions to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. You may want to consider coursing your donations through any of these charity campaigns:
Philippine Red Cross, ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya & GMA Kapuso Network - You can send cash to Philippine Red Cross via PayPal, bank transfer/deposit, credit card, etc. GMA Kapuso Foundation and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya also accept donations via bank deposit and credit card.
Ayala Malls – You can drop off your donations at the concierge counter of any Ayala Mall in the country.
MegaWorld Lifestyle Malls – including Eastwood Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport Mall and Lucky Chinatown. Leave your donations at the concierge.
World Vision – If you have been a supporter of children’s education through World Vision, you can easily donate funds via bank deposit. Visit www.worldvision.org.ph for more information on how you can extend help to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
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I woke up very early one Thursday morning to take out the trash and to discover this pensive moon embellished on a quiet blue sky. I just had to get my phone and curate the scene. (I cleaned my phone with a wet tissue afterward.)
Part of my birthday projects and goals this year is to try and learn new crafts. One of them is making decoupage ceramic tiles. I’ve long been intrigued by the process, but it’s only recently that I got the chance to pore over paper crafting magazines and study it. For a week or so, I read and compared different decoupage ceramic tile projects on print and online magazines. I was held back for a while because I thought I lacked a certain supply. Good thing I found an alternative that’s already available here at home. So, as soon as time and circumstance gave me the green light, I went ahead and produced my first two decoupage ceramic tiles.
You can do this project too! Here’s how:
- Trim patterned paper and adhere to tiles with decoupage.
- Apply decoupage to surface of tiles.
- Trim felt squares or a cork board and adhere to back of tiles.
- Finish with acrylic sealant or gloss gel. Allow some time to dry.
Materials: White ceramic tiles, patterned paper, decoupage (Mod Podge or diluted white craft glue), foam brush, felt paper or cork board, waterproof acrylic sealant or Liquitex gloss gel.
You can use these decoupage ceramic tiles as coasters/trivets, paperweights, or home decor. I hope to make more when time permits. I get a certain kind of high every time I finish a tile. ‘Must be <3
Meet Candice’s pair of lovebirds – Tenny and Penny. My husband and my brother got them at Cartimar in Pasay. Candice wanted a pet for her 6th birthday and asked for a rabbit, a chick or a bird. Eventually she decided on a pair of lovebirds. They greet us in the morning, these two. Their cage hangs outside by the front door.
Second term long tests are done and semestral break has commenced. For about 9 days, we get to spend more time together as family and hopefully create meaningful experiences for the girls before school resumes in November 4. A trip to Manila is likewise afoot so it’s likely that Lola Mama will be able to kiss and hug her granddaughters again. I often feel like I owe a lot to my children whenever they ask me about their grandparents. Their paternal grandparents are already based in California, while their maternal grandma is in Manila. Distance, gas cost, time constraints and horrendous traffic are constant excuses for not going to the city. If access to Manila could be a lot easier, I would gladly commute with the girls at least once a month. I could drive the car but at this point I’d rather not risk it. I have never driven to Manila before, and I’m quite sure it would take a while before I can develop strong tolerance for rude drivers there.
Anyway, going back to this talk about grandparents — I just would like to let you know that I’ve written and published an article at Moms Today magazine on how to deal with meddling grandparents. I interviewed 4 wonderful people for this article and they have provided sound advice and personal anecdotes.
The September-October 2013 issue where the article appears is still available at National Bookstore and select stores. I hope you could get a copy for yourself or someone you think could benefit from it. Thanks! :o)