Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miss World 2013 is Miss Philippines Megan Young

Making the country in the limelight again, congratulations to Miss Megan Young for bagging the crown of Miss World 2013!

The first ever Filipina to be crowned as Miss World. Another HISTORY made!

She also won Top Model of Miss World 2013.


We're so proud of you!!

First Runner Up: Miss France
Second Runner Up: Ghana


Friday, September 27, 2013

LINE version 3.9.0 Unveils ‘Snap Movie’ and Video call

Latest version of LINE now available to Filipinos




Manila, Philippines – Here is something much awaited by many Filipino LINE users. LINE, the world’s leading mobile messaging platform with 240 million users worldwide, has announced that the 3.9.0 version of LINE will be released worldwide. Powered with video features such as Snap Movie and video call, the updated version has opened up a new ground of dynamic mobile communication where users can enjoy various communication tools in one platform.
Snap Movie, a video recording and sharing feature, allows users to create 4-10 seconds of personalized video clips with their choice of background music. In addition to using text and stickers, users can now share special moments via creative and dynamic video messages with their friends and family around the world. 

Users can post the video clips on their Home and Timeline, where they will be automatically played on a loop . The video clips that have been saved onto the users’ mobile devices can be uploaded on other social networking platforms as well. There will be 9 different background songs to choose from, and more music will be added soon to fit with a wide variety of situations and scenes. The Snap Movie feature has been released on iOS, and will soon be available for Android users.


With LINE’s new video call feature, users can have real-time 1-on-1 video communication anywhere. The video call function is available throughout all major platforms including iPhone, Android devices, and PCs (Windows/Mac).  It is also supported over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks.  Users can also switch between video and voice anytime during the call for more convenience and freedom. 

In addition to video features, LINE 3.9.0 version is equipped with an enhanced photo and video sharing system, offering users to have more convenient and unrestricted ways to communicate with their mobile devices. LINE aims to continually add new functions and features to its messaging platform to open up brand new and exciting avenues for users to enjoy. 

More added features and services: 
Chat Album
Users can now create up to 100 albums of 100 photos in a chat for convenient access of the shared photos. 
Improved Video Function
Once video is uploaded in a chat, it no longer needs to be re-uploaded to share with other users.
‘Remove’ feature on Hidden and Blocked lists
Users on Hidden and Blocked lists can be removed, and no longer displayed in Friend Recommendations. 
Privacy settings for each Home & Timeline post
Users can now choose who can see each individual posts on Home & Timeline.

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LINE Homepage
PC: http://line.naver.jp/en/
Mobile: http://line.naver.jp/app/en/

LINE Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/Line.Philippines

LINE Official YouTube Page
www.youtube.com/lineappglobal

LINE Official Blog
http://en.lineblog.naver.jp/

For LINE Partner:
http://line.naver.jp/partner/pc/index/en


About LINE
LINE, the world's hottest mobile messaging platform, offers free text and voice messaging, voice calling and group chat with up to 100 people, integrated with various interactive elements such as Stickers, Home & Timeline and Official Accounts. Since its release in June 2011, the cross-platform mobile messenger has been releasing a series of add-on apps that range from games to an anti-virus app. Today, LINE has become a hot cultural icon with 240 million users in 230 countries. LINE has also held the coveted No. 1 spot in the 'free apps' category of app stores in 52 countries.

For more information visit: http://line.naver.jp/en/.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

About Gossipers

Dear Friends,


Maraming samahan ang winawasak ng "GOSSIPERS", ak.a. TSISMOSA. Kung may tsismosa meron ding tsismoso....mga taong ang goal nila is to build themselves up by making others look bad and exalting themselves na maraming alam.

Many a friendship has been ruined over a misunderstanding that started with gossip. Those who engage in this behavior do nothing but stir up trouble and cause anger, bitterness, and pain among friends.

Gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others without their knowledge or approval.They are "busybodies," saying things they ought not to.

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

Friends...
Gossipers have no place in heaven...they deserve to go to Hell for ruining many. May we all follow the Bible’s teaching on gossip by keeping our mouths shut unless it is necessary and appropriate to speak.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Why I Choose to Use Cloth Diapers

It's almost a month that we are exclusively using cloth diapers for Moirah. And I can say the it's so economical and a very smart choice!



I believe that it is being smart to choose cloth diaper, not only it helps saving Mother Earth, but also saving our pockets with lots of money from spending on expensive disposables..


There are so many reasons. Cloth diapers are soft against your baby’s skin. Cloth diapers are also free of the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers. Our common sense tells us that cloth diapers are the ultimate in recycling because they are used again and again, not entering a landfill until they are nothing but rags. Of course, some people want more than this common sense approach--they want facts. Here are a few well-documented facts to help inform your choice. 

Environment

In 1988, over 18 billion diapers were sold and consumed in the United States that year.4 Based on our calculations (listed below under "Cost: National Costs"), we estimate that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.13

The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.

Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.

In 1988, nearly $300 million dollars were spent annually just to discard disposable diapers, whereas cotton diapers are reused 50 to 200 times before being turned into rags.

No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.

Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.

Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.

The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.

Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.

In 1991, an attempt towards recycling disposable diapers was made in the city of Seattle, involving 800 families, 30 day care centers, a hospital and a Seattle-based recycler for a period of one year. The conclusion made by Procter & Gamble was that recycling disposable diapers was not an economically feasible task on any scale.


Dryness and Rash

The most common reason for diaper rash is excessive moisture against the skin.

Newborns should be changed every hour and older babies every 3-4 hours, no matter what kind of diaper they are wearing.

At least half of all babies will exhibit rash at least once during their diapering years.

Diaper rash was almost unheard of before the use of rubber or plastic pants in the 1940s.

There is no significant difference between cloth and disposables when it comes to diaper rash.

There are many reasons for rash, such as food allergies, yeast infections, skin sensitivity, chafing, and chemical irritation. Diaper rash can result from the introduction of new foods in older babies. Some foods raise the frequency of bowel movements which also can irritate. Changes in a breastfeeding mother's diet may alter the baby's stool, causing rash.

Health

Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S..

Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) - a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.

Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.

In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis.

Cost

We estimate that each baby will need about 6,000 diapers7 during the first two8 years of life. The following estimates are based on prices in San Francisco, California.

Disposables. For these calculations, let's assume that a family needs about 60 diapers a week. In the San Francisco Bay area, disposable diapers cost roughly 23¢ per store-brand diaper and 28¢ for name-brand. This averages to 25.5¢ per diaper. Thus the average child will cost about $1,600 to diaper for two years in disposable diapers, or about $66 a month.

Diaper Services. Subscribing to a diaper services costs between $13 and $17 each week depending on how many diapers a family decides to order. Let's assume the family spends roughly $15 a week for 60 diapers a week. This equals $780 annually and averages to $65 a month. Over the course of two years, the family will spend about $1500 per baby, roughly the same cost as disposables, depending on what type of covers are purchased and what type of wipes are used. If one adds in the cost of disposable wipes for either diapering system, the costs increase.

Cloth Diapers. For cloth diapering, each family will probably need about 6 dozen diapers10. The cost of cloth diapering can vary considerably, from as low as $300 for a basic set-up of prefolds and covers11, to $1000 or more for organic cotton fitted diapers and wool covers. Despite this large price range, it should be possible to buy a generous mix of prefolds and diaper covers for about $300, most of which will probably last for two children. This means the cost of cloth diapering is about one tenth the cost of disposables12, and you can spend even less by using found objects (old towels & T-shirts).

National Costs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 19 million children under four in 2000. We could probably assume that there are about 9.5 million children under two and therefore in diapers at any one time. Based on previous studies, we estimate that 5-10% of babies wear cloth diapers at least part time. We will average these figures to 7.5% of babies in cloth diapers and 92.5% in disposables. This means that about 8.8 million babies in the U.S. are using 27.4 billion disposable diapers every year.

Based on these calculations, if we multiply the 8.8 million babies in disposable diapers by an average cost of $800 a year, we find that Americans spend about 7 billion dollars on disposable diapers every year. If every one of those families switched to home-laundered cloth prefold diapers, they would save more than $6 billion14, enough to feed about 2.5 million American children for an entire year. 

Coincidentally, the 2002 U.S. Census reveals that 2.3 million children under 6 live in poverty.

Tax Savings. In some specific circumstances, when cloth diapers have been prescribed for the treatment of a disease, tax savings may be available through the use of flexible spending accounts and medical expense deductions. This could represent a 10% - 35% savings on the cost of diapers depending on the family's tax rate. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Myk Perez: TheVoicePH Top 4


After more than 2 hours of airing, the results were finally announced revealing the top 4 which will compete in the next week’s The Voice PH Finale. Combined with public and coaches votes the top 4 for The Voice PH’s Season 1 were:
1. Team Lea – Mitoy Yonting (108%)
2. Team Bamboo – Myke Perez (103%)
3. Team Sarah – Klarisse de Guzman ( 118%)
4. Team Apl – Janice Javier (112%)
Happy and proud here! But I have my own bet among the four. Unfortunately its not Myk.. My heart goes with Klarisse De Guzman. Among the four, she showed much talent, performing a lot of genres, total performer without flaws. :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

SHOW OFF YOUR MOVES WITH HEALTHWAY MEDICAL’S DANCE FOR HEALTH

Get your kicks and groove with us! The Philippines’ premiere ambulatory service provider Healthway Medical is all set for their 16th Anniversary celebration as they bring you an exclusive healthy dance battle, “DANCE FOR HEALTH, a healthy way to live”.


The elimination rounds will kick off on September 26, 2013 at SMX Convention Center and October 26, 2013 at Alabang Town Center. The grand finals will be on November 23, 2013 at Glorietta Activity Center.
The contest is open for university students, 17-21 years old who have the grooves to showcase their talents in dancing or have their own dance group or crew. Students who are fancy of joining extra activities to hone their ability and at the same time strive for a good physical routine. While for the corporate, it should be 22-35 years old who have the passion in dancing and aiming for a healthy lifestyle. Employees who love to join aerobics, zumba, pole dancing, and other form of dance classes can show off their hip and style on the dance floor.

As Healthway Medical is known for their prevention rather than cure mantra, they come up with an exciting dance competition to celebrate their anniversary in a healthier way.

“Dancing is a form of art but it is also considered as a great form of exercise. It is one of the most effective cardio exercises, not only for weight loss purposes but also for maintaining a healthier way of living as it involves different body movements. It conditions the human body, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and improves blood circulation and cardiovascular disease. That is why I foster dancing in our company” said Carmie de Leon, Healthway Medical, VP for sales and marketing. 

And as part of their anniversary program, Healthway Medical invites all corporate and universities to showcase their moves on the dance arena. Aside from cash and wellness packages, the dance contest also serves as an advocacy campaign wherein it benefits the KYTHE Foundation and CENTEX, a project of Ayala Foundation, Inc.

KYTHE Foundation is a non-profit, non-stock organization aimed to inspire hope for the hospitalized children with cancer and chronic illness. As KYTHE (means “to make visible”) is already 20 years in service, they continue to help these children in achieving quality life through their KYTHE Childe Life Program. They are the only foundation in the country that offers such service through the help of group of trained professionals.

On the other hand, CENTEX (Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education) is a public school since 1998 operated by Memorandum Agreement between the Department of Education and Ayala Foundation which caters bright children from economically disadvantaged families who needs quality education and ample support for their brighter future.

CENTEX operates two public schools in Tondo Manila and Bauan Batangas wherein they served as a learning environment for the children to secure a better opportunity ahead.
With this, Helathway Medical pushes this exciting dance competition not just only to celebrate but also in lending some kindness to those blessed children.

So, let’s dance for happiness. Let’s dance for a cause. Let’s dance for a healthier life with HEALTHWAY MEDICAL!

For more details on how to join the competition please contact Ms. Caroline Payot at [02] 643-3887 Loc. 122/ [0917] 732 4060 or just email carolinepayot@exlinkevents.com/ www.exlinkevents.com 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My DIY Baby Ring Sling

My youngest daughter is almost 9 months and is getting heavy each day. Carrying her most of the time is actually a tasking thing to do. Decided to look for a cheap baby carrier to buy online and I found out about "baby wearing"- wherein you'll be like "wearing" your baby when you use a ring sling to carry him/her.

So I searched for ring sling on sale (online), and found tons of it. But unfortunately, they all costs almost $50 (Php2000.00).  And honestly, I can't afford that much at this time. I don't have the luxury to buy one.

Opted to do a DIY.. Of which I found the instructions HERE.




It actually took me less than an hour to sew this stuff. Really of BIG HELP, specially when I am working on stuffs that needed my hands. 

If you want to use a No-Sew one, you can find how to make it HERE.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Call and A Challenge To Conserve Water

Imagine, if you're so thirsty but when you tried to get water from the faucet, you just squeezed a drop. Can you cook without water? Can you keep a good personal hygiene without water? In short, can you live without water? If you answered NO, then you must act now.

Recent studies showed that the Philippines is facing a water crisis over the next 10 years unless new sources are developed to meet growing demand.

"There is a [Japan International Cooperation Agency] study that says that in 2025 if we will not conserve water, there may be some problems. But of course we can always start conserving now and look for other sources," said Edgar C. Lopez, Philippine Waterworks Association president.

"Groundwater in the Philippines may be depleted by the year 2050," a University of the Philippines professor said in a report based on a study that started in 2006.

"The Philippines is one of the countries in Asia Pacific that is facing an imminent water crisis unless steps are immediately undertaken to improve water management," according to a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The country is facing this unfortunate reality and we are not supposed to ignore it.
conserve water now
In line with this, a group of communication professionals and graduate students from the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) is pushing a social marketing campaign to encourage the Filipino families in water conservation. They aim to create massive awareness on how important the discipline in water consumption is and what would be the worst scenarios if the Filipinos failed to act now.

The group is also hosting a Conserve Water Challenge 2013, encouraging the participants to share their creativity in presenting water conservation tips and how they implement it in their daily lives to lowered their monthly water bill. A participant can make use of video, photo collage or blogs. The best entry and the one who will proved to have lowered their water bill by applying the water conservation tips they have presented will win P5,000 cash! There are also 10 consolation prizes of P500 worth of water bill. The submission of entries is until September 15, 2013.

For more information about the Conserve Water Challenge 2013, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConserveWaterNow and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conserveh2onow

Water is Life. Conserve Water NOW before it's too late.