Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:18 am

Exploreum in the Philippines was recently opened. This exciting place to be “Where Science Becomes Fun”.

The Exploreum will let the curious learners experience learning in a fun and memorable way because it believes and give value to science as an indispensable tool for understanding the world and enriching people’s lives.

There are 10 galleries covering a wide range of topics on some of the following topics:

  • topics related to life on Earth
  • fundamental nature of the cosmos
  • technology advances
  • environment
  • mechanical advances

Here are some (mobile) photos of the learning experiences that Exploreum has to offer:

Exploreum Manila
You can try to fly this plane yourself, using a simulation of course :D

Exploreum Manila
Do you know how to operate this one?

Exploreum Manila

Exploreum Manila
Science on a sphere is just wonderful.

Click here for more photos.

Exploreum will let learners experience different mediums like 3D holograms, realistic wax models, virtual reality simulations, optical illusions, detailed replicas, games, audio-visual presentations and more.

Exploreum can be found at the Ground Floor of Southside Entertainment Mall at the SM Mall of Asia.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not judging how the kids these days behave. This article will merely point out the things we do, in my opinion as a parent and as a teacher, that may hinder the way our children grow up the way we want them to. This will not try to compare one generation to the other in terms of which is better and will not indict “bad” parents and extol “good” ones.

Having said that, let me just write down my thoughts and those of some other adults I know when the topic “Kids these days” come up.

Kids these days need to look up and look around more. You don’t need statistics or testimonials to know that most of today’s young people have their heads down on the glaring and moving graphics of their electronic gadgets. Sometimes it makes us wonder if they know what is going on around them at all.

Kids these days are easily bored. Whether waiting for their turn at the doctor’s clinic, waiting for the food orders to arrive or waiting for the school service to come pick them up, they are bored. Parents see to it that they manage their time wisely by providing them with things that will entertain them: electronic gadgets.

Kids these days rely heavily and put emphasis on fast: Fast food and fast internet connection among others. Delayed gratification is something they need to learn because the truth is the truly good things in life are earned the long and hard way, with much patience and perseverance.

Kids these days are emotionally involved because of the technological advances including how fast and how graphically the news are delivered. Should children know in detail things that are happening elsewhere whereas they know nothing about what is happening in their own immediate environment? Should they be exposed to the violence happening around the world without understanding the impact of these things in their lives? Should we allow our children to read and watch things beyond their understanding?

Kids these days should learn how to form, think of and write their own opinions and not rely on what they read online. Everything is available in the internet. At the click of a button or a tap of a finger, they are able to copy and paste research work painstakingly done by others without reading and understanding the contents, oftentimes without acknowledging the author. There are a lot of cases too where they just copy and paste unverified work without checking other sources.

Kids these days want to work with computers. Nothing wrong with setting the mind to work using computers in the future. The question is, are there children who would want to work in the agricultural and fisheries sector, the human aspects of running a business, the face-to-face management or utilization of the hands and creativity in work-related tasks?

Kids these days feel empowered because they know they can get what they want easily. Parents feel they have to give the best to their children, beyond what they need. They do not want to see their children having less than their peers, as though this would make their children mediocre or deprived.

Kids these days feel entitled, that is, that that the world owes them what they want and when they want it. This sense of entitlement can prove to be a fatal disappointment when things don’t go the way the children expect. At this point, even when the children have grown to be adults, they will be having difficulties dealing with rejection, being denied the things they want to have and do because of the realization that they need to work hard and wait for the results.

Kids these days feel that they can handle all the challenges thrown at them because Mom and/or Dad are there for them at all times. We cannot always “clear the path” and face the adversities for the children to merrily make their way to their goals (which more often the parents have set and not the children themselves).

Kids these days are so dependent on the yaya to do simple tasks for them like getting them a drink of water, carrying their lunch boxes or even getting their clothes from the cabinet.

Parents should think about the long-term effects of their parenting style. Parents should guide the children to make their own decisions and choose what steps they should take to realize their dreams. Remember that you parents can’t be with them 24/7. There are a lot of life lessons and life-changing decisions that children have to make on their own in due time but if they know what to do and have been guided properly, then there is not much to fear. Parents should not be in competition with other parents or families because all children are unique in their own way.

How should we deal with the kids then?


Abbott, one of the world’s leaders in health care, along with the leading health economists has supported a new health economics outcomes study. The study found out that patients who were hospitalized and given oral nutritional supplements have had significant reduced hospital stay which results in reduced cost of hospitalization. The 30-day readmission risk was also significantly reduced for patients with at least one known subsequent. The study was done with more than one million adult hospital cases.

Now this is indeed good news for me. Why? Being in my sandwich years of taking care of a family and taking care of my parents, I am constantly anxious about their state of health especially since we live about 4 hours away from each other’s home.

My mother is a stickler for healthy food like fish, fruits and vegetables and so they do not have health-issues related to lifestyle as of now. A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with a condition with which prompt medical interventions were needed. Today he is has good health because of dietary supplements as well as oral nutrition supplements alongside the meals they prepare at home.

Hospital stay is not something we look forward to especially when there are times that those who have been hospitalized come out even more sick

The study I mentioned above was published in the American Journal of Managed Care, (Feb 2013)  provides insights into the economic benefits of prescribing oral nutritional supplements to adult patients in the hospital setting.

W hat are the benefits of providing patients with oral nutrition supplements?

  • 21% or 2.3 days reduction in length of stay which could translate to 21.6% reduced hospitalization cost
  • 6.7% reduction in the probability of a 30-day readmission in patients who had at least one known subsequent readmission

These are just the numbers, for the caregivers and most especially the patients, the emotional and psychological burden of being in a hospital or being sick are reduced as well.

In the study, investigators were able to determine differences in length of stay and costs by comparing hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were prescribed to stays of similar conditions where oral nutritional supplements weren’t prescribed.

“Because oral nutrition supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for compromised patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” said study co-author, Tomas Philipson PhD, Daniel Levin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Philippine Hospital Setting:

In the Philippine setting, 4 out of 10 among Filipinos who have been hospitalized or are out-patients are at risk of under-nutrition. Under-nutrition makes the body susceptible to more infections that will lead to further complications and prolonging not just hospitalization but having the illness itself.

“Impaired nutritional status, especially in patients recovering from serious illnesses or surgery, can result in longer hospital stays; an increase in complication rates, higher readmission rates, and associated health care costs,” says Dr. Marianna Sioson, president of the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.  “Research shows that using oral nutritional supplements can help reduce their length of stay and associated hospital costs.  This is indeed good news for the 4 out of 10 hospitalized Filipino patients who are nutritionally at-risk since most of them shoulder their hospital expenses out of their own pockets.”

One of the ways that under-nutrition can be helped is by taking Oral Nutritional Supplements such as Abbott’s Ensure that has two variants: Ensure Gold and Ensure Acti-M2. Ensure Gold is for those who have reached their “golden years” and is good to drink whether they are healthy or not. Acti-M2 is a perfect drink for those who have not yet reached the golden years. Alongside a healthy lifestyle and eating the right kind of food, optimum health can be achieved.

Incidentally, Abbott Nutrition and the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition has a partnership in the fight against Undernutrition with the Undernutrition Risk Screening Survey where those who will participate need to answer a few questions regarding their health conditions.

The results of this survey would give more data on the undernutrition condition of people  at risk for this condition so that early intervention can be started immediately.

Undernutrition Infographics

EnjoyLife Club

Abbott Philippines now offers special discount for every purchase of participating products within maximum limit of purchase every month. Enjoy Life Club also offers professional nutrition care advice as well as personalized meal plans from their team of registered nutritionist-dietitians.

Call (02) 995-1555 or 1-800-10-955-1555 on weekdays from 8am – 8pm for more information. You can also email

About the Study

The Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes”study is a retrospective data analysis on the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes. The study compared hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide oral nutritional supplements. The difference between length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labor, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured.
The probability of 30-day hospital readmission also was calculated.


About Abbott Nutrition

For more than 85 years, Abbott Nutrition has been developing and marketing science-based nutritional products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages. Internationally recognized brands include PediaSure® brand of complete and balanced nutrition for children; and the Ensure® brand of complete and balanced oral nutritional supplements for adults.

The company is a leader in nutritional products clinically shown to address the distinct dietary needs of people with serious health conditions or special nutrient requirements, such as the Glucerna® brand of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.


Visit Abbott at and connect with them on Twitter at @AbbottNews.


Information written in this article were from the data from studies conducted presented in the conference. I have also received a free sample of Abbott Ensure Gold from Abbott Nutrition which I have given to my mother.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 7:48 pm
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Having gone through Encycligent’s DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test, I am recommending that parents as well as teachers and schools to consider the possibility of having their children go through with DMIT.

Here is a brief writeup about DMIT.


Here are the reasons why parents should consider having their child(ren) undergo DMIT:

• Boost the child’s self-confidence by providing the appropriate activities. Knowing the child’s areas of strengths in the different aspects of multiple intelligences will increase the likelihood of him/her accomplishing the goals set. On the other hand, in the areas where the child has weaknesses, these skills can be given support to further develop in order to complement the areas of strength.

• The parenting style can be patterned according to the child’s learning style to be able to appropriately provide for his/her needs in learning new things, mastering old ones and acquiring new skills.

• The bond between the parents and the child is strengthened because the parents understand their child better than before the DMIT results were given.

• For the financial aspect, knowing the child’s innate intelligences will save the parents time, effort and money spent on activities that are not interesting or relevant to the child.

• The child experiences unique childhood experiences catered to the areas of multiple intelligences that need boost. The child is given the support to be able to do the things he can excel in and at the same time focus time and energy to tasks that he is not particularly good at.

For those individuals (or the non-parents) who want to know themselves better, the benefits of having DMIT are the following:

• Knowing the strengths or weaknesses in the different areas of Multiple Intelligences that they didn’t know they had all along.

• By knowing these strengths and weaknesses, people will reflect on their current living condition and see what passions and dreams that they have set aside that they can pursue and rekindle amidst the chaos of the daily grind.

• Self-development programs to further develop innate intelligences can help them boost their confidence and plan ahead to reach their goals and dreams.

• When they discover and understand their innate talents and abilities and further enhance these, fulfilling careers and better lives are not far behind.

• When they understand themselves better, they are able to not just improve themselves but improve on the different aspects of their lives: relationships, career, improve productivity, take better control of resources, efforts and time because these are not wasted on futile efforts.

• Work on a career where they can be satisfied, productive and happy because the potentials have been discovered, whether these are strong and needs a bit of support or where skills need more polishing to be able to maximize efficiency and performance.

We all have that need to have better abilities to develop ourselves better by being equipped with competencies that will help us reach our goals and dreams.

We all have that hidden passion that may need rekindling in order to live the life we have envisioned for ourselves.

We all have that need to have a career, not just a job, for us to find fulfillment, to celebrate successes that help us improve the lives of others, not just ourselves, and knowing we are on the right path is enough motivation to follow our dreams and goals.

Would you deny yourself that chance to be what you can be because you now know yourself better than before?


For information on Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligent Test, contact Encycligent Marketing Services


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I wrote about having DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test in this article. The article below shows the DMIT result and some discussion on how the DMIT has been an eye-opener not just for my daughter’s Multiple Intelligences but for mine as well.

Read on…

Being a mother (with that bonus training of being a [special education] teacher), it is my utmost hope that I, together with my husband’s support, am able to give to my children the best in terms of learning experiences, education and the proper way of parenting for them to be able to develop their full potential.

As I have previously written in this post, both my youngest daughter and I experienced going through DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test to determine primarily both our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the 16 different multiple intelligences.

After a few days, we got our results. One of the first things I remember being told was that my youngest daughter and I are alike in many ways “Nagmana siya sa iyo.

I made some notes in my small notebook based on the table below comparing our multiple intelligences results indicating where we are both

(1) predominant and advantageous intelligence
(2) has a potential to further mould or develop
(3) intelligences that need to be strengthened

1-DMIT Report2-001

Below are some discussions done during the explanation of the results and some anecdotes I have reflected upon based on the findings:

Creation and Imagination:

The daughter and I were both surprised she (and I too) had Creation and Imagination as the intelligence where we are both “weak” and that this area of learning needs to be acquired and develop.

I reckon I am creative and imaginative enough because I have to be, I need to be, in my line of work, otherwise the children I teach won’t be able to sustain their attention with the tasks I give them, some for an hour while the others for two hours, depending on how many hours our learning schedule runs.

My fingerprint scan shows these skills need to be developed further and although I feel I have acquired enough creation and imagination skills to be able to come up with activities and experiences to answer the learning needs of the children under my tutelage. There are still however so many new learning experiences on creation and imagination to be explored not just for teaching my students and my children, but for me as well for me to further acquire and develop.

In the case of my daughter, in our opinion, she is quite a creative and imaginative child, making her own storybooks and characters even when she was only 5yo then. Thinking back on how she was able to process these creative works, it dawned on me that she does not always create her own design but would just improve on or work on design ideas she sees in books or in images.

Encouraging her to think of more novel ideas she herself has thought of for her to be able to work on should be a main goal for us. Who knows, she might even invent something that will make a lot of people happy.

Language Expression:

It was a surprise to note that the daughter’s Language Expression is a predominant trait knowing that she at times pauses mid-sentence to think and be able to say the right words she needed to say. Those pauses sometimes make those she is conversing with impatient for her to say the right word. There are however instances when she “hits the right spot” like the other night when she said to me, “Nay, R-13 ang movie” and true enough, she wasn’t able to go with us to that particular movie. We would have cancelled watching if not for my son and his friends who saw our dilemma and the friendly movie usher who looked for a vacant seat for her at the cinema beside us. She was able to watch her movie of choice with her brother and his friends (with a chaperone mom).

Activities and experiences to enhance this strength of her should be encouraged for my daughter to be able to develop this part of her multiple intelligences which would help her be able to express herself in less words than necessary to get her message across.

As for me, I have always been labelled as “frank” because there are times when I don’t mince words to be able to say what needs to be said.

Music Appreciation:

For Music Appreciation, we both got the result of “has a potential to further mould or develop”.
As a child I went through a few years of piano lessons, first with a family friend and the other was with a religious teacher from our school. We even did a few recitals and I remember playing Romeo and Juliet’s “A Time for Us” as one of the piano musical piece I played before my schoolmates and our parents. I played the xylophone for 6 years in the school marching band. These “musical talents” of mine were not further developed because I got busy with other extra-curricular activities in school.

For my daughter, she was able to play the recorder back during our homeschooling days when she was around 4yo. We would scour videos or she herself would look for “how to play the flute” or “flute tutorial” videos and learn from these. For the past two years or so, she has shifted to guitar playing, using the same method she learned while playing the flute. On both counts, she taught herself how to play both instruments without having formal lessons. On both counts, we have encouraged her to develop this musical skill.

This musical talent of hers has been enhanced in school during specific music lessons on guitar. She has also performed in front of an audience in school. If developed further, I know she can do even more with this particular talent of hers.

Kinesthetic Intelligence

For my daughter’s Kinesthetic Intelligence, it was deduced from the result that when she was younger, she had better than average fine-motor skills, which was true. I could probably not remember the things that make that true but I do remember that tapes, pencils, paints, papers, crayons and scissors are things that she loves to use, then and now. She is never without anything to do, playing the guitar, doing artwork, making digital artwork or making a parkour park for her Tech Deck toys using cereal boxes and several rolls of tapes. It was also explained that nowadays she is more into gross-motor activities and if I may say so, that is correct because since last year, she has been training with the school’s elementary basketball team.

As for me, the result shows I am not the type to run long distances. Till two years ago, I used to join (3k and 5k) runs whenever possible, do nature walks during out of town trips or have morning walks in the neighbourhood during mornings. Because of schedule conflicts, I have stopped though still has plans to begin again. I like walking and in fact, I walk faster than other people. Perhaps this is a challenge for me to get up more and be involved in activities that will help me get fit as I add up the age and the pounds.

At the same time, this particular intelligence has my fine-motor skills finely tuned. I love doing crafts like scrapbooking and paper crafts so I might as well develop these crafting skills further not just to fill idle time but to enhance my creation and imagination as well.

Career Planning recommendations:

The results for the DMIT also has career planning recommendations which is good to use for when it’s my youngest daughter‘s turn to choose a degree for college that will further motivate and enhance whatever skills and talents she has for her to be able to develop her full potential.

My thoughts on DMIT:

DMIT is a good tool to use to see how the multiple intelligences guide us parents play a role in helping our children develop their potentials by focusing on the both the predominant and not-so-predominant intelligences.

The results made me more aware on how to deal with my youngest daughter’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses.

It also made me check on our parenting style with her if the values we give importance to are also the values she must learn to be able for her to be the best she can be.

The results also showed that she needs more hugs and kisses as motivation and rewards than material things that can be purchased.

For parents who are unsure of how to deal with their children’s learning styles due to various reasons, this is a good evaluation of their child’s multiple intelligences. DMIT will be a big help for parents to help their children find their own “place under the sun”.

For career persons as well as couples, this is also a god tool to further develop the self and the relationship to live better lives.


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Posted by julie @ 10:45 am
Shelved under Information, Me

One of the things that was done when my parents had the home renovation was to have new cabinets in the kitchen. Some of the inspiration for the design were from

I am happy that there are sites like these where we can browse online the things we need, without leaving the comforts of our home. Order what we need and even track the shipping of the products ordered because we just need to know due to excitement at receiving the goods.

I wish local manufacturers will follow suit. And may I suggest supermarkets to do the same too, allow their customers to order online and have these groceries delivered at home.

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