Hey Kids! If you want to find out fascinating and interesting links between animals and our everyday world, you have to watch Discovery Kids WILD BUT TRUE. Wild But True will be shown every Tuesday at 5:00pm starting December 2, 2014.

Encores are every Saturday at 9:30am and 1;30pm.

Discovery Kids Wild but True

Wild But True will have Robert Irwin, a naturalist and Isabel Yamazaki, a science geek team up to show how science has made us students of Mother Nature. Each episode will explore nature’s amazing solutions for the different problems in the wild and how we humans can use these blueprints to make our world safer, greener and more efficient and more fun!

Giles, the digital friend who will provide artificial intelligence will help them along the way. He will provide clues that willlead to the answers to the puzzling questions they need answers and help Robert and Isabel hook up with scientists, researchers and developers who will further explain the technology behind their interesting topics.

Experiments will further help them (and you!) better understand the different concepts, features and abilities intrinsic to the wild world.

Are you ready for Discovery Kids WILD BUT TRUE?

Mark your calendars on December 2, 2014 5 pm.


Posted by julie @ 10:43 am

This seemingly contradictory phrase is dedicated to those whose life seems to hang in the balance when disconnected.  For that matter, that includes me, too.

Let me ask how many gadgets you have to get connected to the World Wide Web? Do you have a laptop? A pc? A smart phone? A tablet? A camera with wifi connectivity? A phablet? Chances are, you have at least two or three of these electronic gadgets and more often than not, your attention is held captive by the small screen glowing in front of you.

There is nothing wrong with having gadgets especially if these allow you to communicate with your loved ones who are far away, to make work-related decisions, or to browse social media sites that you frequently visit to share your latest shopping find, food trip or selfie.  Just be sure you don’t let the gadgets dominate your lives and diminish the quality of your face-to-face personal interaction.

Consider these questions and answer honestly:

·         Have you felt that you are serving the electronic gadgets you own instead of the other way around?

·         Have you felt that you need to check the latest updates from your friends,  the latest news, the latest trends and what’s hot or not in your favourite topics before going to bed?

·         Right now, how many programs are open on your computer? Perhaps your email, Google search box, social media sites and online shopping sites? Even more?

·         Where is your mobile phone or tablet right now? Is it at your side, in your hand, in your pocket, at your bedside? Is the alert signal turned on to keep you posted of an incoming message?

·         Does the need to be connected make you happy or does it cause you some distraction, a headache from lack of sleep and eye strain, and stress?

·         Do you feel connected but at the same time you feel alone?

·         Has the phrase “Alone together” ever occurred to you when you are with family and friends and everyone is looking at each one’s smart phones and conversation is sporadic or desultory?

(Are your gadgets more important than your wedding rings? You know, do you frequently look at these more even if you are supposedly spending quality time with your spouse?)

As connected as we try to be using technology, it has also removed us from having meaningful face-to-face conversations, connections and interactions.  Ironically, these tools we use to be more connected make it difficult to be intimate.

William Powers wrote in his book Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age: “And we’re losing something of great value, a way of thinking and moving through time that can be summed up in a single word: depth. Depth of thought and feeling, depth in our relationships, our work and everything we do. Since depth is what makes life fulfilling and meaningful;  it’s astounding that we’re allowing this to happen.”

Do we live plugged-in lives?


Posted by teacherjulie @ 9:59 am

HP Write and Read 2 Program had its culminating event to award the winners last October 17, 2013. There were 50 student participants from public and private schools and universities who joined the illustration and poetry writing. HP Write and Read program is in partnership with the Department of Education.

HP Write and Read 2 Program

Last year, when HP started with the first Write and Read, our vision was simply, to inspire. We wanted to reach a handful of students and change how they perceive learning. This year, as we culminate the HP Write and Read 2, we realized that we have reached so much more, and we were able to share to more audience HP’s commitment to creativity, education and of course, learning,” says Franco Flameno, HP’s Marketing Development Manager for Consumer Printers. “HP is thankful to both partners—DepEd and our Write and Read ambassador, Efren Penaflorida, for believing in the HP vision, and agreeing to partner with us.”

Opened to First Year (or now called Grade 7) to 4th year high school students who are based in the National Capital Region, the student participants underwent a two-day master class in either poetry writing or illustration. Final contest entries were collaborative work between one writer and one illustrator who underwent the master classes


2013 HP Write and Read Program 2 winners are the following:

Rank Title Writer School Illustrator School
1 Left Behind Miguel Angelo C. Villar Southville international School and Colleges Jin Ju Park Southville International School and Colleges
2 Infinitesimal Anica Isabella B. Franco St. Paul College Pasig Ronelle Risha E. Mariano Colegio San Agustin – Makati
3 Where They Converge Meg H. Musngi St. Paul College Pasig Jose Carlos Gaston S. Garcia Colegio San Agustin – Makati


The winners took home the following prizes:

1st Place winners : two (2) printers, two (2) desktops, two (2) notebooks, two (2) slate, 50k cash;

2nd Place winners : two (2) printers, two (2) notebooks, two (2) slate, 20k cash

3rd Place winners :  two (2) printers, two (2) Slate, 10k cash.


HP Write and Read 2 Program

Learning is a personal advocacy. I believe that to passing over that love for learning is as important as of course using extremely attractive printed materials are important in nurturing students’ creativity in reading, writing and visual arts, and sustaining that interest,” said Efren Penaflorida , Write and Read ambassador and CNN 2009 Hero of the Year.


About HP : HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems.

More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

Posted by julie @ 9:07 am

I often get asked how to build a blog.

In uncertain ways, I try to explain how to build one using the free sites such as that of Google’s or WordPress, which I use with my hosted blogs. If online, this is eas9y to explain but not so much when I just describe how I do it.

There are other platforms to use aside from the two I have mentioned and there have been times when using this website builder instead of wordpress.

Blogging used to be easy when social media was not too popular. Now more and more blogger friends I’ve known since I started waaaay back in mid-2000’s have stopped blogging for different reasons but they are ones who are active in Twitter, Instagram and Facebook among others.

Here are a few tips on how to start blogging:

  • Basic skills for writing (this also covers grammatically correct sentences and if you are unsure, do write drafts in programs that lets you correct not just the spelling but subject-verb agreement as well, then copy-paste what you wrote)
  • Write interesting topics that are close to your heart or you have a bit of expertise with so that you have a certain authority about the subject matter
  • Visit other blogs
  • Post photos to make the posts interesting ( like if you are writing about a certain place, include photos)
  • Be confident but not too over confident that you sound pompous
  • if unsure on how to start, check out video or article tutorials
  • Back up your articles with links from reliable and trustworthy sites
  • Do NOT copy works of others as well as use photos taken by others
  • KISS – Keep It Short and Simple

Read this helpful article about Introduction to Blogging.


Wash Loads of Love with Electrolux Time Manager Washing Machine

Being the primary person in charge of the household chores, it is not unusual for me to feel tired at the end of the day. The kitchen duties takes a lot of time but because I made use of pre-prepared freezer meals that I cook on an induction stove, the time and effort I put to doing these tasks are almost cut in half.

The main chore that really takes up a lot of my time and energy is the washing of clothes. I love washing clothes and I am really grateful that there are washing machines to help me (and millions more!) do these tasks easier than doing the old fashion way for handwashing.

I am not too fond of ironing clothes and if there’s another thing to be grateful about, aside from a thousand other things, is having a laundry shop nearby that takes care of my ironing needs

I have devised a flow/series of actions to make washing days (two times a week) easier:

  • Three baskets for easier sorting: one for the whites which are mostly school uniforms, one for the colored tops and one for the lower body clothes.
  • Schedule two laundry days during weekend and another one at the middle of the week. The laundry cycle is scheduled to make sure there are enough uniforms to get the kids by the whole week and if possible till Monday or Tuesday the next week (the weekend wash load).
  • I use environmental-friendly bleach for the white clothes: distilled cane vinegar
  • For stubborn stains mostly on the whites around the collar and the backside parts, I use a brush to remove dirt away, gently of course, to avoid putting stress on the cloth.
  • Socks are soaked in soap and distilled cane vinegar “bleach” in a separate basin.
  • Pockets are checked for spare change, tissue papers, handkerchiefs and papers like receipts and candy wrappers.

During the wash stage, the following are the tips I do using my more than 10 year old double tub top load washing machine:

  • I put the delicates in a laundry bag.
  • After I soak in laundry soap and vinegar and wash the white tops first, I spin-dry the clothes to remove the soap suds for easier rinsing later on.
  • I repeat the process with the colored tops: spin-dry after washing with soap.
  • I then load the tub for another batch of water and soap for the bottoms clothes and then again spin-dry to remove the soap suds.

Take note though that when doing spin-drying method, do not just put the clothes in the spin-dry tub. I fold the clothes carefully to avoid creases and wrinkles because I do not iron the clothes unless these are uniforms and those that we use for work.

Here is a nice tip: if you have shirts with deodorant stains in the armpit areas, spray these areas with the distilled cane vinegar and see the difference.

  • I rinse the clothes twice without having the water spill out while the wash cycle is on to remove the suds because the suds have already been rinsed out. This way I do not use water unnecessarily. I also use fabric softener on the second load of rinsing.

Before I put the clothes on a hanger, I…

  • shake the clothes to avoid the front and back parts as well as the armpit parts to stick together thereby creating creases and wrinkles.
  • The hangers go under the tops and not through the neckline to avoid the neckline being pulled for the hanger. This way, the necklines are preserved and not looking like the tops have been used for a game of tug-o-war. Hah, I’ve seen clothes like these and not a good sight I must say.
  • colored clothes are hanged to dry turned inside out

Laundry Tips

So, with all the things I need to do when I wash our clothes, it has been a dream of mine to be able to have a washing machine that will not just make washing easier, more clothes-friendly and more convenient to use and be able to conserve time, energy and lessen the consumption of water and electricity bills.

One of the newest washing machines I think answers all the things I listed above that embodies the best one in the market would be an Electrolux Time Manager front load washing machine.

Electrolux Time Manager

How so?

  • The Electrolux Time Manager Load Sensor feature that acts like a weighing scale which serves as a guide in selecting the perfect cycle and detergent recommendation for the wash load saving time, energy and water.

Electrolux Time Manager

  • Electrolux Time Manager Washing Machine helps remove household allergens by up to 99.9% through its Vapour Action (what a big help for my son who has allergic rhinitis and also to those with babies)

Laundry Tips

  • The Electrolux Time Manager Refresh Cycle relaxes the fibers and steams out the wrinkles of the clothes which helps out in cutting down ironing (yey to this!!) No matter smelly clothes that have been left in the cabinets for months because the Refresh Cycle relaxes the creases and removes that odd smell of unused clothes.
  • The Electrolux Time Manager has easy-to-use intuitive panel called IQ Touch which makes program settings as well as instructions easy to follow (I can probably tell my young children to go wash their dirty laundry using the  Electrolux Time Manager washing machine 😉 )

Electrolux’s “Thinking of You” Philosophy is Electrolux’s way of taking care of their customers. The newly opened Electrolux Customer Service Hub is a haven for customers who want to choose and buy spare parts or consumables for their Electrolux and White Westinghouse appliances.  Spare parts and accessories for small appliances as well as major ones and air conditioners are at least 80-90% available at the Electrolux Customer Service Hub.

Not that you need to avail these spare parts for your washing machine because consumers will notice that Electrolux washing machines have longer warranty service than other brands.

The Electrolux Customer Hub is a training facility as well to those wanting to be QUESTers Or Qualified Experienced Service Technicians.

The Electrolux Customer Service Hub is located at the Grundfos Building, 5548 Osmena Highway, Brgy. San Isidro,  Makati City.

The Customer Care team can also be reached through wecare@electrolux.com or 845-CARE (2273).


Write in the comments section below your best laundry tip to make Laundry Time Wash Loads of Love. The best laundry tip will get the following items delivered right at your home:

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  1. Electrolux Steam Iron ESI 515


  1. IKEA Silver Laundry Basket


  1. IKEA Children’s Clothes Hangers


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Posted by julie @ 8:14 am
Shelved under Anything Tech, Parenting

Parents, do you monitor the things your kids read, see and watch online?

We can’t monitor everything, yes, but we can tweak settings to avoid having them see, watch and read things that they are supposed to.


  • You can use the SafeSearch filter in the setting. This can be done with tablets and mobile gadgets too.
  • The router can be also used to block out certain sites as well as to shut down the internet connection on certain hours, especially during sleep time 😀
  • Use Chrome Nanny (this is a useful tool for you to stop peeking in your favorite social media and entertainment sites when you should be working, right?)
  • Clear your search history or surf the web incognito (this though is what the children do to avoid detection so it is better to use Safe Search filter)

Safe Search

Whether you are on the lookout for the latest stats of your favorite sports, looking at cigar magazine ipad for your fave uncle, or simply just looking online for a surprise gift for your child’s birthday next week, it is better to be cautious when using these gadgets especially if your children use the same one.


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