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.

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Posted by julie @ 12:50 pm
Shelved under Me, My Thoughts, Philippines

Once again we have been subjected to harsh weather condition brought about by Habagat or Southwest Monsoon rains: inundating homes, displacing tens of thousands of families, destroying crops and properties as well as putting down the spirit because of the hardships that are going to be faced in the weeks and months to come.

We may have heard, read about and saw opportunists who have taken advantage of the situations of others to make a quick buck. we may have heard, read about and saw the Good Samaritans who give their helping hands without asking for something in return. We may have heard, read about and saw rescuers who put their lives in line in order to save lives.

Amidst all the disaster happening, the Filipino resiliency as well as the Bayanihan spirit is once again put to test.

I have put my thoughts in FB that during calamities like these, we see how much the Philippine population has grown, judging by the number of people we see in evacuation centers, stranded in their homes, and walking in flood waters. We see how it seems like so many Filipinos are so poor because they opted to live in near waterways, under bridges, beside rivers and in poorly zoned communities. We say that they should have known these areas are dangerous and why should they live there if that is the case. We see how difficult the lives of these Filipinos and we wonder how can they survive their living conditions.

I myself would probably not be able to understand even if I try to. The “familiar’ scenario of flooded homes and displaced families got me thinking about the Pork Barrel or PDAF.

We are being robbed of what should have been ours to have as taxpaying Filipinos.

The recent weeks had us feel rage about the billions of pesos pocketed by people elected to serve the us Filipinos by providing services that are due us that are supposed to be funded by the tax money we pay.

I wrote this in FB just the other day:

Pork barrel should have been used to: 

* unclog waterways
* improve infrastructure
* build sturdier bridges
* relocate people living near waterways
* buy more Doppler and Sat gadgets for weather monitoring
* used to build levees 
* buy rescue equipments
* etcetera, etcetera….

Instead billions of pesos just made a few hundred “honorables” and their kin rich with money that is not theirs to keep.

The context to which I wrote those words are based on the devastating effects of the still raging Habagat,

I have not included what that staggering amount of money can do to:

  • build classrooms and hire more teachers to teach our children so that they don’t have to work to help their families (and adults as well)
  • help farmers increase their production to avoid buying from other countries
  • help people have homes that are not too expensive with roofs that will stay when the storms come
  • build farm to market roads to help the agricultural sector
  • fund projects like small businesses that will help make lives easier in the years to come

I am sure there are so many more practical ideas that are not just feasible but doable to be able to help Filipinos improve their lives.

I like to believe that we Filipinos are not lazy.

I like to believe that we Filipinos are not dependent on dole outs and remittances from relatives working overseas because given the chance to prove ourselves and to be able to improve our lives, we know we can rise above the challenge and prove ourselves worthy.

I like to believe that given the proper means and avenues, we Filipinos will be able to have better lives and living conditions not only because we will work hard for achieve these goals but because we will do these things not only for ourselves but for the generations to come.

But how will we achieve these goals of being able to make our lives better when we are not given the chance to do so because the means to achieve such goals are pocketed by people who fuel the greed of corrupt elected officials?

For every thing we buy, we pay taxes. For every earnings we bring home, taxes are deducted. Taxes that should have been used to fund projects to keep us safe and educated among other things.

I may not understand how “things” work but in my heart I know that we should not have been victims again and again by devastation and blows from nature and from people who are also called Filipinos but rob us of the dignity to have decent lives.

 

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).

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

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:

Parana ESI 515

  1. Electrolux Steam Iron ESI 515

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  1. IKEA Silver Laundry Basket

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  1. IKEA Children’s Clothes Hangers

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  1. Surf Liquid Detergent

UPDATE: We have a WINNER:

Jemimah Joy Oriendo

Congratulations! Please reply to the message I sent you, thank you!

 

 

Posted by julie @ 1:28 am
Shelved under Me

Around Holy Week, I decluttered one of the cabinets. I found junk, a lot of it and I also found treasure.

These treasures that I have forgotten, remained at the back of the cabinet with the tube still ok though a bit flattened. Inside a tube is this: My horses!

I mean a cross-stitch pattern of horses I made pre-blogging era. This made me think of English riding apparel for women as well as rides beside a bubbling brook, over hills, amongst trees and beyond the horizon.

Did you use to cross-stitch as a hobby and not as a school project?

I used to have several projects that I was able to finish before my fingers were used to tap-tapping the keyboard and grew stiff after being out of practice. I took up a cross-stitch project two years ago and nothing came out of it anymore.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 3:20 pm

Should I feel old?

A few of my former students are now in college. One is taking up culinary arts, the others are in various fields: two of them in Fine Arts, one in Multimedia Arts (I think we is gearing for a career as a ux professional), another in Film while another one just had his professional license to be a librarian.

And now our eldest daughter is bound for college.

I feel proud of them. I am.

I know how difficult it is to help shape them to be able to face what challenges that the future has in store for them. I can not say I played a big role in all of them as they were growing up, though some at least three of these wonderful kids spent almost a decade of weekly visits with me.

No, I definitely not feel old. I feel accomplished 🙂

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