Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Click on the link to see your wedding invite courtesy of The Royal Channel

Today April 29, 2011, the whole world - or at least those who are loyal subjects of the
Queen -  will stop to watch a modern day fairytale: The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince
William and Catherine Middleton.

Once upon a time, Teacher Weena was in a 'lil trouble as her kids were dreaming up
their own royal weddings :) Yes, it's not everyday that a girl becomes a princess. LOL

3 Things You Can Do to celebrate The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and
Catherine Middleton:

1. Visit the The Royal Wedding official website
Drop by the The Royal Wedding official site and get a glimpse of the preparations
that are being done to make this day perfect for Prince William and Kate. The cake,
the flowers, the reception; they're pretty much all there except for the wedding dress.

2. Send your Best Wishes
Yes, you can congratulate the happy couple by uploading a video on YouTube here.
Seriously! The deadline to upload your video is today.

3. Watch The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Local tv, cable or YouTube, your choice. I'm sure there will be plenty of coverage
for the Royal Wedding. Do expect this to go on the entire day.

The wedding starts with The Service at Westminster Abbey. Then continues with
The Procession; a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of London. Then
ends with The Reception at Buckingham Palace.

Congratulations and Best Wishes Prince William and Kate!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Friendster Deadline to Export Data is May 31, 2011

In case you haven't heard, Friendster will soon be the social gaming website of choice.
Facebook is on the top spot of being the social networking website of choice. Ahhhh...
What a world of difference one word can make.

If you still have important photos, messages, blogs plus plus, now is the time to use 
the Friendster Exporter to export your data. Here's the head's up: Friendster will erase 
all your data after May 31, 2011. 

Expect things to slow down once people hit panic mode. Don't delay, do this today.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free Kindle Reader + Free Do The Work Ebook

Whooppeee! Thanks to Jomar, I have 2 new toys!

1. Kindle
Apparently, you don't need to own a Kindle to be able to read books
in Kindle format. Amazon has FREE Kindle Reading Apps!!! Just
choose the Kindle Reading App that you need, download it and voila,
you can now read books in Kindle format.

Why is this great!?! The last time I tried purchasing a book from Amazon,
I needed to have a U.S. shipping address. Let me correct that, Amazon did
not want to ship to the Phl. I haven't tried purchasing a book from Amazon
since then. And now, I can just order a Kindle version and get the book that
I want anytime anywhere.

It gets even better - - - I can use Kindle to read books for FREE!

2. Do The Work
Just this April, I discovered that I missed out on getting a FREE book that
I wanted. Yes, some new writers pre-launch their new books before the
physical books hit the bookstores. The free books are usually available
for a limited time only. So if you hear of the news too late, that's it, sorry
for you. Talk about the power of visualization, wishful thinking, call-it-
whatever-you-want-to-call-it: I now have my first FREE ebook!

Do The Work is Seth Godin and friends' latest book project. It's available
for free for a limited time only. Get your free Kindle copy here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Allow Kids to Explore

Image by Maricel Cruz

"As so often happens in science, two studies from different labs, using 
different techniques, have simultaneously produced strikingly similar 
results. They provide scientific support for the intuitions many teachers 
have had all along: Direct instruction really can limit young children's 
learning. Teaching is a very effective way to get children to learn 
something specific—this tube squeaks, say, or a squish then a press 
then a pull causes the music to play. But it also makes children less 
likely to discover unexpected information and to draw unexpected 

...with one group, she acted as if she were clueless about the toy. ("Wow, 
look at this toy. I wonder how it works? Let's try this," she said.) With 
the other group, she acted like a teacher. ("Here's how my toy works.") 
When she acted clueless, many of the children figured out the most 
intelligent way of getting the toy to play music (performing just the two 
key actions, something Daphna had not demonstrated). But when Daphna 
acted like a teacher, the children imitated her exactly, rather than 
discovering the more intelligent and more novel two-action solution."
- Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School by Alison Gopnik, Slate

Children of today start going to school at a very young age. Some play 
schools will accept kids as early as 6months old. We decided to forego this 
and to homeschool M instead. 

The article Why Preschool Shouldn't be Like School really struck a chord 
because of three things:
1st - It made me realize the importance of allowing kids to exploreChildren 
are smart and can figure things out on their own. It's the adults who're 
impatient for them to get things done now. Apparently, rushing the learning 
process has detrimental effects. Patience has its rewards.
2nd - As a homeschooler, you have the opportunity to decide on what 
your children are learning. Now, you also have the opportunity to decide 
on HOW they are going to learn. Make it count.
3rd - If your child/ren are enrolled in a regular school, it would be good to 
look at the manner by which your child/ren are being taught. I have a
friend who transferred her Gr.1 son to another school because she wasn't
satisfied with the way her son was being taught at the other school. Bravo! 
Parents should be the first persons looking out for the interest of their child.

I'm thankful that at this point homeschooling is not yet rocket science. 
In a nutshell, the emphasis has been to provide varied fun learning 
activities for M. These activities are aimed at developing his skills and 
discovering his talents. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

3 Ways of Getting Affordable Toys

Before Angry Birds and Before Farmville, Kids had these :)

At 1 year and 3 months, I can proudly say that our little toddler still does NOT
watch TV. You might be wondering, what does M do all day? Playing with toys
tops the list! Toys are great because they "require" kids to use and develop their
skills and imagination.

The challenge with toys is, kids easily tire of their toys. Dr. Glenn Doman tells us
that kids enjoy their toys while there's still something about the toy to be discovered.
But once the toy has been fully explored, expect that toy to be tossed aside.

So what's a mom to do? I know fully well that kids' toys can be quite expensive.
Here are some tips for you.

3 Ways to Getting Affordable Toys:
1. Research
- Isn't the net great!?! I use it a lot for researching! Of course, it has helped me
gain tons of ideas for toys. I check out websites and blogs. I join FB groups of
educators; homeschooling is a recognized form of education. I'm excited for an
upcoming online webinar (it's free!). There really is so much info out there. It's
so easy to pick an idea and make it your own.
2. Observe
- M is allowed to tinker around with everyday objects and use them for toys.
Of course we first ensure that these objects are nonbreakable and do not pose
any safety risks. So far M has played with paper, cloth, cartons, cleaning tools,
and furniture.
3. Borrow
- Some of M's fave toys are actually not his. M has borrowed toys from cousins
and uncles. You'd be surprised at how many relatives and friends have a stash
of toys just dusting away in a box. Just make sure to thoroughly clean the toys
if their previous owners have not already done so.

I hope I've inspired you to reconsider the tv habits of your children. Studies have
shown that there's way too much tv watching going on. It's time to turn off the telly
and make the kids play.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Longevity Project

Today's comfort-seeking, me-myself-and-I, have-it-all-now proponents
should take heed to the findings of The Longevity Project: Surprising
Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade
Study by Howard S. Friedman PhD and Leslie R. Martin PhD.

Conscientiousness is the key to living a long happy life. Very old school,
but I couldn't agree with it more.

- n. the quality of being in accord with the dictates of conscience; also known
as principled and religiousness
- n. the trait of being painstaking and careful;
also known as carefulness, meticulousness, thoroughness, diligence, and

According to The Longevity Project, conscientious people know how to
weather out problems. Conscientious people also have good habits which
keep them out of harms way. They also know how to "self-heal" --- it's in
their nature to find their way to happier relationships, happier careers and
happier situations.

Okay this is oversimplifying things a bit. What Dr. Martin and Dr. Friedman
are hoping for is that we read The Longevity Project and discover for ourselves
what the studies reveal about living a long and happy life.

I've always believed that there's value in putting in a good day's work.
Ideally, you have work that you love; work that keeps you productive
and adds meaning to your life. Not there yet? Then keep on trying!

Establishing good relationships in one's family, work place and community
are equally important. We are social beings that need the love and the support
of others. Just to emphasize, they need it and so do we. Something to consider -
relationships need time and attention for them to grow.

Then there are goals. H and I are big on projects. We always have one in the
works. It's exciting to know that there's something to look forward to down
the road.

Last but not the least, there is faith in God. We pray, go to mass, avail of the
sacraments, and do acts of charity. Of course, we've made mistakes. That's
why I'm glad that God has His arms wide open when we've come to our

Yes, this all sounds like a lot of work. If you're conscientious, you'll learn
how to figure it all out. Hehe. Of course there are days when we get tired
and wonder if we've gone cuckoo for doing the gazillion things that we do.
That just means it's time for a breather. Then it's back to fighting form. If
you're asking, "Is it worth it?" My answer, "Definitely, astoundingly yes!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Holy Wednesday 2011

Since Monday, I've been throwing out suggestions for Holy Week sacrifices.
You might be wondering, which one/s am I doing?

Let me start off by saying that Virtual Assistants have realities that are different
than most people. By this I mean, most people use the internet some of the time.
VAs have to be online ALL OF THE TIME. Only because that's WHERE we
work.Yes, if the web suddenly crashed (and I hope it does not), my work life
will go crashing down with it.

Then there's the fun stuff that one can do online: blogs, videos, forums, games,
FB, Skype, etc etc etc Staying online for too long can quickly turn into a vice
if you let it.

So, I'm definitely cutting down on my computer time this Holy Week. Good
Friday will in fact be a black out day. This will allow me to allocate more time
for praying and for reading religious books.

On Easter Sunday, I hope to emerge a better Catholic--- inspired and renewed
to face the new challenges that are headed my way, and confident that My Lord
and I can accomplish great things together.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Holy Tuesday 2011

Image by Vinoth Chandar

Still trying to figure out what to give up this Holy Week? Here are some suggestions
from One Catholic Life: 

1-10: The Usuals:

  1. Give up candy/sweets.
  2. Give up television time.
  3. Give up eating snacks between meals.
  4. Give up or limit soda or coffee.
  5. Give up or limit video games.
  6. Spend more time with family.
  7. Give to the poor.
  8. Do an extra chore each day.
  9. Perform a random act of kindness.
  10. Spend more time in prayer.

11-20: Prayer

  1. Pray a book of scripture using lectio divina.
  2. Attend Mass on a weekday (every day if possible).
  3. Pray the rosary each day, alone or with your family.
  4. Prayerfully read Abandonment to Divine Providence.
  5. Make a special prayer notebook and list all the people in your life who need prayers; pray for them each day. Add someone new every day.
  6. Learn to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
  7. Make a commitment to attend Eucharistic Adoration regularly.
  8. Commit to examining your conscience each evening.
  9. Pray the Jesus Prayer throughout the day.
  10. Pray the Angelus each day at noon.

31-40: For Internet Users/Bloggers

  1. Set time limits on overall online time.
  2. Limit Facebook time.
  3. Limit Myspace time.
  4. Resist making or adding to lists that rank people.
  5. Share one spiritual video with your online network once a week.
  6. Blog about the poor once a week.
  7. Add a spiritual blog to your blog reader.
  8. Subscribe to a prayer podcast like Pray As You Go or Pray Station Portable.
  9. Leave an encouraging or positive comment on a different blog each day.
  10. Help a new blogger by sending traffic their way.

51-60: For Those With Lives Out of Balance

  1. Go for a walk each day with a loved one and talk about life and faith.
  2. Take the kids to the park each week for some carefree time.
  3. Give up fast food and give the money to charity.
  4. Exercise each day.
  5. Spend at least half an hour each day in meaningful conversation with your spouse.
  6. Go on a Lenten retreat.
  7. Pray with Sacred Space each day.
  8. Commit to a daily 3 Minute Retreat.
  9. Begin the online 34-week Retreat for Everyday Life.
  10. Give up your most unhealthy habit.

90-101: Potpourri

  1. Begin to receive the Sacrament of Penance weekly.
  2. Give up foul language.
  3. Give up gossiping.
  4. Read and study Healing the Culture.
  5. Study the life of a different saint each day.
  6. Cook dinner each night for your family if someone else normally does.
  7. Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
  8. Carry extra food in your car, purse or backpack to give to street corner beggars.
  9. Begin practicing socially conscious investing.
  10. Spend a week meditating on each of the seven principles of Catholic social teaching.
  11. Make breakfast each morning for your family.

Click HERE for the entire list.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Holy Monday 2011

"Fasting, praying and almsgiving are the three penitential practices that we are 
asked to engage in during Lent. In addition to fasting and abstaining with the 
rest of the Church on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, we are also 
challenged to make individual sacrifices appropriate to our own spiritual condition. 
However, before we choose something to give up for Lent, it’s important to assess 
our current spiritual state:
What habits do I engage in that are destructive to my spiritual health?
* To what material things am I too attached?
* What areas in my life are unbalanced?
* To what do I devote too much or not enough time?
In the next few days, I'll be sharing with you some Holy Week Reflections. May
there reflections bring you closer to God.

To start off, what sacrifices are you planning on doing this Holy Week? I know, 
for some, this is a case of too late the hero. We should have been doing sacrifices 
this entire Lent. Sadly, I've had too many things on my mind. It may not be enough, 
it never will be, but I'd like to do what I can this Holy Week.

Nick of One Catholic Life was correct in suggesting that we make a self assessment
before we rush off to our sacrifices. What may be a sacrifice for some, will not always
be a sacrifice to others. It's not about getting this done and over with. It's about 
reconnecting back to Our Lord.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Time to Change Tactics

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting 
different results." - Albert Einstein

I have OFFICIALLY said yes to the My Online Wealth Breakthrough Moment

challenge. OFFICIALLY because I have been trying to get at it since day 1. 
I've been wracking my brains as to why my attempts never flew.

Then it hit me, it's time to change tactics! As with most things in life, you really
have to do different things to get different results. 

I need 150 blog posts by June 30, 2011. Yes, that's 2.5 months from now. 
I've been telling myself, "I will blog daily". Unfortunately, that never happens. 
By day's end, I'm just too tired from the day job and the errands. Im also the 
one who puts M to sleep. And anyone with a toddler will know what I mean 
when I say: telling M it's time to sleep is different from him actually going to 

So, I'm trying what other bloggers do: block off hours of time to create scheduled 
blog posts. Okay, the rules do not state that we have to write all the blog posts 
ourselves. On occasion, I may try inviting guest bloggers. But beyond that, I prefer 
writing the posts myself. 

Stay tuned to see how this all works out.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Give It Your All

Image by Jayneadd

It's been one month since the Online Wealth Breakthrough Seminar.
The day after, I felt like sprinting to the finish line. Today, I find
myself checking my pace. Apparently, this is a full marathon. Only
the brave and the determined have dared to continue the run.

Motivated - check
Feeling the love - check
Doing the work - hmmm
Earning as expected - more hmmm

I envy those who've had the time --- or should I say made the time
to blog daily. You see, we have a magic number to hit = xxx blog
posts in 3 months. Do I have a lot of catching up to do!

Now we're tasked to write about what it means to Give It Your All.
It's quite ironic as I know I've fallen short of the bare minimum daily
blog posts. To me, Give It Your All just means one thing, doing what's
needed to get the job done.

It's true what they say, you have to ask yourself WHY --- "Why do I
want to Breakthrough?" I know I need to get this part right. See, I want
this to go beyond something on the to do list. I want this to work out.
More importantly, I want to have the discipline and strength to "Give
It Your All".

Find Your Call is a theme from Give It Your All April - a project of
the Online Wealth Breakthrough Seminar. Here are other friends who're
a part of this journey:
Blogger Fever
My Pursuit to Total Freedom
Earn Online

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pinay Mom Adventures Wordle

If a picture paints a thousand words then this Wordle is a snapshot
of the life and times of Pinay Mom Adventures.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Find Your Call

Image courtesy of

This Saturday, the projectS team members were gathered once more for a Values
Formation Breakfast.

Our special thanks to M for sharing her thoughts on what it means to care for the

I knew M was one tough cookie. I never knew how tough she was until now.
You might be wondering, how tough is tough? Well, not everyone has a
humanitarian job that sends them to war torn Africa; helmet, bullet-proof
vest and all. Personally, I'm just too chicken little for that. To some people,
it's insanity. To M, it's a calling.

I have had the privilege of doing Values Formation activities with people
from all ages and all walks of life. This started waaaaaay back in high school.
Who knew that I would still be doing it today. I have always considered this
as a privilege as I know not everyone has been given the motivation nor the
opportunity to give to people who cannot repay you. I too have been on the
receiving end of such generosity. This is one expression of gratitude and a
way of giving back to society. To some people, it's all futile; people will be
what they want to be. Maybe so. But on a few rare occasions, people walk
up to me and affirm me that their lives improved by these activities. Sometimes,
it all boils down to that. One person means one life plus all others that run
down that person's family line. Hmmmmm… To simplify, you could say,
it's a calling.

How about you? Have you asked yourself lately, why am I here and what am
I really meant to do?

Find your call. Go and accomplish the great task that you (and only you)
were meant to do. Believe me, you're gonna have a great ride!

Find Your Call is a theme from Give It Your All April --- a project of the
Online Wealth Breakthrough Seminar. Read on and gain other perspectives
on how YOU can Find Your Call:
Blogger Fever
My Pursuit to Total Freedom
Earn Online