09/11/14

Signs, signs: Child-centered space

As mentioned before, I’ve begun my work as a community facilitator in our town of Ivisan for a non-government organization. Our project is aimed at promotion of child rights and protection through various community and school activities.

As my town is celebrating our annual fiesta, ChildFund, the NGO, has set up a Child-centered Space (CCS) in the town centro (center), thus the big sign below. This is one of the many advocacy activities we have for ChildFund’s RISE Project.

The Child-centered Space in Ivisan, Capiz ChildFund Philippines

The Child-centered Space in Ivisan, Capiz is an initiative of ChildFund Philippines. Special thanks to my colleague Joef Fil for taking the photo :)

The CCS provides is aimed at children and provides free play for children, as well as adults with trained community volunteers and engage them to various fun activities that allow them to express emotions and such.

I nicked this short description from a colleague:

Child Centered Spaces are safe, physical spaces for children affected by conflict or disasters to gather, providing emergency education, protection and multisectoral support, including psycho-social support. Through community mobilization around children’s needs, CCS provide regular, structured activities for children, adolescents and parents of young children under the supervision of caring adults from the community. CCS allow children to participate in activities where they can play, express their feelings, thoughts and opinions, and learn new things from adults and other children, providing a sense that “things are getting back to normal again.” [Starting Up Child Centered Spaces in Emergencies: A Field Manual, Christian Children's Fund]

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08/21/14

Signs, signs: Self-service?

I’m coming back to Signs, signs meme again as I think I have lots of signs that need posting here. It’s just finding the time to post, that’s all.

Anyways, I was in Iloilo City two months ago for a training. For those who do not know, Iloilo City is one of the highly-urbanized cities in the Philippines, and the capital of Iloilo province. Iloilo City is a two-hours bus-ride away from my hometown, Roxas City, in the province of Capiz. Anyhoo, the training was conducted at a mid-range hotel, and it’s also where we (participants) stayed.

In one of the coffee breaks, I dashed to the loo only to be surprised at the sign waiting for me.

toilet sign

I was puzzled at the sign in the beginning – the “self-service” part, lol. It was only later on when I realized what it meant!

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08/18/14

Monday Mellow Yellows: Yellow skin tone?

Hello everyone.
Back to posting after a century of hiatus.

My fieldwork is taking me away from the internet for awhile, hence the lack of posts. One thing I love about going away on a fieldwork is that I’m off my butt. Being cooped up in the office, sitting on my fat behind and in front of the computer makes me weak and my eyes irritated. The fresh air and the green scenery when I travel is a most welcome respite.

Weekends I spend with my family at my parents’ house. My nieces are also there spending the weekend with the oldies so you can just imagine the chaos at home. Chaotic, but fun! The cousins run around Grandpa and Grandma’s garden, playing in the grass outdoors when the sun is not too hot – or when it’s not raining. Otherwise, they’ll be indoors, watching cartoons or fiddling with their tablets.

Last weekend, the kids wanted to go the recently-opened Robinson’s department store for a stroll. I get nervous when they ask to go because they might see things that we are not ready to get for them, lol. But anyways, they were all behaved. We had merienda (snack) at the foodcourt. My niece took a photo of us – me, my baby and my other niece. For some reason, it turned out yellow!

Enjoying the lollipop!

Enjoying the lollipop!

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07/14/14

Monday Mellow Yellow: Young football fan

Hello, dear friends.

Trying my hand in blogging again. It’s been awhile – I had a baby who just celebrated his first birthday and a job at an international NGO. Busy as I am, I want to go back to blogging as a form of relaxation. Wish me luck again.

Here’s a photo of my one-year-old son with his Grandma, my mom. We’re rooting for Team Brasil. And it doesn’t matter what happened to them, we’re still their fans!

My son wearing a team Brazil tshirt. We celebrated my son's first birthday with close friends and relatives.

My son wearing a team Brazil tshirt. We celebrated my son’s first birthday with close friends and relatives.

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07/11/14

Happy first birthday, anak!

And so it happened!
My dear son is now one year old – time to celebrate this first milestone :)

This birthday poster was designed by his Tito Jake, my younger brother, and was printed by his Tita Minmin, my other brother's wife. Thanks to you both. We loved it!

This birthday poster was designed by his Tito Jake, my younger brother, and was printed by his Tita Minmin, my other brother’s wife. Thanks to you both. We loved it!

We only had a small celebration at my parents’ house in Banica (Roxas City) and a handful of friends and relatives came by to join. Of course, we didn’t forget to go to church for thanksgiving. My other brother, who’s based in Phnom Penh, was also in town to join us with his wife, much to our delight.

My son had a whale of a time playing with his cousins.

Here are just some of the pictures taken. The quality is not that good as they were taken mostly from an old phone. Some great photos were in my brother’s camera though. I hope he gives me the copies soon.

My son wearing a team Brazil tshirt. We celebrated his first birthday with a merienda siena with close friends and relatives.

My son wearing a team Brazil tshirt. We celebrated my son’s first birthday with close friends and relatives.

Thanks to those who remembered and joined in the celebration.

02/12/14

Happy 7th!

Dear Anak,

Oh your smile… the smile that melts all the stress and exhaustion. Thank you for that wonderful smile, the smile that melts my heart.

Grinning like a boss at 7 months.

Grinning like a boss at 7 months.

I pray that you continue to grow healthy, happy, strong, and smart. Respectful of all living things, great and small. I hope you and your Kuya Joshua will love each other dearly, and grow up to be the best of friends. Indi lang kamo magpa-ugtas todo sa amon ni Papa Jhong. Plus, your Grandpa and Grandma will be there to guide you and give all the love and support in the world.

Labyunak. Tapos na ang explanation, lol.

MamaGirl

01/30/14

Adventures in cooking

Okay, I have a confession to make.

I’m not a good cook. In fact, I learned how to cook only after I had gotten married. My father has been spoiling us – he’s a great cook – so I never really learned except to cook rice. And the first time I did that yielded disastrous results. But that story I will reserve for another post, tee-hee-hee.

Like many Filipino husbands, my husband is also a good cook. He taught me many things, like frying, cooking adobo, sinigang and nilagang baka. When I was in Kenya as a VSO volunteer, I used the limited-cooking skills I have to survive there. But then again, the vegetables and food there is quite different from what I’m used to.

Anyhow, I’m getting nowhere with this post. Sorry about rambling but what I was intending to post this bicho-bicho that I made, upon my sister’s suggestion. I don’t know what this is in English though but I do know that some Filipino foodies say that bicho-bicho is traditional doughnut of us Pinoys :)

Bicho-bicho kayo dyan!

Bicho-bicho kayo dyan!

Obviously, this doughnut is not round and has no hole. It is elongated and powdered in white sugar. Well, I preferred not to put sugar in my bicho-bichos – just my attempt at keeping diabetes at bay, hahaha. This goes well with my hot coffee.

10/21/13

Monday Mellow Yellows 066: A day in the zoo

Sorry for the late update. I just woke up and about to start my day. The life of an ordinary call-center agent is always like this. Our day’s just starting when the other normal members of the workforce are just about to finish theirs.

My weekend was spend doing the laundry and watching Season 3 of the Walking Dead. I know I’m late but I finished catching up with the past episodes. My sister told me that season 4 has just started so I’m excited. Also one reason I don’t like about day offs is just I automatically wake up in the middle of the night and face difficulty in getting back to sleep. I’ve become a night creature, zomaygaaad.

Anyways, it’s nearly November and that means I’m only weeks away from seeing my family. My sons are growing up too fast – if only I can freeze the time and bottle it up so I can empty out the contents at whim… if only. Here’s a photo of my son in one of their school trips. I think of all the school trips, the trip to the zoo has left an impact on my son.

Feeding and petting the baby goat zoo

Feeding and petting the baby goat – my son was a natural.

He was naturally curious about the animals, asked his teacher about the whats and the whys. He volunteered to pet and feed them himself. He wasn’t scared or squeamish. He was a natural. He wanted to take one of the baby goats home, much to my amusement, but then changed his mind because we don’t have much grass in the lawn to feed one. Oh well. I hope his love for animals will be retained till he grows up.

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