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  • Are They Brave Enough?
    on May 14, 2012 in breastfeeding
    I breastfed Isabelle for 1 1/2 years, Ilysse for 3 1/2 years, and am still breastfeeding Mio at 2. Wanted to wean him but with the controversial TIME magazine article on breastfeeding entitled, "Are You Mom Enough?", which elicited more negative reac...
  • Happy Proud Mother's Day!
    on May 12, 2012 in Values family
    Isabelle is turning 10 this December, Ilysse is celebrating her 7th birthday this August, and Romeo just turned 2. While the world over is exhorting a mother's undying devotion and love to their children, I would like to celebrate this day by express...
  • An Unforgettable Time in Guimaras
    on May 5, 2012 in country family Education
    We had a very lovely trip to Guimaras. Guimaras is a province near Iloilo. Since we visited my cousins in Iloilo, they took us to the beach where we went swimming and we ate very yummy food like fish and rice. After that, we went island hopping to th...
  • Those Dreaded Nights
    on Apr 11, 2012 in Health Homeopathy
    I was surprised when Ilysse called me at 3 in the afternoon today. She told me she was having a tummy ache and hasn't eaten anything for lunch. When I left in the morning, she complained of a tummy ache but told her that she might just be hungry beca...
  • How Words Can Change Your Life-Isabelle's First PostDid you know that words can change your life?Studies show that positive or negative words can change your life.Saying positive words can make your life a happy one.When you are mad,try to calm down.You might say things that you don't mean.Bye, and ha...
  • Oblivious to Brand
    on Mar 31, 2012 in Values
    There is one thing that I want my children to learn in this age of unrestrained consumerism and that is detachment from all things material and superficial. I know the difficulty that lies ahead in teaching this value. Children are bombarded with all...
  • The Cough Syrup Scare and Bacteria-Infested Leaves
    on Mar 24, 2012 in Health Natural Medication
    (Taken from the Solmux Ad)On 21 February 2012, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that a 7-year old dies after taking cough syrup. It was reported that Niel John Picoc was given a three-fourths teaspoon of a generic cough syrup when he suffered a...
  • Another Natural Remedy for the Entire Family
    on Jan 22, 2012 in Natural Medication
    I discovered last year a natural remedy that can ease body pains, alleviate sinus problems, and even cure the flu. They call it the nuero-muscular therapy at the AANI Herbal Center at the Quezon City Circle. It is a form of massage that uses the fing...
  • We've Gone Raw
    on Nov 12, 2011
    [oldredbarnco.com]It has been a while. The last post I had was in December 2009. So many things have happened since then. I became emboldened to write again because just before going to bed this evening, Isabelle asked me to write again. She complain...
  • A Grateful Heart
    on Dec 31, 2009
    My heart is filled with gratitude for the year that was, the year that gave me sorrow dampened by unexpected joys, tears uncovered with smiles, and despair amidst hope. It was indeed a year of miracles and I start 2010 with a list of five of the thin...
  • June 18, 2001 and June 18, 2009: A Destiny Fulfilled
    on Jun 30, 2009 in "Me" Time
    I have always believed in destiny and how it strings together lives that are once separated and even broken. That was what happened in June 18, 2001. I got married to my destiny.Fast forward to an afternoon in June 18, 2009. I was anxiously hurrying...
  • Aspartame in Sipahh Milk Flavoring Straws? Believe It!
    on Jun 2, 2009 in Values Nutrition
    Here comes another product in the market fraudulently claiming to be healthy and good for kids. The advertisements shown around Metro Manila pictures a caucasian kid sipping milk with Sipahh, a milk flavoring straw that comes in four flavors, chocola...
  • To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
    on Apr 30, 2009 in Health
    In light of the worldwide fear created by the emergence of the swine flu, the efficacy, safety, and benefit of vaccines to counter such disease, or any other disease,for that matter, are again subject of much debate.Closer to home, the safety of vacc...
  • The Amazing Cure
    on Mar 21, 2009 in Natural Medication
    Isabelle's eczema took a turn for the worst after Christmas. I am attributing it to the sudden cold,cold weather around January (which is the exact opposite to the very, very hot summer weather in the Philippines right now). The eczema that was limit...
  • A Prayer to Start My Children's Day
    on Jan 30, 2009 in Faith
    I want to share a short but very beautiful prayer that I got from Joel Osteen's book, Your Best Life Now, which I pray out loud to Isabelle and Ilysse, every single day before they go to school or before they start their day."Father, You promise
  • Boosting Your Child's Brain
    on Jan 13, 2009 in Health Nutrition
    A favorite author of mine, Patrick Holford, is a leading authority on nutrition and mental health. Among the more than twenty health books he has authored, I have his Six Weeks to Super Health, Food is Better Medicine Than Drugs, and Optimum Nutritio...
  • New Year, New Post, and Hopefully, More in the Coming Days and MonthsAP Photo/Aaron FavilaWhen I created this blog. I rediscovered my passion for writing, especially about people and things I am passionate about. But, due to unavoidable circumstances, I had to put this on hold until I just could not find the momentum...
  • Teaching Children Honesty In These Dishonest Times
    on Oct 22, 2008 in Values Education
    Just yesterday, Ilysse overheard me and my mom talk about the Php 6.9 million caught by the Russian government from a retired comptroller of the Philippine National Police, Eliseo De La Paz and our acerbic remarks on the incident. I think she became...
  • Cow's Milk - Is it really safe for human consumption?
    on Oct 19, 2008 in Nutrition
    Isabelle's chronic eczema was a result of her ingesting cow's milk, either fresh or powdered since she weaned from me. Ilysse recently started having rashes which we believe was due to her daily intake of a glass or two of powdered cow's mi
  • Children, Visualization, and the Chihuahua
    on Oct 9, 2008 in Health Hobbies and Activities
    I recently bought my daugthers, Isabelle and Ilysse, the book, "More Nigthlights, Stories for You to Read to Your Child To Encourage Calm, Confidence and Creativity" by Anne Civardi, Joyce Dunbar, Kate Petty, and Karen Wallace with an introducti