posted by Jennie on Apr 10

From a chilly 20 degree Celsius weather from when 2014 began to a sudden spike of 30° in just a few days. That’s basically what happened as March came to a close. While we did enjoy the cooler weather longer than we were used to in the past years, the sudden wave of heat was definitely unwelcome as it simultaneously sent us three to sick la-la-land.

22 degree weather january 16 31 degree weather

Left: January 16 weather vs. Right: March 29 weather. Not exactly a few days apart, all right. But weather was for the most party chilly before it suddenly jumped to 30.

Ever since the sudden spike of weather, I suffered a 2-week long migraine, the hubby, cough and my son a week-long fever, which was diagnosed as viral. Thank God, migraine finally left me alone but my head would still occasionally do its all-too-familiar thumping that usually preludes to migraine when the weather would do a sudden spike there again. But it wasn’t as bad as that 2-week thing and haven’t gone full blast again since.  Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Mar 31

When our family had a sneak peek of The Mind Museum through the Space Shell dome that was installed in the activity area of Market! Market! Mall in 2010, during its online fundraising campaign launch, we already were quite thrilled for our son as we knew that it will be established in time when our son will fully appreciate Science museums and the like.  Our then 5 year old son was already heavily reading through his Science Library collection at that time.

Mind Museum

The above picture is one of the collages of our recent visit to the Mind Museum. We went with Jed’s cousin, Shane and the kids cannot be more thrilled! We haven’t even left the museum and they already want to go back. We will be back for sure before the summer break ends. My son learned how to take fingerprints through the sneak of one of The Mind Museum’s program, CSI 101. With our now 8 year old son loving the Hardy Boys series, I can only imagine the excitement. He is our little explorer who loves to solve mysteries. :-)

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posted by Jennie on Mar 27

A very inquisitive kiddo, that’s the hubby and I have ever since our son learned to talk, for sure. Can you imagine the refreshing change this is for me that I have come across Ask Diego Facebook page earlier this week, the page features a kiddo answering random questions. :-)

ask diego

7 year old Diego

Ask Diego

And the wee bit kiddo responds quite rationally too. :-)

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posted by Jeff on Mar 21

Wow, am I excited for our family to go and celebrate with Mind Museum as they celebrate its second year! When my wife expressed earlier this week that we visit to a kid’s museum in Roxas Boulevard this weekend, I thought silently, “how about Mind Museum?” Because I got to see that when I dropped by Mensa’s last annual gathering which was held at the garden beside Mind Museum.

inside Mind Museum

So when my wife got an invitation to Mind Museum’s second year celebration, we both got excited. I was even more happy when she exclaimed that God is so great to have us go to Mind Museum instead of the other place she first thought of, and we get to take our son and his cousin. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jed on Mar 21

As Mama was choosing from the handful of books that were available for her to review, she asked me if there was a book that interests me. I super love the “No Cape Required” eBook my Papa requested for me from Thomas Nelson, and I am using it to this day during my Devotion time. The Safe Lands Captives by Jill Williamson sounded interesting judging from its book description.

The Safe Lands Captives

Book Description:

One choice could destroy them all.

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many—including his fiancée, Jem—taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls.

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

When I first started reading the book, I was quite confused about the story. There was a girl named Ciddah mentioned in the Prologue. Then as it shifted to the first chapter suddenly the story was about a boy named Mason. Then there was this talk about who’s going to marry who. Then Mason’s younger brother, Omar, was missing and probably went to the Safe Lands.

After a couple of weeks of not reading Captives, I went back to reading and actually started to appreciate the story. I like the part that Mason was hired as a Level 2 Medic of the Safe Lands. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Mar 21

Imagine this: You had an exhausting day at school and you can’t wait to get home and rest. On your way home, the weather was unpredictable and the pollution in the streets was horrible. As you enter your room, you realize that it is not as spotless as you hoped it was. You come in to the kitchen to find good food, but you find nothing on the dining table. You had a draining day and the last thing you would want to do is take care of the household chores.

Electrolux Design Lab

As you let out a weary sigh, you realize that your home appliances can take care of all these. You see the MAB cleaner scanning your house and deploying its flying mini-robots to the areas in need of cleaning. Meanwhile, an Atonium 3D Food Printer has determined your nutritional needs and is working on a healthy meal for you. At the same time, the Breathing Wall started to purify the air while recreating an environment that will help you relive a happy memory. Imagine this futuristic scenario made possible by you.

This advanced home is the brainchild of the top three winners at last year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition.

Electrolux Design Lab 2014

This year, Electrolux, a global leader in household appliances, partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, and University of the East-Caloocan to give design students a chance to create a thoughtful, modern home for the rest of the world to enjoy.

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posted by Jennie on Mar 20

Martha Peace’s The Excellent Wife is a highly recommended book that was used in the bible study course I enrolled in November of last year. It was a 60-day course but I finished it in give or take 90 days. Go figure! Haha! My ever opinionated heart initially resisted some of its teachings but the Lord continued to spoke through it in my heart even as biblical truths were essentially chopped through the course. In bits and pieces, I got to chew on them and I progressed to find the teachings more tasteful as I went on. I love it!

Click on the above Amazon link to purchase the Kindle version of The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. :-)

What’s making me thrilled all the more is I get to enjoy this book all over again with a few beautiful ladies from church as we jumpstart with our little small group time that we squeeze in every midweek.

Book Description:
Here is a scripturally based blueprint for the woman who truly desires to be the wife God intended her to be. This book is based on Proverbs 31:10: An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.” Thousands of women have already discovered the worth of this volume and testify to lives and marriages changed because of a commitment to the principles presented here. If this is a commitment you have made, or want to make, The Excellent Wife answers the difficult questions facing you today.