my expomom adventure

that saturday afternoon, we trooped to rockwell tent to see what’s in store for us at the expo mom bazaar. popular shops are present like mama.baby.love, earth & me, tot couture, funky findz and stork studio, to name a few. there is also lassig bags, firefly toothbrush, cycles & cradle, and learning is fun booths.
i’ve been looking forward to this visit since i made a purchase from indigo baby earlier, it’s an earth diaper bag in blue animal. a funky bag to replace our good old, worn and used diaper bag. this one has 8 pockets to stow all of jared’s travel essential and it has enough room for mummy’s things and for other stuffs for when we go shopping. plus indigo baby agreed to bring this to the expo instead of having it shipped (i saved on courier cost which if you are residing my side of town, will burn almost a hundred in your pocket!) so i am so excited! but turned out they left my order in their shop and if i can wait until 6pm for it. trouble is we can’t stay longer because jared is a little bit under the weather that day due to colds! so i guess, with much regret, that i just have to wait for my stuff in the mail (they’ve been kind enough to shoulder the shipping expense since it’s their fault anyway, many thanks for that!) sigh!
i wasn’t able to take photos of the lovely booths and the cozy rockwell tent cause i was busy scanning booth after booth for a great find and, yes, running after my tot, simultaneously, the entire time.
i took photos of the stuff we brought home, though, go take a look:
i was inked by expomom! (in lieu of the actual event footage!hehe!)
jared’s haul for the day: some nice shirts and a polo/shorts terno: all priced at less than 500php! 
an early christmas shopping for my little one:)
i took home these freebies from cycles and cradle simply by answering a survey!yay!
i’ve been using cycles on jared’s laundry since day one and what joy it is to have some for free
i bought one of these to try out…been meaning to buy an anti-mosquito product for a while now, see if you live amidst the trees and the plants and a stone’s throw away from the rice fields, mosquitoes visit aplenty and a mum’s just got to be ready, right? (heck, why am i rhyming??)
got this freebie: a back issue of momstoday:) 
been on the hunt for this particular magazine, 
not available in booksale where i buy my smartparenting copy
not even in waltermart or puregold
glad to finally find it!
and i have to buy the latest ish, haven’t i?:) 
so i won’t have a hard time looking for one, again.
must rush my subscription, i guess?
all in all, it was quite an experience, although i guess there are only quite a handful of shops available plus the lack of activities did not add up to their advantage (there is a raffle draw each hour, though), or was it only because i left too soon?
i’d love to hear your expo mom story
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an email on baby sign language and early childhood education

i received this email a couple of days back:
and in response i am posting her article her for the benefit of other mums out there. feel free to email me for your questions and clarifications.  

Talk to your Baby without Words

A crying baby is a sound that many people would agree, sends a chill down their spine, and you never want to hear.  Parents these days are so dedicated to their children, and their needs, so they never have to hear that cry.  Luckily, a new trend is helping parents to decipher what a certain cry means, no it is not a machine or pulse-checking test.  It is teaching them sign language in an attempt to start communicating even before their first words.   Teaching children this young, can be beneficial in numerous ways.

A Jump Start

The ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways and languages to the widest possible audience is a great way to stay ahead and ensure a decent standard of living in our suffering economic state.  This is not limited to speaking different languages but also non-verbal communication: signing.

However, the shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language that has led to more career opportunities is dwindling– and if current trends continue, it’s likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply.

Connecting with your Child
 
The benefits of early childhood education through signing are endless.  In addition to giving kids a way to communicate, it also provides them with an opportunity to form a bond with their parent(s).  The hope is that eventually it will become know as one of the “firsts” that no parent wants to miss, such as the first time they walked or their first tooth.  Signing is likely to allow communication much earlier than verbally.  It creates a closeness that will allow parents to be more in sync with their child’s thoughts and needs.

“Ma-ma”, “Da-da”, or Silence

The toddler years and beyond – ages 2 to five –are an ample time to educate children in different modes of communication and language because of their brain development course. This goes beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well.
American Indian nations have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate. Therefore it is not as strange as one would think.

In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. An article published in the Boulder Daily Camera in 2003 presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:

            “…by 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
            can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
            can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
            frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
            before they know how to talk.” (Glarion, 2003)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are also referred to by the author, demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age whether at day care or at home, actually develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that “using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration…[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music” (Glarion, 2003).

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas

Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the network of Austin day care facilities belonging to the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose day care schools.  Primrose Schools are located in 16 states throughout the U.S. and are dedicated to delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum throughout their preschools.

i would love to teach jared sign language only if he is old enough to learn it, that is right after he speaks his fluent gibberish, right?
what are your thought? let me know, drop a line at vixenp33@gmail.com
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join the PMAP and SEAIR Search for the High Flyers!

i was fortunate enough to attend the recently concluded presscon of pmap for their high flyers video making contest. 
what is pmap?
The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) is a fifty year old national association of top HR practitioners in the country.  With about 1,800 member companies, PMAP helps institutions mold an enlightened, competent, socially responsible and influential sector of people managers who can effectively participate in nation-building.
the advocacy:
pmap, thru studies and research, identified three behavioral competencies which will enable college students to land the job of their dreams once they graduated. these behavioral competencies are: initiative, communication skills and critical thinking.
the video-making contest:
the high flyers video making contest is open to all currently enrolled college students and is a fun and interactive way of spreading this advocacy further
To create a high level of awareness, PMAP has partnered with Dingdong Dantes as the campaigns’ official endorser. 
the mechanics: 
you can download a high resolution version from pmap high flyers’ facebook page
prizes awaiting the high flyers are as follows: 
the Grand Winner will receive:
(1) A BARKADA TRIP FOR FIVE TO BORACAY WITH ACCOMMODATION VIA SEA AIR
(2) A SPECIAL FOUNDATION IN CULINARY ARTS CLASS FROM GLOBAL CITY INNOVATIVE COLLEGE
(3) A roundtrip airfare to Singapore to be given to the school of the winning group
(4) AND MANY MORE EXCITING PRIZES!!!
*All Top Ten finalists will receive prizes from our sponsors. 
for more info just check out pmap high flyers’ page on facebook.
 
it will be a dream come true for me if jared will possess initiative, communication skills and critical thinking to be a high flyer not just in school but in the game of life.
thanks to blogger friend vance, of purpleplumfairy, and richard mamuyac for the invite. here’s to more blogging event in the future!

note: will be posting some photos later when blogger allows me!


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meet me on monday: 24th edition

Questions:

1.  What is your favorite way to eat chicken?
2.  Have you decorated for Christmas yet?
3.  What is your favorite article of clothing?
4.  Do you pay your bills online or write checks the old way?
5.  Do you make Christmas cookies?

my answers:

1.  i love it fried and crunchy and yes i eat the skin, by my favorite way of eating chicken is pininyahang manok (that’s chicken with pineapple chunks and milk, my mom’s recipe is the best!)



2.  yup, check it here. i still have to buy some more decorations to make it look more festive and yes, i haven’t found a star or an angel to place on top of it….


3.  my favorite article of clothing?hmm, let me see, i am usually clad in my shirt and shorts cause i’m usually just at home taking care of jared and doing the household chores. but i must say i love my gray shorts by far, saves me the trouble of wearing jeans (which i must admit are a tad tighter now that i am continously gaining weight and getting bigger in the midsection!darn!) and very comfy too. fits a mum who has to dash every few seconds to follow her toddling little boy! but unfortunately i do not have a nice photo of it to share, in my future posts perhaps.
4.  neither, i pay bills in cash and do it the long, old fashioned, inconvenient way. each bill payment day i would drag myself (with jared in tow, or lest nag someone else to do it for me!) to the nearest shopping center and pay it manually, pathetic, i know but gives me peace of mind doing it that way. am afraid of way too many hackers giving a go at my online account!!


5.  if i could, i definitely would in lavish christmas shapes my son will totally love. one day soon, i will learn how to bake biscuits and more…any tips for budding cooks like me?

note: thanks a bunch google for the cute photos:)

my take on this week’s meet me on monday, now it’s your turn.
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