8 Reasons Why Baguio Is The Ultimate City Of Dreams

Baguio is known for its exceptionally cold weather. But the weather alone is not enough to describe the mesmerizing beauty of the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

A boasting city enveloped in vast greeneries and lush mountains are dreamy as it can be. With its harmonious blend of convenience and tranquility, it’s hard to resist the urge to stay in Baguio City for good.

The Culture is So Alive

From the laid-back architecture to its cheerful vibe, the culture in Baguio is undoubtedly alive. Just last year, Baguio has been hailed as a “Creative City” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization {UNESCO} due to its unique crafts and artisanal finds.

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The rich culture in Baguio is celebrated in every part of the city. The Bencab Museum displaying indigenous art exhibits, and the Baguio Museum featuring the city’s history and cultural heritage. The restaurants are also teeming with the distinct Baguio charm. One of which is the Arcas Yard Cafe at Ambuklao which is a cafe, a mini-museum, and a library all at once. There’s also the Forest House Restaurant near Camp John Hay that serves the best steaks in the city, combined with a stunning ambiance of wooden interior and magnificent views.

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Encouraging Your Little Sports Fan

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wearing my red basketball jersey for our PreSchool Musical program last year

When it comes to sports teams, kids tend to follow family traditions. For example, if a family has a long history of rooting for the local professional baseball team, then children born into that family will usually get caught up in the fan mania as well. Parents who are also sports fans like to encourage their little ones to have as much team spirit as possible, and there are plenty of ways to inspire a love of the home team in your littlest fan.

Dress Them In The Proper Apparel

If you are an NFL family, then you should be investing in NFL baby clothes for your little ones. It is never too early to get a fan started on that lifelong journey with their team, and being seen in team apparel is a great way to help your little fan show some team spirit.

Take Them To A Game

A live sporting event can be a loud and lively event, which means that it is not ideal for the very young fans. But as your child gets a little older, you can create exciting memories by taking them to their first real game. When you get your little fan decked out in their own team gear and take them to see the team play in person, you are creating a day your child will never forget.

Dress Up Their Bedroom

A good place to allow your child to show their fan allegiance is in their bedroom. You can do something as simple as getting your child a set of bed sheets with the team’s logo and colors on them, or you can get involved in elaborate painting projects that turn their entire room into a fan’s dream. There are also large, removable decals you can get of your child’s favorite players that would look perfect on their bedroom walls.

Being a sports fan is usually something that children get directly from their families. A child might start to follow their parents’ favorite team, or it could be granddad’s favorite college football team that creates dreams for the little fan to follow. You can encourage your little fan to cheer on their team, and enjoy the up and down ride of being a true and passionate sports fan, by providing them with the tools they need to put their sports allegiance on display wherever they go.

Jared Quips

Mum + dad are not huge sports fans but we do enjoy watching a basketball game from time to time. They also recently bought me this cute basketball jersey, which I also wore for a school activity. I though being interested in sports is really cool. My fave at the moment is swimming + I cannot wait for my summer swimming class to start. I also enjoy a friendly game of basketball with my parents in our garage whenever we can + this year I am re-starting to learn how to bike +looking forward to use my new Avengers bike everyday!

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Empty Nest Renovations That Appeal to Nest Builders

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If you’re planning to renovate your empty nest to make it more accommodating to you in your senior years, there are projects you can do that will make your home a comfortable place for you and be an appealing selling feature should you decide to downsize in the future. Before beginning a project, it’s best to get advice and a quote from a home renovation expert.

Bathroom renovations

A curbless shower can make a bathroom more accessible for you if you have mobility problems. This type of shower, and what is being referred to as a shower room, are now popular design trends that are accommodating to seniors and appealing to young couples. Hands free, motion sensor faucets make life easier for someone with arthritis. They are also a trendy design element in a modern bathroom.

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4 Tips for Learning Chinese

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Do you dream of speaking fluent Chinese? Your fantasies can become reality a lot easier than you’d think. Here are just four tips for learning the Chinese language.

Use Mnemonic Devices

Instead of trying to remember lines and stroke orders for Chinese characters, take each one as its own separate picture. Create a story about it that connects it to its definition. For example, the character for “love” might be interpreted as a beating heart with multiple veins.

Enroll in Full Immersion Classes

Both you and your children can learn a lot from full immersion classes. Without the distractions of other languages, you’ll be free to both understand and appreciate the full complexities of Chinese. Click here to learn more about total immersion schools.

Group Vocabulary by Subject

Don’t try to learn words at random. Find something that interests you, like tea, nature or photography, and learn all the language that accompanies it. If you like sports, for example, you might learn the Chinese words for “ball,” “athlete” and “endurance.”

Practice, Practice, Practice

You’ll never become fluent if you only study once a week. Make it a point of reviewing your Chinese every single day, and don’t let a morning pass without adding at least one new word to your vocabulary. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to language absorption.

Whether you’re traveling to Shanghai or just looking to understand wuxia without subtitles, these are four simple tips for learning and retaining the Chinese language. Good luck!

Jared Quips

Learn a new language and get a new soul. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It must be really cool to learn another language. Chinese will prove to be a very practical one to learn as a lot of people speak this language, but I bet mum would really be thrilled if ever I decide to learn Frech or any of the Romance languages in the future.

What language would you like to learn soon?

image is by Stuart Miles from freedigitalphotos.net

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5 awesome valentine’s day gift ideas

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Can you believe how quickly time flies? We’re just about to bid goodbye to the first month of the year and embracing February, the love month. A lot of people are probably busy right now thinking of what thoughtful + special presents to give their loved ones come Valentine’s Day. If you’d ask me, toys will always be the best gift for little ones like me whatever the occasions may be, but that is just me, of course!

Here are a few awesome Valentine’s Day gifts most people will appreciate to receive on the most romantic season of all:

  1. Valentine’s Day gift baskets ~ a basket filled with beautiful stuff like bears, flowers, as well as with chocolates and special candies will definitely make any receiver’s heart flutter. I am sure anyone who receive this gift {the basket pictured above} will feel mostly special + loved.
  2. A Romantic Getaway ~ nothing will make someone feel more special than whisking her off to a beautiful destination for a quick Valentine’s Day getaway. There is probably a place she’s been planning to visit or a new attraction she would like to check out, Valentine’s Day is the best time to plan that trip or visit.
  3. Concert Tickets Valentine’s is also that time of year when there are loads of concerts being held everywhere. Perhaps his or her favorite artist is scheduled to play somewhere + bringing him or her to the show will most definitely a very great Valentine’s Day gift!
  4. A Day at the spa ~ our mums + dads work hard everyday, that is why giving them gift certificates to go to the spa on Valentine’s will be a great idea, + something that they will definitely like. I am sure they will thank you for the opportunity to rest + relax even just for a little while.
  5. A Dinner Cruise ~ i’ve asked mum a few times if we can go back to the cruise we went to a couple of years back, + am sure going back there on Valentine’s will really be romantic. Imagine the big blue sea in your midst, a string quartet playing beautiful love songs, the scenic sunset, delicious food, + the perfect company, a dinner aboard a ship has all the elements of a romantic date, which is just perfect for Valentine’s!

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