Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward | Reading & Children with Autism

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Working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders has changed my perspective on teaching, student engagement and patience.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) “are a cluster of developmental disorders  characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas.” (Symptoms of ASD can be found in the Autism Speaks Website  here.)
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…And Then There Was Me

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Design and the creative process: you can never separate these two. Both takes careful planning and tremendous amount of energy. Just ask anyone who creates and they will tell you that the process of creation is reward enough. For the artist, satisfaction is not only the end product but it’s also the “high” that accompanies the very act itself. Continue reading

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Photo Challenge: The Rule of Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center.

This photo was taken at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia Beach, Virginia USA last May 2014. Beauty was everywhere and everywhere was beauty!

I can still feel the crisp, morning air and remember the scents and sounds that came with just enjoying that moment. I’ve never seen such abundance of exploding colors, it hurt my eyes. Kudos to our Creator who made everything for our enjoyment.

The intricacy of every floral design as well as the woodwork of the trees, made me appreciate the joy that our Lord must have felt in the creative process.

It’s all good!

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Announcing March’s Blogging U. Offerings: Blogging 101 and Photo 101

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I woke up one day with the desire to write again. Maybe it’s a sign that this Blogging U. Offerings just came at the right time. Join the fun, it’s free and promises a lot of learnings for both blogging and photography! See you all at the Commons! XoXo

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We’re excited to offer two Blogging U. courses this March: Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Read on to learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register!

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Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20

Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build good blogging habits and blogger connections that will keep you going over the long haul.

You’ll walk away with a stronger focus for your blog, several published posts and a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends.

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Photography 101: A Photo a Day — March 2 –…

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5 Love Is…Quotes That Can Change Your Views On Marriage

When I was a young girl, I enjoyed clipping those adorable carton clips which featured couple Kim and Robert. Drawn by Kim Casali, a cartoonist from New Zealand in the 70’s, it never failed to make my younger version wonder: “why don’t they have any clothes?” or “what is true love?” Continue reading

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Praising God in Pain

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I am suffering from a very painful bout of shingles as I write. I plan to document the day to day struggles I am facing, as well as the tremendous expense of treatment for this infectious disease. Continue reading

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Just 7 Ways to be Content

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Growing older doesn’t necessarily mean growing wiser. But as I do, I learned more of being contented in my own skin, in my abilities and accepted my frailties with grace. Continue reading

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Love Him Who Deserves it Least – The Daily Positive

Love Him Who Deserves it Least – The Daily Positive.

Reblogging this for the New Year! I know that if there are still semblances of bitterness or unforgiveness as a carry over from 2013, today is just a waste.

Love Him Who Deserves it Least

This quote ends with the words “because that’s when he needs it most.” As we pass by the friends, family, and strangers who have either betrayed or offended us, let’s use this as an opportunity to fortify our ability to forgive.

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Let’s see these moments as a time to strengthen our skills of empathy and  to show authentic pity for their brokenness. Remember, we are all a result from, or a reaction to, the people we meet. Those who are hurting have just met some of the wrong folks.

In my years of dealing and leading difficult people, I have found 5 simple steps for loving those who are hard to love.
5 Steps for Loving the Unlovable: 

  1. Recognize Abuse & Brokenness – We must remember that hurt people, hurt people. These individuals have likely experienced abuse which has caused brokenness and pain.
  2. Don’t Reinforce Their Brokenness – As a broken person myself, it’s rare that I don’t recognize my own brokenness. Talk about their strengths. Broken people need less awareness, and more healing.
  3. Be Patient – Healing does not occur in a day. Broken people can be unpredictable, irrational, and frustrating. Limit your time with them, but when you are with them, be patient.
  4. Let Go – It’s not your job to control people. Know that when you enter the realm of a broken person, you are willingly meeting them where they’re at, not having them come to you. Relax, it’s their life, not yours.
  5. Forgive Them – Extend grace and forgive them even if they’re not sorry. These people are hurting and the experience of grace and forgiveness will only help them on their journey of healing.

What has helped you love broken people?

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Restaurant Review: Ramen Cool

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I first heard of Ramen Cool from my daughter Kat as this great place in Kapitolyo, Pasig City sometime this year. So my ever reliable and willing bff Rhycel and I decided to give it a try.

The place was packed with hungry families, a few dating couples and groups of officemates when we arrived. Be prepared to park on the street beside the restaurant because their parking space is suitable for just a very few cars. The guard was very helpful, taking the time to show us where we can safely park. I realized that this small area in Kapitolyo, Pasig is fast becoming a favorite dining spot for people living near and for those who just want a different and new food experience.

The interior of the place is cozy and welcoming. A bunch of Japanese pop paintings on the wall and an LCD screen playing music at the background completed the decor. In one corner was a nice painting of Sakura flowers which I appreciated and that’s where we seated ourselves.

Japanese Pop Art

Japanese Pop Art

The menu was presented simply and it was surprising that the prices were affordable. Some dishes can be shared by two people: either both women who are not famished, on a partial food diet, an adult with a child or an adult male and female on a date. For two, normal and hungry couples, forget sharing and order individually.

Eye catching menu.

Eye catching menu.

The Verdict:

Sukiyaki  

(Php 230)

The serving size was good for 2-3 people and it was served hot with the usual raw egg. The beef slices were plenty and the soup was, (thank goodness) not that sweet, unlike other Sukiyaki versions I’ve tasted. They didn’t go overboard with the sweetness and the soup was tasty! There were a lot of mushrooms and big white onions plus the vermicelli was cooked just right. The food server was courteous enough to ask us if we want her to mix the egg for us and for weakness due to hunger, we readily said “yes,please!”

Sukiyaki overload!

Sukiyaki overload!

Tuna Spicy Mayo

I was looking for something other than California Maki and found this! I loved the sauce that accompanied it. The mayo was combined with the Togarashi and a bit of Kikkoman  for a spicy sauce that you can dip the maki in. There’s still the wasabi to reckon with so just imagine the kick that all of these spices does to your senses! ( Calling the fire station…)

Maki + Mayo + Togarashi = wow!

Maki + Mayo + Togarashi = wow!

Cold Noodles (Hiyashi Chuka) (Php 190)

I’m fond of cold noodles and if you haven’t tried it before, now would be the time to try it. Ramen Cool’s Hiyashi Chuka uses yellow egg noodles and not the green ones that I prefer in other Japanese restaurants. The dipping sauce (as I call it) often accompanies the dish and yes, you just dip the cold noodles in and yum!

Cold noodles with kani sticks and tomatoes. Image courtesy of foodspotting

Cold noodles with kani sticks, egg strips and tomatoes.
Image courtesy of foodspotting

House Tea (FREE!)

I love their house tea simply because of the container. I like that the temperature is just right and the double walled tumbler makes sure that it stays that way. Though not as good as the roasted house tea of Shinjuku Ramen House in Makati Avenue, still, it’s free and refillable and helps my tastebud appreciate all the different flavors of the food. Aids in digestion, too!

House Tea

House Tea

The food personnel of the restaurant are all courteous although I have to get their attention a couple of times before they came to the table.  I don’t know if they are understaffed but I do love a restaurant that is at the beck and call of their customers, don’t you? But overall, it was a great gastronomic experience for us. The food was affordable, the place is clean and it’s now on my list of favorite ramen places!

KAMPAI!

Ramen Cool is located at:

25 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo Pasig

(02) 636-0972
Business Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Get directions HERE

Accepts cash and credit card.                    Parking: limited                      Delivery Service:  None

Children Friendly: Yes                                  Pets: Not Yet

Ramen Cool Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars!

Ramen Cool Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars!
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Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

To write a story is hard…to do an exceptional way of doing it takes a lot of talent and practice. Pixar started out as an animation studio and became the most interesting storyteller of our generation. From the first Toy Story, their films got better and better. My personal favorites are of course Finding Nemo and the Incredibles.

These set of rules are by far, the most innovative.  It makes you rethink how you could write a better story with unforgettable characters who have a lot of flaws, yet came out as winners in the end. Rule #12 says it well:

"Discount the first thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th get the 
obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself."

Yes, there’s still a lot of plus points for those much needed happy endings and ever afters.

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