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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Busy Proud Mom

I have been erratically busy lately.  I am juggling work, doing thesis in graduate school, attending seminar for my real estate passion and on top of that are doing my duties as a mom and wife, not to mention real estate clients who tests my patience sometimes:-).   Pretty hectic right?

Yes, I'm juggling lots of tasks because time allows it and I need to accomplish all of these.  I hope I can hurdle everything and accomplish my goals so that I can slow down with my schedule and hopefully focus more with my little one who at her age, really needs  my attention.

Aside from that, I want to give more attention with my real estate site that focuses on selling low cost houses, middle cost houses, high end houses in different subdivisions in Davao City, including rentals and assume of properties.

I'm hoping everything will be accomplished as planned, in God's grace and divine providence.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Preparing K's 5th Birthday Celebration

Our little K will be celebrating her 5th birthday on the 29th of this month.  Initially, we planned on celebrating her birthday at McDonalds just like last year.  However, she wanted to celebrate her birthday with her classmates at school.

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K's 5th birthday tarpaulin made by hubby
We have communicated the coordinator for Kindergarten in her school and told her about our plan.  She toured us the Kindergarten place and showed us where we can hold K's birthday party.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How To Care For Your Children If You Die

No one wants to contemplate their own death. However, while death may seem like a remote possibility, especially if you’re young, you owe it to your children to make provision for the unthinkable. This isn’t an onerous process, and it will make sure that your children are taken care of properly in the event you meet an untimely demise.

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The first place to start is by making sure that you have an up-to-date will. This will make sure that your wishes are completely clear when it comes to your children, and will also ensure that your property is managed appropriately for them. Making out a will is not difficult – and in fact you can do this by yourself – but it is highly advisable to consult a lawyer, so that the will is ironclad and covers all eventualities.

Next, you need to choose a guardian for your children – who do you want to look after them if you die? Of course, this may be your spouse, but what would happen if both of you were to die together in an accident? In this case, you need to make sure that there is someone else who is prepared to take on the role. This might be your parents, but you need to ask yourself if they have the energy to do this, especially if they’re getting on in years. Another idea here is to choose your best friend or another close relative. Whoever you do decide on, you need to have a serious discussion with them first, and need to get their agreement before naming them as your child’s legal guardian in your will.

Another very good idea is to make arrangements for your funeral in the event that you die. Not only will this ensure that you get the type of funeral that you want, it will also make sure that the cost of this does not come out of insurance money that should be used to look after your children. It also allows you to control the amount of money spent on your funeral, as grieving families often overcompensate by spending too much. Making funeral arrangements in advance is also relatively easy, and can be done by contacting a funeral home such as the American Cremation & Casket Alliance.

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Finally, you need to think about who is going to look after your property until your children are old enough to take charge of it themselves – this person is known as your property manager. You can choose your child’s guardian, but you also have the option of naming someone else in your will to carry out this duty. If you do this, your child’s guardian will still bring up your children, but the property manager will look after your estate on their behalf. It is also important to avoid leaving your assets directly to your children, since if you do this the courts will assign a property manager anyway – and you will have no control over who this is.


Bucket List / Goals

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1. Be able to achieve 6 months equivalent salary for our EMERGENCY FUND.
2. Pay off our housing loan (so that no matter what will happen, our house is safe from foreclosure).
3.  Invest in stock market.
4. Set up our own business (food business, laundry, poultry farm)
5. Put up a rental income like an apartment, boarding house (passive income for retirement).
6. Invest in rice production (so that we do not need to buy rice for our own consumption)
7. Improve our house - (concrete fence, extend the front and back, and have 2nd floor if possible)
8. Pay off R's and my St. Peter Plan amortization.
9. Go to Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River
10. Go to Pearl Farm
11. Go to Maragusan
12. Go to Boracay.
13. Travel to Palawan.
14. Travel to Tagaytay. (done: April 30-May 2 2014)

15. Travel to Baguio. (done: May 4-6, 2014)
16.Travel to HongKong Disneyland with lil K and have a side trip in Macau.
17. Travel to Singapore and Malaysia.
18. Travel to Thailand and Cambodia.
19. Travel to Paris.
20. Travel to Italy and Rome.
21. Own a lil car - either a picanto or honda fit will do.
22. Own a DSLR camera.
23. Retire comfortably at 50.
24. Earn at least 100k per year in blogging and online business.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pediatrician Check-up for Colds and Cough

Keona's persistent cough has been going on for several days now.  I think it is almost 3 weeks now that she has a cough.  I already gave her ambroxol but it just disappear for around 1 day and it comes back.

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For home remedy, I gave her lemon juice and mixed with honey as a sweetener but  her cough is very persistent. So hubby, grandma and I brought her to her pediatrician today, Dra. Adolfo at the Ricardo Limso Hospital.

The doctor checked on her and said that if cough is persistent after 10 days, then she needs antibacterial medication.  

Her medication consist of:

Erithromycin (Zenith/suspension) - 20 ml - 4.5 ml once a day to be taken 2 hours after meal for 3 days - (Antibiotic-only raken for 3 days but it is good for 10 days)

Lorztadine + phenylphrine (Loraped) - 3ml once a day for 7 days (For sneezing)

Nace (Salinase Nasal Drops) - 2-3 drops to each nostril - 3x a day

That's all her medication. I hope her cough will be gone or else we'll have to undergo an X-ray.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Does Your Baby Have Autism?

Whether or not your baby has autism is a question that probably hasn’t crossed your mind – and don’t worry, they probably don’t. However, autism rates are on the rise, so it’s a good idea to know what the early signs are. This is really important, since starting therapy early has been shown to improve the quality of life for autistic children. It’s a question that you probably don’t want to ask, but you owe it to your child to be on the lookout.

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Most babies will smile back at you if you smile at them, and if you bend over their cot, the chances are that they will reach out to you to be picked up. On the other hand, autistic babies often don’t respond in this way – they have trouble relating to other people’s emotions, and therefore don’t behave in the same way that other infants do. This is one of the earliest autism signs to look out for, and if you are concerned you should talk to your pediatrician.

As your baby starts to get a little bit older, there is nothing more exciting than hearing their first words. Normally, they have started to make baby talk by the time they are 12 months old, and have spoken their first real words by the time they reach 18 months. However, language development in autistic children can be delayed – and some children with severe cases are never able to speak – so this is another sign you should look out for. Don’t get too concerned early on, since babies develop at different rates. However, if there is no sign of speech by 18 months, you should probably have it checked out.

There are other signs to look out for, including as your baby becomes a toddler. For instance, if they don’t play normally with other children, this may be a sign that something is wrong. Also, it’s normal for babies and children to imitate your gestures – and if they don’t, then this too might indicate that they have some sort of autistic disorder.

If you do discover that your child has autism, then don’t despair. Many children with autism grow up to live relatively normal and productive lives. One thing that seems to be key is to start treatment early – as just mentioned – and to tailor the treatment to a child’s specific needs. The symptoms and severity of autism vary widely between children, and so many treatment centers use autism therapy management software to help them track the progress of each child and plan targeted therapy – so that they have the best opportunity to develop.

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Finally, remember that autistic children often don’t respond to the same things that other children do. For instance, many of them don’t like strange things – and get upset when things change. So, while it would seem unfair for a child without autism, many children with the condition respond better to a highly structured and regimented routine. Also, some autistic children behave in extreme ways, and you will need help to learn how to deal with this. 
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