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Outdoor with Indoor Party Option


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By: Elena Grace Flores

"Barbie Princess Party"
“Barbie Princess Party” (Photo credit: Treasures and Tiaras Kids Parties)

Knowing that November is a rainy month, I was already speculating a combination of indoor and outdoor party for our upcoming Princess Party for my grand daughter’s birthday. Little do I know that a strong typhoon might threaten the said party. Glad to read this article for some more ideas and precautionary measures:

Rainy Day Solutions for Outdoor Parties

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The lawn is freshly mown, the deck is draped with balloons and thefolding tables are perfectly arranged when, suddenly, the clouds come rolling in, threatening to wash out your party before it ever begins. Anyone who has ever planned an outdoor event knows the dread of such a scene. It doesn’t matter if you micro-manage every little detail, the one thing you can’t control is the weather.  http://kidsparties.about.com/od/partyplanningessentials/a/Rainy-Day-Solutions-For-Outdoor-Parties.htm



However, since we started preparing since a month ago, the only problem I saw is the fighting spirit of the invited guests – to still make it to the party or not. So, I gathered at least 15 kids in the neighborhood and got confirmations from their parents to attend despite the typhoon. Good thing, they are only steps away from the house. Never get discouraged with bad weather. The important thing is to be able to gather people who care and make the birthday girl happy!


 

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How to Prepare for the Strong Typhoon?


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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bohol - Chocolate Hills
Bohol – Chocolate Hills (Photo credit: Erick ))

Due to to recent disasters that the Philippines went through like the earthquake of Bohol and Cebu, the government sector in charge of calamity preparedness already made their plans known for the expected coming of typhoon Yolanda to the Eastern Visayas region. Read this news in full:

Bicol, Eastern Visayas to prepare for possible super typhoon

By: AMANDA FERNANDEZ

Disaster preparednessofficials in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions are now preparing for the possible super typhoon that could hit several provinces in their areas on Thursday. In a phone interview with GMA News Online on Tuesday, Jessan Adornado, Bicol’s Office of Civil Defense’s public information officer, http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/334046/news/regions/bicol-eastern-visayas-to-prepare-for-possible-super-typhoon



Immediate evacuation is needed for landslide-prone areas above all. I hope this time, people will see the advantage of preparing for the worst things to happen – rather than just wait and see. Remember that even if you are ready to go, the ones left behind will not have peace of mind knowing that someone, few or many were buried alive.


 

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The Janet Napoles Saga


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By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
English: Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I heard over the radio that the most awaited interrogation of Janet Lim Napoles, a Filipino businesswoman who allegedly masterminded the 100 billion pork barrel scam happened just recently – and the outspoken Senator, Miriam Defensor Santiago, has done her best to squeeze Napoles out for some juices but she continually invoked her right to self incrimination by keeping mum about the allegations. Should she confess? Read this blog:

A call for Napoles to start her confession

by: quierosaber

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has recently suggested that Janet Lim-Napoles should start confessing truthfully everything she knows about the controversial P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, in view of the supposed threat on her life due to her knowledge on the alleged involvement of powerful people. http://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/a-call-for-napoles-to-start-her-confession/



Now I understand why she went to the trial without a lawyer. This is some sort of strategy to delay or even avoid the process. Nevertheless, she can’t still sleep at night and her fluctuating heart beat and blood pressure continue. Is this not enough torture? Maybe not for splurging the money owned by the impoverished Filipino tax payers – but what can we expect to come out from this? Any views?


 

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The Philippine Government’s Flood Management Plan for Metro Manila


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By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Flooded waters during the height of T...
English: Flooded waters during the height of Typhoon Ketsana / Ondoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You might be asking – what is the government doing with the flood problems in Metro Manila? So, I think that it is best to post something on this subject and I was lucky to come across with this comprehensive plan initiated by DPWH or Department of Public Works and Highways. Read this report:

DPWH report: Flood management master plan for

Metro Manila and surrounding areas

by: http://www.gov.ph

After the flood events brought about by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in September and October 2009, respectively, that caused severe damage in Metro Manila and surrounding areas, the World Bank has provided a technical grant in the amount of $1.5 million under the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Trust Fund of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). http://www.gov.ph/2013/06/19/dpwh-report-flood-management-master-plan-for-metro-manila-and-surrounding-areas/



Comprehensive as it may seem, most plan of actions herein are very general and they normally involve the participation of community residents. It got me thinking that when you have the slightest flood problem in your area – and no one is responsible enough to do something about it, it is your duty to report it to authorities. This is because – according to PD 1067 or the Water Code of the Philippines, all bodies of water belong to the government and it is their duty to manage it  using taxes or the People’s money.

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Hire a Maid to Ease your Burden and Not the Other Way Around


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By: Elena Grace Flores

MAID @ AKIBA
MAID @ AKIBA (Photo credit: MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・))

Hiring a maid can make your life complicated if you are not careful. Instead of minimizing your tasks, sometimes they can be doubled if you hire the wrong one. It’s strongly advised to hire a maid right from the very start especially if you have a baby or children in the house. The advises in this article are golden and will not easily fade away. Read this and hire a maid who is a big help:

Choosing a live-in maid

by: http://www.babycenter.in

How do I choose a live-in maid?

Hiring a full-time help can be a big bonus as this will provide you much needed extra help as well as allow you some time off. However, before you hire a maid, either part-time or live-in, you need to consider a few things. Do you really need a live in maid? What will be her role? http://www.babycenter.in/a1023990/choosing-a-live-in-maid



If you hire a maid who will live with you, the more that you should be cautious in selecting one. Remember that the maid you choose will be part of your family and not just a mere employee. Personal matter cannot be hidden from this person so, it is best to observe her qualities before you seal the deal. Implement the guidelines now and you won’t be sorry.

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