Friday, April 19, 2019

The Benefits of Private Schools

Choosing the school your children will attend is a big decision. What are the teachers and administrators like? What is the curriculum? What kind of extracurriculars do they offer? These are all questions to consider, so keep an open mind and possibly look into private schools as an option. Here are some of the benefits of a private school education Tampa Florida.

Smaller Class Sizes
Private schools generally have fewer attendees than other schools. This prevents students from getting lost in the crowd. If a child has trouble socializing with their classmates or speaking up in class, a smaller class size might be less intimidating for them. Teachers can also spend more time individually with each student. They would take note of any child struggling and be sure to encourage them to participate during class discussion.

Personalized Education
Every child deserves the same amount of attention and care, but sometimes it takes the right kind of attention and care. Private schools will not let any student fall through the cracks. Teachers and administrators are more than willing to take more time outside of the classroom for those students who need extra guidance and one-on-one teaching to grasp the material. With the help and support from their teachers and family and the student's commitment to learning, a failing grade can become a stellar score by the end of the term.

Religious Values
Some private schools incorporate religion. Whether that means teachings of Christianity, Buddism, Hinduism, or others, some families prefer this type of curriculum. These institutions normally provide opportunities to volunteer and assist the less fortunate so that students really come to understand what it means to serve. If those are values you also believe in, then a religious based private school may be the ideal place for your student.

Private schools exist to give options to parents and students. Personalized attention and curriculum, as well as a structured environment, are just a few of the many benefits that come with private school education.


Visita Iglesia

If you are a pious Roman Catholic,  the Visita Iglesia or the Seven Churches Visitation during the lenten season is one of the traditions that you look forward to. Traditionally, the seven churches visitation is done on Maundy Thursday after the Mass of the Last Supper. The main altar and most side altars are stripped, the crosses removed or covered. The Blessed Sacrament is then placed in a Tabernacle on the Altar of Repose so that the faithful can pray before it. It is usually a time for silent adoration.

In the Philippines, the general practice is to visit seven or fourteen churches on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. The faithful however may also perform this during the Holy Week or Kuwaresma. The more pious would bring a cross to these churches. People walk or take a ride from one church to the next depending on its proximity, and one or two stations of the cross are recited at each church. Most of the Churches are usually open until midnight to accommodate the faithful. Offerings are also made at each church as a form of almsgiving to the poor. 


Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Home

Buying a house is a big decision. There are many factors to consider before purchasing a new home, but making a list and knowing what you want can help ease the process.

Location
You've probably heard that when it comes to real estate, location can make all the difference. That's why homes for sale Spring TX are going to cost significantly less than the same sized house in San Fransisco. There are many things to consider when it comes to location though. If you have children, you probably want to factor the school district into your decision. Are you willing to commute to work, or are you looking to find something close by your office? Before you buy a house, make sure to think about all of these things carefully, and make a list of what is most important to you when it comes to location.

Realtor
Finding the right real estate agent for you is essential. You want to find someone who is reputable and has your best interests in mind. Do your research before you jump in. Buying a house is a huge investment, so it is crucial to take your time and find someone who can guide you through the process. Ask around for recommendations, and look online at reviews.

Size
How much square footage you buy is based on your needs and wants. If you have a large family, or are planning to, you'll want to make sure you have enough space to accommodate everyone. Something to consider before you choose a house is that it is always easier to remodel rooms in a house than it is to add them on. If having enough space for your family is important to you, don't sacrifice square footage for a more modern look. That can always be fixed later.

The home buying process can be overwhelming, but remember to take your time. Do plenty of research before you make any decisions. Plan for the future, and understand what you can afford before you buy.


A Place to Call Our Own

It is every family's dream to have their own home one day. Many of us wish for a dream home with a backyard garden, or a house with a large kitchen and lots of extra room to accommodate additional family members and visiting relatives and friends. Others wish for a house with a garage, where they can work on or tinker on their cars at the comfort of home. 

Others take into consideration the location of the property - is it conveniently located near schools, or shopping markets, or maybe near a bus or tram stop? Is it in the suburbs, on the border of the city, in the city center, near parks? Is the house or property in an exclusive subdivision or located in an urban development area?

Whatever kind of a home it is, an important aspect to consider is your finances. Can you finance the house? What are your financial resources and options for financial support? How long will you have to pay the mortgage? It is important to plan with a foresight so that things will work out. 

Indeed there are lots of things to consider when looking for or building your dream home. It takes a lot of effort, planning and sound decision making. But once it is built or finished, you are able to breath a sigh of relief and find comfort in the thought that your family now has its own roof on their heads. There is, after all, no place like home.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Things That Cause Air Pollution - Stop These Things To Maintain High Indoor Air Quality

Air quality refers to the purity of air that people breathe. The quality of air is usually at its lowest in big cities that engage in lots of manufacturing. Air quality is also made worse by the exhaust of motor vehicles and the release of harmful gases not related to manufacturing into the atmosphere. Although homes generally have a better air quality than the outdoors, residences still find themselves guilty of harboring not-so-great air.

Smoking tobacco, cannabis, and other substance is bad for air quality
One of the worst parts of tobacco consumption is the process of inhaling smoke - the type of smoke doesn't really matter - into the precious human lungs. Although not as bad as tobacco, cannabis smoke can also be held responsible for reducing the air quality in homes. Other things that put out smoke, such as incense, are also not good for homes' average air quality readings.

Pets are notorious for pumping out lots of hair and dander
Dander refers to tiny particles that dogs, cats, and other pets release into their environments. Many people who have allergies are allergic to cat or dog dander. Even though pets are oh-so-fun to have around, you should be aware of their potential to make the air around your home harder to breathe. One way to reduce the amount of dander in your home's aerial environment is to filter through it with an HVAC filter.

Not having ample ventilation is also a common culprit to blame for low air quality
The point of ventilation is to pump old, stale air out of homes. Residences that don't have enough working equipment to properly ventilate homes, they often suffer from low air quality as a result of their ventilation problems. Check around your home to see if its vents are open, not clogged, and pulling enough air through them. Simply moving debris around is all this step takes to be completed. If you want to start breathing better air, look no further than the help of hvac technician harris county tx, who is great at what he does.


Spring and Easter Home Decorating

We often hear the song "it's the most wonderful time of the year" whenever it is the winter and Christmas season, but SPRING can be considered the most wonderful time of the year too! 

Whenever I think of spring, I think of HOPE, and LIFE, and yes, EASTER! It is that time of the year when everything sprouts and springs back to life - birds singing, trees budding, flowers beginning to bloom. It is also that time of the year when everything seems painted in the soft hues of pastel colors and one is just in the mood to clean every corner and redecorate the house in all the glory of spring and easter!

Decorative pieces like vase, candle holders and candles, 
that when mixed and matched,
create a beautiful and romantic atmosphere.
When it comes to decors, one of my favorite go to stores is DEPOT. I just love their fresh ideas and trendy designs, and the endless possibilities of creative decorating that one can do by mixing and matching items. Plus, you can get lots of advice and decorating ideas in their blog "Schön bei Dir". Be it the living room, kitchen, dining table, bedroom, outdoor garden - you can find a lot of stuff to be inspired when you enter this store. They offer free brochures in-store that customers can take home, too so you can pre-select and organize your shopping list for when you drop by the next time. Their online shop allows you to shop 24/7 at the comfort of home.

DIY Idea: "A string of home-made bunting for festive occasions and everyday 'hygge'."
Photo from Sostrene Grene website. 
Another store that me and my daughter recently discovered is SOSTRENE GRENE. It is a Scandinavian chain of stores with headquarters in Denmark that provides its customers with a refined and innovative product range but still with a Nordic feeling to it. They always have something new every week, with some products available only at a limited period, so you will always be surprised each time you visit. The "DIY Corner" section of their website is something every craft-person must visit for those do-it-yourself ideas ranging from the simplest and easiest as making cardboard bugs with kids to more complicated projects like making a stunning lampshade. They don't have an online shop but the catalogues published monthly online are very helpful to plan ahead what you would like to purchase. If you love the feminine and Scandinavian touch like I do, then this store is a must visit. A visit at one of their stores is guaranteed to be a happy experience. :)

So if you want to liven up and redo your home decor for spring and easter, have a look at the assortment at these two stores mentioned. Wonderful surprises await you.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Four Tips for Going Green

Are you ready to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? You don't have to live in the woods and trade all of your clothes for hemp. There are plenty of small, everyday changes that you can make to reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying the conveniences of modern living. Here are just four examples!

1. Change Your Light Bulbs
A compact florescent light (CFL) is much better for the environment than a traditional halogen bulb. As a bonus, it will give off the same amount of illumination; you won't even notice the difference once it's screwed into place. All that you have to do is fork over a few more dollars for a CFL rather than a generic bulb.

2. Use Less Water
Do you like drinking cold water? Instead of running the tap for several minutes to get it nice and chilly, keep a plastic water bottle in the freezer. You can add regular water to the container whenever you want, and the cold sides will act like ice. As a bonus, you won't waste water at the faucet.

3. Invest in Solar Power
Solar power is often misunderstood as something that takes a lot of time and money to harness. In truth, you can start using solar power with nothing more than a few photovoltaic panels in your yard or on your roof! Do some research into solar power New Jersey to learn more.

4. Donate Your Belongings
Did you know that just about everything can be recycled? Most people think of papers and plastics when they think about recycling plants, but the truth is that fabrics, metals and even electronics can be repurposed for other things. The next time that you're cleaning out your closet, consider donating your goods instead of adding them to landfills.

These are just a few things to keep in mind if you're trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. As you can see, there's a lot more to the process than simply recycling your plastics! You have to make a commitment to a better life. Good luck!


Why Drink Bottled Water?

Water is essential for our health. It is the only beverage that has no calories and no sugar, that while keeping us hydrated. We are always reminded to drink at least two liters of water per day to ensure that our body is well-hydrated, which helps regulate our body temperature and maintain our bodily functions. Wherever we are - at work, home, school or outdoors, bottled water within our reach ensures the availability of this naturally hydrating beverage. Because it is available in a variety of formats (sparkling or still) and sizes, we can choose whatever suits our needs. 

Also, bottled water have strict safety and quality standards to follow, ensuring consumers that they get a high quality product. Moreover, the sources of these natural mineral and spring waters are protected to keep it sustainable. The bottled water producers go to great lengths to protect these natural resources and continuously find ways to keep environmental impacts at a minimum.

When calamities or emergencies arise, or when water supply is cut off in a municipality due to contamination or drought for example, bottled water provides a steady and safe supply. It can be easily and readily distributed to these affected areas, ensuring that the populace is kept hydrated.

Water really is life. It is the healthiest drink there is. I just hope that everyone will have access to it. And that we will all be responsible in recycling and disposing of our used water bottles - be it plastic or glass.


Monday, March 11, 2019

3 Great Reasons to Choose Blinds for Your Home

If you're thinking about sprucing up your home, start thinking about picking up window blinds Los Angeles. There are so many great reasons to choose blinds when thinking about redecorating your living space.


1. Everyone Loves a Little Privacy
Windows are a great way to see the world around you, be it the gorgeous California landscape or bustling Los Angeles city life. There are times when we all just need to have some time away from the world. With custom blinds, you can easily get just the right privacy with multiple angles. Adjustments made using blinds can easily block views from specific directions while still allowing a good deal of natural sunlight to enter a room.

2. Easy to Maintain and Keep Clean
When you have drapes or curtains, cleaning consists of taking them down and washing them in a machine, dry clean, or some other method. With custom blinds, you don't have to worry about the hassle of washing and possibly ruining the fabric. Instead, care and maintenance is a breeze. This keeps your home looking it's best, but it also helps keep allergy-causing and irritating dust and dirt from lying around in fabric.

3. Cost-Effective and Money-Saving 
Custom blinds that fit your windows perfectly can actually help keep the cold out in the winter months and keep the sun low in the hot summer months. The sun can also do damage to your furniture and other household goods. This is a cost-effective way to help reduce energy costs and protect your furniture as blinds are easily installed and maintained. Blinds come in a variety of styles. It's easy to find something that fits with your tastes or decor. Consider a set of custom blinds next time you decide to change things up.


Bilingual Classes in Stuttgart's "High Schools"

Most of us would say that English is the universal language and that it is important to be fluent in it from an international standpoint. Coming from a country where English is the second "mother tongue", I would say that being fluent in English indeed has its advantages. 

However, being in a country where English is otherwise the native language, it could be a challenge.  To help my daughter to be more confident in using english, we expose her to different movies shown in english, books written in english and communicating at times in english. Thankfully too, there are schools offering bilingual english classes so that students get to speak, discuss, write and read more english. 

In Stuttgart, there are about eleven Gymnasiums offering bilingual classes in English in their curriculum. These are:
  1. Ferdinand Porsche Gymnasium
  2. Königin Olga Stift
  3. Dillmann Gymnasium
  4. Paracelsus Gymnasium
  5. Zeppelin Gymnasium
  6. Leibniz-Gymnasium
  7. Königin Charlotte Gymnasium
  8. Fanny Leicht Gymnasium
  9. Geschwister Scholl Gymnasium
  10. Johannes Kepler Gymnasium
  11. Eschbach Gymnasium (new, from school year 2019/2020)
What does this mean? 
This means that students get more English classes beginning in the fifth grade to prepare them for the subjects that will be taught in english in the later years (beginning 7th grade). This is however, not for every student. It is therefore recommended for parents to get advise from primary school teachers before deciding, as they could very well assess whether a child would be suited in such a class. A prerequisite for admission into the bilingual program is a generally good grade in the 1st half of the school year in the 6th grade. In particular, good performance in the main subjects German, English and Mathematics is expected.

Which subjects are taught in English?
The following subjects are taught in English from the 7th grade:
  • Grade 7: Geography
  • Grade 8: Geography + History
  • Grade 9: Biology
  • Grade 10: Biology + History or Geography or Social Studies
Do you live in a country where English is not the official language. Which programs do the educational institutions offer so that students become more proficient in the english language? 


Why Cleanliness Should Be A Priority in Restaurants

Central Florida is a great place to live and raise a family. It is also a great place to start a business. If that business is a restaurant, then there are a number of things to decide upon before opening. The menu, location, and name are all big decisions that have to be made which have a direct correlation to success. Another less thought about factor to decide upon is the daily maintenance of the restaurant. Keeping the facility clean speaks volumes about the establishment and encourages repeat business.

Cleanliness In The Kitchen
The kitchen is probably the most important area of the restaurant to keep clean. Falling behind here can lead to patrons becoming sick and the business being shut down. A thorough and comprehensive daily cleaning list should be created and followed. This list should be in conjunction with weekly extensive cleaning. It may be more efficient to outsource these weekly cleanings. A search of restaurant cleaning central florida should provide a good list of companies to address this.

Clean All Surfaces
To maintain a pleasant area for visiting patrons, the lounge area should be thoroughly cleaned daily. This means wiping down all surfaces with sanitized rags. Menus, chairs, bar tops, tabletops, and booths need to be cleaned. Sweeping and mopping floors, as well as, nightly cleaning of the trash cans should be a part of the cleaning routine.

Sanitize The Bathrooms Regularly
Another vital area to keep sparkling clean is the restrooms. If the restrooms are dirty, then it sends a negative message to visitors and can have an effect on the number of visitors. Bathroom areas should be thoroughly cleaned at the end of every shift. They should also be checked multiple times throughout the day and cleaned as necessary.

There are many things to consider when getting a restaurant off the ground and running. Do not, however, put the maintenance and cleanliness of the facility low on the priority list. Doing so can end the business before it gets the chance to thrive.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

25 Years Sinulog in Stuttgart

This year marked the 25th year of Sinulog celebration in the Diocese of Stuttgart - Rottenburg. From its humble beginnings in 1994, the Sinulog festivities on this side of the globe has grown bigger and better.


Last January 12, 2019, about 700 Catholic Filipinos gathered at the St. Martin Cathedral in Rottenburg to celebrate the Sinulog Holy Eucharist, with Rev. Fr. Simon Boiser as the main celebrant and co-celebrated by the diocesan Canon Thomas Weisshaar, Rev. Fr. Jonathan Ramoso Galope, Dean Dr. Tomas Begovic, Rev. Fr. Philip Ojibo and Br. Roy Paraiso. Church goers brought along with them their Infant Jesus (Sto. Niño) images to be blessed and adored. A procession of the Sto. Niño on a carosa from the cathedral to the Rottenburg town hall followed, with the devotees praying the rosary, faces all happy despite the chilly winter air.

Official YouTube Video from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart  


More merry making was witnessed inside the town hall as the people danced the Sinulog as a way of thanking and acknowledging the child Jesus for all the goodness, blessings and graces that He has bestowed upon the families and devotees gathered in his name. There were also various presentations prepared by the different Filipino communities in and around Stuttgart like the Sto. Niño Group, Kawayan Dancers, Philippine Cultural Dance Troupe Backnang, Mother of Salvation, and Waiblinger Dance Group showcasing different Filipino cultural dances. All these and more made the celebration more colorful and worth witnessing.


Filipino food and the Filipino way of sharing food was also a big part in the festivities. There was food for sale for those who are not so fond of Filipino dishes. There was food to share  in almost every table so that even if you did not bring anything to eat, you will not go hungry because everyone is generous enough to share their food with you, even if you are a stranger.


Games for both young and old kept the guests entertained. Another highlight of the Sinulog was the tombola raffle, where great prizes were up for grabs. This year, another lucky guest won a round trip air ticket to the Philippines. This and more prizes were raffled off - making the trip to Rottenburg really worth it.

After the formal program, everyone was invited to the dance floor to dance the night away.

Indeed it was a great way to celebrate our faith in the Sto. Niño with family and friends. Until the next Sinulog! Viva! Señor Sto. Niño! Pit Señor!


Commercial Cleaning for a More Productive Business

The everyday jobs that get done in a commercial office space can really wreak havoc on a building. With everyone trying to get their duties completed in a timely manner, maintaining and cleaning this space isn’t something that always takes a priority. That doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to  maintaining a clean space. A healthy and clean office space can help improve productivity levels, keep employees healthy and safe and impress the general public. If you are looking to have someone else take over these duties, there are a number of professional cleaning service companies in the area that can assist.

Professional Experience
A commercial cleaning company should be able to provide professionals that can effectively and efficiently clean your commercial space. It is important that you choose a reputable company that has years of experience under their belt. This means the people that are cleaning your space will know what they are supposed to clean, how to do it and what products to use to get the results that you are looking for. You can work with the company that you choose if you have a preference regarding how things should be done. You may want certain eco-friendly products used, or you may have a space that you feel needs special attention when the area is being cleaned. This is something that you can communicate to the company that you choose.

Working After Hours
Even though the majority of your employees are at your business during the day, the cleaning can and should get done during the evening hours when everyone has gone home. This will ensure that the work day is not interrupted by people vacuuming or cleaning. Just make sure that you can trust the company that you choose. You don’t want to worry about anyone having their personal items stolen when everyone has left for the day.

There are many different areas of a business that can benefit from a commercial cleaning in Olney, MD company. Make sure to ask around, and do your research on what company you want to choose. This is how you can get an impressively clean space that will increase your business potential.


Crafts Day: DIY Photo Frame

My daughter was invited to a birthday party by her twin friends last Friday. Because it was short notice, we didn't have time to go out and buy them gifts. So my daughter decided to make them something instead: a picture frame made made out of paper towel cardboard roll, jute strings and paper. She set out to do it herself without any help from me the day before the party. 

It took her a number of hours but I thought it really turned out great. My only contribution was printing the photo she used in the picture frame and then wrapping the frame in a gift wrap.


So what do you think? It looks like my little Miss is more creative than I am. I guess those days of crafting with her when she was smaller (and I had more time) has really paid off.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

3 Facts About Cajun Food

Sometimes, you are in the mood for something a little different for dinner. One option is plano tx seafood restaurants. You may have heard of Cajun cuisine, but are not 100% what that entails. It can be spicy and includes fish, but the amount of each varies.

Here are three facts about Cajun cuisine to consider.

History
Cajun cuisine was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was concocted by the Acadians and French Catholic individuals in the area who were forced to move to New Orleans after the British in Canada exiled them. Therefore, you can view this as simple cooking that lives off the land and sea. Dishes are often cooked in a cast iron pot and served with rice and/or beans. It is often spicy and blackened. Every dish will include onions, celery and carrots, and it will be topped off with garlic, parsley and scallions for additional flavor.

Cajun is not Creole
It is very easy to confuse two things that are so close in resemblance. This is often the case with Cajun and Creole cuisine. Remember, though, Cajun food is not Creole. Creole cooking also originated in Louisiana, but not in New Orleans. It utilizes ingredients that could be imported instead of found in the swamp. Components of Creole dishes include more ingredients, too. While it is true that Cajun and Creole share characteristics, they are still distinctive in that Creole is more of a city slicker food and Cajun is more of a comfort food.

What is on the Menu?
On a typical menu at a Cajun restaurant, you will find the same items. The menu will include a variation of crab and shrimp that will either be fried of boiled. When eateries offer fried Cajun seafood, they are often sold in baskets that include French fries. Other popular sides may be corn, potatoes and coleslaw. For those who are not seafood-inclined, chicken tenders and wings are often sold, too, with scrumptious sides like fried pickles, hushpuppies and dipping bread.
For something different for dinner, consider plano tx seafood restaurants.


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