Saturday, March 17, 2012

Women Who Rock!

Last March 8, 2012, we celebrated the international women's day and this year's theme is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. Globally, the occasion was celebrated to honor the accomplishments of women and in time for the celebration, I'm going to list my top fifteen favorite women in the Rock music of the 90's and 20's. We often think that only men can dominate and survive the rock music industry because more often than not, women are stereotyped as being gentle, feminine (of course,) weak, and inferior. But these women broke the common notion about women as they dominated and popularized rock bands being lead by women.

 Dolores O'Riordan - The Cranberries

Shirley Manson - Garbage

Gwen Stefani - No Doubt

Amy Lee - Evanescence

Courtney Love - Hole

Christina Scabbia - Lacuna Coil

Lacey Mosley - Flyleaf

Angela Gossow - Arch Enemy

Anette Olzon - Nightwhish

Sharon Den Adel - Within Temptation

Melissa Auf Der Maur - Hole (Bassist)

Kelly Osbourne

Brody Dale - The Distillers

Hayley Williams - Paramore

Alanis Morissette

CREDITS: Listal (images), Youtube (vids)

Father Forgets

 W. Livingston Larned condensed as in "Readers Digest"

 Listen, son: I am saying this as you lie asleep, one little paw crumpled under your cheekand the blond curls stickily wet on your damp forehead. I have stolen into your room alone. Just a few minutes ago, as I sat reading my paper in the library, a stifling wave of remorse swept over me. Guiltily I came to your bedside.

There are the things I was thinking, son: I had been cross to you. I scolded you as you were dressing for school because you gave your face merely a dab with a towel. I took you to task for not cleaning your shoes. I called out angrily when you threw some of your things on the floor.

 At breakfast I found fault, too. You spilled things. You gulped down your food. You put your elbows on the table. You spread butter too thick on your bread. And as you started off to play and I made for my train, you turned and waved a hand and called, "Goodbye ,Daddy!" and I frowned, and said in reply, "Hold your shoulders back!"

Then it began all over again in the late afternoon. As I came up the road I spied you,down on your knees, playing marbles. There were holes in your stockings. I humiliated you before your boyfriends by marching you ahead of me to the house. Stockings were expensive-and if you had to buy them you would be more careful! Imagine that, son, from a father!

 Do you remember, later, when I was reading in the library, how you came in timidly, witha sort of hurt look in your eyes? When I glanced up over my paper, impatient at theinterruption, you hesitated at the door. "What is it you want?" I snapped.

 You said nothing, but ran across in one tempestuous plunge, and threw your arms around my neck and kissed me, and your small arms tightened with an affection that God had set blooming in your heart and which even neglect could not wither. And then youwere gone, pattering up the stairs.

 Well, son, it was shortly afterwards that my paper slipped from my hands and a terrible sickening fear came over me. What has habit been doing to me? The habit of findingfault, of reprimanding-this was my reward to you for being a boy. It was not that I did notlove you; it was that I expected too much of youth. I was measuring you by the yard stick of my own years.

 And there was so much that was good and fine and true in your character. The little heartof you was as big as the dawn itself over the wide hills. This was shown by your spontaneous impulse to rush in and kiss me good night. Nothing else matters tonight, son. I have come to your bedside in the darkness, and I have knelt there, ashamed!

 It is feeble atonement; I know you would not understand these things if I told them to you during your waking hours. But tomorrow I will be a real daddy! I will chum with you, and suffer when you suffer, and laugh when you laugh. I will bite my tongue when impatient words come. I will keep saying as if it were a ritual: "He is nothing but a boy-a little boy!"

 I am afraid I have visualized you as a man. Yet as I see you now, son, crumpled and weary in your cot, I see that you are still a baby. Yesterday you were in your mother's arms, your head on her shoulder. I have asked too much, too much, yet given too little ofmyself. Promise me, as I teach you to have the manners of a man, that you will remind me how to have the loving spirit of a child.

Friday, March 09, 2012


Satchels: Colorgasm
These Satchels are locally made and affordable, waaaay lower than the Cambridge Satchel because these were made from synthetic leather. Available in Small: 11x9 inches, Medium: 13x11 inches, and Large: 15x11 inches size.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Native Bags

These bags are made from sabutan and buntal fibers which are locally found in the country. These are also one of the signature products of the Philippines and are of export quality. I've already sent some pieces to a friend to Iceland. The bags are elegant and classy, and is a great fashion statement. 

Bags Courtesy of : Colorgasm

Monday, March 05, 2012

Roughhousing with the kids!

Being a mom of three boys requires A LOT of energy because male children are more energetic than female children. The girls just play house and barbie quietly with their girl friends while boys run around, play wrestling or other kinds of boys' play. As a mom, i also play with them through roughhousing, though its more appropriate for a dad to roughhouse with the kids well in my case, i'm the one obliged to play horse or wrestle with them as their dad is working abroad. I enjoy it though especially when i hear the kids' laughter, it really relieves stress.


Roughhousing Boosts Your Kid’s Resilience. Helping your child develop a resilient spirit is one of the best things you can do as a parent. The ability to bounce back from failures and adapt to unpredictable situations will help your kids reach their full potential and live happier lives as adults. And an easy way to help boost your kids’ resilience is to put them in a gentle headlock and give them a noogie.  Additionally, roughhousing helps develop your children’s grit and stick-to-itiveness. You shouldn’t just let your kids “win” every time when you roughhouse with them. Whether they’re trying to escape from your hold or run past you in the hallway, make them work for it. Playtime is a fun and safe place to teach your kids that failure is often just a temporary state and that victory goes to the person who keeps at it and learns from his mistakes.

Roughhousing Makes Your Kid Smarter.  Psychologist Anthony Pellegrini has found that the amount of roughhousing children engage in predicts their achievement in first grade better than their kindergarten test scores do. Roughhousing actually rewires the brain for learning. Neuroscientists studying animal and human brains have found that bouts of rough-and-tumble play increase the brain’s level of a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF helps increase neuron growth in the parts of the brain responsible for memory, logic, and higher learning–skills necessary for academic success.

Roughhousing Builds Social Intelligence. Roughhousing builds social intelligence in several ways. First, when kids roughhouse they learn to tell the difference between play and actual aggression. Dr. Pellegrini found in a survey among school-aged children that the ones who could tell the difference between play and real aggression were more well-liked compared to kids who had a hard time separating the two. The kids who mistook play for aggression often ended up returning their classmates good-natured overtures with a real punch in the kisser. The ability to differentiate between play and aggression translates into other social skills that require people to read and interpret social cues. Roughhousing also teaches children about taking turns and cooperation. You might not recognize it, but when you horse around with your kids, you’re often taking part in a give-and-take negotiation where the goal is to make sure everyone has fun. Sometimes you’re the chaser and sometimes you’re the chasee; sometimes you’re pinning down your kids and other times they’re pinning you down. Your kids wouldn’t want to keep playing if they were constantly on the losing side. Everyone has to take turns in order for the fun to continue.

Roughhousing Teaches Your Kid Morality. 
When we roughhouse with our sons and daughters, they learn boundaries and the difference between right and wrong. If they start hitting hard, aiming below the belt, or becoming malicious, you can reprimand them and then show by example what’s appropriate roughhousing behavior. Also, roughhousing teaches our children about the appropriate use of strength and power. As I mentioned earlier, when we roughhouse with our kids, we often take turns with the dominant role. Because we’re so much bigger and stronger, we have to handicap ourselves. The implicit message to your child when you hold back is: “Winning isn’t everything. You don’t need to dominate all the time. There’s strength in showing compassion on those weaker than you.”

Roughhousing Gets Your Kid Physically Active.  What better way to teach your kids to live an active lifestyle than by getting down on the carpet with them for some vigorous roughhousing instead of everyone vegging out in front of the TV? All that running, tumbling, and tackling helps develop strength, flexibility, and coordination in your child.