Nuffnang Blogopolis ONLIne in the Philippines Blogging Event

Ever since I decided to go back to blogging, life has been more exciting. Walang halong biro but I feel so alive! Haha! 😛

I was recently talking to a former colleague, sharing with her how fun it is to blog again. A lot of us have been bitten by the bug too. You see, it was also a decision for me to DO MORE. I have work so I am online all the time. But majority of those hours were spent on Twitter, Facebook, blog-hopping, stalking, etc. I was  wasting my time. But since I started blogging again, I became  busy with more important things like reading, researching for topics, testing mobile apps, reviewing, helping other start ups, attending a conference, and meeting new people. I guess I missed meeting people IN PERSON after being stuck at home for more than five years now.

And so I want to go to this Nuffnang Blogging Event on Sunday, November 18. I haven’t decided yet because that weekend, I’d be very busy. It’s a ticketed event too so that means I’d have to spend again. But this could also be an investment. You meet new people and get new opportunities.

The Philippine blogosgphere has so much changed since I left the corporate world. It’s a bit scary because of all the bloggers out there who can write about a certain person or brand that could make or break an image. I find this one overwhelming too. How can I thrive in the Philippine blogging scene? Earning from this isn’t my objective. Why I’m blogging again? I’m blogging for LOVE and for GOD. I decided no more ranting or hate posts. I just want to share my thoughts. Who knows, I might be able to help or inspire other people.

I still have 4 days to decide. I know my husband won’t mind me going. It’s just that this weekend is full. Can I still squeeze this event? It’s a 9AM to 9PM event. Ang tagal! Pano ba to?! Sana may mag magandang loob at mag-sponsor. 😀

Trick or Treat turned Sweet

I was never really a fan of Halloween and Trick or Treating because I think there is no reason to celebrate the holiday. I’ve long forgotten our traditions of going to the cemetery since we stopped going to the province during Novembers. In the Philippines, November is the time to celebrate All Saints Day and All Soul Day. Halloween is too foreign and Trick or Treating for kids is not as popular. The latter is a practice that’s beginning to become more popular each year.

As a Christian, I don’t like the idea of everything spooky, ghosts, skeleton, etc. I decided long before my son was born that we wouldn’t let him join such activities until this year. Honestly, I had second thoughts whether to join the “Trick or Treat” at my son’s playschool. But then I thought it’s only for fun. His teacher said it will be a fun affair, no spooky stuff, and scaring the children. The students won’t be going around the building, instead, booths will be setup at a function room.

What made me more excited about the event was the fact that the Toddlers Class where Noah belongs was doing a Beauty Salon booth. It was suggested by David’s Salon’s very own top stylist Laura Charlton (David’s daughter). I got too excited so I suggested a French-Parisian Chic theme with pink and black as the main colors.  During my first unofficial Parent-Teachers Conference, the toddlers’ parents decided what things we’d bring. Since we were all busy with work and home, we had to communicate through SMS. There were only four of us communicating so it was easy.

The excited mommy in me volunteered to bring my nail polish collection, bring hair accessories for the little girls, treats, and do the decor. Each one of us would bring treats and whatever stuff we could donate to the class. Needless to say, the busy moms had to do with whatever resources and little time we had.

I was excited! The Parisian Chic Theme was my chance to unleash my kikay decorating powers. I have a son so decorating and doing girly stuff with kids involved is very much limited. This was my chance I thought. The other mothers thought so too because they also had little boys. Hihi.

I started researching on the Internet as soon as I got home but only got to do the shopping and the decors the night before. I enjoyed every second of it even if I had little sleep. I bought black and pink paper from the bookstore, hair accessories, small cheap gifts for the kids, and other pink and girly stuff for decor. I was on a budget so I went to a Divisoria-like mall in our area. I scored small gifts (mirrors, pens, notebooks, toys, etc.) for P10 each. I bought a lot but I thought the extra items could be used for Noah’s upcoming birthday party. I wasn’t able to buy candies as treats because I was in a hurry, had no time to pass by the grocery.

Pinterest helped me a lot. It’s such a godsend I tell you. Sure, there’s Google Image Search but searching for stuff in Pinterest yields more relevant results and images.

I made this pink and black Happy Halloween bunting. I saw a pack of black cut-out letters, cut the triangle buntings, and attached them to a used kraft paper thread:

Happy Halloween Bunting | I find this ironic? How can Halloween be happy? 😀
Bon Appetit!
Eiffel Tower Silhoutte Art Print

Our HP Printer was running out of black ink but good thing I was able to print all these. I used white, black, and pink paper:

French Chic Party Decor

Since we had the stylists of David Salon coming over, I thought of copying David’s Salon logo. I knew Laura wouldn’t mind since it was for our kids’ class:


The party favors, I wrapped each pne and printed cute party favor tags:

Parisian Chic Party Favor Packaging

I even bought a few bottles of nail polish for the nannies and the moms:

Nail Polish Party Favor for Girls

I brought these stuff to Noah’s school during lunch time because I knew I would be late later. When I arrived at the party venue, the Toddlers Class booth was all spruced up! I loved it! Kudos to the other moms and lolas too.

I bought my French vintage luggages, small Ikea lamp, and a few other framed art prints. I borrowed an Eiffel Tower display from a friend. It’s more special because it was fresh from Europe! I also downloaded French-related music to play at the booth: Amelie Soundtrack, Club Soda Vol. 4, Qui de noud Deux, Ratatouille Soundtrack, and So Young But So Cold Underground French Music.

Obviously, I went overboard again! What’s funny was that Noah wasn’t officially enrolled at the school but his mommy supported the event. I got too excited that I slept only an hour. I relied on the power of coffee the day after. My husband didn’t say anything because he already knows me when it comes to parties, decors, and stuff.

What’s ironic, I forgot all about Noah’s costume! Haha! I planned on making him a LEGO Minifig Costume because he is in a Lego phase but mommy was too busy with the girly stuff. I just had him don his Batman costume.

Batman Halloween Costume for Kids

My son loved his Batman costume until he saw the other kids wearing Iron Man, Captain America, and Call of Duty. He still had no concept of trick or treating or the candy collecting part. He was running around the whole night–like a tornado.  I think between the two of us, I had more fun. I enjoyed the preparation and I gained new friends too. This Trick or Treat was our very first.

What I loved most about that night was I remembered how my parents –my mom and dad– supported me all throughout school. I remembered my childhood that night. I thought about how my daddy would help me with my projects especially those with drawing and art required. He would drive me to school every single day too. I remembered how my mom would support our school activities, cooking for me and my friends (sometimes the whole class), and going up the stage with me to receive my medals at the end of the school year.  The two of them were always present.

I think my excitement in volunteering for this school activity stemmed from the fact that my parents were there for me…for me and my siblings. My classmates and teachers knew my parents so well because they were visible. That night, I was thankful to God because I grew up having very supportive parents–the two of them. I hope and pray that Joshua and I would that supportive to Noah. We want to be involved in his school activities someday.

The night wasn’t just about Halloween anymore, it was me remembering my childhood and my parents. Maybe next year, Noah would be able to understand the concept and enjoy his time more. Never mind the ghosts, monsters, and all the gore. 🙂

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

iPhone 5 Hands-on

Apple iPhone 5 Hands-on

This is the iPhone 5. I got my hands on this Apple phone not in the Philippines but in Bangkok, Thailand. It’ s looks exactly like the iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S, only the iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter, and taller by about a half-inch.

The iPhone 5 looks fragile in my hand I was afraid I’d drop it. I wasn’t able to take much photos because the assistant at iStudio in Gateway Ekamai in Bangkok has been watching me.

I haven’t heard when the iPhone 5 Philippines launch will happen but I’m guessing Smart will have a super lavish one like last year. As for Globe, I’m expecting more affordable postpaid plans for the iPhone 5 albeit a simpler media launch.

I’m not really keen on getting the iPhone 5 because it doesn’t look much different. I know it’s faster but really, I’m not in a hurry to change my iPhone 4. However, my 2-year contract is about to expire so I’ll check the offers first. This or the iPad Mini. 😛

The Brick Bible

I’m excited! In a few hours I will get my hands on the LEGO books I mentioned yesterday. And more good news: I was beyond thrilled that Brendan Powell Smith has been replying to my queries. It was a simple correspondence through Facebook but I’m happy that he responded.

I decided to give the books to my nephew Nav. We’re going to Bangkok and I haven’t bought any gift for him. He loves Lego too and recently, he has shown interest in reading the Bible and devotionals according to his dad, my brother-in-law, who is also a pastor. I know he’d love them. I wanted to get signed copies of the books, greeting cards, and posters. I will order The Brick products before December. I’m still deciding whether I’d have the items shipped straight to the Philippines or to a friend who is in New York.

I’m not sure if the books will be available locally but I’m sure they’d be more expensive as with the case of the Noah’s Ark book. Many of my friends have also expressed their excitement and they think that the books are a great way to get kids (and some adults) too read the Bible. I love Brendan’s work because it’s Lego and the Bible. Two of my favorite things in the world.

Last week, The Chicago Tribune’s Redeye blog published a full review of The Brick Bible. Hufftington Post also picked up the story and featured The New Testaiment in LEGOs. The Brick Bible also made it to TIME:  The Brick Bible: Turning Jesus Stories into Lego Scenes.

 

Sample page from The Brick Bible: The New Testament

I am hoping this LEGO Bible would lead more people to Christ. Who knew even toy bricks can be used to advance God’s Kingdom?

I plan on asking a few questions to The Reverend as I’m so into the books. Feel free to send me questions you’d’ like me to ask him. I hope he replies too.  🙂

Mixed reviews of The Brick Testament but we’ll see. I shall post a REVIEW once I’m done reading them.

Other related articles on The Brick Testament:

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 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16

The Bible Legofied

Planning a birthday party for Noah led me to a website that featured The Last Supper with Lego Minifig characters. I started saving the photos because I didn’t want to forget about them. I was so amazed at the details. I had no idea then that The Last Supper was only one of the many Bible stories illustrated with the famous LEGO bricks.

I was trying to search for something Lego and the Bible and got the surprise of my life to see that a Lego enthusiast named Brendan Powell Smith came up with The Brick Bible series. The Brick Bible for Kids – Bible pictures books for the young LEGO fan.

Noah’s Ark | The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith
The Christmas Story The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith
The Christmas Story | The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith

And these two LEGO books – The Brick Bible New Testament and The Brick Bible Old Testament.

The Brick Bible Old Testament
The Brick Bible Old Testament

 

The Brick Bible New Testament
The Brick Bible New Testament

Honestly, I wanted to cry, shout for joy, when I discovered these LEGO books. My son Noah is in a Lego phase so mommy is getting crazy too.  And what a special coincidence that I’m planning a LEGO party and then these new books were about to be released this October-November.

I wasn’t expecting to see the Noah’s Ark Brick Bible here in the Philippines this early but I saw one at Hobbes and Landes in Greenbelt 5. Josh couldn’t understand my excitement so I explained to him why. I was contemplating on getting one but I thought it would be cheaper if I buy from Amazon.

And so I did.

I bought 3 LEGO books published by SkyHorse Publishing: Noah’s Ark Brick Bible, The Brick Bible New Testament, and The Brick Bible Old Testament.

I don’t have the books with me yet.  I had the package sent to someone in the US who’s arriving tomorrow— Friday! One more day before I get my hands on these books. Yey!

This is the first time I bought items directly from Amazon. I’m impressed with the shopping experienced from searching to buying and customer service. I’m excited!

Here is a trailer of the new LEGO Books:

Brendan notes on his website that “Items sold on this site are not official LEGO products, and are not authorized, sponsored, or endorsed by The LEGO Group.”

These are not licensed by LEGO but I’m sure Ole Kirk Christiansen won’t mind. I will show you the books soon. 🙂

Interesting Links:

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“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. ”
2 Corinthians 9:8

[Infographic] Tagalized Mozilla Firefox Best of 3 Billion Add-on Downloads

Mozilla 3 Billion Add Ons Download Infographic in Tagalog

On Infographics

I’m loving INFOGRAPHICS right now. I have a friend whose work includes making infographics for international clients. I mentioned it to my husband and then he said, “Ah..pareho lang pala kami ng ginagawa.” I answered back, “Naaah, yours is the boring kind.” Haha! Continue reading [Infographic] Tagalized Mozilla Firefox Best of 3 Billion Add-on Downloads

My WordCamp Philippines 2012 Experience

WordCamp Philippines 2012
WordCamp Philippines 2012

Glad I went. Will update soon. 😀

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I’ll find time to share my experience and my takeaways from the WordCamp Philippines 2012 soon but for now, here is a list of bloggers who have shared about the event:

* will be updating this list regularly

I was searching Google for related blogs but I only found a few. I discovered photos on Flckr and was surprised to see who else but me on Klaris Chua‘s account. Ayan kasi search ka pa. Haha!

Photo by: Klaris Chua

I immensely enjoyed the conference held at AIM. It was my first time. I regret that I didn’t go the past conferences or even tried to  because it was so much fun and I learned a lot.  I promise to share soon. 😀

For the meantime, here is the shirt I got for my husband:

WordCamp Philippines 2012 T-shirt
WordCamp Philippines 2012 T-shirt

My WordCamp Philippines 2012 loot:

WordCamp Philippines 2012 Freebies

 

This is my almost 3-year old son Noah. He’s turning 3 next week!

Yan muna. 😀