5 Things You Never Knew About Quilts

You might think a quilt is just that piece of fabric that keeps you warm during the colder winter months, but the history of quilting is long, varied and extremely interesting. If you make your own quilts or if you are a big fan of handmade quilts, you might want to find out a little bit more about their history and how they are made. Here are five things you might have never known about quilts – feel free to share them with your friends!

“Pink Quilt” by debspoons  / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Pink Quilt” by debspoons / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Like many English words, “quilt” has a Latin etymological root. It is derived from the word ‘culcita’, which means “stuffed sack”, and is quite pertinent, when you consider the make-up of a quilt. The Chinese and the Egyptians were the first cultures to develop the practice of layering fabrics together to make a quilt. The oldest quilt in existence at the moment has been dated back to 980 B.C.

Largest Historical Quilt

The largest quilt in the world can be found in Antler in North Dakota, and was originally sewed to celebrate the centenary of North Dakota’s statehood. You can see every county in the state, each sewed on with a different colour. In 1988, volunteers from over fifty counties rallied together to contribute to this quilt which covers about 11,000 square feet.

Most Popular Quilts

The most popular kinds of quilts are not the ones you can buy in a store. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), Amish quilts are considered the most popular around the world, and many people also have private collections. These quilts are extremely striking thanks to their use of colour and design, making them attractive to all sorts of people around the world.

Different Types

There are many different types of quilts available on the market, made from a variety of different materials. Wool quilts are slowly becoming more popular with the mainstream public, thanks to their versatility and ability to be used in all temperatures and climates. If you have been thinking of purchasing one, there is no time like the present – quilt specialists such as MiniJumbuk Online can help you choose the perfect fit for you.


There are many different kinds of traditions associated with quilting, and these range from Western styles from America to more Eastern styles from India and Japan. The combination of all these traditions makes it fascinating to be a part of the quilting world, where no two handmade quilts are the same!

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So there are five things that you might not have known about quilts! If you’re looking for a new hobby, maybe this is it – the possibilities are endless. If you’re not so keen, you can just snuggle in with your favourite quilt and enjoy the warmth it gives you on those cold winter nights.

How many of these facts did you already know? Do you love quilts and all things quilting? Do you have any other interesting facts about quilts to share with other budding enthusiasts? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Instant Landline with PLDT Landline Plus SIM

No documents needed. No proof of billing. No installation.   For just 99 pesos, you can have your own landline instantly.  Hard to believe, right?  Well, believe me ’cause we got one last March.

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PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid is now the PLDT 2-in-1 Prepaid (image from http://pldthome.com/landline-plus/prepaid)

Earlier this year, I told my husband about our little Jade’s classmate who kept calling her through the landline number we had asked her to memorize in case of emergencies. The problem with this was that the landline phone was in the other apartment unit and was also being used by my father for his business.  We did not have a landline in our unit as we deemed it unnecessary since my husband and I could always be reached through our mobile phones.  After a series of phone calls from Jade’s friends though, we thought it wise to get a landline of our own.

While browsing the net for options, hubby read about the PLDT Landline Plus which appeared to be the most convenient choice for us.  When we went to the PLDT office, we were first offered the postpaid PLDT Landline Plus.  It was also SIM based and required no documents but came with a minimum monthly subscription of 600 pesos. That was too much for something we would seldom use.  The agent we first consulted did not know about the prepaid line so we were referred to another agent. In case the agent you talk is also clueless about the prepaid line, make sure you ask to be referred to another representative.

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The PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid SIM costs 99 pesos only and comes preloaded with 50 pesos. We also bought 2 landline load cards for 300 pesos each.  Each load card can be used to enrol in Plan 300 which includes the following:

  • 30 days incoming call service
  • 600 minutes of calls to any local landline
  • free 100 SMS to any mobile number
  • free 180MB mobile data

There’s also Plan 150 which gives you 15-day incoming call service and 250 local minutes.  In the event that you are unable to re-load and enrol in a monthly plan, you would be unable to make or to receive calls.  You would still be able to receive incoming texts though.

The SIM card works with any open-line GSM handset which is great for those who have dual SIM mobile phones.  Although my mobile phone had an extra SIM slot, we opted to just purchase another mobile phone.  We took into consideration the kids’ use of the phone so we opted for a sturdy candybar Nokia.

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This Nokia 105 cost us 969 pesos. It’s lightweight and sturdy enough for kids to use.

Plus Points of our PLDT Landline Plus 

We have been using PLDT Landline Plus for two months now and we’re quite satisfied with it.  Aside from the hassle-free way we were able to acquire our landline, we also love the very affordable monthly service fee.  300 pesos per month isn’t such a bad deal at all!  Plus, the free texts and free mobile data are awesome bonuses.

With our landline, I can conveniently make and receive calls anywhere within Metro Manila.  Once I had to run a quick errand while my little kids were in their music class, I left our landline with my daughter so she could reach me on my mobile phone in case of an emergency. She did call after a quarter of an hour – not due to an emergency but to check if I was ok.

The Downsides

Although it’s very convenient to use, the PLDT Landline Plus does have a few downsides.  For one, it only works in the region where you purchase it. In our case, our SIM works only when we’re within Metro Manila.  But I guess it would be too much to expect a portable landline to work anywhere we go within the country. Or is it? Hmmm….

Another thing that the company needs to improve on is reliable connection.  There are certain areas where signals are low and I’m unable to make or receive calls.  There were also instances when signals would waver while I’m on the phone. This sometimes results to calls getting cut.

Would We Recommend The PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid?

If you have no existing landline and find a need for one, YES, we would recommend this prepaid landline.  Applying for a postpaid landline usually entails a hefty initial payment (advance monthly subscription, installment fees, phone, etcetera) and a long waiting period.    With the Landline Plus Prepaid, you shell out only a few hundred pesos and you get a working landline within several minutes. You may have to deal with the occasional low signals but the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks.

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Top Tips to Make Your Commercial Kitchen More Comfortable

Working in a commercial kitchen all day or night can be stressful, and if you do it or have done it, you know it can take its toll. However, that doesn’t mean that working in a commercial kitchen isn’t fun and worth it for many people, and a very rewarding placing to be.

As a business owner or manager, you can make your commercial kitchen more comfortable for your employees. Your food quality will improve and you’ll likely have fewer mistakes. Follow these tips to improve your kitchen’s comfort.

Improve the Lighting

Lighting makes a huge difference in how any workplace feels and you’re probably already aware of that. However, in a commercial kitchen, you’ve got even more reasons to make sure the lighting is right.

First of all, when employees have better lighting they’ll be able to better see what they’re plating and serving customers. That can improve your quality control almost immediately.

Improved lighting will also decrease eye strain while improving safety. Not seeing well when working with a knife or dealing with hot items can be a serious problem and hazard.

Workstation Comfort

One of the biggest things in a commercial kitchen that you can improve is workstation comfort. From the preparation station to the grill area, comfort really does matter.

To improve comfort, try adding commercial kitchen mats that are comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. You can also add adjustable height prep stations for employees of different heights. With a comfortable workstation, you would be assured that employees will be working on their best.

Ways to Get NSO Certified Birth Certificate and Other Documents

Depending on how much time you have in your hands and how much you’re willing to shell out, here are four different ways on how you can get NSO certified birth certificate and other documents:


NSO Census Serbilis Center

If you need to get your documents within 1-2 days, it is advisable to go directly to any NSO Census Serbilis Center.  For faster processing, you may download the application form and fill it out before going to the serbilis center.  Depending on what time you arrive at the center, processing may take as short as 1 hour to as long as  5-6 hours.

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Cost:  Php140 per copy – birth/marriage/death certificates ; Php195 per copy  – CENOMAR ( rates include 15 pesos documentary stamp tax)

Processing Time: 1-2 days


  1. Present filled out application form to NSO personnel along with the following:
    • Valid ID
    • Authorization and ID of the certificate owner if you are requesting a certificate and you are NOT any of the following:
      • the owner of the birth certificate
      • his/her parent
      • his/her spouse
      • his/her direct descendant
      • his/her legal guardian or institution-in-charge, if minor
  2. Pay corresponding fees.
  3. Wait for your certificates.  If birth/death/marriage certificates are available in the database, documents will be issued within 2 hours. CENOMARS take 2-4 days to be issued.

For the directory of Census Serbilis Centers, click here.



NSO E-Census is an online facility that allows you to submit requests for the issuance of certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates; and issuance of certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR).  Through this website, you can apply and pay for the documents you requested and inquire about their current status.

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Cost: PHP 315.00 per copy – birth/marriage/death certificates; PHP 415.00 per copy – CENOMAR (fees are inclusive of processing, delivery, and government taxes)

Processing Time: 3-5 working days after payment (for delivery within Metro Manila/Metro Cebu/Metro Davao) ; 4-9 working days after payment (for delivery to other cities/provinces within the Philippines) ; 6-8 weeks after payment ( for delivery to other countries)


  1. Fill up online application form at https://www.ecensus.com.ph/.
  2. Pay corresponding fees thru accredited payment channels
    • Over-the-counter Payment Channels
      • BDO branches
      • Unionbank branches
    • Online Payment Channels
      • BDO Online Banking
      • UnionBank Online Banking
      • Credit Card (KABAYAN CENTRAL NETWORKS, INC. will appear in the credit card statement. Unisys Public Sector Services Corporation (UPSSC) will appear in the official receipt(s))
    • Other Payment Channels
      • BDO ATM ( BDO account holders only)
      • UnionBank ATM (account holders only)
  3. Wait for delivery.  Upon delivery, you will be asked by the courier for the following:
    • Valid ID
    • Authorization and ID of the certificate owner if you are requesting a certificate and you are NOT any of the following:
      • the owner of the birth certificate
      • his/her parent
      • his/her spouse
      • his/her direct descendant
      • his/her legal guardian or institution-in-charge, if minor

To request for your NSO document thru E-Census, click here.



If your need for the NSO document is not immediate,  getting them thru SM Business Centers is the most convenient and most affordable way.  SM Business Centers facilitate the application, processing, and releasing of needed copies from the civil registry including birth/death certificates, marriage contract, certificate of no marriage (Cenomar), and annotated and endorsed documents. SM Business Centers are open from Mondays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm.

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Cost: Php160 per copy – birth/death and marriage certificate ; Php215 per copy – Cenomar (rates inclusive of service fee)

Processing Time: 7 working days (may take as fast as 3 working days – get phone number so you can check the status of your request)


  1. Fill up request form at SM Business Center.
  2. Pay corresponding fees.
  3. Return after 7 working days to get your documents. Present the following:
    • Valid ID
    • Authorization and ID of the certificate owner if you are requesting a certificate and you are NOT any of the following:
      • the owner of the birth certificate
      • his/her parent
      • his/her spouse
      • his/her direct descendant
      • his/her legal guardian or institution-in-charge, if minor


TELESERV NSOHelpline.com

If you are unable to go to any Serbilis Center but need your documents the soonest possible time, you can request copies thru www.nsohelpline.com.  The rates are quite steep but you are assured of receiving your documents within 2-3 days.  And in case you have no internet access, you can call their hotline to process your request.

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Cost:  Php 350 per copy – Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates and Death Certificates / Php450 per copy – CENOMARs or Certificate of No Marriage (rates are inclusive of processing and delivery)

Processing Time: 2-3 working days upon receipt of payment


  1. Log on to NSOHelpline.com and click the Order Now button. Answer a series of validation questions and fill up the application form. You can also make a request by calling their hotline (02) 737-1111.
  2. Pay the corresponding fee thru Bancnet online, any Metrobank branch, Bancnet ATM or select Bayad Center outlets.
  3. Wait for your documents to be delivered, usually within 2-3 working days upon receipt of your payment.
  4. Upon delivery, present the following:
    • Valid ID
    • Authorization and ID of the certificate owner if you are requesting a certificate and you are NOT any of the following:
      • the owner of the birth certificate
      • his/her parent
      • his/her spouse
      • his/her direct descendant
      • his/her legal guardian or institution-in-charge, if minor


It takes several months after the date of birth/marriage/death before the birth/marriage/death certificate is received, verified and converted into digital format by the NSO so do allow 2-4 months after the date of birth/marriage/death(if the birth/marriage/death occurred within Metro Manila) or at least 6 months after the date of birth/marriage/death (if the birth/marriage/death occurred outside Metro Manila) before filing your request for a copy of the document.


Summer Blast at AMBAY Kids Camp 2015

Fantastic. Spectacular. Amazing. Extraordinary. Awesome. Exciting. Exhilarating. I could go on and on listing all the words in a thesaurus that could describe just how marvelous this year’s Kids Camp was.

The kids let their creative juices flow with the ART ATTACK activity, learned to relax and to control their bodies during KIDS YOGA, unleashed their energy and learned the value of teamwork during the AMAZING RACE OBSTACLE COURSE, had loads of fun during the WATER FIGHT, experienced a little bit of camping as they listened to a story and roasted sausages over a BONFIRE, and had one of the best summer experience EVER.  Although the activities were quite similar to that of last year’s, there were more participants in this year’s camp which meant that FUN level was at its highest!

A few minutes of CIRCLE TIME for the kids to get to know each other.

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ART ATTACK!!! Turning what seems to be TRASH INTO ART

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Oh yeah! YOGA is FUN even for KIDS!

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AMBAY surely upped the challenge in this year’s ala-Amazing Race OBSTACLE COURSE!

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FIRE! Or more like WATER!!!! This WATER FIGHT was so much more fun to watch than the so-called Battle for Greatness.

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What’s a camp without a BONFIRE? Kids were thrilled to roast sausages over the fire.

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Have you ever watched a movie under the stars…on the beach?  You should really try it!  My own kids got acquainted with Mei and Satsuki and have watched My Neighbor Totoro about half a dozen times already since we got back from Ambay.

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Of course, a beach vacation isn’t complete without some fun in the sea and on the sand.

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We’ve been to Ambay Beach Resort four time already and this is probably the best one so far.  I bet next year’s Kids Camp will even be more exciting.  We’re certainly looking forward to the third Ambay Kids Camp. If you want to join us, make sure you sign up early ’cause slots are limited.

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