3 Ways To Find the Best Air Conditioning Company

Having heating and air conditioning that works properly is essential for feeling comfortable in your own home. If you live in a climate that is prone to having extremely hot or cold temperatures, heating and air conditioning become even more vital. Therefore, it is important to have a company you can call to repair these systems if something should go wrong with either of them. If you own a furnace or an air conditioner long enough, it will eventually break down. Here is how you can go about hiring a heating and air conditioning company.

1. Ask your friends and neighbors

In your effort to stay cool or warm, whatever the case may be, you should first attempt to gather some references by speaking to people that you know very well. These are people you can trust. They have your best interest at heart. They will not steer you towards a specific repair company because of some ulterior motive. In these situations, it is always good to have people you can talk to who you know are always being honest with you. Find out the last time these people had their furnace or air conditioner repaired. Did the repair company do a good job? Were they on time and professional? Would they recommend that you use the same company?

2. Surf the Internet

You should also spend some time online visiting the websites of various heating and repair companies in your area. Take a look at the level of experience each company has. This will be an important factor in whether or not you hire them. You should also look at the equipment they use and the services they offer.

3. Set up appointments

Once you have a few heating and air conditioning companies in mind, you will need to set up a few appointments. Have the companies come to your house and give you an estimate for how much the repair work is going to cost. Let each company know that you have called other companies for estimates. This will give them more incentive to give you their best price.

The 3rd Singapore Math Learning Festival

Only 10 days left before the 3rd Singapore Math Learning Festival! Parents, teachers, and school administrators are all enjoined to register and take part in this year’s learning fest aptly themed Preparing for the Future: Creativity and Innovation through Singapore Math.

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As parents and educators, it is our responsibility to prepare our children for the future.  We must help equip them with the necessary skills that will make them global citizens of the future.

For years now, educators have been honing learners’ 21st Century Skills needed for them to succeed and thrive in the new global workplace.  Among these 21st Century Skills, Creativity and Innovation are the key ingredients needed for solving problems and creating solutions.  This is why using the Singapore Math method has become more popular the world over.

Singapore Math is an effective tool in promoting creativity and innovation.  It has refined traditional ways of learning math and has transformed how learners see mathematics.  Critical thinking skills are greatly improved as learners find creative ways to solve math problems.

This year’s Singapore Math Learning Festival aims to educate parents, teachers, educators, and school administrators with creative and innovative teaching strategies in using Singapore Math. As a parent myself, I do encourage fellow parents and educators to attend this conference and be active partners in raising globally competitive learners.

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4 Tips For Busy Mums

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Image by Marin / FreeDigitalImages.Net

There’s no question that motherhood is an incredibly demanding role. Between raising the kids, running a household and career pressures, the strain of modern family life can feel all consuming at times. But don’t despair, there are many ways you can ease the stress. You can start by following these four tips for busy mums.

1. Slow down

Trying to do too many things at once can lead to chaos and confusion. Even if you consider yourself a master of multi-tasking, there’s only so much a busy mum can get done while trying to run a household. To avoid feeling as though you’re constantly trying to play catch-up each morning, take a moment to think of every single task you’d ideally like to complete that day and then list them in order of importance. By slowing down and setting yourself a clear set of objectives, you are far more likely to avoid distractions and be productive.

2. Develop a routine

Creating a consistent and realistic routine can help to take the stress out of motherhood. Studies have shown that young children thrive when their lives are structured around a daily schedule, providing them with a sense of security and comfort. Raising a family can be an unpredictable business, and there are sure to be ups and downs along the way. By establishing a routine, you can ease some of the pressure that comes with being a busy mum. The routine doesn’t have to be set in stone: try drawing up a schedule on a whiteboard, with a routine for each day of the week. Try and have your kids eat their meals and go to bed at roughly the same time every day to get the most out of your routine.

3. Find balance

Trying to create a stable work/life balance is one of the greatest challenges facing modern mums. Dividing time between your family and a demanding career can be stressful and exhausting, leading to feelings of frustration and unnecessary guilt. If you ever feel as though your job is taking up too much of your precious family time, consider opening your own business. There are plenty of resources available to busy mums looking to start a business. A good example of a business structure with built-in support is a telecommunications business. By partnering with a wholesale provider such as Telcoinabox, busy mums can start their own telecommunications company from the comfort of their own home.

4. Make time for yourself

If you never make time for yourself, the stress of being a busy mum can start to take its toll. Whether you schedule a set time each day to unwind, or simply seize the opportunity on a whim, never underestimate the power of relaxation. Going for a calming walk, catching up with friends or even stopping for a ten-minute meditation session can help to relieve stress. If you are constantly on the go from the second your alarm goes off in the morning, try getting up fifteen minutes earlier than you usually would. Allowing yourself a moment to gather your thoughts and prepare for the day ahead can make a huge difference to your stress levels.

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Image by Marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

Being a mum will always involve a certain amount of chaos and stress, but, by implementing just a few simple lifestyle changes, you can make the experience much less of a struggle for both you and your family. Do you have any tips for busy mums? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

A Bite of History at KAMUNING BAKERY CAFE

Don’t you just love places with a lot of history? We definitely do!  It’s one of the reasons why we took the kids to Cebu and Bohol instead of the happiest place on earth.  Here in Manila, we’ve also taken them to Fort Santiago in Intramuros and the Rizal Park. Now, here’s another place we’d like to take them soon – Kamuning Bakery Cafe.

“A bakery?!”, you might ask.  Well, this isn’t just any other bakery. Kamuning Bakery has a fascinating story behind it and heavenly breads that take you back in history.

Kamuning Bakery Cafe is more than just a bakery. It is a cherished and well-preserved tradition. It is history made alive with quality products and sincere friendly service.

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Last June 12, we were invited to a delightful lunch hosted by three-time Palanca awardee and distinguished columnist Wilson Lee Flores and organized by Digital Circles.  While waiting for lunch to be served, we were enthralled by Wilson Lee Flores’ stories about Kamuning Bakery, the Javier family, and the earliest communities in the city. It was like Kas 1 only so much more interesting to listen to. :-)

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76 years of Artisan Baking

Late 1939, Atty. Leticia “Letty” Bonifacio Javier and her husband Marcelo Javier Sr. opened the very first bakery in Quezon City upon the invitation of newspaper tycoon Don Alejandro Roces who was also a friend and adviser of President Manuel L. Quezon for whom the city was named.  The bakery was opened in the city’s oldest community touted as the Project 1, Barangay Kamuning – aptly named for being once planted with flowering kamuning trees. Letty’s parents, Miguel and Jovita, opened pre-war Manila’s renowned Los Baños Bakery in Singalong.  Letty put to good use the fine art of baking she learned from her parents as she started her very own bakery.

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During World War II, her father, husband, and brother-in-law died as heroes as they fought Japanese military invaders.  Left on her own with three small children to look after, she unweariedly  ran the bakery which eventually became famous for its excellent breads and good service.  It was through Kamuning Bakery that she was able to successfully raise her three children, now all distinguished professionals in their own fields.

 

Keeping the Legacy Alive

When Letty passed away two decades ago, her children endeavored to keep the bakery open.  However, with families of their own and with no one to manage the bakery, they decided to sell the property but with a condition that the buyer would not close down the bakery and keep their mother’s legacy alive. By happenstance, it was Wilson Lee Flores, being also a realty entrepreneur, whom they asked to help sell the property.  He happened to love the pugon-baked, preservative-and-additive-free breads of Kamuning Bakery which is why he decided to invest in and revive the bakery himself in December 2013.  Most of 2014 was then spent rehabilitating the bakery. On October 12 of the same year, the revived Kamuning Bakery was given the Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award to honor and recognize the achievements and contributions of the bakery as pioneer enterprise in the city.

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Wilson Lee Flores not only kept the bakery open and retained their artisanal pugon-style baking but also re-opened the bakery’s old cafe. On March 20, 2015, the restored Kamuning Bakery Cafe was opened to serve sumptuous food.

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Cebu-Bohol Adventure: Crimson Resort and Spa

A beach resort was first on my list when I was planning our Cebu-Bohol adventure.  Among those that were recommended by friends were Shangri-la Mactan, Crimson Resort and Spa, Moevenpick, and JPark.  Since my considerations were for the resort to be kid-friendly and budget-friendly, we opted for Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan.

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Reviews from TripAdvisor mention that some lost their way going to the resort.  Even some taxis where said to be unfamiliar with the location.  Getting lost with two kids in tow would be quite terrible so I decided to arrange for transport from the airport to Crimson Resort. We had to pay more than double than what a regular taxi fare would cost but the convenience was worth the extra bucks. Upon arrival at Mactan Interntional Airport, we were welcomed by a hotel representative who then ushered us to our car. The drive to the resort took around 20 minutes only.

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Check-in time was at 3 pm but we were told that a room would be available right after lunch. We were free to use all the facilities though while waiting for our room. We took our bag with our swimming gear and left the rest of our luggage with the bellman. We had to rent lockers near the fitness hall to keep our clothes and valuables in. A deposit of 500 pesos for each locker was required but was returned also after we surrendered the keys.

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Feeding Frenzy at the Beach

After changing into our swimsuits, we headed straight to the beach. The beach front was smaller than I pictured it to be. And true to the reviews I’ve read online, the beach was quite rocky.  Still, we enjoyed our REALLY SHORT dip in the sea – really short because the little girl freaked out when schools of fish swam around us. It was fish feeding time when we hit the beach.  There was a basket of bread available and the li’l boy and I were happily throwing bits and pieces of bread around us.  I was truly enjoying our real-life feeding frenzy, so it was with a heavy heart that I left the beach.

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Infinite Fun in the Infinity Pool

We spent the rest of the morning in the three-tiered infinity pool. Two pools were 2-ft deep while the third one was 4-ft deep. Since the kids had their floaters, we were able to stay in the last pool which had a spectacular view of the sea.

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The water was pleasantly warm (hubby wished it were cooler though) and I could have stayed there all day long.  There are scheduled pool activities throughout the day.  There was aqua zumba both in the morning and in the afternoon. Hubby and I joined both although I had to keep an eye on the two kids swimming (uh-oh…helicoptering still!).  A game of water polo was also offered but there were only a couple of swimmers who wanted to play.

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I found out the next day that there were also activities for kids in the kids’ pool. Had I known about those when we checked-in, I would have brought the kids to the other pools instead.

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