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Friday, July 20, 2018

Teaching Your Kids How to Use Tech Wisely


Kids have been growing up with computers, mobile technology, and the Internet for many years now, and the use of these technologies is an integral part of modern life. There are few paths your child can take that won’t have at least a degree of technological interaction, and for the most part, this is a good thing. The information, experiences, and opportunities for communication can enrich lives and enable better standards of education, but with these benefits come risks. To keep your child safe, you need to make sure they understand how to look after themselves, why it’s important, and how to trust what they are reading.

Information literacy
This is the ability to not just read what you find online, but know how to check whether it’s truthful and accurate. Kids tend to believe everything they read on websites without stopping to consider that the facts could be incorrect or deliberately misleading. They are approaching their acquisition of knowledge with a naivety that comes from lack of experience.

Friday, July 13, 2018

I Ran My First Full Marathon at 41: NatGeo Run 2017

It was April 23, 2017 when I ran my first full marathon, the full 42km and I was 41 years old. I was fairly new to running (will explain this in my back story) so my official finish time was 6:27:29. Anyway, my goal was not to finish fast, but simply to finish - and I did! 40 days. That's exactly the number of days that I had to officially prepare for my first full marathon.

Thank you, Rickpet Lens Photography, for this photo.

A little back story. December 2016, I availed of this free baseline health test at Open Access, a company that provides multilingual customer services, where I work for. The test showed I had high total and bad cholesterol. Being a person who was into various sports and physical activities in the past like football, basketball, martial arts and doing Insanity workout, I then resolved to get back into some sort of physical activity.

I hit the gym and ran on the treadmill. Vividly, I remember that I ran straight for only 12 minutes - that's how long I could last running and I was already spent. My goal was to bring down my cholesterol levels through diet and aerobic exercise. That was my initial purpose for getting into running. I also tried getting back into Aikido training when I found a dojo at Makati Sports Club, but I figured, running was the least expensive between the two, although I admit I would have enjoyed the latter more.

March 13, 2017 - 40 days before the NatGeo Run 2017, our company opened the invitation to all its employees to run in this event and use the 42k category as the qualifying run for the selection of the company's official representatives to the New York City Marathon last November 2017. I signed up.

Since then, I started preparing to run my first full marathon. It was also about the same week that I downloaded Runtastic, the first running app I used to keep track of my runs and progress. Below are the runs I did from the date of the announcement leading to the NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017.

Well, I didn't qualify as our company's representative to the 2017 NYCM, but, I learned a great deal out of the experience and was able to use it as illustration to our message series entitled "Keep On" in our church at Eastwood City.

A few weeks prior to the NatGeo Run, I joined Run United Exceed 2017. I joined the half marathon where you only get a finisher's medal if you finish under a challenging cut-off time of 2:30.

As seen above my IG post, I made it. So, there was a bit of confidence that I could finish the NatGeo Run under 6 hours. I was wrong. I learned the lesson, "Respect the distance."

There was no excuse for me. My training and experience wasn't enough for that full marathon and it has been quite a journey for me, looking back more than a year ago.

This year, my qualifying run for the 2018 NYCM was a different story. I will post about it soon and will include my one-year journey and training for that qualifier. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Maximizing the Space in Your First Home

When you are starting out in life, on your own or as newlyweds, picking up the keys to your first home will be a momentous occasion. Your first residence away from your family, a place that you can call your own, is a precious gift. No matter how small it might be, it is likely to be very special for you, and you will want to make it as comfortable and personal to you as possible. Unless you are fortunate enough to be independently wealthy, your first home is probably going to be of a more compact size, from which you can aspire to a bigger place in the future. Because it is likely to be on the small side, you will need to be clever about how you use the space to get the most out of it.

Although you won’t have had the chance to accrue lots of possessions yet, you will still need clever storage solutions for your new home if you want to keep everything uncluttered. Small spaces need to be very well organised, so that it is easy to access things and put them away afterwards. If it’s tricky putting anything back where it belongs, you’ll find things start to get left out, and very soon you’ll be overwhelmed with clutter. You need to sort out which items you are likely to need on a regular basis, and which you will need less often, so you can store them in the most appropriate place. In a small home you will need to make use of every little bit of space, so it’s a good idea to look for ideas on space saving ways to store your belongings. If you have a browse on the Internet, you’ll find ideas for clever storage units you can buy, and for the thrifty, there are some ingenious ways to make your ownstorage solutions.

Fit everything to the size of the room
Furniture and appliances come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and if you have very small rooms, it’s best to go for undersized versions of everything. Rather than trying to cram a large three-seater sofa into your living room, go for a compact two-seater with a matching chair if there’s room. Apply this principle to every room, so in the bathroom check the standard bathtub size and go for a smaller version that will take up less space. You may even be able to re-orientate the tub to a different position if you replace a standard sized one with a compact model, in effect creating more space. 

When it comes to ornaments and accessories, go for the minimalist approach, or at least keep the knick-knacks under control. The higher the number of items that are visible in a small space, the more overcrowded it will feel; and while cosyis nice, cramped is not a good idea. However small your first home, with some clever approaches to using and maximisingthe available space, you will be able to make the most of your environment.