Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Can Classical Music Make Smarter Babies?

Have you ever tried playing some classical music while you were pregnant? The Mozart Effect of making the infant smarter if exposed to classical music is however unfounded says researchers at Appalachian State University.

While experts claim that music has indeed improved the test results of some college students at the University of California at Irvine in 1993 and in 1995, the music effect has lasted only 15 minutes.

The lead researcher of the Irvine Study asserts in a Forbes article that listening to classical music can indeed make baby smarter, however, it can prime the brain in answering mathematical problems.

Different kids may have various styles in learning. So, for one, letting the kids study while having a classical music on air can soothe them and make them concentrate on their work.

While this too can be contested too, I shall be seeking out classic songs  to help me focus on my graduate school reviews. Listening to music may not boost our babies' IQ but by doing so, we can open opportunities to them to like music or to feel calm.

 The Mozart effect: Classical music and your baby's brain
Experts Discuss Whether Mozart Really Does Make Babies Smarter


Practical Uses for Old Toothbrush

I came across this article use of old toothbrush and I could only agree more to the news. So, what can be actually done with old toothbrush?

I normally use old toothbrush to :

  1. clean the molds and and some stain on the tiles.
  2. Use it to clean the edges of the window frames.
  3. clean the slippers or shoes;
  4. clean the jewelry with lukewarm water and mild shampoo;
  5. brush the stains on the clothes;
  6. clean my hair brush;
  7. apply some adhesive on a surface;
  8. use for artwork;
  9. and more;
 You can be quite creative with your toothbrush, so, before  you throw your old thing, think of ways how you can recycle this little stuff.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Zumba for Kids

zombatomic kids; photo  credits: Zhen Shen, Facebook

Zumba has fully invaded General Santos City as every gym has zumba session and the mall wars have used zumba as one of the media to promote social responsibility through healthy lifestyle among the Generals.

For other runners like me, I have used zumba  as part of my cross training. Not only that it has offered me that much needed holistic weight loss, it has improved or filled my lack of dancing skills.

And, while the parents have their zumba sessions, the kids can benefit from this dancing exercise through the ZUMBATOMIC  session with the city's zumba instructors.

So, for fun and worry - free exercise, I would normally wear only my workout apparel,  sterling silver jewelry  and a comfy training shoes.

If you too or your kid would like to lose weight, then, try zumba and your weight shall cut down tremendously in weeks.


Best Food for Good Sleeps

There could be times that sleep can be quite remote that you can't simply have enough of tossing on your bed. Can we blame bad food for a restless sleep? Yes, we can. So, the following are the food that you should take to boost that good zzzzzzz.

  1. rice
  2. oatmeal
  3. dairy products
  4. almonds
  5. peanuts
  6. whole grains
  7. banana
  8. honey
  9. herbal tea like camomile 
  10. avocado 
  11. eggs
  12. yogurt
  13. sesame seeds
  14. legumes
  15. soup and stews
 And make sure that you stay away from the following food that shall keep you alert: 

  1.    Spicy food  
  2.  Soy
  3. Tomato - based sauces
  4. Milk chocolate
  5. aged cheese
  6. processed food
  7. Ginseng tea

Sweet dreams: The right foods for a good night’s sleep

Five Foods for Better Sleep



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GangNam Dance Craze Invades the Philippines

The Filipinos quite love the Korean  series, then there's K-Pop Fashion and songs, and now the dannce craze GangNam moves from Korean rapper PSY. It is so hot that the music video in YouTube has reached 50 millions of views and counting. What is more is that even celebrities like Britney Spears have joined the crazed. So, it is not unusual to hear this GangNam song over the sound system, your presonus musicians friend playing the song and to see people doing the giddy - yap dance. So watch out this video clip from YouTube.


GenSan Mountain Bike Challenge Succeeds

the lady bikers

the crowd of other participants

my fellow running mate and my own partner in their fun ride category
Last September 9 was supposedly a day of running and biking. But newbie as I was in trail biking, I decided to  prioritize my graduate school review and just bid my friends and partner good luck as they coursed through 31km of off - road biking organized by the GS - MORBA.

Over 300 attendees from the city and neighboring towns and I could only grimace in horror to see bikers all bruised and bleeding from the race. Gosh! I  hope by the time I decided to join next year, I can finally have the courage to do the offroad downhills and narrow  roads.


Newfound - Family in Running

Beer Hydration after 21KM race

Running with my Pacer/td>

my running mates waiting for the 21km race gunstart
I have been running regularly for over a year now and if without classes, I join my running groups, Team Matutum and GenSan Run Club, in doing trail runs or long runs among others to exercise our passion. So, oftentimes, if there are fun runs, you would normally see us in group with all our fun grooves.

We may differ in stamina and speed but we have respect for one another and the goodwill among us matters most.

The last run however was quite a disappointment for some of  the 21km runners since they failed to hear the gunstart and announcement from an inadequate sound system for the 21km race. So, I had to see my running mates tailing the rest of the pack few minutes late.

We quite recommend then that run organizers shall use reliable sound and music equipment   for clear and audible announcements.

For now, we shall convene again for a swimming training for our desire to join triathlon.


When You Have Twins

with running mates - twins, James and Jan
I had an embarrassing time when I had to talk to someone whom I know has been running the long distance only to be corrected that he is the twin.

I am always fascinated with twins but I am sure having a twin can be quite disappointing too especially if society  marks labels and compares one over the other especially in performance and personality.

While twins share the same DNA, they still differ in their personality, preferences and even their fingerprints. And, while  others claim that twins share a common ESP, expert  Dr. Eileen Pearlman,  says otherwise.

 While having twins can be a delight to some parents, for others, having two babies or more at the same time can be quite a challenge. Thus, support groups or medical advice can be sought.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why Do People Smoke?

Ever wonder  why you see smokers almost everywhere? Practically, people smoke various cigarettes from ordinary cigars to elegant ones including vanilla dutches. Experts say that smokers smoke for major reasons to include :

  • Peer Pressure. Your friends do smoke, so, it's only natural that you join them.
  • Social Pressure. Society gives a different notion that when you smoke, you emit an impression of maturity and economic boost;
  • Social Rewards. As you join a group of smokers, you feel their acceptance.
  • Stress Reliever. While pressure can be quite true among the teens, adults may resort to smoking to relieve stress from work, family or otherwise.
  • Parental influence.  Parents who smoke or have quit smoking may quite highly influence their kids to smoke too.
Government laws and advertising among others remain a contributing factor to alluring others to smoke. Thus, it is quite necessary that we are all aware of the health impacts of smoking.



Medicial Plants for Digestive System Ailments

1.       Guava or Bayabas
Decoction of bark and leaves are used for diarrhea.
Guava jelly is  also for constipation.

 2.       Papaya
Nearly every part of the papaya has strong medicinal properties that kill worms. The milky juice of the papaya contains papain, the seeds are rich in caricin, and the alkaloid carpaine found in the leaves all have the powerful ability to destroy and expel intestinal worms. It has been used throughout history as a useful laxative, analgesic and antibacterial, giving the papaya the ability to cure intestinal parasites.

3.       Sambong
Tea is used for colds and as an expectorant; likewise, has antispasmodic and antidiarrheal benefits and for stomach pains.

4.      Malunggay
Malunggay tea can prevent intestinal worms and helps ulcers.
5.        Banana
Bananas regulate the bowel system due to its richness in fiber.  Bananas help ulcer patients  because of its capability of fighting intestinal disorders. Eating a raw banana reduces irritation in the stomach and reduces the effect of over acidity.
6.       Acacia or Rain Tree
Root decoction used in hot baths for stomach cancer. Rain tree is a traditional remedy for colds, diarrhea, headache, intestinal ailments and stomach ache like diarrhea.
7.       Luya or Ginger
As digestive aid and for flatulence and tympanism, decoction of the rhizome drunk as tea.
8.       Chico
Decoction of the bark used for diarrhea and fever. Leaf decoction used for fever, hemorrhage, wounds and ulcers.
9.       Tuba Tuba
Roots are used in leprosy; decoction of leaves used as purgative and stomachic. Latex used on ulcers.

10.        Okra
Young pods for fevers, difficult urination and diarrhea and ulcer for its  significant gastroprotective effects.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What to Expect When Expecting?

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So, what to expect when expecting? The rest of the months until you give birth may pose quite a thrill or a challenge for some. While pregnancy experience may be unique from one mother to another, some pregnancy signs can be common. This may include losing your monthly menstrual period, feeling tired, peeing often, sore breast and feeling all sick or vomiting, losing breath, enduring backache or headache or cramping. While all these seem not appealing to take, the delight of having a baby is beyond compare. Thus, you may call on your friends or loved ones for a cool baby shower with some goodies and tips from to celebrate motherhood. Have a happiness - filled pregnancy.


Families in Hyper Sports Run - GenSan Leg


Another running family on different race categories

running my 3rd official 21-km race

the grandma and her grandkid

Last September 2 was a big day for running enthusiasts as HyperSports, a Manila - based event organizer, held another fun run with various race categories from 21km to 1.6km for families. It is a glorious day to see friends, families and competitive runners swarm the streets of General Santos City to promote healthy lifestyle thru fun running. So, come next weekend, another fun run is set to roll.


Schools Honor Linggo ng Wika

the kids rendering their manlalatic folk dance

August is another month of patriotism as the entire nation celebrates Linggo ng Wika to honor Manuel L. Quezon.

So, it is quite typical that schools and government units hold events like singing and dancing of old songs.  At least, this would allow the kids to reminisce the old Filipino folklore and culture.