Monday, October 28, 2013

How to React When Tantrums Arise

Patience is a virtue, and Moms of disabled kids (and normal kids) could really use this mantra. The kids may throw tantrums even in public vehicles, public places (mall, grocery, school) or places you wont wish to calm a flare up, but having a very long patience and being calm are some of the best tools in Handling Tantrums. When i was confronted with tantrums for the first time it really drove me crazy, even sent me to my wit's end, and end up really really upset and angry, but as time passes, (after 6 years and 3 kids) I got used to it and formulated some techniques on how to react when faced with the kid's sudden outburst.

1. Stay Calm. Deep breathing and counting one to ten before reacting to a tantrum really help in calming ourselves and clearing our mind so we could react accordingly and avoid having a fit of rage over the child's behavior.

2. Ignore the tantrum. Giving even the negative attention to the tantrum will validate the behavior and may give the child the feeling of superiority because they think that tantrums are a great way to get our attention, get what they want, and have it their way. Don't react, or walk away, take a few steps and let the child have the tantrum.

3. Figure out the cause of the tantrum. Tantrums can be triggered by a number of things like getting hungry, sleepy, boredom, frustration over something, or sometimes, it's because they want to have something.

4. Don't Give in. Giving in to the demands will only reinforce the behavior and may use it even after the age that they should cease having tantrums.

5. Don't use physical force or discipline to regain control. It will only led them to think that spanking or hitting is acceptable and may have an effect on their psychological and social development. They may even learn to use it when they became frustrated with other kids. It also indicates that you are out of control.


Credits: Aboutkids.orgWikihowPositive Parenting SolutionsKids Health

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Post Secondary Education for the Deaf

This is my son Carl Patrick, Currently in Pre-school and studying at Special Children Education Institution in Pasig City.
Last night, I've seen the news about a Deaf and Mute college student who was able to graduate with honors despite challenges. As a mom of a hearing impaired kid, I was amazed and inspired at the same time, hopeful that someday my kid will be like that student, living life normally notwithstanding his disability, conquering his limitations, and being able to bring out the best in him. Other people look at the disability like it's a burden or an obstacle, like the person can do nothing about it and ends up being dependent requiring full care and attention. But no, not my son, I can see his independence at an early age. I can see the things that he can do. He can do things that normal 6-year-old kids can do. He can communicate (through sign language and gestures) to others, even to the hearing kids (given that the kids are not mean and won't mock him). As early as now, I'm already rounding up the schools that offers vocational or 2 year courses, and 4-year degree courses to hearing impaired students.

1. CAP College School for the Deaf - Established in 1989 and is the first college school for the deaf in Manila. The mode of instruction is the traditional system of instruction. Total Communication is the medium of instruction. You can contact the school here for more details. The courses they offer are:
  • Associate in Arts in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management, Marketing or Entrepreneurship
2. The Philippine School for the Deaf - Founded in 1907 by Dr. David P. Barrows, the Director of Education in the Philippines, and Delia Delight Rice, a teacher for the deaf with immense experience in special education, and daughter of deaf parents in Columbus, Ohio. The school is located at 2620 FB Harrison, Pasay City, Metro Manila or you can call 5100252. The school offers:
  • Pre-elementary education
  • Early Childhood Education (5 to 6 years old)
  • Preparatory (pre-requisite to grade 1)
  • Literacy Class
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Transition education
  • Vocational program
  • Apprenticeship program
3. Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf - Founded in October 1993 by two young computer professionals, one hearing and one deaf, who dreamed of providing education for hearing impaired persons through the use of computers which is apt for them since it require minimal supervision and communication skills. The school is situated at Purok Dos Sitio Buntung Palay, Barangay Silangan Road,Bgy. Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal, 1825 or contact them here. The Courses they offer are:
4. De La Salle College of Saint Benilde - Established in 1980 by Br. Andrew Gonzales FSC as College of Career Development, a night school for the working students of De La Salle University. It was renamed after Saint Bénilde Romançon, a Christian Brother 1988, and became autonomous in 1994. The School Offers Deaf Learners’ Preparatory Course, a two-trimester program to evaluate the deaf individual for readiness for college before advancing to the Applied Deaf Studies Program. The Applied Deaf Studies Program specializes in computer graphics and entrepreneurship. The School is located at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate Manila, or contact them here.

If you wish to watch the story of the deaf college student, you can watch it here.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

20 Best Acoustic Songs from Rock Artists

                        Was Cleaning our storage room when i found this, my poor old guitar. This was my then-boyfriend-now-husband's first gift. Can't believe it's almost a decade old and was able to stand the test of time.. (including floods and termites). I missed playing this since the last time i was able to play a guitar was during my college days, my highschool friends inspired me to learn the guitar, and of course, some good old rock music.
Rock music is not just about noise and distortion behind compelling and offbeat lyrics, sometimes, some of the "loudest" rock musicians and bands make music that are apt for the peace and quiet moments. There are also songs that inspires us to learn the guitar so we can play and sing those beautifully crafted songs. The one song that inspired me to learn the prominent instrument in music is Goo Goo Dolls' "Name" from the 1995 album A Boy Named Goo. Here are 20 Acoustic Songs that will make you strumming and humming in no time. (no particular order)

2. Patience - Guns n' Roses
3. Over the hills and far away - Led Zeppelin
4. Your Decision - Alice in Chains
5. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac/ Smashing Pumpkins
6. Time of your life (Good Riddance) - Green Day
7. The Man who sold the world - David Bowie/Nirvana
8. No Rain - Blind Melon
9. Wonderwall - Oasis
10. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
11. Rocky Racoon - The Beatles
12. Blackbird - The Beatles
13. Yesterday - The Beatles
14. Across the universe - The Beatles
15. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
16. Knockin on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
17. Wish You were here - Pink Floyd
18. Free Bird - Lynyrd skynyrd
19. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
20. Redemption Song - Bob Marley


Credits: Guitar World

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014

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90's Popular Grunge rock band (and one of my all-time favorites) Nirvana, along with other artists such as KISSLL Cool J, and Hall and Oates are among the artists who are nominated for the 2014's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which was announced by Rolling Stone on Wednesday, October 16. Other artists on the list include Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies.

To be eligible for the nomination, the bands or the artists should have released their first single or album in 1988 or earlier.

For the second consecutive year, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 10th, fans can vote on for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the Class of 2014. (Rolling Stone)

The 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in New York City on April 2014. 


Credits/Source: Rolling StoneE! OnlineConsequence of Sound

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Hello Rockenrollers! I went on a hiatus from blogging because of the time my work and family life demanded, I'm already a work at home mom, working from 9pm to 5am manila time (that's 9 am to 5 pm US central time) and in the morning, i'll go and take the kids to school and wait for them until 2pm to go back home, and then the house chores and everything. Really, it wasnt easy to manage the time and allocate to the things that we prioritize and "sneak" in some time for the things that we really want to do (I didn't even have a time to go to the mall :c) but I know you know the feeling of doing something that you really want that you would find sometime to do it no matter how busy and hectic your schedule is. Whenever i lay down at night (or at dawn to sleep for like 2 hours before I prep the kids and myself to school), I always think of writing down something to share with you, my readers (If i have any, lol) especially some tips about the mommy life and some trivia/facts or anything in between about rock music. I'm also thinking of inviting/accepting guest posts from some of the cool women/moms in my circle of friends, or even in the blogosphere, not just to keep this blog running but to share some thoughts from the amazing people I know. May it be about music, recipe, childcare, unusual facts, informative stuff, product reviews, family and married life, and the likes. If you guys wanna share something that you would like to see here in the blog, you can contact me Here (no spammers please). I would love to hear from you guys. Thank you, see you soon! and LET THERE BE ROCK!