What’s a quality family time mean to you?

“Being a family means you are a part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life no matter what.”

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My family and I on a lunch date.

Occasion? There’s none!

Sometimes we get too busy with work and priorities in life that we unconsciously lose track with the most important people in our lives – our family. Even weekends are spent with something else at times. We do work overtime, we go out with friends, we go shopping, we eat out, we watch movies and the rest of the day is spent with ourselves – alone – in our room…socializing with friends online, checking out epiphone vs gibson, reading books, if not, snoozing . Yes we may have shared the same roof, see each other everyday, casually talk with one another — but are these what we consider quality time?

Each of us define “quality time” differently. To many it could mean a weekend; to some a day or two; and to few others maybe a getaway. To me a quality time spent with a family doesn’t have to be measured by time or distance. I spend time with my family at anytime and any day, with or without a reason simply because they are important part of me and they deserve my time. It doesn’t have to be planned. It doesn’t even require an occasion to spend time with each other.

The nature of my job can be very demanding and may require most of my time so I can only stay home just as much and when I do, I always find time sitting down with them over lunch or dinner. In addition my new weekend passion which is baking has became my way of getting close to them. Each time I try something new, I always have them as my critics. 😀

What about you? What does a quality family time mean to you?

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The Science of Babies’ Cuteness

This little bunch of joy will soon to rock our world with tyler joseph ukulele . 😀

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At first glance, you would think that this cute little soul is a boy. No, she’s not. But with the way she look at here, many might thought she is.

This turning nine month old AJ is my younger sister’s fourth child. She’s everybody’s favorite. I think that’s what babies really are. Each time I come home from work, I look for her above all else, as if she’s mine. I used to come home to my dog, Maggie before she came. Now, it’s as if everyone wants to get near her every chance they get. I try not to wonder, though. She’s simply irresistible!

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So why do we find babies so cute?

Science says more “cuteness” equals more care and more protection, which is especially important for human babies who are completely dependent upon their caregivers when born.

Technically, the term “cute” is referred to as “baby schema,” which is a set of features that make something adorable in the most generally accepted terms. Traits include a rounded head, large eyes, protruding cheeks, a big forehead, round body and soft skin.

When these traits are seen or even enhanced, it activates a part of the human brain that gives feelings of anticipation, excitement or the urge to cuddle or hold babies.

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It’s Indeed a Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year, Philippines! Happy New Year, world!

Every year has to end to give way for a new one. It is an annual event that most people look forward to, wherever they are in the world.  It is also believed to be one of the most magical occasions of the year where friends unite and families get together to celebrate. Big or small, a New Year always call for a celebration.

I’ve checked Facebook (the world’s most popular social media site I’ve known) just a few minutes before the clock strikes twelve last night and it’s as if everyone was excited and has a good reason to celebrate and to look forward for the New Year 2017. Whatever that reason, it reflects on their individual timeline posts, particularly photos on the preparations made for the New Years Eve.

I did the same too, about a minute or two or the moment I’ve heard series of popping fireworks around – an indication that the New Year has come. Here’s how New  Year celebration went on our part of the world.

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What makes it special is that I did almost all the preparations and just enjoyed every bit of it.

One reason why I took most of the prepping part is because most of what we’ve had on our table are fruits of my cooking experiments which (with the help of my new kitchen buddy, my new KYOWA Electric Oven), fortunately turned out well. Thanks to the free online tutorials too! 😀

Details of each recipe shall be up on my food blog very soon.

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Part of my “overspending” (I don’t know why but it’s a fact) late last year was the preparation for this occasion. I’d rather like to think that the last Christmas and this is a part of the complete package of trying to bring a memorable celebrations that together we, as family can recall on to in the coming years along with the hope that the new year will bring joy and abundance not only to us but to others as well.


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