In these precarious times due to the depressing economy, only those in the upper echelons of society (“the haves” and the “have-mores”) are willing and able to spend thousands of green bucks for high fashion, avant-garde and haute couture dressing. A classic example was the recently concluded (4/29) royal wedding of England's Prince William and Kate Middleton where socialites made their respective fashion headlines from head to toe. But, for average and middle-class fashion stalwarts and wannabes (who may still fall under the category of the “haves” ), they would think twice on whether or not to spend their hard-earned … Continue reading Fashion For The “Have-Less” And The “Have-Nots”- Tips and Thoughts
Today is Arbor Day and some of us who are passionate and concerned about our environment would know the relevance of this day. Arbor, as defined in the dictionary could either mean a shady place or a trellis, referring to plants and tress. It could be surmised that the term “Arbor” originated from the Spanish words “Arbol” or in its plural form “Arboles” which means, tree or trees, respectively. Myusefultips had previously blogged about Earth Day activities, and one of the things mentioned therein was tree planting. Plants and trees are absolutely important not only in the atmosphere but also in … Continue reading How Useful Are Trees To Us – Tips and Thoughts
In view of the difficulties that most of us are facing these trying times, one way of making Easter more meaningful and memorable to children, is by celebrating it in a non-traditional way. Gathering and telling them the story about Jesus' Resurrection, with a 30-minute movie animation on the subject as part of the presentation can be explored. In so doing, the kids would be able to understand pretty well why and what happened to Jesus during His last days on earth. There are a bunch of DVDs and CD's for kids available in the market. Just make sure that what … Continue reading How To Have Fun on Easter With Kids – Cool E-Friendly Useful Tips!
In observance of the Holy Week, myusefultips.com shall be giving you some personal reflections about this season. For us Christians, we have learned that Lent is the perfect time for being quiet, reflective, to be sorry for our sins, and meditate on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. We likewise undertake certain things such as praying and doing acts of mercy and love. However, do we know that Lent is the season of the year where we prepare for Easter time as well? Lent signifies the freshness of new life — we could be transformed … Continue reading A Moment of Reflection
Lent is a time for praying, a time for sharing, a time for helping, a time of sacrificing, a time of asking God's mercy and pardon, a time of forgiving people, and most of all, a time to prepare for Easter. Grabbing an idea from the school's lenten calendar, I asked the kids one day if they happen to know someone going through a hard time and if so, to make a card or scribble a note for them to cheer them up and to let them know that they are in their prayers. Here are some of the kids works and … Continue reading Lenten Works of Small Hands – Cool Tips and Thoughts
According to Church teachings, there are 6 seasons in the Church Liturgical Year, namely: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Three Days or ( Triduum), and Easter. For purposes of this blog, the discussion shall focus on Lent, including the Three Days, based on personal knowledge since childhood up to this time. I may not be in a position to discuss its merits in full-length as I am neither a part of any religious congregation nor a theologian/ scholar who is an expert in Canon Law. However, my humble understanding on the subject, acquired through experience and study (with 12 Theology units in … Continue reading The Beauty of Lent: A Layman’s Viewpoint -Tips and Thoughts
Last Monday night after completing a certain project, I got the chance to watch a live baseball game at NYC's Citifield Mets Stadium courtesy of some non profit org connections. So, what's the big deal? Nothing really, except that it was a pain in the butt as the New York Mets team lost to the Colorado Rockies after almost 4 hours of being exposed to the chilly weather, sitting, cheering and chanting, “LET'S GO METS, LET'S GO METS……, of course with the boom beat”! Seriously, the game was fun and exciting, the support and exuberance of the crowd was … Continue reading FIRST TIME TO MEET METS WITH ROCKIES – FUN SPORTS TIPS AND THOUGHTS
The song “”Bayan Ko” (or “My Country”) describes in so many ways a person’s loyalty to one's country, like that of a person who is in a far-off place facing sacrifices and challenges. For those who are not well versed with the song and therefore couldn't relate with its message, in view of language barrier, it doesn't really matter but for those who may be curious to know what it is all about, the song simply refers to nationalism and loyalty to one's country. This blog shall not endeavor to dig into the origins of the song, its evolution and how … Continue reading Loyalty To One’s Country:A Forgotten Virtue? – Tips and Thoughts