29 July 2013

Jo-Lo's Hangout: a Youtube Channel

My son Jo-Lo now has a Youtube Channel.  Named Jo-Lo's Hangout, the channel showcases his adventures with friends and family, his favourite toys, arts and crafts and stuff that interests him.

I helped him set-up his Channel, and I basically maintain and edit the videos for him.  It is also a good venue for him to exercise his speaking skills and thinking out stories for his videos.  It will be great if you subscribe to the channel and send out positive comments for him.  Thanks in advance!

Here is his pilot episode:

We aim to come out with a new episode on weekends. Head on overhttp://www.youtube.com/user/JoLosHangout/ to Youtube to subscribe!

24 July 2013

[DomPost] Baby's start to life shaky but worth it, says mum

New mother Rea Javier might just be the only person in Wellington who was oblivious to Sunday's earthquake.

The combined effects of epidurals and a tough labour meant her focus was elsewhere.

"I think I felt the quake but I had other things on my mind," she said from her bed at Hutt Hospital yesterday as she cradled her son, Nicolas.

He is already being called Quake by his young cousins.

Continue reading this article at the Dominion Post

20 July 2013

Lego X-Wing Starfighter - for real!

There are X-Wing Starfighters...

And there are X-Wing Starfighters!

As my son would say, "for real!"  It must be an awesome sight.

17 July 2013

Minions conquer the world!

What a truly interesting phenomenon this crowd psychology is.  It's when people influence each other and act in unison towards a common goal.  The effect is more apparent in dense populations, such as the Philippines.  You can readily observe how a stimulus influences a small group of people, which turns into a crowd, and into a community, and it soon avalanches as social media takes control and becomes - as netizens put it - viral.

11 July 2013

How to shop at the sari-sari store

The Dairy is to New Zealand as the Sari-sari store is to the Philippines.  However, besides both being a store where you can buy your basic necessities which does not merit a major trip to the supermarket, there are significant differences.

The Dairy is, in the strictest sense, a store.  The Sari-sari store, on the other hand, is a place where neighbours converge and often hang around for small talk.  It is not uncommon to have a bench - and at times even a simple desk - in front of the store.  You can buy fizzy drinks and chips and consume it right there.  Kids converge at the store after an afternoon of basketball to unwind.  In my old neighbourhood in Manila, you can also use their landline for a few pesos (no long distance calls please!).

Which is why the sari-sari store is one of the trademarks of a typical Filipino life - proudly taking its place with jeepneys and street food.

08 July 2013

Basketball: Wellington Saints Invitation Team vs Philippines' Gilas

Adult - $12
Child (5-15yrs)
Family (2A & 3C) - $30
VIP - $25

To learn more about this event and book tickets, visit the Te Rauparaha Arena website
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