4 Romantic Places to Visit In Ireland


4 Romantic Places to Visit In Ireland

Whether it is Valentine’s Day season or not, traveling to Ireland is definitely a romantic place to be in. And when you know exactly which ones can get you and your loved ones the most romantic feels, Ireland will definitely take your breath away as you stroll along beautiful sceneries. 

While a lot of people may not consider Ireland as a place to visit for a romantic getaway, it actually has a lot to offer – more than you can think of. So whether you are just planning for a weekend getaway by the beach, or a fun and exciting date in the city, Ireland can give you all the options.


1. Connemara, County Galway

If you are up for a rugged but epic landscape, Connemara is definitely one of the most romantic places you can ever visit in Ireland. In fact, it was where The Quiet Man, a romantic comedy, was filmed. This place has some amazing beaches, cozy pubs, and scenic green lands! 

If you are considering an adventurous and magical getaway with your beloved, consider going to Connemara, County Galway. You can either do it your way or conveniently book a tour with Go Irish Tours.


2. Causeway Coast, County Antrim

According to Lonely Planet, Causeway Coast is considered the best region in the world to visit. After all, it is one of Ireland’s most scenic and romantic spots to visit. There you will find the adventurous trip to Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge and unique view of the Giant’s Causeway. 

You will also be able to find the Mussenden Temple which is perfectly situated along the cliff edge of Downhill Demense. This place is considered one of the best romantic spots in Ireland that it is even chosen as a proposal spot and wedding venue a lot of times.


3. Dublin City, County Dublin

If you are up for a romantic trip right around the city, Dublin City is the best choice among visitors. For a perfect and romantic stroll around the city, you can head to Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green. 

It’s one of the most popular spots for young couples to visit and there have been already a lot of marriage proposals there. More importantly, this option will not prompt you to go far from the city. You can easily look for hotels, cafes, and other great eateries just by strolling around the city.


4. Fermanagh Lakelands

Fermanagh Lakelands has a lot of stunning lakes that is very much a popular destination for couples. It has a breathtaking landscape that will provide endless opportunities for romantic walks along the lake and through the forest trails. 

Among the best places to visit in the Lakelands is the Belmore forest which was a filming location for the Game of Thrones – a popular TV series. For a more intimate and memorable experience, you can also go to the nearby Marble Arch Caves. It’s definitely worth the time checking out when you are in Fermanagh Lakelands.


4 Tips To Exploring Europe On The Water


4 Tips To Exploring Europe On The Water

Europe is a lovely tourist destination for anyone. You have exciting places to visit, and most of all, you get time off from normal routines, which can be exhausting sometimes.

As we all know, you can access different cities via different transport systems. It can be by the air, road, train, and water - that is what forms our discussion today. Sailing Europe through the sea is one breathtaking adventure since it offers numerous benefits.

You do not have to keep booking restaurants; you get to view most ports; you do not have to keep walking or finding your way through traffic; overall, it is efficient.

Therefore, what are some of the things that you require to know when exploring the continent by water?

1. You need to look for ways to save up money

The best thing about renting a yacht is that it offers a level of privacy. You can travel through the different destination at your periphery.

However, that comes with a cost. You have to rent a yacht, which is one of the expenses that you have to consider. To help you save some money on the charter, consider traveling during the low season. During the holidays, so many people want to go on their vacation.

With that, you are sure that the yacht companies will increase their fees. Note that it is appropriate that you hire a boat that will fit everyone.


2. Explore the routes before you start sailing

Sailors usually have a list of courses that you can follow. The reason for doing so is to prevent tourists from having to formulate their routes.

However, that does not mean that you have to follow their routes strictly. Some destinations can be tedious, and could even hinder your freedom. As you plan for the trip, create time where you and your crew will study the different routes available.

Be sure that you can find written guides and maps developed by sailors. Note that the sailing company you hire will provide routes to follow.

3. Have a hostess in the boat

It is always good to tag along with a crew when doing your travels. You will need memories with people who you love, and that is the primary purpose of exploration.

To help you focus on having fun, it would be a great idea if you take a hostess with you. He or she will be in charge of preparing meals, clearing the decks, and cleaning the toilets. In short, it will take away the stress of having to give schedules to your crew.

In all cases, make sure that you treat the hostess with dignity. She is in charge of preparing meals, which saves you the cost of having to eat from restaurants.

4. Be sure to carry a skipper

If it is your first time traveling in a boat, then it is good that you bring a skipper with you. The company that you rent the yacht from will offer one for you.

He or she will be there to help in case of any technical issues that arise within the course of your journey. He or she will also give you practical measures to ensure that you are safe within the boat. You should also provide a private deck for him.

Be sure to provide meals and water supplies during the journey.  

Conclusion

Ensure that you have fun. Take pictures, have a taste of local cuisines of the various destinations you visit and be patient while looking for the best company to hire.

#GoTheExtraSmile: Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender ♥


#GoTheExtraSmile

Not a lot of people know that Reiko's smile is so hard to come by. It always seems like there's a price to pay for smiling. I would often have a hard time asking him to smile in photos but I also don't want to force him especially when he already looks annoyed or tired.

It's not that he's sad all the time. He really just tries to hide his smile because according to him, "Mom, I'm shy to smile because my teeth are ugly." So I told him, "But you're only 7 years old! Your teeth will still improve. That's why I always tell you to brush your teeth, right?" 

He smiled. A little bit, but without showing his teeth. That was the best smile I could have but one that I would always treasure along with all his other half-smiles and a few occasional full-blown smiles.

And yes, this short video is a kid-friendly and entertaining lesson to share with him especially that we also use Hapee at home. Reiko's teeth are not rotten or anything like it because we've been very consistent with his brushing routine. It's just that his teeth are crooked or not straight which is pretty understandable considering he's still young and we can certainly have them fixed.


Even though Reiko's smile is so hard to achieve on a daily basis, there's one thing I appreciate about him. It's that it doesn't take something grand to make him completely happy. I'd like to believe that I'm raising him to be grateful and appreciative of the simple joys in life.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender
#TeamNoSmile? :D

We're not a rich family and so I want him to remember that as long as we are happy and healthy as a family, we don't need a lot of money. Just enough and some extra will do - although he sometimes still wishes he has a billion pesos so he could buy Roblox stuff (his favorite computer game). LOL 

Anyway, things have been quite exhausting in our household lately with Reiko going to school daily and coming home with three assignments every day, me working a full-time home-based job + side gigs, and my husband going back to a full-time job too. 

During the past few weeks, I've been wanting to go somewhere chill and relaxing. It was my birthday recently, and ever since I gave birth, my birthday is no longer just mine. I know it's my day but it has long been offered to my little family of 3 especially for Reiko because whatever makes him happy makes me happy too. I always plan my birthday based on what he likes. And I know what he likes!

Reiko must have been a "water bender" in his past life because any place that has a beach or a pool makes him really giggly and happy plus he feels like he can control the water! Below are past photos that show he's at his happiest when in the water.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender
Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

So when I told him that we're gonna go swimming on my birthday, he was genuinely excited to the point of asking for the swimming pool photos every single day after school for a week. I willingly obliged, yup, anything for my his birthday. ;) I was so touched because he said, "I will always greet you a happy birthday, Mom." He was also the first to greet me as soon as he woke up when his eyes were barely open yet.

First, this was his reaction when I announced the staycation.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

He's still a little shy here, but I'm not complaining. ;) 

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

Until he's all smiles! I know that he's once again in his happy place.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

I didn't realize he can also be a vlogger. Here's a 7-second video that captured his excitement. Haha, so proud of this little ninja! ;)


It was a short staycation but one for the books, as always. Every single time we go swimming , it's guaranteed to be a great time even though Reiko and I don't really know how to swim. In fact, it's my foolproof way of giving him what he exactly wants and needs, and making him the happiest.

My dear Reiko, continue to show your precious smile despite the crooked teeth. I promise we will fix them so that you can soon confidently show the world your Hapee smile. Love, Mom

PS: I still love your crooked teeth smile and will love it forever. Don't forget to brush your teeth! 



6 Amazing States You Have To Visit In The USA


6 Amazing States You Have To Visit In The USA

If you’ve never visited America before it can be hard to know which states to visit first. With so many to choose from and each different in their own incredible way, the whole process can be pretty overwhelming. 

So, whether you’re visiting just one state on a one-off trip or touring across America and visiting as many as you can, here is a handy insider’s list of 6 amazing states you have to visit in the USA:

New York

New York state is probably the most obvious choice for someone has never visited New York before. With the amazing New York City standing proudly on the East Coast, this is a go-to break for America first timers. After all, who can resist the incredible shopping opportunities, amazing food and the history that New York City offers? 

California

On the complete opposite spectrum to New York, California is a must visit. On the complete opposite side of the country, this West Coast gem is a place that should be on everyone's list. From palm trees and beaches to Instagramable spots in LA - California is a great choice if you've never visited the states before. 

Florida

Again, Florida is another popular destination in America, especially as it is the home to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando. A great choice for families and those that love a stunning beach, Florida is more than just a trip to Disney

Whilst it is sometimes the main appeal, there are plenty of other activities you can do that don’t involve going to a theme park. So, if you’re looking to stay away from the madness that is Orlando, why not consider the Belmont Inn and Suites Port Richey?

Louisiana

Louisiana is the home of New Orleans, a destination that is popular among music lovers and those who like to party. With incredible bars, a great history and fascinating swamp lands - Louisiana could be a great state to visit on part of a longer trip to the states. 

Nevada

The main reason people visit Nevada is for the City of Sin, Las Vegas. With incredible nightlife, rows upon rows of casinos, stunning hotels and all the shopping you could imagine - it really is the place to be if you’re looking for an amazing trip.  

For ideas of what to do on a trip to Las Vegas, you can visit this handy guide here

Illinois 

If you’re looking to visit a city but don’t fancy New York, Illinois might be a great choice. With the city of Chicago at its heart, you can experience American life on a smaller budget. Visit the Willis Tower, walk along Navy Pier and watch the Chicago Bulls win in their hometown. 

If you’re looking for things to do in Chicago, here is a guide that may help


What are your favourite states in America? Did I miss any off the list?  Let me know in the comment section below and maybe I’ll use them in my next post!


Packing Your Bag for a Camping Trip


Packing Your Bag for a Camping Trip

Ask yourself: when was the last time you spent some real quality time in nature? Sure, you might walk your dog around the local lake, or you might spend your lunch break in a park near your workplace, but when’s the last time you actually immersed yourself in the great outdoors? 

If you’re itching to delve into the wilderness, camping could well be the best option for your next break or getaway. It is perhaps the most authentic way to get away from the city and experience the wilderness. Now, if this is a plan that you intend to pursue, you’ve got a whole lot of planning ahead of you. 

Packing for a camping trip is a little more complex than packing for a standard vacation. If you forget some of the essentials, you can quickly find yourself having a miserable and uncomfortable time, and chances are that you aren’t going to stumble across many shops along the way where you can pick up the essentials later down the line. 

So, to help you have the best time possible, here are a few essentials that you should throw into your camping bag!

Appropriate Clothing

Most people will go camping when the weather is preferable, so make the mistake of thinking that they can simply take along lightweight and scant clothing such as shorts, vest tops, and plimsolls. But this isn’t the case. Sure, it may be warm in the day time, but temperatures can quickly drop at night. 

You will need to take warm fleeces and full-length trousers to maintain your temperature when it gets a little chilly. You will also need strong walking boots. These can guarantee good grip and prevent injury through stepping on hard or sharp rocks or items. 

Defensive Equipment

Depending on where you intend to trek and camp, you may face dangers and require items that provide you with some sort of defense. Seeing as you are going to want to travel as lightweight as possible, it’s generally best to combine practical and defense items in one. Consider tactical pens. These can be used for defense, but they can also be used for marking and making notes as you go along too!

Practical Equipment

There are various practical bits and bobs you should throw into your bag that can help you should you come into trouble. A ferro rod can be used to start a fire, which can then be used for warmth or to cook food. Water purification tablets can clean water if your bottled supply runs out. 

Just make sure that you know how to use them properly before you head away, as you may not be able to access the internet to watch tutorials as you go along. It’s also a good idea to pack a first aid kit, which can be used to treat cuts, grazes, or burns.

Packing the above items should help you to have a more enjoyable time while you are away in nature!

One Central Hotel: Downtown Cebu's Premier Business Hotel



When I don't get to travel away from home, I always find a way to have a short staycation anywhere around town or the city. And that's very easy to achieve because there are a number of hotels and Airbnb locations everywhere around here! 

Recently, I got the chance to visit One Central Hotel during a few sessions of our #C3Live - a bi-monthly Facebook live session that my org Cebu Content Creators started. One Central is gracious enough to hold our FB Live sesh so we also got to see the hotel's rooms and other amenities.

*Special thanks to Aldrincore for the wonderful photos. Edited by meeee. ;) 

One Central Hotel Cebu City

The hotel is managed by Bluewater Hospitality, and true enough because it also lives by the word AMUMA - "a Visayan word that means caring, nurturing, tending, feeding. It is also associated with mother’s caring for one’s child, providing the needs for one’s kin or tending to one’s garden to bloom."

One Central Hotel prides itself to be downtown Cebu's premier business hotel destination with affordable luxury accommodations. It's located at Corner Leon Kilat and Sanciangko Streets, Cebu City which is super accessible and convenient because everything you need is just around the corner. 

It has 157 elegantly-furnished and fully air-conditioned rooms that make you feel at home whether you're there for business or leisure. 

One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City

I super love their grand lobby where Cafe Tartanilla is. It's huge and elegant, but still cozy. There's also a great view of the city. 

One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City
One Central Hotel Cebu City

Below is the Molave Grand Ballroom - it's large enough to hold your corporate events and social events, and can also be customized to fit your intimate gatherings too. 

One Central Hotel Cebu City

Wait for updates because the infinity pool (with a bar) at their roof deck is gonna open soon! Check out their Facebook page or visit their official website to see more of their facilities.

One Central Hotel Cebu City

Overall, it was an awesome tour at One Central Hotel - plus points to their friendly and accommodating staff! Thank you One Central. I look forward to my future staycation in your hotel.


I HAVE A NEW BLOG


I HAVE A NEW BLOG

Hello. Remember, when I mentioned in one of my previous Dear Diary posts that I missed blogging like the old days? Yeah, I guess this is it. I have finally created a new and fresh personal blog that I plan to keep for long. 

At this point, I haven't shared it on social media yet because I'm genuinely enjoying writing for the love of writing again. ♥ I'm going to share my posts on my Facebook Page soon, but until then, I'll just keep writing. 

I'll still have Blissful Snapshots up because I've already written so many things here and this serves as my writing portfolio as well.

Come check out my new blog. This way please. ->  Deer R,. 


Ready to Level Up Your Content and Brand? Join #C3CON2018 this Sept. 29!


Cebu Creators Month 2018

Cebu Content Creators, an organization of Cebu bloggers, video creators, and social media creators, is proud to celebrate its first Cebu Creators Month this September 2018 and yup, September is ending but we still have one more culmination event for you! 

We are holding Cebu Content Creators Convention (C3CON2018) this September 29, Saturday at Cebu Parklane International Hotel!


WHAT IS C3CON2018? 

C3CON2018 is the official brand event of Cebu Content Creators. This year’s theme is Content Creation for Brands and Entrepreneurs. The event gathers bloggers, vloggers, video creators, and social media creators, as well as brands, businesses, and entrepreneurs in Cebu. 

In this event, we will have discussions about the current content creation industry and how content creators can use their online platforms to create or start their own businesses. We also aim to talk about how creators can help local businesses bring their brand to relevant digital or online platforms, as well as the benefits businesses get when they work with content creators. 

Aside from discussions, we will also have activities that aim to promote camaraderie between different content creators and brands, and to build a network that supports each other to grow and learn in the content creation industry. 

WE HAVE AMAZING SPEAKERS TOO! 

PAM BARORO

Aside from running her well-known Family Travel Blog Hey, Miss Adventures!, Pam is also handling The Creative Stretch as a Digital Marketer and Entrepreneur so it's very fitting for her to talk about How to Use Your Blog to Start a Freelance Business From Scratch.

Cebu Creators Month 2018

MARTIN TABANAG

Known for What's Your Story by Martin Tabanag, Martin is a video creator and a filmmaker of short documentaries. He runs Martin Tabanag Studios and helps businesses, entrepreneurs, startups, and brands through Multimedia Marketing. He will talk about How to Make Use of Social Media Platforms to Get Clients.

Cebu Creators Month 2018


DAVID CUA

Another #C3CON speaker is David Jones Cua - the Executive Creative Director of Republiq Group of Companies. He will talk about How to Make a Social Media Star. 

David started in traditional media and was then an Editor-In-Chief of Zee Lifestyle Magazine. He transitioned into the world of new media and now handles the social media accounts of various corporate clients such as Tanduay Select, SM Seaside, and many more.

He is also the mastermind behind the popular Facebook media channel BAI TV.


Cebu Creators Month 2018


CARLO VILLARICA

Carlo Villarica completes the line-up of speakers we have for #C3CON2018. We're excited for you to learn from A ZeroThreeTwo Conversation!

Carlo is one of the minds behind ZeroThreeTwo, a blog about Cebuano culture. It encompasses the stories that Cebuanos tell about various topics. They also have a clothing line that shows off your love for ZeroThreeTwo.

Cebu Creators Month 2018

Ready to level-up your content and brand? 
Register now and see you on Sept. 29 at Parklane Hotel: bit.ly/C3CON-REGISTER
Check out the event page for more details: bit.ly/C3CON-EVENT-PAGE

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As part of the Cebu Creators Month, we were also able to hold two successful events in the last two weeks. 

Last September 16 and 23, Blog Talks Workshop in partnership with Cebu Finest was held at Books and Brews Cafe wherein the following topics were discussed with different content creators. 

Cebu Creators Month 2018
Cebu Creators Month 2018
*Image from @cebufinest
  • Stand A Chance On YouTube (Find Your Niche) by Rea Gene Alducente
  • See You In The Content Creator Side: A Story by Vernon Joseph Go
  • Connecting Your Blog To Brands And Monetizing Your Work by Philip Andrew Mayol
  • Pro-Blogging 101: Actionable SEO Checklist by Rome Nicolas
  • Transforming Passion And Interest Into A Successful Blog by Carlo Andrew Olano
  • Mobile Photography For Your Blog Content by Christoeffer John Estrada & Philip Andrew Mayol


Last September 22, Cebu Grammers Meet was held at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Central Bloc, Cebu IT Park. It was a gathering and meet-up of different Instagrammers in Cebu with the aim to connect and collaborate, as well as learn mobile photography tips from our speaker, Jack Ponpon. 

Cebu Creators Month 2018
*Image from @kimartinii

Cebu Content Creators would like to thank its venue sponsors: Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Books and Brews Cafe, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Also, special thanks to our brand partners: Capdase Philippines with Araree Philippines, ASUS Philippines, Giltbox, and Giltbox Man

*All graphics designed by @aldrincore



How To Make The Most Of Your Next Trip



Are you planning a trip soon? Then as much as you’re going to be excited about it, you’re also going to want to be sure that you can enjoy it too. When you travel, things can feel stressful. And time always flies! So, if you’re someone that definitely doesn’t want to be home again before you know it and feel as if you’ve missed out on a bunch of things, here’s how you can plan your trip to get the most out of it.

Book In Advance

So first of all, where you can, you’re going to want to make sure that you book as much as you can in advance. Here, we’re talking about things like attraction tickets or even restaurants. If you want to be sure that you get to go to all of the places that you want, this can mean that you’re not disappointed. But at the same time, it can be cheaper too and help you to make sure that your time is well planned.

Go Out Of Your Comfort Zone

It’s so easy to be in a habit when you travel. But if you do things differently, like speaking to people or trying new food, it can help you to get out of your comfort zone.

Beat The Jet Lag

And lastly, you’re definitely going to want to be sure that jet lag isn’t a problem! If you want to enjoy your time there, you need to try and beat it. Here, the below infographic can be a lot of help for you here.



Infographic Design By From: mattressadvisor.com



*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 


Five Family-friendly Towns In Pennsylvania to Visit This Summer



This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Image By Christopher "Rice" from Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America (DSC_0187) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons


If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and take the kids somewhere you haven’t been to, Pennsylvania has a lot to offer. From amusement parks to great walks and outdoor centers and museums, you can have a lot of fun if you visit the state. Below you will find a few towns that are known to be family friendly and great for summer vacations. 

Pittsburgh

To find everything in one place, you might want to book a vacation in Pittsburgh. You can spend a day exploring the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and then head to town to try some of the local dishes or explore the amusement parks and kids’ museums. Your kids will love the local specialty, the Poutine, which is basically fries with gravy. You can find so much to do that a couple of weeks will not be enough and you might want to come back later.

Lancaster

You will love Dutch Wonderland and other amusement parks in Lancaster. There is a science museum and loads of parks where you can have a walk. The town boasts with family offers and tours, and you are guaranteed to never get bored. There are plenty of day trip opportunities, such as the Strasburg Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. If you arrive with younger boys, they are going to enjoy every moment of the trip. 


Lehigh Valley 

By Coasterman1234 at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

In case your kids love art and crafts, you must visit Lehigh Valley. Home to the Crayola Experience, they can find out more about how crayons are made, and pick up some new art supplies for home. Other attractions include the National Canal Museum and the Da Vinci Science Center. Of course, there’s plenty to do for adrenaline-hungry kids, too, at the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.


Philadelphia 

To get the shops, world-famous attractions, and the convenience of public transport, you might want to visit Philadelphia, too. While it is larger in size, you can choose a great child-friendly accommodation in the suburbs. You can find indoor and outdoor playgrounds, science museums, such as the Franklin Institute, and even the first zoo of America. If you are looking for a place to exercise and get fit, visit the Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse with football fields. 


Hershey

One of the underrated travel spots of America, Hershey is a great place to have a chocolate-themed vacation. Visit the Hershey Story Museum to find out as much as possible about the history of chocolate and how the best treats are made. There are also great chocolate tours to go on, and some of them are free. Kids can create their own candy or taste various chocolate while staying in Hershey. 

If you would like to visit some of the hidden gems of America, head to Pennsylvania, where you can find great family-friendly attractions and activities. Avoid the crowd and discover some of the best amusement parks, water centers, and zoos in the region on your relaxing vacation. 

Licealiz Rolls Out Nationwide Kilusang Kontra Kuto Year 3


As pediculosis capitis or head lice infestation continues to be a concern in public schools in the Philippines, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz has led the nationwide rollout of Kilusang Kontra Kuto or KKK. 

As a part of the mission to create a kuto-free Philippines, Kilusang Kontra Kuto, a coalition of head lice prevention experts and advocates led by Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz, the Department of Education or DepEd, UP Manila College of Public Health, Mommy Bloggers Philippines, and Drugstores Association of the Philippines, was created. 

Now on its third year, they want to make its impact bigger and its reach wider in order to eliminate kuto by educating the public about the problem. They will be visiting different schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

According to a study conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the University of the Philippines, head lice infestation is still considered as the second most common health problem in public schools in the Philippines next to tooth decay. While it may not be a fatal condition, attention must still be given to this persistent condition which commonly found in school children.

Here are some problems that head lice can cause if left untreated:

It can cause other serious infections.

The surface of our skin is filled with different kinds of bacteria. According to Dr. Arlene Bertuso from University of the Philippines Manila College of Public Health, while lice itself can’t cause infections, “severe scratching caused by allergic reactions to the insects’ saliva can cause the scalp to break, therefore increasing the chance of a secondary bacterial infection.” 

It can decrease self-confidence in a child and the parents.
Head lice or kuto often has a negative connotation due to its association with poor hygiene and low social status, which can cause a child to lose confidence, especially around his or her peers. However, the child isn’t the only one affected as the parents can also experience loss of confidence. Parents whose child has been infected with head lice feel embarrassed since they feel like they exhibited poor parenting by letting their child get head lice infestation.
It decreases academic or work productivity.
Itchiness and inflammation are effects from the bites of head lice. The irritation caused by the bites of the head lice can disrupt concentration in school or at work, hence affecting productivity. It can also cause loss of sleep, which can then lead to irritability, short attention span and lack of focus. 

In addition to that, “it dramatically affects the school performance of children because of the discomfort and social stigma it causes,” as stated in the study by DepEd and the University of the Philippines.
Misinformation can cause more damage.

Myths and superstitions are already ingrained in Filipino culture and society. Kuto is surrounded by several of these myths and misconceptions that can be harmful to the infested such as the use of mayonnaise or kerosene and wrapping the child’s head with plastic overnight. Contrary to popular belief, lice can also be acquired at any age and by any gender. Incorrect information like these can lead to untreated head lice, which can spread quickly to the whole family or to the whole class simply through physical contact with one infested person.

Head lice is often overlooked or disregarded despite its many negative impacts, but this problem can be solved with correct information and appropriate control methods. Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo is an effective solution to eliminate and prevent head lice.


To know more about the activities of Kilusang Kontra Kuto led by Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz, visit www.facebook.com/licealiz.

Choose These Underrated Travel Spots For Your USA Vacation


Massachussetts
*Massachussetts Lake - Photo credit

This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

When you think of a vacation in the USA, you probably think of the Hollywood hills of Los Angeles, the well-trodden streets of New York City, the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and old big ears himself, Mickey Mouse, dazzling young and old at Disneyworld in Orlando. 

Wonderful places all, but there is more to the USA than the usual tourist spots, so if you’re planning a visit to America any time soon, perhaps you should look for those under the radar places that are definitely worth a visit. We have listed a few of them here, so after you have climbed the Empire State Building, shaken hands with Mickey and Donald (Duck, not Trump), and caught a glimpse of the Hollywood razzle-dazzle, add some of these destinations to your holiday itinerary.

Visit the state of firsts, and if you are unsure where we are talking about, then you probably haven’t been here before. We are talking about Massachusetts, one of the most underrated states in the US, and that’s surprising. Sports lovers should be interested to know this was the place where basketball and volleyball were invented. 

Foodies might like to know Dunkin’ Doughnuts originated here. And perhaps more importantly for smartphone addicts, you need to know this is the place where Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrated the telephone. 

There’s a first time for everything, so when you have finished gawking at the Statue of Liberty, jet over to this great state - check here for how to fly from New York to Massachusetts by private jet - and enjoy the incredible beach paradise of Cape Cod, engage with the history of the Boston Tea Party, visit the picture postcard villages that inspired Norman Rockwell, and spend time relaxing on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard.

*Maine Fishing Village - Photo credit


Overcome your fear of Maine, as no matter how many Stephen King books you have read using this state as their location, there really aren’t any clowns hiding under drain covers, or vampires taking root in tiny towns. Still, if you are a lover of the horror author, you may want to visit some of the locations made famous in his works of fiction, and if you head over to Bangor, you may even meet the great man yourself. 

There are other reasons to visit Maine, of course. The state is an outdoor mecca, with acres of forestland to explore, unspoiled lakes to bathe in, and mountain hikes aplenty. Entwine yourself in the ebb and flow of the small fishing communities, walk through the charming streets of Portland, and if you visit in the winter, know that Maine contains premiere peaks for snowboarders and skiers. You see, no matter what Stephen King has told you, there is nothing to worry about on your visit to Maine, and despite his tales of horror, this is truly a relaxing place to be. 

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Know that Utah is anything but boring. Unfairly stereotyped for having baron deserts and dull landscapes, the truth is anything but. Monument Valley’s sandstone mesas are more likely to encourage oohs and aahs than bored whispers. The Bonneville Salt Flats are perfect for artists and photographers with its dazzling white plains and magnificently coloured skies. 

There is much to explore, whether you traverse some of the longest canyons in the world, kayak along Lake Powell’s gigantic oasis, or mountain bike along Salt Lake City’s diverse paths and trails. And if you fancy a taste of Hollywood? Who needs LA, when you have one of the greatest film fests in the world, the wonderful Sundance Film Festival. Catch the brightest and best of today’s talented directors and performers with some of the best independent cinema has to offer. 

There’s all that, plus the grand heritage of Native American culture, white water rafting across the incredible riverscape, and 185 million-year-old dinosaur footprints at the dinosaur quarries in Kanab. Boring? Never use that word again, unless you actually are boring into the historically rich landscape.


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It’s not all cheese and dairy in Wisconsin, despite its reputation for agriculture and farming. Remove from your mind the relaxed overtones the state suggests, and think thrills and spills instead. The state has the country’s biggest waterpark, there is much scope for outdoor adventures amongst the hills, lakes, caves and mountains, and the wildlife is breathtaking to behold. 

You are guaranteed to see at least one bald eagle if you climb the peaks. And if you’re a party animal (or just a music lover), then you have to visit Summerfest, the world’s biggest music festival! And yes, Wisconsin is home to the world’s smelliest cheeses, and you can indulge in a smorgasbord of tastes at the farmers markets, but there is so much more to the state than cheese curds!


So, we hope we have whetted your appetite for those parts of America that are often overlooked by modern tourists. Let us know what you think, and if you know of any other underrated places around the US, be sure to let us know!




Panorama Holiday: West Coast Sailing



With a total of 2,448 miles, Route 66 is one of the most iconic tracks across the United States. Countless songs, films, and books tell the tales of this extraordinary journey through the country, like an explorative immersion through history, time, and also a lesson of self-discovery. But if you’re after an adventure that takes you through a variety of landscapes, challenges and wildlife, you need to give up your drips of a road trip. 

Instead of driving miles, take a look at nautical miles, the distance between Seattle and Mexico matches almost in nautical miles the mileage of the infamous Route 66. If time isn’t an issue – you need to have more than a couple of days off, you should be looking at a few weeks to sail and visit, which could be ideal for a late summer break – you should consider a west coast sailing holiday that will take you back to the route of former trade sailors. 


From Seattle To Mexico

While the east coast of the U.S. gives you plenty of tropical islands — just south of Florida for instance with the Bahamas and Cuba to name but a few–, accessible little nooks and plenty of shallow water, the sailing conditions on the Pacific side are entirely different. Miles of exposed cliffs and the absence of small harbors between the major ones make up for an adventurous route that brings you closer to the elements

Be warned that this will not be an easy time, but you will love to get to understand the seak the wind and the rocks as you sail. It is a challenge for someone who has found their sea legs; otherwise you might not enjoy the journey. The views between Seattle and Mexico are magnificent, and you can definitely remember the feeling of freedom of a road trip when you feel the wind in your hair. 


You don’t have to be an expert

Don’t worry about sailing a boat in challenging conditions. While the Seattle to Mexico route is one of the least accessible at first, you can hire a team of professional sailors with a Yacht charter, so that there is nothing to worry about. For long trips, it’s best to hire the services of experts to accompany you safely to your destination. 

However, if you want to learn how to sail a boat, you can also take lessons ahead of the departure so that you can sit down with the sailing team and have a chat about what they do, how and why they do it. It’s a great way of learning more!


Stop and make memories on the way

A sailing vacation doesn’t mean that you can’t take regular breaks and visit cities on your way down to Mexico. San Francisco is an obvious stop, and you can even spend a night in town. You should also spend a couple of days in San Diego if you need to relax on a sandy beach before heading back onto the Pacific. You can kill some time in the zoo too, as you can be sure that you’ll be seeing only sea life once you’re back on the boat. 

In short, if your family is ready for an adventure, sailing the west coast down to Mexico can give you all the exciting and breathtaking views you dream of. A word of warning, though: It’s not a vacation for you if you haven’t found your sea legs! 




Keeping Your Promises with Sun Life Financial


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Relationships are built on promises: the promise to love, to care, to secure, to protect, and to provide. This is something that Piolo Pascual knows all too well, committed as he is to the promises he has made to his family as a son, a sibling, and a father.

But when financial troubles arise, bringing such promises to life becomes a challenge.“Like any other person, I want to give my family the best life possible. I am a man of my word, that’s why I work  hard and seize every opportunity that comes my way,” Piolo said.

“But more than just earning money, it’s how you manage your finances that makes a difference.

Fortunately, I have the guidance and help of one very special lady: my very own sister, Chiqui Pascual-Gonzales, who also happens to be my Sun Life Advisor.”

According to Piolo, Chiqui has been instrumental in ensuring that his dreams for his family will all come true. “It’s a partnership through and through. With her help, I’ve been able to make it all happen while still pursuing my own passions and advocacies,” he said.

Piolo and Chiqui’s story is but one of many in Sun Life Financial, where lifetime partnerships are developed and nurtured through the years. In fact, this has inspired Sun Life’s latest campaign, at the forefront of which is a new TV commercial highlighting Sun Life’s presence in a client’s life throughout the different stages of her life. It represents the many promises that Sun Life has helped bring into fruition for the past 123 years of its existence.

Sun Life hopes that the campaign, as well as Piolo’s own story, will inspire more people to take the same path in their financial journey. “As the longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines, we have witnessed many promises being fulfilled throughout the years and have served generations of clients. It is an honor for us to serve all our clients and help them secure their future and those of their loved ones” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said.

“The promises we make to our loved ones are sacred, and Sun Life knows this. That’s why it’s committed to helping its clients achieve their goals, no matter what happens,” Piolo said. “You can’t ask for a better lifetime partner than that!”

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About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial Inc. ("SLF Inc.") is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management ("AUM") of $975 billion.

For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

Seeing The World In A Different Way: Off The Cuff Ideas And Where To Find Inspiration



*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

As someone who has traveled extensively, and as I help so many wonderful people plan very special trips, I can understand the real need to start seeing the world differently these days. The world is no longer the big place that we used to imagine it was many years ago. We can travel from one side to the other in a day, we can explore unspoilt islands and beautiful places easier than ever before, and because of that, more people are wanting to be a little more adventurous with their travel plans. 

So if you find yourself in a bit of a conundrum of how to spend your vacation, and want to avoid the standard resort with a beach and hotel pool to enjoy, then here are some of the ways you could see the world a little different and some of the places I think you can find inspiration to help you do it. 

Read blog posts and articles

One of the best things to do when you have a destination you want to see in mind, but not really sure on where to go, what to do, or how best to experience it, is to look online. These days there are so many blogs, such as my own, full of wonderful insights and information about many different locations. These are people talking about real experiences, which often means you are getting the facts and the information you want to know. They can be an excellent resource and also be full of inspiring ideas. 

Use social media like Instagram

We can all use social media for different things, but in actual fact, the main use of it would be to be a wealth of information, up to date news and advice. So use the platforms in this way. Searching a location as a hashtag on the likes of Twitter and Instagram will bring up an array of posts. Some might be linking to articles; others like Instagram posts, sharing pictures, tips, and advice. 


Go against the normal mode of transport

Most of the time when it comes to booking your vacation, you consider grabbing your passport and jumping on a plane, but there are other modes of transport you could consider. The road trip is fast becoming a new way to explore, especially when it comes to the country you live in. Having the right equipment in your vehicle, an awnings added to your vehicle maybe so that you can take advantage of good weather and scenery, places like 4WD Supacentre and loading up the boot with camping gear. 

It could be that you like the idea of sailing off into the sunset, and so more people are choosing to arrive in different countries by cruise ship or boat. If you look around, there are many ways you can get somewhere, and although a plane can be fast and easy, is it really your only option?

Finally, my only other tip would be to consider seeking advice from experts, planning and researching a lot, and also consulting your own bucket list for destination ideas. After all, there is a reason why we mentally bookmark those places, isn’t there?



Dear Diary 004: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUNDS


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Uhm, yup. I mean NOT just girls for sure. Everyone wants to have funds. 

A lot of people say that money is the root of all evil. We hear that quite a lot. But I guess now we also already know that our attitude, behavior, and how we deal with money directly impacts how that money works in our lives. 

Ever since I started legit working at the age of 20, I've always wanted to save. But I've never really saved enough, and if you've read my previous Dear Diary blog post, you'll probably remember I mentioned that I want to save more this year and the years to come. It's never too late but it may be if I don't start now! I plan to do this by avoiding impulse buying and by living a more sustainable lifestyle. 

I've also mentioned that I've already deleted all shopping apps on my phone and have unsubscribed from all shopping email newsletters to avoid temptations and impulse purchases. So far, it has been successful - 50% OFF? 70% OFF? Nada. Whew, pat on the back for not giving in. 

I also told myself that I'm going to take advantage of any kind of education I can get about my finances - especially if it's free. So I attended the Let's Have Some Funds activity last Sunday courtesy of Sun Life Financial Philippines. This is not the first time I have attended their activity. Every time I attend, I always take away something new, and something to validate my financial decisions in life. 

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There were three sessions and I particularly chose to attend the second one with the topic GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUNDS. I felt so connected with the speaker, Ms. Kathryn Dawn Sy, even though I haven't really met her in person before and it's the first time I've heard of her. She's such a breath of fresh air and I have to admit that at one point during her talk, I was teary-eyed. 

She is only 28, already has successful businesses, and has savings. I felt goosebumps because what she shared was something that I would want to do for myself and with my life; probably would have wanted to do many years back but wasn't able to because I didn't have the business idea in mind. My mindset was work work work work work. 

I've only started having a business mindset recently - something that can make an impact on people's lives and something that can hopefully grow my savings account and passive income as well. 

To share with you the things I've learned from the talk, I will highlight the ones that I think really stood out and resonated with me. 


  • Measure every peso. Put a name to every peso you spend. - It's crazy because I've been doing this ever since and I thought that I'm just being too OC with it. I have come to realize that knowing where your money goes is a wise thing to do because you will know which part of your lifestyle you should adjust.
  • Don't just be a dream girl. DREAM, girl! - This means taking action. When you dream, it shouldn't just stop there. You should immediately create your action steps to achieve your goals and your dreams. 
  • Be a GOAL DIGGER. - Proud #GoalDigger here. ;) It's true, nothing great comes easy. You have to work hard for it. You will fail but you will get back up, move forward, and realize that success is not a one-time thing. It's continuously evolving as long as you are alive and breathing. 
  • Find the MEANS to have funds, know how to MANAGE those funds, DISCERN or recognize what you want to achieve, and ACCELERATE or keep your funds moving and growing. 

For me personally, I will continue to work hard on my dreams by taking action every day. I will invest in worthwhile experiences and investments. I will hustle, save money, and spend the rest on what my family and I need (and sometimes want), while at the same time pursue my passion and do what I love without feeling guilty. 

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How do you plan to have fun while still having FUNDs? Or perhaps the other way around - how do you have FUNDS while still having FUN? :)