Europe 2014: More on Mt. Titlis View and the View from the Foot

We went outside the building (yes, we are still in Mt. Titlis) to experience more of the snow. Yes it was snowing!

But I only lasted for 5 minutes, I decided to go back to the warm place. Yes after bundling up with my winter attire, I still didn't last that long. (*grin*)

We had a quick lunch before we explored more of Mt. Titlis. I wasn't too hungry (because of excitement?) so I just had soup and sandwich. It was indeed a quick lunch. After a quick shopping, off we went down through the cable car again and we just saw the most beautiful view we've ever seen. ♥

Seeing these was so surreal! I've always dreamt of seeing this and that day was the day that I would claim God's promise. ♥

When we were at the foot of Mt. Titlis, the view was still as pretty.

We took a couple of photos then off we went back to Lucerne.

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Busy but fun, fun weekend with friends and family!
2. Get together with our CFC friends for the September celebrants
3. Wine, Sausage and Cheese ♥
4. Long nap
5. Family Day in school. They won 2nd place. Woot! Woot!
6. Boodle Fight
7. BBQ/Adobo/Grilled Fish/Sausages
8. CFC Sponsored Mass last Sunday
9. eBooks
10. Family

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Europe 2014: Hello Mt. Titlis!

So yes, finally, we are up here in Mt. Titlis. We couldn't see anything but white all over but still, we can see snow everywhere!

I'm glad I wore two thermals, two pair of pants and socks, two hats, yes, everything I wore was doubled! It was too cold.

But the best experience we've ever had in this trip. ♥♥♥

Toddlers and Tablets: Helpful or Harmful? by Mariel Uyquiengco

I've always wondered if the tablets and all the other gadgets are actually safe and helpful to our kids. So, it is very timely that I came across this nice and interesting article at

Read on...

Toddlers and Tablets: Helpful or Harmful?
By Mariel Uyquiengco

Smartphones and tablets in the hands of babes are a common sight. Parents whip out the ubiquitous iPad when their child starts to whimper at the restaurant or even at the dining table at home. They say it helps to quiet them down, and after all, the apps that they are allowed to use are educational. But are tablets for toddlers really beneficial?

One of the things that my husband and I talked about when we first became parents was our stance on television. I’ve read about the policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics discouraging parents to allow screen time for infants and children under two years old, and I was adamant that we follow it. When the tablets and smartphones came, we eschewed those too. Are our children the better for it? I believe so.

An Enriched Environment

A child’s brain develops rapidly in the first two years of life, and research conducted by Arnold Scheibel and Roderick Simonds demonstrates the impact of one’s early environment on brain development. In the book “Magic Trees of the Mind,” Marian Diamond, Ph. D., and Janet Hopson say that parents should provide their children an enriched environment that stimulates all senses and promotes “a broad range of skills and interests that are mental, physical, aesthetic, social, and emotional.”

Looking at the description of what an enriched environment is, I can say that tablets do not have a place in a young child’s hands. Still in its nascent stage, the full effects of the technology are not yet known. Going by the results of solid research on child development, such as Scheibel and Simonds’, it is still best to provide real-world experience. What children need is the opportunity to play with their whole bodies, to imagine, to self-entertain, to get muddy, to explore, and to fall in love with books.

Apps vs Real Life Experience

A look at Best Toddler Apps Org’s “Top 10 Toddler Apps 2013 for iPad” shows electronic versions of familiar childhood toys, games, and books. Examples are “Lego Duplo Zoo,” “Dr. Seuss ABC,” “Pocket Pond,” “The Going To Bed Book,” “Curious George at the Zoo,” “Planes, Trucks, Trains, and Boats,” and “Animal Touch Worlds.”

If you think about it, those apps are based on real books with pages that can be turned, toys that can challenge the imagination, and places that can be visited.

Some Tips

Tablets for toddlers may provide your child some entertainment and yes, he might even learn from it. If you find yourself in the “tablet trap” though and want ways to enrich your child’s learning environment, you can do well to provide him with rich experiences that engage all of his senses. You might want to do the reverse and take inspiration from the Top 10 Toddler Apps list. Here’s how:

1. Read to your child – The list has the iPad versions of “Dr. Seuss ABC,” “The Going to Bed Book,” and “Curious George At The Zoo.” How about you get the actual books and enjoy cuddling with your child?

2. Get blocks – Lego is a classic toy, and one that your child deserves to feel with his hands. There’s nothing better than seeing your child beam after building his first tower! And you are not limited to Lego. Go get wooden blocks that are open-ended and that will inspire your child’s imagination.

3. Go to a park or zoo – “Pocket Pond” is an app that simulates pond life. There might not be a lot of parks in Manila, but surely there are places where your child can enjoy nature!

Tablets, smartphones, computers, and TVs have places in our lives. Experts tell us that it is best to keep our children screen-free during their early years. There is no harm in waiting and letting our children engage with the world first. SOURCE.

I guess the key here is "moderation". If it is being used moderately then the kids are ok. (*wink*)

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Les Miserables Flash Mob

If this happens to me one day in my favorite mall, I wouldn't know what to do. Maybe I will cry.

Aaaah, too beautiful. Love, love it! ♥♥♥

The Maze Runner Coming Soon in October.

Here's another movie that I'm definitely in the big screens soon...

The Maze Runner. I have yet to read the book though. I heard it is "unputtable". I can't wait to have time to sit down and catch up on my reading.

Hopefully S.O.O.N.!

Europe 2014: On our Way to Mt. Titlis and our Cable Car Ride

We woke up to another uber cold weather (plus rain showers) on our second day in Lucerne. Look!

And we were going to an even colder place called Mt. Titlis. Aack! I can do this!

So after a sumptuous breakfast, we assembled in the hotel lobby to start off our trip to Mt. Titlis. We can't wait because we heard that Mt. Titlis is one of the highlights of our tour. So off we went, and the view on the way was perfect!

It is one of the most beautiful view I've ever seen. ♥

And when we arrived the foot of Mt. Titlis, it was snowing! It was a lovely surprise. Although it was veeryyy cold. We can't even begin to imagine, how cold it would be on top of it. Brrrrrr...
So, here we go...

Can you see that it's really snowing? Ah, this moment is so surreal!

It really is snowing! ♥♥♥

After a beautiful view and a couple of minutes in the cable car, we've finally arrived!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Happy weekend!
2. Recollection in preparation for our niece's Confirmation
3. Lunch at Mesa
4. Dad is here!
5. Fruits, fruits, fruits
6. Dinner at Gistoso
7. Yummy piri-piri chicken
8. Movie time with family
9. God is fixing our schedule
10. God provides! ♥

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Europe 2014: Arriving Lucerne on a Late Afternoon.

Lucerne, based on our first sight of the city, is simply breathtaking. Who would think it's not? Just check out our first sightings of this unforgettable small city...

It is a beauty, you think? Definitely! It got us even more excited. But, first, DINNER!

After the whole day of traveling on the road, we were so happy to see warm food.

...and practically a hotel restaurant empty, and reserved for our group.

Now, we felt relaxed and suddently felt at home in this cozy hotel. Look, I love the food too!

We were done late already. We were surprised that it took us hours to finish our dinner. By this time, we were already exchanging stories with our group. We had gotten to know each other well and we were quite comfortable already.

After freshening up, we went out, but unfortunately, it was drizzling and was dark already so we decided to go back to our hotel and call it a night.

Charleston: A City Steeped in History

Located right off of South Carolina’s coast, Charleston is well known for its impressive historic architecture, its gardens, and its warm and friendly people. This city is the very picture of Southern charm, and one of the best places to experience the South’s long and fascinating history.

Charleston was first settled in 1670, making it one of the country’s oldest and most historic cities. It was the site of the Civil War’s official beginning, and home to the nation’s first library.

Charleston also has a long religious history, and features a wealth of beautiful historic churches. This has earned it the nickname of “the Holy City.”

Charleston’s attractions, nightlife, history, beauty and overall charm have made it one of the country’s best and cities to visit.

What to See

Old City Market: The Old City Market is a 200-year-old Charleston institution. Open until 6 p.m. each day, 364 days a year, the Market is a perfect place to enjoy some sunshine and some shopping. Tourists and locals alike visit the more than 100 vendors who line the streets, selling everything from locally renowned sweetgrass baskets, to jewelry, to handmade crafts. If you’re dreaming of an iconic horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown, this is the place to take one.

Waterfront Park: Charleston’s coastline is one of its many charms, and Waterfront Park is the perfect way to enjoy it. Lounge under a palm tree on a classic park bench, watch ships come in and out of the harbor, stroll along the walkway or splash in the fountains on a hot day.

The Battery/White Point Gardens: One of Charleston’s most visited parks, The Battery serves as a defensive seawall, a picturesque promenade, and a historic site. Ammunition was stored here during the Civil War, and wartime cannons and cannon balls dot the landscape. The park offers striking views of both the peninsula’s coastline and some of the city’s most beautiful historic 19th century mansions.

Middleton Place: This historic plantation was built in the 1730s, and features the oldest landscaped gardens in the U.S. It served as home to a prominent Charleston family whose members played a key role in America’s early history. Burned by Union soldiers during the Civil War and toppled by an earthquake in 1886, the Plantation was restored in the early 1900s, and is now a museum that welcomes visitors.

Fort Sumter National Monument: This Federal fort sparked the start of the Civil War, when Confederate soldiers fired on and eventually captured it. Union soldiers would spend the next four years trying to capture it.

Charles Towne Landing: This State Historic Site is well worth a visit for history lovers and kids of all ages. The site’s most exciting attraction is a village that recreates life as it was for early settlers, complete with a 17th century replica of a ship and functional cannons that are regularly fired for spectators. There are also nature trails for hiking and a natural habitat zoo that features native wildlife.