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I haven’t blogged for a long time and I miss it. I have so many stories to tell but I just can’t find time to write (ok I admit, most of the time I’m just too lazy to write). Anyway, I’m doing ok, most of the tasks that I listed that should be accomplished in 6 months were accomplished (except for losing weight, which has been part of my list to be accomplished for 5 years already lol!) To wrap it all up, we had a great summer. We weren’t able to go to Boracay as initially planned due to budget constraints but the kids were able to swim in 3 different locations and occasions which made them really happy. We went to Pico de Loro in April with my cousins as part of our annual summer outing, then my college friends and our families went to Canyon Cove to celebrate our 20 years of friendship, and lastly, we had a staycation at Trader’s Hotel in Pasay as our last hurrah before school starts. Lance and Hannah also had their respective summer classes, Lance had Foldabots while Hannah learned how to swim and she’s a trooper. In like 3 days she can float already, and she even got 3 medals on their last day. She just needs to enhance her skills especially in breathing and in doing the proper strokes. I plan to enroll her again soon, if she’s up for it. For Lance, he still loves basketball and we will start his Milo best in July. I got surprised also that he can float already and maybe next time I’ll enroll him in swimming class.

May was a good month for us. That was when we went with our college friends to Canyon Cove and our staycation in Traders. It was also special because that was when we had our batch grand reunion. The sleepless nights and weekly meeting paid off when our batch mates attended and they told me that they had a great time. We also had an outreach program and it was very heartwarming and fulfilling. :) I’m glad that the batch spent time and resources to give back what we have to others who needed help.

Come June, the kids started with school already and it is now an exciting year for Hannah since it’s her first time to be in big school. I’m really happy and excited for her and so far she said she’s having a great time. She was even saying na her lessons are easy haha! Hopefully she’ll still say the same until March :D For Lance, it’s a challenging year for him as grade 3 because they have lots of activities for this year. Also, we are telling him that he should do and learn things on his own already so he can apply it now in grade 3. He’s also having a hard time in Filipino as early as now and we’re hoping na he won’t have a hard time eventually.

As for Paul and I, we celebrated our 9th year wedding anniversary last June 18, with a dinner. It was a simple dinner but there’s nothing more I can ask for. We have 9 wonderful years together and that’s more than enough for me. (But as early as now, I’m telling him to save so on our 10th year next year, we can go back to where we had our honeymoon :D ) His challenge naman to me, ok I challenge myself na din, na I should lose weight so I’ll be able to wear nice swimsuits when the time comes hehe!) I guess for now this is all I can say as an update on what’s going on with me. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I get to update this blog again. :)

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Understanding How Oil Burner Service Works

The science of generating heat, power, and electricity is something that can be difficult to understand. Each of these is founded on basic principles of chemistry, physics, and other general scientific laws. Even though these things are founded on basic principles, they can be difficult to understand, unless they are broken down into layman’s terms. If you are beginning to work with a power source in your home or office that works off burning oil, read on to learn more about this heat source and why a good oil burner service company is important to you.

Oil Burner

So, the question is this, “What exactly is an oil burner?” You are smart starting here with your question to understand why you might need a service for your oil burner. An oil burner, simply put, is a device which burns oil to generate heat. These types of devices take a variety of different fuels, including waste oil, heating oil, and fuel oil. Not every oil burner built works exactly the same way, but typically an oil burner works by pushing oil through a tube or nozzle where it emits a fine spray; the spray is ignited and burns, thus generating heat. The generated heat is usually dispersed by a fan attached to the device.

Why Maintain?

Oil, in general, is thick and may contain impurities, which can clog the nozzle over time as you use your oil burner. This is where the maintenance of your device comes into play. While a heat source such as this is a very viable solution to beat the cold, it is important to use it correctly and also to keep it in good working condition. You must have your burner maintained with regular cleaning and periodic replacement of the nozzle and any other part which is in disrepair to avoid creating a hazardous situation.  By employing an oil burner service company, you can be sure that your device is working at optimum efficiency, thus reducing the chances of odors and other byproducts. You can then enjoy the toasty warm heat generated by your oil burner.

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Reunion Update

So far, we have some batch mates who already sent their donations on the bank account we just opened. Also, some were able to get medicines that we will give away to the elders for our outreach activity. And lastly, more and more of our batch mates are getting interested with the reunion.
Right now we are still looking for a possible venue which will be part of our next agenda. Some batch mates don’t want to confirm attendance yet since they are waiting if it will be held in a hotel or just a clubhouse. Some were even asking if we will have a dress code and would ask them to wear tuxedo or gown. Right now, nothing is confirmed yet. The only thing we have confirmed is the date and hopefully by next meeting, we will have a final venue already.

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Camels Dinner

Last Friday, our parent representative in Hannah’s class organized a dinner get-together since school is almost over and it was a wonderful year for all of us.  All the kids also will be moving to big schools and we’re sure that they will miss each other, and for us parents, it’s time to have bonding moment and keep the friendship that already started.

It was a simple dinner at one of the restaurants in Marikina.  It was my first time to eat there and I can say that the food is great.  The price is just right and the serving is equal to what they said in their menu.  I recommended it right away to my sister since we are looking for a venue for our Father’s birthday this year.

Anyway, it was great to see the kids playing with each other and for us mommies to talk about the kids and everything else.  We also made plans this summer and we hope it will push thru.

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Batch Reunion

Our batch is now busy preparing for our upcoming 20th reunion.  We realized it has been that long since we graduated and a decade after since we had our major reunion.  So now we are organizing one again for our 20th.

It is a challenge organizing one as there are some who don’t want to support and there are others who just don’t want to attend.  But thankfully, a lot are also there to help in organizing and even providing funds for the reunion.

Currently we are on the stage where we are asking and encouraging all our batch mates to attend.  We really hope this will be a successful one as most of us really haven’t seen each other in a long time. Wish us luck!

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Tips for Water Heater Repair

Keeping your water nice and warm can be a difficult task with an old water heater. Water heaters start to collect sediment in the bottom, which needs to be cleaned out yearly in order to provide consistently hot water. Some other maintenance should be completed yearly to allow a water heater the ability to work properly. If you need water heater repair in Frisco, it is a good idea to try the following tips before calling a professional.

Drain the Water

One of the easiest things to do is to shut off the power and drain the water. You need to completely drain it to remove the sediment. Fill the tank half-way with water to remove the excess sediment. Refill the tank with water and allow it to heat for at least 5 hours before using it. This should help to clean the tank so the water can stay hot.

Check the Pilot

Another reason why a water heater can fail to heat the water is due to the pilot light. Look under your heater to notice if it is on, or if it shuts off. Call a professional for pilot repair as this can be dangerous to work on.

Check the Power

For an electric water heater, try turning off the power source and turning it back on. Sometimes the power can have problems delivering consistently to the water heater. You want to check the water heater settings to find out how hot it is. If you have it set too high, it can actually make it harder for the water heater to work properly.

Call a Professional

Working with a water heater does come with some risk, especially if you have a gas water heater. The best thing you can do is call a professional offering water heater repair in Frisco. They have the right tools and experience needed to safely work on a water heater. They will be able to remove and replace a broken water heater if your system needs to be replaced. Talk to them about installing an instant hot water heater to save money on your energy bill, and to conserve water.

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ISYC Family Day

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Last Sunday, we were at the UP track and field oval for ISYC’s family day.  The school organized a fun run and our family was in the 800m family run.  There should be a minimum of 3 members of the family to join in the run, and since Paul is not available, it was me, Lance and Hannah who joined.

I am not really physically fit to run but since I don’t have a choice, I have to run with the kids.  Funny thing is, when we were running, I guess both kids realized how slow I’m going that they decided to run by themselves.  But since it’s a family run, we are required to finish together that when they reached the finish line, they waited for me so we can be considered as finishers. :D

After that, we were given water and food and loot bags.  And booths were open as well where kids can try out different games.  The kids tried the tennis, balloon pop, tin cans, and fishing.  Since it was a sunny Sunday, when I asked them if they want to go home na, they immediately said yes.  Probably also because they were tired already.

It was one fun day and too bad Paul missed it. He was so busy that he needs to go to work even on weekends.   I even ordered a family shirt from my friend Aggie so we can wear it together.  We will just wear it next it time.

Congrats to ISYC for organizing the fun run.  I’m sure we are going to miss your activities when Hannah moves to the big school.

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Band Repertoire

I am currently arranging the evening entertainment for the planning session that the IT council will have next week. The members chose to have a band and I am coordinating with the band as to the songs they will sing. They sent me last week their repertoire and I chose some of the songs. I chose old songs, new ones and not so new ones. I chose songs from Alanis Morrisette, I remember her songs with her harmonica, or was it an echo harmonica, and also some songs from way back such as songs from Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire and the current ones like Bruno Mars, Rihanna, etc.
I do hope the band will play well and the participants will enjoy the evening entertainment. ?

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Missing Paul

We haven’t seen much of him lately because he is busy with work.  The kids are already looking for him since they hardly see him anymore.  He goes to work very early and goes home very late or sometimes doesn’t go home at all.

The team where he belongs has a project that is expected to go live next month and so full attentions are given to it.  I pity Paul as well because he’s really tired and of course I know he misses the kids so much.  I remind him to take his vitamins whenever I get to see him so he won’t get sick.

Anyway, we just hope that the project will be launched soon and that he can go back to his normal working hours.  Friends have been telling me to hang in there and that’s what we’re trying to do.  I pray that everything will turn out when they go on live.

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What to Do before You Buy a Gutter Shield

Clogged gutters are generally not seen from the ground and can therefore easily be forgotten, but leaving a gutter clogged up can be potentially bad. Gutters that are backed up can send the water into the roof, as well as cause it to flow over the edge of the gutter and seep into your foundation or window wells. While cleaning a gutter isn’t fun, it is a necessary job that should be done early in the spring and late in the fall. A gutter shield can help prevent a clogged gutter, but if the gutter is already filled with debris, this article will teach you how to effectively clean it.

How to Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning a gutter requires a ladder, a trowel, gloves, and a hose with a spray attachment. Ladders for a single story home should be the stepladder variety and should be placed on a flat surface; for a two story home, an extension ladder will be needed.

  1. First, it is best to wait for the gutter contents to dry up. Mucking out a soggy gutter can be messy, so wait for a week of decent weather to make your job easier.
  2. Once you have the ladder set up, inspect the gutter and pull out any large debris, tossing it to the ground to be swept up later. Some people prefer to have a bucket attached to the ladder to hold the debris, but this approach necessitates a lot of climbing up and down to empty the bucket, especially if there is a high volume of debris in the gutter.
  3. Once the large stuff is out, use the trowel to dig out what remains. Be careful when scooping out dirt and detritus so as not to damage the gutter base. Work from the down spout backwards until you have cleared out all of the junk from the gutter.
  4. Once the gutter has been cleared, use a hose with a sprayer attachment to wash the dirt along the gutter and down the drainpipe. There is a tool designed for this purpose that attaches to the end of the hose and has an extension and a curved end, so that you can wash out the gutter without being on the ladder.
  5. If you find that the water isn’t draining down the pipe, you may need to insert the hose up the pipe to loosen up any blockages. Failing this, use a pipe auger (like the kind used to unclog sinks) to dislodge any debris wedged inside the pipe.

Cleaning gutters can be time consuming, so once you have them cleaned, do yourself a favor and purchase a gutter shield to prevent leaves and other detritus from entering the system. While an initial cost is involved, it will save you significant time and effort in the future: the same reason we purchase washing machines.

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