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The pack rat in me

Written on December 10th, 2010 by sassymomno shouts

A “pack rat” is someone who keeps or collects a lot of different things, even when they are not useful or valuable.

Yes, that’s me! I hate to admit it but I am a “pack rat”. I try to save a lot of things for future use only to find out that I will only end up throwing them. However, I also feel that I have gained more benefit from being a pack rat than just ending up in the trash.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. That is the main purpose of why I save things.

Scratch papers – I set aside scratch papers so I can reuse to print my children’s reviewers and I believe I am saving a lot of trees by doing so.

Ribbons – Those ribbons from cakes, wines and other gifts that we receive, I will neatly put it aside and when Christmas comes, I have a lot of ribbons to use.

Toners and cartridges – instead of just throwing them away, I sell them to those Re-inkers and gain some for the kids piggy bank. However, it is interesting to note that I have never used inkjet ink cartridges that are not original since I am afraid to damage our printer.

Plastic Bottles, newspapers and boxes – Every year, my boy participates in their schools recycling drive and this year, we have donated almost 20 kilos of recyclables.

Plastic Bags – although I also have reusable grocery bags. Plastic bags cannot be avoided but instead of just throwing it away, I reuse them as a trash bag.

No matter how small my efforts are, in my own way I will continue to do this in order to help conserve our planet, the only one we have.

Bring Your Own Bag

Written on May 8th, 2010 by sassymomno shouts

Bring Your Own bagAs a regular customer of SM Hypermarket, I am proud that they have started this campaign to reduce the use of plastic bag. When you shop here every Wednesday, make sure to Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB). I salute SM for doing their part in improving the environment.

Using my SM Advantage (Prestige Card), I get extra points and that’s a great way to entice shoppers to bring their reusable bags and help save the environment.

Sad to say some people still find it hard to adjust to this kind of practice. I have seen people being irate once they find out that they will be bringing home brown paper bags or used cartons instead of plastic bags. But I’m all for it, I guess it’s just a matter of making them aware of the benefits it can bring. Like using hand dryers instead of paper towels inside the comfort rooms, it was something that I had to adjust to being a tissue paper person but it’s all worth the adjustment.

Let’s support Earth Hour 2010

Written on March 11th, 2010 by sassymomno shouts

Supporting Earth Hour has been one of the advocacies I am very proud to support. It’s my own small way of promoting the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

This year, Earth Hour takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time). Whether you are an individual, a business enterprise, or a community, you are invited to get involved. Just turn off your lights for 60 minutes and you can make a big difference.

I am very proud that the Philippines topped Earth Hour 2009. Over 15 million Filipinos in 650 major towns and cities from distant islands participated last year.

People from all walks of life are one in this global action, because we all have one thing in common – our planet. We need to do this for a sustainable future. This is the second year for my family to participate, and it’s a joy to know that my kids are more excited than me.

You can support Earth Hour by:

1. Turning off your lights at 8.30PM on March 27.
2. Showing your support and adding yourself to our world map.
3. Adding Earth Hour widgets, logos and banners to your blog or website to help us spread the word.
4. Talking about Earth Hour in your social network by updating your Facebook status, grabbing a Twibbon, tweeting about your support, and more..
5. Get together with your friends and family, by hosting an Earth Hour party or holding your own candlelit affair.
6. Rally your local council or community group to run an Earth Hour event for your community.
7. Encourage your employer and workmates to take part in Earth Hour and make energy savings every day
8. Make an Earth Hour Lantern as a symbol of hope for the future.
9. Be creative! Find a new way to mark Earth Hour and email:[email protected] to let them know all about it.

Maguindanao Massacre : an act of atrocious cruelty

Written on November 26th, 2009 by sassymomone shout

Maguindanao victimsWith the recent events that transpired in Maguindanao, one cannot help but feel sad and angered. How can the people behind this appalling brutality sleep at night? I guess they do not have a conscience to bother them.

Although its miles away from where we are now, I cannot help but feel for the families who have lost their loved ones. No one deserves to be brutally murdered like that. It is a rather sad reflection of our country’s present political state. We have yet to start the campaign period, what more?

As I hear and read updates from the news, I am even more enraged to know that some of the victims were sexually abused before they were killed. Such an atrocious cruelty! I pray for the souls of these victims that they may find peace and that justice may be served.

The presence of private armies makes me shudder and I fear for my family, my kids and the future generation. I do hope that this coming elections we will be able to elect people who will have the political will to not only look into this matter but do something about it. And I truly pray that this unpleasant incident will not just disappear from the news, just like any other issues concerning the government.

I am sharing with you the statement issued by Senator Trillanes regarding this incident.

by: Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV
It was a very sad day for our country yesterday. Forty people were reportedly abducted and killed in broad daylight allegedly by the security men of political warlords in Maguindanao with the possible involvement of some local law enforcement units.

The news may come as a shock for some but the truth is the brutal massacre merely highlighted what has been going on in many parts of our country all these years. This is ‘political warlordism’ at its worst! To further aggravate matters, the AFP/PNP are either accomplices, silents partners or helpless onlookers in these occurrences either by choice or through pressure from superiors. Often, the AFP/PNP area commanders are pressured or bribed by local politicians into issuing firearms for the latter ostensibly for security purposes but actually ends up being used for kidnapping, robbery, harassment/coercion, tribal wars and, in this case, a massacre of political foes. In an incident in 2001, then Col. Narcise, a newly assigned brigade commander in Basilan, recalled the government issued firearms of then Gov. Wahab Akbar but after a few days Col. Narcise was directed by then DND Sec. Reyes to return the said firearms to Akbar. The late Governor was a political ally of GMA and a personal friend of Reyes. Afterwards, Col. Narcise was unceremoniously relieved from his post by Reyes at the request of Akbar. Similar situations are happening in Maguindanao and other strife torn areas throughout the country.

That said, I will be filing a resolution on Monday calling for a Senate investigation on the Maguindanao massacre to find out the circumstances that led to this gruesome crime with a particular focus on the possible involvement/negligence of the AFP/PNP. Also, it intends to determine how many firearms have actually been issued by the AFP/PNP to all local officials not only in Maguindanao but all over the country with the end in view of recalling such firearms. Earlier, I have also filed a Gun Control Bill that intends to curb the proliferation of loose firearms. The bottom line is: WE HAVE TO GET THESE GUNS! Now, this is just the first step. Ultimately, only an aggressive political/governance reform and development agenda can restore peace, progress and democracy in these areas. Let’s just hope Noynoy (or whoever will be the next president) has one.

Abot Tanaw’s Blogger Event

Written on November 2nd, 2009 by sassymom8 shouts

abottanaw_stack copyAbot Tanaw is a social welfare media company geared towards servicing Filipino’s separated from their families by choice. They cater to local and international Filipino migrants: students, workers, policemen, armed forces and the OFW’s.

They are inviting bloggers to understand what Abot Tanaw is all about and how they can bring people together with free video calls. This service is offered free to all Abot Tanaw members. Come and experience the state of the art telephony service that Abot Tanaw has to offer. They currently have 5 hubs located all over the Philippines and in HK – - SM City Davao, SM Cebu, SM North Edsa, SM Pampanga, SMX and at the United Center building in Hong Kong, near the consulate.

Join us on Saturday, November 7, 5-6pm at SMX Hub (Shop G-8, SM Convention Center, Pasay City) and have a first hand experience of an “abot” call. You are encouraged to set a meeting with your distant relatives and friends during this activity, just make your appointments with any of the Abot Tanaw Hubs or you can drop an email to Doris Jimenez at [email protected] for your free video call.

Abot Tanaw is grounded on the need for us to actually see each other and not just speak to each other. The same reason why Manny Pacquiao who is often separated from his family because of his profession has decided to endorse our cause. He will be wearing the Abot Tanaw shirt before his fight on November 15.

Please register here with your name, email and blog url to join this blogger event. Slots are open for the first 30 bloggers, so please register early.

For any inquiries, please feel free to send an email to [email protected] or contact 09178523843.

See you there!

Blog Action Day : Climate Changes is Happening, let’s do our share now

Written on October 15th, 2009 by sassymom3 shouts

Blog Action Day Philippines

Typhoon Ondoy

Typhoon Ondoy

The recent devastation to property and life brought about by Typhoon Ondoy (international name Typhoon Ketsana) and Typhoon Pepeng (international name Typhoon Parma) is just among the many evidences to substantiate that climate change is a phenomenon that is taking place… now.

The photos and videos of those affected by these recent typhoons were tremendously shocking. One cannot help but think that this is truly the wrath of Mother Nature. But why? We can only blame ourselves for not taking care of the beautiful planet that was given to us. Human activities contribute a lot to climate change; it’s a price we are paying for modernization and industrialization.

Typhoon Pepeng

Typhoon Pepeng

To point out some, we can see that more and more forested areas are converted to agricultural lands to produce food for the growing population, if not, they are transformed to the development of residential properties to give land to the homeless. As a result, there are damming of rivers and ground water is siphoned to counterpart the need of the agricultural fields and the growing population. With that, fossil fuel is used in order to draw water and electricity. .. And the cycle continues.