International High School Musical

One of the more interesting side effects of motherhood is the change in my musical selection.   The shift from Linkin Park to Sesame Street has been quite drastic.  =)

I’m now trying to expose Andre to different genres.. from Sesame Street / Barney to Soft Rock to Classical / World music.  At some point, he also knew some of less risque songs of Avenue Q.  =)

He is still drawn to a catchy beat, preferably something to which he can dance up a storm.  His most recent obsession is High School Musical.  The franchise is as popular in other countries as it is in the United States.  The second installment may not be as good as the first one but it does have a great soundtrack.

I came across this video featuring all the versions of the HSM2 songs across the world.  Watch it and tell me your favorite “Around the World” Song.  I love Willy Denzy’s “Bet On It“.  Bollywood’s treatment of All For One comes a close second.  =)

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Three Things…

This forwarded email certainly made my day.  It puts into words everything that I want my son to learn.

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Three things in life that, once gone, never come back –
Time
Words
Opportunity

Three things in life that may never be lost –
Peace
Hope
Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable –
Love
Self-confidence
Friends

Three things in life that are never certain –
Dreams
Success
Fortune

Three things that make a man/woman –
Hard work
Sincerity
Commitment

Three things in life that can destroy a man/woman –
Alcohol
Pride
Anger

Three things in life that, once lost, hard to build-up –
Respect
Trust
Friendship

Three things in life that never fail –
True Love
Determination
Belief

High School Musical on Ice

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Still stuck on High School Musical?  We are.

Seen it on TV?  Check!  Seen it on stage?  Check!

Wish you could see the magic come to life on ice?  Of course!

If you had a chance to watch the latest Disney on Ice at the Araneta Center,  you might have heard the announcement that Feld Entertainment will be bringing High School Musical the Ice Tour to the Philippines.   Stay tuned to www.ticket2me.net for more details.

Below is a youtube clip of the ice cast auditions.

Relive the magic of Sesame Street

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Forget Barney.  I’m a Sesame Street kid and proud of it. =)  Whether it’s learning letters and numbers or tackling more challenging topics like conflict resolution and healthy eating, the friendly, furry Sesame Street characters have been there to lend a hand.   If you are like me,  you probably still remember some of your favorites.  My fondest memories were of Guy Smiley (who could forget his version of “Sunny Day”).  The great news is that the Sesame Workshop is posting some of its classic skits online for both parents and kids to enjoy.Watch some of these clips now!  Go to the below link:

http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=hlLULdM2LoKYLnI&s=doJQLTPnG8JGIKPnFlE&m=kuLYLaPTKnI6E

Average Filipino Has Financial IQ of 48

The Philippines is one of the 11 countries where Citibank decided to conduct a survey called Citi Fin-Q to measure financial intelligence among consumers. The results were stark: eight out of ten Filipinos believe they face a bleak retirement and more than half expect to be supported by their children in their old age. Nine out of ten attempt to follow a budget, but only 33 percent stick to it.

We definitely need to improve financial literacy in our schools. Students are graduating without the basic skills needed to manange personal finances.

10 Kids’ Health Issues to Watch in 2008

Kids’ Health.org has recently published its list of Top 10 Kids’ Health Issue to Watch in 2008.

  1. Bullying: Not Just Kids’ Stuff
  2. Overtraining Little Athletes
  3. The Growing Reach of Retail Health Care
  4. Keeping Child’s Play Safe
  5. Food Allergies: Outlawing PB&J
  6. Lost Childhoods
  7. Obesity: Beyond the Body
  8. Covering Kids’ Health Needs
  9. Battling the Superbug
  10. Rethinking a Pill for Every Ill

To read the full details go to http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/issues_2008.html