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Thursday, December 27

Dads and Moms, How's Your Christmas?

Designs on one of paper of Max's Restaurant on their tables,
this means Merry Christmas!
Holiday has indeed landed on Dads and Moms houses, tables are filled with delicious goodies and different tasty foods, and the kitchen has indeed been very busy plus dirty. Hey, that’s Christmas and for most of the people who celebrate this season, food is one of the best way to keep the whole family in one table and since Christmas is about sharing and giving that’s one of the reason why Moms and Dads let their hands busy, preparing food during Christmas Eve for the whole family.

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Greetings from Daddy Yashiro's Journal

Before this Christmas Day the artistic in me came through and inspired me to create a Merry Christmas greeting for all the companies, brands, and PR agencies whom we have worked with directly or indirectly.  These companies have indeed made our year very fruitful and blessed.  With their products and brands they have made us a blog to look at.  Something that the online readers would always want to check out if there are something new and what's in for the season.

Sunday, December 23

A Dad's Thought About The Shooting Incident

I know this post is a bit late already but I just want to exhale what I feel and thoughts about the recent incident that had happened in one of the schools abroad. Take note it's a school for the little ones, the young kids. Imagine the trauma and terror it had left to those kids who survive and also imagine the grief of those parents who lost their little ones.

For Dads like me, it is really heartbreaking hearing that the affected ones are the kids. They may not be my kids but I know what it feels when my son gets into an accident or if they got hurt, so I could imagine how worst the feeling is for those who just lost their little angels.

A Day With Nickelodeon's SHARElebration

During my younger days, cartoons from Nickelodeon are some of those TV series that I always watch.  Colorful, for kids and animated that's what I like about the cartoons during my time.  Cartoons are what we call those animated TV series.   Being in that event made me think of those days, my younger days and not deprived of toys. 

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts For My Kids

It is indeed Christmas for the kids because for Maki and Gelo it's already raining gifts for them.  Since the start of this week they have been receiving gifts from their Ninong and Ninang (Godparents).  Well as what they would say Christmas is for the kids and they are really happy when they received their gifts and because having good and advance technology it is now much easier to take a photo of the kids together with the gifts and it is also much easier now to share it online and let the Ninong and Ninang (Godparents) knows how much their Inaanak (Godchildren) appreciate their gifts very much.

Our first plan was to place those wrapped gifts under our small Christmas Tree that we have, unfortunately the kids are very eager to see what's inside the gifts so having it under the Christmas isn't possible anymore. They've already unwrapped it and played with it.  I was thinking of having them pictured together with our small Christmas Tree but I think it won't happen now.  It's really hard to explain the feeling watching your kids unwrapped the gifts and see their eyes glow when they see what their gifts are.

We are still looking forward for more gifts to come and for Filipinos, Christmas extends until Three Kings.  So  it's still a long season, perhaps more to come and more gifts to unwrap.

How about you?  How was you're kids have they received their first gifts already?

Tuesday, December 18

Dad's Tools For Child Proofing

This past weekend I was supposed to do some fixing in the house, unfortunately err it’s better to say fortunate because there are some opportunities that came to my schedule. A Dad got to do what he got to do and the opportunity is good indeed, so I postponed the fixing and grab the opportunity plus it was our anniversary so wife and I should have a night out as well. Having so much things to work on to I think wife and I needs some good relaxing even for a while.

So, after the night out and some good opportunity I was back in the house, planning what should I do with the appliances in the house. The kids are playing with the DVD player and the TV so I really need to think whether to place these appliances above where the kids won’t reach it or perhaps just the DVD player. It’s hard trying to make the house child-proof, even harder without some tools to use to fix the stand and bases for the appliances. I only got some few tools in the house that is capable of addressing the problem. Since it’s holiday season and there are lots of sale in different store, I tried to look if there tools that are for sale so that I could buy one that is needed. I think one of the tools I’ll need is a drill. Well unfortunately I didn’t find any good sale and most of the prices are beyond my budget. Better look for more.

Sunday, December 16

An iPad Giveaway This Holiday


Daddy Yashiro has always been trying hard to win an iPad and I have been joining differnt contests lately just to get a hold of that. So for this year I'll definitely going to cross my fingers and pray even harder to let me win one.

So, at stake on this contest giveaway is a 16 GB 4th Generation iPad! They'll be using a simple Rafflecopter to get entries for this giveaway just follow what are required to do. This giveaway will run from December 2 until Sunday, December 30, 2012. Basically we'll all have some more days to the requirements and entries plus earn points with daily entries too. It’s open to everyone - worldwide - one winner will receive an iPad with retina display, or the cash equivalent of $499 via Paypal whichever is preferred! To join click here.

Friday, December 14

Nickelodeon's SHARElebration

Okay people I know this is a little bit late but I just want to share it to you, my readers.   If you've notice Daddy Yashiro has been attending events lately but take note that it is about kids stuff and family events.  You'll be reading my stories and experiences about it here.  I'll be sharing my learnings and some tips as well when going to an event with the kids.  But of course I need to get invited first.  Hahaha!  Also, I'll share some promos and savings that we, parents, need to squeeze in that tight budget that we have.

So an initial post here's what it is all about.

There’s no better time than the holiday season to share one’s blessings. This year, Nickelodeon fans will have another Christmas to remember as their favorite channel brings back SHARElebration, Nickelodeon’s most heartwarming holiday event. To be held on December 16 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall starting at 3 PM, SHARElebration invites Nickelodeon fans to spread the Christmas cheer by giving gifts of new or old toys to the kids of Gawad Kalinga.

Nickelodeon fans can look forward to a day filled with fun, prizes and surprises with SHARElebration’s line-up of exciting activities from stage games, performances, and game booths. Everyone’s favorite Nickelodeon characters will also take part in the festivities to pump up the yuletide mood. Taking part in this eventand securing a spot on Santa’s nice listis easy. Interested fans just have to bring at least one toy, new or old, big or small, that they want to donate.

Through SHARElebration, children will be treated to a Christmas experience that’s more than just a season of merrymaking and gift-giving, but a celebration of kindness and love. SHARElebration also gives them an opportunity to learn the values of sharing and encourages them to be good examples that other kids can follow. Any little help counts this Christmas, so show your support, bring a toy and spread the joy at Nickelodeon’s SHARElebration!

Nickelodeon’s SHARElebration is being presented by Alaska Choco and co-sponsored by Goldilocks Bakeshop, Hasbro, Krim Stix, Selecta Ice Cream, Sunkist, and Superstix. Official venue by SM Mall of Asia. For more information, log on to or

Friday Toys: 7th Christmas Toy Fair

Just in time before the holiday!  There will be a Christmas Toy Fair that will happen on December 14 to 16, 2012 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 5/F Building B, SM Megamall.  It's not an ordinary Christmas bazaar but I think the most unique her is that this bazaar caters only to toys, comics, anime, video games and any kinds of collectibles.  Plus it is also a charity event and the organizer's beneficiary is the Philippine Toy Museum.

Wednesday, December 12

How Do I Tell If There Is Asbestos In My Home?

Your home could potentially be hiding a killer – one that doesn't discriminate when it comes to age or gender.  Asbestos was a commonly used building material from the 1940’s to the late 1980’s, due to its incredible properties of being strong, flexible, insulating and chemically inert. However discoveries were made which quickly led to a nation-wide ban of asbestos, though in many cases, the damage had already been done. Luckily, homes built after 2003 are free of this dangerous material.

Asbestos fibres can be 50 to 200 times finer than a human hair, and have the ability to remain suspended in the air for an extended period of time. This coupled with the fact that the individual fibres are invisible to the naked eye mean that it is very easy for the fibres to be inhaled into the lungs. The fibres pierce the delicate tissue, and will remain lodged here for life. 

This can cause numerous defects and diseases, such as lung cancer, pleural plaques, asbestosis, cancer of the intestinal tract and mesothelioma. While many people develop health problems after prolonged exposure to asbestos, even a single encounter can be enough to trigger the growth of abnormal or cancerous cells in some individuals.

Many houses built before the late 1980’s contain asbestos in some of the building materials, including roof shingles, old floor tiles, insulation, pipe cement, paints, ceiling tiles, and joint compound used to deal seams between sheet-rock. Nowadays, products such as plastic coated galvanised steel are a safe and modern alternative to old materials containing asbestos.

The greatest risk of asbestos exposure occurs when you are planning to renovate or remodel your home. Unfortunately, it can be almost impossible to detect unless the materials are labelled, so always treat unknown building materials with the utmost caution. It is highly recommended that you hire a professional who is trained and accredited in asbestos detection and removal before you consider undertaking any major structural work to your home. This is also recommended for families who simply want the peace of mind of knowing that their home is truly safe.
You can also send samples of any suspicious materials to a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory, though this is not recommended unless you are wearing appropriate protective equipment while handling the potentially harmful product.

The bottom line is that asbestos is almost impossible to identify, and could be located anywhere throughout your home. The only way to be sure that your home is safe is to either send suspicious samples to a NATA laboratory, or to book a professional to inspect the premises. 

The best way to ensure that you and your family are safe from asbestos is to be well-informed and vigilant, particularly if you are planning any extension or remodelling of your home. Don’t take any chances with this potentially deadly material. Always think twice, and seek professional advice when dealing with anything that could contain asbestos.

Matthew Woodridge is a qualified tradesmen operating in Brisbane, Australia. His expertise and professional service has delivered him great success since he established his company many years ago. Matthew sources resources from numerous organisations and has maintained a strong relationship with Metro Steel since establishment.

Snoopy Shirts For the Kids

Remember the Snoopy Street Party that I have posted here well my wife and I did get something new this Christmas for the kids, Snoopy shirts.  One for Maki and one for Gelo, my wife and I wanted them to look good and in uniform unfortunately both there size and designs were different.   So what we just did is that we tried to look for the same color even though the designs are somewhat different.

Monday, December 10

Monday Rush: Calm Monday

It's Monday once again but for today it's quite different.  Though it's Monday it's not the usual day that I get to experience being totally on the rush.  I started my day with an early morning alarm from my cellphone, a cock-a-doodle-doo sound that will sure make you get up once you hear it.  It was past 5 when I get off the bed, prepared my things, took a bath, and leave the house.  Thank God for a great morning.

Rode a jeep from my place to the pick up station of our service.  The jeepney runs smoothly as it is no heavy traffic except for some portions that caused a little bit of traffic due to stop overs.  Well I don't blame the driver because they need to pick passengers, that's their job but I was thankful that it wasn't that long.  I arrived at the meeting place 5 minutes before the scheduled time.  They were there already.

Friday, December 7

Lechon For Christmas

Craving for Cebu Lechon this Christmas?  Well, worry no more because Cebuboy Lechon will be having their delivery to Manila straight from Cebu.  Just right in time for this coming holiday.  Dads will for sure be at ease in looking for good lechon.

What I like about the Cebuboy Lechon is that the fat is thinner and of course with less consumption of fats.  Of course we should have it moderately and we shouldn't forget to take our medicines just in case that we'll be having too much parties this coming holiday.

Friday Toys: Lego Ferrari

At last, I finally got a hold one of the Shell Lego Ferrari Series.  It's my initiative of having at least one car, if the whole set, of every Shell Ferrari model car series.  I've been collecting Ferrari cars since I got a whole set on 2007 and that was the first time I had a Ferrari Model cars from Shell.  So since then I started collecting their model cars.  It's really great seeing cars on display.  It was like an achievement and a story to share with others who loves to collect cars.

Thursday, December 6

Garfield's Groovy Holiday Party

Moms and Dads this is good news for you and your kids!  Garfield, our lovable and huggable orange  furry cat will be having a groovy holiday party this coming Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 1PM to 5PM at the Mall of Asia Arena.  Kids will for sure enjoy this holiday treat from Garfield.

A brief history about Garfield.  This orange, fuzzy, tabby cynical cat was born on June 19, 1978 in an Italian restaurant. Obsessed with the taste of lasagna, coffee, and his remote control, perhaps that's why he's that big. Anyway, he loves his nerdy owner who's named Jon Arbuckle with his lovable dog Odie, and his girlfriend Arlene. At the start this humurous comic strip was created by Jim Davis and was published only in just 41 newspapers but due to its hilarious stories it became a worldwide sensation turning into the most widely syndicated comics ever. As of recent, it appears in over 2750 newspapers and is read by 263,000,000 people all across the globe. Not long after, an animated TV Show entitled “Garfield & Friends” aired on CBS-TV from 1988 to 1995. Then followed the feature films Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Because of its undying success and marketability, it is only natural that Garfield has sellable merchandise. Over the years, it has sustained it’s own clothing line while at the same has done collaborations with major retail companies such as The Hundreds, a 2-part lifestyle project that houses both a clothing line and an online-magazine as well as Terranova, an Italian fast fashion brand.

Wednesday, December 5

How My Mom Makes Christmas Special, My Entry

First week of December and people are starting to plan for their holiday getaways, listing their things to buy and of course shopping for new clothes for the family.  For us, well, we don't have the luxury of having a holiday getaway or new items to buy but we are blessed because there are blessings that comes our way and I'm sure God has made something good for us this coming Christmas.

Monday, December 3

Christmas Pray (Wish) List

Since it's already in the first week of December and the cool breeze wind is starting to sweep all over the metro I might as well share what I have been longing to have this Christmas.   Of course this is a Christmas Pray (Wish) List and the materialization of this will still depends on the generosity of the people who would be able to read this and of course God's blessings.  If you're asking what about my Christmas bonus and other bonuses, well it did serve its purpose already and if there are still coming it will also be used on a very good purposes.  So, having this Christmas Pray (Wish) List will be a wish that I have to pray harder since most of these are things that I'm going to use in blogging and doing graphic artworks.

Saturday, December 1

Common Heating Systems Questions Answered

Heating for the home can be a tricky thing since you may not know the ‘bones’ of what makes heating and air work. For residential homes, there are a few key questions you should know the answers to in order to ensure your system is running in tip-top shape at all times.

Q: How often should I have my furnace looked at?
A: A professional should examine your furnace at the beginning of each fall season, or just before it gets cold in your area. For some of us, that isn’t until November or December, but for others, it’s important to have the HVAC system examined at the end of the summer. This allows you to be ready for the cold front when it arrives, and ensures your home is in great shape should you have guests for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

As with all other investments in your home or vehicle, you want to maintain service for the furnace so you’re able to take care of any problems in their beginning stages. The last thing you want is to avoid a problem for a long time to have it end up costing big money to repair.

There are three parts to the furnace – the thermostat, the heat source and the distribution system. The heat source is usually the area that’s overlooked by people, but it can be the source of major problems. A dirty furnace system can also lead to air contamination and contribute to inefficient heat, plus wasted fuel. Most of us are doing are best to cut down on our gas bills, which is why it’s best to have the furnace examined before cold weather strikes.

Q: How do I buy a furnace that’s right for my home?
A: A furnace is a pricey investment, but remember it’s just that – an investment. The heat it will provide for your home will be well worth the cost. There are many stores that allow you to rent a furnace. While this can seem like an attractive offer in the beginning, it usually ends up costing you a lot more in the long run. Some studies show that the average home owner who rents a furnace will end up spending $18,000 more than a home owner who buys the furnace. Keep this is mind when browsing for your furnace.

Next, you want to take into consideration the size of your home to purchase the correct size of furnace. A heating expert with proper training will help you determine this based on the square footage of your home and the climate in which you live. Keep an eye out for HVAC heating systems with the Energy Star logo. Not only are these furnaces far more environmentally friendly, they also often qualify you for specific tax rebates. Check with your state to learn more about this tax rebates.

Q: What is radiant heating?
A: Radiant heating is what homes and apartments have when they have radiators. The heat ‘radiates’ from the radiator to heat the home. The modern version of radiant heating is radiant floors and radiant panels, which are part of the wall system. The success of radiant heating highly depends on the natural flow of air in that room or building, which is known in the industry as convection. Without proper convection, radiant heating will not be the most efficient means of heating a home.

Q: What are geothermal heating solutions?
A: This is the latest and greatest news for home heating. Geothermal heating solutions are the most efficient way of heating a home. Geothermal heating works to cool a home in the summer months too. It is far more cost efficient when compared to the conventional heating solutions such as propane, gas or electricity. So how does geothermal heating solutions work? The key is the earth loop. This is how the heat from the ground is transferred into the home via conventional methods.

While geothermal heating solutions may seem expensive because of everything they involve to get started, over time they are the more affordable and sustainable answer for home heating. A home heating expert will help you determine the best plan of action to implement geothermal heating solutions. Most homes that implement geothermal heating solutions do so by digging or drilling underground. Another way to go about is if you have a water source, such as a pond or lake on your property. With this type of system, the water flows up to the heat exchanger where the heat is taken from the water, then that water is returned to the original source.

Geothermal heating solutions have been shown to cut heating bills by over 60%. Some systems can also handle water heating, so be sure to ask your heating expert what the options are for the geothermal heating solutions system you have installed.

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Daddy Day Care: Snoopy Event

I know this is quite late for my Daddy Day Care post because this event happened a week ago already but sharing this would be great and something to boast with.  Yup, I really want to boast something about my Maki.  Remember in my previous posts that Maki had to be tuned up an hour before an event well I think we will be crumpling that and had it a three point shoot out to the garbage bin.  Yes that's right tuning him up is no longer needed and I think his starting to become less shy already.

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