REPOST: CPR Workshop on Sept. 1, 2012: Heart Saver

NOTE: This is the same CPR Workshop that was supposed to be held last July 21, 2012. Due to bad weather, it has been rescheduled to September 1, 2012.

When I was still an active diver, part of the training I went through was to get a CPR certification. It was quick but adequate, but didn’t touch much on what to do if the patient was an infant or a child. Now that I have a child of my own (and hoping for more), I think CPR and choking response knowledge that’s specifically for children is super important to have. Especially choking. *shiver*

I voiced out these concerns to my pediatrician, Dr. Elizza Senseng, and guess what? It so happened that at that time, she was arranging to hold a CPR workshop especially and specifically for infants and children. The one conducting the seminar is a certified trainer from the American Heart Association, and you will be guaranteed proper hands-on training on CPR and choking.

Doc Elay has something to share in her own words (yes, we have the same nickname, hehe!):

“Several years back, a couple  and four others in their family attended a similar workshop we conducted on life saving skills . Curious, I asked why so many in the family are attending. They started to tell me their story.  

 M and C are a young couple. They lost their firstborn just a few weeks ago. He was just a few weeks old. They were out for an errand when they received a frantic call from home.  Their baby was black and blue.  He choked on his milk and nobody knew what to do.  It took a while to get him to the hospital. But it was too late. They lost him. 

 I sat quietly listening to the pains the family was going through. But I admired their courage to take steps so that it does not happen again. 

A mom once left her newborn baby  with her 4 year old son in the room so she could go to the bathroom.  Just a few minutes after, she saw her baby incessantly coughing as if trying to blow  something out.  She asked her 4 year old son what happened who sheepishly answered, ” I placed my coin inside her mouth.” Her baby started to get blue.  Quickly, she turned her over and began doing the Heimlich maneuver.  Luckily, the coin came out and was dislodged. 

 This is why Heart Saver is important to me as a doctor. This is why life saving skills is important in every family. It only takes a few minutes without breathing or without a heart beat before brain damage ensues. Our traffic situation may not allow us beat those magic minutes to get our loved ones to the hospital.  Saving a life can be in our hands right where we are, right where it calls for it.  

 For me, there is no other time  for this but now.”
CPR Workshop
In this CPR workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify if someone has stopped breathing
  • Identify if someone’s heart stopped beating
  • How to help a baby who is choking
  • How to help a child or adult who is choking and is still conscious
  • How to help a child or adult who is choking and is already unconscious
  • How to minimize brain damage by providing oxygen through proper breathing  to someone who has stopped breathing on his own
  • How to minimize brain damage by restarting the heart of a baby, child or adult whose heart has stopped beating

The workshop will be held at the 28th floor of Medical Plaza Ortigas, San Miguel Ave., Pasig. It’s near Shangri-la Mall, and the Sonata condo construction site. There are limited slots and everyone needs to pre-register and forward the payment of P1,499.00 before July 21. Please sign up using the form below (click here if you don’t see it). Someone will be in touch with you for the payment details.  For any questions and inquiries, you may call or text 09321428852 and 637-3029.

I hope to see you there!

What’s On Your Wonderworld Wishlist? A Wonderworld Toys Giveaway by Caleb’s Closet!

In my 10 years as a Gymboree teacher, I’ve seen the value of learning through play for children. Play is the language our children know best, and age-appropriate activities do so much to improve a child’s motor, emotional, social and cognitive skills. I’m particularly enjoying Basti in my favorite level to teach – Level 5 – where it’s all about pretend play and extending their imagination.

Basti pretends to wash the “bus” in a Gymboree Level 5 class.

I think it’s important that children have toys that will support their development, too. I first saw Wonderworld Toys at Expo Mom when I had just given birth. I remember thinking then that when Basti is old enough I would buy a few of their wooden toys for him. I don’t know why I waited because they have toys from birth onwards!

The first Wonderworld toy I bought for Basti is this transport sorting game. I really had no choice because he wouldn’t put it down!

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Now that Basti loves pretend play, I’ve been looking at the Wonderworld toys available at Caleb’s Closet Eco Store for our playtime. Doc Lei sent over the Little Tool Box for him:

photo courtesy of Caleb’s Closet

And he absolutely loves it! He started with the hammer and nails, and now he’s learning how to use the screwdriver and the wrench.

On my Wonderworld Wishlist are these two cooking toys. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining area, and Basti likes to copy me when I’m cooking.

I’d love to hear what’s on your Wonderworld Wishlist. Share it with me and Caleb’s Closet for a chance to win this awesome Wonderworld Toy!

Entries will be through Rafflecopter down below. Here are ways you can gain entries:

  1. Like Caleb’s Closet on Facebook.
  2. Share a pic from Caleb’s Closet’s Wonderworld Toy albums on your timeline. Tag Caleb’s Closet and The Painter’s Wife so we can track your entries. Include the permalink of your post so we can verify it. Here are the albums with the Wonderworld Toys: Pretend Play Toys; Push and Pull Series; Blocks and Basic Learning; Games and Ride-Ons; Wooden Furniture; Baby Beads and Pushwalkers. You can do this once a day! Include the permalink of your status update on the Rafflecopter entry for validation. Click on the timestamp of your status update and copy the URL when it comes up.
  3. Tweet about the giveaway. Include the link of your tweet on the Rafflecopter entry. You can do this once a day.

The giveaway will run from August 22 to September 4, 2012. The winner will be announced once I validate the entries and do the draw.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone! Thank you Caleb’s Closet for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!

Got Time? Organize! The Candy Shop Labels and More

During Habagat I was very worried because water reached waist-high in the area where The Painter has his studio and he got stranded for a couple of days. Instead of sitting around being a nervous wreck, I turned my attention and energy to organizing my house. Lots of pictures, so prepare thy bandwidth.

Quick share: For breakfast, The Painter eats a bowl of rolled oats with Spanish sardines. Everyday. Every single freaking day, I kid you not. As a result, I have a lot of these:

I clean them and remove the labels. I have about 10 of these at any given time. The rest I give to the dyaryo-bote guy from the baranggay. I decided to use these jars instead of plastic containers. After years of using plastic containers I’m getting plastic-fatigue. There’s really nothing like the feel of glass.

I saw the exact same bottles being sold at Saizen for 85 pesos each. So if you want to do the same, just buy Spanish sardines. For the more or less the same price you get the bottle AND sardines.

I found craft paper sticker sheets at National Book Store and printed some labels I found for free on the internet.

I used these on the bottles and organized my bathroom countertop. Cute noh.

I wanted to do the same to my kitchen stuff, but I knew the inkjet labels were no good. Constant washing will just kill my efforts. I remembered that The Candy Shop by 101 Grams of Eye Candy sold repositionable labels that would be perfect for my kitchen jars. I asked her to print the same labels on this special sticker paper.

And voila!

Attach, and remove when you need to wash the jars. Stick ’em again. Genius.

Along with the special labels I had done, P also sent over more The Candy Shop stuff. I went nuts!!! I love them!!!

I used these repositionable labels on my sugar and creamer containers. They fit better than my round ones. (Wala na pala akong creamer)

I attached the label plates to my Japan Home Store fileboxes. Regular ones for me, Orley, homeschool and blogging stuff, and a super cute robot-themed one for Basti’s stuff.

This is my way of organizing. I assign a box to each person of the family and I dump everything there for proper filing later. I have two other boxes that says “Bills” and “Household Crapola”. That’s lesson no. 42 of my future class, Productive Procrastination. Hehe. P shares more ideas for using these label plates here.

Now this Candy Shop product eez DA BOMB. It’s an acrylic sheet!

I printed out and laminated tracing mats for Basti’s writing exercises. It didn’t work out so well. I couldn’t get the marker stains off so easily, even if I used whiteboard markers!

With the acrylic sheet over the mat, both Basti and I had no problems. Great writing surface for him, no-fuss clean up for me. We used our regular kid-safe markers and they came off with just a swipe of a tissue.

This will be really useful when Basti goes to school and gets worksheets and workbooks.

photo courtesy of 101 grams of eye candy


The Candy Shop also has regular labels and these clever Recycle stickers. Do you have a closet-full of perfect condition store  bags like me? #shopaholic Use them as gift bags and stick these on. Reduce waste! No to Habagat flooding!

photo courtesy of 101 grams of eye candy
photo courtesy of 101 grams of eye candy


Labeling is cathartic. Thanks P and The Candy Shop for these wonderful, practical, affordable and lovely labels. I’m a super duper fan!

Order your own The Candy Shop goodies from The Candy Shop on Facebook.