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ParenTIN Talk Series 3 (My first blogger event)

I attended my first blogger event last Saturday and it feels like the old days when I was covering health events. The only difference is that I don’t feel the pressure of meeting any deadlines. I was there to meet my blogger friends and of course learn new things especially that the third ParenTIN Talk Series is focused on “Guide to Investing in Your Child’s Future”.

I was in a hurry to get to St. Luke’s Medical Center, Global City on time that I forgot to bring my cellphone and camera (or my mini tape recorder) — gadgets that were usually on my work bag no matter what the occasion is. But last Saturday’s occasion was different. Although I was present at the event I don’t feel the urge to write or take down notes maybe because I was expecting some handouts or press kits to be distributed by organizers to bloggers (just like what organizers do when they set up a press conference). I kinda miss that part (pampered feeling) last Saturday.

But with or without handouts I’ll be attending similar events in the future but make sure I bring the proper gadgets with me.

And yes I’m happy that I was able to see Marce Peh and Techa again and meet for the first time Marce Chris, Jes and Norz. I also met and chat briefly with Jingke. Hope to see you lovely mommies in the next event for bloggers.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the event which Norz shared with me and Jes. Thanks sis!

  Screen shot of the event
Investing on health. A St. Luke’s doctor with ParenTIN founder Christine Bersola-Babao
Cooking demo using healthy alternative such as brown rice
Expert talk about sex and relationship: Teaching parents approaches to discuss age-appropriate information about sex to a child
 Pastor Erwin Amador on Biblical Parenting 101
Christine interviews mommies Gladys Reyes and Nikki Valdez
An invited speaker also discussed the importance of Cord Blood Banking in saving lives.
Picture picture with friends...
Norz, Peh, Jes, Techa, Chris, Me
Norz, Peh, Me
Peh and Me
Me and my daughter Naomi
(Thanks Jes for this picture)

Wi-fi connection

Internet connection minus dangling wires seems cool. My husband is planning to switch to wi-fi connection at home for a change. Once wi-fi enabled, the kids can now use the laptop even when they are in the bedroom. Technology really makes our lives a lot easier these days. I imagine when we used to buy pre-paid cards just to have Internet connection at home. Internet was very vital to my former job. I need to be online most of the time for research and when sending my article to our office in Manila. Pre-paid and dial-up sometimes took a lot of my time to get connected. Prepaid cards lapsed before you know it. Dial-up sometimes are slower to give you connection and it takes a long time to upload data.

A lot of local telephone companies nowadays provide the fastest Internet connection. And then there are Internet satellite that offer wild blue high speed internet that requires zero down payment and free installation. I wonder if the latter is already available in the Philippines. I read from somewhere that WildBlue is least expensive among its league and has a lot of features to offer to clients. If similar Internet services will be made available locally, I’m sure many Internet uses especially those in the provinces will leave their dial-up connection behind and switch to wi-fi Internet.

Dengue vaccine and Tawa-tawa herb

Are part of the potential strategies of the Department of Health to fight dengue.

The vaccine, according to a DOH statement, should cover all four dengue strains (Type 1, 2, 3, 4). One type could give you a life-long protection against the same strain, but not from the other remaining three. This means that a person could get all four types of the dengue virus in his lifetime.

Experts are also studying if genetic modification of the Aedes mosquito, the species responsible for the spread of dengue cases, will render it less active in biting unsuspecting victims.

At the same time, they are not discounting the possibility of “Tawa-tawa”, a local herb, to cure or improve the condition of dengue patient. The boiled concoction is said to increase the platelet count of a person with dengue fever. Low platelet count is one of the danger or deadly signs of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF).

While health experts are studying the potential of these strategies, they are again reminding the public about the basic information to prevent dengue:

  • Destroy all possible mosquito breeding sites like old tires, softdrink bottles and tin cans.
  • Use mosquito nets or protective clothing.
  • Fogging may be done only in outbreak areas.

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