Monthly Archives: December 2015

Carnival rides

ferris wheel

Families are taking advantage of the long school vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are those who prefer to stay at home and watch movies, while others enjoy the carnivals and amusement park rides.

Visiting parks and carnival are the activities we rarely do these days. If there are opportunities to go out, you would find us at the mall, usually inside the bookstore and rarely at movie theater.  I still have qualms about allowing my kids to ride carnival and amusement park rides. How safe are carnival and amusement rides? Are those rides made of sturdy metal buildings and strong enough to hold the weight of riders?

I heard from the news that carnival operators are more cautious now in conducting regular maintenance check to different rides. A carnival operator being interviewed on TV said they have strengthened safety barriers and have double the number of attendants to check on the safety of riders before they operate.

I’m glad carnival operators have taken these measures seriously for the welfare of riders. They may be safe, but I’m still not sure if I will allow my kids to be on their own or with friends to ride carnival and amusement rides.

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Repost: Grannies want to spend Christmas as free individuals

Old and weary.

It doesn’t matter if they don’t have a place to stay or relatives to welcome them with open arms. What is important for old persons, who have served more than half of their lives as inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women, is to walk as free individuals.

Some old folks who don’t have families to come home to were brought to the Home for the Aged for care.

I have met some old women inmates at the CIW when I was still with PJI.  They cried the moment they began telling their stories…I couldn’t help but cry with them too, especially when they talk about their children and how miserable their lives have become when they were sent to prison.

They’ve missed their children’s birthdays, graduation days…special events in the lives of their loved ones that they wish they were a part of…They even missed burial of their own children…so tragic, but true.

I still keep some of their photos. I’m not sure if these two grandmothers have been released from the institution. Both of them originated from the north and have been charged for drug-related offense.

If both of them have not been released yet, I hope that they will get their freedom back soon.

And if they were already reunited with their loved ones, I wish that they (relatives) have accepted them wholeheartedly so they could live the life they truly deserve as free individuals.

Photos taken by PJI photographers for People’s Tonight

Holiday-related stress

gift wrapping

As Christmas Day nears I noticed that a lot of people are getting sick. I’m not sure whether it’s due to the inclement weather or the fact that there are a lot of Christmas-related activities that makes them busier. The reasons may vary from one person to another. Here are a few tips on how to cope with the holiday stress.

  1. Make a plan of all your activities be it personal or with family members.
  2. Do not ignore common signs of illness.
  3. Serve nutritious food. Eat ham and pastries in moderation. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Have enough sleep or rest when you can.
  5. If you can’t avoid crowded places like malls and market, do your grocery shopping as early as you can.
  6. Prepare a list of possible gift items to save you time and energy. If you are shopping online for musical instrument, check on
  7. Choose inexpensive and environment-friendly Christmas decor. You can DIY decors using available materials at home.
  8. Buy age-appropriate toys for kids. Make sure the toys are free from harmful chemicals.
  9. Welcome the New Year with noise from pots and pans and not with firecrackers.

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