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5 Family Friendly Mocktails You Can Make at Home

>> Jun 25, 2016

Let’s say you and your significant don’t want to leave your residential condominium in Makati, but you want to have fun. A couple of glasses of martinis or glasses of wine would be fun, however, that would mean leaving the kids out of whatever you have planned. There’s an answer to that, don’t you worry! Mocktails are great for everybody because they don’t have any alcohol.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on mixing your own.

1. Shirley Temple (1 Serving)
Kids are going to love the presentation of the Shirley Temple. The gradient colors are definitely going to catch their eye, and it’s simple to make. In a tall or large glass, add a quarter cup orange juice to three quarters cup of 7-Up or Sprite. Add two tablespoons of grenadine syrup and let it sink down to the bottom of the glass, then garnish it with some cherry.

2. Chocolate Mock-Tini(1 Serving)
What kid doesn’t love chocolate? First, coat the inside of the glass you’re going to use with some chocolate. Blend together half a cup of chocolate milk, one cup of mint-chocolate chip ice cream, and about four ice cubes. Pour it into your chocolate coated glass, and garnish with a candy cane.

3. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade (1 Serving)
Nobody can resist strawberry lemonade. But what about sparkling strawberry lemonade? For this, you’re going to have to finely chop two to three strawberries. In a glass, combine half cup of lemonade and half cup ginger ale. Put in some ice and sprinkle the strawberries to garnish. If you want, you can slice some lemon circles or wedges and put them on the mouth of the glass as pictured above.

4. Sparkling Sangria

Sangria normally is red wine with chopped fruits, honey, and a tiny bit of brandy, but kids aren’t allowed that, are they? For the kid version of sangria, you’re going to need several chopped fruit. They can be apples, oranges, lemons, limes, any kind of berries, apples, depends on you. Add all of these (or your choices of fruits) to a glass of sparkling grape juice, then add some frozen grapes in there to keep the beverage cool without watering it down. If you want to prettify the glass, garnish it with a candy fruit gel.

5. Dandy Cranberry

Cranberries are good for you, which is why this next drink has cranberries. In a punch bowl, combine a cup of cranberry juice, a cup of orange juice, and a cup of pineapple juice. To that, add about four ounces of cherries, some orange slices, and two tablespoons of lemon juice. While you stir, add a cup and a half of chilled ginger ale. Serve with ice and garnish with more cherries and orange slices.

You can even serve these at parties! They’re friendly to kids and to expectant mothers, or just for the people who don’t like alcohol. These non-alcoholic drinks are tasty and easy to prepare, and will be enjoyed by everyone! 


How to Perk Up Your Workstation

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Desk jobs, may it be IT jobs in Myanmar or banking job in Wall Street, can sometimes, if not too often, become too boring. The office is like your second home because of the amount of time you spend there. You are at work during the best parts of your day there.

We tend of develop a sense of belonging in our office, however your office is set up. It may be a shared desk, separate cubicles, a casual set up, you will feel the need to make your workstation as comfortable as you can make it.

If you’re making your desk comfortable, why not add a splash of color and personality to your workspace? Try these tips on livening up your desk:

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Organize and de-clutter your desk. Before you start personalizing your desk, clear it out first. Make sure your space is neat, and free from anything that will distract you from your work. Keep your workspace clean, and your stuff will be easy to find. You can also create cute pencil and pen holders out of small buckets to organize your office materials, or if you like, a corkboard where you can pin all your reminders.

Toys. Unleash the child in you. You’re free to use anything, not just toys. Put your favorite toys on display, especially if you’re the type who loves comic books, cartoons, and pop culture. Put it all on your desk, but make sure that you won’t run out of desk to work on. It’s a great way to reduce your stress when you’re feeling a little too swamped with work.
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Custom made mugs. Whatever you want, from your favorite movie posters or dialogues, sarcastic lines, cute designs, put them on display on your desk.

Office plants. Put a small pot of greenery in your workspace. Plants don’t just beautify your area, but they improve your concentration, your memory, reduce your stress and diseases. Plants make you work better, in short.

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De-motivational posters.These posters are a hundred percent of the time sarcastic and that makes them hilarious. There are thousands of them on the internet, and all you’ll need to do is download them, print them out, and stick them to your walls to demotivate you. Or just make you laugh whenever you look at them.

Or, inspirational quotes, if you need the reminder. Print out some inspirational messages from your favorite authors or movies, or from people you look up to. What’s important is that they give you reason and motivated you through the entire day, and remind you of why you are working hard.
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Those are just some of the ways that you can personalize your space. It’s always up to you on how you plan to materialize your character and individuality and put it all on display on your desk. However, some companies discourage the personalization of workspace. Check if company rules allow customization, if they don’t, that’s unfortunate, but if they do, personalize away! Don’t forget to top off your desk with a picture of family, or your significant other! 


Why Some People Seem Immune to Mosquito Bites

>> Jun 23, 2016

Mosquitoes are one of the priority targets for pest control even in some residential condominiums in Cebu because they carry diseases that affect people. One of the many causes of deaths in third world countries are diseases related to mosquitos and the diseases that they carry. These pests are many, they multiply fast and they are relentless in that they can thrive in almost any environment.

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What Mosquitos are

Mosquitoes are small flies that come from the family Culicidae. Majority of the pests that people know are female mosquitos that are called “ectoparasites” because they rely on their suction or tube-like mouths to go through their host’s skin to drink their blood. Studies have shown that the blood mosquitoes consume are generally of a non-threatening amount, however, the residue or chemical that mosquitoes leave behind may cause irritation and itching.


Mosquitoes are known to thrive in humid places, often times those in tropical countries such as the Philippines. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in puddles of water, often contaminating them making them unsafe for consumption and distribution. The thing about mosquitoes is that they multiply extremely fast. They live fast, they die fast but the sheer number of them is usually enough to cause alarm for residents whose homes are situated near bodies of water.

Mosquito lifecycle

Mosquitoes multiply fast and they go through a life-cycle, similar to butterflies. They come from eggs which then hatch into larva. These larvae spend the majority of their time feeding on algae, bacteria and other microbs. After that phase, the larva will then transform into the pupa form and they will then go on a short period of inactivity. As opposed to the constant feeding of larva, the pupa spends its time not doing anything. Finally, the final stage of a mosquito’s lifecycle is adulthood. In this form, mosquitoes are at their most annoying stage – and most dangerous.

Mosquito Threats

Mosquitos are generally pests that are simply annoying in that they drink blood, sometimes in large numbers but most often than not, all they do is cause some itching. However, it is known and documented for a person to feel lightheaded due to constant mosquito bites. Another threat that mosquitoes pose is their penchant for contaminating large bodies of water. However, mosquitos are at their most dangerous when they carry a disease. Some diseases that mosquitoes carry include the dengue fever. Dengue is one of the most common dangerous ailment because if left untreated, it can cause weakness in a person and in the worst case, death.

Who mosquitoes bite

Generally, mosquitoes are not known in choosing their targets. However, science has shown that pests are known to possess certain senses that aid them in their pursuit of nutrition. Studies have shown that people who are stressed emit a pheromone that attracts a mosquito. It can therefore be observed that people that are less stressed are less prone to suffering mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes are generally an annoyance but at the end of the day, pest control is the only solution for these pests before they become a legitimate threat to you and your family.

About the author
Sue Reyes is a former writer for CNN Philippines and Aspiring Fashion Blogger
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