Science Can Be Delicious!

   I know what you’re thinking. Science? Delicious?! Well, yes. For 2nd Quarter, I learned about geology and the different types of rocks. The type of rock I really like is the sedimentary rock because they have layers or strata. I decided to make a parfait that has several layers of peanut butter, whipped cream, and chocolate. I also decided to make cereal bars. The bars with the chocolate represent metamorphic rock and the cereal bars without chocolate represent igneous rock. 

   I very much enjoyed the taste of both recipes and I am willing to do them again! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The ingredients I used

Left to right: Flavors Collision (a mix of chocolate, vanilla pudding, and PB),  Chocnut Crumble (there is a lot of Chocnut in the parfait and it crumbles in your mouth), Choco Explosion (there’s so much chocolate that it explodes in your mouth!)


This is the Choco Cloud parfait, my favorite. Why? It’s a mix of all the small parfaits I made!

Melted marshmallows

Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes

The result of mixing melted marshmallow, cereal, and chocolate!

Me with my bars

I molded the bars with chocolate like geological formations.

My favorite, the bars with chocolate!

My other favorite, Choco Cloud!

Recipe Confusion

   “Nelly!” Mom yelled from the kitchen in our grandparents’ house. “Would you please come down and help me bake some cupcakes while I take a bath?” 

   It was my grandmother’s birthday tomorrow, so we decided to make her some cupcakes. “Sure, Mom! Just wait a sec!” 

   I just read the recipe and it called for 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. The other ingredients were already put in the mixing bowl. I was about to measure the flour but the cups we only had were 1/2 and 1/4 cups. I checked the spoons and we only had 1-tablespoon and 1-teaspoon! “Mom! Mom! Mom! I need help!” There was no answer. “Hmm…she’s probably in the shower. I’ll try to call her after 10 minutes.” 10 minutes passed…”Mom! I need some help!” “Yes, Nelly?” Mom asked me. “The ingredients that you told me to put in the mixing bowl are 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. We only have 1/2-cup, 1/4-cup, 1-tablespoon,and 1-teaspoon. What do I do? Can we buy a complete set?” “Nelly, we don’t have time today. Why don’t we do it tomorrow?” “Wait! I know what to do!” Nelly exclaimed.

   “The recipe calls for 1 and 3/4 cups flour, right? And we just have 1/2 and 1/4 cups? How many 1/2 cups are there in 1 cup? Two! 3/4? One 1/2 cup and one 1/4 cup flour! Now, the recipe calls for 2 1/2 tablespoons. We add 2 tablespoons first. Since there are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon, I’m now going to add 1 teaspoon and carefully estimate the additional 1/2 teaspoon using the 1-teaspoon measurement. I will also do that for the salt.”

   “Good job, Nelly! I was testing your Math. Since you got it, here are the other cups and spoons!” Mom jokingly said. “MOOOOOOOOOOM!!!” I exclaimed as I chased her around the house with a spoon full of flour. 

Pandas or Koalas?

   Pandas or koalas? What would you answer if someone asks you that question? If you didn’t know what to answer, you would probably want to go home, research then compare and contrast. Well, I’m going to do that right now starting with pandas:

   Where are they usually found? Pandas, also known as Giant Pandas (to distinguish it from the Red Panda which is a bear), are native to China. 
   What do you call their babies? Pandas’ offsprings are called cubs.

  How do they look like? They are easily recognized by the black fur patches over their eyes, ears, and across their body. 

   How long do they live? They live around 20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity. 

   What do they eat? The pandas’ diet is composed of 99% bamboo. Wild pandas usually eat other grasses, and maybe even meat such as birds and rodents. Captive pandas often receive bamboo, but may receive honey, oranges, bananas etc. with other prepared foods.

  Are they sociable? Pandas are usually solitary, but females don’t allow other females in the area. 

  Do they hibernate? They don’t hibernate, but they will move to areas with warmer temperatures instead. 

  Are they herbivorous or carnivorous? They usually eat like a herbivore, but they’re classed as carnivores! 

   Where are they usually found? Koalas are native to Australia. 

   What do you call their babies? A baby koala is called a “joey”. They are blind, hairless, and have no ears. 

  How do they look like? They are similar to wombats, but have thicker coats, longer    limbs, and larger ears. Their coat is color gray.

   How long do they live? They can live as long as 18 years. 

   What do they eat? Koalas are herbivores. They eat eucalyptus leaves. 

   Are they sociable? They are NOT sociable. 
   Do they hibernate? They don’t hibernate, but they sleep everyday up to 18 hours. (Oh how I wish I was a koala! Haha.) 

   Are they herbivorous or carnivorous? Koalas are herbivores.

   Similarities between pandas and koalas: They both do not hibernate, have a herbivorous diet, live until about 20 years, and they are not sociable! 

   So, have you decided what to answer? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Camp Smile

   “Stomp the present with an act. Dare to make our dreams a fact!” These two sentences are the last and my favorite lines in the CISV (Children’s International Summer Village) song we sing before breakfast and after dinner in camp. CISV is an international program focused on building global friendship.

   Doris Allen, the founder of CISV, believed that the source of peace is the children. She wanted children from all over the world to learn and respect different cultures and common values. That program is Village. Village sends 11-year old delegates to a specific place for a month, accompanied by adult leaders, to learn about other cultures. They participate in cultural, educational, and sporting activities.

   I’ve been joining CISV for over 2 years now, and this sem break’s mini camp will be my fourth! There are two age groups, 9-11 and 12-14. My camp’s name is Camp Ten Planet (9-11) and my sister’s is Camp Watt (12-14). What I love most about CISV is that children of different ages, maybe even nationalities, and from different schools gather together to be friends and to learn more about each other! 

   In Mystery Of History, I learned about the Thirty Years War. Can you imagine thirty, not one, not two, but THIRTY years of war? I can’t even think of all the people who have died and all the properties destroyed by bombs. 

   Whenever I think of the Thirty Years War, I keep saying to myself, “Imagine if CISV already existed during that time. The war wouldn’t have taken place if CISV existed already! Imagine all the children, together, making peace with one another. What if every country had CISV? War wouldn’t exist at all if there was CISV everywhere!” Can you believe that there are only 60 countries that have CISV while 140 countries are missing out? 

   I decided to make my own version of a mini camp that I think can promote peace. Camp Smile is the name. At Camp Smile, I want to teach kids to smile, not frown, when there is a fight or even when situations are bad. Usually when kids frown, the situation around them becomes “dark”. Smiling can make the situation better, if you ask me! If you still don’t understand why we should smile, let me give you an example. Imagine yourself with your parents and your parents disagree with something you want. You frown or give a bad attitude, which makes the situation even worse. But, if you smile and give out a good attitude instead, the situation becomes light on your shoulders! You may think smiling is just for the camera, but smiling can also make peace. I want children to do that. So, smile everybody, SMILE!  

Kaya Naming Maipakita ang Aming Kakayahan Para Sa Kapayapaan!

   Lahat ng tao ay may iba’t ibang kakayahan. Halimbawa, ang kapatid ko ay marunong gumuhit at marunong naman akong magluto. Dapat natin gamitin ang mga ito nang mabuti dahil bigay ang mga ito ng Diyos. Halimbawa, kakanta ka para sa isang “charity event” o magluluto ako ng mga pagkain at ibibigay ko sa mga taong mahirap. 

   Pwede nating gamitin ang ating mga kakayahan natin para tulungan ang ibang tao. Kapag ang mga tao ay may iba’t ibang talento o kakayahan para makamit ang isang layunin, kooperasyon ang kanilang ipinapakita. Ang kooperasyon ay ang pakikipagtulungan. Naalala ko ang isang laro na nilaro ko sa kamp na kinailangan ng kooperasyon. Ang pangalan nito ay “Flip The Blanket”. Ang mga bata ay dapat baligtarin yung kumot pero dapat walang paa na lalabas sa kumot. Ang bawat isa ay dapat tumulong para baligtarin ang kumot. Importante ang pagkikipagtulungan dahil magiging mas madali ang gawain. 

   Mayroong isa pang paraan para gamitin natin ang mga kakayahan natin at  himukin ang kooperasyon. Pwede nating gamitin ang mga ito para sa kapayapaan!  Halimbawa, ang mga “traffic enforcers” at pulis ay nagpapanatili ng kapayapaan sa kalye para maiwasan ang mga aksidente. Ang mga magulang  ay nagtutulungan para mag-alaga sa kanilang mga anak. Ginagamit din nila ang mga kakayahan nila para pasayahin ang mga anak nila. Ang mga tsuper ng bus at motorsiklo naman ay hindi nagtataguyod ng kapayapaan kasi palagi silang sumisingit at hindi nagiging mapagbigay sa mga ibang kotse. Dapat nating gamitin kung ano ang alam nating mabuti para sa nakararami at  dapat tayong magtulungan. Sa ganitong paraan, maiiwasan ang away at magkakaroon tayo ng kapayapaan! 

   Ako, bilang isang dalagita ay pwede ding magtaguyod ng kapayapaan sa pamamagitan ng pagkinig at pagsunod sa aking mga magulang. Hindi din ako magdadabog at magrereklamo kapag sinasabihan ako. Kapag may mali akong ginawa sa aking mga kaibigan o kamag-anak, ako ay hihingi ng paumahin. Kahit bata pa ako, pwede kong gamitin ang aking kakayahan para sa kapayapaan!

Keys For Kids!

  This year, we go to CBH Ministries for our daily devotional and reflection because they give us very helpful lessons we can use in our life. The lessons that we learned last September 4-6 and 11-12 were very useful because we either experience it or need to do it. Here is what I wrote about last  September 4-6 and 11-12 devotionals: 

September 4, 2012 

Psalm 119:97 – Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 

My Reflection:

  I find it difficult to get in the habit of reading the Bible everyday. It says that I         should start slowly first, but I shouldn’t give up. I should always try again. I should read verses first. I’ll try and try to make His Word part of my routine. 

September 5, 2012 

1 Corinthians 12:27 – You are the body of Christ, and members individually. 

My Reflection: 
  It takes a lot of people to do the best job in God’s Work. We should work            together faithfully! Do not say that you’re useless because everyone has his or her job and everyone one of us are needed! 

September 6, 2012 

Proverbs 12:15 – The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise. 

My Reflection: 
  Criticism is not all bad. It can help you too! Criticism is not a pleasant feeling, but we should think about what they said. It can help us “knock off the rough spots” in our character. And the next time you criticize someoneโ€™s actions or choices, try to say it kindly and patiently.

September 11, 2012 
John 7:24 – Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. 

My Reflection: 
  We should judge people not by their appearances. When we meet new people, we should learn what they like and get to know them better. We shouldn’t make any hasty judgements. Hey, maybe they don’t look that good on the outside but they might be just like you on the inside. 

September 12, 2012 
1 Peter 3:8 – Love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 

My Reflection: 
  The Bible tells us to be courteous ALL THE TIME. We need to talk quietly, be polite, and we should control ourselves. We should also encourage others to obey God in this way.

Can You Be A Moses?

   Have you ever wondered how God reveals Himself through His Chosen People? Well, in Christian Living, I learned about that particular subject. The person I was most interested in was Moses. Why? Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites to Sinai, but there were obstacles and difficulties He had to go through. Moses did not give up even though the Israelites were about to. He just put His trust in God and did what God called Him to do. 

     The departure of the Israelites from Egypt under Moses’ leadership is known as the Exodus. Through the Exodus, God shows us that the suffering and pain we go through is a way of building up our spiritual strength. It also shows us that freedom is not easy to have. If you want to have freedom, you have to pass through obstacles and difficulties, but God is always there to help us. He has always been and He always will be.

    When we encounter an obstacle, we usually complain and grumble like the Israelites. We keep on criticizing the person who tries to do good to help us. We want everything to fall in place just the way we want it, but we don’t do anything to improve the situation. Sometimes, we break rules like crossing the street when the pedestrian light says “Stop”, walking on grass when there is a sign that says “Do not step on the grass”, and cutting lines. We also just relax while we let others do the work for us. If we want freedom, we shouldn’t be a burden to others. Let us try to not complain or become angry. Instead, let’s trust God and ask Him for help so we can also do our part.
    Speaking of not being a burden to others, I came up with an idea! Why not volunteer in community services or volunteer programs that could save or help  lives? I recently joined Angel Brigade, where I helped pack relief goods for flood victims. During the packing, I felt very generous. I’ve always wanted to donate or help in volunteer programs because I know that whatever I do or give will matter. 

     I would want to make my own volunteer program that would help animals because there are so many programs helping people that it feels like animals don’t get much attention. It’s just like animals are tiny pecks of dust. I would name my program, Help Animals For a Change (HAFC) and we would help stray or injured animals. Instead of just having this in one area of Manila, this would be a nationwide project involving children of different ages. Since I’ve always been interested in animals, I definitely think this would be fun! I can’t wait until the day when HAFC will happen! Then, I, together with other children, can be a Moses in modern times where we can all pave the way to the animals’ Exodus by leading them to good health and safety. 

Please Come Back!

    Last September, it was my grandmother’s birthday so we called her, but she and my grandfather are in the States. We had to be mindful about the time here and there. My family and I took turns in talking to her and we found out that they might not come back to the Philippines soon, or maybe at all. I was deeply saddened by the thought that my grandparents might not come back! I would really miss the traditions we have when they’re here and we temporarily live with them.

  Some of the traditions we always have when we go to our grandparents’ house here in the Philippines are to gather around the dining table and pray, always make “mano” them when we see them, and sleep or have “siesta” sometime after lunch. 

   If they are really going to stay in the States and come back to the Philippines for one last time, I will try to not cry in front of them because they might think that it’s a bad decision moving to the States. I think it will be for us here because all our relatives are in the States and we won’t have the good times again. On the other hand, it will be a good move because they’re living with my aunt (Auntie Malu) and Uncle Marty. They will have company and help in taking care of my cousins, Marcus and Jacob.

   This is related to the prophet Elijah. Elijah was the one who proved to King Ahab, Jezebel, and the four hundred fifty prophets that God is the one and only, true God. This is related to tradition. The old tradition is worshipping God and Him only. The new tradition is worshipping Him, but at the same time, worshipping other “false gods” like gadgets. In the case of my grandparents’ moving, the old traditions are the traditions I just mentioned. Traditions keep us closer to our family and God. They also keep us “grounded”. When people go follow a “trend” like smoking and fashion, they just go with the flow. They don’t have that anchor that keeps them stable. Traditions are like habits that we do repeatedly because we feel happy, comfortable, and at home. That’s exactly what God wanted His people to feel through Elijah. He wanted them to feel at home with Him. 


Clean-up, Everybody Clean Up!

   Last September 8, 2012, my family and I drove to Planet Dive in Anilao, Batangas. It was a 2-hour drive from where we live, but it was all worth it. Why? First, we went snorkeling and saw all kinds of marine animals. Second, we cleaned up the beach! 

   We were informed by my mom’s friend, Tito Alfie, who works in Planet Dive, that 150 girls, 21 and below, and are from Assumption College, would be participating in the beach clean-up, but they would reach Planet Dive at 1pm. My family and I arrived there between 9-10am which gave me and my sister plenty of time to snorkel and be mermaids! When we were snorkeling, I saw all things that end in “fish” like blue starfish, parrot fish, angel fish, and clown fish! I also a giant clam that was about as wide as my whole arm! After a few minutes, I saw a sea urchin which made me panic and want to go back to the shore, but my sister sent me the hand signal of “ok” underwater. It made me feel better. Later on, we started to get tired and hungry, so we stopped to rest first. My mom screamed, “Are you hungry? Lunch time!” My sister and I ran from the sea towards our parents, got our towels, and went to the dining area. That was how hungry we were. 

   While we were eating lunch, it started to get cloudy and we saw one part of the island raining! We started to wonder if the beach clean-up will still continue, then the cloud of rain started to go further and further away from Anilao! After lunch, the AC (Assumption College) girls arrived. Once they arrived, they were taking pictures, screaming, and some were just enjoying the breeze. Right after they were done, they were formed into groups and my sister and I were in separate groups. 

   First, there was a briefing given to the different groups that cooperated in the beach clean-up. Secondly, we worked as teams and collected different kinds of trash in the different parts of the beach. We collected plastic, candy wrappers, styrofoam, coconut shells, glass, and rope. We put them in a sack afterwards. There wasn’t much trash to collect because there was a group of volunteers that cleaned up some parts of the beach the week before. But, this beach clean-up was more for awareness. I found a straw which marine animals might mistake it as food and eat it, which can harm its insides.

  Cooperation is working together and that’s exactly what we did here! We worked together to hunt for pieces of trash that could harm animals and the environment. Each group had a goal to collect as much trash as possible and to achieve that goal, we were given tasks on what to collect and what not. 

   This is related to my lesson in Civics, natural resources. By cleaning up the beach, we decreased the risk of harming our bodies of water and the marine animals that live in them. The natural resources related to cleaning up the beach are water and fishery resources. Natural resources are very important to Filipinos because they are the sources of livelihood for us. Farming, fishing, and mining are some of the jobs we do to earn money so that we may meet our needs. I always get angry at the people who use dynamite and cyanide to fish. They don’t realize that dynamite not only kills big fish, but it also kills small fish and corals! Dynamite and cyanide fishing is one way of destroying our natural resources and we  shouldn’t use them at all! From now on, I would want to participate in more clean-ups and volunteer programs. I also will take caution in what I do because I could be destroying natural resources myself! Maybe I could even make my own program. But, this program would be concentrating on rescuing animals. Hmm…this would be interesting to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My sister and I 

Collecting snails!

The beach

The briefing

Me watching my teammate collect cigarette butts

Ate’s group mate ticking off the trash items they collected

My group

The trash we collected: rambutan peels, banana peels, plastic etc.