Free Printable: A/Y 2017-2018 Calendar


Hi guys! I'm back with a free printable for you! August is here and since academic year 2017-2018 is about to start, we need to get our asses off of vacation mode and get ready to tackle a more productive and hopefully successful year of learning and fun.

I have here a preview of what the monthly calendar looks like, complete with notes section and an inspirational quote to keep your spirits up.

I have made the design simple and minimalist to keep you from being distracted. It's in PDF format and the paper size is letter (11 in x 8.5 in).

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Buwan ng Wika 2017 Theme

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Buwan ng Wika is being celebrated every August of the year. It is a month-long celebration of the Philippine's National language. This occasion is lead by the Kagawarang ng Wikang Filipino (KWF).

The Kagawaran ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), is guided by its mission: Itaguyod ang patuloy na pag-unlad at paggamit ng Filipino bílang Wikang Pambansa hábang pinapangalagaan ang mga wikang katutubo ng Filipinas tungo sa pagkakaunawaan, pagkakaisa, at kaunlaran ng sambayanang Filipino (source: kwf.gov.ph). It ensures that the Filipino language will prosper and continue to be used as the Philippines' national language in order to unite the Filipino people.

References

The celebration of this year's Buwan ng Wika is guided by these memorandum and announcement released by the Department of Education (DepEd) and Kagawaran ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) respectively.

Memorandum Pangkagawaran Bldg. 58 s. 2017
Patalastas Paksa: Pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2017

The objectives of this year's celebration as stated in the announcement released by the KWF are as follows:

a. Ganap na maipatupad ang Pampanguluhang Proklamasyon Blg. 1041, s. 1997
b. Mahikayat ang iba't ibang ahensiyang pampamahalaan at pampribado na makiisa sa mga programang tulad nito na nagpapataas ng kamalayang pangwika at sibikot; at
c. Maganyak ang mga mamamayang Filipino na pahalagahan ang wikang pambansa sa pamamagitan ng aktibong pakikilahok sa mga gawain kaugnay ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa


The weekly topics as stipulated in the memorandum released by DepEd include:

a. Wikang Filipino, Susi sa Pagbabago;
b. Pangangalaga sa Wikang Katutubo, Pagpapayaman sa Wikang Filipino;
c. Wikang Filipino: Wika ng Maka-Filipinong Saliksik; at
d. Pagsasalin, Mahalaga sa Bago at Mapagbagong Karunungan

Buwan ng Wika 2017 Theme

The theme for this year's celebration of the Buwan ng Wika is "Filipino: Wikang Mapagbago." I think it means that the Filipino language is a language that could evoke or produce change or innovation, which could be interpreted in various positive ways. Sorry. I'm no better in Filipino than I am in English. The abovementioned documents could guide us in interpreting this year's theme in various forms.

I will be posting my own interpretation of this theme in the form of a poster soon. In the meantime you can refer to this article about my poster for the 2015 Buwan ng Wika celebration.

Thank you for reading and I hope you learned something. Feel free to share your suggestions and questions in the comments section below.


Nutrition Month 2017: Healthy Diet Gawing Habit For Life Poster


Hi guys! So as promised, I made a sample poster for this year's nutrition month celebration. This year's theme is "Healthy Diet: Gawing Habit -- For Life."

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert in this thing. I just share my knowledge to you guys. Most of them are based on my experience. You are free to use my poster as an inspiration or basis for your own.

I  made this poster based on my own interpretation of the theme itself. I haven't read the talking points given by the National Nutrition Council prior to making this poster because it was just posted recently but if you're going to make your poster, it's best if you read the talking points because from there, you will get a clearer idea on what the theme is really about.

NNC Talking Points

Well, like I said I haven't read the talking points. I've checked the Internet several times but it wasn't available yet. I must've missed it when they posted it. My bad. That's why my poster lacks the details that are specified in the objectives (Source: Nutrition month 2017 talking points):

The campaign aims to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protects against both under- and overnutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer. Specifically, this year’s campaign aims to:

1. increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets to prevent malnutrition and contribute to the reduction of overweight and obesity and non-communicable diseases,
2. help the public distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods for better food choices;
3. encourage the food industry including farmers, manufacturers, distributors and food establishments to produce and make available healthier food options; and
4. advocate for the enactment of national and local legislation/policies supportive of an enabling environment for healthy diets.

Like I always emphasize, it's important to read the talking points in order not to miss these important factors. Likewise, the five keys to a healthy diet by the WHO were also given emphasis in the talking points. These are as follows:

1. Breastfeeding babies and young children
2. Eat a variety of foods
3. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
4. Eat moderate amounts of fats and oils
5. Eat less salts and sugars

I guess, by luck, I have satisfactorily illustrated those five keys in my poster.

Materials Used

These are the materials that I have used when I made this poster:

Disclaimer: I am in no way connected or affiliated to any of the brands I have used. This will be an honest review on why I have chosen to use them.
  • Pilot marker (fine) - The quality isn't that bad and besides, I've been used to using this. It isn't the best for tracing because it kinda has a huge tip but it still did its job.
  • Mongol 2 pencil - For sketching. Any pencil will do as long as it's not that dark. Don't make the tip too sharp so that you don't shred the paper and leave a dented mark.
  • Faber castell eraser - I love this eraser! The lead comes off completely and doesn't stick in the eraser so the paper is clean after erasing the sketch.

Materials I used for the 2017 nutrition month sample poster.

  • Sakura cray-pas - More costly than Golden oil pastels but the quality is great. Colors are vibrant and blends incredibly well because its softness is just right. Price was around 160 PHP. I wanted to buy the 8 or 12 colors one but they're out of stock so I had no choice
  • Cattleya Sketch pad (size 10.5" x 15") - I bought it because it's cheaper for 50 pages. The price was 178.50 PHP in National Bookstore. Also, the paper quality is just right for me. The surface of the paper was kinda rough just the way I like it. Why, you ask? Because I learned through experience that paper with rough surface holds the oil pastel/craypass well. When I blend using my fingers, the color doesn't come off completely. In smooth surface, the color almost completely comes off and it's irritating. I didn't use a sketchpad in my previous posters but now I decided that I needed one for easier compilation. Besides, less clutter. 

Keywords and Rough Draft

STEP 1. I always begin my poster by writing the theme in a piece of paper and picking out the important key words. After which, I write symbols and drawings that will represent these keywords. 


The theme goes Healthy Diet: Gawing Habit -- For Life. These are the keywords I have picked from the theme and the symbols and drawings that may represent them:

Healthy diet - nutritious foods
Health - caduceus, stethoscope, heart, healthy people
Habit - calendar, clock
For life - tree of life, cycle of life, cycle in arrows, people in different age groups, life cycle
STEP 2. This includes a rough draft of the elements (the symbols and drawings). I will arrange them in an order that will give them a connection to each other; in a way that they will be able to tell the story of the poster (that is the theme itself). I will do versions of this, as many as I can, playing with the different representations or elements.


STEP 3. I choose which of the rough drafts I'm going to use for the poster. Start the sketching, then trace with a marker.


Make the sketch light so that it's easy to erase and make revision as need arises.


Note: Some competitions have specific guidelines. Some only allow 3 colors plus black, with blending allowed. Others don't even allow blending. Some allow marker, some don't. In order to prevent disqualification, please consult the guidelines first. You can ask your teacher or the cultural coordinator of your school for a copy. Take note that they vary from school to school or from competition to competition.

Work in Progress

So here are the shots of my poster as I progressed. Sorry for the  bad photo quality. Some of them were taken at night time so they aren't that clear.


When I color using cray-pas or oil pastels, I start with the light colors first, then going to darker ones. This is to make the poster cleaner. Also, it saves time because you get to cover multiple elements and drawings without changing colors. After which, I use black to add shadows (as seen in the 7th WIP photo).

Here's a closer look at the shadows I'm talking about:


It's up to you if you wanna use black to give shadows to your elements. It's okay if you don't wanna add shadows. It takes practice before you can do it without making your poster look messy. Don't overdo it. Black tends to make the poster dull if there's too much shadow. 

The last step is for the finishing touches. Adding highlights here, shadows there, fixing a rather lighter shade of green to make it pop, cleaning the smudges, etc.

Poster Interpretation

So what does my poster mean?

As you can see, there is a tree of life in the center of the poster. It represents the for life keyword.

In each space in between the tree trunks you can see the life of a person, from within the womb, to being a baby (breastfeeding), to being a child, an adult, and until she already has a family of her own. All the while she was eating healthy foods, making it a habit in her entire life.

If we go back to the WHO five keys to a healthy diet, I incidentally 😆 added them to the poster.

🗹 Breastfeeding babies and young children
🗹 Eat a variety of foods
🗹 Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
🗹 Eat moderate amounts of fats and oils
🗹 Eat less salts and sugars
The clock hands in the middle of the tree of life is just there to emphasize that the tree is about life or time or habit for some who doesn't know the tree of life symbol. The spoon and fork? Well, food! At the top, there's caduceus and a heart for health.


That's pretty much it. I only give myself 5/10 for the finished product. It didn't turn out as I expected.

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Comments? Suggestions?

I tried to be as detailed as I can. While typing this, I could feel that my fingers are still sore from rubbing and blending the colors yesterday. 😄

You guys can use this poster as reference in making your very own. Feel free to modify and add and/or eliminate elements to make yours even better than this. 

Anyway, thank you for reading and I hope you learned something. Feel free to share your suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Nutrition Month 2017 Theme


Hi guys! Nutrition Month is next month! Funny how fast time flies, right?

Anyway, the theme for the 2017 Nutrition Month celebration as posted by the National Nutrition Council is “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit – For Life!”  Unfortunately, talking points are not available yet as of the moment. So here's my take on this year's theme:

Eating healthy food is a lifestyle choice. What you eat is a contributory factor to whether or not you will develop a lifestyle disease when you get older.

This year's theme calls for awareness on the healthy diet. In order to eat healthy, you should first discriminate between the healthy and non healthy foods. And of course, never forget to eat in moderation. The diet must not only be healthy but also balanced.

However, eating a healthy diet today and then returning back to the old cheating ways tomorrow is not any better. That's why we have to make it a habit. You cannot eliminate bad cholesterol from your system with just a day of detoxifying. We need to make it a habit in order to live a fit, healthy life.

I will be uploading my theme interpretation in the form of a poster soon. Again, you will be free to use it as an inspiration in your own art work.

Thank you for reading and I hope you learned something. Feel free to share your suggestions and questions in the comments section below.

Updates

UPDATE # 1.
I have already posted a sample poster for the 2017 Nutrition Month in this blog. Just click the banner below to proceed.


UPDATE # 2. Also, the NNC has already posted the talking points for this year's nutrition month celebration. In order to better understand the theme, I suggest you guys take time to read it. You can find it here or just click the banner below.


OPPO F1s: Pinoy #Foodstagram


Kare kare: Favorite Filipino Dish

I am not picky when it comes to foods that I eat but I'm not the adventurous type of foodie either. I may try different cuisines but if there's something that my tastebuds never get tired of tasting, it's kare kare.

Kare kare is a traditional Filipino dish of meat stewed in savory peanut sauce. It is always complemented with shrimp paste on the side. Believe me, kare-kare is not complete without shrimp paste.

A wide variety of meats can be used in kare kare. The common ones are ox tail, tripe, and pork leg. Sometimes, goat and chicken meat are also used. However, my personal preference is beef.

My fandom with kare kare pushed me to want to learn how to cook one. When I googled for the ingredients and the steps in cooking kare kare, I was overwhelmed with the list of steps and various ingredients. Anyway, I was able to find a simple way to cook it, thanks to Lutong Pang Pamilya's video tutorial. I used beef cubes instead of ox tail or tripe or beef pata. And as per a friend's recommendation, I used Lily's peanut butter and Bario Fiesta shrimp paste.

 source: www.angsarap.net

Another thing that I like about kare kare is it has a lot of vegetables. I love veggies! I don't think I can survive a week without eating vegetables. Kare kare has bok choi, green beans, eggplant and banana blossom or puso ng saging. Yummy and healthy, isn't it? Perfect!


Icebox Cake: Favorite Filipino Dessert

Filipino Icebox Cake is easy to make without compromising the deliciously sweet taste that a dessert should offer.

 source: kawaling pinoy

It is my favorite not only because it is made of three main ingredients -- condensed milk, whipped cream and graham crackers -- but also because it is so flexible. If you want to change the flavor, just change the toppings. For instance:

If you want mango-flavored icebox cake, just add ripe mango strips on top or in between layers.
Use oreo if you want cookies and cream.
For a chocolate flavor, just sprinkle the top with chocolate bars or cover it with chocolate syrup.
If you want cheese, sprinkle the top with grated cheese.
For a coffee flavor, you can add coffee to the mixture of condensed milk and whipped cream.
Oh and if you are on a tight budget, don't worry. You can just keep it plain and it still tastes great.

You can enjoy a yummy cake even without an oven in two to three hours. That's why it's my favorite.


Turon: Favorite Filipino Snack

As a proud probinsyana and a proud Bicolana, I will never say no to turon for merienda. Oh that rhymes. Lol.

 source: keyword suggestions

I grew up in a place surrounded by farmlands and animals and green things. My mother loves to plant basically anything that bears fruits and flowers in our backyard. A plate of sweetened turon for merienda and a nice view of the green field are everything you need to relax after a long, tiring day. Plus it gives you enough energy to fuel your day. And it's healthy. It's banana after all.


OPPO F1s: Best Camera Phone for #Foodstagram

 source: www.androidpit.com

I love to keep tabs of my diet and the food adventures that I have had in a virtual food diary. However, I have encountered these annoying problems along the way and I'm sure some of you have been through these too. But not to worry. OPPO F1s is here to the rescue.

Clear, vibrant images. When it comes to food photography, capturing a clear and vibrant image is important. Readers and viewers might get disappointed if the photo and the original dish don't look alike at all. Who wouldn't get annoyed when the photo you have taken is nowhere near the original image? With OPPO F1s' 13MP rear camera, you will have a worry-free foodstagram experience. It is guaranteed that  your photos will have a vivid depth and exceptionally clear details perfect for food photography.
Security feature. You will never want your treasured photos and selfies to be accessible to just anyone. OPPO knows exactly what you need, that's why for added security, F1s has a fingerprint scanner that is snappy and sensitive. Also, with its watermarking feature, you can protect your photo from web credit grabbers. No need to upload your images in your computer to put the watermark. Awesome!
Fast and smooth multitasking. The last thing that you want when taking photos of your food is for your phone to lag, especially when you want to eat so badly but you just really need to take that photo for your food diary. You will never experience that with OPPO F1s. With its 3GB RAM and octa-core 64-bit processor, you are in for a seamless camera phone experience.
Large memory capacity. With its 32GB ROM, you have plenty of rooms to store your photos. Goodbye to wait-I-have-to-delete-some-photos-first moments.
Be a selfie expert! Most restaurants have dim lights and I've had problems with taking photos and selfies in low-light conditions because the resulting image has a lot of noise and has low quality. Well, OPPO F1s is not called the selfie expert for nothing. It comes with a whooping 16MP front beauty camera (imagine that) with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and an F/2.0 aperture. It allows more light to enter the camera that enhances its sensitivity so you can produce natural-looking selfies even in low-light conditions. 
Share great moments. Imagine discovering an awesome food park you want to share with your friends but you don't have a decent camera phone with you so you just have to describe the place to them. F1s is a handy, intelligent gadget you can use to connect to your friends and share your experience in the web while enjoying a smooth smartphone experience.
 source: specphone.com

OPPO F1s can contest as one of the best phones there is for instagrammers and bloggers. OPPO really knows what we need, huh? Thanks OPPO.


What about you? What is your favorite Filipino delicacy and what phone do you use to share it to your friends?

Freebies and Printables


Important:

Read the "Download Instructions" before clicking on the links below in order to know the password for the printables. If you're done reading and know the password for each file, click on any of the image below to download. Happy planning! ☺



Printable weekly spread | Size: letter | Orientation: Portrait | Pink with cute pattern

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | black and gray

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | indigo

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | pink

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | purple


Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | green

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | blue



DIY Grid Bullet Journal

I love these Seagull index tabs I got. I've been looking for these for a long time!
Instagram is a great source of inspiration. I can scroll through the feeds for hours and not get bored. But of course, that's not productive at all.

And then there's also weheartit. I am not sure if you guys have heard of it but it's mostly girly stuffs posted in there. For a girl who's looking for inspiration in fitness, arts, DIYs, photography, love, and career, weheartit is a great website to browse. It has "collection" feature that allows you to make an album out of all the things you "hearted," kind of like a board in Pinterest.

Anyway, I was inspired by Lavenzz Ooi of Penpapersoul and her daily spreads that look minimalistic and cute at the same time. The "parallel time ladder" layout she's using looks so flexible and I think I just found the time layout that works for me.

A photo posted by Lavennz Ooi (@penpapersoul) on



She's using a dotted journal. I have also have a DIY dotted journal (I made my own because I cannot find a dotted journal anywhere!) but although it's nice enough, my handwriting sucks in it. I just can't make my writing straight and clean. It's nice for making doodles, though, like the road map I made for 2016. I decided that I need to use a grid journal so that I can practice my handwriting.

I cannot find a grid journal decent enough for my liking. The stuffs I find are ridiculously overpriced and don't look pretty at all.

So, again, I made my own. My new motto is:

"If you can't afford to buy one, make one."

Sounds nice, doesn't it? I've always wanted to do things on my own. It makes me feel better about myself. Anyway, if you're interested in making your own, here's how I made my DIY grid journal.

The cover of my DIY grid journal. I used cheap wallpaper for the cover. I like the print because it looks so cute.
I had fun making the journal itself. The journal has enough pages to cover the "Ber" months starting from September to December. It's light and I can easily carry it wherever I go.

September 3, 2016 daily spread featuring my note to myself: Channel your inspired mood to something creative in order to make good use of it. We wouldn't want an inspired mood to go wasted, would we? Considering it's getting rarer and rarer for me to such mood nowadays. 
In the upper bar, I have three columns for the date, (day's) weather and (my) mood, and priorities. My mood often dictates my day and I have the Note to Self section to stop my mood from ruining the day.

In the left column, I have three sections for the
  1. Note to Self
  2. Foods eaten
  3. Notes.
I'm still figuring out what color to use in drawing doodles and section headers. I'm thinking of using black next time and see which one looks better.

It's important for me to have this Note to Self part because I need to have a reminder of my chosen guiding philosophy for the day. It makes it easier for me to tackle the day with a Note to Self. It's like an advice to myself on how I will face the day ahead.

 My handwriting isn't perfect and I'm struggling to make my letters as straight as I can make them. The grid really helps in achieving such.
For the Foods eaten section, I write the foods I eat every
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Supper
It's a nice practice to keep track of the food I eat. I'm not on diet or anything as of the moment but it makes me conscious of the foods I eat -- which is a good thing.

The Notes section is for things I want to remember, rants, monologues, diary entry, reminders, or just about anything I want to write that doesn't fit with any of the other sections.

The parallel time ladder inspired by Lavennz Ooi of Penpapersoul.
The parallel time ladder here is printed. Yup. Printed. And I don't see anything wrong with printing it. I mean, yes it makes me look lazy but I don't see the point of having the draw identical time ladders in every page if you could just print them out with the grids. This is one of the benefits of a DIY planner. I am in charge of the layout. :)

I like this particular layout because it's very flexible. It's a time-bound layout which can also cater to what a to-do layout offers. I can play around with arrows, be reminded of my to-do list while still keeping track of the time.

For more inspiration, you can find more images of my planner and journals in my Instagram and Weheartit accounts. :)
Here's what everything looks like. I like this layout because, as I said, it looks neat and minimalist. But the best thing I like about it is it serves the purpose of a planner, which is like the primary standard in choosing a BuJo (bullet journal) layout, right?

How is it guys? Is there a layout you recommend me to try next? Hit the comment section below and tell me what you think.

Images of my DIY Grid Bullet Journal as seen on Instagram:

(Updated with every upload)