Category Archives: Occasion

Be a Foster Parent this Christmas

Reposting this for Christmas. Originally published on Dec. 12, 2010

The silent halls and dimly-lit wall sconces at the orphanage serve as bare witness to the loneliness of kids at night.

These kids used to live at the orphanage for a few years when their parents abandoned them.
Now they are living with their father and step mom.

But we can open our house to them by serving as foster parents for a while. We don’t need to be rich to let an orphan enter our homes and spend Christmas with us.

You can inquire at the institution of your choice to find out how to be a foster parent. I’m sure orphanages will be glad to grant wishes of deserving families.

A full story about the kids in photo was published by People’s Tonight.

10 Things to Do When You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is typically associated with couples, but there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy this holiday solo. Whether you’re single, taking a break from dating, or just want a low-key celebration, there are plenty of ways to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day at home.

  • Self-care spa day: Light some candles, run a bath, and treat yourself to a relaxing spa day. Use a face mask, exfoliate your skin, and give yourself a mani-pedi. You’ll feel refreshed and pampered by the end of the day.
  • Binge-watch your favorite shows: Whether it’s a classic movie, a new Netflix series, or a favorite TV show, take the time to immerse yourself in your favorite form of entertainment.
  • Get creative: Unleash your inner artist by doing something creative. Try painting, drawing, or scrapbooking. You can also try a new hobby like knitting or crocheting.
  • Cook a special meal: Spend some time in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal for yourself. Try a new recipe or make your favorite dish. You can even set the table and light some candles to make the experience more special.
  • Read a good book: Cozy up with a good book and enjoy a quiet evening at home. Whether it’s a novel, a biography, or a cookbook, reading can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend your time.
  • Write in a journal: Take the time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings by writing in a journal. You can write about your experiences, your hopes and dreams, or anything that comes to mind.
  • Connect with friends: Just because you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. Reach out to friends and family members through video calls or online chats.
  • Try yoga or meditation: Give yourself the gift of mindfulness by practicing yoga or meditation. You’ll feel calm and relaxed after a few minutes of stretching or breathing exercises.
  • Plan for the future: Use this time to plan for your future. Make a bucket list, set goals, or plan a dream vacation. This is a great way to focus on your personal growth and happiness.
  • Treat yourself: Buy yourself a small gift or indulge in a sweet treat. You deserve it!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance and couples. If you’re spending the holiday alone, make the most of it by doing things that make you happy and bring you joy. Whether it’s taking a relaxing bath, trying a new hobby, or indulging in a sweet treat, the most important thing is that you enjoy your own company.

List of Holidays, Non-working Days, and Special Working Days for 2022

Please note the following dates if you have the necessary travel plans for next year. Also, please be cautious of Covid19 safety and health protocols when traveling to avoid getting infected with the deadly virus. 

Regular holidays for 2022

January 1, 2022 (Saturday) - New Year's Day
April 9, 2022 (Saturday) - Araw ng Kagitingan
April 14, 2022 - Maundy Thursday
April 15, 2022 - Good Friday
May 1, 2022 (Sunday) - Labor Day
June 12, 2022 (Sunday) - Independence Day
August 29, 2022 (last Monday of August) - National Heroes Day
November 30, 2022 (Wednesday) - Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2022 (Sunday) - Christmas Day
December 30, 2022 (Friday) - Rizal Day

Special non-working days for 2022

February 1, 2022 (Tuesday) - Chinese New Year
February 25, 2022 (Friday) EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary
April 16, 2022 - Black Saturday
August 21, 2022 (Sunday) - Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2022 (Tuesday) - All Saint's Day
December 8, 2022 (Thursday) - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Special working days for 2022

November 2, 2022 (Wednesday) - All Souls' Day
December 24, 2022 (Saturday) - Christmas Eve
December 31, 2022 (Saturday) - Last day of the year