It’s the time of the year again when people cram to shop for gift items. Many might have received their 13th month pay around this time and there’s just too many sale announcements that you just can’t resist.
Plan your shopping schedule ahead of time to avoid cramming. List down the items that you plan to purchase and their intended recipients. For a music lover friend or the one who plays the guitar well, you can choose guitar pickups at musicians friend for color and brand variation. You can also check how many strings on a guitar. And, never never shop when you are hungry for this might cause impulse shopping.
Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa has issued the following crime prevention tips in preparation for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day next week.
Filipinos prepare to visit public and private cemeteries across the country to pay respects to their dearly departed this weekend.
Dela Rosa advised the public to follow the following tips when leaving their homes for Undas:
- Lock all doors and windows and ensure all possible paths to the house are blocked; Install a burglar alarm to alert the neighbors if someone breaks in;
- Do not leave notes outside the house indicating you will be away; keep some appliances like the radio on to give the impression someone is still inside the house;
- Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your house;
- Ensure no candle, gas stove or leaking faucet or plugged appliance is left unattended;
While inside the cemeteries:
- Bring sufficient food and water, and keep in mind that liquor and food sold by vendors inside cemeteries are prohibited. Bring protection against heat and rain.
- Do not bring deadly or bladed weapons, loud speakers or guitar center’s axe fx ultra which could amplify loud music from stereos, and gambling paraphernalia.
- Remind children not to roam around especially in crowded areas. Have them wear or bring a form of identification.
- Keep the surroundings clean and bring your own trash bag to put garbage in.
- Know where the first aid stations and PNP assistance booth are in case of emergency or need for police assistance.
- Make sure the vehicle is roadworthy, and follow the “BLOWBAG” rule which is B for Battery; L for Light; O for Oil; W for Water; B for Brakes; A for Air; and G for Gas.
- Bring all pertinent documents for the vehicle, including the Insurance Certificate.
- Ensure control of the vehicle at all times. Avoid one-handed driving or using a mobile phone; avoid driving while drunk or sleepy.
- When driving at night, always use headlights and signal lights. Don’t drive when you have poor eyesight.
- Don’t wear jewelry or bring large amounts of money. Keep watch over your mobile phone.
- Do not bring too many items.
Text and image credit: People’s Tonight, October 25, 2016 online and print issue
One of the easiest gifts to make for any occasion is a cookie bouquet. They are ideal for the person who seems to have everything or the person you want to make smile by giving an unexpected treat. There are a few steps in completing the bouquet, but once you begin creating, it’s sometimes hard to stop as you begin thinking about holidays, birthdays and other special events that might look better with a bouquet of sweet treats.
The first thing that you need to do is decide on the occasion and the shape of the cookies that you want to make. You can get cookie cutters so that you have straight edges and designs that look professional, or you can roll cookie dough and cut the shapes with a knife so that they are a little more personal in appearance. Once the cookies are baked, you should decorate them before letting them cool. Make sure the icing is hard once it sets on the cookie. This will prevent the icing from coming off the cookie once it’s wrapped in plastic. Add small decorations, such as edible glitter and sprinkles, to the cookies for a beautiful touch so that they don’t look plain.
When you have all of the cookies made and wrapped, you can begin assembling the bouquet. Find a basket that matches the celebration. A colored basket will also work if you wrap a ribbon around the edges with pictures of the theme for the event. After the basket is decorated, place a piece of foam in the bottom. This will hold the wooden sticks that are placed on the back of each wrapped cookie. Use hot glue to secure a wooden stick onto the back of each treat. These can be purchased at most craft stores. Stagger the cookies so that they aren’t on one level when you look at the bouquet. Add decorations to the basket to match the celebration, such as pumpkins for Halloween or small Santas for Christmas. Make the basket as personal as possible with items that the recipient will enjoy and cookies in the flavors that the person will like.