A Complete List of Philippine Holidays in 2018

We may be more than halfway through the year but I still keep forgetting the exact dates of a number of Philippine Holidays. I’m sharing a complete list here for easy reference.

Based on Proclamation No. 269 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 2017, these are the Philippine Holidays for 2018:

Regular holidays

January 12018, Monday – New Year’s Day
March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
April 9, 2018, Monday – Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1, 2018, Tuesday – Labor Day
June 12, 2018, Tuesday – Independence Day
June 15, 2018, Friday – Eid’l Fitr
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Eid’l Adha
August 27, 2018, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
November 30, 2018, Friday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2018, Tuesday – Christmas Day
December 30, 2018, Sunday – Rizal Day

Special non-working days:

February 16, 2018, Friday – Chinese New Year
February 25, 2018, Sunday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 31, 2018 – Black Saturday
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2018, Thursday – All Saints’ Day
December 31, 2018, Monday – last day of the year

Additional special non-working holidays:

May 14, 2018, Monday – barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections
November 2, 2018, Friday
December 24, 2018, Monday

A Typing Course Available Online for Your Kid

Dance mat typing is a cool typing game and our favourite among the list of the best typing games. It is the most suitable for those who want to get acquainted with the skill of typing as soon as possible.  It is divided into 12 stages. It can be played by kids of any ages. With the help of fun characters and challenging tasks, your kid is sure to love this game! Everything is taken step by step from typing techniques to the right positioning. The levels keep getting harder as the kid progresses with the game. Rewards are also given throughout the game to serve as motivation and the kid can get a certificate too if they pass.

It is divided into five levels. The first one deals with accuracy. All the stages of this level consist of warm-up exercises which aid the performance of the kid. Kids will come across different animals which will increase to their knowledge base. They will make friends with them and help them out by typing correctly and on time. There are also various typing lessons that show up throughout the game and help in hand positioning. This is emphasized on below.

Stage 1 is inclusive of finger positioning lessons to get acquainted with home row keys. This sets the base for the kids and they keep on learning various lessons from on here. The next stage progresses to the next set of home keys and the last stage also works progressively. At the end of this level, kids are expected to learn the correct finger positioning and know the correct location for each key. If a kid passes this level, they can automatically move on to the next one.

In levels that precede the first one, kids get acquainted with more animals which come with their problems and the kid has to solve them with his improving typing skills and finally take over and be the winner. Animal guides such as Hip the Hippo will be sent to guide the kid through it and send useful tips for the correct positioning of fingers on the keyboard. This will allow the kid to type effectively and by utilizing the least amount of time.

The animal friends present in this game will be the source of guidance which kids need a lot at their young age along with never-ending confidence boost which will aid them to finish the tasks and reach their final goal. Different alphabets in home keys are taught in order until the kid recognizes the correct order to type in.  The typing games are based around two factors; accuracy and speed. Learn these two and you will master every game. Knowing the proper technique will mean that you will have no issues with fast typing in the future. In the next level, kids get acquainted with the keys their pinky and ring fingers will be dealing with and with the right amount of practice, this will be of no difficulty to the kids!

Memories of Boracay

Beginning last April 26, the Philippines’ world famous island of Boracay was shut down. For the 1st time it became out of reach to tourists, which numbered up to 2 million in 2017 alone.

Personally, I have never thought of Boracay being closed and off limits to Boracay non-residents. But well it happened. The Philippine government says that this is to rehabilitate the island.

I have been to the island only twice. Once in 2005 with my siblings and then in 2016 accompanied by a friend after I ran a training in Kalibo on culture and outreach work.

Boracay island has white powdery sand. The stretch of blue sea and sky is, of course, refreshing to a nature lover like me. Boracay reminds me really of Bohol’s own share of pristine white sand beaches and yes, blue sea and sky  which I frequently enjoyed, being born and raised in Bohol. By the way, my hubby and I visited Bohol just this May and we had the opportunity to stay at Hennan Resort in Alona, Panglao together with my siblings. That would have to be a separate blog post 🙂

Well, I look forward to seeing a beautiful and restored Boracay again after the 6-month cleanup. Hope to go back with my hubby next time 🙂

Romantic Places in Los Angeles

There are many ways in which couples try to rekindle their love life, either by going to see a romantic movie or having dinner in some fancy restaurant to woo their partners. The best way to make your dream come true is travel to Los Angeles to spend some quality time with your loved one. Take note that you can avail of luxury vacation rentals in los angeles. Now, from some of the most charming beaches of the world to getting to experience the real time life of Hollywood, this magical city has much more in store for two ardent lovers. So irrespective of whether you are on your last date or the very first one, these carefully selected romantic spots of Los Angeles will have your partner falling for you over and over again in no time whatsoever.

El Matador Beach
If your idea of displaying passion is to spend time on a secluded beach with your date, then El Matador is just the place which fits your bill. This desolate, but lovely stretch of golden sand, is perfect for a romantic stroll while walking hand in hand with your sweetheart. El Matador is one of the most spectacular beaches in the whole of Los Angeles, situated just about an hour away from Santa Monica. The beach is known for its stunning sunrises and sunsets, which make for the right ambience to make a proposal.

Inn of the Seventh Ray
Lovers find the hidden gem of Inn of the Seventh Ray an extremely romantic place, especially due to the beautiful topography of the Topanga Canyon in which it is cleverly hidden. This popular getaway for couples in Los Angeles is also ideal for enjoying local and organic food in a quaint garden setting, further enhanced by lights twinkling above your head and the sound of a flowing creek nearby which is certain to light some sparks.

Pantages Theatre
This famous theatre lies in the heart of Hollywood and was created in 1930. It is said that there is no better place to watch a show and impress your partner at the same time than on a night out at the Pantages Theatre. The idyllic setting is bound to cause a flutter or two in your beloved’s eyes in the background of this historical arena, where a night out is a sure heart winner.

Inside the Pantages Theatre.

Cicada Club
The Cicada Club, with a lounge bar reminiscent of the 1920’s, is a nightclub in it’s own right. Located on Olive Street, Los Angeles, guests have the option of dancing and dining on two separate floors to live music. The show is livened up by guest performers and has other surprises in store which are sure to liven up your date.

High Rooftop Lounge
Situated in Hotel Erwin in Venice, the High Rooftop Lounge is most popular with lovers who can cosy up in the blankets provided at the cocktail lounge just after the sun has set. Hands down the lounge has the best vantage points in Los Angeles to admire the views of Catalina Island, Santa Monica Pier, Getty Museum and the South Bay. The warm and friendly bar serves craft cocktails and delicious tapas, which are in great demand with locals and tourists alike. To ensure getting a seat with a view, it is advisable to make advance reservations.

Catalina island can be seen from the High Rooftop Lounge.

Disneyland Resort
From Captain America to Mickey Mouse, all ardent fans of the Disney characters will find bliss in the Disneyland world. So just grab hold of your partner for that perfect lover’s day out by walking down the main street with laser lights and parades galore happening from time to time. Enjoy the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Splash Mountain with your date and other big rides till you have had enough. To further impress your partner, spend the next day at the adjacent California Adventure Park too.

Oak Glen
Los Angeles is usually considered to be summer type destination, but there are many other activities which take place during fall, where sweethearts can enjoy the colorful foliage in company of each other. Approximately a ninety-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles will take you a tranquil location surrounded by bright colours and trees. Oak Glen is nestled right in the center of the apple producing country. Couples can have a wonderful time sipping on homemade apple cider and marvelling at the beautiful ranches.

Oak Glen apple orchard. Photo by Jessie Terwilliger

Club Tee Gee
Going on a date anywhere can be expensive, and when it is in a city like Los Angeles the cost is sure to exceed any budget. Having said that, there is a good reason to cheer for those seeking romance on a budget by heading to Club Tee Gee, located in Atwater Village. Wrap-around banquettes and wooden paneled walls with dimly lit lamps provide the perfect setting for privacy in minimal lighting. The affordable drinks and cocktails allow you to spend enough time to get saucy with your partner without having to break the bank.

Los Angeles is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, which in turn relates to more and more opportunities for love and romance. Whether it is with someone new or a long time partner, the City of Angels has a plethora of fun places for both of them to hang out together. From beach getaways to cosy private resorts with champagne filled baths, there is always something on hand in Los Angeles to get you and your soul mate in the right romantic mood.