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Online Javascript Course for Beginners

Javascript is the programming language of the HTML and the web. Back then, I thought that learning Javascript was only for the gamer nerds. I felt I can never learn it.

But fret not, because there is an online course for the curious cats like I am who’d like to learn about Javascript.

javascriptforbeginnersThrough the online learning portal, Udemy,we can now take a Javascript Course for Beginners.

What’s even interesting is we can learn anytime, anywhere, because the course can be accessed in our portable devices using iOS and Android. Plus, we get a Certificate of Completion. It’s like taking a short course in a computer school without the hassle of commuting and paying high tuition fees!

Some need-to-knows before taking the course:

What are the requirements?

Some basic knowledge of HTML is required for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

Over 47 lectures and 3 hours of content!
Extensive, informative and interesting video lecture
Complete Code demonstrated in lecture
Lab Exercises
Lab Solution Sets
All Powerpoint Demonstrations Used in Course
Instructor contact Email for questions and clarifications
Coverage of all important primary Javascript concepts

What is the target audience?

Web Designers looking to improve their skill set
Programmers who need to learn Javascript for their web applications
People looking to start programming and need a first programming language to learn
Students who want to learn Javascript
People who manage a web site as a volunteer or as a hobby
Bloggers– even if you use WordPress or another CMS!
Anyone else who wants to learn Javascript Curriculum

About the Course Instructor/Developer:

LearnToProgram Media is a leading publisher of web, mobile, and game development courses that are used by over 500,000 people in 65 countries. LearnToProgram’s valuable network of technical resources includes content on YouTube, iTunes, and Roku, as well as books, free tutorials, and online courses. The company is based outside of Hartford, Connecticut.

The course costs $49, but through the blog, Udemy is providing a “scholarship” so we could all take it for only $10! Just input Touringkitty on the “Redeem a Coupon” button.

So, let’s be classmates online and take Javascript now! Visit this link and enroll now.

Study International Education Fair 2015

Click the photo to register for FREE for the event.

Just like many others, I also dreamt to study abroad at one point in my life. With the many travels I’ve done, and seeing and experiencing local life in Europe, it can be possible. Though at this point, I think about my daughter, and hope and pray that she gets to experience studying abroad earlier.

Of course, we think about the expense. But knowing the returns, though not immediately, studying abroad is a good investment. This upcoming event is something to look forward to, especially those who have plans to take further studies abroad.

Study International will again be bringing to Manila, Cebu and Davao representatives from various institutions from UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia to speak to Filipinos who want to study abroad and get an internationally recognized degree and begin their future abroad.

Global Education = Global Success
26 September, 1:00 – 8:00 PM | MANILA | Dusit Thani Hotel
28 September, 4:00 – 8:00 PM |  CEBU | Cebu Mariott Hotel
29 September, 4:00 – 8:00 PM | DAVAO | Marco Polo Hotel 

The Fair is an opportunity to get answers to all your questions on studying abroad and the opportunities that come with it – part-time work, work after graduation, migration to name a few.

Know the variety of affordable and accessible options for you to study abroad. Through the school representatives present, attendees can be provided first-hand information on how to go about with your study plans abroad.
Know all your opportunities in all these countries so you can make an informed choice and get the best out of your investment. Register for our the fair today for FREE via

STUDY INTERNATIONAL is your ONE-STOP-SHOP for studying abroad. We provide education counselling and assistance for studies in MOST COUNTRIES (UK, Australia and New Zealand, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, China, Malaysia, and Singapore). With our knowledge and expertise, we help you make an INFORMED choice based on your dreams, ambition and budget. Our FREE SERVICE includes advice and support for applications to all levels of overseas education, assist with accommodation and travel options, visa application, and all other matters related to studying abroad.

We are your ethical study abroad counsellors, driven by our passion to help you become a GlobalPinoy.

PARTNERS: British Council, Education Malaysia, Embassy of Canada, CAMP Philippines,
MEDIA PARTNERS: Acer Computers, Working Mom Magazine,, FEBC 702 DZAS

STUDY INTERNATIONAL provides education counselling for students, including advice and support for applications to all levels of overseas education in countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Malaysia, and Singapore.  We assist in finding accommodation and travel options, visa application, and all other matters related to studying abroad, FREE OF CHARGE.

CONCERT: Ang Soap Opera ng Buhay Ko: Voices of Healing

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One night featuring top artists in the music industry, performing for a noble cause. What more can you ask for?

Choral groups will take part as well. The Ateneo Chamber Singers (where my husband sings currently), the UP MedChoir, and Mass Appeal, along with other solo artists and performers, and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, will join forces for the UP College of Medicine Academic Center.

Hope you could support this concert! Full details below.

The University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Fund, Inc. (UPMAF) will hold a concert called “Ang SOAP Opera ng Buhay Ko” (The Concert: Voices of Healing) at the new Marriott Grand Ballroom on August 26, 2015 to raise funds to create the New UP College of Medicine Academic Center,  a 7-story multi-million peso undertaking.

The dinner concert will feature several of the biggest names in the international and local concert scene, including the 50-piece ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, this special night will bring together Lea Salonga, Ryan Cayabyab, Jed Madela, Vice Ganda, Mark Bautista, Cris Villonco, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Bituin Escalante, Pinky Marquez, Franco Laurel, The Tux, Caisa Borromeo, Baihana, Catherine Fisher, among others, as they join the community in a collective voice of healing. A 70-strong chorus composed of The Mass Appeal, Ateneo Chamber Singers and UP Medicine Choir will also fill the grandiose ballroom.

This will be Lea Salonga’s last concert before she flies to New York to star in a show called “Allegiance,”  which previews in Broadway on October 20!

For ticket and sponsorship inquiries please contact, Dr. Melfred L. Hernandez (0917) 815-2029), Overall Chair, Dr. Karin Estepa (0922) 825-3146, Chair, Business Committee, or Ms Kareen Tapia (0923) 8568043 of UPMAF (02) 5264255,

How to Take Care of Your Skin

With the cold weather, it is so much fun to layer clothes. Are there styles and outfits that you’ve always wanted to wear, but could not because it was too hot? You can now rock that pullover and boots. However, there is something we wear that will always be in no matter what season; our skin. This is why you need to take extra care to make sure you’ll maintain a radiant, healthy, and glowing skin all year round!

Not everyone is blessed with the genetics of perfect skin. Different skin types come with different problems, but we can classify them into three common types.

Oily skin tends to have large pores, and blemishes such as pimples or blackheads. Oiliness can be caused by puberty, other hormonal imbalances, or stress. To take care of oily skin, avoid over-washing you face. Cleansing twice a day is advisable. Use a gentle cleanser to prevent irritating your skin as abrasive scrubs can open the pores and further expose them to more pollutants in the environment.

Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, small pores, and an even tone. This is the goal of most skin care regimens, and most people have this skin type. But in order to maintain it in good condition, you need to minimize its exposure to the sun and follow a proper skin care regimen.

Combination skin can have dry or normal areas along with oily parts such as the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). This skin type can produce overly dilated pores, blackheads, and a shiny surface. Resolve these issues by using a gentle cleanser, applying a toner to repair skin, protecting it from sun damage, exfoliating to remove built-up skin cells, spot-treating, and using products loaded with antioxidants which help keep your skin clear and healthy.

The key to having clear and healthy skin is to have a reliable skincare system. White Result White & Clear, the newest skincare treatment for normal to oily skin types, fights acne and excess oil production, corrects skin blemishes, inhibits melanin production, and keeps your skin fair and young looking! The White & Clear System includes the Facial Foam, Facial Toner, Moisturizer with Sunscreen, and Spot Corrector.

Dermatologically tested, safe, and proven to clear acne and blemishes, each product is specifically formulated with Acne Buster, a multi-complex agent with 10 active ingredients that effectively fight acne and excess oil production; Papaya and Pea extract, which are effective whitening ingredients that inhibit melanin production; and Niacimide, a multifunctional B3 complex vitamin that helps reduce skin pigmentation and age spots as well as reviving and hydrating skin, leaving it supple and young-looking.

Whether your skin type is oily, normal, or a combination of both, White Result White & Clear from Tupperware Brands will give you clear and blemish-free skin. Just remember to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and treat your body’s greatest feature, and we guarantee that you’ll look your best for your next glowing radiant moment!

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Manila Workshops: Basic Yaya Training Seminar

This is definitely one seminar I’d want my Yaya to attend to. Unfortunately, I don’t have one for my kid right now.

Do you? Your Yaya should!

SESSION 2: New Born, Infant and Toddler Care
Aug. 8, 2015 (Saturday); 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Venue: Mothercare Podium

Topics to be discussed:
Understanding and Care of:
• Newborn (0 ‐3 months)
• Infant (3 ‐12 months)
• Toddler (1- 3 years)
• Open Forum

SESSION 4: Money Management
June 20, 2015 (Saturday); 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Sept. 19, 2015 (Saturday); 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Venue: Mothercare Podium

Topics to be discussed:
A. Introduction
– About me
B. Personal Finance Mindset
– Everyone can be rich – the abundance mindset
– You don’t need to be intelligent and be good in math to be rich
C. The Habit of Saving
– Paying yourself first
– How to create a simple budget plan
D. Protection
– The concept of emergency funds
– The role of a bank savings account in your finances
E. Money and Relationships
– Rules to sending money to your family
– How to openly talk with your employer about money

About the Instructor:

Cristina M. Mendoza, RN from VentureLab Business Resource Center, Inc. for Sessions 1-3

Tina graduated BS Nursing (’10) from Southville International School and College. She passed the Nursing Licensure Exam on July 2010. She worked as a School Nurse and Preschool Teacher in The Bridge School from 2010-2012, but is still an on call Preschool Teacher in The Bridge School. She is a full time Yaya Seminar Facilitator of VentureLab Business Resource Center, Inc.

Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP from for Session 4

Fitz Gerard Villafuerte is a Registered Financial Planner and a book author. He is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

Link to sign up here. Don’t forget to include the REFERRAL CODE: TKEABYT1.

Hakab Na! 2015: Bigger event for a big cause

Flash mobs are always an instant hit with people. And this is one mob our family would definitely support.

Two years ago, my family participated in the first ever breastfeeding mob organised by Breastfeeding Pinays, an online support group of families who truly support breastfeeding. The mob was supposed to be held outdoors, at the Rajah Sulayman Park. Unfortunately, that day was a heavy downpour of rain. Aristocrat Restaurant came into the rescue, and gave a venue to a roomful of participants, mostly with babies to toddlers. We brought our own toddler, about to turn three years old at this time, who is still breastfeeding.

My husband wrote our experience during that very first breastfeeding mob here.

My daughter is turning five in August. She still breastfeeds, occasionally. I even thought she’d wean already as I was out of the country for two weeks last June. But then, she told me that she missed me, therefore she missed breastfeeding, too. There, she’s back at it, most often during sleepytime.

I never regretted any second spent on breastfeeding her, mainly because of the following reasons:

Economical. I don’t even want to compute IF we chose to give formula at any point in her five years. Sure, I’d give some fresh milk every now and then (or soy or hemp or whatever milk that’s NOT in powder form) but for the past year I rarely give her any milk. She eats more, and she eats everything, hardly gets sick, and is very healthy. Speaking of healthy…

Healthy baby, healthy mommy. Breastmilk gives both medical and health benefits for mom and baby. Baby gets her first immunization on the onset of breastfeeding as a newborn because of that very healthy colostrum. Mother, meanwhile, gets protection against certain cancer types, and exchanges immunity with baby. I’ve proven this because we rarely get sick, or we recover from sickness faster. The longer baby breastfeeds, the longer benefits for both mother and child. And I’d say, the father, too, who gets to sleep longer and therefore healthier.

Creating a healthier, wiser future generation. This perhaps is the most important to me right now. That’s why more work has to be done by breastfeeding advocates and support groups to be able to accomplish this. And this is one of my reasons why I trained to be a breastfeeding counselor–to pay forward the past five years of investing my time in breastfeeding my daughter (and the lifetime of benefits this will surely bring to our family).

Handa ka na ba humakab? (Are you ready to latch?)

This year, the global Big Latch On, locally known as Hakab Na!, will happen on August 1. The even aims to do a simultaneous latching all over the world, to emphasize that a world who breastfeeds is a healthier and stronger world. Here in our country, multiple locations are holding similar events, I will be attending the one in Pasig City.

Whether you breastfeed or not, we call on your support. Visit to join.

Hataw na! I mean, Hakab na!


~ Touringkitty

Hi-5 House of Dreams

Oh yes, my little bunny will not want to miss this.
Oh yes, my little bunny will not want to miss this.

I don’t know why, but just lately, my daughter got back her fascination to Hi-5. New cast, new songs to memorise, new stories to listen to. Someone is in super fan mode yet again!

We first watched in 2012, with the previous cast whom she loved. She was just two years old back then, and I got us great seats in front. So as I saw this in my email, I immediately looked at ticket prices. I was surprised, though, they’re twice the price already from three years ago! Will have to see if we could watch. But if you’re interested, here’s first dibs on information about the upcoming show this December.

Hi-5 House of Dreams

The sun is setting and it’s time for the big Hi-5 sleepover party! With the help of Chats, the “Dream Meister”, and her magical Dream Catcher, your Hi-5 friends journey on some wild, wonderful and wacky dream adventures!

In Hi-5 House of Dreams, Ainsley, Dayen, Mary, Stevie and Tanika enter the world of dreams, finding themselves in the jungle, fairy gardens, outer space, underwater and even in the super cool world of superheroes! Each dream comes to life on stage in a burst of music, singing and dancing in this exciting new stage production.

Hi-5 House of Dreams is a whimsical trip into a fantasy adventure where you can catch your favorite Hi-5 songs- Underwater Discovery, Move Your Body, It’s a Party and Living in a Rainbow and plenty of new songs with the Hi-5 gang!

Newport Performing Arts Theater
Resorts World Manila

Show Schedule:
December 18-22, 2015
Dec. 18 (Fri) – 2:30PM, 6PM
Dec. 19 (Sat) – 11AM, 2:30PM, 6PM
Dec. 20 (Sun) – 11AM, 2:30PM, 6PM
Dec. 21 (Mon) – 2:30PM, 6PM
Dec. 22 (Tue) – 11AM, 2:30PM
Regular Ticket Prices
VIP 1 – P 4,500
VIP 2 – P 3,800
Gold – P 3,200
Silver – P 2,700
Bronze – P 2,400

Exclusive pre-sale for HSBC Credit and Debit Cardholders.
SAVE 10% on Hi-5 House of Dreams tickets.
from JULY 20 to AUGUST 20, 2015
Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 0296, Series of 2015

For ticket orders, call Vivre Fort Entertainment at:
(02) 668-9535 or 09985129670

Tickets also available at: 891-9999

Manila Workshops: Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar

Want to open up a world of entrepreneurship from the comfort of your own computer? This Entrep Webinar is a good start.

Do you wake up every day tired and depressed and questioning yourself if this is the life that you really want? Do you feel that you were meant to do so much more? Do you feel that you were meant to change the world or at least make a difference? Do you feel that you should have been or should be an entrepreneur?

Join our founder and serial entrepreneur, Ginger Arboleda, as she takes you through this 2 hour webinar that will help you discover if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. If you are still doubting if you should go into it or if you are still at a lost on how to find that business that you can start, we highly recommend that you sign up for this webinar.

For those who don’t know Ginger, please watch this video and subscribe to her channel for aspiring entrepreneurs (GTV channel).

She was also featured in Rappler recently: Manila Workshops: Teaching Filipinos what Schools Don’t


Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar

July 21, 2015

More info here:

Please use TKEAENTREP1 on the referral code.

Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival: A tribute and a legacy

Time flew, fast. It has been two years since the first ever international choral competition took place at the CUltural Center of the Philippines. And I am proud to have been part of it.

Now, two years after, the second competition happens right on the month when the honoree commemorates her birth and passing on. As I type this, we remember her second birthday in heaven, two days before her actual birth date.

This year’s competition happens on the third week of July, from the 22nd to the 25th. Just as it’s about to close on the 25th, the nation will be celebrating the National Week of Filipino Music. Such a great tribute!


And as for its second season, the competition is a legacy, a beautiful one left by the honoree, Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion, Ma’am OA to many, one of the pillars of Filipino choral music. Through her legacy of excellence as founding choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and the legions of choristers its members and alumni have trained, the Singing Philippines have reached a realization.

Competing for the second competition are six choirs from Indonesia, Italy, and Mexico, and ten Filipino choirs, vying for prizes in three categories, which are Folk Music, Chamber Choir, and Vocal Ensemble. The jury is composed of five of the best names in the choral world: Brady Allred (I once took a conducting masterclass under him back when I was pregnant), Janis Liepnis (who handles Kamer, a two-time European Grand Prix for Choral Singing winner like the Madz), Silvana Vallesi (yay for female conductors! She conducts the Coro Universitario de Mendoza in Argentina), Andre Van der Merwe (famous conductor of youth choirs in South Africa), and Mark Carpio of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

To celebrate Filipino culture and music, the competition will premiere the obligatory piece commissioned by the CCP for the Chamber Choir category, entitled “Ang Tren,” a setting of Filipino literary giant Jose Corazon de Jesus’ poem, music composed by young award-winning composer Saunder Choi.

It’s always a learning experience watching competitions, that’s why if you are a choral conductor or chorister, you should watch this. An international level of competition right in our own land!

Watch this video to learn more about the competition.

If you’re a student or a chorister who would want to watch, email choralfestmnl2015(at)gmail(dot)com to inquire on how to avail of the 50% discount. And since the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are free and open to all, see you there!



July 22-25, 2015

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).


Wednesday, July 22, 2015:

5:00 PM Opening Ceremonies;
7:00 PM Folk Song Competiton

Thursday, July 23, 2015:
7:00 PM Vocal Ensemble Competition

Friday, July 24, 2015:
7:00 PM Chamber Choir Competition

Saturday, July 25, 2015:
4:00 PM Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert
7:00 PM Awarding & Closing Ceremonies

Ticket Prices: P800, P700, P500, P300 (all competitions and
Madrigal Singers concert) 50% discount for students & choirs who want to watch

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: FREE/OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For ticket inquiries/reservations please email



Manila Workshops: Basic Oil Pastel Painting Workshop


Manila Workshops, together with Young Advocates, present Pastel Color Painting Workshop. This session is open to kids ages 5 and above. This will take place on June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Mothercare, 3/L The Podium Mall, 18 ADM Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

Kids will learn the basics on Pastel Color Painting such as preliminary line drawing, establishing dark tones, intensifying dark tones, establishing the light tones, introducing colors, building up the colors, balancing the tones and colors.

About the Teacher

Jennifer Villanueva is the founder of Young Advocates a non-profit environmental arts organization incorporated in the year 2000, and successfully conducted a series of art workshops and camp for kids five years and up. She is also a member of Bahaghari ng Malolos, and Lakn Sining, both an arts groups based in Bulacan. In the past she has worked as an Assistant Editor of Parents Magazine, under Belgosa Publishing and as a News Writer for RPN 9 News Watch & News Cap. She is currently working as a freelance copy writer and artist for corporate clients, while she takes care of her baby, Cassey Hunter.

Ready to sign up? Visit this link: and don’t forget to to key in TKEAPASTEL1 in the Reference Code when prompted.