One morning after a dawn Mass, the priest blessed us. When I felt the Holy Water on my face, three words came to my mind. “Shower of blessings!” I immediately thanked God for the fact that I am living with my family. We know how many parents live in countries away from home to make a living. Some of them wait two years before the short home leave. I thanked God for the air I was breathing. That morning, I had a stuffy nose because of a cold but I was aware that millions of people are attached to an oxygen tank. My own father had emphysema. He would be short of breath after walking a few steps. I felt grateful that I have limbs on a healthy body. I remembered motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. Born without arms and legs, he lamented he wouldn’t be able to embrace the woman he will love. I felt thankful for my salary. It doesn’t make me as rich as my boss but I have more than enough income that’s guaranteed to come every fifteen days. (I was tempted to thank … [Read more...] about Why we really need to count our blessings
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It seems everything on offer today assumes consumers want their cake and to eat it too. And not just one slice but as many slices as they want until they raise their hands in surrender. We were passing by a popular restaurant known for their crispy chicken recipe and saw many cars on the parking lot, and what appeared to be a long queue of hungry customers. Turns out they were offering an eat all you can on their famed chicken dish for only P399. If you’re bringing quite an appetite to the table, that must sound like a great deal. From Eat All You Can Spaghetti to Unlimited Rice to Text and Calls to All Networks, we are being bombarded with promotions that hope to reel us in with a flat rate to enjoy what we want and the sky’s the limit. I confess that once upon a time I would say yes to such offers and not take the time to do the math as to whether that offer was right for me. At one point, I had more subscriptions than I knew what to do with, and paying bills monthly for … [Read more...] about Say no to ‘unli’ offers (unless you really need it)
For most 20-somethings, the idea of splurging on every single new Saint Laurent release or a pair of Gucci sunglasses may just seem absolutely unnecessary — luxury tags can go ahead and sit on the back-burner while we down that second shot of tequila. But once we approach the big 3-0, saving up for a series of high-quality, classic handbags is a more logical move that you’d imagine. We’re talking about 'investment pieces', the things that will supposedly see you through a lifetime of wardrobe crises and cheap, trend-obsessed fast fashion. An arsenal of timeless bags (which frankly, are meant to be earned) can really last you for life — and even serve as a valuable heirloom after. It’s time to look and feel the part of a glamorous, polished adult; we’ve round up bags that we predict will be decade-spanning investment pieces for time to come. From multicoloured, striped Birkins to quilted Chanel vanity bags, these are really worth pumping … [Read more...] about Investment bags every working woman needs by age 30
By Erica Pearson Star Tribune Tues., April 30, 2019 Psychologist Michael Reichert wants to reinvent boyhood and make it less dangerous — for everyone. Teen boys are more likely than girls to carry weapons, more likely to get in a fight, more likely to drive drunk, more likely to use drugs or alcohol before sex and far more likely to die young, Reichert writes in his new book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. He argues that this isn’t something boys are born with — it’s created by boyhood’s enduring cultural norms, clichés and pressures, as moms push sons away to avoid raising a “mama’s boy” and boys are told to “man up.” We talked with Reichert, who has two sons and a grandson, about the steps that parents, coaches and teachers can take to intervene, how his work connects to the #MeToo movement, and why he dislikes the term “toxic masculinity.” Q: Why is it so … [Read more...] about How do you raise your son to be a good man? Start with ‘special time’
By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I never know how often to wash my hair. I’ve read that it’s good to skip as many washes as possible, but my hair has a tendency to get quite limp after a day or two, maximum. I often resort to wearing it up or using dry shampoo to try to prolong my style, but I’m wondering if I should just wash it every day to freshen it up. Will that actually damage my hair? — Shelley, Oakville There is a good chance this question is also scrawled on the wall of a cave somewhere — painted in symbols by primitive man — because it seems like one of the most fundamental queries asked over and over again by humankind. (Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the topic does garner over 122 million hits when Googled online, so it seems clear we’re searching for an answer.) I, myself, engage in variations of this conversation several times a day. I have to carefully schedule when I … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: Do I really need to wash my hair every day?