5 Benefits of Signing Your Child Up for Junior Sport

When playing sports, a child will enjoy a host of benefits. Not only that, the parents will also get a lot out of the experience. With that being said, it is wise to choose the best sport for a child (read: one they will stick with), before running into a sports outlet like www.micksimmons.com.au . Here are five benefits of signing your child up for junior sport.

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A young child who plays sports in his or her hometown
can meet plenty of like-minded kids.

Stay in Shape

While most kids are in okay shape, sports will help them lose weight or keep the weight off. This is important as a child ages since obesity is becoming a worldwide epidemic causing health problems to people in its path. Luckily, with practice sessions and games on the weekend, a kid can feel great and avoid packing on the weight. Without a doubt, as one ages, this will offer a host of health benefits.


All-too-often, a child will sit around the house and play video games or sit on the computer. This is not good for the child or parent. To avoid issues with a bored child, a parent should encourage the child to play sports in an organised fashion. Simply put, with weekend games and weekday practice sessions, a child will never sit around the house and complain that he or she has nothing to do all the time.


As a child gets older, he or she should develop a solid group of friends which he can hang out with. This is harder once a person reaches adulthood. For this reason, a young child who plays sports in his or her hometown can meet plenty of like-minded kids. Not only that, parents can befriend other parents and have fun during the game. In fact, forging friendships is one of the most important reasons why young kids should play sports.

Learn to Work Together

A child should learn how to work with his or her peers while in school. Sadly, this is hard to do at first, and many kids struggle to cope. With a team sport, a kid can learn how to get along with people from all walks of life. Later on in life, this will help a person succeed in school and the business world as they will have more people skills.

Stay out of Trouble

Kids often get into trouble when they do not have parents around all the time. Since most mothers and fathers are busy at work, it is wise to give the children a fun and wholesome activity to enjoy. With sports, the children will certainly stay out of trouble and, later in life, are likely to avoid the pressures of drugs and alcohol. This will even help in adulthood as a kid will likely remember how good it feels to play a competitive sport.

A parent should encourage his or her children to play sports. While doing so, a kid will get in great shape, make friends, stay out of trouble and learn valuable skills that will help later in life.

What a Healthy Garden Says About You

Lush and colourful; a healthy garden speaks volumes about a person, besides the fact they have a green thumb. Your organic vegetable and herb garden grown in rich soil shows a reciprocal relationship between growing the plants and them feeding your body vital nutrients in return. A visually appealing and precisely maintained garden speaks of your organisational abilities and eye for beauty. What does your garden say about you?

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Your personality is expressed through the aesthetic
design, layout and functionality of your green space.


Creating a beautiful garden requires consistency. It calls for specific care administered at the right time. Fruits, vegetables and herbs must be harvested at the right time to ensure they are ripe and fit for consumption. Plants must be seasonally cut back to allow new growth. Certain species should be grown separately, whereas placing certain contrasting species next to each other will stimulate growth, whilst creating a striking aesthetic. Plants must be watered in the cool of the morning, or afternoon, to avoid the sun evaporating the water, or burning a hole in wet leaves. Click here for examples of customisable products to increase the efficiency of watering your garden. An organised garden reflects your ability to compartmentalise the various aspects of your life, and create arrangements to maximise efficiency.

Good self-care

Gardening is good for your health. It is recommended as a stress relieving activity, allowing you to slow down from the bustle of everyday life, get in touch with the earth, stimulate your senses and immerse yourself in the natural world. A thriving garden is a result of a large investment of time and care. Your efforts will reward you with a sense of accomplishment, as you view a small offcut grow into a full bloom of its own. Diligently tending to your garden not only benefits your plants but also your holistic wellbeing.

Attention to detail

The devil is in the details. Fail to spot that tiny caterpillar, small web or black fungal spot and there may be no way to nurse your plant back to full health, or save the vegetables you have so conscientiously attended. A healthy garden says you understand the potentially dire consequences of not paying attention to the small details in life.


Creativity fuels the transformation from lifeless garden patch, to thriving bed of nutrient dense plants. There are no hard and fast rules about how you should organise your garden. Colourful, free flowing sweeps of colour to purposefully elegant and precise lines, your garden speaks volumes about your individuality. Your personality is expressed through the aesthetic design, layout and functionality of your green space.

Health Conscious

Happy herb gardens equal healthy bodies. Herbs are a natural remedy for many ailments. Certain herbs, such as lavender, lemongrass and chamomile can help reduce stress and promote better sleep quality. The latter doubles as a combatant against heart burn. Peppermint and ginger are great for curing the common cold and relaxing the body. Oregano and chilli can boost the metabolism and immunity. Fresh herbs contain more nutrients than their dried, processed counterparts and are more cost effective in the long run. Growing herbs says you care about the quality of the nutrients you are using to fuel your body. It also says you are aware of the great natural health benefits provided by Mother Nature. It also indicates you may be experimental with flavour combinations in cooking; as we all know, variety is the spice of life.

Picture your garden at home. What is it saying about you at this point in time? If it needs a little TLC, maybe it’s an indication you need to take some time out and treat yourself to some soul refreshing gardening.

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Chicken Tinola Recipe

Chicken Tinola is one of my daughter’s favorite dishes. Tinola is ginger soup with meat (either chicken or pork), chayote or green papaya and chilli leaves or malunggay. Now that the temperature is dropping, chicken tinola is perfect to comfort and warm you. Below is my recipe of chicken tinola.

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chicken tinola ingredients


½ kg. chicken (cut into serving pieces)
2 chayote or 1 medium sized green papaya (cut into wedges)
1 cup chilli leaves or malunggay
thumb-size ginger root (sliced thinly)
1 medium size onion (sliced)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. fish sauce
6 cups water
1/3 tsp. whole black pepper
salt to taste (optional)


In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger until golden brown. Add chicken, fish sauce and pepper. Cover and let it simmer until the juice evaporates and the chicken turns a little brown. Add water then cover and let it boil until the chicken is tender. Add chayote or green papaya and boil for another 3 minutes. Add salt (optional). Add the chilli leaves or malunggay just before you turn off the stove so as not to overcook it. Serve hot and enjoy!

chicken tinola
chicken tinola that is perfect to comfort and warm you

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) will once again open its doors to hundreds of young talents and provide them with a venue to learn from the best in the culinary and food service industry. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hall 2, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Year after year, the contest successfully grows in size and coverage, gathering the Philippines’ most creative and innovative foodies, culinarians, professional and aspiring chefs.

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The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) will be held
on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hall 2, SMX Convention Center
in SM Mall of Asia from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

According to Chef Russell Bautista, UCC Competition Head and Resident Chef of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION, “This one-day event is a golden opportunity for us to witness our future chefs showcase their skills and masterpieces. Ajinomoto hopes to contribute in discovering and maximizing their true potentials.” 51 schools with more than 400 student-competitors signed up for this year’s competition. UCC has expanded its reach in Luzon with participants coming from Ilocos, CALABARZON, NCR and CARAGA regions. Last year, UCC was also brought to Iloilo and Cebu to reach students in Visayas and Mindanao.


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Schools will compete for a chance to be the Umami Bowl
Champion and to win a kitchen classroom showcase.

There are six (6) contest categories including a national cooking showdown. Hercor College from Capiz earned their chance to compete against the school who will win the Best Filipino Umami Dish-Luzon in the upcoming Manila leg of UCC. On the other hand, the school with the highest score from Luzon will be named the Umami Bowl Champion and bring home a kitchen classroom showcase. Distinguished judges include culinary and nutrition experts like Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Eugene Raymundo, Chef Seiji Kamura, Chef James Antolin, Dr. Zenaida Narciso and Ms. Joan Sumpio to name a few.

competition area
The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge competition
area will be filled with umami goodness with hundreds
of talented HRM and Nutrition students showcasing their
skills and masterpieces.

Other event highlights include new and unique culinary competition categories, Eat Well, Live Well.® Cooking Class facilitated by well-known celebrity chefs and Umami and MSG Safety Presentation by Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus. This event is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION and sponsored by La Germania, Solane, and Masflex KitchenPro.


Ajinomoto Culinary Challenge

 *This is a press release.

How to Encourage Honesty in Children

According to child psychologists, it is normal for children to experiment with lying. Lying is part of children’s emotional and intellectual development. It helps children to depict their own feelings, thoughts and desires, and those of others. Kids start to lie at an early age, sometimes as early as three. Because young children enjoy hearing stories, they make up tell tales and stories of their own. It is young children’s imagination at work and should not be treated as lies. For older children or teens however, it is different. They lie to cover something up to avoid punishment, to deny responsibility for their actions, to avoid stressful situations or to impress others (their parents most especially).

Hearing your children lie makes you angry and felt betrayed. Although lying is not good, it’s not a crime either so instead of getting angry, be more positive. Focus on building trust and let your children realize the value of telling the truth.

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Remember that punishing your children for telling lies
will just make them afraid to come up with the truth.

Below are some tips to encourage honesty in children.

Avoid dragging children into situations where they need to lie. When you know that they did something wrong, don’t ask them if they did that. You will always get no for an answer because they know they are in trouble. Instead, let them know you are aware of what happened and that you are willing to talk about it.

Praise your children to boost their self-esteem. Sometimes children think they are not good enough. They lie to make themselves look better and get respect from others. Children who possess self esteem feel strong and secure. They don’t need to lie because they can admit when they are wrong.

Respect your children’s privacy.  Children need more privacy as they grow older. When your teenagers don’t want to share with you, snooping or wading on their personal belongings would make them want more to hide things from you because they feel you are controlling them. Wanting more time alone doesn’t necessarily mean your child has something to hide. It is natural part of adolescence.

Praise the truth. When you know your children are telling the truth, praise them for doing so. This will encourage them to own up to doing something wrong instead of lying or blaming others.

Be truthful yourself. As the saying goes, children do what adults do. This is true with lying. Children who are used to hearing lies are more likely to tell lies themselves. Don’t lie just to be polite. You can always say the truth in a nice way most especially in front of your children.

Remember that constant punishing your children for telling lies will just make them afraid to coming up with the truth. Encourage honesty in children by instilling the value of being truthful instead of punishing them and constantly telling that lying is bad.

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