Jakie and the Beadstalk

this is about family and its ups and downs, living, and everything about life from a working mom's perspective.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Perks for Civil Servants in Celebration of the Civil Service Month

Reposted from the Civil Service website

September 5, 2016

The Philippine civil service celebrates its 116th anniversary this September, coinciding with the Civil Service Month. This year’s theme is “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani, at Kalikasan”.

As the lead agency of the month-long celebration, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) promises treats and discounts for government employees nationwide.

The SM Store and SM Appliance Center offer 10% and 5% discounts respectively on regular-priced items for a minimum purchase of two-thousand pesos (P2,000). Promo period is from September 23 to 25, 2016 (Friday to Sunday) in all SM Stores and SM Appliance Centers nationwide.

Star City offers its Ride-All-You-Can ticket for only P280 each (from its original price of P450) for government employees and three (3) of their family members. Promo period is September 2 to 4, 9 to 11, and 16 to 30, 2016.

Manila Ocean Park also offers discounted rates on its attraction packages: Corporate Signature package (P400) includes Oceanarium, Symphony Evening Show, Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter, Sea Lion Show, Jellies Exhibit, Trails to Antartica or World of Creepy Crawlies; Sea Breeze Express package (P600) adds Birds of Prey Kingdom, All-star Bird Show, Penguin Talk Show, Fish Spa, and Back of the House; Encounters also have discounted rates for Sharks and Rays Full Body Encounter (P499), Mermaid Experience (P299), Sea Lion Trainer (P699), and Aquanaut  (P490). While selling period is only up to September 30, 2016, ticket validity is until December 15, 2016.

Public servants may avail of 20% discount on selected products and services in all branches of INKRITE Ink Refilling Station until September 30, 2016. A 20% discount is also available on selected products and services of Great Image until December 15, 2016.

Chopstop, Sisig Society, and Adobo Connection offer free iced tea for dine-in civil servants.
CSC reminds all civil servants to present their valid government ID or GSIS ID upon availing the said perks. For more details on the Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration, government employees are advised to check

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Being a Working Mom is Challenging (but it doesn't mean we can't have fun!)

Being a mom is hard work. But when a mom works full time, things get more complicated and more challenging. I'm not complaining though. I have son who loves me to the moon and back and a husband who has pledged his heart and life to me. Life may have its ups and downs, but I will always be thankful to God for this life.

One example is my trip to the Bicol Region.

Day 1, I arrived in Lezagpi then went straight to Sorsogon to our branch office. After that, we went to San Benon in Sorsogon.

My room on Day 1
Day 2, I woke up at 2 am, left at 3 am to go to the port in Bulan, and catch the earliest boat to Ticao, Masbate. From San Fernando, I rode a habal-habal (motorbike) for about an hour To San Jacinto, to look for a place to spend the night in. After lunch, I rode back to San Fernando in a habal-habal  to work.

My room on Day 2

Thursday, August 11, 2016

DIY Project: Make Your Own Christmas Tree with Perla Soap (a fun activity with your kiddo)

Christmas season is just around the corner (you know how early we start decorating our houses with Christmas ornaments) so I'd like to share with you what my kid and I did last year.

We didn't buy any Christmas tree since the house is too full already with my trinkets and stuff, so I opted to make a disposable Christmas tree instead. So I'm sharing with you how we made our  soap-based Christmas tree.

What you need to make a 9-inch Christmas tree:

1 - medium sized basin

1 - 9 inch square or round cake board (if you don't have a cake board, don't fret. Use a paper plate or use a carton and cut to your desired shape) wrapped in plastic cover or cling wrap  so the water won't seep into the carton. You can also use a "bilao".

2- Squares of White Perla Soap (the soap is divided into four squares, right, so use just two of them)

3/4- cup warm water and some

beads, trinkets, glitters, anything you'd like to use as ornaments for your tree.

a couple of rags

a hand mixer or if you don't have one, a brush, wire whisk, or your own hands for mixing