Monday, February 29, 2016

What is a Leap Year?

Year 2016 is a Leap Year, meaning there is an additional day every four (4) years and in the month of February, therefore every leap year February extends until the 29th from the usual 28 days.

photo not mine. credits to owner

But why do we have Leap Years?

Let me explain, based also on my short research.

cute Google Doodle
Basically, a leap year or an additional day in a year is actually a corrective measure to synchronize the calendar year to the seasonal year.  In astronomy, a year is the Earth’s orbit period around the sun, which takes 365.25 days (31 557 600 seconds to be exact), while Gregorian calendar, our current standard calendar uses 365 days. That means Gregorian calendar falls short of .25 day, thus, to compensate the .25 day short, 1 day (equivalent to 4 of .25day) is added every 4 years to harmonize it to the Sun’s apparent position.

What would have happened if we have continued using the 365 days only all throughout? Well, the seasons will also change in the future. There will come a time that summer will probably fall in December, and winter in June or July, days and seasons will fall out of sync.

Therefore, a leap year has 366 days and February 29th is called the leap day just like today.

photo not mine. credit to owner

Why of all the months in the year, February is the chosen one where a leap day is added? And why does February only have 28 days during the common year?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016 + a Limited Edition Swatch

My husband is really not a romantic type of guy, proven again on Valentine’s Day because I haven’t received even a single flower from him. Nag expect pa ako sa wala!At least I have a box of chocolate that we bought together few days before. Senti lang peg, because I drove all the way to the mall, with heavy traffic on the way on Friday night just to buy him something, tapos ako wala? Toinkz! Di bale, I know I will have that something I am wishing for within the month.

We didn’t plan a date on Valentine’s Day (as always), but we decided to visit and  have dinner at his sister’s place because according to husband, he dreamt about his parents, hence, a little celebration for them on a Valentine’s Day was probably better.

Before going to my SIL’s place, we bought stuffs that we plan to cook and also a cake. Since I was tasked to choose the cake, I went for a Double Dutch heart-shaped cake from Goldilocks. Wonder where that red rose in the first photo came, when in fact hubby didn’t give one? Well, it was from Goldilocks.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

I Found It On Galleon.PH

There are a lot of items that I’ve been looking for like forever already, I personally searched for them in local stores here in Cagayan de Oro, from the big stores to the smallest ones, but failed. Whenever, I have business trips to Metro Manila or to other major cities in the country, I make it a point to visit one or two stores but also failed. My only hope left is to find them online. I have searched and searched for them on the Philippine based online stores and sellers, but still to no avail, though they can be found in international stores, but thinking how much I’m going to pay for the shipping, customs and taxes, made me backed off.

Day by day I’m losing hope, I was about to give up, when I learned about Words cannot describe how happy I am when I saw these three items listed below on Galleon.PH.

Animal-Shaped Rubber Stamps

Saturday, February 13, 2016

12 Happenings in January 2016

It’s already February, the Love Month.

But before proceeding with the next adventure, let me recap some of the things that had happened the past month.

January is expected to be an exciting one for me because it is my birth month, the first month of the year, the first working days of the year after the joyous holidays. Here are the 11 happenings the past month, a combination of happiness, pain and sadness. Read on...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

5 Reasons Why I Should Keep a Diary

The past couple of years, I spent more on a planner.  I fell in love with BDJ and Mommy Mundo Planners before. I bought them online even though they are a little bit pricey. I admit I was excited when I got them, but that excitement and the motivation to write something there, only last for a couple of weeks. Huh!

I realized now, I am an average corporate employee, an average mom, who do not need expensive planners. Instead, I can key in important personal schedules on my smartphone or write on the desktop calendar for office related meetings and events.

But keeping a sort of diary is a different thing. I can’t believe I have one right now. Writing important and less important entries every day for 42 days already is something I haven’t done before. Becoming a diarist at this age? Huh! I have never dreamt about it.

This Mercury Drug Suki Day Book that I got at the Mercury Drug branch near our office for only 30 suki points, is my partner in this so called daily writing journey.

Before I proceed, let me differentiate first what a planner and a diary are. Accordingly, a planner is either a book or a mobile device where you write future plans. Diary on the other hand is where you write or record the daily events that have already passed, it can be a notebook, a mobile device or online.