Gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day

Being a parent is hard work. It takes tremendous amount of care, time and resources to raise children. It is good that we have special days to celebrate the mothers and the fathers in our lives. Mother’s day is usually celebrated every 2nd Sunday of May while Father’s day is celebrated on 3rd Sunday of June.

While our parents are still with us, it is important to celebrate these special days with them. Dine out together at a special place, or do something unique as a family are important activities which they might appreciate. Giving them gifts or tokens is another way to show our appreciation for them and all that they have done for us.

Father’s day gifts  can include the following:

Personalized Hi Ball Glass – this is ideal for dads who love to drink!

Wooden Wireless Phone Charger – for dads who are tech-savvy.

Personalized 16GB USB DRIVE – for dads who use their computer for work.

Mother’s day gifts can include the following:

Personalized Cashmere Scarf – for moms who  likes fashionable scarf.

Personalized Soft Travel Gift Set – for moms who travel a lot.

Contemporary Personalized Photo Frame – for moms who stay home most of the time.

No matter what personalities are parents may have, these simple but unique, personalized gifts from Gifts Less Ordinary will be well appreciated.

HVAC Jobs Can Be a Career

Are you or someone you know searching for employment with a company that is one of the best HVAC companies in the area? One that values its employees and encourages them to advance and be a part of continually aggressive growth objectives? One that is proud of their team of sales, design, engineering, fabrication, installation, service, maintenance, and administrative professionals?

HVAC jobs in Hampton Roads offer those opportunities. HVAC services are always in demand since comfortable cooling and heating air temperatures are vital in businesses and residences, especially since some of the most polluted air we have to breathe is found in offices and homes.

The correct temperatures help to maintain a high level of employee productivity in the workplace, indoor air solutions improve air quality and health, and the proper temperatures keep products in good condition for customers. Routine maintenance, quickly responsive repairs, on-site solutions, improving the efficiency of systems and the environment, replacing outdated systems, performing Energy Savings Agreement inspections, and education of the clients are other features that require the responsibility of knowledgeable technicians and representatives.

Art Newsome, Inc. (ANI), founded in 1973, is an excellent example of a dedicated and dynamic service-oriented HVAC company that serves the local Virginia communities with a level of service, expertise, and technology that is second to none. ANI recommends, designs, and builds efficient systems than go beyond the minimum guidance prescribed by local, state, and national standards and deliver quality engineered and reliable products. They employ some of the most knowledgeable and experienced HVAC professionals in the nation.

ANI is always on the look-out for motivated employees who are looking for a long-term career, work diligently, take pride in their work, and agree that the company’s primary objective and guiding principle is a job well done with a dedication to excellence. On-going education is another essential element in their employee development programs. ANI also believes in assisting in their communities’ political, social, and cultural development.

If interested in ANI’s openings, please send information on their Career Interest Request, which expires and would have to be resubmitted every 30 days. A member of the Human Resources department will be in contact if the capabilities and skills match their needs.

NAMCYA National Finals Week is Here!

It is the time for the  National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) National Finals Week. It is also the National Music Week celebration. The weeklong event will take place on  November 21-26, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.   The events will feature young artists, musicians, trainors, and teachers who have reached the finals level in a nationwide competition that started early this year. Six ensembles presenting their region’s local traditions will also be presented in the Traditional Music Concert.

With generous support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the week-long events will include competitions, outreach performances, and culminating and awarding concerts for solo instrument winners and group winners. Newly-Commissioned Works by Filipino composers will also be premiered during the Final Competitions.

The NAMCYA 2017 Finals Week Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2:00 PM Opening Ceremonies, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Senior Woodwinds, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Senior Piano, CCP Main Theater

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5:00 PM Senior Voice, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Senior Strings, CCP Main Theater

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2:00 PM Children’s Solo Rondalla Instrument, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Youth Rondalla Ensemble, CCP Main Theater

Friday, November 24, 2017

5:00 PM Children’s Choir and Adult Choir, CCP Main Theater

6:00 PM Weeknights@6: Outreach Performance, Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium

Saturday, November 25, 2017

10:00 AM Traditional Music Concert, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Concert of Solo Instrument Winners, CCP Little Theater


Sunday, November 26, 2017

5:00 PM Concert of Group Winners and Closing Ceremonies, CCP Main Theater

Admission is free for all events. For inquiries, please call the NAMCYA Secretariat at (02) 836-4928 / 836-4929 or visit and our Social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  #galingNAMCYA #NAMCYA2017

The Issue Of Race Continues To Haunt America

Despite the progress made in the last one hundred years, there continues to be a sharp divide in race relations in the United States and in fact all over the world. Race equality is an often dreamed of possibility and it seems that we always take one step forward and two steps back. Just when we think racism and dead and gone, something happens and we see it in full force right in front of our face. While this can be discouraging, it’s important to keep this issue front and center.

For all sincere, well-meaning people who dream of race equality, racial equality articles serve an important purpose of enlightenment and hope. These articles range from simple stories depicting the way that race affects the life of those in our society. The articles themselves are as diverse as the number of races in the United States.

A good article is going to maintain a few standards. First of all, it will be an objective account of an incident that touches upon racial equality. There will be very little opinion in these articles because the incident itself will emphasize racism at play in the events. With very little help from the author, the events spring to life and speak for themselves.

Other articles CAN inject some opinion about the incidents at hand, but they will still play by some objective rules. For example, they won’t be overly emotional or make strong appeals to conscience. They will simply state the opinion of the person without necessarily trying to change behavior. Emotional appeals are also a valid way to communicate but they will likely not venture into the realm of more news-related articles. When you’re reporting news, it’s best to stay away from strong opinion.

The biggest hallmark of good articles is that they have a clear agenda at the beginning of the article and they stick to that. If they’re reporting news, it will be more objective. If it’s an opinion piece, they’ll state the opinion clearly and not flip flop. Finally, if it’s a strong, passionate plea for change, it will say so in the beginning and not try to manipulate actual events to achieve its objective. There are many great articles about race relations in the United States and everywhere all over the world. All you have to do is look for them.

New TV Series Worth Watching

Aside from reading books, one of things I do during down time is watch TV series. I have followed many TV series in the past like Prison Break, CSI, Criminal Minds, Lost, Heroes and 24.

More recently, I have been watching new series and I’d like to share them with you:

Madame Secretary is an American political drama that stars Tea Leoni and Tim Daly. I like the way the series handles conflicts in the political scene and how the McCord family survives and thrives throughout the challenges they face.

The Gifted is a spin-off from the Xmen movies. Story is about how the mutants survive in a world where they face discrimination and how they escape as they are being hunted by the Sentinnel Services.

Designated Survivor is an American political drama about how Tom Kirkman survived and became the President of the US instantly. He is actually doing a good job being the president but faces many challenges.

The Flash is on its 4th season now and continues to amaze us. Hopefully, they continue with a good storyline.  


Legends of Tomorrow is an adventure to watch. The not-so-super heroes doing their best to change the world. This series changes its setting every episode and has been really fun to watch!