Empowering Women in Subic: Connected Women Subic Hosts An Innovative Meetup Experience

  Exciting news for the women of Subic!  Get ready for the first Connected Women Meetup of 2023 , happening simultaneously in different municipalities across Zambales and beyond. The Connected Women Subic Meetup will be hosted by Jen Cajucom and co-hosted by Mitch Carvalho and Lynn Singian. It will be held on February 15, 6pm at Kairos House of Blends , located at the ground floor of the Balai Subik building along National Highway, Mangan-Vaca, Subic. And that's not all. Other municipalities in Zambales will also be holding their own meetups, with Myra Concepcion hosting Connected Women Castillejos, Melissa Moscoso for Connected Women San Felipe and April Mora for Connected Women Olongapo. This will be in conjunction with Connected Women's community-led meetups held all over the Philippines and in other countries. Since 2018, Connected Women meetups in Zambales have been hosted by Jen Cajucom and held as a single meetup for the whole province every 6-weeks. This time around, a

Mosquitoes here, there and everywhere

After my youngest son, Yahmir, has been hospitalized due to dengue fever caused by a mosquito bite years ago, I am always on guard against mosquitoes. Dengue and Chikungunya are now an all-year-round mosquito-bite diseases in the country which should not be taken for granted as it comes in different strains that can be fatal.

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To refrain from being the dinner of these blood suckers, as much as possible we mosquito proof our home. We always check for any stagnant water in and out of the house especially after a rain fall. Any pool of water like in the saucer of a plant pot or rain water caught inside an old tire, fresh flower vases and even in the base of an air conditioning unit is a good place for them to breed and hang out. In fact, wherever they can find enough water  to lay their eggs, they will be there.

There are many ways to keep safe from mosquitoes.  Through researching I have found out that there are plants that repel mosquito.  Unknowingly I have these plants in my garden like the Citronella grass, Rosemary, an herb plant that I used in roasting lamb chops, and Marigold, one of my favorite flowering plants.  A good friend gave me a Neem tree seedling, known also as a mosquito repellent.  Aside from the mosquito repellent plants around, I also spray an odorless insect spray all over the house once a week.

Even if we make sure of a no-mosquito home, we are not yet safe when we get out of the house, so I have this anti mosquito bracelet (effective for 15 days with refillable pellet) worn by my youngest son for better protection.  My eldest son and husband uses repellent lotion, alternately with mosquito patches (can be bought from the supermarkets and drugstores) when they go off to work.  I also have this at hand in the car whenever we go out of town to make sure of mosquito bite protection. 

Once in a while I also put a little of eucalyptus oil in a small saucer in our bedroom, as it drives away insects too. The use of mosquito coil in the backyard whenever we hang out there on weekends to do cooking (roasting).

Better be safe as the saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”


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