Mar 27, 2011

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No Hands Zone! Hisense Launches Multipoint Wireless Mobility

A few months ago I wrote a post about Justin Bieber and Charice signing the No Texting Zone Pact on the Oprah Winfrey show and so when I got an invitation to the launch of of Hisense Wireless Wonders headsets and Bluetooth accessories, I did not hesitate to attend. Being highly dependent on my mobile phone and given that my many jobs requires me to be out of the house for long periods of time, I thought it best to check out these new gadgets and to see if they will suit my busy lifestyle.

What exactly was launched during the event? Well, for one, we were introduced to the line of Multipoint Headsets and other Bluetooth Accessories that can make mobile connectivity simpler, quicker and most of all, safer. These devices allow you to pair multiple devices thus allowing you to connect hands-free with no hassles of having to pair and re-pair devices repeatedly. The multipoint feature of the Hisense HB200M headsets allow you to even connect simultaneously with two different phones, even if they are under different network providers. Thus, you are always ready to receive your calls with instant connectivity.

Hisense also introduced the HB650S Car kit (which I seriously wanted to win during the raffle, hehe!). Given that I spend so much time in my car, having this will definitely reduce risks as I take calls from time to time. Yes, I know we shouldn’t use the phone while driving, but…well, this definitely makes it safer, right? :) What’s good about the car kit is that it has a Smart TTS (Text to Speech) feature enables it to inform you who is calling, without you needing to check on the display.

Adding to the versatility of Hisense Bluetooth devices is the fact that it is designed for both fashion and functionality. Whether its for work or for play, these devices will definitely add some flair to wireless mobility.

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Mar 27, 2011

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Part-time Woes

I have always loved the fact that I work part-time. I love the flexibility it gives me in terms of managing my schedule and allowing me to do many other things that I love, such as go to yoga, have my “me days” and just take it easy over the weekends. However, every once in a while I am reminded of the little hassles that come with a part-time position, especially now that it’s tax season and that the school year is ending. Yes, granted it’s not that hard to do, it’s still a hassle, right? Haha. Also, being in a part-time position means I have to do a lot of extra paperwork for application of, let’s say, medicare supplement plans. Unlike full time employees, it doesn’t come automatically, I have to file for it. To be fair, however, I get to enjoy the benefit as well, although not completely subsidized. Then again, it’s a small price to pay for all the other things I get to enjoy given my part-time position right?

Okay…I will stop complaining now and get back to work :) See ya peeps.

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Mar 23, 2011

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Creating Keepsakes and Cherishing Memories

It’s been almost a week since I hung up the Teacher Ria hat that I wore for almost twelve years. It was so bittersweet to close the door on a career that I had (and continue to, in fact) loved very much. For all intents and purposes, being a preschool teacher was really what allowed me to feel most free, deeply loved and full of joy. To this day I question if it was the right decision, but I believe deep down inside that despite the fear and uncertainty, there is a whole new world of learning, living and loving for me to explore.

It was so timely, I should say, that I was invited to Hallmark/All About Scrapbooking Scrap and Tell Blogger event last Sunday at the Filstar head office in Pasig. It was the perfect ending to my preschool teaching life.

To be honest, I tried to get out of going to the event because I was feeling very nostalgic and sentimental (sige na nga, sad na rin) about having had to say goodbye to being Teacher Ria and I just wanted to spend the day in my room moping and grieving this loss (yes, I think it’s still important to honor that, right?). However, my friend Jeman convinced me —errr coerced should I say! haha — me to come and so I did. Armed with several photos of my days as Teacher Ria, I headed off to the event.

Before the event, the days hosts gave us a brief introduction to what scrapbooking is, and explained the different techniques and procedures involved in the craft. They also showed us all the equipment available for the art of scrapbooking, and although this was nothing new to me, I couldn’t help but still be amazed at how much I still didn’t know about it!

After the demonstration and discussion, we were given our own kits to create our own keepsakes :)

Like I said, I thought I already knew how to scrapbook well enough, especially since this is something we often do in the preschool. I learned, however, that I can do so much more, such as how to create more nostalgic effects by rubbing sand paper on the colored sheets of paper to make it look old and frayed. An interesting bit of trivia I learned from the event was when you tear paper towards you, it gives you that “torn” texture to the page that is left behind but if you tear it away from you, it comes out more smooth and does not leave marks on it. Never knew that before!!! Haha.

Suffice it to say the event shoo-d away my sadness about leaving my job and left me with a happier sense of reminiscing the twelve years I spent with so many children, all of whom taught me the essentials in life. I think this says it all:

to love with no questions, to laugh with no fear, to try witout worries...all these i learned in kindergarten

Scrapbooking with Hallmark’s All about Scrapbooking line sure makes the craft so much easier. When I was first doing this for my students portfolios in the past, I had to cut out shapes individually, color them one by one and I wouldn’t have very nice materials for it. Now, it’s so much easier! The kits range from about Php 150-200 and the albums about Php 225. The stickers and accessories range from about Php 25-100, depending on the style, size and material. In my opinion,that’s quite affordable!

Although it may not be appropriate for very young children, kids of about age 7 and up can enjoy scrapbooking with mommies and daddies any time. This will be a fun way for them to create their own memories, not just with the photos they see but also with the journey they take while making these scrapbooks.

For me, that Sunday afternoon was well worth it, even though I got lost trying to find the venue! It made me cherish my time as Teacher Ria a little bit more and it gave me that sweet goodbye as I walk away from the preschool into the bigger world out there, knowing that anytime, I can take out that Scrap and Tell project I made and recall those days with fondness.

nicey, right? :) drop by All About Scrapbooking’s Facebook Page and Like my project!!! :)

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Mar 18, 2011

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Random Dreams and Childhoood Wishes

Today’s random post is brought to you by Teacher Ria and funny things that happen in our psych classes…

A few days ago we watched the film 13 Going on 30 and it brought back lots of funny memories of the 80′s and 90′s…and of the days in which I was much, much younger and I had the weirdest ambitions in life. Like Jenna in the movie, I once dreamt of being a writer in a magazine, but unlike her, that wasn’t the only dream I had. Often, my choice of dream jobs were always related to the movies or shows that I liked best at that time. Once, I wanted to even become a nun or a nanny because of the movie The Sound of Music hehe. When My Girl was all the rage, I wanted to be a make-up artist like Shelley, or perhaps be a motor home repair specialist because of the fact that she had a trailer in that movie. I even wanted to become an ice skater because I had fallen in love with the movie The Cutting Edge.

However as I grew up, as we discussed in class, priorities change and you become more reality bound and sensible in aspirations. I realized that I did get the best job for me, and though today marks the end of my preschool teaching career, it will always, always be a part of me.

Sigh. Till the next random post.


Teacher Ria

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Mar 13, 2011

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Summer Fun at Playschool

With summer right around the corner, I bet many mommies and daddies out there are looking for fun and exciting things for their kids to do all summer. I remember that when I was a little girl, my mom would always find a summer activity for me, be it art classes, sports or theater.

This summer, Playschool will be hosting once again it’s SUMMER FUN program. The kids can expect a lot of fun and games and cool activities from water fun (um, that’s if the high pressure pumps and water services in the area do not have any interruptions or problems like last time!), nature walks and outdoor activities.

For inquiries call 823-5702 :)

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Mar 12, 2011

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Today’s Random Snappy: Psychic Rewards

Yes, I know I always say psychic rewards won’t pay the bills, but they sure can warm my heart :) Yesterday I picked up a letter from a dear friend and student. While he may have been my student in class, he definitely has taught me much, much more than I would have ever expected.

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Mar 6, 2011

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PsychConsult Summer Workshops 2011

Just sharing with you dear readers :)

Here is a list of summer workshops that the clinic I am part of, PsycConsult Inc.,  will be holding over the summer. I’d give you the link to our website, but right now we’re in some sort of a transition, what with trying to find the best web hosting package for our company and while we’re trying to decide whether to get one of those managed hosting deals or what not.  I’m technically trying to figure things out, but there’s really so much I don’t understand yet about the whole process (what with me not understanding how these servers work, what colocation is and even how to back things up manually in a CPanel. Haha). If you can explain this to me, I’d greatly appreciate that.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Lemme get back to the point: here is a schedule of workshops you can check out:

  • For therapists, counselors, teachers and other professionals:
    • A Writeshop on Psychological Report Writing, May 6-7, 2011, 8am-5pm
    • Suicide Risk in Psychotherapy: Assessment and Response, May 21, 2011, 8am-5pm
  • For children and adolescents
    • Social Skills Workshop (for children/adolescents ages 8-16), April 26-29 and May 2-5, 9am-11am
  • For adults
    • Expressive Pottery (for individuals 18 years old and up), may 9-13, 5:30-8:30 pm

I hope you can join in on any of those workshops. As for me, maybe I can find one that can teach me the ropes in this whole IT world that I try to live in…yes, please define HTML, CSS and all those other foreign sounding codes to me!!! :)

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Mar 5, 2011

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Today’s Random Snappy: Caught in the Middle

10 days and I find myself caught in the middle…I know I have to let go to soar, but right now, the fear of the unknown, the losing of the identity…it’s getting to me.

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Feb 27, 2011

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No Students Allowed

Working with adolescents still surprise me, even if I have been working with them for the longest time. That’s one major reason why I don’t like adding them up on my social networking sites, although I do know that some of them do read my blogs. I’m afraid that something I say will be taken out of context and then before I know it, I get caught in something that was not meant to happen. For example, I do talk about a lot of personal things I like to do outside of my teaching life. I am, after all, still human, right? But it bothers me when they see pictures of me in compromising positions (errr…I just mean in a party where drinks are served, in the beach wearing a swimsuit etc.) and so I try to avoid allowing them access to that.

Also, I don’t want them to say that they learned something from me inadvertently. For example, what if I say something about an herbal supplement or a diet drink that I tried…then they do it too…and they say I was able to learn more about slimquick here (or whatever, you know what I mean!!!) and pastes the URL of my status message or Tweet to their own walls and whatnot. Dangerous grounds. Haha.

And so while I know there are ways around social media, I make it a point to try to keep my world as student free as possible, albeit I know impossible. I do, however, APPRECIATE IT SOOOOO VERY MUCH when my students drop by my blog and leave me comments or questions :) Twitter they’re welcome to, but Facebook and Plurk, for now, I will stand firm and say, no students allowed please :)

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Feb 27, 2011

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Looking Back…

I was sorting through some old photos earlier, some of which were taken about three years ago when I first returned to Playschool after my brief hiatus and couldn’t help but be appalled, shocked and amazed at my size back then. Haha. I was teaching the Toddler’s class and I was HUGE! Maybe that’s why I had one little kid who was terrified of me haha.

Looking back I realized how hard it was to be a fun teacher back then. Sure I did get to play and be silly with my kids but, um, it was so much harder. Nowadays, even if I still am overweight, it is easier to run around and bend over and jump through hoops with the kids (errr..some days though I wish I had some belly fat burners because my abs (or should I say flabs) get in the way of squeezing through the jungle gym and the slide!!!).

It also got me to thinking about physical attributes and how this really affects social interactions. Deep, huh? Seriously though, it made me realize that the way one looks really does affect how others perceive and engage with them. The fear, for example, of that little girl of me was probably unfounded, but because she was so tiny and I so huge, it can be intimidating, right?

So, while I KNOW size doesn’t really matter much and it doesn’t make you a better (or worse) person, being more fit, especially as a preschool teacher, is helpful because it can have the capacity to dictate how you can move and interact with the kids. Let’s not forget, after all, when we work with kids, we sit in teeny tiny chairs and work with smaller stuff right???

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