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Oct 29, 2012

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Teacher’s Back!

Last Friday I finally taught my first official kids and family (well, teens and family, hehe!) yoga class…OMG…I’m so happy to be Teacher Ria again :) There really is something magical in this profession, I tell ya. I am grateful that I do this :)

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Oct 11, 2012

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Rest Time?

I may not be teaching in the preschool level now, but for some reason, I suddenly find myself thinking about rest time. This was one period I never really gave time for in class before. In fact, even the kids didn’t seem to like it so much. They’d rather do a longer outdoor play activity. However, lately I have been finding myself taking a rest period in between classes. I realized it makes a big impact on my energy levels and focus. I guess there was a purpose for it after all! However, if you do decide to include rest time in your class periods, I suggest you be careful about the kinds of pillows and mattresses you use in class, especially since it is quite hard to keep these clean. Also, allergies from things like latex mattresses or feathery pillows should also be taken into consideration. But for the most part, do go with a brief rest time in class. It makes an enormous difference for the rest of the day :)

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Oct 11, 2012

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Oh, Booksale, My Love!

Today I was able to go to one of the very few Booksale branches left (well, I think it is one of the last few because all the other one’s I used to go to are now closed) and was sooooo happy to find a copy of James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. It was a book that I was always curious about but was never interested enough to spend a couple of hundred pesos for. Today, however, I came across a copy for –get this— 25 pesos! Amazing. I love Booksale.

Speaking of Booksale, it definitely is the best place to get kiddie books. Do check it out!

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Sep 26, 2012

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Teacher’s Toys

Since I’m home sick today, I decided to just get some of the work I need to get done that never have the time to do done. Har. This includes fixing up lesson plans for the next few weeks. One of the major events I have been doing these past trimesters is what I call the Psychmazing Race, a modification of the wildly popular show, Amazing Race. I have stocked up on a lot of materials but if I had a free prepaid mastercard with an unlimited limit, I am sure I can get so much more fun things to work with! One of the things I really wanna get are those little orange cones, like those used for soccer practice. That would be so much fun. For now, however, I satisfy myself with those cheap little plastic toys from Divisoria. Teehee.

Speaking of which, Teachers, FYI (but I’m sure you know by now), DIVISORIA ROCKS!

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Sep 26, 2012

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Sick Days

One of the hardest things about being a teacher is taking a sick day. Seriously. Sigh.

Today I had to call in sick because I really could not stop sneezing, my eyes are like faucets, my nose stuffed beyond imagination, and my throat feels like sandpaper has been rubbed on it. Boo. The thing with being a teacher, your presence is your most important equipment or tool, so to speak. And so when this gets broken or has a kink, it is a problem :( Boo.

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Sep 12, 2012

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More Hardware Fun!

I’ve written about my hardware fascination many times already in this site, but I can’t help but gush about yet another hardware trip I had recently. This time I was looking for rubber mats to use as alternatives for yoga mats (for community classes I hope to teach soon). I found this interesting kind of matting, but I’m not sure about whether or not I can use it. Since I was there already, I went crazy again getting stuff I don’t need…like t nuts and bolts, a cutesy little tiny hammer, some of those teeny nails, and a bunch of ropes. Why? La lang…Hehe. I know I’ll find use for it sometime soon :)

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Sep 12, 2012

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Bring it on, 2nd Term!

After what can only be deemed as the world’s shortest term break, all I have left to say is BRING IT ON SECOND TERM!

This is bound to be another good one…I’m teaching my favorite subject, Clinical Psychology again, plus I have a CLA and CED section for Persef. And…I’ve got my calendar down pat. Let’s go do this!

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Sep 8, 2012

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Sanskrit 101

Well lookie here. I always said I wanted to learn French, but lately I have found myself quite immersed in learning Sanskrit as part of my yoga teacher training. It’s interesting and amazing how things change so quickly :)

Anyway, today we learned how to write in Sanskrit. It reminded me of days back when I was in grade school and we’d do writing exercises. On one hand, it felt funny to do this again after all this time, but on the other,it was such a welcome change. It always is amazing to learn something new, right? Whether it is a foreign language, a new art, or perhaps even a hobby such as doing those sodoku or springbok puzzles. It challenges you to think in ways that you’re not used to and gives you a fresh new perspective in things. :) Suffice it to say, I loved what we did today :)

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Sep 1, 2012

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Real-time Medicine Delivery with The Generics Pharmacy and City Delivery

Among the many reasons I love living in such a highly technological world is the fact that many things are so much easier to do now. Even the mundane, day-t0-day tasks become quicker and more accessible. I remember a time when getting information for a school project needed thick encyclopedias, library cards, and actually having to go to places to get this done. Nowadays, all you need is internet access and viola, info at your fingertips. Now, even shopping is done with just a few clicks, a phone call, or just a text message. Even purchasing medicines can be this easy, what with the newest venture of City Delivery with The Generics Pharmacy.

Known for its desire to make medicines affordable to EVERYONE, The Generics Pharmacy and City Delivery take on the bold new step as being the first real-time medicine delivery in the metro. Simply call the City Delivery Hotline (87878) and in just a short while, your medicines will be at your doorstep. Not just any medicine at that, but generic options that give you, the customer, options to find what suits your budget best.

I was able to check this out and I made arrangements for a package to be sent to my place. I wasn’t home when it arrived and my helper wasn’t able to get a copy  of the delivery sheet so I couldn’t really check how much time elapsed from the time it was called in to the time it got to my house, but suffice it to say, it really was in real time :)

As a big believer of equal opportunity for all, I really love the fact that The Generics Pharmacy works on giving people options for health care. I appreciate that my doctor supports me on this and gives me the generic name of the medicines she prescribes me, even without me asking for it, so I can have that opportunity to decide what is best for me. I’m glad that this service is now available and I hope more people can start seeing the value of generic medicines :)

 

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Aug 24, 2012

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Copy Cat Issues

Sometime ago I failed a student in my class because of copying his paper from his girlfriend. Over the past week, there has been a lot of word going around about what plagiarism is and up to what extent “copying” is allowable. According to arguments being made about it, blogs are not subject to copyright. I personally disagree. Following that train of thought, however, I guess my student can argue that the paper was not copyrighted, therefore it was okay for him to copy it.

I tell you this whole copying from other sources can be so much easier if people just take the time to attribute.

Random thoughts.

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