Jul 14, 2012

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Mayday, Mayday…Apple Down!!!

OMG. After serving me a good number of years, Apple (yes, such a corny name for my Macbook), is dying :( I don’t know what to do to salvage it.The screen is kinda flickering, the letters QWERT no longer work, and well…it’s so super duper slow. That proverbial wheel of death keeps spinning as I open my files. The do open eventually, but not as fast as it used to. Do I need to run a program to clean it up like those disk defragmenters for the PC??? HEEEEELP!!!!

Please don’t tell me to buy a new one, because, honestly, I cannot afford it what with training expenses and all. How can I make this unit last perhaps another year or so???

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Jul 11, 2012

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Join the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Manila!

As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward to adding yoga to my list of best ways to teach kids!

Come join me at the Manila leg of the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training, August 18-20 at Urban Ashram Manila – Center for Yoga! this course is not exclusively designed for yoga teachers but is a great program for educators, therapists and anyone who works with kids :)

Check out the following articles  for  more information as to why yoga is a great  supplement for any kids programs :)

Fun Ways to to Yoga!


Why Yoga for Kids?


The Importance of Fun!


Relaxation and Visualization for Kids


Meditation for Kids



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Jul 11, 2012

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Alternative Education

Over the past few months, I have been appreciating the idea of alternative education more and more. Don’t get me wrong: I still am an advocate  for  the educational system and for classroom  learning  experiences. I  do recognize, however, that for some  people, alternative forms  of  learning are just  as important and life changing as higher learning. Case  in point: Steve Jobs.

Nonetheless I believe that earning a degree is still  a  pivotal  component of  success. It’s just not the only one. Personality factors, opportunities presented, and availability of resources, for  example,  can also  contribute to  success. As such, some one who  has been  homeschooled all their lives or perhaps did not  formally finish high  school or college in a formal institution can still excel.

The educational system  now  is  so  different, we all must admit. There are lots of  new ways to learn and even entrance exams and the like are readily available. More so, these resources allow  us to tap into  different types  of intelligences and  lifestyles. For example, should you decide to go to  graduate school, you  can maintain  your  regular schedule and still accomplish  that through an online education. Heck, we can even enroll in online gre programs.

In my classes, I  really try too veer away from just  plain  lecturing. I try my best to incorporate as many  alternative learning exercises and opportunities for my  students. These include exploration activities, creative outputs and even immersions. What about  you? As a parent or educator  how do you give alternative learning?

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Jul 11, 2012

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Read, read, read….

I haven’t  read this much  in years, I  tell ya. Har. In the past  seven months, since I started on working on my  final thesis, I’ve read countless journal  articles,  references, and the like. I feel like I’m in college all over again! Oh, and lets not forget that  I have a whole bunch of teacher training references to read! Yikes!

Am I enjoying it  though? Hmm…I guess the  teacher training part I  can say yes, but the journals…they’ve been so hard. How i wish they  were simpler!

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Jun 23, 2012

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Just A Random Artsy Fartsy Day

If there is one thing I miss from being a preschool teacher, it’s the daily opportunity to get my hands dirty with all sorts of art projects. I loved getting my hands all sticky with glue and covered in glitters. I enjoyed spritzing colored water on walls and watching it make rainbows. It was a whole lot of fun trying to figure out creative ways of transforming the ordinary and mundane, from toilet paper rolls to fire hose fittings, into amazing little projects.

Yesterday I got the chance to tap into my artsy side again and did some glass painting experiments. Lookit…


Not bad for a first timer, yes? :)

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Jun 17, 2012

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Wrap, Wrap, Wrap!!!

One of the things I didn’t really like doing when I was still a student was wrap my books. Let me rephrase that…I actually liked that A LOT but my mom was kind of a stickler for having the plastic strait and evenly measured and so it was a chore.

The other day I wrapped my YTT books and I had to laugh at myself…I was, unintentionally and unconsciously, exactly like my mother :)

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Jun 13, 2012

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Teacher Goes Back to School!

Last year, I gave up my preschool teaching career. I didn’t know why or what would be out there for me. I didn’t know what I’d do next. All I knew was that it was the right thing for me.

I did think of a lot of things I wanted to do. I wanted to enroll in French lessons, I wanted to become a full-time blogger, I wanted to throw everything in the wind and take a new course, like maybe carpentry so I can experiment on power tools such as the festool kapex miter saw or perhaps creative writing which I have always loved. I really just did not know what I wanted.

In between, while trying to figure things out, I continued on with my yoga practice until I decided that I wanted to do a Yoga Teacher Training. And then I came across a kids yoga class and found what it is exactly I want to do. I will be a yoga teacher working with kids and adolescents with a leaning towards yoga as therapy. Woot.

I know I have found my place in the sun. Finally :)

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Jun 3, 2012

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Kuya vs. Manong

Today I had an interesting conversation about the whole “kuya” and “manong” thing. Notice how we Filipinos tend to address vendors, the janitors, photocopy people, etcetera like this? I never gave it much thought before but today, I accompanied a visiting teacher from New York around Greenhills and I addressed many of the guards and sellers as kuya (or ate when applicable). She asked me what kuya meant and if it was a Filipino word for excuse me or something like that.

Over the course of our conversation I came to realize that I prefer using kuya/ate over manong/manang nowadays. In a way, I kinda feel like its a more respectful way of addressing people in the service industry. When I said that, my friend said that she resonated with that and asked what perhaps, would make someone a manong or a kuya versus a sir. She said something about how although there is no caste system here such as that in India, there still is that kind of a divide. Maybe not with regards to the mingling of people and whatnot, but there was still that separation. Eventually as we talked I realized that often times, it all boils down to the fact that when those in the service industry often have limited access to education. It kind of made me realize how much I take things for granted. For example, I would love more than anything to buy a new iMac but majority of Filipinos have to rely on internet cafes to really have access. I’m sure they’d be more than thrilled to receive even a very old used pc desktop and here I am complaining about my old laptop.

Random realizations today.

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Jun 3, 2012

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Welcome AY 2012-2013!

Tomorrow marks the first day of the school year for many schools around the metro. As far as I understand, it is also the beginning of the K-12 program in the public school system here in the Philippines. For a teacher, I must admit I haven’t given that much attention, primarily because I no longer am in the preschool setting. I’ll be exploring the whole program soon, though, just to see what it’s all about. I hope that with this change in the set-up, a wider change can also happen in the entire school system. Granted that given the limited funds, schools might not be able to avail of hi-tech computer systems or updated laboratory equipment and so on and so forth, but I do hope there will be a change.

In any case, here’s to School Year 2012-2013!!!

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May 29, 2012

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Teacher Goes Full Circle

I started my new job last week and it has been quite an experience. Suffice it to say being in a new campus makes me feel like a child again because it takes me back to being the new girl in school. Literally. It’s an interesting feeling. I don’t really know yet what to make of it, and how I feel about it, but to be honest, being the new girl is not something I really like feeling :( It makes me a little anxious, especially since I have no one to really chat with yet. Add to that the fact that I really am not the open and sociable type, right? Well, lets see how this goes nonetheless :)


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