Homeschooling Went Outdoor!

When we speak of ‘homeschooling’, the most common notion is that education is limited inside the comfort of our home. On the contrary, homeschooling extends its varieties of self-learning, self-discovering and the introduction to general subjects like shopping, ordering food in a restaurant, interaction with people from all walks of life, and the latest we explore is the buying of groceries. In particular are the things that are to know in purchasing fresh meat, fish, etc based on our personal experiences and preferences from the local wet markets. Of course the time will someday come where choices and decisions have to be made on her own but for now, this is where her elementary of learning begins.

For me personally, I am not so specific on what I want to buy each time we go grocery shopping. I’ll have my shopping list then look for whatever is cheap; housewife instinct if that’s how we may call it. However my Mister operates differently. He just don’t look for the good bargains, but is it worth paying for the price regardless if the item is on special offer or not. I must admit, I’ve learned a lot from him especially when buying fish and the likes. Due to this, who’ll be the best ‘shopping teacher’ to our homeschooler but him.

And so it’s time for Jade to learn her Dad’s trade! ♥ The following snaps will probably give you the hints of the conversation (and the convincing) that might had taken place while choosing or buying the right shrimp. Price tags matter, too. In some cases, the most important details are hidden in smaller writings so it’s good to understand what those small writings are about. If they can save us some few bucks, why not?!

This will be the beginning of our Homeschooling Went Outdoor series, so keep visiting for more outdoor exploration. Next stop, maybe on how to choose the right ‘egg’ hahaha!

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Enjoy Thy Youth!

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“Even youth shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted” -Isaiah 40:30

Lately, I so feel this…

Felt like I have just crossed that ‘line’, that ‘angle’, that ‘time frame’, and yes that age (if that’s what you’re waiting for to hear hahaha). Some folks may say that age is just but a number.. And that we may continue to be young at heart though our birth certificate says another. But I’ll say that ‘though my spirit is willing, yet my flesh is weak’! 🙂

I’ve recently traveled to the Philippines to work on some papers. This visit necessitated a lot of walking and commuting. There were occasions that I needed to walk my fastest in order to reach my destination on time or if I wanted to avoid the rush hour. Amusingly but true, can’t seem to define the difference between rush hour and non-rush hour anymore! It looks like a trend to be in a rush nowadays! I hope it is only due to the holidays’ season or good heavens can someone please invent the flying jeepneys! By the way, recently making the news was the available service of UberChopper in Manila. You can now travel in-style without being stuck in the road traffic. Minimum charges is around 50 to 70US$ I’ve heard. So if the demand for this service continues to rise, it maybe a good idea to include a helipad when building your home.

And so back to what I’m saying…

I’ve been missing the time when I used to have speed like an athlete (although I’m obviously exaggerating here but it was once true that I walk fast – I can find you some witnesses who can testify if you need me to)! Those were the days when long distance walking was never my issue.  You’re right, those were the days.  Just reminiscing…

We all had those days. When we fought against time because we didn’t wish to slow down. Where our mind and bodies were so prolific that we sometimes forget that our youth is temporary and has its limitations..I want to vouch on what King Solomon once wrote – “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”.

I am sure he had a real good thought about this subject; after all he was one of not only the wealthiest man that had ever lived in this planet, but also the wisest! King Solomon must have lived his life to the fullest and yet, still regarded all his accomplishments seemingly a ‘vanity under the sun’.. he sure had some pretty good reasons too on why he thought so.

He further wrote “What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever”. This simply means that, hey you, take notice of your youth! Make sure that it won’t passes you by….

As for me, I may have some regrets and could have done some things differently. But the tons of amazing memories of my youth will last me a lifetime and those I’ll surely hold on to. And so I say to my youth …Au Revoir and I’ll miss you… I’ll never forget our precious times together, and I hope we really did spend it well… Thank you for the company.

And to you who still living your youth; ENJOY IT. It is God’s gift to you. Do not waste it nor ignore it. Spend more time with family and friends. Walk outside. Run. Play. Make memories.Value what really matters.

”Again I saw vanity under the sun; one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, ‘for whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?’… This also is vanity and an unhappy business”. – Ecclesiastes 4:7-8

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“Building Blocks of Homeschooling” – A Homeschooling Public Seminar

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Good day, Homeschoolers!

How are we doing today?

If you happen to be in the Philippines this Friday, the 9th of December 2016, I am inviting you to attend a homeschooling public seminar on foundation and practical guide to homeschooling featuring “Funding your Homeschooling”.

The event will be co-facilitated by homeschooling experts, Dr. Donna Simpao and Ms. Felichi Buizon, with the special participation of Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan (celebrity presenter – Mommy Minute), in coordination with The Master’s Lighthouse Foundation.

The seminar will further tackle on topics of 1.Homeschooling Works: The Homeschooling Option, 2.The Basics of Setting a Solid Foundation, and 3.How to Get Started.

As a bonus, two (2) lucky participants will get the chance to attend this Seminar for FREE! All you have to do is share this post on your Facebook account and your name will be automatically included in the draw. Alternatively, you may also tag your friends who you think might also be interested to attend and if they share the post, their names will be entered as well. You may also leave a reply on the Comment box of this post and write ‘interested’. The lucky winners will be announced on Thursday, 8th December at 14hrs, Manila Time.

*Note that this promo is only for those who will be in the Philippines on the date of the event.

All the best!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”! – 2Timothy 4:7

The Greener the Better?!

One of my faith goals in 2016 is to drink lots of water or at least meet the daily recommended intake, faithfully.  I deserved a ‘pat on my back’ as I’ve stood on this commitment till this day, compared on how I used to in the previous years of having a good start and gave up halfway. We’re almost on the 10th month of this year and I’m still diligent, so YEY! to me. I’ve told myself that if I can pull this through, then good to go with my next goal, and that is to add more veggies on my daily diet. This, I failed big time! Well, I’ve barely passed sounds more comforting hahaha!

Most of my friends are into this ‘green diet’ nowadays and has been mixing (or experimenting) different kinds of vegetables either into their drinks or meals. I envy their conviction and wish I could do the same. But when it comes to veggies, it’s a drag for me. Nevertheless, a transformation is a ‘must do’ if I want my family, especially my daughter to follow my lead to healthiness 🙂

A lot of our young people these days may care less on eating lots of green, leafy veggies in addition to eating fruits, though it’s one important Doctors’ order. Or perhaps because they still have that privilege of burning those excess carbohydrates naturally. However, yours truly had already crossed that ‘young people’ category so not only should I take this seriously but also willingly. “You are what you eat”, they say so hopefully, it’s not too late to portray  a better identity ♥.

And so, just recently, I’ve started drinking along with my Mister, these veggie combination which is apparently good in bringing down cholesterol and supposedly effective in melting unwanted fats. Result is slowly recognizable after the more-than-a-week trial especially on the latter working around the belly area :), but we’re hopeful that it will prove its claim in no-time. Otherwise, we should know if the need to shift to another veggie combination is due; there are tons of them by the way. I’m sure there’s a perfect combination tailored out there that suits ones metabolism.

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Combination of chopped cucumber, fresh pineapple, celery, and parsley (blended in half a cup of room temperature water)
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Finished product! (Need to consume within 10-15mins on an empty stomach)

Note to self: “For maximum result, green juices to be taken with regular exercise and moderate carbohydrates consumption”!♥

Cheers to healthy living!

Perk for Non-Indian Wives

 

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If you happened to be a wife of an Indian national, this good news is for you! You may now be entitled for multiple entries, with a lifelong visa to India by simply applying for an Overseas Citizenship of India or the OCI card. Isn’t this a blessing or what?! And not only that, this benefit is extended to your children, too!  In case you had already been issued with a Person of Indian Origin or the PIO card, then the process will even be much more minimal for you. I was issued with a PIO card more than a year ago and once the news came out on the wives’ eligibility for an OCI, we immediately applied. My PIO card was replaced with an OCI, with the waiting period of less than 45 days, however it might take a little longer for new application. Please visit the Indian Consulate near you for further details or you may check out their website at www.cgidubai.com in case you are residing in the UAE.

As a wife of an Indian national, I was initially issued a PIO card to travel to India and this card is valid for 15 years from the date of issue which has been working out well for us. So much more, t’was worth the amount we’ve paid for to process. Until recently, our ingress to India has been upgraded to OCI. I am really thankful to the Indian Government for considering the family status of their people, for which I can only hope for my Philippine Government to reciprocate with a similar gesture. It has been my sentiment for a while now as my husband can only be granted a maximum of one-year multiple visa entry to the Philippines even after being married for more than 20 years and regularly travelling to the Philippines. We were told that this could be extended but the information we gathered so far on how to was somewhat vague.

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration may have a procedure currently in place on the issuance of this type of visa, but I believe so that the process can still be improved. I may be naive but we sure didn’t experience so much trouble when applying for my OCI, aside from spending only around 300 US$ for a lifetime validity (this was including the processing of my PIO, then to OCI) compared to my husband’s only one-year of visa to the Philippines which normally costing us approx 152 US$ to obtain, each time we apply. There must be a better and cheaper alternative for the foreign spouse of a Philippine national to be given the same privilege. There should be….

In fairness, I somehow understood my country’s predicament on this matter. I have heard of the so many cases of frauds and abuse in using ‘marriage’ as a means to secure entry to the Philippines for personal gain and business reasons. This is indeed an act of disgrace and only pave the way in even corrupting the already weak system to identify the legit and the truly-deserving from the bogus. All I am saying is to seriously review the current process and maybe come up with a stricter, wiser, and a much organized policy to overcome such anomalies and consider a more solid yet similar possibility. I am hopeful that a country as multi-cultural and highly developed as the Philippines can come up with a way to ease up or enhance the existing process, in order to encourage the Filipinos with foreign spouses to consider spending their retirement in the Philippines. I pray that my plea will one day fall into attentive ears and will not remain just a ‘wishful thinking’ 🙂

I can only hope especially with the present administration in the Philippines where I have been reading proposals and apparently working on a more structured programs for the returning OFWs. That they may consider this matter as one important aspect to pay attention to – family status. If there’s something I will be asked for as an OFW to push forward in terms of a long-term plan, is the possibility of issuing a permanent residence visa to our foreign spouse (or at least something equally defined). After all, our ultimate goal as an OFW is to one day settle in a place (especially in our own country) where family is welcomed to stay together,  without the burden of having to renew a ‘temporary residence visa’.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

Reference link:

http://www.living-in-the-philippines.com/permanent-resident-visa-philippines.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_the_Philippines

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A Tree without its Leaves

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If you are a homeschooling mum, this post may read familiar to you. It was one of those unexpected conversations with your homeschooler that will make you appreciate even more why you homeschool your child, apart from the many other reasons. Here is a flashback of our short and sweet encounter few days ago.

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Mommy (that’s me)

Jade (my 10-yr old homeschooler)

Daddy (specially mentioned)

Scenario

Since we’ve started our Level 5 homeschooling materials near mid of this year, I have (strongly) encouraged my daughter to work on her papers independently, mostly without me sitting next to her. In short, with a very minimal supervision. Weeks came to pass and we’re still unable to put this into practice. More than a month ago, we had another discussion on this matter and finally convinced her on the advantages this will accomplish to both of us, and so we amicably agreed on this new setting. I’ve sensed her discomfort but went with it anyway. She started off well and had taken the challenge brilliantly,  however the lessons which we used to finish in two days took her almost four days to complete; understandable as she covers the lesson practically on her own. I’m not being cruel or something but only sharpening her independence and comprehensiveness. Just like testing how far she can decipher her lessons with less of me being by her side. It’s not that she couldn’t managed but she had at least identified her areas of difficulties. Eventually, her ‘enforced independence’ has worn out, and silently shout a desperate SOS. Then one day, she spoke….

Dialogue

Jade: Mom, I need to tell you something. This is very important.

Me: OK, tell me what is it (Jade  is normally a jovial kid but a deep thinker at times and this was one of those days)

Jade: (with a sad face) I know that we’ve agreed on this and that you wanted me to work on my lessons without asking you too many questions but I think I really need you to sit with me especially on Math, on Science (and few more subjects were added on the list :)) 

Me: Really? But you were doing a good job working things on your own.

Jade: But I’m too slow on my own, it would be faster if we work on my lessons together just like before.

(Our exchanging of reasons, encouragement and emphasizing on independence went on for a while.. then she said something that made me stopped on what I was trying to point out to her. For a moment, she looked like my once was two-year old daughter seeking for help and attention; she rarely looks this way after her third grade, so this was serious). She said it almost exactly like this:

Jade: You see mum, I am like a tree with many branches. I am strong with roots. I have green leaves and fruits. But when you left me to work on my lessons, on my own, it felt like all my leaves and fruit fell down and I became just a tree with branches without leaves. By the way, Dad is my roots, so he’s still there. But I’m just brown in color, no more green because my leaves all fell down. You were my leaves…

Me: Stunned, I couldn’t respond anything for a while.. I’m still processing her statement in my head.. I remembered even giggling a bit and sort of figuring out if we have read it from a book somewhere 🙂 .. I’m an adult (and a mom who supposedly has a ready answer to say), but I was speechless with such a description. She was so sincere and honest. So serious which was unusually her. And all I could do was gave her a tight hug and with teary-eyed all I could uttered was, “is that so”? I was in awe how this 10 yr old came up with a mental picture of how she looks like when I left her to study on her own. Wow. I felt so ‘green’ imagining me as her leaves! Call me self-centered but I felt a sense of importance in exchange of her grief, realizing how much she depends on her dad and me. I was elated and crushed at the same time.

That was classic, wasn’t it? So many metaphors of what she told me came across my mind. Every day has its own stories and revelations. All part of our homeschooling saga; the drama, the dialogues, endless reasoning, and discussions. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve learned so much more about my daughter the moment she homeschooled. Her strengths and weaknesses, her highs and her lows.

One day, she’ll have to go back to school. By then her ‘tree’ will be fully grown and much stronger.But for now, we don’t want her ‘tree to be leafless’, so we’ll stick around as long as she needs us to. We’ll all get there!

 

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Credit Cards and Bank Loans – Free Legal Aid and Seminar

Are you looking for some legal advice on how to restructure your existing loan or wishing to know on how to settle your credit card dues amicably with some abusive debt collectors but do not know how or who to speak to? You may want to attend this.

The Gulf Law and the Filipino Lawyers in Dubai are once again conducting a FREE Legal Aid and Seminar to tackle on topics that involve the following:

  •  Know your legal rights and obligations
  • Dealing with a Police Case
  • Bounced Cheques
  • Bank Settlements
  • Court Case
  • Abusive Debt Collectors
  • Central Bank Blacklist
  • How to restructure your loans from different banks

Venue will be at the Philippine Consulate in Dubai, on Saturday, 11th June 2016 at 2:30pm and to be attended as well by a special speaker from the UAE Police, Mr. John Ray Cerna.

To register, you may confirm your attendance by email along with your name and mobile number to Gulf Law Client Care at gulflaw@gulflaw.info or to gretchen@gulflaw.info

You may not probably be in any actual involvement on these cases as yet but would like to know the legalities should in case, you too are welcome to attend.

Stay safe. Be aware.

 

 

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