I have read Bill Gates' address to Harvard class of 2007. Have you?
A line from his speech struck me: "But humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries - but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity."
SO true, right?
I have been an educator for almost 12 years now. But I find this ironic, too. At least how today's educational system is practiced.
First, in the educational system that we have, we are always taught and rewarded if we are the cream of the crop or the top of the heap, the brilliant competitors are even honored or awarded. However, to think about others' well-being and be more humane for others, we are not trained. But in every consciousness of student it is always ingrained that one has to be the best competitor in the stiff race of academic repertoire or else be disregarded as just part of the majority of the population.
It is a fact that we are educated to be more successful in life, right? What is to be successful, anyway? Tell me.
However, in the present day educational system, are we really taught to be educated or just to memorize facts from textbooks or plainly stiff listeners to the teacher-centered classroom? Where and when are life skills?
Despite discoveries of highest level or amazing technology that transcends time and space, I think there's one thing which we cannot discover: that the very meaning of life is to live for others, right? It's hard but it's true.
Bill Gates...still in my mind.
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I do not remember writing a New Year's resolution. Ever. Except for one occasion when my Grade 4 teacher obliged our entire class to do so.
Right now though, it wouldn't pain me to write some wishes which long-overdue, right?
1. To have more choices in life, is what i like to have. Choices mean more progress.
2. No one gets sick or unhealthy or hurt from my family and loved ones.
3. Optimism. Optimism. Doses of unshakable Faith so I can see through life with "Easter eyes".
4. Always ask myself: What else can I do or share? And how?
5. If I can: to be more self-giving than self-seeking.
6. Move up and take a new career route.
7. Serve my family more.
8. Spend more chika/chat time with my Mom and siblings.
9. Pray more. Act on it.
10.Be always thankful for what i am, have or will be.
Need some help here.
|Your Blog Should Be Green|
Your blog is smart and thoughtful - not a lot of fluff.
You enjoy a good discussion, especially if it involves picking apart ideas.
However, you tend to get easily annoyed by any thoughtless comments in your blog.
Traveling and experiencing new lifestyles or cultures are great experience for all generations. They say it is one way to be open-minded and learn about other places. It is also one privilege for people who work hard. They really reward themselves every chance they can have thru travel. Seeing new places and meeting new people are incomparable experiences which are life-long treasures people can have.
Recently, my siblings had their tour in Europe. Next month, they are bound for tour in Hong Kong. Life for them is about traveling. Thus, I think I will advise them to have a hassle-free trip and try hotel reservations ahead of time.
Not only will that this give them a stress-free trip but also convenience and competitive prices and discounts. Not only one will enjoy the smooth logistics of the trip but also the rates which are available worldwide. Great offer, right?
Moreover, should they decide to extend their trip vacation rentals and resorts are available, too. This will give them the opportunity to be more flexible in terms of length of their stay.
My siblings can also choose from motels or hotels. Thus, the freedom to be able to exercises their choices and preferences come along with the comfortable accommodations.
I think they will love this offer. They like the idea that choices and discounts are given to a relaxed travel. Since they will be traveling with my nephew, who is still a child, comfort is their number one priority.
SO you want to try this? Since our family loves to travel also, I will tell this to my husband. So that he can also tell his friends who travel to try this set-up. And I am sure everyone who finds out about this, will recommend this also to their acquaintances.
Let’s travel with ease!
During my childhood days, the best television commercials for me were the ones of Coca-Cola.They were, and still are, catchy and unforgettable. But more than the commercial, the taste of Coca-Cola has more lasting effect. I just can't get enough up to these days.
The better news now is: Coke Zero. With the real taste, zero sugar.
If it is that good, it has gone better with Coke zero. Imagine that, it is without sugar but with the same kick of taste which gets us really satisfied and wanting for more!
Isn't that what life as it should be? Real taste, zero sugar! Grab one now!
Not only that but here's the catch: Coke zeros campaign. Life as it should be is real fun on the Internet. You can direct your own small movie and afterwards send it to all your friends. Coke has found some old b/w film clips that you, as the director, can manipulate by using an easy voice recorder. You can write the conversation to your own clip and say what ever you want. Afterwards your movie competes with other movies to be the highest rated. This is living life as it should be. See it here
Juliana tagged me. This is really a thought provoking one cause I had to think of names.
Here's how it goes:
Use the first letter of your name to answer each question. Must be places or names…Nothing made up. Can’t use own name for boy/girl’s name question. If can’t answer, skip to next one.
1. Famous Singer: Hannah Montana (my daughter’s favorite, lol)
2. Four Letter Word: H-E-L-P!
3. Street: Hibiscus St.
4. Colour: Hot Pink
5. Gifts/Present: Handkerchief
6. Vehicle: Honda Accord
7. Things in Souvenir Shop: Holy Cross
8. Boy Name: Hal
9. Girl Name: Heather
10. Movie title: Haunted Mansion
11. Drink: Hot Chocolate
12. Occupation: Househelper
13. Celebrity: Halle Berry
14. Magazine: Home and Country
15. U.S. City: Hailey (IDAHO)
16. Pro Sports: Hockey
17. Fruit: Honeydew
18. Reason for Being Late to work: Hang Over
19. Something you throw away: household waste
20. Something you shout: Hurray!
So now it's Arlene, Sher, and Liza that I am tagging. Have fun thinking!!
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Bang tagged me. So here's my share:
5 Things Found In My Bag
- Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Scent Spray
- pencil case
- House key
5 Things Found In My Wallet
- Cash (bills)
- old receipts
- coins- key
- some more receipts
5 Things Found In My Room
- lotsa bags
- electric fan
- side table (still with books atop)
5 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do
- Travel with my family
- do more pro/paid-blogging
- make a career shift
- more time for myself
5 Things I’m Currently Into
- wife to my best friend and mom to my three girls
- paid blogging
- trying new recipes
- potted planting
- co-organizing a reunion party for my maternal clan
5 People to Tag for This Meme
Our family plans to travel over the holidays. To save time and cost, we will be more smart this time and try Hotel Reservations ahead of time. Not only that the rates are competitive but there are wide range of choices plus discounts are offered to any destinations worldwide. Isn't that convenient? There are offered motels and resorts, too! So, if i were you, i will try this one! Just one click and we're set to that break we all need during these holidays!
I felt nostalgic yesterday. I suddenly found myself browsing through old pictures in
my PC. I came across these photos from last year. I felt more sentimental. My girls have grown! From being little ones to full grown kids in just one year.
A pang of loneliness hit me...Will they soon be too grown to be with me? Will they
suddenly be brides and swept off their feet by their knights in shining armors? Hubby and i know that we will be left on our own early. Since we got married at 23, by the
time we are 46 years old our kids will be ages: 22, 21 and 18 consecutively. Probably
we will be an almost "empty nest" by then...
Hopefully, I can make the most of our time while they are still young: to build splendid memories of our home and their childhood!
October 2006: Attending a cousin's High School Musical-themed party as cheerleaders at Crowne Plaza Manila
September 2006 : MY three flower girls in ONE wedding
September 2006: Looking like Real Princesses
Recently, i have heard of free chat. There are free chat rooms where you can chat with your friends or meet single people online. It is easy to have fun with new acquaintances or friends. Here are free chat lines to get in touch with different people in local areas or all over U.S. Isn't it fun to pick up the phone and start phone chat with anyone you like? And the exciting part is that there are many people who want to join you!
My dear husband and i attended a wedding of a relative recently. Every time we attend a wedding, he never fails to say that we should get married or re-do the wedding ceremony again. He wants to "marry" me again, he says. As if we have not been married for the last ten and a half years! And that's more than a decade...
It's really a blessing to be married to the person who shares the same passion and dedication to raise a family like my husband...
Although those ten and a half years were not all bliss, but with blisters, too. I am sure couples who have been married long enough with agree with me here...
Who does not want the feeling of security that comes when one wakes up every morning to find the person, whom you exchanged vows with, next to one's pillow?
How to keep a marriage? Is there really a formula? I have none in mind. But here's one that shows: be funny!
However, when things are quite rough and tough, have quality time of being serious.
And most of all: be together and have fun! Marriage after all is a lifetime commitment so better enjoy the journey, right?
|Your Dating Purity Score: 90%|
You are an innocent dater.
You're either lacking in dating experience or have had a long serious relationship.
Either way, there's still plenty of fish in the sea out there for you to sample!
LOL. These days, you can take tests of purity online...LOL
Arlene of Sunshine for Life tagged me. This is a unique tag.
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My Backward Link List:iRonnie, jeff, bluepanjeet, thess, GBex, Liza, Liza 2, Rems, Eds, Abie, Jhona, Peachy, Mich, Era, Sunshineforlife, Hailey's Beats and Bits.
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I want to tag my following friends to keep this tag going before the deadline:
Sher, Macy and Shoshanna
If You Were Born in 2893...
Your Name Would Be: Raak Umori
And You Would Be: An Alien Anthropologist
Long ago, one of my fears in life is to get old. I always feared being old and inactive. There were times that i feel no one will care if i am old and gray. DO you ever feel that way? There were times i feel fear on being aged. But i should put aside my fears now You know why?. Read on.
People these days are really paying attention and tender, loving care to our fellows who need it. There are many of those who really take their time to take care of the people who need extra, better caring and concern in care home Not only does the service provide long-term care but also forum and news about issues in caring for our loved ones.
Recent information and available resources are accessible in a click, thus managing care for our loved ones is never a burden but a breeze. Support system is also easy to access especially topical issues on health and related concerns.
SO i should not be worried about future concerns of those who will care for me in care home. There is always a way to provide better care for me and my loved ones, too.
I am still contemplating on pursuing paid blogging. I attempted to blog about it but i still need to reflect about maintaining it . But this link is very interesting. Those who are in the stage of deciding about it check this link. This is not a paid blog but it will help you, alot
to my legs...
Yes. I would like write this as a dedication to my legs. They are one of the most dependable parts of my body. They are not perfect but definitely have gone through lots of test. After carrying three babies, (nine months each) my own weight and what ever weight i carry with me, my legs never give up on me.
Sometimes i feel i abuse my legs. I am not kind to them because even after a long day's work, walking, chasing kids, doing house chores and running errands i wash up right away...never letting them rest first. Thus, veins are visible already.
So to my legs: thanks you for keeping up with me. Thanks for always keeping me mobile and active whatever season in my life!
So I promise to be kinder to my legs... What about you?
Is there a point in your life when you needed financial help? Is there a time in your adult life when you become broke you need to reconsider outsourcing your finances from other people or institution? Have you tried loans, such as homeowner loans or unsecured loans? Have you ever asked for online loans from someone or somewhere?
Last month i secured a loan because there was a good chance to invest financially. I didn't let the opportunity pass because i needed to think for long-term investment for business. I am glad online loans are available the soonest i needed it because there was a time frame given to invest. I do not necessarily want to be in financial debt but online loans with cheap interest are good methods to secure money when badly needed.
Macy of My Wonderful Journey tagged me the question to answer.
Wow, i felt nostalgic when i read this. I was reminded of my Papa. He died of a gunshot while in the line of military duty 14 years ago, leaving behind 8 children (we were ages 28-9)and my Mama as a widow.
What will i do?
I would love to hug or kiss him. We will spend the whole day sharing stories of his childhood (as an orphan), his struggles as a person, plans for all of his (and my mama's) 8 children, fears for our future and ask him why he had to "go" too early? There would have been more lasting memories for our whole family to be shared or cherished had he didn't die that early...
Before we part, I would hold his hands and tell him: "You and Mama did a wonderful work raising, disciplining and sending all 8 children to school despite poverty and struggles. You have nothing to worry about, cause we're fine and strong as a family."
I am passing this tag to Arlene Bang and Rachel
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I got a hefty amount of cash gift last year from my sister. She gave me the gift in cold cash. I was ecstatic to be out of the room in a flash to get on with my Christmas shopping. When I said my thank you upon receiving the cash gift, I was gone in a flash to spend my cash. But I never did ask, right there and then, why she gave me such enormous amount. Busy with my shopping spree in the mall, it dawned to me that I should go back to my sister and ask why she had such huge amount for all of us, seven siblings.
The reason for such generosity is that she won in the casino by betting. And as a way to say thanks for such blessing she shared it to us.
But these days she doesn’t need to travel to Vegas or far places to enjoy casino, access online casino! It is easier to bet online because there are so many available choices and all seems to be perfect to bring home the bacon!
And I will again tell her: Sharing is fun… always!
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This is my dear 8 year old daughter, Sophia Hannah. She's sooo into biking these days.
These are my bikers...If permitted my girls will bike till they drop, everyday. But the these days the rainy weather does not always permit them to. Dear husband bikes too, but with a motorcycle. Everyone in the family bikes except: me. Scared-y cat, my little, ol' me. Do you bike? I can but i won't, that's the difference..LOL
opening one of her presents while eating chocolates
celebrant at the center with Lolo Bric, sisters and cousins
My eldest turned 10 and she was at her happiest! Almost all of our extended family members came to witness her turn a year older. Of course the best parts were when all of her cousins (except one) danced with her, she opened her presents, ate all the food preparation, blew her cake and cousins biked till they dropped...It was a happy, unforgettable time for our family which will again be down her childhood memory lane...
I do hope she treasures the memories as much as we do.
My eldest daughter turns ten tomorrow. My dear husband and I decided to invite both sides of the family for lunch. It is a special occasion since it is seldom that my side and his side of the family get together to bond.
She is very happy today because she received a colored cellphone from my Mom. It is her number one wish for her birthday. And she was so surprised to receive one from my mom. Wishes do come true, especially for blessed, obedient girl like her.
Happy Birthday, my first pretty baby! May God give you the grace to love others as much as you are loved!!
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