September 8, 2014

On Homeworks and Study Habits

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Thea has a short attention span when it comes to studying and doing homework. She's an active child who loves to babble and sing. She's also showing interest in creating stories of her own and draw her favorite cartoon characters. However, studying and doing homework on a regular basis are yet to be established. Sometimes, I feel guilty because of very limited time to guide her. I often go home later because I have to render overtime at work. Weekends are spent on different chores, but I see to it to help her in anyway I can. Lack of an established routine might be also one of the reasons. That's why I've been researching about the proper way of developing good study habits for children. 

Some say it is best to establish a routine, others say creating a child's own study area at home. Thus, good study habit is developed along with good organizational skills. 

Thea doing her Geometry Project last year. 

The following photos were taken last night. I helped her complete her project in Mother Tongue: 

Teacher's Note: Handwritten. We used washi tapes as page border.

her cousin Joie did this for the cover page.

Here are the tips I bookmarked from the website A Better Child

  1. Use checklists (help child get into the habit of keeping a to-do list)
  2. Organize homework assignment
  3. Set a designated study space (we already have one. need to get her some sort of drawers or cabinet for school supplies)
  4. Keep organized notebooks 
  5. Conduct weekly cleanup  
  6. Keep a master calendar 
  7. Prepare for the day ahead (pack schoolwork and books in the child bag before bedtime so that nothing is left behind when she leave for school the following day. same goes with the uniform and accessories)
  8. Provide needed support while child is learning to become more organized

So, that's it! I am thinking of buying a book shelf or a small cabinet for her books and school supplies. It would be a perfect gift for her MTAP Graduation this coming Saturday. 

PS: Please forgive me for some grammatical errors in this post. I just came from a blogging hiatus (again) and trying to gain back my writing mojo through this post)

July 24, 2014

Press Release: 38th National MILO Marathon

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More than 40,000 runners expected to break the record

Manila, Philippines, 23 July 2014 – The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will once again welcome children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes to its running routes as the 38th National MILO Marathon takes its act to Manila for its fifth qualifying leg on July 27 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City. With more than 40,000 participants expected to run on Sunday, another historic record of the most number of runners in a single race is anticipated to be achieved. 

The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 5K run at 5:35AM and the 3K run at 5:30AM. The starting line will be adjacent to the finish line at the Seaside Boulevard of SM MOA.

38th National MILO Marathon Manila Race Route Map

The winners of the 42K division race will be awarded a cash prize of Php 50,000 and a trophy, while the victors of the 21K division will receive a cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy. Runners who finish within the specified age-bracket and cut-off time per division will also receive a coveted slot in the National Finals on December 7.

Elite runners including former National MILO Marathon Queens Jho-an Banayag, Mary Grace Delos Santos and Aileen Tolentino, and Philippine National Games champion Rafael Poliquit, are raring to go head-to-head in the esteemed international race event for a chance to be crowned the National MILO Marathon King and Queen. 

In line with MILO’s steadfast commitment in enhancing the holistic development of Filipino athletes, the 38th NMM MILO King and Queen will be sent by MILO to Japan to showcase the Filipinos’ resilience, strength and excellence as they compete in the Tokyo Marathon in 2015. The Tokyo Marathon is one of the six grand prix races in the world, joining Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York, and London in the illustrious list of major international marathons. 

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Celebrity running enthusiasts are also expected to participate in the running events, including MILO R2 APEX Running School founder and The Biggest Loser Philippines coach Jim Saret, his wife and fellow coach Toni Saret, and 2014 The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles contestants Ralph David Du, Yves Christian Du, Patricia Castillo, Bryan Castillo, Francis Asis, Mark Andrew Mavrides, Jepoy Arcilla, Tristan Nueva, Carl Lazaro, Cayen Lazaro, Patricia Martinez and Ma. Victoria Joy Nebreja.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website ( or the MILO Philippines Facebook page ( Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

July 23, 2014

Nutrition Month 2014

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This year's theme for the 40th Nutrition Month Celebration according to the National Nutrition Council (of the Philippines) is Kalamidad paghandaan, gutom at malnutrisyon agapan. The Department of Education (DepEd) encourages government agencies and schools to participate in celebrating this annual event. 

Thea's school scheduled a series of activities for the Nutrition Month. I think I haven't blog about her new school. We transferred her to the public school this school year. Husband and I chose Doña Pilar C. Gonzaga Elementary School because it is under the Special Science Elementary School Program of DepEd

They had an Interpretative Dance Competition yesterday. Thea was one of the participants for Grade 3 team. I took a half day off from work and watched the program. Grade 3 emerged as the Champion for Primary Level Category (Kinder-Grade 3). Thea jumped in happiness and I smiled and raised a "thumbs up" sign to her after the announcement of winners. The Chairman of the Board of Judges announced that they will have a repeat performance on Monday, June 28 during the Flag Raising Ceremony. 

Here are some photos captured by my wonky tablet device. 

July 2, 2014

I'm Back...

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It has been a month since my last blog update. As usual, I have been busy offline. In fact, I have so many stories to share, just don’t know where to start. The main reason of my temporary hibernation is that I've encountered so much challenges, professionally and personally speaking.

Now, my blogging mojo is back and I am happy to announce that things are slowly falling into place. I have learned many lessons from the things that happened during the past few months. I realized that we should never invest too much emotion in one thing because we will end up hurting ourselves. That's so typical of me in the past. Likewise, I learned a lot about genuine friendship, about choosing the right person to be with and tell our stories. 

Blessings are continuously pouring in and I am constantly praying that He will be always at my side in every step of the way.

Let me end this short blog entry by sharing this motivational quote from Helen Keller. 

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
                                                                                                     - Helen Keller

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