Thursday, November 27, 2014

Just a bit of magic for your day

Marco Tempest: The Magic of Truth and Lies (and iPods)

TED Talks

Monday, November 24, 2014

Begin, begin, begin again

Begin, begin, begin again. Again and again and again. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

A goal is a dream with a deadline. Keep on dreaming but act on it too. With faith, hope, and love.

I'm setting up my goals. May God's will be done.

Religious Emergence/y in DSM V

Found this while surfing online:

DSM-V Diagnostic Category: Religious and Spiritual Problems

Frankly, I'm no expert on spiritual emergence/y. I just happened to have similar experiences with it from 2012 up until this year. 

The doctor prescribed me medications that he said would have to be maintenance meds, meaning I take them for the rest of my life.

My mother is a graduate of Psychology and even she says that the medicine shouldn't be a crutch that you rely on for the rest of your life.

I prefer the more realistic diagnosis that you take the meds as needed. The problem/trouble with spiritual emergence/y is when to know when you're due to get the meds, which can only be prescribed by a doctor.

It's a vicious cycle and one I'd really like to get off on. 

The adventure continues. Life goes on.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blended Learning - What It Looks Like

Blended Services Inc. shared this link on Facebook:

Blended Learning: Making It Work In Your Classroom

Think Nook

Found myself a quiet nook to think and write and read while Matt's at school.

Truth Cards

I've been playing around with 4 x 6 cards. Either painting them or making greeting cards. Today, I decided to make some Truth Cards. (See more information HERE.)

Methinks our camera is getting old. It's the first time my photos came out blurry like this. -_-

This reads:
Angels are watching over you right now... beside you... in front of you... behind you... you do not travel alone.

Sometimes the pain is more than you can bear, dear girl. That does not mean that you are weak. Those are the times when you must turn your pain over to God.

Dear Nina,

Decide to be alive every day.

Dear Nina,

I surrender to my truthteller.

It is going to be ok. You can trust.

Dear Nina,

Let the door close.

Open the doors that are waiting.

Dear Nina,

Only one voice matters. I will listen to my truth.


Lately, Matt and I have just been in school mode. Although I am thankful I have the opportunity to give creative writing classes to the kids. All the stuff I learned in college, writing books, and scrapbooking have all come together in my classes. I've given three so far, or maybe 2.5.

I've also been trying to write a bit more of Manila 2060 but the going is really slow and scattered.

How have you been doing?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Matt and Blended Learning

So Matt has been having a lot of fun lately.

They're given chores at school and one day, he just enthusiastically kept sweeping the leaves over at school.

And, the other day, they had a United Nations Halloween Party at school. He decided he wanted to go as a "tikbalang" (in Philippine mythology, this is a half-human, half-horse entity). His dad did an amazing job on the head and made it from felt sheet. I found these scallop-designed cloth at Carolina's in Megamall (I also bought the felt sheet from there) and sewed it on some pajama bottoms.

He won most creative and another for scariest make-up as one of the games.

Yesterday, we went to the Ayala Museum to check out the Mexican modern art exhibit, which included a piece by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Busy, fun days that just flew by.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An update of sorts

Hi. I know I've seriously neglected this blog. And there isn't a day (okay, maybe once every two weeks) when I just debate whether to keep this blog or just delete it altogether.

I appreciate the visitors who read my Homeschooling 101 in the Philippines blog post, but there are other topics here that I wonder why I ever shared with the world.


Besides, I can't claim to be a homeschooler anymore. Going by definitions, I guess our family is into blended learning, rather than homeschooling.

We still homeschool once a week. But for the rest of the week, Matt goes to the Blended Learning Center, formerly Kids Ahoy, in Cubao.

I have to be honest that it's been a big sacrifice to commute almost daily to and from Pasig to Cubao.

Is it worth it? Both Matt and I would say yes.

If you want to learn more about blended learning, ask the experts and contact the center. Their website is Blended Learning Services Inc. and their Facebook is at BLeSInc. for short. The center is called Blended Learning Center or BLC for short.

Here is an article found on the site: Blended Learning.


I've also been teaching an elective or extra-curricular class at BLC. It's called the Creativity Series but really tackles Creative Writing for kids. If there's an equation for it, it would be called Words + Art + BLeSInc. kids.

I'm not sure but I believe BLC also offers homeschoolers and outsiders to participate in some of the extra-curricular activities of the school, i.e. field trips and extra-curricular classes.

So if you or someone you know would like to integrate a bit of blended learning into your homeschooling, the best place to do that would be BLC.

Um, I've given two Creative Writing classes to the kids but it feels like I'm still learning how to teach.

It was a different deal when I was just teaching my son. And it was basic things you find in a textbook and/or curriculum.

I'm really just winging it on this one and trying to make the class fun for both myself and the students.

So far, the topics have been:

Workshop 1: Ideas

Workshop 2: Alien Workshop

I'm planning on this topic for the next one:

Workshop 3: How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.

Sadly, due to lack of time and the classes have been intense, with a broad range of topics, we don't actually get to finish all the activities I plan for the kids.

If you want the handouts, you can probably ask the school if you can have a copy.

I'm the teacher but I'm learning as much from the students as I try to teach them. Which is not so hard to believe if you experience the same in homeschooling.


NANOWRIMO is starting again this November. And I really should join.

Part of me wishes I could just fast-forward to a future wherein I've already published Manila 2060 and I could just read it already.

Oh well.

With patience, the snail typed out a novel a page at a time.


So how have you been?