Friday, June 16, 2017

My Top Ten Music Choices

For the longest time, I could never come up with a personal top 10 of music choices. It may be a simple achievement and of no great consequence, except to me, but here it is:

1. Cruel Intentions OST (Original Soundtrack)

2. "Try" - Mandy Harvey

3. "Sige Lang" - Quest

4. "Life in Mono" - Mono (*Great Expectations OST)
             *starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow

5. "Girl in Byakkoya" - Susumu Hirasawa (*Paprika OST)
             *animated film by Satoshi Kon

6. "Planetarium" - Ai Otsuka (*Hana Yori Dango OST)
             *Japanese drama

7. "Ashita, Boku Wa Kimi Ni Ai Ni Iku" (Tomorrow, I'm Coming To Se You) - Wakaba (Sekai-Ichi                   Hatsukoi Season 1 end theme song)

8. "Still Doll" - Wakeshima Kanon (Vampire Knight Season 1 end theme song)

9. "As Long As You Love Me" - Backstreet Boys

10. "Bilanggo" - Rizal Underground

Honorable Mentions:

- "History Maker" - Dean Fujioka (Yuri On Ice OST)

- "Cannonball" - Damien Rice

- "Pangarap Lang Kita" - Parokya ni Edgar

- "I'm Trying To Break Your Heart" - Wilco

- "Iris" - Goo Goo Dolls

Saturday, May 27, 2017


I am typing this post on my phone. I will probably edit this post later on to add photos and links, but I wanted to post this before I end up procrastinating again and end up not writing anything.

Today was an ordinary day. The sun couldn't quite decide if it was going to shine or hide behind rainclouds but in a function room at Club Filipino in Greenhills, it felt like our little family just took a giant leap forward.

Padayon. Not sure but I think it's the Visayan term for "moving on" or "moving forward."

Today was Leap Day or the moving up ceremony of the Blended Learning Center. And it was the last official event of the school that Matt will participate in as a student.

Honestly, it took a lot of motivation just to finish the schoolyear. Ever since Matt took the PEPT early this year and found out he passed Grades 3 to 6, and was eligible to enroll in Grade 7 next schoolyear, it was hard to still get up early in the morning and face the trudge through traffic going from Pasig to Cubao.

Matt had to deliver a speech and no wonder his topic was friendship. If there was a school devoted to fostering friendship, that would be the best place for Matt. (We'll see how it goes in high school. He's going to the Pasig branch of APEC and I've heard that classes are usually conducted by groupwork.) 

On a personal note, I've given up trying to write my novel. And that alone made me never want to get up from bed ever again. Why? It's kind of hard to explain since I'm still wary of the whole spiritual emergency thing I went through and would go through yearly. (Last year was the first year I didn't have one since 2012.) But I guess that's one reason right there.

I was seeing an art therapist at the beginning of the year. And she also has her third eye open. And she told me if I didn't stop writing my novel, my spiritual emergencies might continue, or worse, have a negative impact on Matt, whether in the form of a spiritual attack or psychologically (Just how my frequent hospitalization affected him, I will never know. I just hope he is okay and will continue to be, God willing.)

And, lastly, and I have to just admit the God's honest embarassing truth. I couldn't write it. I just couldn't. I tried but I failed. Again and again and again.

I guess I'd built up this perfect novel in my head that I just knew I was going to fail at my own very unrealistic perfectionist expectations. So, now, I am trying to move forward from there.

I have some business ideas that AR and I've been brainstorming about but, sadly, none that have pushed through either.

So, first step of moving on, I guess, is to assess where we are now. Second step is to be grateful that we got this far to begin with.

I don't want to share the overwhelming thank you's I expressed in a Facebook post because the people who needed to hear them, heard them too.

But I guess I owe a thank you to anyone who's reading this right now too. Whoever you are, if you're reading this, whether you just stumbled on my blog by accident or just stumbled on this post, thank you for reading this.

Know that life has a funny way of working things out, even if in the midst of darkness, you thought you'd never make it out alive from the storm. If you survived a storm, congratulations. You made it. For this infinitesimal time you spend reading this, you and I made it together.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen

The lyrics are taken from a famous essay — written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune. The video is made by Baz Luhrmann, the film director.

Heard this on the radio today and I remember when I heard this back in college.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Matt's new adventure

We found out at the beginning of the month that Matt was able to pass the PEPT (Philippine Educational Placement Test) for his level. It took him two tries but he managed to pass all five subjects (English, Filipino, Science, Math, Araling Panglipunan) from Grade 3 to Grade 6 and is now set to enroll in Grade 7.

Matt and I still can't believe it. We used the Grade 3 reviewer from National Bookstore (pink) and just focused on Araling Panglipunan for the second time he took the test.

At the first try, he was able to pass Grade 3. But he had a failing grade in Araling Panglipunan for Grade 4.

For his first try, he had summer classes in Filipino and Math at his school so we focused on reviewing in Science at home.

We can only be grateful that he has such a wonderful school (Blended Learning Center) and such patient teachers.

Part of the reason we can't believe he passed is that Matt is still not fluent in Filipino. Although he has proven that he understands a lot more than he lets on.

Maybe it's the Mom in me that can't let go and can't believe that Matt will be in Grade 7, which is technically, high school already.

Thanks so much for the people who visit my blog for the article on Homeschooling 101 in the Philippines.

It really is a unique journey for each family and we each manage to find the best way for our families. With faith and love, we can only wish the best for our beloved kids and families.

Wishing you faith, strength and a wonderful journey in your own adventures in homeschooling and beyond.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nande mo nai ya - RADWIMPS

It's Nothing performed by RADWIMPS

The wind that breezed through the two of us, where did it carry the sadness from?
The sky after I cried seemed to be more transparent
Father's words that always seemed to be sharp felt a bit warm today 
I didn't know kindness, smiles and how to talk of my dreams, so I mimicked you on everything
Just a little longer is fine, a little more is fine, just a little longer is fine, so
Just a little longer is fine, a little more is fine; let's stick together, just a little longer
We are time-flyers, climbers that run up the time
Hiding and getting lost in the times, I don't want that anymore
Crying because you're happy, laughing because you're sad;
It's because your heart has surpassed yourself
The toy that I got by praying to the stars is now lying in the corner of the room
As of today, I have 100 dreams I want true; let's exchange all of them with just one someday
I called out "See you tomorrow" after school today to that girl I don't usually talk to
It's good to do something unfamiliar sometimes, especially if you're beside me
Just a little longer is fine, a little more is fine, just a little longer is fine, so
Just a little longer is fine, a little more is fine; let's stick together, just a little longer
We are time-flyers; I knew you
Long before I learned my own name
There's probably some meaning even in a world you don't exist in
But a world you don't exist in is like an August without a summer vacation
A world you don't exist in is like a Santa Claus who doesn't laugh
A world you don't exist in is like...
We are time-flyers, climbers that run up the time
Hiding and getting lost in the times, I don't want that anymore
It's nothing, it's nothing after all
I'm coming now
We are time-flyers, climbers that run up the time
Hiding and getting lost in the times, enough of that now
You're a flashy crier, I want to try to stop those tears
But you refused; I understood as I saw the tears keep flowing
Crying because I'm happy, laughing because I'm sad;
It's because my heart surpassed myself.

Lyrics found HERE.