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i-can't-afford-a-starbucks-planner year 3

>> Friday, November 12, 2010

It's that time of the year again where Filipinos are scrambling to Starbucks to collect stickers. 18 stickers for a Starbucks planner. As much as I love their new Christmas drink, it's too expensive and I don't want to go bankrupt just to get a planner.

Anyway, I stopped killing my wallet three years ago. This is my third year of making my own yearly planner.

Say hello to my cluttered desk because it's time to go artsy.

Step 1: Collect paper and cut them into the desired size. I went lengthwise on my 2011 planner. Who needs scissors if you can rip em with my good ol' hands and fingers?

Step 2: Separate the pages into months by inserting colored paper. Cut one edge of the paper (of each month). Tatatadah, a colorful year.

Step 3: Mark each month and date by manually writing 'em down. Bring out those water color, pencils and crayons. Art attack!

Step 4: Use an old folder for the cover. Reuse and recycle. Oh mother nature will be proud of me.

Step 5: Cut strips of white cardboard. Fold the sides and stick them to the inside flap of the cover to make business card sleeves.

Step 6: Personalize. Get a visitor from nature to check your work. Mine was a weird-looking bug from somewhere.

Step 7: From the excess cardboard from the folder, create a pen holder. Rummage through your mother's sewing kit and look for garter. Stick it to the cover of the planner.

Step 8: Visit your favorite ring binding store and bind the pages together. I went to UP Shopping Center for my binding needs.

Step 9: Attach an elastic to serve as a latch or some sort of err... elastic that goes around the planner.

Step 10: It is always a requirement to take a photo of the finished product. Show off your so-called artistic skills.


let me out of this dream

>> Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Interrupting everything with a 5-photo spam of the Glam tour.

Here's my review:


Yeah. That explains a lot.

Chikai and I

BENCHES REUNITE AGAIN! Trish, Chikai, me and Tia

There was a glorious pause in the middle of the song. Soaked is now the shiznit.

Best part was when Adam asked us to jump at If I Had You. Kris, Chikai and I were standing on the monoblock chairs when that happened. It was difficult to keep our balance on the chairs. Chikai fell off the chair. hahahaha

Out of 70 photos, I only have 2 decent photos of the performances. I have this hate relationship with a digicam (I'm used to manipulating settings using a DSLR and DSLRs are not allowed in the concert grounds BOOO) so I was taking photos while flailing and singing my head off. I got 68 blurry photos. HHAHAHAHA PHOTO FAIL.

Until now, I can't believe that Sunday happened. It feels like a dream and I'm still high from all the jumping, screaming, dancing, singing and flailing. Tell me a million times that I went to an Adam Lambert concert last October 10, 2010 and I wouldn't believe you.


i saw a bee!

>> Saturday, September 18, 2010

Let's get that story challenge going, shall we? Note: the photo is real, but the story is totally fictional.

I heard three-year old Carrie squeal from the garden. I hurriedly ran towards the sound, scared that she might have tripped and scratched her smooth little knees.

"Carrie?" I called out to her from the door. She squealed again and I panicked.

I only stopped in my tracks, relieved, when I heard her giggles. "Carrie?" I called again.

"Mama! A bee!" She exclaimed excitedly. She was standing in front of my spinach plants.

I smiled and walked towards her. "Be careful, it might sting you. Is it yellow and black?" We had gone through her book on insects a dozen times and I figured out that she knew how to distinguish insects from one another.

"It's a special bee! It's blue and green and red!" She pointed to the insect resting on the top leaf.

I looked closely to see an insect with bulging red eyes and a shiny blue-green color. That was definitely not a bee.

"Carrie, that's not a bee," I told her.

"It's my special bee." She insisted. "It goes buzz, buzz, buzz, like the bee in my book."

"That's a fly," I said.

"But it doesn't fly fast, like the flies that you shoo away," she said, reminding her of the pesky flies that I swat annoyingly. She had a point because this fly was just sitting there.

When she saw my unconvinced look, she was ready with an explanation. "It's a bee with a blue dress and red shades. It's going to a costume party! It's buzzing to tell me that it's a bee."

Before I could argue with her further, the insect extended its transparent wings and took off. Carrie did the same. She extended her arms and ran around the garden, buzzing. "Party time!"

I smiled and watched my little Carrie buzz. She can figure out the difference some other time. To her, the fly was a bee. For me, she's my little bee with a mind buzzing with imagination.


overhaul soon

Dear Blogspot,

I am returning to our love affair. I will just finish this last story for my CW class and I will give you an overhaul. I realized that the banner is outdated and that season 8 is so outdated (but I still love season 8, don't get me wrong). You will get a new banner soon, as well as a new song as a theme. Maybe with all the new Josh Groban photos, I will bring you back to a Josh Groban mood. Do you like that?

I promise to write regularly on you again, maybe make you into a photo story blog. When I went to the Manila International Book Fair yesterday to have a book signed, the Palanca-Awardee Grace Chong told me to write a story every day. I cannot promise to write a story every day, but I will promise to write at least one story a week. One photo and one story. Would that be good? Hopefully that will also practice my narrative skills. I need to start learning how to write for a younger audience.

So are we good now, Blogspot? I hope you forgive me. :)



The Tale of Two Snails

>> Saturday, August 28, 2010


"Oh it's a sunny day!"

"Hey Snailee, want to take a stroll?"

"Hello? Anybody home?"

"Oh well, I'll go by myself."

"Hmmm, maybe I'll go that way."

Stretch. Flex. Stretch.

(Pulls) "My house is stuck in the ground.

"I gotta get out of this hole."

(After 5 minutes) "Success!"

"Hey Snailee, do you still want to come?"



anybody home?

>> Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Oh hello. How are you all? It has been what *counts* four months since I last updated blogspot. Don't hate on me blogspot, I still have you on my bookmarks. It's so difficult to find time to sit down and write a blog entry lately. My other blogs are just dumpsites of youtube links, posters, download links, etc etc. Nothing really much about my life.

Speaking of life, I don't have any. My week is summed up in three activities: work, school, and taiji. Work and school bring deadlines and brain strain while Taiji keeps me sane.

I'm proud to say that we finally completed learning the long form of Taijiquan, which means we learned 68 steps in over 3 or so months. Wait, that doesn't mean that we're good at it. We just finished learning all steps. Next on the list is mastering the steps and making it look believable.

I'm on my second year in my MA career and it is killing me. I enrolled myself in a fiction writing class. It's bringing me so much pressure because I'm not trained to become a fiction writer. I took poetry, drama (that's scriptwriting) and non-fiction when I was in my undergraduate course. My non-fiction pieces were all reflective essays, rather than narratives. So writing narratives is my weakness. And look where I am now! Struggling to write a decent story. I have to write 5 stories by Sunday, mind you. So this is definitely a suicide mission.

I'm rambling. I don't know why I'm here, when I'm supposed to be focusing on my story. Maybe because I don't know what to write. Or I'm too scared to write. I have to face this soon enough... meaning now.

Work is the same old, same old. We have an upcoming event in October. I'll post details a few weeks from now. Stay tuned.

I'm surprised there are still people who visit this blog, even if I have abandoned it for a few months. I'm alive and well (judging from the twitter feed at the left of this screen) and Tumblr is saving my sarreh arse from the mundane life.

My banner needs updating. Season 8 is soooo over. Don't get me wrong. I'm still in love with seasons 7 and 8. Nine just sucked for me. No one really stood out. I think I'm just bitter because Americans didn't put Lily Scott through the top 12. When Paige Miles snagged that safe seat, my idol stanning for that season was over.

You prolly know by this time that Adam's coming in October. Tickets are mighty expensive, but I'm dragging my poor pocket to see Adam strut his stuff on stage. I'll cut off my arm and leg for Gold tickets. Sorry VIP, I'm not that crazy or rich enough.

So how are you my lovely people? Are you all still with me? *looks around* No one? Oh well. *walks away* I'll just go back to my ambitious story and hope I could finish one by tonight. No. I HAVE to finish one tonight.

Visit me at 7107photos.tumblr.com for photos and doodles! Oh yes, I found out that I had some sort of crappy drawing skills.


Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math

>> Monday, May 24, 2010

Singapore has been consistent in their top ten ranking at TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). Their students have mastered a technique which allows them to visualize equations, thus helping them understand Math concepts better and more efficiently. Schools around the world are now implementing this technique, including some of the top schools in the Philippines.

The Galileo Enrichment Learning Program is bringing you a two-day workshop for parents and their grade school children (grades 2 to 5) on Singapore Math entitled, “Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math.” This workshop aims to educate the participants with solving strategies used by the Singaporeans.

The workshop will be held on May 28 and 29, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4, Makati City. It will be conducted by a mother-and-son tandem, Dr. Queena Lee-Chua and Scott Chua who are both advocates of the Singapore Math. Scott’s school has adopted the technique for years and Scott is a testimony that Singapore Math has helped him understand Math better.

For inquiries and registration, please call the Head Office at 898.1234 or email us at info@galileoenrichment.com. Look for Ms. Novee Bona.

Reminder: Please book your seats early as seating capacity is limited only to 25 students! The faciliators would like to have enough time to address all inquiries. For reservation, please accomplish the Registration Form (click link) and send via fax to 890.2509 or email to info@galileoenrichment.com.





“Unlocking the Secrets to Singapore Math”

A 2-day workshop for students and parents to learn Singapore Math

2/F Powerbooks Greenbelt 4

2nd Level, Greenbelt 4 Bldg.

Ayala Center, Makati City

May 28, 2010


9:00am - 11:30am

May 29, 2010


9:00am – 11:30am

To be attended by

Grades 4 & 5 students only

To be attended by

Grades 2 & 3 students

with their parents/guardians*

*Only 1 parent/guardian to 1 student

Php 980 per student

Php 1,500 per pair

(parent and student)


Dr. Queena Lee-Chua and her son Scott are one of the most famous mother-son tandems in the world of education. They have been giving talks in various school events, primarily on the subject of Mathematics. Complex mathematical problems can be solved with simple math logic and their aim is to share this knowledge with their audience.

Dr. Queena Lee-Chua is one of the leading minds in education. A mathematician, writer, and lecturer of Mathematics, Psychology and English at the Ateneo de Manila University, her love for her craft has earned her awards and respect in the field of education. She is a mentor to all her students, garnering her the 2003 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Award in the Tertiary Level. Her other awards include the Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos in 1997 and one of the Outstanding Young Scientists in 2002. She also won the first prize in the Essay category at the Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature.

Her son, Scott Lee Chua is an incoming sixth grader at Xavier School. Having been tutored by his parents at age 1, Scott has won numerous math contests because of his excellence in the subject. He is not only a mathematician like his mother, but also an artist and a writer. He has co-written articles with his mother and a poem for the Filipinos. He is currently working on three travel books for the series “Top 10 Travel Destinations: For Kids and Kids at Heart.” These books, about his visits to Malaysia, New Zealand and Japan, will be out later this year.


An Open Letter to Noynoy from F. Sionil Jose

>> Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dear Noynoy,

You are now swamped with suggestions and advice, but just the same, I hope you’ll have time to read what this octogenarian has to say.

You were not my choice in the last election but since our people have spoken, we must now support you and pray that you prevail. But first, I must remind you of the stern reality that your drumbeaters ignore: you have no noble legacy from your forbears. It is now your arduous job to create one yourself in the six years that you will be the single most powerful Filipino. Six years is too short a time — the experience in our part of the world is that it takes at least one generation — 25 years — for a sick nation to recover and prosper. But you can begin that happy process of healing.

Bear in mind that the past weighs heavily on all of us because of the many contradictions in it that we have not resolved, whose resolutions would strengthen us as a nation. This past is now your burden, too. Let us start with the fact that your grandfather collaborated with the Japanese. Your father was deeply aware of this, its stigma, its possibilities. He did not leave any legacy because he did not become president. He was a brilliant and courageous politician. He was an enterprising journalist; he had friends in journalism who can attest to his effulgent vision, who did not profit from his friendship, among them Nestor Mata, Gregorio Brillantes — you may consult them. I cannot say I did not profit — he bought many books from my shop and when he was in Marcos’s prison, your mother brought books from my shop to him.

Forgive me for giving you this unsolicited advice. First, beware of hubris; you are surrounded by panderers who will tell you what is nice to hear. You need to be humble always and heed your conscience. When Caesar was paraded in ancient Rome before the cheering multitudes, there was always a man chanting behind him: “Remember, you are mortal.”

I say to you, remember, the poor — some of them in your own hacienda — will be your ultimate judge.

From your comfortable and privileged cocoon, you know so little of our country and people. Seek the help of the best — and the best do not normally want to work in government and neither will they approach you. You have to seek them.

Be the revolutionary your father wanted to be and don’t be scared or wary of the word “revolution.” It need not be always bloody. EDSA I was not. Your father wanted to destroy the most formidable obstacle to our progress — the Oligarchy to which you and your family belong. To succeed, you have to betray your class. If you cannot smash the oligarchy, at least strive to have their wealth develop this country, that they bring back the billions they stashed abroad. You cannot do this in six years, but you can begin.

Prosecute the crooks. It is difficult, thankless and even dangerous to do this. Your mother did not do it — she did not jail Imelda who was the partner in that conjugal dictatorship that plundered this nation. Watch her children — they were much too young to have participated in that looting but they are heirs to the billions which their parents stashed abroad. Now the Marcoses are on the high road to power, gloating, snickering at our credulity and despicable amnesia.

You know the biggest crooks in and out of government, those powerful smugglers, thieves, tax cheats — all you really need is guts to clobber them. Your father had lots of it — I hope he passed on to you most of it.

And most of all, now that you have the muscle to do it, go after your father’s killers. Blood and duty compel you to do so. Cory was only his wife — you are the anointed and only son. Your regime will be measured by how you resolve this most blatant crime that robbed us of a true leader.

And, finally, your mother. We loved her — she united us in ousting an abominable dictator. But she, too, did not leave a shining legacy for her presidency was a disaster. She announced a revolutionary government but did nothing revolutionary. She promised land reform but did not do it. And most grievous of all — she transformed the EDSA I revolution into a restoration of the oligarchy.

She became president only because her husband was murdered and you became president elect only because your mother died. Still, you are your father’s son and may you now — for the good of this country and people — scale the heights he and your mother never reached.

I am 85 and how I despair over how three generations of our leaders failed! Before I go, please let me see this unhappy country begin to be a much better place than the garbage dump our leaders and people have made it. You can be this long awaited messiah but only if you are brave enough and wise enough to redeem your father’s aborted promise.

Hopefully yours,

F. Sionil Jose

Via Philippine Star (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=577469&publicationSubCategoryId=86)

F. Sionil Jose knows what to say and he's right all the darn time.


School is Cool with Hello Kitty

>> Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To welcome the school year, Galileo teams up with Sanrio with a two-weekend event entitled “School is Cool with Hello Kitty.” Galileo will be touring different SM malls for exciting activities for parents and their children.

See you all at the following dates:
May 21 at the SM Megamall, Event Area
May 22 and 23 at the SM Mall of Asia, Main Mall Atrium
May 29 and 30 at SM The Block.

Mall Hours - Lobby Selling
1-5 pm - Face Painting and Sand Art
2-2:30 pm - Galileo Enrichment Learning Program Activity for parents and children on Preparing for Back to School* (*limited slots and pre-registration is required)
3-3:30pm - Meet and Greet/ Photo Op with Hello Kitty
4:30-5pm Breadtalk presents "Creative Ideas for School Snacks"
5:30-6pm - Meet and Greet/ Photo Op with Hello Kitty



>> Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hello, I just came from Sagada.

Our view from St. Joseph's Resthouse

Bomod-ok Falls

Sumaging Cave

Posting this panoramic shot without resizing it. Don't care if it ruins my layout. I want you all to see how beautiful the Philippines is.

My photos are at my Multiply. And yes, I survived and returned in one piece!


Reason #1 on why the Philippines is awesomesauce: SMILES

>> Saturday, April 10, 2010

It may sound trippy but Filipinos love to smile ALL THE TIME. They can smile through anything and they will always provide one to any random stranger. A smile for Filipinos is like a happy pill for them. It’s a symbol of hope that no matter how difficult life is, a smile can somehow ease the difficulty away. A Filipino ain’t a Filipino without that signature big ass welcoming smile.

(Original link)

I started this portion at my photoblog called the Awesomesauce List. I list down the things which I find admirable about the country and things that make us uniquely Filipino. If you have suggestions, leave them here.



>> Saturday, March 06, 2010

I'm moving my blog to Tumblr. This Blogspot will still be alive, but won't update it as regularly as Tumblr. I'll post important announcement and maybe even a few photos once in a while.

If you want posts from me on a regular basis, then...


See you on Tumblr!



>> Thursday, February 18, 2010

Click on photo for a bigger view

Galileo Enrichment Learning Program presents


A two-day workshop for school owners, administrators, teachers and parents. This event aims to update educators on the latest trends in the industry and is designed to equip them with the necessary know-how on marketing, financial and functional areas which are helpful to a more profitable social enterprise.

March 4-5, 2010
9-5 PM
Rockwell Tent, Rockwell Center, Makati City

Day 1:
Professor Cecilla B. Manikan (Learning How to Learn: The Whole-Brain Learning System)
Professor Danilo A. Antonio (Understanding the Business of Educational Institutions: Controllables, Uncontrollables, Influentiables)

Day 2:
Dr. Queena Lee-Chua (Creating and Delivering Syllabi that Ensure Optimum Learning Opportunities)
Dr. Jose Jesus F. Roces (The Search for Value: Real Marketing for Educational Institutions)

Early bird rates are valid until February 22, so reserve a slot now to avail of big discounts.

For ticket reservations and registration contact the marketing department at 895.8095, 890.2509 and 898.1234; 0917.8396753, 0917.8626759 or 0918.8843574

or you may email them at marketing@galileoenrichment.com



a quickie

>> Monday, February 15, 2010

The Tagalog can wait. I need to bring this blogger back to life.

1. I have been practicing my tv show photography on Starstruck. Thanks to Jace who smuggles me inside the studio and gives me backstage passes to take awesome photos of the Starstruck contenders. Yesterday was my last Sunday to cover Starstruck because I begged off on the Final Judgment. Jace will take care of the Final Judgment.

Final 13
Final 11
Final 6
My 5: the Valentine Episode

2. School is keeping my busy. I'm enjoying my classes even if they're killing me. I just finished two of my major reports, and there will be more to come. The highlights of my classes are:
- meeting Efren Penaflorida
- using our UP degrees to score an exclusive tour of Aguinaldo's Shrine. Best part of the tour was when we were allowed access to the tower, the balcony and the kitchen. Regular tourists aren't allowed to those places. We rock.
- Observation classes in different schools and centers

3. Work work work is keeping me on my toes all the time. So many deadlines to meet that it's forcing me to take a Twitter hiatus. I KNOOOW It's so not me. But I have to take a break so I'll have one less online account to procrastinate with. I'll be back, I promise.

So there. I'll post photos soon. Just check out 7107photos.tumblr.com for my photos. That's updated, especially for the Starstruck fans.


Buhay pa ako

>> Sunday, January 24, 2010

Magsusulat din ako balang-araw. Peksman.


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