Sunday, 30 September 2012

Whose child is this?

Offline in social networking but online with kids

Our tablet was not functioning for a week because it didn't charge.  It is working now but while it was off, my kids were happy because they didn't see me - as Kyle put it, "Facebooking".   I realized that it took most of my time and less time spent with the kids.  Now they got the chance to play with me, tell their stories from school and heard stories told by me.  We had the time to walk around the block on a chilly night just to go to the library because we ran out of books to read.  I am so happy making up for the lost quality time with them. I know it is still not enough and I hope I will always remember to play with them first before anything else. Parents play a big part in the child's learning and development.  Research indicates that "children whose parents play with them ultimately develop superior social skills."

Here's a poem I found on the pamphlet from Lex Kindergarten class.  This is for the parents and teachers.

Whose child is this?

"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should."

"Whose child is this?"  I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine",  said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school."

"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Survivor Philippines 2012 et al.

Today, I was greeted by many of my officemates telling me that they have watched the pilot telecast of the Survivor: Philippines 2012 last night.  I didn’t get a chance to watch it but I assumed it was shot in the Caramoan Peninsula, the same location where Survivor-France and Bulgaria versions were taken.  I feel proud and I wanted to find out how my country was shown. I didn’t like how it was shown in the Bourne Legacy, although it was the true representation of our country, mas maganda pa rin ipakita yung magaganda di ba?  For those who were not  able to see it yet, here’s the video version:
I’m proud that I have been and seen those places, Mayon, Tarsier  monkey in Bohol, Caramoan – WOW Philippines talaga ! Indeed, very beautiful! Something happened though.  I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say when they asked me, your country is very beautiful, why did you choose to migrate here?  I just shrugged and later on told them, I didn’t like the tropical weather.  Now as I am contemplating, I realized that I have not been patriotic - leaving my country and chose to live in a foreign land. We are now applying for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years of stay here and that thought added salt to injury.  If it were not for corrupt government, abusive leaders and selfish, undisciplined people (mostly, I’m not saying all), I could have stayed and raise my family there. I have not given up on these, I always pray to God that there will be change for the better.  I believe that there is still hope and a bright future on my country - the Philippines.   Now, seeing the video motivates me to come back and visit.  I miss the beauty of the places on the countryside, the noise of the city and the smile of the people too. God willing, I hope to see my family and friends soon.

Monday, 17 September 2012

My first Ninang stint

When Hannah asked me to be one of the Principal sponsors in their wedding, I was surprised, not her marrying at a young age, but at the thought of being a Ninang. Di ba mga thunders lang ang kinukuhang ninang? LOL! But the reality is, I'm old enough to be her mom, so I can be her Ninang. My privilege ksi ang ganda naman ng inaanak ko hehehe. Here I am in my first Ninang stint at RJ and Hannah's wedding:

My Hair from the back. Thanks Anabel!
Congratulations Hannah and RJ!