Thursday, 23 May 2013

Balik sa pagkabata (back to childhood)

I am posting here the regular Thursday Qs from my naw egroup to lighten up the midweek. It is so fun to reminisce. Here goes...

Balik sa pagkabata!!!

1. What was your favorite game when you were a child?
PATINTERO, Tumbang preso, dodgeball, siatong

2. Who was your best friend in pre-school? In grade school? In the
neighborhood? (At naalala ko yung commercial na... Sino best friend mo
doon? LOL!)
Grade school - Grace Fe Canlas - a Pastor's kid, siya nag introduce sa kin about being a true Christian.

Neighbor - si Tina, she's a Japayuki before, I wonder where she is now. She's the one who always saves me pag naglalaro kmi ng dodgeball.

3. Lumalabas ka ba at naglalaro sa kalye? Kwento!!!
Yes, we live in a tiny neighbourhood, but there's a wide open area at the end of the street that we call bukid. They put a fence there but we still manage to climb the wall and play there until the sun sets.

4. What was your favorite childhood chichirya?
CHIPPY. Yung nakalagay pa sa plastic na bote. At yung Texas bubble gum.

5. What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid
VOLTES V at CANDY CANDY (inbot ba ninyo to???)

6. Share childhood memories that stand out (oo, kahit ilan, wag lang yung
aabutin ako bukas kakabasa).

1.minsan habang naglalakad sa daan na me naglalaro ng mga bata, nakapulot ako ng Beinte singko, tapos ask ko yung mga bata Kung kanino, walang sumagot, so siyempre, finders keepers, tpos nung mag 6 pm na, me dumating sa Harap ng bahay namin na bata kasama yung magulang at kinukuha yung napulot kong pera, ask ko siya Kung San Niya nawala or naiwan di naman siya makasagot, tapos nagalit yung nanay sa kin at Sabi " lintek kang bata ka, iBigay mo na pera ng anak ko", so ang ginawa ko, di ko alam Kung out of fear or inis, tinapon ko yung pera sa kanila tpos biglang Sara ng pinto para di nila Makita ksi madilim na...hahaha, very vivid yun memory ksi feeling ko eto yung first time that I stood up for myself khit bata pa ako, mga 7 cguro.i know what I did was bad pero nainis ksi ako dun sa nanay, di ba dapat bata sa bata Lang para fair at dapat makiusap silang maige.

2. I was the eldest at ang rule sa kin dati, bago ako maglaro sa labas dapat na tapos ko na homework, at gawaing bahay (Hugas Plato, walis, Minsan plantsa ng lampin at Pakulo ng bote), I learned the value of time management at reward system that early, at khit na pagod e sobrang na appreciate ko yung playtime sa labas. Yung mga laro nung Araw develop our strategic thinking, pinagpapawisan ng sobra kaya talagang physically nakatulong, pati na rin teamwork at pagtanggap kapag natalo. Kaya Lang Minsan bitin ksi me curfew nung Araw at dapat pagkagat ng dilim NASA loob na ng bahay.
Isa pa palang di ko nakakalimutan na ginagawa ng nanay ko pag naglalaro kmi, pinapapunta Niya sa bukid yung kapatid ko para isumbong sa kanya Kung taya ba or balagoong ako, ksi ang Gagawin Niya pupunta siya dun kasama pa yung baby kong kapatid para tawagin ako, Minsan me pagalit or papengot effect pa, pero ang talagang reason is para maalis na ko sa pagiging taya. Most of the time, yun na rin ang time para matigil na ang laro at uwian na mga bata ksi kulang na sa players, at lahat sila magagalit sa nanay ko. Hahahaha.

3. I played boys games, like text eto yung parang komiks in little cards, me favorite pa ko dun sa deck of cards na yun to make PATO, yung GOMA or rubber bands at labanan ng mga gagamba or spiders na nakalagay sa matchbox. I remember magaling ako sa mga larong Ito ksi, box box ang mga nakokolekta ko na text, GOMA at gagamba, at natigil Lang yun nung muntik nang magkasunog sa room Kung saan nakalagay ang stocks ko. Pinagbawalan na ko maglaro ng boys games at tinigil ko na rin ksi binilhan na ko ng palayok na lutu lutuan.

At dahil so far lahat ng Thurs Qs ko end with a letter...
*Sorry, alam ko ang lapit sa mahiwagang salamin but I think this is a
really good thing to ask ourselves.*

7. Knowing what you know now about life, if you were to talk to your
childhood self, what would you say?
Life is hard and your childhood is different from other kids ksi sila mayaman, maraming laruan at me katulong na nagaalaga sa kanila, Hindi ung Ikaw na bata pa rin Ay nagaalaga din ng mas maliit pang kapatid but don't be sad, whatever you are experiencing now will equip you to a better life someday. Enjoy hardwork and the rewards that comes after every task. Mas feel kapag ang Oras Ay ginugol sa makabuluhang bagay. Bawat Oras Ay mahalaga, magbasa, maglaro, tumulong, me mas malaking reward ang naghihintay sa yo.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Mother's Day message from a mom

Every year I receive gifts from my children and they keep on surprising me on Mother's Day. I will not be able to give back the gifts they gave but I want to post here what I would like to tell them every year and when the time comes that they will be adults and become parents too.

Here goes the Mother's Day message from a mom:

I've traveled paths you've yet to walk 
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom in my life
I'm blessed to share with you

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad

Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side

Walk softly when you're angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter's power is immense!

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don't shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold

Keep God's words right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it's near, you'll find a way

Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart

The world is far from perfect
There's conflict and there's strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life

And so I'm so blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my child
And I believe in you

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

More lyric videos to enjoy

James 3:1-10

WORDS by Hawk Nelson featuring Mercyme's Bart Millard.

Hello my name Matthew West

Saturday, 4 May 2013

MUST HAVE skills to a successful career

You may be wondering why there are schools charging high tuition and matriculation fees in the Philippines. Popularity? No! Proven track record? Maybe.

According to my friends from these schools, this is because these institutions cultivate and develop the needed skills of an individual to become successful not only in his chosen career but also generally in life.  My friends didn't divulge these things but I have seen and experienced working with successful people and I learned a lot from them.  I wanted to share this so that parents and children alike will start working towards developing these skills as early as now even without going to these schools. For those aspiring new graduates who are finding a niche in the corporate world, these are some of the skills that an employer is looking for in the candidate.

1.  Critical Thinking - this is the ability of the person to process information right and fast (so alam nyo na ibig sabihin pag SLOW?) Critical thinkers are able to see where the gaps are, determine the problem and provide ways to solve it.  He is also able to find answers to what if situations. I just noticed in my son's math homework, they are always asked to look for the equation in a problem before they solve it.  If the problem is understood in another way the answer is already wrong. Comprehension is important.  If you have learned math in a straight forward manner for example: 512 x 4876,  try to solve word problems and develop the habit of  finding the equation yourself before solving it. For little children, try to ask them questions that cannot be answered by yes or no. Let them explain why they chose that answer. Explore more on the book he read by asking your little one how it relates to him.

2. Leadership - those whose temperaments are Sanguine and Choleric will not find it hard to "lead".  But its not impossible for the Melancholic and Phlegmatics to lead in the future if they at least participated or gave support to the leaders in a school organization or joined extra curricular activities. The experience will help them build the confidence to lead later. If you are a student now, don't just focus on the academics, the extras will come in handy and will help you achieve more. Remember, this will teach you how to manage time and prioritize things.  A skill that you will need to master and you will use for the rest of your life. The more projects or teams you handled, the more opportunities for you to climb the corporate ladder later faster. Now if you didn't know what the four temperaments are and which one fit yours, you better research on this and learn how to maximize your strengths and work on the weakness.  A good reader becomes a good leader because he knows how to store and use information to his advantage. Sabi ng Journalism teacher ko, para daw makabuo ako ng magandang article para mailagay sa school paper, kailangan magbasa ng magbasa. Knowledge is power.

3. Communication - what do you think happens to a person with the above skills but without the communication skills?  Learn to develop this very important skill because even if you are the most intelligent person in your school and you can't even express yourself, there's no way you can show the first 2 skills.  As early as a preschooler, have your child recite poems in front of siblings and parents. If you are in the school age,  participate in activities where you will be asked to talk a lot, volunteer to speak in the group's behalf for a project, or do the presentation. The more exposure you have in talking to different kinds of people, the more confident you become. Expressing yourself will become a natural chore. Second, learn how to listen and be sensitive of how others receive your message. If  there is a need to stop to get their attention, do it. Be aware of body movements, facial expression and other non-verbal reaction.  Don't just talk about something, choose your words, make the report meaningful and noteworthy. Think of it this way, "what is the impact of this. How will it add value to them?" People will draw near to you if what you say will benefit them.  Learn how to write too. Watch out for wrong grammar, use of punctuation and special characters. Font size and style matter, when you are composing an email even sending a private Facebook message, check spelling before sending. Make it a habit to write right. What you say in print will tell a lot about you.

4. Initiative - another skill that is lacking in most employees nowadays is this one. Initiative is going the extra mile in order to reach the target.  It is not only completing the project but making an effort to make the project stand out. In short, "kinareer" (not mediocre or pwede na but excellent). It is doing something without being told. It is being cognizant of the next step and planning of doing it before the current task is not yet completed.  Thinking ahead and adapting to change, engaging in something that is unknown yet essential for the job. A classic example of this is when the teacher asks for volunteers for a community project. The ordinary student will look away or not pay attention, but the success-bound student will raise the hand and do the task. Why?  Because he is SIPSIP? No but because he wants to add to his already long list of "experience" that will equip him for his future.
I urge the readers of my blog to help spread this. The tips I shared here are beneficial in training our children towards excellence. With early training and developing the habit of mastering these skills, success is inevitable.