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Beautynomics Turns Four Giveaway! March 4, 2010

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Inspired by an idea a second away before sleeping, Ms. Sophia Joyce Uy gave birth to Beautynomics. Now her blog is already 4 years old and she is holding the most wonderful contest to celebrate her anniversary.

Check out http://www.beautynomics.com/blog/2010/02/10/beautynomics-turns-four/ for the details on how you can join her contest.

To entice you there will be 20 prizes to be given away which means more winners and happy participants.

See you there!!!

 

UP_SPED Free Seminar: Instructional Adaptations in Inclusive Classrooms

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This is a repost taken from an e-mail sent to me by my former professor in the College of Education SPED Department:

ADAPTATION PEDAGOGY; WHAT, WHY HOW?
Instructional Adaptations in Inclusive Classrooms

on March 13, 2010, Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Benitez
Theater, UP College of Education, Diliman, Quezon City.

Speaker: Dr. Jose W. Lalas
Visiting Professor, UP College of Education
Professor of Literacy and Teacher Education, University
of Redlands, USA

The Benitez Theater can only seat 250 persons. Guaranteed seats for
those who pre-register on or before March 10, 2010. Those who do not
pre-register by March 10, 2010 shall be accommodated on FIRST COME
FIRST SERVE BASIS. Please email the full name of the participant and
institutional affiliation to therese.bustos@gmail.com.

More information about the speaker is provided below:

Short Bio:

Jose Lalas has been involved in teacher education for 21 years as a
faculty in both public and private universities (14 years at CSU
Dominguez Hills; currently, 7 years at University of Redlands). He
has served as an associate dean, director of teacher education, and
coordinator of credential program. Currently, he is Professor of
Literacy and director of the University of Redlandsโ€™ Institute for
Educational Justice, a forum that sponsors research efforts, policy
symposia, and critical awareness training on issues related to k-12
education and leadership for social justice. He is also an elected
school board member of the Corona-Norco Unified School District, a
seat that he held from 1990 to 2003 and from 2008 to the present. In
addition, Jose is very active in the California Council on Teacher
Education as a board of director member, chair of the SIG on
credential coordinators, and chair of the awards committee. He
participates in the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
institutional review teams for accreditation purposes. He co-authored
two recently published books: A Teaching and Learning Framework for
Social Justice (2006) and Instructional Adaptation as an Equity
Solution for English Learners and Special Needs Students (2007). His
research agenda includes critical literacy, authentic student voices,
teacher education, adaptation pedagogy, and second language
acquisition.

 

Geekpinoy.com Blackest Night Flash Contest

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I am so happy for winning the contest held by Geekpinoy. com. The blogger/writer is Mr. Jab Escutin and the contest was about “what you’re geeky about and why”

My winning answer can be found below:

I am an anime geek. I am such a geek that I named my first dog after Sailormoon. My passwords are Nihonggo characters I love from Ghibli. And on my wedding day, I marched the red carpet while the band plays “Voices” from the soundtrack of Macross. Nobody knew what the song was except for a fellow anime geek who was waiting for me at the end of the aisle.

This is a side of me that I will always be geeky about. Anime rules!!!

Thanks again Geekpinoy.com and Jab.

 

First Philippine Guitar Festival February 21, 2010

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I heard about the First Philippine Guitar Festival from an e-mail sent to me through my yahoogroups. After reading that the performers will sing haranas and that an international artist will play using a classical guitar, I was already sold.

I was thinking this is a chance for me to introduce a precious and at the same time dying culture of harana to my son. And although, I have a personal bias on classical guitar, I just can’t let this opportunity pass that my son won’t hear what a harana sounds like. I am hoping he picks up how beautiful the Filipino language is especially when it speaks about love.

Undecided which event to go to Steve Lin’s or the Harana boys, I said to myself who am I kidding. The ticket is sold for P200 pesos each. Why do I even have to think which one to go so I bought tickets for both events for my entire family. I invited my friends and other relatives and my friends’ friends. Finally, I was able to buy 14 tickets plus tickets we got for other friends who asked us to buy for them at CCP.

The first show I attended was Steve Lin’s performance. A few of my favorites are Matud Nila (A cebuano song) and El Negrito Angostura. I was so happy to find out that the “El Negrito” can be found in one of Steve’s CD which was being sold during the event. A CD was sold at P500 each. My cousin bought Steve’s other CD wherein he performs with another artist. Amazingly, my son enjoyed the “Yi Dance” and “A Journey Into Desire”. Steve said that those pieces are not easy to listen to but then it invokes imagery when you really pay attention to it and that you will hear unfamiliar sounds that will tickle your mind. True enough everything he said happened to me but maybe it has more dramatic effect for a young 9 year-old mind.

I went to the event thinking that Steve Lin’s performance cannot be topped anymore. On the second day, I attended Harana performed by Florante Aguilar, Michael Dadap and the Harana Boys. The pieces from the two events were not comparable at all. They are both excellent performances but I did not expect to be emotionally moved by the Harana songs. Florante Aguilar and Michael Dadap are masters in their field but when the Harana Boys sang the serenades coupled with the soft music coming from the guitars, ahh the effect to me was just indescribable. I felt that the stage was transformed into fields. I can imagine a young man serenading a beautiful damsel. I remembered my Lola singing to us to while putting us to sleep. I was just brought to tears. My favorite most of all was the song “Maruja”.

Unfortunately, the Harana boys do not have any CDs of their own to sell. So I bought a CD of Florante Aguilar entitled “Harana”. Another reason I bought the CD is because one of the cuts is “Ugoy ng Duyan” which is another masterpiece.

This event became a reunion of family and friends who share a common love for guitars. beautiful music and of course Filipino culture. I cannot wait for what the Guitar Friends will arrange for next year’s Guitar Festival.

Folks I assure you this is one of those good things in life you should not miss.

For events at CCP, you may contact them at their website
http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph/

 

My 2010 Starbucks Coffee Seminar Journey February 20, 2010

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This February we were lucky to be invited to one of Starbucks’ Coffee Appreciation Seminars. I decided to bring my son along for us to learn something about coffee. We chose the branch at ABS-CBN to attend our first seminar.

The seminar started at 4 pm. There are a number of guests already settled in when we arrived. My son was the only child there but I figured this will be a unique experience for him.

True enough we learned a lot that day especially on what a coffee blend is. We were also priviledged to taste two unique brewed coffee flavors namely: Cafe Verona and Guatemala Casicielo. My favorite is the latter especially when you drink it together with a nutty cookie. My son decided he’s really not into coffee but he still tried them both and heartily gobbled the free mini donuts Starbucks has prepared for us.

Let me say that I’m really just a “season drinker” (this translates to Christmas season to get a planner). However, after this seminar I honestly have more appreciation now of brewed coffee. So the next time, I hear somebody slurping their coffee, I won’t think that person is rude for drinking so loud. As an educated coffee-drinker now, I would think that this person is showing the best manner of enjoying his coffee.

To entice you more to join these seminars, Starbucks is giving away “My 2010 Starbucks Coffee Seminar” tickets where you can collect 4 different stamps by attending these seminars from January to October 2010. As a reward for your support, you will receive a suprise treat.

What’s more the seminars are held for free! You get to taste Starbucks’ featured coffee, eat treats (if available) and get freebies after. Add that to the new knowledge you get about coffee drinking and appreciation and there is no better deal than this.

Hopefully, with all this new knowledge on coffee in me I will try out someday to order something else than my regular frap. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can check out these free coffee seminars at Starbucks’ facebook page at:
http://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines#!/album.php?aid=190810&id=225073057924&ref=mf

It wouldn’t hurt also if you become a fan of the site for your own convenience of getting updates!

For inquiries on these free coffee seminars you can email msanvictores@rustancoffee.ph.

See you in the next coffee seminar!

 

Waterball Fun at Manila Ocean Park

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One thing my son is so crazy about every time we visit Manila Ocean Park is to play at the waterball. By paying a minimal fee of P50, your child can enjoy a ten-minute fun inside an inflated ball placed on a big pool just in front of Manila Ocean Park.

This activity is so fun that I heard kids refusing to enter the oceanarium without trying first the waterball. Parents had to promise to come back just so they can pass the pool without their kids throwing a tantrum.

Another thing I like about this activity is that kids can meet new friends from the encounter. Although, they can’t really talk to each other while inside the ball, for some natural instinct, the kids inside the pool play by bumping on each other or running after one another. I even saw my son trying to race with another boy to the other end of the pool.

Now, isn’t that worth your fifty bucks! To have your child exercise his social skills instead of letting him play quietly with electronic devices. Don’t get me wrong. I have a PSP myself but then our kids should know there is a bigger world out there compared to their small screens.

The waterball is open everday for kids only. The paying booth is just beside the pool. There is no need to go to the ticket booths to pay for your entrance for this. Please remember to fall in line and wait patiently for your child’s turn. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a happy bonding time!

Happy family bonding

 

EE BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY WITH BRIAN BRAVO February 18, 2010

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Hello friends,

I came about a post from Fully Booked that aspiring photographers should surely check-out. I, myself, would like to venture into this hobby but I have no idea where and how to start. So hopefully, this free class will answer those basic questions I have.

The site posts this information:

Basic Photography- Free!
with Brian Bravo
Date and Time: March 3 (Wednesday), 6:00- 8:00 PM

To register:
Email lev.calang@ciit-ph.com or aimeediego@fullybookedonline.com
Call 858- 7000 or sign-up at the Customer Service Desk of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Stree