Sunday, September 30, 2007

Brain Stuff....

I've seen a lot of these 'brain stuff' sent in my emails. There's probably more than 10 versions but I thought you'd have fun reading it in case you haven't come across one.


More Brain Stuff . . From Cambridge University .


Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, b ut the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!

Cool huh...

Friday, September 28, 2007

My Second Tag...this time from Vicky

This is a Tag From Vicky. Thanks much. I'm not doing much today so I thought I'd give it a shot.

The rule is to choose three questions among the given that you want to answer and post your own question as fourth for the next ones you'll tag to answer. The ones you tag should answer the question you've posted making his/her post 4 questions again as choices for the next person!
Anne's Question: Why do people yawn?

Juliana's Answer: Because of boredom.Our bodies induce yawning to drawn in more oxygen or remove a build-up of carbon dioxide

Recel's Question: Why the so many races in the world?.

Juliana's Answer: Because of geographic locations.

Vicky's Question: If there is only One Bible how can there be so many different religions?

Juliana's Answer: Because of different interpretations to what's written in the bible.

My Question: How much wood would a woodchuck chop if the woodchuck would chop wood?

Seriously, my question: Why is yawning contagious?

Tagging Tess, Roselle and Merydith...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

In the Eyes of a 5 Year Old...

My 5 year old likes to draw a lot...and I mean A LOT. I don't remember me drawing this much when I was that age but then again...I don't remember much of anything I did when I was 5. Do you??? LOL. Anyway, I would like to share a couple of the 'artistic creations' of our little one. They may not be the best but for us parents what can be better than our kids' creations...tama???

This is a card made a few days ago. It's love day...that's why. Can't beat that. LOL!!


 
I guess this is how our little one sees Mom and Dad....notice the LONG HAIR??...yep, it's really that long. LOL...




Which kid does not like the adorable ELMO? This one we framed because we thought the 'essence' of the adorable monster was captured. Not quite sure though what's happening with its left arm...but who cares, right?


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Why???

I just got back from Merydith's blog and read her entry about cooking, ironing and more. Part of her entry is about her Ma's cooking. And what do you know...I started to miss my own "Nanay". Actually, I am now missing both my Nanay and Tatang. They both passed in 2000... 4 months apart. Yep, just 4 short months apart. Every now and then I still find myself thinking about them and why they chose to leave without me by their side. You see, my Nanay passed on while I was still teaching in Taiwan while my father passed while I was in Manila picking up my plane ticket for my trip back to Taiwan. I have always had that fear of getting a phone call and being told that someone I care about passed...probably because I'm the only 1 among the 5 siblings who's far most of the time.

March 11, 2000 was the day my Nanay passed. March 12, 2000 was the day I learned about it. I just finished dinner with my co-teacher and room mate and we're chatting while doing the dishes. The phone rang...we were laughing when she picked up the phone. When she said....it's for you...I just felt all the blood drained from my face. I just got the feeling that something's not right. It was my older brother on the line telling me what I was dreading to hear... our Nanay left us already. My world came crashing down. All I could do was sob while talking to him. The next morning, I took the longest and the saddest flight of my life. Two weeks after putting our beloved Nanay to rest, I had no choice but to go back to Taiwan. Since the school I used to work for is an international school, classes were still going on. I had to leave my very frail father to go back to my former school with a promise that I would be back in a few months - first week of June to be exact...so 2 more months. I came back in June 2000 to see an even weaker Tatang. I stayed with him day in, day out for the next 2 months that I was home for summer break. I was not looking forward to going back to Taiwan in August...but I had to. July 16, 2000... while at home taking care of my father, I got a call from my ticket agent telling me my ticket was ready for pick up. My flight was end of July so I had to pick it up as soon as possible. I decided to pick it up the next day. So I left his side on July 17 after telling him that I would back as soon as possible.

July 18, 2000. I was still in Manila and was planning in going back by my father's side the next day. I was texting with my brothers and sisters back and forth. At one point, I even called my brother. Everything seemed ok. The next day, July 19...my brother said that he would meet me at the bus station that morning and we could go home together. I went grocery shopping for oatmeal and some other soft food for my father while waiting for my brother. I met my brother with a big smile. We boarded the bus together. While we were sitting in the bus, he asked what was in the grocery bag. That was the time that he broke to me the news that my father left us already. My world came crashing down...for the second time.... in 4 months.

Up until today I'm still asking myself why they both 'left' while I was away. Was it their way of protecting me from the sadness of their departure? I don't know. One day I'll get the chance of seeing them again....and I'll ask them what I have been asking myself all these years...WHY???

Saturday, September 22, 2007

"WHAT TEACHERS MAKE...."

I got this email from a former co-teacher in the Philippines. I saved it so I can go back and read it when I get chances like this one...posting it on my blog. I read a little bit about the author of the poem and I found out that the poem has been changed in some ways.
This is what he had to say about it. I got if from his website. http://taylormali.com/
 
 
PLAGIARISM or HONEST MISTAKE?


I am well aware that "What Teachers Make," a poem I wrote in 1999, has been elevated/reduced to the level of Inspirational Cyber Spam. It started happening shortly after I posted an unattributed draft of the poem on this very website. Since the poem appeared on my website, I figured my name was unnecessary. But I was wrong. I suspect the text of the poem got copied, pasted, and sent by well meaning teachers and fans. Soon enough, the poem became anonymous, and people began to edit, alter, and "sanitize" it. There are, to my knowledge, at least five different versions of the poem out there circulating. All of them are anonymous.
The poem has taken on a life of its own. Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist, quoted one of the anonymous versions in its entirety as part of his Yale graduation speech in 2003. This led to quotation by Harvey Mackay, the syndicated business columnist. National Public Radio did a story about the adventures of the poem in 2004. Am I disappointed not to have received credit for writing this poem that has inspired so many? Used to be. But the truth will always come out in the end. And if I had to choose between inspiring teachers anonymously or not inspiring them at all and, I would choose anonymous inspiration every time.


Anyway, here's the poem. Can you tell I have a soft spot for anything pertaining to"teacher/s"? I wonder why....
 
 
WHAT TEACHERS MAKE
A poem by: Taylor Mali


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued:"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?

"He reminded the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers: "Those who can...do. Those who can't ... teach.

"To corroborate, he said to another guest: "You're a teacher, Susan," he said. "Be honest. What do you make?"

Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness,replied, "You want to know what I make?"

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face if thestudent did not do his or her very best."

"I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence."

"I can make parents tremble in fear when I call home"

"You want to know what I make?"

"I make kids wonder."

"I make them question."

"I make them criticize."

"I make them apologize and mean it.""I make them write."

"I make them read, read, read."

"I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitelybeautiful, and definitely beautiful over and over and over again, until they will never misspell either one of those words again."

"I make them show all their work in math and hide it all on their final drafts in English."

"I make them understand that if you have the brains,then follow your heart...and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you pay them no attention!"

"You want to know what I make?""I make a difference."

"And you? What do you make?"

Friday, September 21, 2007

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My Life as WAHM....

Welcome to my blog. This is my first try to do this so please bear with me as I try to figure out how this thing called “blogging” works.

I am a Filipina or a “Pinay” working at home or from home for the last 4 ½ years and loving every minute of it. I am married to an American and we have a 5-year old little girl. I’ve been living in the US for 6 years and I still don’t know how to drive…LOL. That’s probably the primary reason why I am working from home, well, aside from wanting to personally take care of our little one. Here’s a rundown of my online jobs. I hope it inspires anybody to believe that we, Pinays, can also land online jobs. So read on…

Online Tutoring

I am a teacher by profession so the first thing I looked for when I was searching for an online job is something related to teaching. I have not set foot in a classroom setting for the last 6 yrs, well, so yeah, since I got here. But technically, it’s only been 4 yrs since I have stopped teaching. The reason? My first work at home job is online teaching, tutoring, if you may. Yep, I did that for almost 2 yrs. It’s very challenging and frustrating at the same time because you don’t see your students face-to-face and you don’t know if they’re making faces while you’re trying to teach them something. I enjoyed it for as long as it lasted but I don’t see myself doing it again. I had some pretty nice students but I also had my share of not so pleasant experiences. After 2 school years of doing it, I decided to stop and concentrate on my other job – coding.

Coding

In the work at home community, this job is probably one of the most sought after. It’s basically data entry. And in my quest to find a legitimate data entry job, I was actually scammed once – just once…and I think that should be enough for anybody…LOL. I fell for those “processing orders pay a one-time fee of $14.95 for training materials” scam. Once I got the so-called "training materials", I knew right away that it’s a scam. I filed a complaint to Paypal right away so I got my money back…woo hoo!!

I landed my first coding/data entry job in April of 2003. One coding company did a massive hiring spree back then and I was one of the not so experienced that got lucky and got on board. I am now working for 3 different coding companies. I really like this job because you can do it just about anytime...if the work is there. The only downside doing this job is it’s very sporadic, workwise. Since the 3 companies I work for cater to the same kinds of clients, when there is no work in one company, the other 2 would probably have no work as well. Right now, it’s S-L-O-W that’s why I thought of starting a blog…who knows, this maybe my next ‘raket’…LOL!! I've been reading some of my fellow pinays' blogs [a big time lurker here]and from what I've been reading, they're actually making money doing it.

Consultant/Lesson Developer

This is probably by far my favorite gig. It’s basically doing online lessons for a University that offers online Tagalog/Filipino classes. You read it right, Tagalog classes. Ain’t that sweet??? It’s only a short stint, 3 -5 months per project, but it pays really well and I get to polish my Tagalog and is getting paid for doing it. Cool huh??!! Right now I’m waiting for a call to see if we’re doing it this year. I hope we will…fingers crossed. If only it’s available year-round, I’d quit my other jobs.

Online Scoring

This is one of the first jobs I applied for but did not get it right away. The name of the job pretty much tells what I do…I score online. What do I score? Students’ responses to open - ended questions. It’s only seasonal since these tests are taken by students as some kind of assessment tests. It’s a good thing because it is a boring job…LOL. It’s hard to pass up because it is easy enough and it pays better some of the jobs we find outside the house. So when it’s available I try to score until I feel my eyes closing from boredom... or until I ran out of items to score...whichever comes first or happens first.

Call Center

Technically, I didn’t do this job but this is the first place I applied for. I did and passed the modules for this job. I got activated but didn’t have the nerve to actually start taking calls. I never did. I was so worried that I may not understand what the caller is ordering or that the caller may not understand me being a Filipino and having some kind of an accent. After thinking about it for a couple of months, I decided to let them know that I’m not doing the job. Big sigh of relief after that…hehe..

Not knowing how to drive is the reason why I looked for something I can do at home and my working at home may be the reason why I’m not in a hurry to learn how to drive. How’s that for irony?? Anyway, I really need to do the driving thing soon because my little one needs to have interaction with kids her age.

Thanks for taking the time in reading my first ever entry on this blog. I'll try to update it as much as I can....see ya....

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