May 24, 2008

choosing the right school

This is my entry for the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival 2nd Edition hosted by the working mom.

When I was still younger, it was one of my plans that if ever I would have children, I would send them to the best schools for them to get the best education. Now in a more technologically advanced age and living in a competitive world, education now plays a very important role in the progress of an individual's mind and country. Personally I believe that learning is a lifelong process and education does not begin and end in school. A person's well-being is more than the intellect, and education should provide a holistic approach for balancing the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

In elementary and high school, I was in a non-exclusive Catholic school. It was a parochial school and most of the students live in Rizal area and thus, almost everybody knows everybody. It gave me a sense of communion with my community and it helped me grow in my Catholic faith.

Since Joaqui would be approaching the preschool stage, my search for a school opened my mind on the different teaching methods such as Montessori, Waldorf, Progressive, Multiple Intelligence, Community/Religious, etc. They all have their advantages and disadvantages and many schools offer one or two methods.

Starting early or not, I believe the readiness to start should also come from our children and this is where I think toddler schools help. It exposes children to the informal school setting and they learn to socialize and develop age-appropriate skills. Joaqui is now in a play school and he enjoys the activities and shows eagerness to learn. This is also a time for us to bond since the moms and dads are able to join in these activities.

As parents we have our best intentions for our children's education and as much as we give importance in choosing the right school, we should also give importance to the kind of learning environment we provide at home.

May 20, 2008

Onamae wa nan tu desu ka?

This was a tag by Joanne ; )
For the instructions, add your name on the list and simply spell out your name using the given Japanese letter- translations below. Tag six of your friends and inform them of the tag. Have fun.

TRANSLATION: A - ka ----- G - ji ----- M - rin -----S - ari----- Y - fu B - tu ----- H - ri -----N - to ------T - chi -----Z - zi C - mi----- I - ki -----O - mo -----U - doD - te----- J - zu -----P - no ------V - ru E - ku -----K - me ----Q - ke ------W - meiF - lu-----L - ta ------R - shi ------X - na

1. OSWALD - moarimeikatate (sounds like american and states har....har...har...)

2. JUNELLE - zudotokutataku (Thank God I’m a Filipino! sounds like sadako. nyay! hehehe)

3. JACQUELINE - zukamikedokutakitoku (Ayay!! Unsaman ni perti mang taasa..wa ko kasabot nyahahaha)

4. LIRA LUZ - takishika taduzi ( sounds like a title of an anime show) it's cute!

5. Gracey - Katakamikuari (oh my, i'm glad i'm not japanese. Nothing sounds like it!

6. Vannie - Rukatotokiku (huh? ruka sounds cute!) hehehe

7. Farah - Lukashikari (hahaha! it's cute!)

8. Patricia - Nokachishikimikika (ang haba naman! ) : )

9. Jade - Zukateku (parang ang asim)

10. Jade - Zukateku (parang ang asim)

11. Issa - kiariarika (parang ang pangit pakinggan, hahaha!)

12. Joanne - zumokatotoe (ang kulet ng name..parang sumo =P)

13. Jeng - zukutoji (I'm turning Japanese, I'm turning Japanese..I rather think so!)

Why don't you find out your Japanese name: Happy, Sujee, Pheng, Dada and Lizette

May 19, 2008

my hands are full

We are now in week two of having no yaya. Yaya Rose went on vacation for two weeks that is why my hands are full in juggling my work and taking care of Joaqui. I'm blessed that my mother-in-law is always here to help us. On the first week, she stayed in our house to help me take care of Joaqui, so that I can at least have some time to work. Although I am home based, I still need to produce lines or else "wala akong sweldo." Now on the second week, we are staying in Valenzuela with Jeff's family, again so that I can still continue to work. This is one of the disadvantages of me being a subcontractor, I do not have LOAs unlike a regular employee, and it is for this reason that I am always saving a part of my income in cases like this, but at least this is only temporary. I would still not trade my status as a work-at-home mom. ; )

May 14, 2008

a visit to Manila Ocean Park

It was a slow Tuesday for us and since it was daddy's off from work, we went to Manila Ocean Park, which is the Philippines' first state-of-the-art oceanarium and open water marine habitat.

The journey through the oceanarium starts with Agos where there is an artificial waterfall, and water tanks displaying a variety of flora and fauna. There is also a touch pool where one can touch the creatures on display, except the small shark ; )

The Bahura showcases different coral life forms. Joaqui was fascinated with the different hues of the fishes he saw.

The four big distinct aquariums in Laot displays fish in all sizes.

At the Buhay na Karagatan, one can take the 25-meter walk along the underwater tunnel and see different kinds of sea creatures including stingray and whale shark.

The barracudas can be seen at Ang Kalaliman. There is also an overhang tank with a variety of rays swimming over. The different species of sharks can be viewed face-to-face in a separate tank.

It was a fun day for us at the Manila Ocean Park. Joaqui really enjoyed the experience, his first encounter with different sea creatures.

May 10, 2008

from one mom to another

Happy Mother's Day! Thanks Joey for this tag ;) myspace graphic comments
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1. Just choose any Mothers' Day graphics from zwani to greet the mommies you know.
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3. Tag other mommies you know.

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my story of giving birth

My first entry for the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival

I have seen videos of actual women giving birth and I have heard different stories about it, and I have never thought that I would be telling my own story of what I think is one of the most joyous experiences of being a woman.

I was scheduled for my OB checkup that day and she did an IE. I was only 1 cm dilated and she told me that it would not be too long before "the D day" arrives. On the morning of next day, I saw some blood stain on my underwear and was a bit alarmed. My husband and I decided that we go to my OB's clinic and there she did an IE. I was already 2 cm dilated and she told me to go to the hospital and have myself admitted.

At the hospital, my husband was not allowed inside their labor room. I was alone from 12 noon to 6 p.m. while they were monitoring my contractions. They were also watching my blood pressure as it was getting a little bit high. My OB came in at 6 p.m. and did an induction. The contractions became more painful, but I was able to tolerate it well. They then brought me to the delivery room. I tried pushing without anesthesia but my attempts were futile and I decided to have an epidural anesthesia. My OB said that after 1-1/2 hours, the effect of the anesthesia would wear off and that I should deliver my baby during that period. So I pushed and pushed, but my baby would not come out. A nurse would help push my tummy, but it was of no help. At that time, I wanted to punch the nurse who was pushing my tummy because it was so painful. My OB was seeing my baby's head, but he would not push through. After 1-1/2 hours of pushing, I was really, really tired and I know that my baby is also tired. It was then that my OB decided to do a Cesarean section and I consented. I was transferred to the operating room and was prepped and given spinal anesthesia. I was really, really scared of the spinal anesthesia and I had to curl up as best as I could so that the anesthesiologist could palpate the right vertebral space. All this time, I was holding a rosary and praying that all goes well. After some time, I felt numb from the neck down. I was awake and there was music playing inside the operating room, which helped me relax.

I think it was only after 5 or 10 minutes until I heard my baby's first cry. I was so relieved that I said, "Hay salamat, lumabas ka rin." This got everyone in the operating room laughing. They brought him to me and I kissed him so sweetly. I prayed and was so thankful that I got through okay and we had our bundle of joy. All the pain was well worth it.