Thursday, May 19, 2011

Preparing for Our Children‘s Future



A few days ago, my wife and I talked about our children’s education. Particularly, with Gelo’s academic problem. We’re so worried with Gelo’s school standing lately. During his first year in high school, his grades went down and hardly made it in the line of eighty. My eldest son Gelo used to have good grades before, because my wife still have time to tutor him during weekends and after coming  home from work. Now Thea will be going to school this coming June, we’re worrying how to squeeze our time for our children, since our works now require more of our time. These really concern us both; we want our children to be able to finish college with good grades and be prepared to the challenges of the future. That’s why we’re planning to get a tutor for them so that someone will be able to assist them with their studies.



Ahead's Parent Orientation Invitation

Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend a short parent orientation about the value of children’s  college education. It was held at Ahead Review and Tutorial Center along Kalayaan Ave. at the Fort. I’m so glad I was invited because I realized that, most of the top ranking international companies’ only hire graduates from the top universities in the country. According to  Ms. Chi Achacoso  these are graduates coming from universities that bares the colors … Blue, Maroon, Green only. I already knew she was pertaining to the following schools: Blue for Ateneo University, Maroon for UP (University of the Philippines) and Green for the De La Salle University. Yes, it sounds a little bias I said to myself but it’s the truth. Ms. Chi discussed to us, the importance of graduating from these top universities. Yes, we do dreamed our children will finish college on one of these universities, and I believe premier college education will give them a better future and getting better chances of landing a good job.But she asked us, are your children ready for the admission examination?



Why Review?

“Why review?” Ms. Chi said. She explained that these three top schools prepare “Extremely Competitive Exams”. The college admission test is the most important exam, student will take in their lives. Because they can take it only once and unlike employment, bar or board exams - there is no repeat. Furthermore, based on her ratio presented; out of 100,000 students who took the exams only 10% of them will pass. She also discussed how the review should be done, and why should parent should seek professional help to make sure that their children are prepared.

Then she introduced to us AHEAD, I was impressed with the methods applied by the AHEAD Review and Tutorial Center to their students. They said, they always give the right preparation for the right exam. Students may cover and review on their own, the whole topic about math for two months but still not be thoroughly prepared for the algebra exam. They train their students how to take the actual exams thru simulation and diagnostic exams. They will only practice and prepare for the exam the will be taking.



When is the right time to prepare our kids for the College Admission Test?


After the discussion, Ms. Rossana Llenado President of AHEAD Review and Tutorial Center open-up the floor for questions. I have question in-mind but she accidentally answered it from another question from one of the parents.  I would like to ask her…”When would be the right time to prepare for the College Admission Test?” She answered, “A year before the actual exam would be a right and convenient time for the review. This will the student to practice more about the exam and eliminate cramming as well."  She also added that we are assured that their student will be trained by qualified lecturers coming only from these three (3) top universities. Impressive isn't it? That's why I will not hesitate to save some money for the review when my son Gelo reach 3rd Year. So what do you think?




If you're interested to know more about AHEAD Tutorial Service you can visit their website at: http://www.aheadtutorialandreview.com/ or

Visit the Facebook page if you have an FB account: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AHEAD-Tutorial-and-Review-Center/184637477273

You can also watch the video below more details:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ngiting Mister Donut: Mister Donut’s new smile (Press Release)

Mister Donut has been my one of my favorite when it comes to donuts. Their croissants and coffee is my all time favorite. That's why I'm supporting a friends campaign with this press released:




Simple joys can be easy to forget when things get hard and the pace becomes more hurried at work, in school and at home. It could be a crazy deadline or a cranky boss stressing you out. Maybe it’s busy mornings and downtown traffic. But however tough the daily grind gets, there should always be room for some cheer.

Ngiting Mister Donut:


Ngiting Mister Donut pertains to the new approach to food, service and the overall Mister Donut experience. People behind Mister Donut worked hard to ensure that everything is done to delight its customers. This can be seen through the new store décor, people and the deliciously innovative products tailored for Pinoys young and old.

Mister Donut’s Bavarian Frost in Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla flavors:

Mister Donut is the perfect snack to keep you company wherever you are. Grab some donuts on your way to work with a hot cup of coffee. Munch it in heavy traffic to lighten the mood. Feeling down and hungry? Bite into a Mister Donut for a quick pick-me-up. For those headed for the beach, grab a box and enjoy it with the barkada. You may spend hours on the road but at least you’ll have fun getting there.

The new Bavarian Frost:


Made with the highest quality ingredients, the Bavarian Frost is filled with mouthwatering Bavarian crème and glazed with your choice of either a rich chocolate, strawberry or vanilla icing. It is the perfect all-day feel good indulgence and a great pasalubong for the family.

New Shop Design:


When you visit Mister Donut today, a lighter, merrier store awaits boasting of bold and bright colors to complement the courteous crew’s upbeat energy. Donuts are kept and handled in a hygienic manner to ensure total food safety. And with each order comes a Ngiting Mister Donut, a warm and simple gesture that comes straight from the heart.

Where to catch the Ngiting Mister Donut:


Mister Donut is available at malls, markets, bus and jeepney terminals, LRT and MRT stations, 7-Eleven convenience stores, SM Cinema booths, Shell and Petron gasoline stations or any of the more than 1,000 Mister Donut branches found all over the country.



Photocaption:


“Mister Donut’s Bavarian Frost in Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla flavors – the perfect all-day feel good treat for yourself and a great pasalubong for loved ones.”

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Keeping your kids busy this summer.



After Thea’s graduation a few weeks ago, I was wondering of what activities to keep her busy this summer. I don’t want her to get stuck on watching movies or playing computer games in our internet shop. I really would like to make her summer experience fun but educational. A common summer activity for kids is usually swimming, but yesterday a friend invited me to a free trial of an Art lesson in Global Art Katipunan. It was a very fruitful and relaxing experience for me when I was introduce to Elber Or, Director of Global Art Katipunan. They let me experience some of their lessons under the Foundation Level and Advance Program. 



Learning Oil Pastel



First, I was asked to copy and draw an image of a dolphin using a pencil. At first I thought it will be easy, but when they asked me to color the dolphin that I drew using an oil pastel, it was really a mess. Here’s some photos of what had happened on my trial lessons:

Drawing the Dolphin

They let me drew the dolphin on my own way. It was easy for me because I use to draw and sketch during my teenage years. Although it was way back 1990's my last sketching stint, I managed to drew a successful dolphin....Lols.

The dolphin before the disgrace....Lol.
Everything was going fine after they let us color the dolphin using oil pastels, in which I thought it was easy.



If this dolphin is real, he'll curse me as its creator...

Teacher Jen explains different types of shade effects

After a few pointers about how to color using an oil pastel, I was able to redeemed my reputation. They instructed me me to use three shades of color that I pick and apply it in one stroke. "Up and Down... Up and Down... Up and Down...", then afterwards...

Pointers: No White spots, Make it Merge & Keep it Clean
At last!
My first Oil Pastel "Obra"!
With proper stoke of applying oil pastel, you can accomplish a smooth and waxy effect which is very attractive  to the eyes.

Global Art Free Session was a very relaxing and educational experience for me. Learning art for my kids will provide opportunity to develop and improve their creative expression, and self-esteem.Good thing,  I was able to visit their branch in Katipunan and experience a very therapeutic and education session with them. I believe their programs will unleashed your kids artistic potential  and will develop inter-personal skills as well. Art activities like this can be a very effective means of representing ideas and feelings held deep inside for children.

If you're interested of their FREE TRIAL and you're near Katipunan, You can visit them at Unit CU-4 Prince David Condo, Katipunan Ave. Loyola Hts, Quezon City or Contact Director Elbert Or at 383-6084, 546-4115 for more details. You may also email globalart.katipunan@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page.

They offer Art Lessons for the following levels:

Foundation Level - ideal for ages 4 to 6 years old
Basic Level - ages 7 to 10 years old
Intermediate Level - ages 10 and up
and Advance Program - for those who you like to undergo more serious type of art training.


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