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.


Monday, March 28, 2011

My Sugar Went Up Again Tsk Tsk Tsk....



It started early weeks of March, 2011, I been feeling awful at work. I often have headaches. That’s why I decided to consult a doctor last March 17, and requested our HMO Clinic - Fortune Care for an Annual Physical Examination have some lab examination for my sugar. I’m very grateful that our Fortune Care HMO granted my request. I discovered that my sugar went up to 358 mg/dL in which it is twice the above normal sugar level (126 mg/dL). That’s I was force to lessen my carbohydrate intake and lessen my rice consumption from 1 cup to ½ cup only. I was advised to do some exercises and make sure that I don’t miss my medicine. One reason why my sugar went up… it’s because I stop taking my medicines for almost two weeks. 



Meantime, while waiting on my result I noticed that the Fortune Care nurses really look professional on their new blue nursing uniform. The scrub tops really matches the shade of the clinics and company logos. The nursing scrub really looks very comfortable on them.

Good thing my company Going Straight, enrolled us to Fortune Care Health Services. All my laboratory examinations and consultation was all taken care of by Fortune Care. I only spent for my transportation and medicine. I would like to thanks in this post the Fortune Care doctors and nurses at Imus Branch. Fortune care nurses are very approachable; they always talk to you with a smile. They were very accommodating. 

With this experienced diabetic patient like me should not neglect intake of medicine.  For those who would like to know symptoms of diabetes see the  image that I've found below:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Excited with the Black Mamba Movie

Are you a Kobe Bryant Fan? Well I'm. I'm so excited about KB's latest movie "The Black Mamba", staring Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, Bruce Willis, and Danny Trejo. It is a Nike Basketball production, directed by Robert Rodriguez. Below is the two official trailer:



As the trailers show, The Black Mamba highlights Kobe’s everyday determination and “fight to the finish” spirit.



The movie will be premiere on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the Ronac ART Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Second Thoughts on Buying a Motorcycle

I've been planning  to buy a motorcycle since last year to save some money from transportation. My wife always disagree with me because there's a lot of fatal motorcycle accident in Dasmariñas City. After her cousin's husband loss I couldn't blame her. But I always don't listen to her, not after seeing this accident with my own eyes.


This picture was taken early this morning a bus hit a motorcycle and the motorcycle driver was rush right away to the hospital.


Starting today, I will never insist my wife on buying one and I would rather save my life than save money for my transportation.

Just Sharing!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Some Thoughts on Regine Velesquez and Christine Hermosa's Wedding Gowns

I know it's kind of late, but the Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid nuptial held last December 22, 2010 at The Peak, Terrazas De Punta Fuego is probably one of the star studded showbiz events  for 2010 and safe to say it's the wedding of the year for 2010. To bad I have missed to follow during the holiday season as I was so very busy with a lots of thing online and offline. Anyway, it just came across in our (wife) conversation about the wedding dress of the bride in which it was designed by Monique Lhuillier the red gown. It was stunningly beautiful with the fare complexion of the bride. We've just notice that the RED gown was kinda daring to wear as a wedding dress for a Filipina. But it turned-out to be really great on her . Well congratulation to great couple.



A month after, another showbiz wedding was held in Batangas. It was Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Boy Sotto's Nuptial last January 12, 2011, at the Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas. We thought she would be wearing a pink wedding gown on her walk to the altar. But we're surprised she wore a  beautiful and elegant white wedding gown other the what we saw on a cover page of the Metro Wedding Magazine  on January 2011 issues. Note, it was already Kristine's 2nd marriage. The 27-year-old actress was previously married to actor Diether Ocampo in 2004, but they filed an annulment the following year. Their marriage was annulled last February 2009.



Then after a while our discussion went on about planning and designing our own pink wedding invitation few years from now. But these are some random thoughts I wanted to share with you guys  What do think about two nuptial? Who do you think will be next prominent celebrities will be sending wedding invitation for 2011? 

Share your thought, too. And thanks for reading...


Monday, January 31, 2011

My New Year Resolutions

Each new year has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.  2010 has been fruitful for me and to my family. I'm very thankful, that last 2010 the good  Lord gave me my youngest daughter Anaya, and I was able to close several projects for Qlick Cafe. Now it's time to look forward for another year positively, and I'm looking forward accomplishing my two (2) new year resolutions.




1. Get Fit and Join Fun Runs this year. - This year I really wanted to get back in shape. I really need be fit to avoid complications from my diabetes.I'm planning to go down from 218lbs to 180lbs at the end of the year.  With the help of the internet I'll be watching out for fun runs and joining healthy blogging activities this year.


 
2. I will save some money for my MCSE Certification. I'm planning before the end year, I will take up MCSE training  and hopefully will pass the exams, too. I will save at least 1000 per month for the training and the exam before end of the year. At the same time, I will prepare for it by doing some online study with the help of the new Globe Tattoo SuperStick, I can get updates, research and information in a flash. The SuperStick can run as fast as 3mbps, that's why by downloading videos and case studies will never be a problem. For as low as P 1299 per month, you get your Tattoo SuperStick and share it up to 5 devices at the same time, it will give us big savings.



So what is your new year resolution? Can you tell me how'll you intend to keep them?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winila Spending Small Winning Big...

Last December 11, 2010, Jayson Biadog gave me a 40 Bid Cards from www.winila.com in which I've bought a pair of Havaianas for wife for only P304.00. On a retails store, it usually cost P 850.00 which Winila gave me a P 546.00 savings. I bought it online last December 15, 2010 using my visa card after not winning the bid. I bought it as a Christmas gift for my wife.  It usually take only one week to claim the item, but I was able to claim it after Christmas because of the holiday break.


What is Winila?


 


Winila is a new and exciting online shopping site, which offers your favorite products in an auction model with SAVINGS UP TO 95%. You can also buy products directly online for the standard retail price. With each Bid placed the price of the item on which you are bidding increases by the amount specified. Each new Bid adds 15 seconds to the auction. Once the auction time goes below 20 seconds it will never go over 20 seconds. The auction ends when the auction clock reaches zero. The final bidder is declared the winner. 

Thanks to Jayson Biadog and for giving the bid cards and Winila.com for the Havs!




Sunday, January 9, 2011

Minute Maid Pulpy has No Presevative Added!


What a refreshing drink!

I just drank a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy. They say it’s got ‘no preservatives added’. Aw, c’mon…It’s bottled juice. Is that even possible? So I thought maybe... it is just another marketing campaign like the other bottled orange drinks.But when I tasted it, It is a really a thirst quencher after a basket ball game and it really tasted like squeezed oranges.



I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it’s got no preservatives added.  So I read the ingredients (even the fine print) and everything checked out! It really has NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED!  That means it doesn’t have ingredients that may turn out to be allergens, or worse...carcinogens!  Whew! Now that’s healthy goodness that tastes so good, I said what?!... a natural drink can be this major ... major ... delicious? It really taste like real oranges and it has a whole orange pulps which gives a new refreshing experience.

So okay, it’s got no preservatives added. That’s really good, right?  Not just because it doesn’t have those icky, harmful ingredients, but it also means... It is a real natural and nourishing drink for the for the whole family.

So far anyone who still has a hard time believing that Minute Maid has got no preservatives added - meaning it's THAT natural, it's almost like it's plucked straight from the tree, it's just as Mother Nature wanted your orange juice to be, it's got nothing but the good stuff yes, none of those potentially toxic stuff that can harm your brain, kidneys, heart; cause tumors aargh- the list of preservatives' bad effects just go on!!! Anyway, just to prove a point on just how good Minute Maid Pulpy is 'cause it's got NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED, I'm gonna be drinking Minute Made Pulpy Orange more often and I'll make sure that my children have it for their "baon" too.



Feels good to know about the real pulpy deal, right? C’mon show me a smile on the comment box, and you might win yourself a Really Pulpy Deal! (That’s a chance to win a Minute Maid gift pack simply by commenting. Sweet! C'mon you just might be picked as the lucky 'commentor'!)

Love,


Jhong Medina

http://qlickblogs.blogspot.com

P.S.

Thanks to Janette Toral for mentioning this contest.


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