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Summer’s over, back to regular programming

Finally, the frequent afternoon rain showers lately have given Metro Manila residents some respite from the heat. Of course when it’s not cloudy or raining, the humidity and heat is still bad. But hey, at least we get cooler air after the brief showers.

But this also means summer is officially over, and, oh yes, indeed it’s back to school soon! In fact for my kids, that’s just in *deep breath* 7 days! Arrggh! I can’t believe it. Summer just breezed through!

You know what, it’s a shame but my family did not even get to go on one beach trip. Sucks eh? Now it’s too late to be planning something like that, though actually it’s what hub and I was talking about before we went to sleep last night.

Anyway, POC Wellness has a back-to-school theme going on. I thought the parents who read my blog might want to check out the articles and find something helpful: Continue reading Summer’s over, back to regular programming

Tribute to Emmett Brown Asuncion, UB Science High Director

UPDATE: 2 May 2016. I have just come from this year’s alumni homecoming of our school. Our special guest was Dr. Reynaldo C. Bautista, who told of the beginnings of the Sci Hi. The original concept was for a Star Science Section, a cream-of-the-crop class of elementary graduates from different Baguio schools (preferably public schools.) Dr. Bautista wanted the class to excel in Science and Maths, so he took the brightest college instructors to teach the Star Section. He also eventually took in Emmett, who was then a seminarian who taught at the Ateneo Grade School, to teach Latin and Logic. I found it necessary to update this post, to give due honor to the one who envisioned this school and turned it into a reality – Dr. Rey Bautista Sr. Thank you, sir!


Every time I tell my children stories of my Science High school days  – how fun it was, while, at the same time, unusual – they can’t help asking if they could study in that school too.

It was fun because we had so many activities – camping, cultural plays, Christmas Cantatas, the grandest and most unique (at least in the old days) cheering competition in Baguio.

It was an unusual school too.  We had no permanent building – in all my four years there, the school moved four times. The students stood out wherever we went because of how we addressed each other  – the customary Ilocano way of showing respect: manong, manang and ading. Of course, young kids wearing neckties will always stick out, anyway.

All students were scholars, paying only a minimal miscellaneous fee. I remember at one time, my yearly fee was only about Php575.00.

Oh yeah, we were taught Latin and  that “English is the official language.” Anyone caught not speaking in English would be punished by writing the phrase until the blackboard was full. (Though I don’t think anyone was unfortunate enough to be punished so during my time.)

This unusual school – a prototype for all science high schools to come in the Philippines – calls one man its father: Emmett Brown Asuncion.

“Am I speaking sense?”

That is the question he often asked after a long discourse.

Of course, he always spoke sense. After all, Emmett is probably the best teacher I’ve ever had.

It was Emmett who taught me little things that I now find myself passing on to my kids – Continue reading Tribute to Emmett Brown Asuncion, UB Science High Director

Nearly-preschool Nate

Nate just turned three two weeks ago.

In a year, he will officially be going to pre-school. I’d like to think he will be ready by then.

He is now toilet-trained – only wears diapers during the night and when we go out (more for our convenience, hehe). He is not a picky eater too, so I guess teachers won’t have any difficulty feeding him… Well, except that he has lots of food allergies.

And, oh, his vocabulary is fantastic! He can name (and mimic) most wild animals – his favorites being tiger (roaar!), lion (growl!), snake (hisss! with matching tongue-wagging), e(le)phant, and dragon (with matching fire-breathing). I know, the last one doesn’t count as ‘wild animal’, but, hey, we’re Chinese! 😛

He can blabber lots of mostly-intelligible phrases too:

“Tabi tayo ha, Mama.” (My heart melts!!! *swoon*)

“Yan chicken a(ller)gy ako?”

“Almost done, guys!” (Always cracks me up, LOL!)

“Watch ako Agent Oh-sow.” (He loooves this new show on Disney Channel, Special Agent Oso!)

“Waay kamiii!” (Translation: Wait for me!)

“Eeeew, yuck!” (when anyone kisses him)

I am contemplating, though, of enrolling him in a pre-nursery school when the second semester opens in November.

I know, I know! These things weren’t existent when I was growing up too! I mean –  I went to a public school for kindergarten, for goodness’ sake. And I turned out just fine… Right? (I guess??? I hope!)

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I Can Haz Separation Anxiety??

Finally, after over 3 months of summer vacation and of almost non-stop rowdy play at home, my two girls went back to school yesterday. I should be feeling relieved, glad for peace and quiet once more.

But what was that tiny kurot, kirot I felt the night before they went back to school? I was actually dreading it??!!

Yeah. I guess we never outgrow them. And I find this cliche – they will always be our babies – truer than ever. The house feels empty without those two girls (and with Nate on *sleep mode*). For a few moments after dropping them off on the first day of school, I felt alone in the quiet car, I thought I’d get lost and need gps systems to guide me. (awwww-ayyyy, haha! 😛 )

Now I really wonder how I’d feel when one of them gets a boyfriend or worse, a husband!!! *shudders*

That’s too much forward-thinking, hehehe. Back to the present…

I am happy that we enjoy every moment of bonding with each other. And yeah, call me smug, but I’m glad I felt this separation anxiety. It somehow brings comfort that I can still get it.

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Dashboard Lessons, Part 1: Mag-aral ng Mabuti

Whether I admit it or not, I like driving my kids.

Yes, it can get rowdy at the backseat sometimes. The bickering gets irritating. But driving them also gives me the chance to catch up with their lives, talk to them about various things, listen to their stories of the day.

On this day, the conversation kinda took a deep turn.


Scene: In the car, on the way home from school. Past 5 PM.

We drive by a public elementary school. It was dismissal time. Some kids were already on their way home, aboard tricycles. In front of our car was a slow-moving tricycle over-loaded with kids. The “back-load” (the seat space behind the driver) had 3 small kids around 7 years old seemingly piled on top of each other. In the sidecar – who knows how many are crammed in there.

I could only shake my head.

iMom: tsk, tsk tsk, tsk. Tingnan niyo yang mga bata. Kawawa naman. Pag na-aksidente sila, ano kaya mangyayari sa kanila? Grabe…

My two girls peek in front, but are silent for a while. Then VGood pops a question- Continue reading Dashboard Lessons, Part 1: Mag-aral ng Mabuti