Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sunday Brunch Buffet at Restaurant 101

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Subject: Sunday Brunch Buffet at Restaurant 101

Sunday Brunch Buffet at Restaurant 101

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - Summer 2011

I just would like to share this to all writers out there... 
From: dreamquestone
Subject: [pinoypoets] Please post news of the Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - Summer 2011

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest  is open to  anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: July 31, 2011
All contest winners will be announced on August 31, 2011
Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per short story.
$5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to: "DREAMQUESTONE.COM"
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit for further details and to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. "And remember, in whatever you do, it's okay to dream, for dreams do come true." –Dream Quest One
Pinoypoets reminder: All new members (particularly those based in Manila) are encouraged to attend the schedule General Assemblies. Members should also participate actively (in both on-line and off-line activities). Inactivity may lead to removal from the group.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Free Treat from Nescafe Rtd

Received this in my email and I just like to share it...

Good news!
To offer value-for-money this summer season, NESCAFÉ Ready-to-Drink Coffee is having a limited special offer in selected Mercury Drug outlets!

Free one (1) NESCAFÉ Ready-to-Drink can for every purchase of 3 cans of
NESCAFÉ Ready-to-Drink (Mocha and Latte Variants).

Initially exclusively available selected outlets of:

We in the NESCAFÉ Ready-to-Drink team would like offer this as our thanks during Nestlé's celebration of 100-Years in the Philippines.

Good day!


Nestlé Club Team

First Day of Scool

June 6, 2011, Monday was a very busy day in our home. I slept really late the night before; I prepared stuff my kids would need in school and woke up very early to prepare breakfast and packed snacks. Yes, it's back to school mode for our little ones and also for mommies and daddies. Each room in the house was a funny sight, Daddy was in the bedroom trying to steal Ian from his still very deep sleep. I was in the kitchen with Allen asking him to finish his breakfast, while I was preparing to leave for work.

I enrolled my kids in a public school where my brother and I spent our preschool and elementary education. The name of the school is Project 3 Elementary School; it is located at Molave street, Project 3, Quezon City . Allen is in the Kindergarten class and Ian is an incoming Grade 1. After the flag ceremony they headed to their classrooms, they have to squeeze their way into the huge crowd of students and parents. Public schools really have a bigger number of students in each class as compared to private schools. Many take advantage of the fact that there won't be expensive tuition and miscellanous fees to be paid. Allen went straight to his room excited to start his day. He approached each child crying infront of their parents begging them not to leave, he had this confused look on his face as if he wanted to ask those kids what's wrong. My husband never heard Allen whined or cried, he even saw him waved at him as if telling him that he should leave (parents are not allowed to stay in the classroom).Allen was a stand out among those bunch of kids, he sang and danced really well and surprised everybody and made lots of heads turn when he read and spelled words he saw on the blackboard. He named each picture he saw and sorted out different objects and wrote lots of words quickly with his amazing tiny hands. It was hot in the classroom and it worried us, Allen was so tired when he went out of the classroom but there's no doubt that he had fun.

Ian's first day of school was a different case. Ian can't speak as clearly as the other kids his age because of his delayed speech (that was diagnosed when he was 3 years old). But he is really eager to learn and interact with other children. During his nursery class last school year he was very liked by his teachers and classmates. He readily participated in each lesson his teachers taught him. Ian got accepted for Grade 1 in the public school though I told his new teachers that he can't speak some words very clearly and is not yet fast in writing and I was suppose to enroll him also in Kindergarten class. They said it was okay and they will guide the child and said that he is already 6 years old and has to be in Grade 1. I thought things would turn out okay as what those Grade 1 teachers said. But that first day of school made my heart sank. The teacher asked the boys to line up to go to the bathroom. She just gave them the instruction where the bathroom is and did not accompany them. Ian was the last in line, when it was already his turn four of his classmates played tricks on him while he was peeing and imitated the way he talks. Ian run  and told those kids to stop, instead they run after him played with his things and grabbed his snacks. The teacher kept on leaving the classroom full of, I guess 50 students. Though was told not to enter the classroom, Ian's nanny came and helped Ian. She fixed his things and made him stop to cry. She tried her best to look for the rest of Ian's things but Ian said the bad kids got them. Where was the teacher when those awful things happened? I was deeply worried for my elder son, what if he got locked in the bathroom or slipped and fell.

After knowing everything that happened I did not waste time to talk to the teacher nor find the parents of those four disrespectful boys. I told myself I won't let that happen again. I called Hands of Children School at Narra Street, Project 3, Quezon City (the school where Ian attended nursery) and told my story. He will be starting his classes in Hands... next week in the Kindergarten program of the school and when I told him his face looked excited and hopeful. The experience thought me these very important things:
  • The age of the child should not solely determine the class in which he should be enrolled in. The child's readiness should be top priority in choosing the educational program that he will go through.
  • Listen to your child and not other teachers or mommies with "know all" attitudes. I made a mistake of having that teacher influence my decision. I am also guilty of always consulting the wrong person telling me that Ian should be in a class ahead of Allen's because he is older "kuya siya e".
  • Allow the child to enjoy his childhood and not rush him into things that he is not yet ready to face. Accept him for his accomplishments  and join him in making those small steps.
  • As a parent do not consider everybody else's advice choose only those that come from persons who really understands the situation.
I would like to thank Hands of Children School, teacher Kina, teacher Malou, teacher Fil, teacher Malen, teacher Cristie and the rest of the staff for their continuous support. They have shown genuine love for their work and for all of the children that crossed their paths. This school (Hands...) saved us during that "dark" moment. I don't have anything against public schools despite what happened, in fact Allen is doing well in his class. Ian was just not ready and is not comfortable with that kind of environment.  For all parents out there, I hope you learned from our story, let us grow and learn together with our children.