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August 29, 2013

Internet


Opinion Questions:


1. Have you ever thought  before of having the internet now?


2. How did you feel when you first used the internet? 


3. What are the advantages of internet? How about disadvantages?


4. Do you think there would be additional developments of the internet in the future? 


5. Is there something you don't like about the internet? Why?


6. Nowadays, children are also using the internet, at what age is it appropriate to use the internet? Why? 


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 



Short story: The Shadow

It was 4: 00 am, she woke up from a dream she never expected. Suddenly, the door opened. Without hesitation, she peeped out from the dark and nothing she could see. She rubbed her eyes for a clearer sight but still nothing. She decided to get back in bed, but before she could, she saw a shadow. She felt a chill. She collected her courage and moved forward, leaving the door slightly open.  

Who are you?, she said. No answer. The shadow is moving away from her direction, slowly, as if trying to tell her to follow. She followed and they reached the living room. Please tell me who you are, she begged. The shadow turned around to face her and said. You don't really recognize me, do you? She thwarted and said, I would be willing to get to know you more and the reason why you are here. The shadow answered, I have been here ever since you were here, you just kept ignoring me. 

The shadow moved closer to her and uttered. You have got to recognize me. Search within you and you will soon realize who I am.  And then, the shadow was gone. She was left stunned trying to surmise something  is going on. But she couldn't come up with a clue. 

She tried to forget the scene and went back to her room. And the alarm started to ring. It's time for work, she said.


Note: This is also published in bubblews.com with the same and only one username.

August 28, 2013

War

Opinion questions:


1. When you hear about war, do you think of the ancient battles like Greece and Rome, World War II or the ones that we face today? Could you point out the differences of the ancient wars from that of today?


2. What do you think is the root of all these wars that we have faced in the past and that of today?


3. Is there any good from war?  If there is, what are they? 


4. Some people choose to serve in war, why do you think so? What can you say about those people who don't?


5. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who experienced war? What did you learn from that person?


6. Is there any possibility to avoid war? How?


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 

August 22, 2013

Multicultural Society


Opinion Questions:


1. Would you like to be living in a multicultural society? Why or  why not?

2. What are the advantages of multicultural society? 

3. How would you imagine your country having a mixed            society? Do you think your country is ready for it?

4. What kinds of cultures would you like to adopt? Why?  Is  there any culture you have that you would like to give up?

5. What are the problems the people would encounter in a        multicultural society?

6. Which nationalities would you like to be migrating to your  country?


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 

August 21, 2013

Ageing Population

Ageing couple hand in hand crossing the street.


Opinion Questions:

1. What picture forms in your mind when you hear "ageing population?"

2.Scientist were always looking for ways on how to extend life expectancy and it seems that they succeeded. Would you consider this as an achievement? Why or why not?

3. What are the pros and cons of ageing population? 

4. How can we encourage people in an ageing society to get married and have children? 

5. Is it possible for a certain race to become extinct in next hundred years? If so, which race?

6. Would you like to live more than 80 years old? Why or why not?

7. How does the government try to solve this issue? 


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 

August 20, 2013

Traffic



Opinion Questions:


1. How would you describe the two pictures above?


2. Why is there traffic specially in rush hours?


3. What would you do if you are in the middle of traffic and you are almost late for an appointment?


4. In which country does traffic seems to be severe, underdeveloped, developing or developed country? Why?


5. Would you prefer to drive your own car in a heavy traffic or take public transportation? Why?


6. What are the common traffic rules that people break in your country?


7. What are other problems arises if there are two many cars on the road?


8.  What is the difference of the road situation now compared to 10 years ago?


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 

August 19, 2013

Sports

Nowadays, sports is becoming a part of our daily life.

Opinion questions:


1. How do sports today differ from that of the past?


2. Why do some people become crazy about sports?


3. Would you agree if sports determines someone's status in the society? Why?


4. How does sports contribute to the economic status of a country?


5. One reason of corporal punishment in schools is because of sports. Do you think it is a good way to train athletes? Why or why not?


6. If you are a coach, how would you train your athletes? How would you build their confidence? How would you react when your team lost a game?


7. What are the pros and cons of being an athlete?


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 

August 18, 2013

Sibling Rivalry

Opinion Questions:


1. How was your relationship with your siblings when you were growing up?


2. Did your relationship change once you became adults? How?


3.What are the common reasons why there is a sibling rivalry?


4. How do you think conflict between children affect their relationship in the future?


5. In which kind of family does sibling rivalry usually occur? Big or small family?Why?


6.In your opinion, what do you think are the ways for parents to resolve this kind of issue?


7.What do you think is the best teaching we can impart to children to avoid sibling conflict?


8.What kind of parenting styles have you seen most effective in your society?


Note: This is created for my ESL classes. 

August 14, 2013

Extra TV viewing of toddlers hurts them later in Kindergarten

According to a Canadian researcher, every additional hour of television viewing done by toddlers hurts their vocabulary, math skills and classroom focus later in Kindergarten.

Professor Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal discourages watching television during infancy (from birth to 1 year old) and not more than 2 hours a day is encouraged after age 2.

This is the first time they have seen the relationship of too much television viewing and kindergarten risk for poor motor skills and psycho-social difficulties like bullying.


These study suggest for a better parental guidance and awareness because every extra hour of watching TV seems to have a negative influence on children. 

August 12, 2013

The feeling is so strong... "I miss my friends"

Sometimes taking a nap doesn't give a good thing. Tsk tsk tsk! After watching a movie today, I took a nap before my class starts at 3 pm. When I woke up, I was in a bad mood. One reason, people are so noisy around. They are doubling the sound of the rain with their nonsense talks! Talk about being insensitive in this place. After the bad mood, I felt like I wanted to talk to a close friend. I started browsing my photo albums and found some photos of me and my friends I treasure very much. I MISS THEM. Too bad, we can just talk virtually. I wanted to buzz them but I am sure they are busy. So then, I just made my eyes tired looking at our photos. This kind of feeling calls for a break and a meet-up I guess. I hope they are available by that time. Sometimes, it is not good to be workaholic but what can I do, I have responsibilities --- things I didn't plan to abandon although it is hard and it means sacrificing my own happiness. 

Below are the photos that made me smile today:

From L to R: Gael, Jel and Me.
We met this year but I miss them. Thanks guys for the friendship and for understanding me always.

Zen and me at her wedding day. 


I guess this was the last time we met if I am not mistaken. Wow! Time flies I guess. We've a got a lot of things to talk about. I hope we can meet up soon. Thanks for the laughter bessie. You crack me up! You just do it at my worst.

Me and Ava (we were very young then, :D)
There were so many things happened in our lives, Ava dear. Things that we have yet to tell. I miss your company as always, the funny stories in the middle of the night at a convenient store drinking beer or at your car enjoying your favorite music.

Friends I would never forget. Friends who accepted me for who I am. Friends who showed me I am not alone. Friends who opened up the other side of the world to me. I miss you guys. :(



August 9, 2013

Finally writing about it...

Expect the unexpected, I always tell my friends and family. I guess I have to practice what I am preaching now. I had overseen everything from the beginning and I think the kindness, eagerness and sincerity I had shown were all put to a different perspective. The story goes this way....

 I have met this person, I will name him Student I (introvert) last July 9,2012. The usual thing went on, I introduced myself, hoping that he would do the same thing even just a bit of it. Well, he told me his name, his age, ( which I don't often get from my students), his job, where he is now. One thing I won't forget from the first meeting was, "I don't have hobbies". It hit me like a cold ice, this guy's life is boring then, I thought. The next day, he is my student again. His interest with my lesson lasted for a year. So I have been talking to him from July 2012 to July 2013. Wow! I couldn't believe I had pushed my patience so hard to give a decent lesson to this guy. And his interest? MEDICINE! What the hell would I do to make my brain understand the ins and outs of this field?! I took the challenge positively, did my best to provide topics that are within his interest alone. With the length of time that we were talking to each other, I had discovered so many things about him.

Problem 1:
He couldn't figure out his opinion based on abstract knowledge. Everything for him should be scientific. Without proper explanation of mechanism of certain event, it doesn't exist for him. Talk about being NERD here! Or basically, he just refuse to let other people know his perception.

Solution:
I provided him topics that are proven facts. Theories is fine for him but it should be presented in a way that there is a possibility to prove him with substantial amount of data.

Problem 2:
He kept telling me he wanted to speak out more but he just doesn't have the courage to do so. Is he shy or introvert? I had concluded the latter before but now I have proven that he is not. He's totally SHY.

Solution:
I dug up the internet for different articles and advise even positive views of being shy or introvert. I used a lot of examples of people living their lives in solitude yet they made extraordinary things and made themselves known to others in a rewarding way. Eleanor Roosevelt and Gandhi would be the perfect examples which Susan Cain mentioned in her TedTalks: The power of introvert. I had given these examples and I had hoped it would encourage him to use his personality in a good way rather than make shyness eat him. But I guess I failed.

Problem 3:
I am fully aware that we have mood swings. Sometimes, we don't think of other people when we do so. Even so, I tried my very best not to show those mood swings that I sometimes have. But I guess he is not doing the same thing. He's sometimes in the influence of alcohol, if not, he's still drinking. Well, I didn't mind that. I just told him that it is better to talk to him if he is in his normal state of mind. Every time he's drunk in class, I feel scared and nervous and I can't concentrate with the lesson.

Solution:
IGNORE.

Recently, he did something I never expected. He contacted me using his private skype ID and he said he misses me and wants friendship, this was after awhile of not having a lesson. I was surprised because he is the least person I would expect to do so considering the above mentioned personality. And also the fact that after all the efforts I had made for our lesson, he gave me a bad evaluation recently. Well, I can't please everybody.

One thing I wouldn't ever forget is, one time when we had 5 minutes left for the lesson and he suddenly went quiet or maybe left without saying goodbye. I was like crazy saying  "hello, are you still there?" many times. The next time I had class with him again, I asked what happened and he just laughed. I couldn't contain my disappointment and so I told him: "If you don't respect me as you teacher, I would ask a favor to please respect me as a person." I know this, HIT HIM HARD! But he DESERVE it.

I am hoping that he is not going to take my lesson again because it wouldn't be like it was. I will be always remembering the time that I was DISRESPECTED by him who has a doctorate degree and who is now working at Harvard Cancer Center. This shows that no matter how high a person's education is, he/she could still be an ill-mannered homo sapien.

I am thankful that I still have respect in him so I chose not to mention his full profile in here because I am sure his integrity is somehow going to be ruined if I do so.



Note: This is also published in bubblews.com with the same and only one username.


August 6, 2013

Emperor: "If you understand devotion, you will understand Japan"

Photo taken from: http://www.nipponcinema.com

History is very difficult to comprehend specially if we are given a one-sided information. I have learned from elementary to college about WWII but I think it is just a small part of it. I was angered to know that Filipino soldiers were killed and my ancestors had experienced hardships and that was a one-sided emotion. I didn't ask myself, "How bad it is for the Japanese people after atomic bomb?"

This movie "Emperor" is set after the surrender of Japan during the WWII.  This is the investigation as to who initiated the war. The process is focused on the emperor, whether he should be condemned and be hanged as a war criminal.

General Douglas McArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) ordered General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) to conduct the investigation. Fellers being in love with a Japanese woman who is an exchange student in the U.S way back in college would play a critical role in making his final decision if Emperor Hirohito is guilty in giving orders to instigate a war. 

I had come to realize why most Japanese people now are still reserve. It is not that it is difficult to express ones feeling but it is deeply rooted. It runs in the blood and in my opinion, no certain culture would change the fact. I totally misunderstand most Japanese people since I started working with them. I, being straightforward is anxious and challenged enough to make them speak out. I think my mission is going to fail knowing this fact.  I totally understand now that they are hundred percent devoted to their culture and country just like how their Emperor does.

Japan being the oldest monarchy of all monarchies has a a very unique one. Their Emperor is considered God, a symbol of Japanese. A person whom they will respect and wouldn't give up even it means taking their own lives. I have come to learn that being the Emperor of Japan is not earned because of ambition but because of modesty and calmness, yet has the courage to defend and choose which is right for its people even it will mean sufferings for him. 

Suicide is one thing I can't fathom. However, now I realize that it is performed thousand of years ago in Japan. They believe that if they are of burden to the many, it is better to take their own lives. If I will try to insert the concept of "devotion" in here, I would do the same thing but things are different in my culture. 

Learning the two sides of history made me better understand their culture. Although it is just a glimpse of it or let's say, what I have seen is not all factual, it still triggered me not to question ones culture but to respect them. Respect begets respect. 

I am very thankful to the one who recommended me this movie. A student of mine who I choose to keep her name unknown. 



August 2, 2013

Barangay Election 2013: Last Day of Registration

Voting for the political candidate you think deserving is a responsibility and a right, however, it doesn't seem that way in my area.

July 31st was the last day of registration. My husband and I went to the registration area at 8 in the morning. There were many people waiting for their names to be called to finish the registration process. Most, their second or third day to go there. Everybody is hoping that we will all be accommodated. One hour passed, nothing happened. I can still see people smiling, enthusiastically talking to each other. Two hours after, those smiles are slowly fading, cheerful conversations started to become complaints. I was patiently waiting for our turn hoping that before my class starts, I would be able to register. I was unfortunate. It was 11 am when they started calling names and it is taking so long. I gave up and decided to go back home, disappointed. I could not imagine how those people work. They know that it is the last day of registration and they should speed up a little but they didn't I am sure. I maybe talking like this because of disappointment but I am aware they didn't do their best to accommodate many.

There are things I have noticed during the registration; things I couldn't imagine. The woman in charge for double checking the forms kept on saying, please complete the form, fill out this area, don't forget your signature and so on. My questions is "Are these people reading the forms?" And what's more surprising is, they are teenagers, ages 16-19. The moment I hear those things, I imagine those juvenile delinquents. I seldom see the street quiet. It is often noisy because they are outside even late at night talking loudly without even thinking people are asleep. Most of them drunk, they own the place because of their noisy motorbikes around this area. They seem tough when you look at them. But they can't even fill out the forms correctly. They look like they can't hurt a fly at the registration area because they know nothing. Maybe not all but I can only count on the fingers of my hand who is capable to vote. The question is, if most voters are illiterate, who would they vote for? Poor barangay! It is hungry for change but it is impossible to happen for now. 

I just hope that this barangay election will turn out good on October. Fingers crossed!