Mathemagis: Math made Easy + Giveaway Results!!!

Math Manipulatives

Yipee!  The winners for the MatheMagis giveaway has been randomly picked by Rafflecopter (Rafflecopter, you make life so easy!).  Winners have been notified thru email.  Please see widget below to see the winning names.  Last names withheld for privacy.  Congratulations!  Thanks everyone for joining the giveaway!  Till the next one!

Exam week na!  How are you guys?  Deep breathing much?:-)  I know how taxing and stressful exam week could be not only for the students but for the parents as well (actually baka mas stressed pa tayo;-)).

Last week, when I attended the PTC of my daughter, phone lines were busy as I hear parents calling either their daughters or tutors listing the problem areas of their kids, math being the primary concern, as expected.  Lagot!  Cramming time!  And syempre math is a concept that cannot be crammed.  It takes time and lots and lots of practice to obtain understanding and mastery of the concepts.

If your child is having difficulty with Math, you might want to consider enrolling them in an after school program focusing on math, like Mathemagis.  Mathemagis is a Singapore based,  after-school enrichment program for children 4 – 12 years old.  It is founded by Mathematician, educator and mother, Joanne Sison.  I made an extensive write up on Mathemagis a year back (read my blog here) and my son has since joined several of their programs.

What I like about Mathemagis is that it focuses on conceptual understanding.  Kids are slowly introduced to the concept and are made to comprehend the why’s behind it.  I believe this way kids would end up understanding the concept better.  As such,  kahit bali-baliktarin pa ang nakakalitong word problem the kids would more or less still know how to answer it.  After the concepts are understood,  they proceed with procedural mastery and mental strategies.  Ganda ng methodology, hindi ba?:-)

Of course,  methodology is one thing, the teachers executing it is another thing and Mathemagis prides itself with Math/Physics Majors who underwent rigorous training on how to teach Singapore Math through the tutelage of Singapore trained Teacher Joanne.

If you guys want to make math a little bit easier, put a stop to cramming or maybe put a stop to math wars at home (nakakaubos ng dugo!!!), please do check out Mathemagis.

I know some, if not most, of you would love to try it out:-) Mathemagis is giving away five (5) [Read More...]

The Week that Was: Pig out to the Max!

Oh men!  I think I gained 5 pounds over the week.  As in pig-out to the max!

It is the birthday week of my firstborn and it was one eating fiesta after another!  It started with a lunch in Chili’s last Sunday.  A Miensan lunch and a special dinner at home on Tuesday.

My son’s favorite dishes from home Iberian Chicken and Vongole plus Sugarhouse’s Cashew Toffee Torte.

An overflowing potluck on Friday and ended with a buffet at Vikings today!

Grover!  Kung dating mukha akong 3 months pregnant,  ngayon ang tanong na sa akin, “Anytime now?”  As in!

Last Friday,  I helped organize an after QT (quarterly test) party for the classmates of my son at a classmates’ house.  I’m so happy because all the moms are so supportive and we got almost half of the class attending the party.

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And with any potlucks with so generous people,  the food was overflowing!  The boys were all over the house, swimming, playing basketball or football, basta burning calories.  While we moms,  oh my,  the moms were eating and chika galore from 12 noon till 6pm!!!  Ang saya!

As for our Vikings,  satisfaction to the max!  It is my family’s first time in Vikings.  We are really not into buffets.  First, medyo kuripot kami.  We compute the amount we are going to chunk and equate to how much we can buy if we cooked at home instead.  Once in awhile though we indulge ourselves in fancy dining and lavish buffets.   Secondly,  ok medyo jologs but may thinking kami na kailangan sulitin yung bayad so we stuff ourselves to the max, we regret it after.

So today ang mantra namin when we went into Vikings is  — Ang buffet dapat i-enjoy, hindi sinusulit.

We had a wonderful meal.  We were stuffed but we didn’t pig out to the max, ok maybe a little, but not over:-)

My usual fave at any buffet.  Salmon sashimi:-)

My usual fave at any buffet. Salmon sashimi:-)

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And steamed shrimps, crabs and baked oysters. Not in the picture but I equally love, roast beef and lechon!

Nice ambiance at Vikings Marikina.

Nice ambiance at Vikings Marikina.

Vikings delivered very well.  The selection is wide and the quality of food is very good.    My husband and I felt the quality of food and selection is comparable to hotel buffets already.  Although of course sa hotel they give you sugpo instead of suahe and the oysters are bigger and crabs fatter.   But generally it was very, very good.   The food is chosen, prepared and cooked well and not mass style. One of the best buffet, if not the best buffet, that isn’t in a hotel, my husband says.

The restaurant is well kept and clean and it even has the hotel feel to it.  The service was also very efficient.  They are fast in replenishing empty food trays and the waiters are very attentive in cleaning up your area so you can get your nth plate:-)  Since it was my son’s birthday,  giving my son a birthday cake (which you can take home) and singing him a simple happy birthday (by the staff) added a nice touch to the mini-celebration we had.  They also have a special birthday treat for celebrants.  If you are dining on the day of your birthday,  celebrant is free as long as accompanied by one paying adult.  If you are dining within the month of your birthday,  celebrant is free as long as accompanied by four paying adults.  Bring an ID with photo with birthdate or for kids ID plus photo copy of birth certificate for birthday verification.  Lastly,  do make reservations in advance since the resto can be full especially on weekends.

Tomorrow, I swear diet na!

How about you?  How did your week go?

For more details on Vikings branches, rates and promos, please click Vikings Philippines.

Disclosure:  We paid for my family’s entire meal at Vikings, Marikina.

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See you soon, Kapatid: Western Union Reunions

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”… naks!   Malungkot ano?  Tatlo lang tayong magkakapatid mag-kakaiba pa tayong sulok ng daigdig napunta.  Pero di bale we share a lifetime of memories.”

That was the beginning of my letter to my youngest brother when he moved to Canada 3 years ago to be with his Filipino-Canadian wife. Three years since, my brother who was based in Singapore for 10 years is back in Manila and my youngest brother in Canada became a daddy to my first ever “pamangkin” (on my side).

I miss my youngest brother.  With an 8 year age gap, he was the darling of our family.  I still remember the day he was brought home from the hospital and my other brother and I screamed in delight when he arrived.  We doted on him, teased him, and yes, asked him to do chores for us.

His wit is canny and his jokes have impeccable timing.  As in one liners na swak sa katatawanan.  And most of all, he has a good and kind heart.  Siya ang pinaka-mabait at walang topak sa aming magkakapatid:-) That’s my brother, Seggy.

He is crazy about my kids and my 2 kids adore him. I feel a bit sad for my third and youngest child because he will not get to know his “masayahing” Ninong Seggy too much.  He left for Canada a few months after the baptism of my youngest.

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Syempre bumaha ng luha sa EDSA that fateful day of August 2011 when we said our farewells.

“Malungkot sa umpisa kasi ma-miss mo ang Pinas at lahat kami dito pero ganyan talaga in the end we all carve out a new space for our new family.” My letter went.

Now, we communicate through Facetime or Skype every so often.  We still manage light banter and update each other on anything under the sun.  Actually, mostly on our kids.  He is doing such a wonderful job as a new dad to my super-duper cute nephew, Ben (as in ala Benigno Aquino).

Ben is just so adorable we are all dying to meet him.  As my daughter exclaimed,  “My first cousin ever (My side. The youngest cousin they have in my husband’s side is 15 years older than them)!!!”  I’m also eager for my youngest (now 3) to finally really interact with the Tito Seggy his siblings speak so fondly of.  A reunion is very much in order.

I can already imagine all the fun we will have when we finally meet again and have that much needed reunion.  Ang saya!!!!  Balik sa maliligayang araw nung bata pa kami na asaran to the max at ngayon may new additions pa sa gulo with our families.  My parents, who are not getting any younger, will be delighted to see us siblings with our families and hopefully exclaim to themselves,  “All went well:-)”

I was delighted when Western Union, the trusted money transfer service all over the world, announced that they will be having a promotion to make reunions possible by bringing hundreds of Filipinos home.  Woohooooo!!!!!  Kami na yan, kami na sana yan!

Western Union Reunions, will give Filipinos abroad a chance to be reunited with their loved ones back in our beloved Philippines.  Western Union Reunions in partnership with flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, will be giving away 30 roundtrip airline tickets to participating countries! Participating countries are yes! Canada, UK, Australia, Norway, Italy, etc.  (T&Cs are specific to participating countries.  For those in Canada, please visit http://westernunioncanada.ca/reunion page for complete promo details).

Sooo looking forward to our Reunion! To my dear brother, Seggy, ang Pilipinas mong mahal at kaming iyong mga kaanak are just a breath away.  See you soon, kapatid!

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Disclosure:  Thanks to Western Union for sponsoring this heartwarming post.

 

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