Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Social Networking and eBusiness Conference 2008

Being in a social network opened many doors for me, I made friends, got invited to free seminars and even helped in making my dream of starting an online business a reality. As an educator I use social networks to be always in touch with my students, make sure information disseminations is easy and swift to reach them in order to supplement what we learn inside the classroom.

I also use the social network to keep in touch with family and friends all over the world and to also easily communicate with colleagues. We can’t escape it, social networking is becoming the norm, a ways of life. It makes time and distance almost insignificant, long distance relationship bearable.

The event Social Networking and eBusiness Conference Philippines 2008 is a very significant event and reflects the signs of the times. It shows that social networking and eBusiness is here to stay and grow bigger in the years to come.

The conference is organized by Fiera de Manila Inc. and the DigitalFilipino.com Club and will be held at Hotel Intercontinental, Ayala Avenue, Makati City on May 20 and 21, 2008.

Why would I like to attend the conference?
I would like to attend the conference to meet people with the same beliefs like me that social networking is here to stay. As an educator, I would like to improve myself and in doing so it would enable me to spread and share the benefits of social networking to my students and the academe.

One of my objectives this summer is to teach my parents how to use the Internet, teach them to communicate with our relatives abroad through social network sites, teach them how to blog and reach out to people with their same interests and beliefs. And the conference would give me insights on how to reach out to people like my parents that as of now are technically challenged.

As an entrepreneur I would like to open more opportunities for my business and the conference would help me improve my business through Internet marketing, affiliate programs and business networking.

Want to win passes to the event? click here

Monday, March 17, 2008

New ways to listen and learn

I got a free iPod shuffle when I bought my laptop last year and since then, using it changed many things for me. I am not really fond of listening music though the use of earphones but since listening on my iPod I gotten the hang of it.

I don’t just use it for listening to music, I also use it in listening to podcasts and recently I got this habit of listening on audio books on self help topics like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen F. Covey's bestseller on personal effectiveness and the Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I even found audio books on IT and business management topics.

The use of this small gadget is proved beneficial for me. I also have reflective, refreshing music played on it specially when I am traveling or I listen to audio books that I know will help me improve myself.

At present I am looking for audio on the teachings of the church to help me reflect this Holy Week. I read recently that the church is trying to bring the teachings of the Lord to the people through the use of technology like the Internet and for me this is very welcome for the at least you can find information readily about the Church. Even the “Pasyon” would have a Videoke in CD version available for the next generation to practice and appreciate.

I also would like to give an iPod to my father so that he can listen to his favorite “oldies” anytime(without torturing us with it all day on the radio). If only I can buy one for him or maybe win one for him. Maybe I will try my luck here: Register to win a new iPod shuffle at Camera World Auction.

The benefits of new technologies give us is changing the way we do things with ease and help us improve ourselves even at a press of a button.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lorenzo's Nursery Recognition Day

This morning was Lorenzo’s Nursery Recognition Day, after weeks of practice for the program and a year of studying; we finally attended the conclusion of Lorenzo’s Nursery Classes. The school said this day is the gift of the children for us their parents, it was a special and happy day for everybody.

We enjoyed the special numbers prepared by the children, Lorenzo even conducted the National Anthem(I’ll upload it in You tube soon). They showcased the skills and talent they had developed throughout the school year, they danced, sang and even performed a short play. It touched my loving mother’s heart how eager and good all of them were during their performances. I got teary eyed when the children sang then gave roses to their parents as a culmination of the ceremonies.

The Awards
Even though I attended their daily rehearsals I have no idea what awards would be given or if my son would receive any but just before the awarding portion got started my son whispered in my ear that he has 3 awards. To our surprise my son got the Most Friendly award! (I am one proud Mama indeed!). He also received Best in Mathematics and Reading, and is Top 5 in the class.

The Competitive Spirit
The biggest surprise I had was when Lorenzo cried during the awarding of the top 3 honors. He cried because he does not have a medal, that is when I realized how competitive my son was. It was a surprise for my husband and I for we are not that competitive. We told him that its ok, he is in Top 5 it’s enough and I motivated him that next school year we will study even harder together so he can be Top 1.

All in all I thank the Lord for giving me a bright and loving child and promised to nurture him to be the best that he can be.


Our Manila Ocean Park Adventure

We visited the newly opened Manila Ocean Park located behind the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park on my birthday last March 8, a Saturday with my husband Samuel, my son Lorenzo and my Mom. We have been waiting for the chance to visit the park since last year. The Park which was supposed to open December last year was finally opened last February 29. As a Filipino I am very happy and proud that finally we have our own Oceanarium in the country that showcases our rich marine life.

Since it was a Saturday the Ocean Park was full of visitors, we spent almost an hour waiting in line due to heavy crowds mostly groups of families just as eager to get in. There are food stalls in the lobby of the park where you can eat before you get in the oceanarium proper. It’s a good advice to eat before entering the oceanarium for it takes 2 hours to fully tour it and food and beverages are not allowed inside.

Some Information about the Manila Ocean Park I got from its website:

The Manila Ocean Park’s Oceanarium promises a "deeper experience" as it features an assortment of colorful fishes and invertebrates indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia contained in 12,000 cubic meters of seawater.
The Oceanarium journey is divided into six sections and each section will carry a Filipino name: "Agos"; "Bahura"; "Buhay na Karagatan"; "Pating"; "Ang Kailaliman"; and "Laot".

It replicates the water flow from a fresh water source that eventually leads to the open ocean, creating a model of interconnectedness between land and sea. It then takes one through the different depths of the sea showcasing each area’s beautiful and natural inhabitants

Its main attraction is a 25-meter long, 220 degree curved acrylic walkway tunnel. Visitors will be exploring the secrets of the ocean and surrounded by such underwater wonders without actually getting wet.

Other attractions we saw
The Park’s other attraction includes a multimedia exhibit/activity hall where children can participate in art/craft activities that aims to educate them in the importance to taking care of our marine environment. There are also a shark and an octopus mascots to keep the kids entertained.

The fish spa – another attraction on the park is this latest spa craze. On the second floor of the park you get to soak you feet in a pool filled with “doctor fish”, these fish feeds on dead skins cells of your feet and the whole process is pain free although you might feel a tingling sensation when they “feed on” you. My son and I tried it out and we enjoyed every minute of it. Although it costs P100/person is a great way of relaxing your tired feet from all that walking plus it’s educational and a great bonding experience for me and Lorenzo.

There is also a souvenir shop at the end of the tour. Other sections of the park are still under construction like the mall and the hotel that is said to open late this year.

My Oceanarium experience:
The experience was awesome! We got to hold a real live starfish, watch the sharks and fish being fed, saw a big spider crab and imagine playing with dozens of fish under the sea. To tell you the truth I am afraid of the sea but I love watching marine life(I have a 30 gal aquarium) so, going to the oceanarium is a great experience for me and my family and I have it all on video! (I’m still trying to edit them so I can upload it on You Tube.

As we leave the park I just hoped that it will be well maintained for I see myself visiting it over and over again.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Preparing to own a car

I’ve been putting off buying a car for years and since its will be beneficial for my family and my business I have decided that its time to have one. One reason I’ve put it off is because I don’t want to drive and that is the condition my husband gave a few years ago when I asked him if we could buy a car for he does not want to drive too. He has a quick temper and I get scared easily, plus I usually day dream while traveling or on the road not a good practice when you’re the one driving.

I asked advice from one of my uncles who is a company driver and he advised me to learn how a car works, its parts and information about cars or any other vehicles I am interested with. He advised me to enroll in a good driving school and he refused to teach me informally due to the fact it will be hard for both of us because of my zero knowledge in cars or even on motorbikes. I plan to enroll in a driving school this summer.

I am planning to buy a car before the year ends and I have plenty of time to learn about cars. What I do now is to familiarize myself on the different models of cars, I am also reading up on engines for I receive advises on what kind of engines to look for if I ever buy a second hand car. I am also more observant now while traveling, observing how the driver drives and navigate traffic. It sometime is scary when you think of driving around Manila.

I’ve always dream of owning a Honda car and recently came across an information about Honda launches VCM 643 and I got fascinated reading about engines and how it works. I have still a long way to go before I am driving my own car but at least learning about them is a move to the right direction.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Birthday Wishes, Hopes and Dreams

It’s my Birthday today, and I made the conscious choice of spending it with my family than at work. The lure of my work is really hard to refuse but at the end of the day what is more important is the family, the people you love most.

This day we will spend it in Manila Ocean Park, a new attraction here in Manila, maybe a dinner in a restaurant as the day end. There are only two kinds of food that I usually like to have on my special day one is spaghetti and a cake with candles so that I can make a wish as I blow them.

I don’t really have a wish list for my birthday for I don’t expect to receive any gifts but I have my secret hopes and dreams. I stopped expecting gifts from other people but what I would like is to accomplish and acquire my wants through my own hard work. It’s much rewarding that way.

As I grow older I realize that I reflect more on where I am at my stage in life, what I want to achieve in a year, in five years time and what steps I would take to achieve them. This year is very crucial for me, there are so many things at stake in the decisions I make.

The Secret Wishes
I would like to have another child soon. As my biological clock ticks ever so loudly I would like to get pregnant again, it may not be possible this year but next year definitely.

I want to have a Kitchen Aid mixer. I want one in red or pink. Do you know that I mix all my baked goodies by hand (I use a wooden spoon or spatula) unless the recipe explicitly says to use a mixer? This mixer is not cheap and since it’s not a necessity I won’t buy one unless I have saved for it.

I want to widen my role in the academe. As I mark my ten years in teaching I am ready for the next step, to make/conceptualize academic programs, create special trainings and conduct more extensive researches.

I want to volunteer in orphanages. I am searching an orphanage where I can spend my free time taking care of children. I believe I have so much love to share and it is one ways of thanking God for the blessing He has given me.

The Hopes and Dreams
One of my dreams is to treat my mother with a trip to Hongkong and China. My mom is a great shopper and a great way to bond with her is with a shopping trip!

I want to own my first car before the end of this year. Of course I got to learn how to drive first.

I want to have a physical store for my business and find the right people to help my operate it.

These are only for 2008 as for the next few years I’m keeping those secret dreams in my heart.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Happy 5th Birthday Lorenzo!

Happy birthday, dearest one,
Sweet child of my heart!
We've become one family,
Of which you are a part.

And so I sing out equally
To all of those who are
Mine by blood or fortune blessed,
No more, no less my star!

We are one in love and joy,
In fondness and in worth,
And so as one we celebrate
This day, your day of birth!

As a mother I believe that we must also celebrate the day that we bore our children. It is a celebration for entering into motherhood as much as a celebration of birth by the celebrant. Words cannot express what I feel today, so much happiness, so much love.

At this time I only have 3hours of sleep preparing for my son's birthday party held in his school but I don't mind. I would have made my own peom for Lorenzo but at this time words seems elusive. So I got this special poem from Nicholas Gordon for express what I feel for my son Lorenzo.