TEACH

Pros and Cons of Online Seminar for Teachers

It’s the 43rd Day of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines. Since everybody is mostly at home, some private companies are taking this opportunity to reach out to their possible clients.

In the field of education, there are several publishers who gave free online classes and seminars. These are offered to the teachers who are working from home. For teachers with reliable internet connection, this free online course and seminar is a great opportunity for them to work on their professional development. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, some teachers still exert effort on this. 

However, as I scroll my newsfeed on Facebook, I realise that there are pros and cons of online seminar given to teachers. Everything is in local context and is based from what I have witnessed for the past weeks.

Pros of Online Seminar

  • It is convenient. One can attend a seminar at the comforts of his home. Also, the attendee does not have to travel.
  • It is free. That’s it. Everything is accessible online. Materials are given online, too.
  • There is immediate feedback from the speaker. They also answer questions during their live discussions.

Cons of Online Seminar

  • Learning is not guaranteed because the attendee may be distracted while attending the online seminar. It is not assured whether he is really listening or not. Unless, he is very dedicated even no one is supervising him. (Who knows?)
  • Is there really free online seminar? Some facilitators of online seminar do not give the digital certificate to their attendees. Since it is free, some courses online (in the PH context), take time to provide feedback to their learners.
  • Lastly, it is easy to procrastinate especially nobody will supervise your progress. Only deadlines are given. Hence, it is quite challenging for procrastinators.

In my opinion, I still prefer the traditional seminars for teachers. I can be more attentive while I listen. I feel the sense of responsibility since I exerted time and money to attend that seminar. Still, since there is a COVID 19 crisis, this is not applicable to all. Maybe, I will try to look for more courses that will suit my learning style.

Share your thoughts, friends. What do you think? :>

PERSONAL

My Quarantine Routine

Staying at home for two weeks is tolerable. But, staying at home for two months is a bit challenging especially for an outgoing and busy person. I am used to doing lots of works all the time. I always plan my schedule one month advance. Hence, to stay too long at home is a challenge.

Good thing, we were able to cope. I decided to make my own routine *wow* to be productive without pressure. What is my quarantine routine?

My routine has no specific timeline because I still want to be kind to myself. I have decided to take a break from too much work.

Upon waking up, I drink water and play my wake up song on Spotify. When that song ends, that means that I have to get up. Sometimes, I change to my yoga clothes. After yoga, I prepare my breakfast. Of course, I would not miss my coffee. Then, I take a bath.

After my morning routine, I need to start working at 9:00AM until 12:00NN. If I finish my task earlier, then, I can have free time to scroll on my social media accounts.

I eat lunch at 12:00NN. Sleep from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. I force myself to go back to work at 3:00PM. Then, I take a break at 4:00PM. I usually take my early dinner at 6:00PM. Then, watch news and series later on. Sometimes, I evaluate my day whether I was able to achieve something or not.

Up to this writing, I was able to write more reflections on my Facebook page. Then, I also made vlogs for our diocesan youth page and St. Paul’s Facebook page. Also, I watched more series. I learned how to cook by myself.

Stay at home, friends, and always wash your hands.

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Here is a post-vlog photo endorsing my books. :>
PERSONAL

Tuna Pasta Recipe for Beginners

It’s the 15th day of quarantine, and upon stumbling on Youtube videos, I’ve decided to cook Tuna Pasta. I never cooked anything before (except for fried eggs). I never had the luxury of time to cook. It’s not just for me. I’m just lucky enough to have a loving lola who cooks everything for us.

Thus, this day was a extra-special. I’ve learned how to cooked Tuna Pasta. Mwahaha. I think, this is so far my greatest achievement last week. Tadan!

Recipe for Tuna Pasta (For Beginners)

Here are the ingredients. These are so basic that you can easily find them in your kitchen.

You just need Garlic, Onion, Tomato, 1/4 pasta, 1 can of San Marino Corned Tuna and Salt and Pepper to taste. (Naks. Legit?)

How to Cook Tuna Pasta (if you are a beginner):

  1. Saute onion, garlic, and tomato.
  2. Add San Marino Corned Tuna. (Not a sponsored post but who knows.)
  3. Add the cooked pasta.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tadah! And that’s my easy-to-cook Tuna Pasta! I’m so happy that I learned how to boil pasta and sauté the rest of the ingredients.

Please help me pursue this career. Comment any recipes which you think are easy to cook and to prepare for a dummy like me. Hahaha! Xie xie!

TRAVEL

Weekend Baguio Trip

Note: This is a super duper late blog post about Baguio.

It’s been weeks since my friend and I went there. Some Baguio-goers would follow the usual Baguio itinerary. What we did was so simple. We just visited the museums and allowed ourselves to immerse with so many artworks.

Ben Cab Museum

Museums are gift of humanity to the world. I would never skip any museum in every place that I visit. Hehe. Here are some of my favorite art works from Ben Cab.

 

Baguio Museum

We rode a taxi from Ben Cab Museum going to Baguio Museum. That cost us 120PHP I think. Unfortunately, Baguio Museum was being renovated so there were only few pieces for exhibit shown when we went there.

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Baguio Food Trip

After visiting some museums, we did our personal errands like eating lunch, strolling around the Burnham Park, and eating merienda. At 2:00PM, we went to our hotel and leave our bags there. We napped for a while, then went out again to eat Visco’s cake!!!

Here are some pictures taken at Burnham Park.

Lastly, we also visited Baguio Cathedral. Here’s what you can see inside.

 

Baguio Night Market

We looked forward to visiting Baguio Night Market. Here are some photos we took there. This is my favorite part of the day btw! 🙂

These photos are taken at the streets.

Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet

Of course, we cannot skip Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet. You can pick strawberries for 400PHP and up. It depends.

Here’s an up-close look at freshly picked strawberry.

Mines View Park

Okay. We went here because we bought pasalubong at The Good Shepherd’s Convent. Here are some of the flowers we saw at Mines View Park.

Mt. Cloud Book Shop

This bookshop is one taxi away from Mine’s View Park. Well, everything is accessible with taxis! Haha. Mt. Cloud Book Shop is an indie book store that sells indie and some traditionally published books. I believe, they are friendly to new authors. Don’t skip this place in your Baguio Itinerary! 🙂

There are really lots of places to visit in Baguio. You can enjoy Baguio in weekend as long as you could prioritise the places you wanted to visit. Hehe. For us, it’s mostly museum, food, and of course, church.

Here is our suggested itinerary in Baguio for weekend.

Baguio Weekend Itinerary

Day 1 

5:00AM – 8:30AM – Travel time to Baguio

8:30AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast at The Ruins

10:00AM – 12:00NN – Ben Cab Museum

12:00NN – 1:00PM – Baguio Museum

1:00PM – 2:00PM – Burnham Park

2:00PM – 3:00PM – Checked in our hotel

3:00PM – 5:00PM – Strolled at Session Road. Lunch. Etc.

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Dinner along Session Road

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Strolled at Night Market

 

Day 2 

9:00AM – 11:00AM – La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

11:00AM -12:00NN – Slow down for personal errands.

12:00NN – 2:00PM – The Good Shepherd, Mines View, and Mt. Cloud Book Shop

2:00PM – 4:00PM – Lunch at SM Baguio, Coffee, and Merienda.

5:00PM – 11: 00PM – Rode the bus going home.

 

Here is our basic Baguio Budget for Weekend.

Joy Bus going Baguio – 520PHP (Student Discount)

Victory Liner – 400PHP (?) (Discounted)

Hotel for one night – 1,500PHP (split into two)

Food, Entrance, Taxi – 2,500 (Estimate)

So that’s roughly 4,170PHP. We splurge our money on food and taxi. So if you want to explore Baguio budget-friendly, then public transportation is really recommended. 🙂

 

Stay safe and sane, guys.

 

ART

The Last Empress Review

I’ve been cringing to watch more Korean series after watching Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Recently, because of the enhanced community quarantine, I’ve decided to watch The Empress on Netflix.

It’s a fictional drama about the last empress of Korean Empire. So basically, the emperor was into killings, and prejudices, with his mother who actually controlled the emperor. Empress Dowager used his son as her puppet while she rules the empire. She’s also into series of anomalies inside and outside the palace as well.

I loved the mixture of historical and modern theme of this series. I guess, we all wonder how could tradition survive to this modern world. Also, what I loved most about it is its ending. As a writer and an audience, that’s what I always look into.

The writers were able to give justice to the ending. It lived up to its title, The Last Empress, by focusing that the power to decide with everything depends on the last empress. Her character has shown great development throughout the story.

It did not end up with the cheesy happy endings, instead, it was able to tie all conflicts with just solutions. Hays. I love this series, and looking forward to watch more.

By the way, try watching Mr. Sunshine and Chicago Typewriter. Please. Do yourself a favor. Kamsahamnida! 🙂

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The Last Empress Poster – Not mine. Credits to asianwiki.