Archives for April 2012

Last Day of Classes Blues

Yesterday was the last day of our Los Banos Batch 2 review classes, while today is goodbye for Los Banos Batch 1 students.  It bugs me.  I've been with these two batches (12 sections, about 360 students) for almost three weeks.  Teaching theem was a joy--there was almost never a dull section.  My corny jokes were "benta" to most everyone (aminin ninyo!  Finding Nemo, Dora the Explorer, and ofcourse, the latest: birds have hands!  harhar) , and almost everyone was in awe of how I explained grammar in terms of math: Dewmainean Theorem Proving in Pronoun Cases, Trigonometric Functions in Verbs, Inequality Statements (?) in Prepositions, Problem Solving in Double Negatives, and many more!  Hay.  I feel sad because: … [Read more...]

“Wag Okrayin ang Okra” – Raviv

Yesterday, as I was about to go to my afternoon class and handing Raviv over to Yaya Isay at the kitchen, Raviv suddenly pointed to something furiously, with matching, "Wooo!  Woooo!  Woo!" soud effects, and mala-Julia Montes/Angelina Jolie nguso pointing to something on the dining table...he was pointing to the okra!  Yaya Isay got him an okra and then he started to munch on it with so much gusto! … [Read more...]

Why Cousin Yoona Cried

If you guessed it was Yaya Isay's doing, you're partly right! If you're no longer new to my blog, you probably know how protective Yaya Isay is of Raviv.  Waaay more protective than I even am.  As in nothing is ever Raviv's fault.  And because Raviv's only other baby ka-interaction is his cousin Yoona, in the eyes of Yaya Isay, it's always Yoona who's at fault. Like, just about a week ago, Yaya Isay made sumbong (I know, I know, it's just that I can't think of a better term) that "Sinabunutan ni Yoona si Karbee Ma'am..."  I replied with a dispassionate, "Ow talaga?" and went on to do my stuff.  Later after I've had my lunch, Raviv and Yoona were in Raviv's playpen when I reached for Raviv's cheek to kiss him before I proceed to my class.  Raviv wanted me to get him, and cried "Na!  Na!  Nana!"  Unfortunately, I can't get him because I really had to go.  Then, he started pinching Yoona's face (I think he was doing it so I would get him).  I told Yaya Isay what Raviv was doing (she … [Read more...]

Our Holy Week Picnic…Guess at Which “Resort”!

Clues:  There's no place like "it"; we pray that God Bless "it" always; and "it" is sweet.  Another clue:  we did not have to spend on gas, on entrance fees, or on cottages.  Sirit na? … [Read more...]

Our Liliw and Majayjay Sunday Getaway Part2

Continued from Our Liliw and Majayjay Sunday Getaway Part1 We left at around 2 p.m. because nobody wanted to continue swimming anyway (ang lamig nga kasi!).  Then I suggested that we go to Liliw na lang, which all the ladies in our delegation supported.  Hernan (Randy’s friend who was with us) said that Liliw was but 15 minutes away.  Because Randy was in a good mood, he agreed despite the fact that Liliw = footwear shopping (hooray!). And the Liliw adventure is what I’ll write about on my next post.  So we arrived in Liliw at about 2:30 p.m.  Problem was, we had no money!  The P1,000 I had in my wallet was used when we stopped for gas (we stopped for gas at somewhere really rural thus credit cards were not accepted).  Randy too only had but a few hundreds, and my aliporeses did not bring cash either!  Of course, they also wanted to buy their own footwear and were counting on me to give them advance salary.  Good thing we saw an ATM near the shoes shops!  Anyway, here are the … [Read more...]

The Girls of Raviv

Girl 1: Raviv's First Kiss (I'm talking about Raviv's first, non-parent, open-mouth-with-saliva kiss!) About two Thursdays ago, Randy and I went to Alabang to do some last minute personal shopping before the start of our hectic summer.  We brought Raviv with us, and Yaya Isay also came along.  I did some bag shopping at Alabang Town Center, and then off we went to Festival Mall to do some grocery shopping at Shopwise.  During the short drive from ATC to Festival Mall, Raviv fell asleep.  Patay, eh the plan was he would play in this "cushioned pay playground" (dunno what to call it!) at Shopwise.  But I was confident he would be up and about once he sees kids and toys.  And I was right!  We carried him inside the playground and shook him, and then voila:  Mabuhay! … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #13 (Mar. 31, 2012): Circles

This is what I wore on the second day of Los Banos Batch 1: … [Read more...]’s New Look

...will be installed tomorrow morning, and I am so excited!  Ever since I moved my site from the WP-hosted to my self-hosted, I've been itching to revamp the look of my blog.  But since I am meticulous yet do not know a thing about tweaking template codes, I was stuck to this clean yet blah free template: … [Read more...]

Our Liliw and Majayjay Sunday Getaway Part1

Holy Week has begun and if you still do not know where to go, go where the Ladaga household went three Sundays ago:  to Majayjay and Liliw, bey-beh! See, Randy mentioned that he missed being in a countryside, a sentiment I almost never share with him (the typical Philippine countryside depresses me, unless there's something else besides farmlands, nakatambay adults outside shanties, and native dogs treacherously crossing the streets).  But of course, I want to please him and take advantage of his rare "I want to petiks" peg.  So I suggested Majayjay to him.  Majayjay has the best of both worlds: Randy would quench his thirst for that countryside tour, and I'd gladly pass through this countryside because of the pot of flowing silver water at the end--the magnificent Majayjay Falls (this is the "something else" I am talking about)! I've been to Majayjay some years ago when I was still the Information and Education Campaign Program Officer of Tanggol Kalikasan.  We briefly dropped … [Read more...]