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Saturday, May 31, 2008
to school or not to school?
a delayed post...

this was the question i raised in one of my yahoogroups last May 7, when i was contemplating on sending lil boy to school. some words were changed for public consumption. =)

i just want to ask this question to all moms out there.

how old was your child when he/she started schooling? may it be play school or big school?
what are the advantages & disadvantages of going to school at an early age?

just to give you a background, my lil boy just turned 3yo last April 9. i resigned from work last Jan 31, so i'm mostly at home lang. he's is so ADDICTED with letters & numbers! at 2yo, with the help of my parents (we're together kasi), he has learned how to recite and write the alphabets. would you believe that at 2yo, he can recite and write the alphabets BACKWARDS? yes, as in from Z to A, at mabilis pa yun ha, na tipong ako ang di nakasunod when he was writing it the 1st time. haller, di ko nga kabisado yun ng pabaligtad noh. that's how addicted he is sa letters. and now, he can even spell and write his own name, my name, and a lot of simple words that he sees often, like cat, dog, ball, barney, etc. i also taught him the hand alphabet and he can now do it as fast as i can, hehe. with numbers naman, he can count and write 1-100, even backwards, as in countdown. he can also do simple addition, like 5+4, 3+7, basta kaya pa ng 10 fingers nya, nasasagot nya. =)i'm really happy that his addiction is letters & alphabets. though balanced pa din naman because he loves playing basketball also. yan ang laging ginagawa nyan dito sa house, magsulat, mag-play ng toys nyang letters & numbers at mag-watch ng dvds nya na letters & numbers pa din! at mag-basketball din.

BUT, everytime i ask him if he wants to go to school already, ayaw nya! even if i tell him na madaming letters & numbers dun, ayaw pa din nya. i think it's because ayaw nya sa mga kids. that's another problem, since only child lang sya at wala syang kalaro sa neighbors namin, he doesn't know how to socialize. though kapag kasama nya mga cousins nya, okay naman sya. but if we'll go to our park or play ground or parties and may mga kids playing, ayaw nya makipag-play. =(

actually, ok pa naman ako to wait til he's 4yo before he starts Nursery. kasi nung tayo naman, almost 4yo na ang start talaga ng school di ba, di pa uso yung mga play school at toddlers school before. sabi din ng parents ko (as they always say), baka magsawa agad kapag maagang pumasok. and yun nga, my son doesn't want to din naman, when asked.

and one more thing pala, he can't talk straight yet, as in not in sentences yet. though we understand him naman, tipong "ayaw mama", "punta mama, 'lil boy' robinsons". wala sya nung mga gitnang words, ano ba tawag dun? hehe. i'm not worrying naman, kasi baka late lang sya sa part na yun. and as long as he can express himself, ok pa ako dun. and feeling ko nga din, since i'm WAHM na naman, i can do 'home schooling' even just for this year. actually, we've started na nga ng 'school' eh, may white board na kami and all those stuffs. =)

on the other hand, hubby wants naman to enroll him na, just for the reason of socializing. para naman daw matutong makihalubilo ang anak namin. which is true din naman. and feeling ni hubby, sa umpisa lang daw ayaw ni lil boy, kasi di pa nya alam. pero once na nakita na nya ang mga alphabets and numbers all around, he'll eventually like it na din. ok pa ako dun eh, pero fear ko lang yung sa mga kids eh. (masamang) ugali pa naman nito na namamalo minsan ng bata (at matanda!), kapag nilapitan sya at ayaw nya. waaah! kasi nga di sya sanay.
owel, this is another story. =(

hay, ang hirap mag-decide. i don't know now what's BEST for my son. btw, he still breastfeeds, kaya feeling nya sa sarili nya, BABY pa din sya, ayaw nya maging "little boy"!

hope you can share your experiences sa schooling ng kids ninyo. for sure, i can get some ideas on your sharing and opinions.

thanks, thanks!
posted by apple @ 1:27 AM   0 comments
Monday, May 19, 2008
next subject: SPELLING!
this is what i want to teach my 3yo son now.

actually, we’ve started with spelling and reading already, just simple 3 letter-words. and i wanted to buy something that will help him ‘spell’ or ‘read’ even during his play time. para kahit di namin “school time” eh he’s still learning. sayang naman yung addiction nya sa alphabets if paulit-ulit lang sya sa pag-write ng A-Z. so he needs to go up one level.

last friday, i had my weekly “day-off”. but this time, i took lil boy with me and we went to SM Megamall. syempre pa, sa Toy Section kami nagpunta. and he saw this toy which i also loved, since it teaches spelling. pero the price was medyo stiff, kasi nga naman LeapFrog. so i asked for other similar toys, and the salesman showed me yung Pooh Spell ‘n Learn toy, na mas expensive pa dun sa Leapfrog. so i called hubby and asked if i’ll buy it. umayaw si hubby kasi medyo mahal daw, eh ang dami na nyang toys na ABC. and medyo malaki daw ang babayaran namin sa electricity dahil puro kami aircon, mwehehe. kaya next time na lang daw. hay! nalungkot naman ako. pero mas nalungkot ang anak ko when we left empty-handed.

pero ang tatay, di nakatiis. tumawag sa akin and asked if lil boy cried. what do you expect noh, addict sa ABC ang anak mo! so after office, he went to Toys R Us and he’ll buy na daw the Leapfrog, haha, di din natiis. told him wag na kasi better to buy it sa SM, kasi sayang ang points sa Advantage Card, hahaha.

so that Saturday, after my party set-up in Alexandra, they followed and we all went to Toy Kingdom. i compared the 2 toys and found the Pooh better kasi 4-letter words na yun eh, while yung isa ay 3 letters lang. so i decided to just buy the Pooh, kasi mas sulit.

so ayun, ang anak ko, tuwang-tuwa. super pa-good boy after we bought it, hahaha. and i was also happy coz i know it will help him with his spelling. di masyadong nakaka-guilty kasi educational naman eh.

kaya eto, balik Pooh na naman kami! =)
posted by apple @ 1:31 AM   0 comments
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Happy Mother's Day!
* delayed post!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great Moms out there! =)

may 10, sat. after my party set-up in Patio Ibarra, i met my 2 boys in Sta. Lucia to hear anticipated mass and have dinner.

surprisingly, hubby told me that he wanted to buy me a mobile phone as his Mother’s Day gift to me. WOW! he wanted to surprise me sana kaso di nya alam if i want a new phone eh, hehe. good thing he didn’t because i’m happy pa naman with my phone right now. yeah, it’s outdated, but it still serves the purpose, so i really don’t care. gone were the days when i’ve always wanted to have the latest phone in town. now, as long as it can call, send SMS, MMS and has a camera, ok na ako. =)

next we went to Nike, since we’re both footwear addicts. he asked me to choose, ok sana kaya lang, expensive na din.

wow, ako ba to? kuripot na ako ngayon! =) and gift na nga lang sa akin, ako pa nangunguripot. i don’t know, siguuro i’m just being practical, hirap na buhay ngayon noh! eh i won’t get to wear naman those shoes always, so feeling ko, sayang lang.

so i suggested na Crocs na lang, hehe. atleast mas gamit sa akin yun. and i remember na i still don’t have my brown Alice yet, kasi laging walang size everytime i’ll check. so we settled for that.

may 11, sun. i woke up with flowers beside my bed. then breakfast was ready sa dining table. how sweet of hubby! =)

after lunch, we all went to Pasto in Ortigas to set-up another party. yeah, it’s my day but i was still working. though konti lang naman kaya ok lang.

at 4pm, we were already celebrating my day in Bonifacio High Street. lil boy had his time playing on the grounds with some kids. then we went to Havaianas to buy lil boy’s slippers. eto pa kwento dyan, lil boy has outgrown his green Havaianas slippers, so i bought him a new pair of Barney slippers para cheaper, tutal house slippers lang naman eh. but then, he wouldn’t wear the Barney, but instead, pinagkakasya ang Havaianas kahit na maliit na. hay! ang arte, manang-mana sa ina! hahaha. eh kasi naman, masarap naman talaga sa paa yun noh. kaya we ended up buying him another pair of havaianas, at green pa din ang gusto!

next we went to Crocs, unfortunately as always, wala na naman akong size. hay, bad trip!

at dinner time, we went to Something Fishy in Eastwood to celebrate with my parents and brother. after dinner, nagpaiwan pa kami dun kasi lil boy will play pa sa Power Station. on our way out, napadaan kami sa Shoe Salon. and luckily, may Alice size 7, last pair! mwehehe, meant for me! it was really my day! kaya ayun, happy talaga ang Mother’s Day ko! =)

my 5th pair:

and we just had these 2 weeks ago:

aliw yung kay lil boy, kasi may butas talaga na “CROCS”! =)
posted by apple @ 1:20 AM   1 comments
Friday, May 16, 2008
na pala ang presyo ng gasolina, ngayon ko lang namalayan! F*&%!!!


i started driving my own car since college days, nasa P20 pa lang yata nag gas nun. but since then, until now, i never really cared much on the price of gas! not that i’m rich and can always afford it, far from it actually. but then, i don’t have any choice naman eh. kahit na magtaas pa yan ng magtaas, wala din naman akong magagawa kasi magpapakarga at magpapakarga pa din naman ako ng gasolina eh, unless gusto ko maglakad or mag-PUV. that’s the reason why i was always dedma sa mga news on gas price increase.

but not until this afternoon where i ‘accidentally’ (haha, wala talaga akong pakialam eh) saw the price per liter of unleaded gas in Petron while i was gassing up. whoa! P50.70!!! wala pang 10 liters yung pinakarga kong P500!!!

kaya pala napansin ko, tuwing aalis ako ng house, parang lagi na akong nagpapa-gas. i usually gas up P500 everytime lang kasi eh, para ma-allot ko yung expenses sa ginawa ko that day. at yun nga, parang everyday, P500 na yata ang gas consumption ko!!!

hay, Pilipinas, ano pa ang mangyayari sa yo? at sa mga tao mo!

i suddenly missed my college days where i’ll just gas up anytime and charged it to my (supplementary) credit card, then my Dad will take care of it after. sarap buhay nun, hay!
posted by apple @ 11:37 PM   1 comments
Thursday, May 08, 2008
extra money
i just couldn’t resist the offer of one of my trusted credit card company yesterday. they offered me a Manager’s Check with just a very small interest. and so i grabbed it, it’s instant extra money for me. though i still don’t know where to use it, hahaha. maybe i’ll use it to pay off some extra debts on my other cards, so as to update my balance and not have a bad credit credit cards.

or, a good idea would be to lend it to my Dad’s Lending Business so it will earn more interest, much more than i’ll be charged with the card. so that will be additional income huh. i just hope my Dad won’t give it to people with bad credit loans records. or else, my money will go down the drain.

whatever, i’ll just see what i will do with that extra money once i get hold of that MC.


posted by apple @ 11:14 PM   1 comments
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