A thousand and more beautifully lit sky lanterns fill the sky of the Quezon City Memorial Circle on the eve of International Women’s Day as supporters of women’s safety in the streets gather to let their voice be heard. This marks the kick off of the UN Safe Cities Global Initiative campaign of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Quezon City Government. Everyone aims to raise national awareness on the issue of street harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.
According to Katherine Belen, Programme Head for UN Women Safe Cities, street harassment and sexual violence are not a trivial annoyance but may bring about immense effect on women. Some considered as sexual harassment are: persistent telling of offensive jokes; taunting a person with constant talk about sex; displaying offensive pictures; interrogating someone about sexual activities or private life; making offensive hand or body gestures at someone; stalking or repeatedly asking for the phone number or for dates despite verbal rejection; and touching, pinching or brushing up against someone’s body unnecessarily or deliberately.
UN Women partners with the Quezon City government as its pilot city of the Safe Cities Global Initiative. One advantage of this partnership gives women the protection and reassurance to roam around the city. Sexual harassment violators are seen to pay a fine of P5,000 for every offense. New public outdoor communication materials are also scheduled to be posted all around the city to increase public awareness. These advertising posters together with two short video clips are about to grace the television and some movie theaters. All these campaign materials will feature UN Women Safe Cities celebrity supporter Glaiza De Castro.
For more information about UN Women and its activities, log on to www.unwomen.org.
The International Women’s Day is commemorated globally every 8th of March.
About UN Women
UN Women is the UN entity dedicted to gender quality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
I am a stay-at-home mom since the birth of my now seven-month old son. Going full-time mom has its struggles, too, same with juggling office work and household management. And the first thing I did as I assume “office” at the small house was to let my voice be heard.
I am no drama mother and once I got to talk to my boys about responsibility, I let them learn by themselves. I am, most of the time though, available to shed some light to uncertain problems or even familiar questions. I am very much a mom to them.
And so, to keep them reminded of our not-so-much of a house rule, I got these items from Lazada Philippines:
Talking much might bring more damage than value, I guess. So one afternoon, while the boys were still at school, I installed the wall decals I bought at Lazada Philippines. I hope to surprise the children and let them read the writings on the stairs. I know for sure, time will come they will ask me about the stickers. I would want them to understand the words one by one, reflect on them, and act upon them. In no time, the small house will be a place where love, understanding, and forgiveness strive. A place where one could have second chances, where loud laughter is heard,and more hugs are felt.
As for the second wall decal, I asked husband to install it with the boys’ help. I intend them to read each line and as they stick each word, they come to meditate and absorb its meaning.
Our small house is no home to spoiled kids. Nor a place for the troubled. It’s an abode where a husband and his wife aim to grow their four boys as real gentlemen and who believe in the power of love.
As I have mentioned, I am a stay-at-home mom. Leaving the house is no easy-peasy. I always have to consider the interest of my baby. So to make my shopping easier, I do it online. And one of the easiest and friendliest e-commerce companies I have tried so far is Lazada Philippines.
After my first purchase were a number of successful transactions online. I plan to buy a few more items still and I even installed the Lazada mobile application so I could shop with ease. My top reasons for considering Lazada Philippines?
1. The fun of receiving notification of what is new in Lazada’s online store. I could even get hold of special promotions or flash sales.
2. I could read reviews from satisfied or not so satisfied buyers. The product info is also a great help from the size to color and usage.
3. The more fun part of cruising around the pages of Lazada as I breastfeed my baby. I could easily switch categories and even shop according to brands.
4. I could go back again and again without any saleslady stalking or annoying me to make that purchase.
5. And the most fun part of keeping me company on times the baby does not want to sleep even on wee hours of the morning, I get to shop for necessities and even on small splurges. I happen to chance upon these wall decals during one sleepless night when my then one-month baby would demand for milk every one or two hours.
All these I can do even on my bed and in my pajamas. 🙂
So are you looking for something but does not have the time to go even to the nearest mall? Try Lazada Philippines!
Happy shopping, everyone!
Coughs and colds spread easily. I remember my then five-month old baby had cough last month. He got it from his other brother. His cough kept bugging him especially at night. Then I imagined myself coughing. I cough because I would want to be relieved from the irritating tickling sensation at the back of my throat.
This might be what my baby felt on those days. And he needed to spit out that phlegm. My pediatrician recommended that we use Solmux, which is more commonly known as Carbocisteine, a mucolytic to help make it easier to cough up phlegm. I got a bottle from our medicine cabinet (my ever generous pediatrician would give me samples of medicines and vitamins for our use) and let my son take it for three days. On the third day, he returned to being bubbly. He got better.
For my other older son, I gave him Pambatang Solmux.
And I am just happy that we have a very approachable pediatrician who could readily answer my calls or text. And I am all the more happy that we have Solmux to provide relief for my boys’ cough.
Pambatang Solmux is indeed a partner to moms like me in becoming the best mother to my boys. It is the only medicine with both bacterial and viral expel action which helps kill and expel viruses and bacteria that cause cough with phlegm. It is like hitting two birds with one stone. Not only is the cause of cough dealt with, the symptoms are also addressed properly.
Reading the package insert (the piece of paper that comes inside the medicine box), I have learned that only Pambatang Solmux contains 200mg of medicine per 5ml. Other carbocisteine medicines only contain 100mg of medicine per 5ml. This means my boy has to take in less medicine. Every bottle of Pambatang Solmux is also made using the TasteRiteTM technology. This is a unique taste-masking system developed specifically for liquid dosage forms to improve the taste of the medicine. This makes it less difficult for a mom like me to ask her son to take his medication.
My oldest is already 13 years old. And every time he catches cold which would end up having cough, I always give him Pambatang Solmux. Subok ko na talaga, noon pa. So with his other brothers, hindi pwedeng pwede na. Dapat sigurado! I also give them Pambatang Solmux to push out those phlegm. Only Pambatang Solmux has bacteria and virus expel action, thus, the bacteria and virus which are the usual causes of cough are expelled properly.
Pambatang Solmux comes in 60ml and 120 ml bottles and is safe for kids aged two to 12. It is manufactured by Unilab, a trusted healthcare company and makers of other household brands like Biogesic, Ceelin, Neozep and Enervon. To know more about Pambatang Solmux and other Unilab products, get in touch via email@example.com or its Customer Care Hotline 858-1000 local 8088. Or one may always visit www.unilab.com.ph and www.youtube.com/user/unilabph, like www.facebook.com/unilab or follow www.twitter.com/unilab_ph and instagram.com/Unilab.
Unilab has continuously provided Filipinos with trusted and quality healthcare products and services for the past 70 years. Being a Filipino company, it prides itself for knowing what is best for the Filipinos’ healthcare needs.
Unilab’s “Trusted Quality Healthcare” is more than just a tagline. It is what makes Unilab different from all other health and wellness companies. It is the company’s corporate promise to all Filipinos to provide quality healthcare products and services that promote and enrich life.
Unilab sees to it that every step it takes ensures that the promise is kept. Its commitment is to produce only quality products and services that are affordable and accessible to all, so that every Filipino is cared for the way he should be.
If it’s stupid and it works, it isn’t stupid.
Says a quote I once read and took note of. And I’m just jubilant I tried this home remedy.
I have a very sensitive skin. I first had pimples when I was at first year high school and it continued until my third year . I just hate most of my pictures then. It also made me the shy-type girl in school.
On and off, I would have pimples. Again, it greatly affected my confidence. I have tried so many acne products and went through a lot of facial services and most of them were failures.
Last Christmas, my ever generous mom gifted me with a set of VMV make up. Got a new liquid foundation and a pressed power. She also gave me my favorite lipstick shade. I couldn’t be happier.
Then the inevitable happened. A day after using the foundation and pressed powder, I got pimples- again. I cannot use the medicated soap prescribed by my derma as I am breastfeeding my little one. So I bought a tea tree soap believing it would clear my skin. I’ve used a tea tree soap years before (during the start of my career as a corporate communications person). And that time, perhaps the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil indeed helped kill bacteria that cause pimples that I rarely had pimple breakout. Unfortunately when I used a tea tree soap last January, my pimples got bigger and they seemed to form strange patterns. They formed a straight line starting from my jaw bone to my chin.
This happened to me many times and it’s happening to me again.
Then I chance upon “a proven pimple remedy” daw. I tried it. Perhaps out of desperation. I could not leave the house that easily to visit my derma as I need to consider too many things (OC nanay duties). Plus, we have the ingredients readily available in our kitchen so why not try it.
I tried the solution for only two minutes for fear that it might cause more harm than cure. The next morning, I felt the pimples along my jaw line starting to dry up. I waited for two days before I use the solution again as the instruction strictly said the application should be twice or thrice in a week.
On my second try, I let the solution stay on my face for about ten minutes before rinsing it. I felt a tighter and smoother face after. And I was easily impressed. I repeated the application the next day and the next day again. I even left a few solution mix on a big zit overnight. And I regret having done that. It caused redness. But then again, I couldn’t be happier with the over all result of this home remedy.
No need for Murad… Or Obagi… Or Clinic Manila… Or a professional acne-treating product.
Say hello to– baking soda mixed with very little water.
Further reading on baking soda, helps me understand that:
- Baking soda helps remove the excess oil of the skin which may lead to blackheads and breakouts. It also has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which help to reduce the size of pimples.
- When mixed with water, baking soda forms a fine, gritty paste which helps to clean and exfoliate the skin, removing oil, dirt and dead skin cells.
- It is a good idea to test out the baking soda treatment on a small patch of skin before applying it all over the face. If you experience any negative side effects, do not continue.
- Even if you do not experience any negative side effects, you should avoid using baking soda too regularly. Over time, the baking soda can upset the pH balance of your skin, potentially leading to bacteria growth and more pimples.
- Baking soda should be used on the skin no more than twice per week.
Will I continue this new pimple home remedy discovery? Yes, I will. And I am positive that in no time, I will be pimple-free again and swear will never use other cosmetic products. Might be boring but I will just stick to my accustomed “facial lifestyle”.
By the way, I use this baking soda mixture twice a week. Before bedtime, I massage my face with Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil with hopes that it will lighten the pimple marks.
Though they are still aplenty, my face somehow lightens. And I am just so happy! I need not visit my dermatologist. This works for me and this might not for others as we all have different skin types. But one thing is certain, I can now save the money I intend for my dermatologist to buy my little munchkin some new clothes. He is getting bigger everyday and he needs new pants. Ihihi.
How about you, have you been to a similar situation or have you tried simple home remedy? Would love to hear from you.
He was overjoyed. He cannot believe he can. He was only aiming to belong.
He is not an outcast though. He just happens to be a new kid in his new high school. Making friends is not that hard for him either. He came from a school that operates on a semester system and that’s where he needs to adjust. His new school incorporates trimesters into its curricular structure which features three academic sessions during the school year. His two grade school brothers are attending school following the semester calendar thus his school calendar differs from the two.
That morning before we left the house, he muttered “sana may honor ako.” His voice hopeful yet with a hint of doubt. Last first trimester, he was qualified for third honors but was “disqualified” because he got an Approaching Proficiency (AP) grade. Those vying for third honors should have no AP grades in their class card.
After getting his report card from his adviser, we slowly walked towards the classroom door then to the school’s entrance gate. Once outside, I told firstborn the good news.
“You are your class’ second honors.”
He asked me to repeat it twice and he waved his slender arms up in the air in a gesture that resembled a victory. He was jubilant. His mom was likewise overjoyed!
To celebrate, we went to Maginhawa Street, just a few streets from the school. We would want to try the Cat Cafe Manila. Unfortunately though, it was full that afternoon. So we just went to the next cafe, Wicked Kitchen.
As always, Firstborn is a gentleman. He would let me order mine first. He would also let me have a taste of his meal. He would pause and smile when asked to pose for a picture. And he thanked me for the treat.
Again, my congratulations, Firstborn. You deserve your place because I have seen how you give importance to your studies. I hope and I am positive that you maintain your grades. Your mama would be happier if you exert a little effort for that top spot. Good luck and I love you.
Till our next Maginhawa date.
Have you eaten what looks like an ordinary lumpiang toge but after a few bites, you will wonder where’s the toge? What’s inside instead are buko strips, veggies, ham, and cheese.
Or how about have your mojito for lunch but still be completely sober and even share it with your kids without feeling guilty?
These and more are a constant staple at Caffe La Tea, the newest restaurant to grace the long Congressional Avenue perhaps because of the burgeoning demand of diners within the area.
Thanks to the kind invitation of OpenRice PH, this mama was able to uncover a hidden gem just 30 minutes away from home, and which she believes her boys would love too.
Caffe La Tea has a cozy neighborhood cafe set up but offers more than one could imagine. Conceptualized to offer the best of both worlds, Caffe La Tea has more than just milk tea and coffee; it has almost all the basic comfort food offerings and even classic lutong bahay in its menu. Yes! The cafe has appetizers, salad, pasta, rice meals, desserts, coffee, and milk tea. They even have free WiFi for customers used to being online all the time and expect an internet connection wherever they go.
Almost all its rice meals are less than P100.00. The most expensive is the grilled liempo and salted egg at P109.00.
Among the many rice meals served to us, my top choice is the Crispy Dinuguan followed by Cabsy Longganisa. Both are at P89.00 per serving.
Unlike the usual dinuguan, Caffe La Tea’s version is kinda dry with the pork blood covering the hot rice and the pork meat fried to crispiness. The crunch of the blistered pork skin is just heaven. So scrumptious and filling, this viand is best paired with hot steamed rice and should be consumed ASAP to savor, again, the crispiness.
Cabsy Longganisa is a house specialty. This dish is Cabanatuan’s famous longganisa atop a bowl full of flavorful bagoong rice. A bestseller, Cabsy Longganisa is what the amiable staff of Caffee La Tea describes as “a taste of the owners’ hometown’s delicacy in a bowl.”
The owners of this cafe (sisters and friends, as oriented to us) are from Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija (3-4 hours bus travel from Manila). They braved the market and put up branches in first, neighboring Pangasinan and Tarlac, and then in Project 8 in Quezon City. They opened another branch in Anonas, also in Quezon City last January 2016 and are set to introduce another one in Valenzuela City this March 2016. The one we visited at Congressional Avenue in Project 8 is Caffe La Tea’s central Manila branch.
Other rice meals are equally sumptuous and satisfying.
For those who prefer to have pasta than rice, the cafe also offers pasta dishes from the kid’s favorite Pomodoro & Meatballs to most moms’ favorite Tuna Pasta (tuna chunks + mushrooms + cream sauce) or Pasta Espanola (Spanish sardines + chili olive oil). For health buffs, they may opt to order Gambas & Mushroom (shrimp + mushroom + slightly spicy olive oil) or Hungarian Sausage & Pesto (sliced sausage + pesto + olive oil). All pasta dishes range from P149.00 to P159.00 per serving. Servings are good for one person only though a group of three could share and sample each dish should they opt to; they just need to buy a plate or two of other pasta.
To truly excite one’s appetite, this cafe also serves tempting appetizers. My favorites are the Chiz Buco, Crispy Baked Wings, Chili Bombs, and Mozza Lava Sticks. These tasty bites are perfect to start any meal as customers wait for their rice meals or pasta. Each finger food has an equally flavorful dip as well.
Caffe La Tea has cupcakes, too, the perfect company for those milk tea and coffee. Cupcakes range from p49.00 to P59.00 a piece. The cafe’s bestseller is the bannoffee at P59.00.
I bought two boxes of cupcakes (choice between four and six cupcakes in each box) for my boys and for my mom and I as well , and in a blink of an eye, the little cakes were all gone just like that. Life can sometimes be unfair.
But what makes Caffe La Tea stands out among other cafes are the drinks it serves. This charming diner offers a wide variety of drinks from iced tea to fruit teas, milk tea to smoothies, signature teas to hot coffee and tea. A customer may even order a fruit tea, for example, the way he wants it to be. He can choose his black tea to have strawberry or passionfruit, kiwi, lemon, blueberry, mangga, and green apple among others! They also serve sodas and beers to those who would like to chill a little over some crispy baked wings or chili bombs.
Quite fascinating is the price of the drinks. In some cafes, a cup of frappe or coffee may cost one around P120.00 to P180.00. In Caffe La Tea, one may enjoy almost the same quality of these drinks but at a lesser amount. Its Milk Tea Smoothies, for instance, are priced at P99.00 for a grande size and P119.00 for venti.
We stayed at Caffe La Tea for about two hours and a half. I have noticed that the foot traffic is quick impressive. Customers come and go with satisfied smile on their lips. Most diners come in pair, either wanting to have a decent late lunch or some quality time together. Other customers are obviously there to hang out, people watch, and meet friends.
I plan to bring my family at Caffe La Tea one Sunday lunch. I guess it would not hurt our budget as Caffe La Tea is one of the few establishments I have tried that serves quality food at an affordable price. As what my mother would often say, “the great value for quality food is what keeps customers coming back for more.”
CAFFE LA TEA
Address: 16 Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City Phone: 02 5877275 Hours: 10am to 12mn
So see you again, Caffe La Tea!
Where were you and what were you doing on February 25, 1986?
Discovery Channel had an exclusive advanced screening of People Power: 30 YEARS ON last Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Quezon City Museum. They had this documentary not to reinterpret the facts but to retell and reengage to the younger audience. The youth might have perhaps know the story but are not fully aware of the details behind. As what Dr. Vicky Apuan, event host and known historian said, “the EDSA People Power is a story many know yet they do not know the real story.”
So for those who would want to refresh their memories and truly understand Philippine history – and a part of world history – People Power: 30 YEARS ON will be shown on February 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm at the Discovery Channel.
The less than an hour documentary has never before heard details from the major players of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. Major players of the historical event share their tales from their candid perspectives. The late President Corazon Aquino, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and former President Fidel V. Ramos, all present their first-hand accounts and detail how they have come to view and understand the event.
Originally shot 10 years ago, Discovery Channel is set to present this short film for the first time on television especially to mark the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. To make the documentary more interesting to younger audience, the film likewise includes additional presenter-led links to camera as presented by actor and celebrity Trey Farley. His links serve to introduce an up-to-date perspective on each chapter of the People Power story, highlighted with his own personal recollections of witnessing the revolution as a boy. He also re-narrates the entire show, and with an entirely new music score.
Farley is born in Manila to an English father and a Filipino mother. His most recent work was the “Haiyan: After the Megastorm” which was shown at the Discovery Channel.
If you are wondering what prompted Discovery Channel to make this special documentary, I had the answers after the advanced screening. At the very core, Discovery Channel is a storyteller and the EDSA People Power Revolution is part of world history, nor just of the Philippines’.
Present during the advanced screening were the three major players of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution — Senator Gregorio Honasan, General Vic Batac, and Col. Red Kapunan. The three were principal Reform Armed Forces Movement (RAM) figures who plotted the 1985 coup attempt against the Marcos Administration, and other coup attempts against the Cory Aquino administration.
I was deeply impressed with what Sen. Honasan said before the crowd during the panel discussion. Asked why he plotted the coup attempt against the Marcos Administration, he said in a straight forward tone, “We did it for our children.”
He detailed that the People Power Revolution happened to teach the youth of history. That they should learn from history and improve it. Sadly though, they fought because of corruption and wrong government, and yet until today, we are still fighting for corruption.
The spirit of the EDSA People Power lives on and now is the chance to rekindle the fire. May we not forget the heroism of the key players of that history. If for Ninoy Aquino “the Philippines is worth dying for,” perhaps our nation is indeed worth fighting for.
May we learn from the past. May we not forsake the sacrifices and decisions made by our heroes of yesterday. After all, they did all those for the younger generation – our generation, for our children’s generation. They give everything they had in those times believing that it would benefit us, the younger generation.
I would like to end this post with a beautiful message shared by Sister Sarah Manapol, SPC. She was present during the advanced screening and her major role during the revolution was she provided information to the US Embassy and to Radio Veritas/Radyo Bandido broadcaster, the late June Keithley.
“When you give everything, it will be given back to you, perhaps in double or triple in quantity.”
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel, the flagship network of Discovery Communications, is devoted to creating the highest quality pay-TV programming in the world and remains one of the most dynamic networks on television. First launched in 1985, Discovery Channel reached 209 million subscribers in Asia Pacific. It offers viewers an engaging line-up of high-quality non-fiction entertainment from blue-chip nature, science and technology, ancient and contemporary history, adventure, cultural and tropical documentaries.
Firstborn and I ate at Wicked Kitchen last Saturday. And I was not impressed with the interiors. I even asked my son if he wanted to try other diners. Good thing the food attendant was courteous and amiable. So I returned the favor and stayed.
I ordered for Seafood Aglio Olio and it was scrumptious. It had generous servings of squid slices and shrimp — much to my delight. I also commended the Wicked Kitchen’s thoughtfulness for letting their customer choose the pasta she wants for her order. For the seafood pasta, I preferred penne.
I paired my penne seafood pasta with a glass of kiwi fresh juice and it was, for me, a perfect choice. Again, I was not able to retrieve my photos from the phone. Kinareer ko pa naman ang pagkuha before even tasting the food and drinks 🙂 .
Even firstborn’s Ex’s Lasagna was appetizing by just looking at the dish. He wolfed down the lasagna in minutes, confirming my impression that the lasagna was indeed delectable.
Since we came in at Wicked Kitchen to celebrate Firstborn’s academic achievement, we ordered another dish to tame our hungry stomach. It was already past 11am and we only had a quick breakfast at home. We ordered Bangers N Mash, a Hungarian sausage meal served with mashed potatoes, sauteed onions, and beer gravy. We also had Nachos with quezo melt dip. Both were appetizing.
My firstborn’s all-time favorite is crepe so I was right when he ordered Wrath, a mango crepe with vanilla and spicy nutella. He asked me to have a taste of the dessert and it was delicious though too sweet for my taste. To balance off the sweetness, the crepe had a little hint of spiciness. My son loved it even more.
All of Wicked Kitchen’s desserts are named after the seven deadly sins. Also known as the capital vices, the seven deadly sins include —
They are said to be the origins of vices and believed to destroy the life of grace and charity within a person. Perhaps, true. And Wicked Kitchen’s decision to name their desserts after these sins may be doing them some favors. Most of the customers would be asking for the desserts than the main dish and they are all willing to commit the “sins.”
After our Wicked Kitchen stay, my son thanked me for the treat. He requested that we come back and bring with us his brothers, perhaps he would like to share the guilt of having too much sin errr– sugar. For this mom, I guess Wicked Kitchen’s sinful desserts are really worth skipping that diet thus named as such.
Wicked Kitchen is located at 2nd floor 189 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. It’s the tall building just in front of Snacks and Ladder.
So how about visit Maginhawa Street and commit some “sin”.
My boys came from school this afternoon. And the first thing Second son told me after asking for my blessings was “the test folder is with me now.” He got his test folder and handed it to me. Though his voice was not at all cocky, I’ve sensed that he got good grades to show off. So I flipped the test folder and the test papers. he got perfect scores in Filipino and Language; one mistake each in Reading and Sibika; two mistakes in Mathematics; and five mistakes in Science. I then asked him how his other classmates performed especially those in the honors list, and he relayed to me he got the most number of highest scores.
I tried to remember how our past week went. When we reviewed for his Aralin Panlipunan mastery exam, he kept on forgetting the important names and dates. He must have been too tired already. Before that, he came from a meeting and church service. He is an acolyte in our parish.
I was so frustrated that I told him to sleep already and we continue our review tomorrow morning. He told me he still can review that night as he needs to be at the church by 7:30am in time for his 8:00am mass service and another one at 10:00am. After that, he has been tasked to take part in the vigil procession which will start at 3:00pm and might end at 7:00pm.
I made him choose if he would serve in the morning or join the procession in the afternoon. I stressed that with his activities for tomorrow, there will be no time left for him to study for his Monday exams. He was crying when he told me he can’t choose as he would want to attend to both services and still able to spare time to review for his exams. He promised me after that he will get a high score on his mastery exams.
And so he fulfilled that promise.
He must have really sensed my frustration. Either wanting to please his mama or doing it for himself, his hard work paid off. He earned good grades for his mastery exams.
I am a bit pushy especially in his studies as he would be graduating grade school this March and I would want him to graduate with honors. He used to come up on stage every recognition day and be awarded first honors. Sadly though, on his sixth grade, his class ranking slipped from first to fourth.
I always believe in you, second son. Your perseverance and intelligence can bring you to places. We can still do it. We have the 4th periodical examinations.
And I am not giving up because you told me yourself that you also want to regain what you had before.
As once said by American football player Ralph Marston,
“Every day you spend drifting away from your goals is a waste not only of that day, but also of the additional day it takes to regain lost ground.”
But you have proven to yout mama that anything lost is a lesson learned that pushes you to regain everything.
It’s Saturday and you had your usual 8:00am acolyte meeting. Thank you, son, for coming home on time.