Saturday was the day when husband and I were the proudest. We have two boys who kept going up and down the stage to receive academic distinction and inter-school achievement awards. Though the program was rather long, it didn’t take the smile off our face. Thank God the weather was also very cooperative. Everything the students practiced for five days wasn’t put to waste. And everything we sacrificed and gave as parents were all worth it.
That was my Firstborn’s Facebook status. He sounded excited for that day’s tomorrow. And this mother prepared something for her binatilyo.
1. believing in health is wealth
Though very cliche, still health is wealth. After our breakfast, we visited our favorite pedia. The boys got their second dose shots to protect them against pneumonia, hepatitis a, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
Vaccines do save lives, but most children do not like shots — my boys included. Our pedia visit wasn’t a pleasing one, especially for Firstborn who cried after receiving the vaccinations. The terrifying injection made him all gloomy throughout the trip to the hotel (where we checked in for the night). He simply could not accept that he needed the booster vaccine on his birthday.
Firstborn was tasked by his Civics teacher to be her student teacher for her grade 5 and 6 students last February 14.
He relayed to me that his Civics teacher asked him to make a lesson plan.
He went home jubilant that day. His Civics teacher commended him of his excellent teaching skills and exciting lesson plan. He even showed to me some of the students’ artworks. He asked his class to do an artwork about their understanding of Valentine’s Day. And very intriguing indeed how 11- and 12-year-old kids regard Valentine’s Day.
Congratulations, Big Bunso!
How was Big Bunso’s performance for the third quarter ? His class standing slid down from second to the third rank. His general average though improved from 93.50% to 94. 06%.
He woke up early that Sunday. He reminded me that I need to see his teacher and get his report card. He even requested if he could come with me. He was very eager and excited to look for his name at the bulletin board.
I was also confident that day that he will be part of the honors roll. He treats his schooling with great importance. Sometimes he would stumble, perhaps to remind him to slow down a bit, but he would always stand up and keep moving. Why? because more than fame, he would always tell me that he wants his mama be proud of him.
I am always proud of you, Big Bunso!
Our family has been so blessed. My three boys got academic recognition from school. Even the husband passed his Real Estat Broker Licensure Examination that same month.
Academic Recognition for Bunso
Bunso has successfully completed the casa curriculum prescribed for Casa level by the Department of Education. Aside from his diploma, he also graduated fifth honors. He was his class’ best in English and best in Writing as well. Teacher Luz also commended bunso’s diligence and gave him the most industrious award.
Academic Recognition for Second Son
The second son had his share of moments when he repeatedly went us and down the stage. He received a number of awards on his Recognition Day.
He placed second honors. He bagged two academic recognitions – Best in English and Best in Mathematics. And aside from his scholastic achievements, he also received the following recognitions: most behaved, most active, most responsible, most honest, and most obedient.
The school also commended him for representing the Montessori on the Battle of the Brains for the primary level.
Real Estate Broker Licensure Exam
Husband passed this March’s Real Estate Broker licensure exam.
Academic Recognition for Firstborn
Firstborn son got three medals for the following achievements:
1. Top three of his class.
2. Excellence awardee for Best in Music.
3 A special award for getting the highest increase in general average for the school year 2011-2012.
I truly thank God for giving me a husband who has a career that can support his family so I may be able to stay home and look after our boys.
And I thank Him again for giving us three healthiest, most loving and beautiful, and the smartest children in the whole world.
Friday the 13th was just perfect with nary a heavy cloud in the sky. All 15 of us were eager to set foot on the mot visited tourist spot in the Philippines, Boracay.
From Terminal Three of The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, we boarded the Manila to Kalibo Airphil Express flight. It took us 45 minutes to reach Kalibo and from there, Alta Vista de Boracay staff brought us to Caticlan jetty port where boats were stationed to carry us to the island.
I met Francisco H. Licuanan III, founding President of Ayala Land Inc. He looks humble and fun-loving. But when he started to talk, one would think back. He is the very man who made the Ayala Land brand so big. He is no ordinary executive.
“Too much growth affects the quality of the product,” says Mr. Licuanan. Thus, with his new formed real estate development and marketing organization, he defines the company as small and will remain to be small.
My first impression is he might had an exhausting 40-year career at Ayala that he got too tired of running a real estate company. Of course, I am wrong.
He details to us the advantages of a small company. And before he could end his talk, I salute his very unique business philosophy.
Lately, I met a number of acquaintances and friends who work at home. They are freelance writers from the company I work with. Or they are buddies who decided to get home-based copywriting jobs. I envy them because they succeed in the attempt I wished for myself before.
When you feel great, your mind is clear and everything follows
– Joy Geronca
I want something – to do what I really love to do (so my life would be great) – and its seems the universe conspire to make it happen. The very same line Paulo Coelho said in his 1988 now world-famous “The Alchemist.”
After that inspiring meeting with Toby Claudio, this mother met another equally beautiful soul. She exudes inner peace and grace. Her eyes smile and it looks like her skin and everything in her glow. She is Joy Geronca of Bikram Yoga Eastwood.
msbolin met the man behind the famous toby sports business which to date, has 43 branches scattered all over the country.
though we waited for more than an hour, the knowledge he imparted during the interview was enough for me to forgive his trespasses.
we waited for him at runnr, his another sports shop at bonifacio high street. he is the founder of runnr, the only running specialist store in the country, and probably the only in the world that brings together under one roof three technologies that address the major components of running.
he is, by the way, toby claudio.
“i traveled to the united states, japan and europe. i went to their sports shops and studied their technology then combined all in runnr,” says toby.
“in our store, we have the footprint scanning, high-speed video gait analysis and custom insole molding. that’s what makes us different from other sports store. customers may buy their shoes in other stores but they always keep coming back to us because we do it very differently and we have the technology,” he adds.
running has been quite popular nowadays. he teasingly says it may be because it is the most easiest sport. one though has to have a running gear and a place to run and he is all set to run.
running however, just like to most, was a painful experience until he discovered the proper running equipment. fitting the right gear then becomes an enjoyable, pain-free experience, and that what makes running addictive for him.
though he has no regular running schedule, he sees to it to run when his time permits. he does his thinking when he run. when he feels a bit tired, he run. running has become a source of energy.
coming from a family of sports enthusiasts, toby has always been active in sports. he played tennis since he was five and in college. he played soccer. he was varsity baseball at the uaap. he also tried basketball and golf. he even went mountain biking. the accumulated wear-and-tear from all the sports however took its charge and he started to have serious problems with his back. he suffered a slipped disc several times as well.
and since he can’t play competitive sports, he resorted to jogging. he did further research about running, tried it and got hooked at the sports.
toby shared that toby sports, a brainchild of his father roberto claudio sr three decades ago, started when he was five years old. though he felt big responsibility with the idea of naming the sports shop after him, he somehow felt that at a very early age, he knows what he wants to do from then on.
“i love what i do so life is great!” he says with a big smile.
spending less than thirty minutes of my time with this entrepreneur inspired me. i’ve shelved my running shoes for weeks now. at this moment, i am thinking of running again. but more than that, i will do what i love best because i want to enjoy life. so cliché yet i am still at lost.
first, i need to discover what makes me happy. maybe tonight, as i run, i can think sanely.