The Next Chapter

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I remembered the first Day I entered this school to have my OJT that was January 3, 2017.I encountered different kinds of students, I was with my fear back then on how will I deal with this kids and what strategies will I use to teach them.

During my stay in this school I must admit I faced a lot of challenges wondering if I can get through it but in the middle of those doubts and question, I have my inspirations to continue no matter how stressful it is because maybe I need to continue to get my diploma or maybe its also a way of learning new things as I share knowledge. I also found new friends and company in this school, my students? They were like my siblings they cheer me up with I start to worry about the lessons I’m glad I’ve met these people. Teaching is stressful and hard you should be dedicated to being able to pursue this job. As they say, it is the noblest profession of all and its true without Teachers there will be no doctors, lawyer, engineers, and others. I realized during my practice teaching that It’s never easy to be in this position especially in those time when you are speaking in front and yet nobody wants to lend an ear to you.. Most of all the discipline its hard to manage the behaviors these students have considering that they are modern people they usually want to do things without limits.

April 3, 2018, I came back to attend their graduation & moving up the program. I saw each of them step on the stage receiving their diplomas. I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved they are finally one step closer to their dreams. These students played an important role in my studies They pushed me to my limits let me get out of my comfort zone they showed me what life is. My short stay with them is worth remembering and they will be close to my heart always. Now it’s the time for them to spread their wings and fly high as the face the new chapter of their journey.

“In teaching others we teach ourselves.” I learned a lot thank you for the experience.

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Singapore: When Family Sticks Together

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin

We started traveling together in 2017. Our first wanderlust together was in Saigon, Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia. We see to it that at least yearly we go outside the Philippines. That is our family goals while still alive and very much kicking. The joy and exposure that we gained are fulfilling and gainful in many ways. As I always make known to my friends and acquaintances, I don’t want to die to leave an estate or resources, but rather a collection of flashback memories that it won’t dismiss from the mind and the smile that gives you excellent health benefits.  Besides, when smiling, you are more attractive.

One of my goals alone is to travel the world until I reach 60 years old. I don’t want to be flying when I am already a senior citizen, what I wanted to do at that age is stay in a province and be a farmer with my dogs. I’m trying my best to pursue that dreams of mine, besides I still have 13 years more to accomplish everything.

Our journey in Singapore was in January 2018; I haven’t got the chance to published immediately due to some reasons. This is the only travel I have that I haven’t booked on a travel agency. Everything is a do-it-yourself. DIY travels are quite stressful, but when you are after of learning something new, this is the best catch!

First Day

At the airport, I was trying to locate the convenience store which I have purchased, a 4G with data useful for seven days.

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While strolling, someone from the immigration caught my attention and said, I was not allowed to go beyond, it’s a restricted area.  I just thought there is another entrance towards Cheers Convenience Store.  I saw the store already but, the entry is outside, after immigration thing.  I rented out also a wheelchair for my Mom while still here in the Philippines to be picked up at the airport.

When I have something to verify, I leave my companions in a comfortable area before doing things so they won’t run down.  Finally,  I got my sim and the wheelchair. Since it was nearly minutes before the rush hour, I  just took a taxi going to our hotel the “Fragrance Hotel,” adjacent to Bugis Junction. I booked our hotel directly on their website.

 

 

 

 

 

Our room is teensy-weensy and no ventilation. If you are claustrophobic, this hotel is not for you.  The reason I booked this hotel aside from penny-wise, it is in public interest (near to MRT), we won’t stay in a hotel the whole day anyway, we were there to explore. All we need is a spot to hibernate at night and to replenish.

We arrived early, so we just left our baggage at the counter while waiting for their check-in time at 14:00.  We went straight to Bugis Junction to have our lunch.

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After spending some time along Bugis Junction, we went to Marina Square (taxi) to pick up the tickets that I booked online on Duck Tour and Gardens By The Bay through Klook Travel.

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Explorer Duck Tour

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Captain Explorer duck tour is an amphibious transport with a tourist guide who mark out every spot that we passed through. The tour starts at Marina Square to Marina Bay, Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens on the Bay, Bay South, Singapore River, Merlion, Helix Bridge, Floating Stadium, Marina Bay Financial Center, and the tour ends at Singapore Flyer or Marina Square.  After 45 min on a Captain Explorer, we went straight to Gardens By The Bay through Funvee Hopper.

Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay have a lot of attractions, and some of these are the following: Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, and Supertree Grove.

The Flower Dome

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The Cloud Forest

 

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Supertree Groove

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OCBC Skyway

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We ended our night and dinner at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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Second Day

Ended up with a bus, we dropped by in Vivo City to have our breakfast and at the same time to pick our tickets to Sentosa for a whole day pass plus 3 activities: Sea Aquarium plus Royal Albatross, Wings of Time, and Sentosa Express Ticket.  We consumed our entire day in Universal Studios and Sentosa.

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Sea Aquarium

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Royal Albatross is supposed to be a sunset cruise with dinner. Unfortunately, it rained the whole day, so this package is not that spine-tingling.

Wings of Time

Wings of time is an outdoor night show.  It is a combination of a fireworks display, musical, and laser lights.  Too bad, it was cat-and-dog weather, but still, the show must go on.  Showtimes are 19:40 and 18:40 daily.

                              you can watch my live video on this link                           

Sentosa Express

Sentosa Express monorail makes the following stops:

Sentosa Station (Vivo Shopping Mall)

Waterfront Station (Resorts World and Universal Studios)
> Adventure Cove Waterpark
> Crane Dance
> Dolphin Island
> Lake of Dreams
> Royal Albatross
> Sea Aquarium
> The Maritime Experiential Museum
> Trick Eye Museum

Imbiah Station
> Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
> Images of Singapore Live
> Madame Tussauds
> Mega Adventure Park
> Sentosa 4D AdventureLand
> Sentosa Merlion
> Sentosa Nature Discovery
> Singapore Cable Car Sky Network
> Skyline Luge Sentosa
> Tiger Sky Tower

Beach Station
> Wings of Time
> Siloso Beach
> Fort Siloso
> Fort Siloso Skywalk
> Go Green Cycle
> Ifly
> Ola Beach Club
> Wave House Sentosa

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> Palawan Beach
> Animal Bird and Encounters
> Kidzania
> Mosh!
> Palawan Pirate Ship
> Southernmost Point of Continental Asia
> Go Green Segway

Those are the activities and attractions that can be found inside Sentosa.  A day is not enough if you want to try all the events and extravagant.  We end our night in Vivo City for our dinner and a grab car back to our hotel.

Third Day

On our third day, we went early to Botanic Gardens of Singapore. You can check the link for a separate blog. After Botanic Gardens, we ride on a  bus to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. I have included this activity for my Dad for he loves everything about history and museum.

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What a damp day, but sad to say we have to go back home.  Before going home, we Filipinos are fond of souvenirs.  We must end our day by buying things to be brought home from Mustafa Center.  This center has a wide range of items to choose from compared to the night market in Bugis Street.  Besides, I love the quality of their T-Shirts which I bought for personal use.

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Finally, on our fourth day, this is it, whether we like it or not, home is calling us. IMG_0886.JPG

It was quite an irksome day finding for directions, but it’s all worth it.  I have downloaded a Singapore Map on App Store which was very helpful especially what number of buses to hitch and the name of a bus stop to alight.  I was mixed-up a bit, but in the end, I managed to bring my companions to our destinations.  It is indeed a beautiful journey!

Thank you for reading, until next time 😉

Blue Evil

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Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I was browsing my news feed yesterday, This has been my habit lately starting my day by opening my social media accounts and looking up at what’s new.

I started scrolling my feed since I’m so excited to see my Friend’s status maybe they posted some pictures of them traveling or having a good time with someone else. As I was scrolling, I saw this post shared by a schoolmate. The post contains sadness I could say by his words that he is depressed. Depression is more than just having a low mood, This could affect your physical and mental health that can lead to suicide. This is not a joke I’ve been hearing a lot of cases of people who were defeated by demons inside them. Some are well-known celebrities this just explains that depression chooses no age or status it comes like a thief. I observed that as the days past by this issue becomes rampant, yet the society doesn’t pay so much attention to it.

People who are a victim of depression are those who are having difficulties on expressing their emotion, thoughts, and feelings verbally because they know that it’s better for them to keep it to avoid hearing judgments and hates. So, as a result, the thoughts stay on their minds killing them slowly. Most of them want to stop living to end the pain permanently. By this, I hope people would be mindful or maybe spare a little time to understand why a person especially teens and adults are feeling depressed.

For those people who are experiencing depression/anxiety, I hope they continue to find the reason to live and strong enough to ask for help. Being depressed is not a sign of weakness it is a sign of being healthy when your mind is telling you to give up. We should help those people who we know undergo this problem. Be a good listener, let them speak what they feel, give them bits of advice or you could cheer them up but never judge them.

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