Thursday, February 26, 2009

...some MORE of Zabadani Layered Coffee!

Savoring the one of a kind taste of Zabadani's layered coffee! I tell you guys, the line which says: once tasted, always wanted is definitely true and that I affirm, once you will taste their coffee, you will always keep in mind the thought of going back for more and for variation.
I salute my friends from BEAM who possess minds that spark when business has to be spread out in the table. This business is indeed their pride and I am more than willing to commit myself advertising Zabadani and be proud that I will be their regular customer craving for more coffee.
Well, what I have in mind now is to have a feasibility study of how can I establish one in Zamboanga City and become a business partner of Zabadani. Guess, this business will make a leap in the City of Flowers!
I will let Zamboanguenos taste and feel something of Damascus in the Philippines!

Monday, February 23, 2009

...Zabadani (Layered Coffee)

I came to know about a certain Zabadani place here in Davao City. I was very curious then what the name signifies. My friends from Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao were the major masterminds of the thought of visiting the place and guess what happened?

Here, for the first time in my life I tasted their offer of layered coffee which came in a variety of flavor. The place was cozy for our team headed by Sir Noor who generously paid the cost of what we consumed. I dare you coffee lovers and coffee enthusiasts, you won't regret visiting Zabadani for in here you will experience tasting coffee that tastes like heaven...

Will tell you more on my next post...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Learning to Read:Reading to Learn"

ARMM Beginning Reading Program promotes "Learning to Read:Reading to Learn". The key points in the program are:
- an understanding that learning to read also involves writing, speaking and listening skills
- assessment of the students' reading skills as an ongoing activity
- monitoring of the program to support the implementation
- the principles of teaching and learning for early childhood
- the use of literature as well as phonics
- encouraging a whole-school approach to supporting and development of reading
- strong support from the school community, district and division

Two pilot elementary schools in each division were selected for inclusion in the pilot, based on the following criteria:
  • reading was on their school improvement plan (SIP)
  • there was a strong support from the school head
  • there was a supportive local community
  • they were in an EQuALLS2 barangay
  • they may have electricity

The program consists of two cycles of training with implementation of the strategies and monitoring between cycles, with a third cycle being the review and evaluation day. All Grade I teachers at the pilot school, their school head, the District Supervisor for the school and the Division Education Supervisor I (English) were included in the training to ensure knowledge and support for the teachers and the program.

The program will be extended to the Grade II teachers in the pilot schools in 2008 and a group of trainers were identified from among the Division NEPP trained Mentors. They were trained to deliver the 2 cycles of training and then support the teachers in their implementation through mentoring and school visits in their Division, while the District and Division Education Supervisors will monitor the program.

ARMM Beginning Reading Program Pilot (Grades I-II Teachers)

The ARMM Beginning Reading Program Pilot for Grade I and II teachers is a joint BEAM and EQuALLS2 (USAID) development program. It arose as a response to support DepEd's Every Child a Reader (ECARP) strategy to make every child a reader in English by Grade III, from our needs analysis of teacher's training needs and from the Action Plan No. 2 "Beginning Reading Program" of ARMM Leaders following a Study Tour to Australian in 2006. Teachers do make a difference - the quality of teaching has a huge impact on whether a child learns to read. Teachers must have a PASSION for reading and KNOW and be able to TEACH strategies on how to read and assess their students.
Both projects were working in schools in the ARMM and the decision was made to collaborate on this pilot to maximize the resources an support available for the ARMM. The decison was made to pilot the program, evaluate it, revise it in the light of the evaluations and then make it available for a wider roll out.
The pilot began in January 2007 with commitment given by the Secretary of Education, DepEd-ARMM. An ARMM Reading Coordinator (Geneva C. Hajal) was appointed and a Technical Working Group (TWG) of Education Supervisors from the Island Divisions, BEAM and EQuALLS2 officers, established to oversee the development, implementation and evaluation.

Problem on losing and gaining weight???

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After the conduct of my baseline free body fat analysis, I decided to go on with the program prescribed to me by my Personal Wellness Coach. My program to lose weight is: 3 times HERBALIFE tablets, 2 times nutritional shake mix and 1 colorful meal with fruits and vegetables. My coach said that I have to follow this program if my goal is to achieve my desirable weight based on my height and my age.

I did not hesitate to follow my weight loss program. I started on the evening of May 15. Day by day, the program is always on my mind. I believe I am on a healthy diet.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

All about L-I-F-E!!!

Like so many of you, this humble author I will tell you has walked her way through LIFE'S road. That's every human being's dream to be able to overcome the crossroads of LIFE. And so today, we are living it.

First, LIFE has no limits. LIFE has been unpredictable, thrilling and awesome. And to live LIFE fully, we've got to seize opportunity, roll with the punches, be a little daring, and above all, keep our head in the game!

To succeed, we've got to have focus- the ability to see the big picture, the courage to dig in and persevere -- so that when LIFE throws us a curve, we don't get derailed.

Because LIFE keeps us guessing.

Sometimes the road stretches straight ahead. Sometimes you're stuck in traffic of problems in LIFE. Sometimes we're just trying to find the nearest exit.
And one thing we'll discover is that--more often than not- what at first appear to be roadblocks and setbacks are the very things that'll get you where you were meant to be.

I certainly never thought I'd be in the DepEd ARMM Regional Office, working as Regional Coordinator for Reading. When I was working my way through college, when I spent years uncertain of my career path, I could never have predicted or planned where I find myself today.

But, while I may not have always known where I was heading, I had focus and faith. If you believe in yourself, others will too. And if you have confidence in who you are, there is no end to what you can accomplish.

As I tell myself: Stand and Deliver.

When I first got to the Regional Office, I felt completely out of my element, surrounded by educators with high positions in the department. But, I stood and delivered. I did my best. And before long, I was meeting with Schools Division Superintendents, Education Supervisors, Principals, talking with Literacy people and other Reading enthusiasts and helping the DepEd Secretary perfect his plans for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. We're still positively working for the SUCCESS of these plans.

It just goes to show the only boundaries to what you can achieve are the ones you set for yourself.

Always aim high. Don't settle for what you know you can accomplish. Challenge yourself to pursue the impossible, and you'll go further than you could ever imagine.
So, don't let anyone else take the measure of your worth and capabilities. Always stand proud in who you are!

We must remember this - "If all we ever do is all we've ever done, then all we'll ever get is all we've ever got."

It's easy to get caught up in LIFE'S routine. Take time to pause and make sure that we're living LIFE and LIFE isn't living us. Have a plan, but don't be afraid to improvise. Get off the beaten path. Explore the detours and back roads. Don't be in such a hurry to get where we're going that we miss some amazing scenery along the way.

No matter what we do in LIFE, let us find some way to give back. The impact of that choice will not only improve the LIVES of others, it will enlarge and enrich ours as well.

We're all LIFElong learners. So let us go forward. Believe in ourselves. Never give up. And have a LIFE lived well and with purpose.

Come with me to this LIFE's ventures...

Friday, May 2, 2008

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,......

My favorite poem of all times is Desiderata. It has helped me many times in my life especially when times come that I feel all alone in this dark world. Forgive me for it is very long, but it is worth the read.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.