Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Home Schooling 101: What makes you come alive?

January 4,2016

This will have to be short and snappy.
My daughter Marina just told me what I wanted to hear after 4 days being so immersed in the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open. Hurrah!
Watching players close hand. Taking photos with Stepanek in the steps while he was waiting for us to lift the chain for him and his girlfriend to pass to go to the bleachers.
Marina and I got the chance to read Vasek Pospisil’s biography and I marveled at the journey it takes to conquer challenges while attaining one’s goals in life.
I will write more in depth as soon as my duty is done by tomorrow.

All I know, watching the game makes me feel so alive!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Home Schooling 101: Work Ethic VS Insatiable Wants

Jan.3, 2017

What a wonderful day yesterday!

95% of the targets were accomplished and most important of all, the grace and the opportunity to be  child like with my children.

Marina was so excited to show me photos of  her with several tennis celebrities.

Marcelina kept saying, “ Mama, I so miss you.”

She understood that Mom had to go back to work and  Mom has to clock in attendance.

She saw me do what I needed to do even if I was bone tired coming home .

Marina was a bit challenged in this department that I had to remind her that Mama still has more chores to do before calling it a night.

Here is a very nice video about it:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Home Schooling 101: Bring your kids to work day!

January 2,2016

Today, Marina wants to come along with me to the  Qatar Exxon Mobile Open. She is excited to spot Tennis personalities and stars.

I hope that we will meet some contacts I have established for her to be able to see what a Ball Kid does and be excited and eager to sign up as well for the next tournament.

The gift and the grace to do an honest  day of work is something wonderful to pass on to them at this point.

This is  where we need to be and we shall stop trying to be where we think we should be and enjoy the moment.

I asked her yesterday to draw up her plans for the new year , month to month and we shall align them to mine.

I am so happy and grateful that all the requests I had for them were accomplished for New Year’s eve preparations.

Traditional 12 fruit basket.

Red ribbon grapes on each door arch.

Marina cooked Bibingka in muffin pans.

Ruel and Marcelina enjoyed making the Palitaw.

I am off now to prepare for my 3rd official day with the tennis open. I hope I can get a photo with Novac and  Murray.

Yes, here we go!

 "Every job is a SELF PORTRAIT of the person who does it. Autograph your work with EXCELLENCE."

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Home Schooling 101: A Social Experiment

Joyful January 1,2017

It is the first day of the brand New Year 2017.
I am so grateful for this quiet time with my thoughts.
The washing machine is merrily humming away.
My youngest is on the sofa drinking her first bottle of milk.
My eldest does not like to get up yet despite my gentle prodings.
We woke up at 12 midnight to greet the New Year with a prayer and some spaghetti and grapes and longgan.
Today will be a holiday for them.
Today will be a 2nd working day for me.
After 3  years attempting to, I have finally signed up to assist in the Qatar Tennis Open. I handle the chains to the Section A audience bleachers in Court 1.
After so many years of not having a job outside the house, I finally am experiencing a 6 day occasional job.
I have diluted and sifted  several reasons why I want to do this.
One of which is this: Children sometimes do not learn from verbal sermons and instructions and preachings and naggings…They have to see you model them.
Perhaps, you can say, it is a social experiment for me to learn from and show my children that no matter how lowly or simple a task or a job you are given…how are you going to value and do it?
I believe that there is no lowly or lofty job.
A CEO is no different to the cleaning lady in the restrooms.
So, how do we really treat them or view them?

Friends, today is the first day of the year. We don’t know what lies ahead. But one thing I know for sure — God wants you to climb your mountain.

       He wants you to keep on growing, to be wiser, to be more loving, to be better, and to be even more blessed.(B. Sanchez)