Monthly Archives: January 2012

Beach in Mindanao Philippines

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Iponan Beach, Philippines

My husband suggested we should take the kids to a clean beach. I did not want to travel far to find a nice and a-lil-bit secluded resort not far from the city where we lived. So, I asked my brother if he could drive us to the nearest beach that we could enjoy. The resort doesn’t have much facilities but we enjoyed it more because nature is much more preserved for a secluded look.

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The Fourth Kind

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This movie really bugged me to the bones. It took me awhile to believe the movie was true, until I finally did try to know if it was based on a true story. I read this from Wekipedia:

The Fourth Kind is a 2009 American mockumentary science fiction-thriller[2] directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, starring Milla Jovovich, Charlotte Milchard, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, and Mia McKenna-Bruce. The title is derived from the expansion of J. Allen Hynek’s classification of close encounters with aliens, in which the fourth kind denotes alien abductions.

The film purports to be based on actual events occurring in Nome, Alaska in 2000, in which psychologist Dr. Abigail Emily “Abbey” Tyler uses hypnosis to uncover memories from her patients of alien abduction, and finds evidence suggesting that she may have been abducted as well. The film has two components: dramatization, in which professional actors portray the individuals involved, and video footage purporting to show the actual victims undergoing hypnosis. (At some points in the film, the “actual” and dramatized footage is presented alongside each other in split-screen.) Throughout the film, Abbey is shown being interviewed on television during 2002, two years after the abductions occurred.The film was a box office success, earning US$47.46 million worldwide, from an estimated $10 million budget.

Oh man! and for a week I cannot sleep well after seeing the movie.

Way To Improving My Thai

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I learned Thai formally in a ” kaanrian” (learning center) four years ago. It was a five-month course which includes casual conversation, reading and writing. Our Thai teacher, Khruu (teacher) Rat is considered as Khruu Wrath.  Western people who studied the language hated her, Asian foreigners gets nervous if they are on their way to her classroom feeling unready for school. Anyway, the five tones,  44 basic consonants, 8 vowels and 6 dipthongs make the learning so complicated. My Thai has never been good until I am able to forget it and remember it again as I went back to Thailand. The meebaan (maid) in the guest house where I am working as an overseer cannot talk  in English but we work well together plus my Thai has improved a lot because she cannot speak English. I get laugh at every time I pronounce  a certain word with the tone incorrectly and use it  a sentence because it meant the other thing. One time she asked me if I wanted a suewa (picnic mat, in other tone it means sweater) but I answered her ” no thanks, I am not cold” (thinking she meant  suewa, the sweatshirt). I’ve been laughed at most of the time but they say keng maak (very good) I can speak Thai and I believe I’m on my way to improving my Thai.

Visa In Thailand

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Four years ago, I worked as community health consultant in south Thailand. Getting our visa puts us into stressful situations since the foundation has to wait for the slow process of having the foundation registered under the Thai government. When I got back in the country last year, the visa situation has improved already and Thai embassy have been much softer with foreigners since the government economy suffered some serious setbacks during coups plus the flood in Bankok last year. Usually, they give us a month once we enter the country and have us go to embassies to get a three month extension (three month extension means two months to  be able to stay in the country). Since I work in the Hatyai, it is easy for us to take a van to Penang, Malaysia and get our extension there.  The Thai embassy in Penang requires foreigners to submit an application form which can be downloaded online, two copies of recent photos and a xerox copy of  the passport and the passport itself.

E-Learning Helps Me

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My three year old gets bored easily. She likes to look up cartoons in YouTube which I think is not so helpful for her, like Mr. Bean and The Pink Panther (she loves these characters). So I tried to search over if she could do e-learning when she’s not doing school with me. My friend recommended http://www.storylineonline which is really good for the kid’s listening skills.  Thea (my three year old daughter) liked the story The Rainbow Fish. I also looked more if she could practice reading through e-learning and I found http://www.starfall.com which she liked it so much. http://www.elearningforkids.com is also our favorite. You could easily choose a certain activity level fit for the age of your child. I am having problems with her memorizing the alphabt sequence but the website ABCya!’shas  interactive stuffs that are helpful. There are times when she feel bored an wanted to play game, so I use http://www.allgames.com. the website has easy puzzles that a three-year-old could just click and drag. There’s a website also that provides free printable materials for alphabhet and number writing. Life is good with all these e-learning so accessible to busy Moms doing homeschool to their kids.