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I have been aching to make a review about this fast-growing Michelin-star restaurant but I never had the chance. We dined at Hawker Chan (MOA branch) before and I wasn’t really happy with our orders, so I did not write a review about it.

I promised we’ll go back to give it another try – maybe I wasn’t just in the mood last time – then maybe I can blog about the place on our second visit.

Forever has passed and we haven’t gone back since.

I am so glad that one of our writers sent us her review about Hawker Chan (SM North Edsa) several days after they dined in this Singaporean restaurant. Let’s see how they find the place.

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Hawker Restaurant Review 
by Tsika Garcia Baylan

Singaporean food is something I am curious about. I remember when I was watching an episode of Food Wars Asia in Singapore and it showed some of the famous Singapore foods. That show tickled my interest to try Singapore dishes.

The first Singaporean food I tasted was Hainan Fried Chicken in Hiananese Delights, and I liked it! Since then I have been on the hunt to eat Singaporean dishes.

I haven’t heard of Hawker Chan. We accidentally discovered the place while looking for some good Ramen noodles when we were in SM North Edsa. The caption “The World’s Cheapest Meal to Be Awarded One Michelin Star @ 335 Smith Street” caught our attention so we decided to dine there.

HAWKER CHAN MENU & PRICES

You can check Hawker Chan’s Menu here.

OUR ORDERS

Roasted Pork Noodle ₱178

This has the usual thin noodles but what made it unique is the sweet and spicy sauce. On the side is the crispy yet tender roasted pork that is so delicious.

Soya Sauce Chicken Vegetable Noodles ₱178

This is what I ordered as the noodles here caught my eye. It is green and it says vegetable. I was kind of hesitant when I was about to eat this goodness, but the vegetable noodles along with the sweet and spicy sauce made my taste buds dancing. The noodles are a little bit chewy though. Oh! And let me not forget to mention the star of my dish is the chicken, which is tender and juicy! Just add a little bit more chili sauce if you want more kick which is what I did.

Wanton Noodle Soup

Their wanton noodle soup is just the usual wanton noodle except with the shrimp wanton inside! It was that good that my daughter almost didn’t let me have at least one bite of it.

HAWKER CHAN STAFF & SERVICE

The moment the staff sees you checking their menu, they will automatically assist you and give you an idea of their food. The line was long but fast and you are not allowed to get on your tables yet until one of the staff says so, because they make sure that you already have your order number before they let you dine, and I like it that way. We didn’t even waited for too long to be seated on our table.

THE PLACE
We dined in Hawker Chan SM North Edsa which is just beside the supermarket, so it is a bit of a busy area but not really crowded.

Operating Hours: Mall hours

Branches:

  • Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

I would happily go back to Hawker Chan and try their other food.

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Love,

Nanay Tsika is a full-time mother and a part-time Online English Teacher. She enjoys writing DIY story books for her daughter and she has a passion for teaching as she believes continuously learning is a process for great improvements. 

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Swimming is a life skill that we must teach our kids. It is also a great form of physical activity which involves the entire body, making it a perfect sport for everyone. These are just some of the reasons why swimming is on top of our summer activity list for Skye.

I am not a great swimmer; neither is the husband, but both of us agreed that Skye must be good at this sport as it is the one that has the potential to be a true lifesaver. So, for her summer activity, we enrolled her to Bert Lozada Swimming School.

At the age of 4, swimming has become her very first official class. Yeah, we haven’t enrolled her to play school and other educational programs because we want to invest in our daughter’s life skills first.

Why We Chose Bert Lozada Swim School?

The primary reason actually is because the school where they held their summer class is just 5 minutes away from our home. Very convenient for us. Their being in the industry for 60 strong years with more than 60 locations is just secondary.

Bert Lozada Swimming Lesson Fee

We paid ₱4,800 for 10 sessions held at Elizabeth Seton School in Imus, Cavite. (See the map below)

That’s like ₱480 per lesson. If you miss one session, you can request for a make-up class the next day. They are really not so strict about that.

Elizabeth Seton has an indoor swimming pool so you do not have to worry about your kids being toasted by the mighty sun or battered by the raindrops while having their class.

Love. Eat. Wander. Review of Bert Lozada Swimming School

Advantages

  1. The swimming coaches are great. I appreciate that they have a woman coach available when we enrolled Skye. Her amiable character removed the fear from my little one. It was obvious that Bert Lozada Swimming School teachers knew what they were doing. They were very efficient in teaching, and they easily built rapport with children. Very professional to say the least. Skye enjoyed learning that she even so willingly demonstrated to us what she learned.
  2. The progress report /certificate provided by Bert Lozada Swimming School was a great way for the coaches to assess the improvements of their students and for us parents to know how our little ones are doing. Awesome job!

Disadvantages

  1. I do not know how was the arrangement between Elizabeth Seton School and Bert Lozada Swimming School but when you enrol your kids to summer class in the said location, learn the  Swimming Club’s training schedule and by all means, stay away from that time. Our 3-4 schedule coincided with the training of the School Swimming Club, making the pool area crowded and chaotic. Too much splashing and squishing took the attention of the kids away from their coaches.
  2. There were instances when a swimming coach had more than 5 students — this was disappointing especially since they only had 1 hour to learn the day’s lesson. When we enrolled, the promised ratio was 5:1. I hope they can do something about this.

Our Plate of Unsolicited Advice for Bert Lozada Swimming School

These are very important, and I hope can be addressed accordingly. I am not sure if these are being applied to other branches, but apparently, not in their Seton branch.

1st – On the very first day of swimming class, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PROMOTE CAMARADERIE AND FRIENDSHIP FIRST AMONG THE STUDENTS. I think this is very important so they can further enjoy the class. Simply knowing each other will help them feel more confident, secure and happy. Allow them to introduce themselves and know their classmates before submerging them directly to the pool. For a group of 5 students, 15 minutes of introduction won’t hurt, eh?

2nd – I was informed that students will be grouped according to their ages during the enrollment but I was really disappointed when this wasn’t followed during the actual class. My daughter who’s 4 years old was supposed to be mixed with other students her age up to 6 years old, but she has 7 years and older classmates.

Will We Enroll Skye to Bert Lozada Swimming Lesson Again?

Yeah, we will enrol her again next summer; because, despite the disadvantages, the Bert Lozada Swimming School delivered what they promised. Skye hasn’t learned swimming yet but she more confident now in the water. She already knows how to float (she calls it Starfish Float) and do bubbles! That’s an achievement considering she doesn’t know anything when she started. However, we will make sure to be more choosy with her schedule now.

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El Nido is one of the most popular destinations in Palawan because of its amazing underwater treasures and white-sand beaches. However, unlike Coron, Puerto Princesa, and San Vicente where several airline companies offer daily flights, there is only one flight that goes directly to El Nido and it is pretty expensive.

In this article, we will tackle the different and best ways on how to get to El Nido from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

How to Get Directly to El Nido from Manila or Ninoy Aquino International Airport?

Air Swift is the only airline that flies directly to El Nido, Palawan from Manila. Their planes land directly at Lio Airport which is about 4 kilometers from midtown. Air Swift is the charter company of El Nido Resorts and definitely the fastest and easiest (but expensive) way to get to El Nido.

How to Get to El Nido from San Vicente?

Another (not prominent) option to get to El Nido is by taking a flight bound for San Vicente Airport from either Manila or Clark. San Vicente Airport was inaugurated in May 2018. Philippine Airlines (PAL Express) offers trips from Clark Airport to San Vicente, with an estimated time of 1 hour and 40 mins. Skyjet Airlines on another hand offers trips from Manila to San Vicente; travel time is one hour.

From San Vicente, El Nido is around 4 hours away by land travel.

How to Get to El Nido from Coron?

If you want to see another tropical paradise of Palawan before heading to El Nido, you can opt to fly to Busuanga first and explore Coron, Palawan. Travel time is only one hour. From Coron Port, you can take a 4-6 ferry ride bound for El Nido Ferry terminal. Ferry ride costs around ₱1,300-₱1,700 per way.

Discounted activities to do in Coron, Palawan

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How to Get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa, Palawan?

The most popular way to get to El Nido, Palawan is by taking a plane ride from Manila to Puerto Princesa and then riding a van or a bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. The two main companies operating daily flights between Manila and Puerto Princesa are Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. You may ask our travel agency partner, Sole Adventours for the cheapest flights available on your preferred dates.

El Nido is just 230 kilometers away from Puerto Princesa, but it can take 5 to 9 hours of land travel because of the road condition. The bus usually takes longer because of multiple stopovers.

See the table below:

Mode of Transportation Travel Time Price
Van 5 to 6 hours  ₱500 to ₱700
Bus 6 to 9 hours  ₱380 (non-aircon) to ₱480 (aircon)
Private Car Around 5 hours ₱2000 to ₱3500 (daily rate)

A.) By Van – it is not difficult to look for a van ride from Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido as El Nido van drivers offering a ride will start swarming around you the moment you step out the airport.

Transportation by van means you will be joining other passengers, so you have to be aware that, most of the time, the van company will wait until the van is full before leaving. Sometimes, you may even have to wait a few hours (basically, until the next flight has arrived). Another thing to consider is that van companies tend to fit a maximum of 13-14 people into one van, sometimes adding removable extra seats. Expect to be uncomfortable throughout the trip especially if you are a 6-foot-tall human being and stuck in the middle or in the last seat rows because you won’t have much leg room. 

Some van shuttle companies offer pick-up from Puerto Princesa hotels to El Nido. This is a very convenient option especially if you plan to stay a day or two in Puerto Princesa to do Underground River Tour or Honda Bay Tour.  

There is a trip leaving every hour. Earliest trip leaves at 6AM and the last trip is at 6PM. Our travel Partner Sole Adventours offer a one-way van transfer for ₱700 per person. You may message them here.

Book your DISCOUNTED van transfer below:

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B.) By Bus – Roro Bus and Cherry Bus companies offer daily trips to E Nido from San Jose Bus Terminal. (Please refer to the table above for the rates). San Jose Bus Terminal is 7 kilometers away from the airport, which is 10 to 20 minutes tricycle ride that costs around ₱100. There are buses going to El Nido every one or two hours during the day. The earliest trip is at 4AM and the last trip is at 10PM.

Whether you take a van or a bus, the journey will end in Corong-Corong Bus Terminal, which is just a few minutes away from El Nido town proper. We recommend that you ride a tricycle to your hotel. During the day, the normal price is ₱15 per person; at night, the minimum rate goes up to ₱50 per person.

C.) By Private Car – If you’re traveling as a group, we recommend that you rent a private car for convenience. The rate is around ₱2000 to ₱3500 per day.

So that’s it. Welcome to El Nido! You can now get ready for your island hopping tours. Check and book discounted rates of popular El Nido activities below:

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Travel Tips:

  1. If you decide to travel by bus, do the evening trip as it usually takes only around 5-6 hours due to lesser stopovers as compared to 8-9 hours during the daytime.
  2. If you are coming from another flight from outside the country and planning to fly to El Nido, San Vicente, or Puerto Princesa directly, give yourself a time allowance of at least 3 hours between your arrival and your next flight, so you’ll have enough time to go from one terminal to another. Take note that the traffic jams in Metro Manila are extensive.
  3. For affordable Palawan tour packages, contact our travel partner Sole Adventours. You can join shared tours to save more. 
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We were quite early for our Boracay flight so we decided to take our lunch in one of the restaurants around NAIA Terminal 4 (also known as the Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal or the Old Domestic Terminal). It’s quite difficult to move around and find a parking space, so when we chanced upon an empty parking slot in front of Yang Chow Restaurant, we settled there and decided to dine in and while away the time. It was a very good decision as we had a very satisfactory lunch.

YANG CHOW RESTAURANT FOODS AND RATES (OUR ORDERS)

Yang Chow is a Chinese fast food joint with several branches across the Philippines. It offers delicious and affordable Filipino and Chinese cuisines. When we dined in one of its branches, we only paid ₱586 for this tasty set! (Just click on the little arrows to the left and right in order to see the other photos.)

Hakaw ₱80 – Hakaw is my default order when dining in a Chinese restaurant, and Yang Chow did not disappoint me. I loved that the shrimps inside were chunky!

Beef with Brocolli ₱238 – This is one of our favourite viands. Yang Chow Restaurant beef with broccoli was yummy, and it perfectly blended with the fried rice that we ordered. The beef was tender and the broccoli was crunchy.

Seafood Fried Rice ₱188 – very tasty. You can actually order just this without any viand and still be satisfied.

Soy Tofu ₱80 – This soft and tasty dish instantly became JimBry’s favourite.

SERVICE AND AMBIANCE

The Yang Chow Restaurant in NAIA looks more like a food court than a restaurant. It was not elegant. The furniture looks old and tattered, there are stains on the floor. Based on the crowd, it was obvious that travellers and some of the airport staff frequent this restaurant. We think it’s a locals’ favourite. The restaurant was well-lit and can be a bit crowded at times which can make the service a bit slow. Staff are not the chummy type but attentive.

THE PLACE

The Yang Chow Restaurant we dined at was inside the Salem complex, just across the airport NAIA Terminal 4.

Address: 99 Palm Drive, Manila International Airport Rd, Paranaque City, Philippines
Other Branches: Marcos Highway, Centris, Masinag, Laguna, Cavite,

WHAT LOVE. EAT. WANDER. CAN SAY ABOUT YANG CHOW RESTAURANT

No regrets, food was good and cheap, just right if you are looking for a good Chinese food fix.

Disclaimer: We are not professional food critics. Ghaad, we cannot even cook a decent meal. We just love eating and criticizing  (lol) recording our experiences. That given, please do not take our word against us, as our reviews are solely of our personal opinion, purpose and consumption. We may be swayed, subjected, or somehow influenced by background, sex, religion, nationality, affiliation, and experiences.

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If you have been reading us for some time now, you will know that ramen is our comfort food, our redemption food, our go-to food when the world is falling apart. In fact, if you will check this site, you will see that, as of date, 80% of our entries tackle issues that revolve around ramen. Lol!

This post is no different from other ramen posts we have here. Only this time, we will be talking about the most affordable Japanese restaurant we have eaten at. A restaurant that was chosen by Skye because it’s just beside the candy bars. This post is about Tetsu Japanese Ramen in SM Southmall.

FOOD & RATES

The foods we ordered weren’t as tasty as expected but the affordability of all the dishes in the Tetsu Japanese Ramen menu is something to celebrate. The quality matches the price so it’s good enough. They also have large servings and nice plating. A bowl of ramen can be shared by two already. We only paid P950 for this set. (Just click on those little left & right arrows to see the photos)

THE PLACE

Tetsu Japanese Ramen restaurant in SM Southmall was quite nice but a bit small. We doubt it can accommodate 50 people at once. It resembles a simple Japanese ramen place decorated with plastic cherry blossoms.

Location: Food Street U1161 Ground Floor, SM Southmall, Alabang Zapote Road
Hours: 10AM – 9PM
Phone: (02) 511 8734

STAFF & SERVICE

Tetsu Japanese Ramen service was okay; waiting time was about 10-15 minutes for all our orders to arrive. Also, the staff are very attentive, nice, and accommodating. They even offered a special car-like plate to Skye to further enjoy her meal.

DO LOVE. EAT. WANDER. RECOMMENDS TETSU JAPANESE RAMEN?

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Yeah! If you are in a tight budget but want to get a bowl of authentic ramen, it will not hurt to try what Tetsu Japanese Ramen restaurant in SM Southmall can offer.

Disclaimer: We are not professional food critics. Ghaad, we cannot even cook a decent meal. We just love eating and criticizing  (lol) recording our experiences. That given, please do not take our word against us, as our reviews are solely of our personal opinion, purpose and consumption. We may be swayed, subjected, or somehow influenced by background, sex, religion, nationality, affiliation, and experiences.

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by Tsika Garcia Baylan

I started working as a part-time homebased online ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher with 51talk 3 years ago. I remember I was searching online for a homebased job when I saw 51talk’s advertisement. 51talk was the only online ELT (English Language Teaching) platform in the Philippines I knew back then so I did not hesitate and immediately filled out their online application form and sent my resume, then everything was history.

51Talk Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree / Graduate of a 4-year course
  • Experience teaching kids / K12 / Early Childhood / Elementary (preferred)
  • English teaching certifications such as LET / TEYL / TESOL / TEFL (preferred)
  • Must have passion, energy, and enthusiasm in teaching
51Talk Application Process

Initial Interview

Few days after I filled up their online application form and sent my resume, I received a phone call which already served as the initial interview. I was a bit nervous at that time but it went well as the interviewer told me that she just needs to observe how I handle myself in a conversation. It went smoothly. During this initial interview, the interviewer will just ask basic information about yourself.  Here they will get your Skype ID for further assessment so make sure you have one.

Technical Check

After my initial interview which was done over the phone, another 51Talk staff, a technical representative, contacted me via Skype to check the speed of my Internet (they require wired connection with at least 3Mbps) and the RAM (Random Access Memory) of my computer (at least 2GB is required). This is for 51talk to make sure my internet connection is stable and I have enough free storage.

Online Training via Skype

As far as I can remember, the training was 6 hours a day for 5 days. This is not paid. During this period you will be familiarized with the culture of China and Chinese characteristics. Oh, did I say your students when you become a 51Talk teacher are Chinese people? Yeah, and since you will be teaching Chinese students (adult/young learners), then you must have an idea about them so you will know how to deal with them. You will also learn phonetic symbols, phonetic pronunciations, systems, teaching techniques, and a lot more!

Mock Calls

This is the last application process where teacher applicants will be put into a test. They will have a demo to show how they teach and deal with their students and navigate the system.

What Do 51Talk Teachers Do?

Congratulations, you passed! So here are the things expected from you to do:

  • Teach English to Chinese learners online in a fun and engaging way.
  • Evaluate the learner’s performance and provide corrective feedback.
  • Study the provided teaching materials and always start lessons prepared and on time.
  • Conduct 25-minute one-on-one online lessons with students.
  • Create a lesson memo with the necessary feedback about the topics discussed.
51Talk Salary

You will now be asked to open a minimum of 65 slots which represents 65 students. If for example you work 8 hrs a day and all of your lessons are booked, you can get ₱21,120 in a month. Those who can go beyond 8 hours a day can get as much as ₱40,000. Do you know what’s cool about this? Your salary is all yours, no taxes, deductions, whatsoever.

Tips: How to earn more

The more students you have, the more you earn. So, (1.) your goal as a teacher is for the students to like you and be happy with how you handle your class with them. This is for you to have regular students in the future. Make sure to make a good impression with students. I’ve had students who have been with me for almost three years; I have been their teacher, their sibling’s teacher, their daughter’s teacher. (2.) Aim to have regularly scheduled classes so your students will know when you are online and book you.

Advantages of Working with 51Talk
  • Schedule Flexibility – Teachers can choose their preferred time to have the class except during peak hours (7PM to 10PM for weekdays and whole day on weekends where most of the students are already home from work or school). I work from 8PM to 11PM during weekdays and 8 hours during weekends.
  • All the materials you will be needing in teaching will be provided by the company.
  • 51talk has a monthly survey for the teachers to give feedback on how to improve their systems and compensations. Here, you can somehow demand. Yey!
  • 51talk encourages teachers to enhance their teaching skills by enrolling in TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) and TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners) courses free of charge!
Disadvantages of Working with 51Talk
  • Compared to other ELT platforms, 51Talk offers lower pay.
  • When there’s a sudden power outage and a teacher doesn’t have other ways or sources to attend the class, then, s/he will not get paid.
  • Also, teachers are only allowed to teach their students for 25 minutes for every lesson, and I personally think that is not enough especially to young learners (3-6 years old).
Would I recommend 51talk to my friends who want to be online ESL TEACHERS?
  1. Yes! 51talk is an established ELT platform in the Philippines.
  2. Yes! We have the same standard time with China.
  3. Yes! You can teach depending on your availability.
  4. Yes! 51talk provides free training for kids if you want to focus on young learners.
  5. Yes! 51talk encourages teachers to enhance their skills by enrolling them in TESOL and TEYL courses for free!

“I teach because it’s a fulfillment for me to witness my students are learning because of my help.” – tgb

Also check: The Beginners Guide to Working from Home

Thank you for dropping by!

Love,

Nanay Tsika is a full-time mother and a part-time Online English Teacher. She enjoys writing DIY story books for her daughter and she has a passion for teaching as she believes continuously learning is a process for great improvements. 

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Be not just a tourist or a traveller, BE A RESPONSIBLE ONE and make a difference.

Travelling has become a trend. Because of low-cost carriers offering promo flights, people nowadays are given equal opportunity to travel. The advent of social media also became a visual encouragement to the larger population to explore.

Travelling has a lot of advantages, but we cannot deny the fact that it also has unfavourable effects on the places we visit. Unfavourable impacts are often overlooked both by locals and tourists.

It is easy to become a tourist but being a RESPONSIBLE tourist can be a challenge. Anyone can acquire a plane ticket, book a hotel, and go on a tour as long as s/he has money to pay. The welfare of the locals only comes next, the welfare of the environment, most of the time, is neglected.

Responsible tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” It hopes to minimize (if not eradicate) negative economic, environmental and social impacts of travels. (source: responsibletourismpartnership.org)

This article aims to promote responsible tourism and give some tips on how to become a responsible tourist.

Respect the place.

And what is the best way to respect the place? By reducing your plastic footprints.

Let us all try our very best to NOT add to the plastic problem all over the world. Look at what happened to Boracay. The government had to close the island just so it could recuperate from the damages brought by irresponsible tourism. We hope the pollution to the waters of Boracay will not happen to the beautiful island of Calaguas, or to any other island of the Philippine archipelago.

There are a lot of ways to minimize plastic pollution and some of them are so simple that we no longer give them some thoughts. Three of the easiest ways to do in reducing our plastic wastes are as follows:

a.) Don’t buy one-use water bottles. This is not only helpful to the environment but also economical. The cheapest bottle of water is ₱25. Imagine the regular jeepney fare is just ₱8. So for a bottle of water, you can already ride a jeepney 3 times! Also, the plastic bottle just ends up in a landfill or in the ocean. Pack a reusable water container when you travel and just refill whenever there’s a chance – in your hostel, restaurant, or even streams when you go hiking!

b.) Stay away from single-use plastic bags. Common, you’re a tourist, a visitor. You do not own the place. Do you mess up the house you’re visiting? If you prefer calling yourself a backpacker, then, by all means, take your daypack wherever you go, even if you just have to run some errands.

c.) Wet wipes are convenient, but they contain non-biodegradable plastics such as polyester. It could take up to 100 years for a piece to break down. Please, stop using them. You can simply bring mini towels and wet them when you need one.

Respect the people.

Again, when you travel, you are just a visitor in the place. If you visit indigenous villages or small communities in the rural areas it would be better to always ask permission before taking photos of the people. They are not exhibits in a museum. They are normal folks who deserve to be respected the way you expect others to respect you. Involve them in decisions that can affect their lives.

When buying local products and crafts, be fair. Do not haggle so low that you end up almost getting items for free. Imagine the countless hours the locals spent in crafting or creating the items. Pay what the item is worth, and be happy to contribute to the local economies and well-being of host communities as much as possible.

Respect the culture.

Before you visit a place, it would be good to understand a little bit of its local culture. Most of the locals belong to indigenous cultural groups that are native to a particular region. Instead of bringing outside influence, make some positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage for better maintenance of their culture and tradition. Be sensitive and respectful while establishing meaningful connections. Be one of the catalysts for building local pride and confidence.

There are already a lot of travellers who explore and exploit places, be not one of them. Be the difference you want to see in our weary world.

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in collaboration with Tsika Garcia Baylan (certified WAHM)

The moment I became a mom, I knew I couldn’t handle being away from my child. So, I decided to retire from my work as a financial collector from one of the most prominent BPO companies in the Philippines. However, I know for a fact that I cannot “just be a mom”, no matter how noble that job is. I need to do something else aside from taking care of my daughter and doing household chores. I need to work and earn! I need to continue keeping my self-worth by having a career, and the only way for me to do all these is by having a decent job while staying at home.

Gone were the days when a mother has to choose between her family and her career. With the advent of technology, we are now able to be a stay-at-home mom while earning dollars!

Awesome, yeah? You get to work and earn while keeping track and witnessing your child/ren’s milestones!

Like all other decent jobs, you need to invest in something in order to have new beginnings. As for becoming a WFHM (Work-From-Home Mother), you must be aware first of WHAT are the things you ought to have? Provided below are the tools you will be needing:

  1. A desktop, a laptop, or both – obviously, you need these because you will be working online; meaning, most of the time, you will be in front of a computer. Some may only use a desktop while others a laptop; but for me, it’s much better to have both so I will have a back-up if there are glitches.
  2. Internet Connection with AT LEAST 5MBPS – some employers, especially those that have to frequently call their clients, require wired Internet connection because of its stability. Others are fine with non-wired as long as you have at least 5MBPS. Stable internet connection is crucial since this will be your tool to connect with your foreigner clients, and 5MPBS is the minimum speed you must have.
  3. Headset – Depending on the nature of your work, you might be required to invest in a good-quality headset. If your job will require you to call, then you must have a headset with a microphone attached. There are headsets with a noise-cancellation feature. That is a good tool to have, too. As an online worker, the only means of communication with your employer is through calls, and thus investing in good communication tools is a must.
  4. HD Video Camera – Some clients require that they see you through a web camera to make sure that they are talking to a real person and not just a robot.

Now that you already have the needed tools to start an online job, let’s see HOW you can find one:

  1. Think about the kind of home-based job you want to do. No one knows you better than yourself. Assess. In which area do you excel? Are you good in graphic designing?  Do you like teaching? How about writing? Video editing? If you are very skilled – knows how to write, edit videos, or teach online – then congratulations! There will definitely more opportunities knocking at your door, and you will have the liberty of choosing your own employer/s. However, I suggest that you still choose the best job for you and do not accept everything. Get the job where you excel, pays well, and has a good schedule. How’s that?
  2. Let’s say you know what you want and where you are good at, the next step is to submit your resume to ALL the possible employers you will come across online. Keep in mind that while looking for a job, hundreds of thousands of resumes and application letters sent will never be enough. Stop ONLY when you already landed on that online career you like.
  3. Build your network, join support groups (there are a lot on Facebook), and attend seminars and tutorials (there are FREE courses online) to further hone your skills. Connect with right-minded individuals. Never stop learning.

Okay, so now that you have all the necessary tools and know where you are good at, WHERE can you find a decent online job?

There are actually a lot of platforms where you can sign-up and find jobs for FREE! By the way, keep in mind that any job online that will require you to pay is bogus. Never ever shell out money for a job you are applying for. Alright? Below are just some of the sites where you can find a job that will fit your skills:

  • Upwork Global Inc. – Formerly known as Elance-oDesk. Upwork is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. They have a wide range of jobs available for programmers to designers, writers, customer support reps, and more.
  • Freelancer.com – Like Upwork, Freelancer is a global crowdsourcing marketplace website which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. 
  • 51Talk Philippines – This is the No.1 online English platform in China and the fastest growing online English Language Teaching (ELT) platform in the Philippines. Since Filipinos are known as good English speakers, a lot of foreign nationals prefer hiring Filipinos as English teachers. This is where I am working for 2 years now!

There are a lot more options available. For those jobs that will require you to be online for at least 8 hours a day, the minimum pay you can get is ₱18,000 a month. That’s clean, no tax deductions whatsoever. The salary can be higher depending on your skills. Not bad, yeah?

Thank you for dropping by!

Love,

Nanay Tsika is a full-time mother and a part-time Online English Teacher. She enjoys writing DIY story books for her daughter and she has a passion for teaching as she believes continuously learning is a process for great improvements. 

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A lot of people ask me why we are still keeping Skye at home and not send her to school. “She’s already 4 years old and must be dealing with other children her age”, they say. I am always tempted to tell them that we have no plans yet to send her to school because we plan to homeschool her. But I do not want to go onto the lengthy explanation as to Why We Prefer to Homeschool Skye so, most of the time, I just smile in reply.

Actually, parents, if you really are paying attention to DepEd and school regulations, you will know that it is NOT a requirement to send your young ones, 5 years old and below, to school. Whatever program you put your child in before Kindergarten is NOT counted under DepEd files. The Republic Act No. 10157 says only those who finished Kindergarten could be admitted to Grade 1, AND ONLY 5 YEARS OLD (and above) CAN BE ADMITTED TO KINDERGARTEN.

What does that mean?

It means junior casa, senior casa, nursery, pre-kindergarten, or whatever you call those programs/stages you pay to add to your child’s education are nothing more than additional expenses (or maybe not, depending on how you see them or whatever advantages you get from them).

To further understand The Republic Act No. 10157, we compiled the frequently asked questions from parents below:

1.) What is The Republic Act No. 10157?

The Republic Act No. 10157, also known as the Kindergarten Education Act, makes kindergarten “the first stage of compulsory and mandatory formal education.” DepEd views the institutionalization of kindergarten as a key move in implementing the administration’s flagship K-12 (Kindergarten to 12) program, which extends the basic education cycle from 10 years to 12. 

2.) But my child already knows how to read, write, add, subtract, and do calculus. His/her skills and knowledge can match that of high school but s/he’s only 4. Can we skip Kindergarten and enroll to him/her to Grade 1 already?

NO. Even if your child is that of Einstein’s level, s/he still needs to go through Kindergarten before s/he can be admitted to Grade 1.

3.) My child will be 5 years old by August, enrollment is on June (date), can s/he be admitted to Kindergarten or should we wait until next year?

They must be 5 years old by June, with an extension period until September 30 (if their school year opens in June). If their school year opens in August, they must be 5 years old by August 1, with an extension until October 31.

4.) My child has been studying since s/he’s 2 years old. S/he already finished the nursery and junior casa. S/he’s 4 years old now, can s/he be admitted to Kindergarten?

NO. 5 years old, remember? That is the ONLY age they accept children to be enrolled in a Kindergarten in preparation for entry to Grade 1. It doesn’t matter if your child has undergone junior casa, senior casa, pre-kindergarten, nursery, etc. s/he’s only eligible to take the Kindergarten course when she’s 5 years old. When s/he passes Kindergarten then she’s eligible to step up to Grade 1.

 5.) If 5 years old is the age requirement for Kindergarten, then 6 years old should be Grade 1, right?

You got it!

6.) Does that mean, I can enroll my 6 years old right away to Grade 1 even if he/she hasn’t take Kindergarten?

No. KINDERGARTEN IS REQUIRED. In the basic education policy, DepEd cited that for Grade 1, only “children who have completed Kindergarten programs in DepEd accredited schools and centers” and those who are “six years old and above by August 21 of the school year they will enroll in” are eligible.

7.) What are the things they teach in Kindergarten?

The basic – colors, letters, numbers, values education, and socialization. Also, it requires the use of the student’s mother tongue or first language (depending on location) as the official medium of instruction.  For instance, kindergarten classes in Cebu will be taught in Cebuano while those in Bicol will be taught in Bicolano.

8.) Do this apply to homeschoolers?

Yes. This mandate applies to public and private schools, as well as homeschoolers. Independent homeschoolers (no provider) who’ll be enrolled to Grade 1 must pass the Kindergarten PEPT (Philippine Educational Placement Test) by the Department of Education (DepEd) before they will be allowed to level up. Schools/providers that do not follow this rule will face the risk of having their license revoked.

9.) Where should I enroll my child and how can I make sure there will be no problem with his/her school records?

To whatever DepEd ACCREDITED school. Only accredited schools can provide the LRN (Learning Reference Number) of the student which will carry all their school records until college. Also, LRN is only provided to students who satisfy all the requirements for Kindergarten – age and curriculum. So before you enroll your child to a particular school, ask if they will/can provide LRN.

10.) This is so dumb. Can there be exemptions in this rule?

So far, none. DepEd is firm on “setting its foot down” when it comes to age cut off and eligibility of incoming learners.

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