Monday, November 28, 2016

When The Teacher Gave My Child The Wrong Grade

I had a not so good weekend lately and I hope these series of unfortunate events ended already. I guess I'm going to discuss first what transpired last Friday (and I might talk about what had happened on succeeding days in another blog entry).

I attended my daughter's 2nd Quarter PTC (Parent-Teacher Conference) last Friday afternoon. "Brace yourself" was what I told myself because my consistent-honor-student daughter made a huge mess on her grades last quarter. I guess she was enjoying too much of her freedom in high school that she forgot her major responsibility - STUDY! The 1st quarter result didn't sit well with me so her privileges were removed from her -- Facebook deactivated, from iPhone to analogue Cherry mobile, no hanging out with friends on weekend and wake up early in the morning (and I'm talking 4:30 am!) so she could review her lessons. Yeah, I'm such a pain in the ass momma when I got totally mad!

Then came the 2nd PTC and I had the chance to review my daughter's record last quarter to one of the teachers. She was on leave the previous PTC and haven't got the chance to talk to her, only the substitute teacher. And came the great SHOCK! There was a big mistake in my daughter's grade. Turns out she got higher (though not that high) grade and was still IN at the honor roll. What the----!

The teacher apologized for the huge blunder and told me they would correct the mistake. The grade relayed to the substitute was not my daughter's final grade after all. And I was shock and disappointed and sad for my daughter at the same time coz they didn't know all the stress, the pains, the hassles we went thru. Awarding of honors for 1st Quarter was already done and that won't happen again. And what will they do now? All they told me was they will correct her grade and give her the certificate of honor coz she deserved it...Well, thank you for that...

However, thinking over and over about it made me realize that it was not enough. I punished my kid anytime for her wrongdoing but I am also ready to defend her should someone make a huge mess on her. This time, my daughter deserves my sympathy. My inner tigress was unleashed again that I could not wait for today to come.

So this morning, I went to my child's school not to see her teacher but the school head. I saw and talked to the school's Vice-Principal and pour everything out. I didn't totally blame the teacher for the wrong grade because she was on leave. In fact, I should be thankful to her for correcting it. I could not also blame the adviser coz he was just there writing the grade given to him, I could not also blame the substitute coz she doesn't really know what the real grade was (uh-uh...hmmm). But who was there to blame, ME? Funny. Of course it was still their fault in whatever perspective you're going to see it...sigh.

I also complained about another teacher who was so unfair in grading his students. Cause when I asked him about how my child got that grade the mere fact I saw her tried to improve her grades this quarter, he could not give me a logical answer.

I don't usually go to my daughter's school these days because I'm trying to avoid to be called "Sip-sip". I am not that type of parent who goes there to influence the teachers so that they will give my child favorable grades. However, with all these hullabaloos, I guess I'm going to be visible to let the teachers know I'm watching them. Not to scare them but just keeping my eyes on them.

Tiger-mom is now wide awake and I even told the school head that I will come back to check and to hear the progress of my report. I hope and pray they will not disappoint. They promised to correct my daughter's grade and will even announce that she's part of the honor roll last quarter to boost her ego again. They promised that they would talk to the teachers responsible and informed all of them not to commit the same mistakes. They promised that they would check on their teacher's way of grading system. And they told me to come back anytime should I have another concern.

With all that had happened, I pray that something good will come out from this. I don't want to hurt anyone but they should know and understand that it was us who was hurt the most :-(

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review First Before Buying

Before buying new stuff, particularly musical instruments, better research first online about the brand and if it has durable quality. This applies not only to professionals but to hobbyist as well, or even to the neophytes. But if you are still not sure what or where to find, perhaps I'll recommend Casio privia reviews to you to help you look for better option.

Good luck on your choice and purchases. I hope you found the right instrument that really suits your taste!

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Other Side of Her

Here's a picture of my eldest daughter as Cinderella during their Student's Night at their school. She was hoping for a different costume instead I let her wear this princess dress, hehe. It looks great on her anyway so why should I let her wear something trashy that would make her look old and creepy? 

And yeah, I'm the fair godmomzilla who did all the styling and I'm proud of it! HA! HA!

P.S.: To my daughter - I know you're going to read this (coz you're fond of stalking my blog :-p ) so here's for you my Princess!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Shop at Your Local Music Store

When you can't seem to decide which instrument you are going to purchase to use for your concert or even at home, then I guess the best way for you to do it is visit your local music store. Although you can find lots of sale items online, you can also check at the store if you want to be sure of its features or specifications. After all, you are the one who is going to use it. And it would be such a waste if you regret buying something that doesn't suit your taste.

And I always believe that you can still find affordable and great instruments at the local store near you. So, start shopping now!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you all had fun trick or treating ;-)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Essential Cleaning Supplies for Your Instruments

Most of the times, we just buy musical instruments and not properly take good care of them, not thinking that this would easily damage the item. Cleaning these things should be given importance especially if you have woodwind instruments. I suggest that you need to know on how to clean a trumpet if you have this instrument because it will benefit not only your unit but you, as well. There is a site you can find online that will teach you the essential ways of cleaning and I bet you will learn a lot from there. So, you might as well check it out now!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

S&R Members' Treat Sale Happening on September 30 to October 2!

I can't wait to go to S&R on September 30 and buy their tasty and ever-juicy Ranch House Angus Strip Steak. My husband and I often do the grocery at S&R and we love to buy products from their meat section. What's exciting is that there will be S&R Members' Treat that would take place on September 30-October 2! There will be lots of buy 1 take 1 and 50% discount on other items, too!

I am definitely heading to S&R CDO for this! How about you? Don't miss out the fun and enjoy the big, big sale!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Enjoy and Experience the Best of CDO Food Tour

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CDO Bloggers with Best of CDO Food Tour Team

The month of August is quite exciting for the people of Cagayan de Oro City as they prepare the celebration of their feast day every August 28 in honor of their patron saint, St. Augustine.
So expect that beauty pageants are held within this month, major sales events are offered by big stores during the weekends, there will be concerts, parades and firework displays that would take place days before the fiesta and so on and so forth.

And in line with Higalaay Festival 2016, BQFC team launched the Best of CDO Food Tour for the very first time where they invited the CDOBloggers. I joined the tour and it was indeed fun and a huge success as well. I guess I will just let the pictures below do the talking:

1st Food Stop: Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant
Branch: Centrio Mall

1. Rack-a-Bye-Baby (My personal favorite)
- Finger-licking goodness of premium cut smoky barbecued pork ribs,

2. CDO Sinuglaw - The award winning “sinugbang baboy” and “isdang kilawin” recipe with a twist by adding “dilis” toppings
- It is also an Urban Life nominee as one of the best Filipino dishes

Bigby’s was first introduced in CDO in December 8, 1998 and now has 7 branches across the archipelago. The menu, the interior design and service style were created to position the concept midway between fine dining and fast-casual dining.

2nd Food Stop: Missy Bon Bon
Branch: Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Center (Flagship Store)
Pastel and my share of Gelato

  1. Gelato - Creamier, smoother and silkier than any ordinary ice cream.
  2. Pastel - A sweet filled bun that won the hearts of every Kagay-anons, now with 3 flavors Durian, Yema and Chocolate bun.
- Awarded as the Urban Life - Mindanao Gold Star Daily Award 2016’s Best Delicacy of the Year

Missy Bon Bon Bread shop opened its kiosk in CDO in December 2009 launching its first line of breads and gelato. In April 2010, it opened its flagship store in Limketkai Center. Missy Bon Bon is a hip, cozy, and relaxed world-class bread shop serving healthy, natural, and freshly-made bread onsite with unique fusion interpretations of local bread products, gourmet comfort food and custom gelato mixes.

Third Food Stop: Boy Zugba Kusina Bisaya
Branch: Corrales Ave. - Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro

  1. Bandihadong Karne - All your favorite meat in one bandihando Liempo, pork BBQ and the Cheezzy Chorizo
  2. Cheezzy Chorizo - Organic-fed meat stuffed with cheese 
  3. Pancit sa Pulis 
  4.  Dessert: “What’s your plan, Leche Flan?”
Boy Zugba Kusina Bisaya opened in Corrales Ave. - Ramon Chavez St., CDO in February 8, 2015. It serves the best Kagay-anon home-cooked meals that a city has to offer, but up scaled a bit to create a new dining experience. Boy Zugba boasts an array of grilled food items, as well as meals that we normally see in karenderias or eat at home.

Last Food Stop: The Nest
Address: Corrales Ave. - Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro Brands: Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast
Highlights/Must-try: Maison de Bonbon Cafe and Restaurant

  1. Burger Américaine - U.S beef burger patty on a sesame bun with crisped bacon slices, sautéed Shiitake mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, melted gruyere cheese & fresh green lettuce. Served with seasoned salt French fries.
Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast

2.  Calzone - Folded pizza with spinach, ham, sausage, mushrooms, bell pepper, and black olives.
3. Salsiccia Siciliana - Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms and Sicilian sausages.
4. Quattro Formaggi - Pizza with four Italian cheese

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CDO Bloggers at The Nest with the Best of CDO Food Tour

The Nest welcomed its first batch of patrons in June 2016, bringing the best of renowned European culinary masterpieces that won the hearts of every Kagay-anon. The Nest, carrying two brands, Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe, delivers the finest of both French and Italian Sicilian cuisines.
The Nest embodies the best aspects of globalization by bringing the sumptuous food of Europe to the dining tables of the inherently sunny people of Cagayan de Oro, be it the families looking to bond through opulently-served entrees, or the individuals that yearn to unravel from work by being fed food bursting with zest and flavor.
It is a sanctuary in the midst of the noisy, fast-paced, and bustling streets of Cagayan de Oro.

Thank you so much Best of CDO Food Tour Team for the wonderful accommodations you extend to us, the CDO Bloggers. Shout out to the team and the owners of Bigby's, Missy Bonbon, Boy Zugba and The Nest!

*** All pictures were taken (and removed) from my other blog:

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