Tagalog Tuesday: Tula (Poetry in Tagalog)

“Tula” or “panulaan” is how you call it in Tagalog.


This poem is from www.tagalog-tula-pilipinas.blogspot.com

The title of this poem is “Pag-ibig ang siyang sasagip sa mundo.”

 (Love will rescue the world)

Aking tinawid ang labing-isang dagat,
Itong mga bundok ay aking inakyat,
Upang itong OO – makitang sumikat,
Sa irog kong ibig na mapasapalad.

Gawin mong alipin itong aking puso,
Sa kadiliman nga ay gawin mong sulo,
Sa sibat ng unos dito ka magtago
Pagkat ang dibdib ko at ako ay iyo!

Ang ngiti mo’y ilaw sa dilim kong sadlak
Sa aking umaga ay siglang pantulak
Sa tanghali’t hapon ay aking kayakap,
Upang ang kalsada, pumatag ang lubak!

Sugatan man ako sa pakikipaglaban,
Sa imbing daigdig nitong kapalaran,
Ako’y babangon pa sa kinasadlakan
Upang ang luha mo ay aking pahiran!

Ikaw nga ang aking ngiti at halakhak,
Sa lungkot ay aking ligaya at galak,
Sa sakit na dulot nitong mga hirap,
Ikaw ang sigla sa buhay kong salat!


Watch out for my next post, we will translate this poem in English 🙂

Mommy’s stories Chapter 2: Meet Bob

For this chapter, any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.



…. And together, Ethan and Sofie, search for something to change their village.

They walked over the mountains and crossed rivers.

And as they were walking, they saw a village similar to theirs. They decided to stop by and take a look around.

There were cheese curls, potato chips and chocolates hanging all over the trees.

The houses were made of cakes and the sweetest treats.

They suddenly heard a giggle but could not find where the sound is coming from.

So they looked and they looked, and to their surprise, they saw a boy; his tummy as round as a big, big ball sitting in the corner of the street; with tempting treats and drinks in front of him; munching, and gulping, and gobbling non-stop.


You seem lost, and you kids look funny. (giggling)


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image source: www.clipartof.com


Hi I’m Sofie and this is my friend Ethan. What’s your name? And, may I ask why do we look funny to you?



Hi, I am Bob. And to answer your question, well, it’s because you’re all skin and bones. Have you not eaten for a long time? By the way, what brought you here?



We are looking for an answer… the answer! We’re trying to find something that could bring our lives back home.



Oh poor friends. I think I have the answer. Come to my house and I will give you chocolates, cakes and marshmallows, sodas and ice creams… bring these to all of your friends too! I’m sure they will like it and eventually, play with you! However… you have to carry me first. I find it hard to walk since I’m feeling very, very heavy and weak…


The curious Ethan whispered to his friend…


Ethan whispers to Sofie:

I don’t think he has the answer. I think it’s because of the food that he’s been eating. That’s why he has gotten so heavy! And did you see that he’s weak too? Junk foods are not healthy at all!



Bob, heard Ethan. He got angry at him and Sofie, and he sent them away.


The kids knew that bringing home some junk foods would not be the solution to their problem.

Ethan’s hunch  was right, it’s not healthy at all.

They continued their search and went on their way. A while later, they have reached another village…


Now, what kind of village awaits them?

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Mommy’s stories Chapter 1: Looking for answers

For this chapter, all characters appearing in my work are not fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is not coincidental. 🙂

I plan to tell this story to children all over the world. This was made from the bottom of my heart. Please read and help share. Thanks, appreciate it! 🙂



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image source: http://jake-labz.deviantart.com/art/Mushroom-Houses-198421730

Once upon a time, in a land where the trees meet the sun and the rivers have no end…


Where all you can hear are the chirping of the birds and rustling of the leaves,


There was an old village called “The Skinny Mushroom Village.”


In this place, people have found their home, and settled on their own way of life.  And soon, they’ve built their own community and had families.


All through the day, they grew as much mushrooms as they could. And all through the night, they slept soundly, and slept tight.


People, young and old were already accustomed to this very simple way of life.


But in this quiet little town, there is a boy named Ethan, who thought that this life is pretty–



Boring. (sighs)  I’m so bored. I’m always tired of the day’s work and nothing’s left for me to do but sleep during the night. Everybody’s feeling weak all the time and nobody likes to play anymore! They’ve lost their interest in almost everything! This village needs life! What can I do?  We need some life, some energy, but where can I find it? Ah! I need to find the answer! I want out of this town, right now!



Little did he know, that there is also a girl, who’s been wanting to leave town… Her name is Sofie.



I have to leave town. I have to see what’s beyond the mountains. Life here is so boring. Nobody wants to play, and they are always tired. We eat the same thing over and over again! Ugh! Mushrooms! I want something else besides mushrooms! Maybe there’s something more out there!



And so, both Ethan and Sofie secretly packed their food for their journey.

They snuck out of their mushroom houses while their parents were asleep, and quietly made their way out of the village.

However, it was so dark and so cold. Ethan had an eerie feeling when he heard footsteps coming towards him.


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Similarly Sofie, also feels mostly uncomfortable during nights.  This is because she doesn’t have a very clear eyesight.




Ethan and Sofie altogether:





They bumped into each other, and ran as fast as they could. But in their disarray, they seem to have ran in circles, and so…


Ethan and Sofie altogether::




they bumped again! The curious Ethan then gathered his courage, he stopped running, and looked to see that it was simply a girl who has scared him, then asked –



Who are you? Are you spying on me?



No, I’m not.  I should ask you the same question!



Oh no, I’m not a spy, I am just a boy from a village nearby…  the Skinny Mushroom



And so am I… Well, I mean, I am actually a girl. My name is Sofie. So you plan to leave the town too?



Hi Sofie, I’m Ethan. Yes, but well, not for a long time, I still want to go back you know. I just need to find some answers. And I want to bring life to our village!



Same here! I’m thinking that I might find something new out there, something better.  Hey, why don’t we  go together; you know… two heads are better than one.



And together, Ethan and Sofie did, to search for something to change their village.

They walked over mountains and crossed rivers.

And as they were walking, they saw a village similar to theirs. They decided to stop by and take a look around.


What do you think will happen to this story? Do you know what they found out in the village? Follow and like us at MommySaidDaddySaid and @KennPaula.  ’til our next post!

Tagalog Tuesday : How to tell time


Narito po muli ang Tagalog Tuesday!
We’ve made 13 essential topics for you to review before you visit the Philippines.
On our previous post, we’ve talked about:
– The history of Tagalog
– Ang alpabetong Filipino
– The modern tagalog versions of how are you, thank you, how to say you’re sorry
– Some survival phrases that you need to know when you visit the Philippines
– How to count and how to shop in the Philippines.

Please go and check out the Tagalog 101 folder in the sidebar of our blog if you want to learn more about it.

Ngayon, pag aaralan natin kung paano sabihin ang oras sa Tagalog.
Now, we will learn how to tell time in Tagalog.

First lesson: how do you ask, “What time is it?”
Here’s how you say it in Tagalog:

Anong oras na?

Here’s a sample answer in Tagalog:

Limang minuto bago sumapit ang ika-dalawa ng tanghali

Meaning: It’s five minutes before 2 in the afternoon
Or simply put: 1.55pm
Let’s dissect the phrase:
Lima is five
Minuto is minute
Bago is before
Sumapit is reach
Ika-dalawa ng tanghali is 2 in the afternoon or 2 o’clock pm

Limang minuto bago sumapit ang ika dalawa ng tanghali
5 minutes before it reach 2 in the afternoon

But here is the easier way for me: the version that we had during the Spanish era.
You just add the prefix “Ala or Alas” before the numbers
Alas is our version of the suffix o’clock

one o’clock Ala-una

two o’clock Alas-dos

three o’clock Alas-tres

four o’clock Alas-kwatro

five o’clock Alas-singko

six o’clock Alas-sais

seven o’clock Alas-siyete

eight o’clock Alas-otso

nine o’clock Alas-nuwebe

ten o’clock Alas-diyes

eleven o’clock Alas-onse

twelve o’clock Alas-dose

It is half past one Ala-una y medya

It is half past two Alas-dos y medya

It is quarter past four Alas-kwatro kinse

It is quarter past eleven Alas-onse kinse

We have so many versions in telling time in our country but for me, the quickest way is to say it in English. 1.55 pm!

Limang minuto bago sumapit ang ika dalawa ng tanghali – the old Filipino way of telling time

Ala una singkwenta y singco –Spanish inspired way of telling time

5 minutes before it reach 2 in the afternoon- American way

Or 1.55 pm! The shortened American way.

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Salamat po at hanggang sa muli!

How to keep your children from saying bad words

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image source: www.teachjunkie.com

“A child’s mind is like a sponge and absorbs whatever it hears in the environment it is in.” Having three growing inquisitive children, all the things they hear, good or bad are in truth, beyond my control. This is real. Even the things that you hear from the movies, TV shows, or some You Tube videos intended for kids are sadly, not safe for kids. Profanity is unavoidable. I am guilty of saying bad words too. The first time I heard my kid say “damn it,” I was embarrassed and shocked because he said it in front of our friends. To make the long story short, I did not beat my child, but I warned him that it should be the first and the last swear words I’ll hear.

Just this weekend, I heard those words again but this time around, my other child had said it. “Damn it.” Okay. I missed something. I forgot to explain MORE to them why that word was considered a bad one. I confronted them, and veered right away. Placing myself in their shoes, I know it is so tempting to say these words because we hear it everywhere. And just like what I said earlier, kids absorb whatever they hear. And when you tell them to stop, the more they will ask you WHY. You see, they need a sound explanation too.

So this got me thinking…

  • Be a good example in front of them. We are not perfect. But when you feel like cursing…
  • Find some substitute words. It is okay to be angry, let it out, but choose a more subtle language when you are around with your kids.
  • There are times that you cannot deliberately keep them away from being exposed to profanity. So if this happens, point out the words right away. Tell them not to use them because these words will make them look bad.

A few weeks ago, Sofie shared with me a simple yet meaningful activity from her Form Teacher and Guidance Period Class (Mr Idris of Yumin Primary School). This made his students realized how it is important not to tolerate saying bad words.

According to my daughter, here’s what they did:

  • Their form teacher asked them if they knew some bad words that they are aware of. (and yes, he allowed the kids to say these words)
  • The teacher wrote it down on a piece of paper. So while writing, he made these children realized how strong these words were (some children were throwing non-vulgar words, but considered as bad ones too. I was embarrassed to know that my daughter threw one of the strongest words in the history of “childrenkind” )
  • He then explained the effects of saying these harsh words to friends. “People will not like you if you say these words… You will be a bully… You will hurt other people’s feelings when you say this… You will lose friends…”
  • After writing it down, he made a meaningful act as he crumpled the paper while saying “Let’s throw the bad words in the rubbish bin.”

A simple activity yet my daughter remembered every detail of it, she had learned a lot without being reprimanded.

She is now our language police.

Effective Ways To Ask Your Child

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image source: BabyRabies.com


“Hi, how was your day?”

I can tell that they are bored hearing these words from mommy. They are so used to hearing it on and on and will only limit their answers to “fine” or “okay.”  This afternoon, I tried a different approach.

You are free to imagine my exaggerated face. Plus my exaggerated tone. It made them feel I’m really interested in what they were up to when they were away from me. The result was overwhelming. You will get what I mean as you read along.  But first things first, here are the effective ways to ask your child:

The hunch:

  • I am guessing you had an interesting day today…

The Intrigue:

  • You think you had a good time with your friends today? (whispering) Can you tell me more?
  • How about Ashley (name her best friend), you think she had fun playing with you too?

The specific:

  • What was your favorite activity that you did in school today?

The “when I was a kid like you” method (it will get them to talk, promise)

  • Back in the days when I was small, I remembered I was pretty scared taking my test. How about you, did you feel the same way when you had your test in Math?
  • I remembered the time when I was in Primary 2, there was this big kid that I was so afraid of. Did you ever experience that?

Kids tend to engage more with these interesting questions because they can relate with it easier.  Be more attentive when asking them, but be patient and don’t stress them out when they can’t find words to say. Just sit down with them and enjoy their company. Be more creative but specific. You might also find it effective when you whisper to them while asking these kinds of questions. You can only get them to talk when you talk.


So here’s what happened earlier.

I sat down with them on the dining table and uttered a hunch. “I think all of you had an interesting day today…”

The first to respond was Ethan.

“I told M___ not to kiss me anymore.”


Zack was teasing.

“Me I don’t have a girlfriend yet.”

Sofie changed the subject.

“We said bad words in our class today.” (Watch out for my post about this)

But after hearing all of these, I think I’m going to have a heart attack too. And so be ready.




Motivational Monday – Gratitude

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image source: themodernnomad.com

One magical word I learned today – Gratitude.

Listen to a beautiful passage from Rhonda Byrne’s third book, The Magic and some of my take (I know I am not an expert) basing on my experiences as an ordinary person.

I would be grateful if you pass it on 🙂


Friday Light Reading – My Funny Experiences With My Kids



I enjoy being a mother (yeah I don’t think it appears that way in front of many people), how fast they grow is what I can not keep up with. I’m beginning to feel that old age is kicking in,  fooling around with my memory. Things are happening so fast and I have to write down these experiences as much as I can so I would not worry remembering.


Deworming attempt

I remembered the time I made them ate pineapple at night. The next morning was scary for all of us. It’s as if we were facing our nightmares.
Mom: Son, there’s a worm in your butt!
Same Son: (shouting) Don’t get! Don’t get!

What’s with the youth now that they hate-
Mom: Okay children, it’s time to take a bath!
Children replied in unison: Noooooo!!!

Which made me think, do they really hate it that much?
Me: See, it feels good after taking a bath, right?
Ethan: Uhm, I’m not sure….

My youngest son wets the bed and calls me with his eyes still shut.
Me: O, why don’t you stand up and change?
Son: (talks to me with eyes still shut) I can’t mom, I am made of pee…
Mom: You try to write your first name now, Santino. You can do it, it’s only 7 letters.
Zack: Okay mom, I will try!

Sounded great ’cause he followed me, right?-
Zack: I did it mom! Just now I will write Santino but I remember Zack is my original name.

Her teacher said she has a wide range of vocabulary.

Sof: Mom, can you do me a flavor?

Sof: Mom, it’s time for us to watch the tv renember?

Sof: Mom I want to have an Aprint same as kuya…  (apron)

and my favorite of all –

Sof: Mommy, Zacki’s disturbing again, he is eggnoying me!


I’m sorry I just laughed and did not do anything. I’ll just correct her maybe later. I want to hear it a few more times. Hehe

Study time with my Primary 2-

Mom: Okay, so what is the plural form of man?

Ethan: huh?

Mom: How do you call “man” if many?

Ethan: It’s up to me?


While fetching the kids.

Mommy: You finished your lunch kuya? Lunchbox’s empty? Very good…

Sof: Sorry mommy I did not finished mine.

Ethan (kuya): I will finish for you?


And some of my “oscar moments” with my kids-

Mom: Guys, no need for you to be afraid, I put a cross sign on your forehead, you can not be afraid anymore okay?

(I went to the bathroom, and I heard this from one of my kids)

Sof: Kuya, she did not put an ink.


Ethan woke up crying in the middle of the night and he was looking for me. He said that he had a bad dream.

“I dreamed that I belong to another mommy…”
He sobbed and hugged me tight. I cannot breath but what the heck, I want to hear his story, so I listened some more. His next words left me speechless.

“I only want you to be my mommy.”




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Advent Calendar for Kids

This season may we never forget the love we have for Jesus.

My Little Advent Booklet courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

My Little Advent Booklet courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

My boy went home with a little advent booklet from his class. It includes some important prayers and scriptures that a kid should know, and most importantly, it also shares a story about the birth of baby Jesus.

But there’s a special page which I find interesting to share with you- the advent calendar.


It encourages your children to do a simple act of kindness each day, to all the people around them.

The advent calendar courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

The advent calendar courtesy of the Holy Trinity Church

December (first week of advent starting 30th November, Sunday)

1 (Monday) – I will give a smile to all I meet today

2 (Tuesday) – I will make a special effort to be kind to those I find it hard to like.

3 (Wednesday) – I will obey my parents, my teachers, and other in charge of me.

4 (Thursday) – I will try to show special love for someone who seems unhappy and lonely.

5 (Friday) – I will secretly do a kind act for someone.

6 (Saturday) – I will work hard today and do my best.


Time and again, I am being reminded by my children how exciting this season is. It’s 21 days closer ’til the birth of our baby Jesus, and I know each kid is as excited as them too. I hope that you agree with me, that not every month felt a lot like Christmas.  Take time to share this calendar to your family and loved ones. Let’s bring back the old Christmas spirit.




We would like to give credits to Ms. Fanny and her co-teachers.  Thanks for spreading the love.

Teachers’ Day – A Day Not To Be Missed

Although teacher’s day is not an actual holiday in every country, it is still a very important day to commemorate our educators. For without them, it would be difficult to have attained what we have now- LITERACY.   teacher11 Though some may looked down on this profession, it is always key to know and understand that it is through our teachers that we get to learn life’s lessons within and outside the classroom walls.  teacher confession I encourage your children to take this time and opportunity to reciprocate the dedication of their teachers by thanking them and showing them the appreciation that they so much deserve.

You know Madam Aniza during the first day of school, I thought that attending primary school will be hard for me. But I was wrong. You made each passing day so exciting. You let me play in the playground, let me read my favorite books in the library, and every time you see me sad and quiet, you ask me if I am okay or not… Most of all, you always talk to me and teach me again the things that are hard to comprehend, always making sure that I understand the lesson well. I am learning a lot from you, teacher. And seeing you in our school will always be the highlight of my day. Love, Ethan


 You know Ms. Ashiqin, every time I hear you say “You can do it Sofie!” I am inspired to give my best, because aside from my mom and dad, I also want you to be proud of me. So every time I take the test, do my homework, work on my projects, I am thinking if I can make you happy too. So I study harder, because I always want to see you smiling at me…

Hi Ms. Ashiqin, every time I hear you say “You can do it Sofie!” I am inspired to give my best, because aside from my mom and dad, I also want you to be proud of me. So every time I take the test, do my homework, work on my projects, I am thinking if I can make you happy too. So I study harder, because I always want to see you smiling at me… Love, Sofie


Hello Mrs. Lim, I was touched when you helped me clean my mustache when it was the Children's Day party in school. You were like a mommy too, but only living in school. Thank you for for listening to me every time I tell you stories about anything I want to say. It makes me feel special. Love, Santino

Hello Mrs. Lim, I was touched when you helped me clean my mustache when it was the Children’s Day party in school. You were like a mommy too, but only living in school. Thank you for listening to me every time I tell you stories about anything I want to say. It makes me feel special. You are special to me too, that’s why I want to make you happy all the time. Love, Santino.

 We also would like to extend our thanks to:

Mrs. Sharon Chan

Mdm. Suriaty Jumahat

Mdm. Ayul Huda

Ms. Neo

Mrs. Ang

Mdm. Nur

Ms. Adeline Koh

Teacher Seema

Mdm. Ng

Teacher Aida

Teacher Lily

Teacher Hawa

Teacher Nur

Teacher Neo Liang

Mdm Bahiya Duana

Mdm Linda Jamil

Mrs. Long

Mrs. Singh

Ms. Koh

Ms. Nur Hayati

Ms. Lai

Mdm. Suraya

Ms. Victoria

Monsieur Benoit de Menza

And to all the teachers… Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. We appreciate everything.

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image credit: queenzasstyle.blogspot.com

here’s A song for teachers all over the world please click the link – A song for teachers all over the world 


Let me share with you the lists of some countries who also give importance to this occasion.

Country Date of Teachers’ Day Notes
Afghanistan Oct 5 Schools have a holiday, but students and teachers gather to celebrate at schools with special traditional food, cookies, music and presents for the teachers
Albania March 7 In 1887, the first secular school which taught lessons in Albanian was opened on this day in the small city ofKorçë. All schools had previously functioned under the supervision of the Catholic Church in northern and middle Albania; the Orthodox Church in the south did not allow any Albanian schools.
Algeria February 28
Argentina September 11 To honour the memory & work of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, who died on this date in 1888, in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Armenia October 5 Until quite recently, Armenia celebrated the Teacher’s Day on the first Sunday of October. But under a parliament decision to amend the law on the Republic of Armenia Holidays and Commemoration Days, the holiday was shifted to October 5.[4]
Australia Last Friday in October On Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day, the NEiTA Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) is proud to announce the national teaching recipients of the ASG Community Merit Awards. World Teachers’ Day was started by UNESCO and is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world each year. On its 40th anniversary this year, it represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the contribution that teachers make to education.
Azerbaijan October 5 Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on October 5, it has coincided with the World Teachers’ Day (est. 1994 by UNESCO).
Bangladesh October 4 Schools don’t have a holiday if it’s not a weekly one. Students greet teacher and often send cards and presents. Teachers usually don’t teach them from the books, those who do this share their experiences with the students. Students often try to surprise their teachers with anything they can think of.
Belarus First Sunday of October
Brunei Darussalam September 23 To commemorate the birth date of the 28th ruler of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III, also known as the ‘Architect of Modern Brunei’ who amongst others had emphasized the importance of education to his subjects by introducing a policy of ‘free’ education whereby the citizens are charged very nominal fees for attending schools. This policy has now been followed by the current 29th ruler who has since extended the policy further.
Bhutan May 2 Established and marked on the birth anniversary of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who introduced modern education to the country.
Bolivia June 6
Brazil October 15 A decree regulating the elementary schools in Brazil. The celebration gained popularity throughout the country, and October 15 was officially designated Teachers’ Day in 1963.
Bulgaria October 5 On 29.09.2006, October 5 was recognised as Teacher’s Day by the government.[5]
Cameroon October 5 Teachers in Cameroon on Tuesday October 5, 2010 joined the rest of their peers worldwide to celebrate the 17th edition of the World Teachers Day. Placed under the theme, “Nation building passes through teachers”, the day served as an opportunity to pay homage to teachers who toil, sometimes under not-so-comfortable conditions, to build the capacities of human resources for the socio-economic development of the country. Commemorative activities in Yaounde that began in September 29 with educative talks at the Lycée Général Leclerc had round off on Tuesday at the Wada multi-purpose sports complex.
Canada October 5
Chile October 16 In 1967, September 11 was chosen as “Día del Maestro” (“Teacher’s Day”). The date was moved to December 10 in 1975, because on that day in 1945, the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral received the Nobel Prize. In 1977, the date was renamed to “Día del Profesor” (also “Teacher’s Day”) and was moved again, to October 16, to honour the founding of the Colegio de Profesores de Chile (Teachers’ Association of Chile).[6]
Colombia May 15 This day marks the appointment of San Juan Bautista de la Salle as the patron of teachers. In 1950, Pope Pius XII granted his approval of La Salle as patron of teachers for championing the causes of modern education. The holy founder understood the education of children as the obligation of all. Usually the schools of his time (1651–1719) only accepted young people studying towards politics or diplomacy. Juan Bautista outlined the principles of free and universal education. That same year in Colombia, the President of the Republic declared that date as Teachers’ Day.
Costa Rica November 22
China September 10 In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), there are some activities for students to show their appreciation to teachers, such as presenting gifts, including cards and flowers. In addition, many former students will go back to their old middle schools and high schools to give presents to their old teachers.The government first proclaimed Teachers’ Day in 1985, but has never clearly explained why it should fall on September 10. Some people believe it was an arbitrary choice and have proposed to change it to September 28, which is believed to be Confucius‘s birthday. On Sep. 5, 2013, the State Council announced a legislative draft endorsing the change. If adopted, it would effectively make mainland China and Taiwan share the same Teachers’ Day beginning in 2014. Taiwan has observed September 28 as Teachers’ Day since the 1950s.[7]
Czech Republic March 28 The birthday of John Amos Comenius. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” take place yearly on March 28.[8][9]
Ecuador April 13 Celebrated on this date in honour of Juan Montalvo, an Ecuadorian teacher who planted the seeds of development in young minds.
Egypt February 28
El Salvador June 22 Observed as a national holiday.[10][11]
Estonia October 5 In Estonia last class students grant leave to teachers by conducting lessons themselves.
Germany October 5
Greece January 30 Derived from the Eastern Orthodox faith when the Three Holy Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers (Basil the GreatGregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom) are commemorated.
Guatemala June 25 A celebration in honour of the teacher Maria Chinchilla who died during a violent riot in protest against the government.
Honduras September 17 Celebration in honour of the life of José Trinidad Reyes
Hong Kong September 10[citation needed] Before the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, Teachers’ Day was on September 28. After the handover to the People’s Republic of China, the day was changed to September 10, which is when the PRC celebrates the holiday.[citation needed]
Hungary First Sunday of June
India September 5 The birthdate, [5 September 1888], of the second President of India, academic philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It is considered a “celebration” day, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students to show appreciation for their teachers.in Tamilnadu , this day is called as “Aasiriyar Tinam”Another day set aside for commemorating teachers in India and Nepal is Guru Purnima, also called ‘Ashad sukla purnima’. It typically falls in mid-July.
Indonesia November 25 National Teachers’ Day is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI. National Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, but it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity in recognition of certain teachers, headmasters and other school staff.
Iran May 2 Commemorating the martyrdom of Abulhassan Khan’ali, a teacher who was shot dead in a meeting in front of National Parliament during the Mohammad Rezā Shāh era on May 2, 1961. Later the Islamic Republic government changed it to commemorate the martyrdom of Dr. Morteza Motahhari on May 2, 1979.
Israel 23 Kislev
Jamaica May 6 Teachers’ Day is normally celebrated on May 6 or the first Wednesday in May.[12] In celebration of Teachers’ Day, it is common for students and parents to bring teachers gifts. In addition, most schools are closed early (half-day).
Jordan February 28
Laos October 7
Latvia The first Sunday of October.[13] In fact, within schools, Teacher’s day is celebrated on 1st Friday of October. Usually, part of classes that date are canceled or conducted by elder grade pupil, while teachers are greeted.
Lebanon March 9 Between March 3 and March 9.
Libya February 28
Lithuania October 5 Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on October 5, to coincide with the World Teachers’ Day (est. 1994 by UNESCO).
Macedonia October 5
Malaysia May 16 This date was chosen because on the same day in 1956, the Federal Legislative Council of the Federation of Malaya endorsed the Razak Report, one of four reports of the Education Committee regarding education in Malaysia. The document, known as the Razak Report after Tun Abdul Razak who was Education Minister at the time, has been the basis of education in Malaysia ever since. Although it is not an official school holiday, celebrations are usually held on May 16, or earlier, if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Maldives October 5 On October 5 Schools in Maldives celebrate teachers day with many activities, among them children and students will give parcels and gifts to teachers.
Mauritius October 5
Mexico May 15 On May 15 (known as Dia Del Maestro) schools in Mexico are supposed to stop normal activities and organize cultural events that promote the importance and dignity of the teachers’ role in society. In reality some schools operate as usual and others take the day off.The first Teacher’s Day was celebrated on May 15, 1918. The date of May 15 was proposed at the Mexican Congress on September 27, 1917, approved on October 29, 1917 and published on December 5, 1917. There are several possible origins for choosing this date. The first one mentions that in the city of San Luis Potosí every May 15, a group of students gathered to celebrate the birthday of their old teacher Isidore. This teacher was named after Saint Isidore the Laborer, following the Mexican tradition of naming children according the Saint celebrated the day they were born. The second origin considers the celebration of a historic event in the city of Querétaro on May 15, 1867.[14]
Republic of Moldova October 5
Mongolia First weekend of February
Morocco February 28
Nepal Full moon day of nepali month Ashad The full moon day is also called ‘Ashad sukla purnima’ and the day usually falls in mid-July. Teacher’s day is called “Guru Purnima” in Nepali, where “Guru” means teacher and “Purnima” means “Full Moon”. Celebrating “Guru Purnima” is very old tradition and it is related with ancient Hindu tradition. Among upper caste Hindus, the person who teaches “Mantras” during “Bratabandh ceremony” is considered as the real “Guru”.Students pay homage to the teachers, offer them foods and flowers and receive blessings from the teacher. “Gurudevo bhava” a Sanskrit phrase meaning “Be a person for whom the teacher is God” is still widely accepted. Teachers are given the highest degree of respect.
Netherlands October 5[15]
New Zealand October 29 In 2010 teachers were encouraged to march against recent cuts in government funding by marching in Auckland on Sunday 31st.
Oman February 28
Pakistan October 5 It recognizes the importance of teachers and attributes progress to the quality of teachers in Pakistan’s Educational System.
Panama December 1 To commemorate the birth date of Manuel José Hurtado, who is known as the father of Panamanian education due to his promotion of modern universal education through the establishment of the first public schools and teachers’ colleges in what is now known as Panama— then part of Colombia – aiming to break the vicious cycle of ignorance and poverty that afflicted the vast majority of the population. He went on to be named Director-General of Public Instruction of the State of the Isthmus.[16]
Paraguay April 30
Peru July 6 During the independence of Perulibertador don José de San Martín founded the first Normal School for Men by means of a resolution passed by Marquis of Torre-Tagle on July 6, 1822.Many years later, on 1953, the then president Manuel A. Odría decided that Teachers’ Day would be commemorated on the 6th of July.[17]
Philippines October 5 By Presidential Proclamation No. 479[18] to honour more than 500,000 teachers nationwide. However, in thePhilippines Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated in schools between the months of September and October (mainly elementary and secondary levels). Teachers are presented with orchid corsages by students. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school-wide activities. These activities are planned by senior students in the Student Council who coordinate the activities well in advance. For Filipino-Chinese schools, a program is usually organized by students for teachers on September 27, while September 28, considered as the actual Teachers’ Day, is a school holiday where both teachers and students are allowed to rest. September 28 was chosen because it is known as the birthdate of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius.[19]
Poland October 14 This day is the anniversary of the creation of the Commission of National Education, created in 1773 through the initiative of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Normally flowers and sweets will be given to teachers by kids. School play and activities can be also scheduled by student body.
Kuwait October 5
Qatar October 5
Russia October 5 Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on October 5, coincides with the World Teachers’ Day (est. 1994 by UNESCO).
Saudi Arabia February 28
Serbia October 5
Singapore First Friday of September An official school holiday. Celebrations are normally conducted the day before, where students usually get half a day off. In some schools, students will put on performances to entertain and honour their teachers.
Slovakia March 28 Commemorates the birthdate of John Amos Comenius.
South Korea May 15 since 1963 in Seoul and 1964 in Chunju City Originally it was started by a group of Red Cross youth team members who visited their sick ex-teachers in hospitals. At start its date was May 26. But from 1965, the date has changed to May 15, dated after Sejong the Great‘s birthday.[20] The national celebration ceremony was stopped between 1973 and 1982 but it resumed after that. On the day, teachers are usually presented with carnations by their students. Ex-students pay their respects to their former teachers by visiting them and giving them a carnation. Many schools now close on Teachers’ Day because of the rampant bribery implicit in the expensive gifts often given to teachers. Schools can use the day to have an outing for the teachers.
South Sudan December 1 (2011-12); October 1 (2013-) The president of South Sudan proclaimed Teacher’s Day for December 1st, one month before the country’s first Teacher’s Day. On September 1st, one month before the country’s third Teacher’s Day, it was publicly announced that they changed the date to October 1st.
Sri Lanka October 6 Its Officially the Teachers’ Day in Sri Lanka on 6 October, every school celebrate the special day. the teachers are Given with surprised gifts on that day by their students.
Spain January 29
Syria March 18[citation needed]
Taiwan September 28 Taiwan uses this day to honour teachers’ contributions to their own students and to society in general. People often make use of the day to express their gratitude to their teachers, such as paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, believed to be the model master educator in ancient China. In 1939, the Ministry of Education established the national holiday as August 27, the attributed birthday of Confucius.In 1952, the Executive Yuan changed it to September, stating that it was calculated to be the precise date in theGregorian calendar. The festival celebration occurs in the temples of Confucius around the island, known as the “Grand Ceremony Dedicated to Confucius” (祭孔大典). The ceremony begins at 6am with drum beats. 54 musicians are dressed in robes with blue belts, and 36 (or 64) dancers dressed in yellow with green belts. They are led by Confucius’s chief descendant (currently Kung Tsui-chang) and followed by ceremonial officers. Three animals: cow, goat and pig are sacrificed. The hairs plucked from these sacrificed animals are called the Hairs of Wisdom. In addition, local education institutes and civil offices award certain teachers for their excellence and positive influence.
Thailand January 16 Adopted as Teachers’ Day in Thailand by a resolution of the government on November 21, 1956. The first Teachers’ Day was held in 1957. January 16 marks the enactment of the Teachers Act, Buddhist Era 2488 (1945), which was published in the Government Gazette on January 16, 1945, and came into force 60 days later. Most Thai schools close for the day to give their teachers a break during the long second term. Many international schools do not, although they may hold celebrations to honour their teaching staff. There are very few public or official commemorations.
Tunisia February 28
Turkey November 24 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk thought and stated that “The new generation will be created by teachers.” . Atatürk was also considered as the Prime Teacher (TurkishBaşöğretmen), because he adopted a new alphabet for the newly founded Turkish Republic in 1923.
Ukraine The first Sunday of October At schools across the country, Teacher’s Day is celebrated the Friday before the holiday with “concerts” and gatherings, while students usually give their teachers gifts such as flowers and chocolate. On the holiday itself, many teachers celebrate with their families and friends at home or at restaurants or cafes.
United Arab Emirates February 28
United Kingdom October 5
United States National Teacher Day is on Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May (May 6, 2014) Students often show appreciation for their teachers with gifts or writing thank you cards. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as “a day for honouring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.[21]The NEA gives a history of National Teacher Day:[21] The origins of Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honour teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. NEA along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan. ) local lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.As of September 7, 1976, September 11 was also adopted as Teachers’ Day in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Currently, Massachusetts sets the first Sunday of June as its own Teachers’ Day, annually.
Uzbekistan October 1
Vietnam November 20 This holiday allows students to express their respect to their teacher. Students begin preparing a week in advance, and many classes usually prepare literature and art to welcome Teachers’ Day, while other students prepare foods and flowers for the parties held at their schools. Students usually visit their teachers at their homes to offer flowers and small gifts, or organize trips with their teachers and classmates. Former students also pay respect to their former teachers on this day. The holiday has its origins in a meeting between educators incommunist bloc nations in Warsaw in 1957. It was first celebrated in 1958 as the Day of the International Manifest of Educators; in 1982 the day was renamed Vietnamese Educators’ Day.
Venezuela January 15 On this day there are no classes and during the week all the teachers are honoured for their support in building the country.
Yemen February 28

(source: wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teachers’_Day))

How to become an outstanding student

If you have children who are now studying in primary/elementary school, you can share these helpful tips with them. This also goes to Ethan, Sofie and Zack, two years from now.

I hope my children won't reason our economy :-) source: zenmischief.blogspot.com

“you can’t use this reason Zack, someone used it already”   source: zenmischief.blogspot.com


Do you want to be an outstanding student in school? I know it takes an effort on your part, but it’ll definitely be worth it. You’ll make your parents proud and you’ll be a joy in every teacher’s class. Who wouldn’t want that?

all that grump source:boudreau.deviantart.com

no, don’t want a grump in my class  source:boudreau.deviantart.com


  1. Inattentive pupil. Grumpy classmate. Lazy and an uncooperative group mate. Nobody wants that kind of kid around. An enthusiastic student leaves a good impression to teachers and classmates alike. Participate in class discussions, suggest ideas but don’t complicate things too much. Accept criticisms, be ready to any and take it constructively. Be positive all the time. Support the suggestions of others if it seemed achievable to you, but don’t claim an idea that is not yours. Just keep going and keep a positive attitude. In that way, most of your classmates will love to have you in their group and who knows, they might appoint you as their group leader.

    source: www.clipartguide.com

    He is the male version of neneng mamaya na.    source: www.clipartguide.com

  1. Be neat all the time. From your hygiene, to your school uniform, down to your school projects, being tidy reflects how orderly you are. If you want to have more friends, don’t be a walking ball of booger.
  2. Make a list of to do’s while waiting for your bus ride going home. These are reminders on what assignment you should do which classmate to call, and what books/materials you should bring for the following day. It will save you time and effort. Start to rely on yourself, be resourceful, but if you need your mom’s help, just show the lists to her. I’m sure she’ll be happy to help you.

    I once fell asleep in my math class. I woke up when I heard my classmates laughing at me. source:hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca

    I once fell asleep in my math class in high school. I woke up when I heard my classmates laughing at me. It was embarrassing.  source:hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca

  3. Please have enough sleep. How true that having seven hours of sleep is enough? Not yet enough for kids like you. Sleep as early and as long as you can. Sleep is food for the brain. If you are deprived of having enough sleep, you are not sharpening your memory, your concentration and your learning abilities too, will suffer. You can’t stay focus. You’ll have a lower IQ and test results in school. Do you want that?

    that's more like it  source: www.123rf.com

    that’s more like it
    source: www.123rf.com

  4. Read and study in advance, most especially during the holidays. It is nice to study in a relaxing mood. Most likely, you’ll absorb the things that you’ve read when you are not cramming. You remember your friend’s facebook status yesterday, right? It’s because you are less tense when you were reading it.

    ooops wrong photo. anyways, source: geek-news.mtv.com

    ooops sorry wrong photo. anyways, source: geek-news.mtv.com

  5. Eat a proper  diet. Eat fresh, three times a day and on time. Remember to drink lots of water!  You know that already. But aside from that, I would like to share with you a brain boosting snack my mom used to give me during the exam week. Nuts. Nuts are great source of Vitamin E, which help sharpen your memory and comprehension.

If you practice these simple tips, you’ll find it a lot easier to study year after year, until you finish college. (wink)

20 Simple Holiday Activities for Moms and Kids

We had a little too much of our holiday, we laze away – pretty much the exact definition of our holiday. It’s Friday and we have two more days left before the school re opens. Yay. Just two more days. Have you made plans for your weekend yet? Plan it now and make it as enjoyable as you can. I have listed 20  SIMPLE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR MOMS AND KIDS. Come on, do at least three for your kids. Don’t be a buzz kill 🙂

  1. Start your weekend with a morning jog with your children. You gotta get those lazy bones moving again!
  2. Mini-DIYs – I miss making mini projects with my little ones. Maybe we’ll make a hand puppet this time. If it’s not your thing, most kids are currently hooked on loom bands!

    Loom bands driving 'em crazy  credit source: www.mamamia.com.au

    Loom bands driving ’em crazy
    credit source: www.mamamia.com.au

  3. Record their height and weight – It’s the middle of the year, time to measure how much they’ve grown.

    They grow so fast, don't they? Check their height while you still can.

    They grow up so fast, don’t they? Check their height while you still can.

  4. Take them to the market. Yup, the wet and dry market. Show them around and introduce to them your favorite shops.
  5. Take them to the park and spread a picnic mat. Read them some books and blow some bubbles.
  6. Visit the beach and build a sand castle with your cute minions!
  7. Take them to the movie house.

    How To Train Your Dragon 2, have you watched it yet?

    How To Train Your Dragon 2, have you watched it yet?

  8. Treat them for some ice cream

    Ice cream pacifies them. Then back to being non-stop again.

    Ice cream pacifies them. Then back to being non-stop again.

  9. Videoke/Karaoke versions of most songs are now available on YouTube. Play Frozen’s “Let it go.” No child can resist that song! Evah.

    Thanks to my children, I now know every word of this song. Frozen videoke taken from you tube videos

    Thanks to my children, I now know every word of this song. source: YouTube videos

  10. When was the last time you draw/paint something for your child? Try to be a Picasso this time. Make your child sit still and draw a funny portrait of him. I’m sure both of you will have a good laugh when the portrait is done.
  11. Make a pizza together.
  12. Allow them to invite a friend over for a play date.
  13. Or a slumber party perhaps?
  14. Watch your very own home videos. Watch how your kids react when they see themselves in the tv.
  15. Playing some video/online games with your boys will never be boring. Play with them and show them how cool their mom is.

    me and my boy

    Me and my boy

  16. I remembered mom taught my kids “tumbang-preso” “luksong-baka” “patintero” some of our country’s favorite street game. So yeah, why not play these games (from back home) with them?
  17. If it’s not your thing, how about a hoola-hoop challenge?
  18. Or take them to the Timezone! Give them a carousel ride or play bowling with them.

    enjoying the carousel ride with grandma

    Carousel ride. Happiness.

  19. Just sit with your children on a bench outside and relax. Enjoy the fresh air. Play a 10-minute-silence game. See who among your children will talk first.
  20. Turn the lights off, open the tv and play your favorite dance music on You Tube. Dance like crazy!

And most of all, give them some hugs-and-kisses-filled holiday!

Tagalog 101: How to say thank you, you’re welcome and goodbye in Tagalog

thank you, you're welcom, goodbye in tagalog

Magandang araw!

Welcome to mommysaiddaddysaid.com’s Tagalog 101. Today we are going to learn how to say thank you, you’re welcome and goodbye in Tagalog.

How do we say “thank you” in Tagalog?





Here is an example

K: Ang galing mong mag-tagalog (In English, you’re very good in speaking Tagalog)

P: Salamat (in English, thank you)


Now, How do we say “you’re welcome” in Tagalog?

Wa-lang a-nu-man.

Walang anuman…

Walang anuman…


Walang anuman literally means,” “it’s nothing” or no “trouble”


Here is an example

K: Ang galing mong mag-tagalog (in English, you’re very good in speaking Tagalog)

P: Salamat (in English, thank you)

K: Walang anuman (in English, you’re welcome, it’s nothing or no trouble)



How do we say “goodbye” in Tagalog?





Listen carefully and note that this is already a modern Tagalog conversation, thus, some English words are used as well.

During lunch break…

P: Ken, SALAMAT sa lunch, masarap yung mga pagkain na napili mo.

K: WALANG ANUMAN. Masaya ako at nakapaglunch tayo. Next time, ikaw naman ang taya ha?

P: Oo sige ba… O paano, alis na ako ha, PAALAM!


From this conversation, Ken and Paula had lunch together.

Paula ‘thanked’ Ken and told him that the food was great, Ken said “you’re welcome” to Paula and next time, she’ll be the one who’ll pay the bill. Paula agreed and said “goodbye” to Ken.


Okay beginners, are you catching up? Somehow you’ll get an idea about the conversation using the context clues. We’ll say it again, one at a time. You can repeat the words in every pause.

P: Ken, SALAMAT sa lunch, masarap yung mga pagkain na napili mo. (Ken, thanks for the lunch, the food that you picked was delicious) here, SALAMAT or THANK YOU was mentioned. “SALAMAT”

K: WALANG ANUMAN. Masaya ako at nakasama kita. Next time, ikaw naman ang taya okay? (You’re welcome, I’m happy that I’m with you, next time, you treat me too, okay?) here, WALANG ANUMAN or YOU’RE WELCOME was mentioned. “WALANG ANUMAN”


P: Oo sige ba… O paano, alis na ako ha, PAALAM! (Yes, Sure! I have to go now okay? Goodbye!) here, PAALAM or GOODBYE was mentioned. “PAALAM”


How do you find our lesson for today? We appreciate your comments and suggestions, feel free to write in the comment box below. SALAMAT sa pakikinig at PAALAM sa inyong lahat.

The youngest child



Sofie was playing with the tablet and Zack wanted to have his turn

Z: Ate (big sister), can I play now?

S: No.

Z: If you won’t let me play, I will delete that file.

His sister handed the tablet to him without saying a word.

The art of psywar.



I know he has a strong personality and he always use his reputation as the youngest to be able to get what he wants. Yet I told him that “if big sister won’t let you play in the tablet, do something else, not delete the file!”


Another conversation happened this morning.

Z: Ate (big sister) will you let me use your pen?

S: No

Z: If you won’t let me, I will throw everything


Okay so I told him to do something else, and clearly, he’s going to do something else.

M: Zack!

Z: (he reasons to me using his soft voice with matching waving of his hands around his books)     No mommy… I just said I will throw my things… 



I remembered the time when he was two years old, he was not afraid to play along with the big boys. He is the smallest in the crowd yet the most enjoyed. The moment I sensed danger when his big friends are getting out of control, I immediately asked him to leave the playground. With his little voice, he let go of these broken words “No! They- are- my-friends.” I am amazed with this kind of bravery and this kind of reasoning at his very young age.

Now that he’s four years old, I guess his audacity grew up with him, too.


My mom-in-law once told me, “You should play it by the ear when you discipline your child.”

To discipline my youngest child has always been a challenge. He often uses his crocodile tears to get away from the trouble he just did. And most of the time, even if I am not in a scolding mood, he always reasons.

So how do you really discipline your youngest child?

I will use Stephen R. Covey’s piece of advice: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Here’s something I found from the Oz blog that explains a lot about my son’s behavior.

Youngest Child 

The youngest are the individuals in the family. They’re more playful, and since they have to fight for attention, they’ve developed a sense of humor as a way of doing that. A lot of actors and famous comedians are the youngest in the family. They tend to take more risks because they’ve been more protected, so they feel indestructible. They have a lot of confidence, and that comes from the “watch what I can do” attitude. They’re creative and can be great problem-solvers. They also have a need to “dethrone” the first-born. Also, they can go out of their way to prove their individuality, since they end up with all the hand-me-downs. They are the charmers. As thrill/pleasure seekers, they can be most at risk for addictive behavior, which can range from compulsive eating and drinking to sex. (editors note: now I am alarmed)

Article written by Sue Varma, MD
Board certified Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center”  
Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-birth-order-can-predict-about-you


Here are some good pointers from parents.com:

Parenting your Last-Born Child

  • Lastborns often feel they aren’t taken seriously. Let her make some family decisions — like where to go out for dinner or which video to watch together.
  • Acknowledge his “firsts.” When he learns to tie his shoes or pees in the potty, call the relatives like you did with the firstborn. And be sure to make a big deal of his artistic accomplishments, displaying his drawings on the fridge, as you did for his older siblings.
  • Give the youngest child some responsibilities, even something simple like putting napkins on the table. Lastborns can end up with few family duties because they’ve learned to duck out of work or other family members have dubbed them too “little” to be able to handle things.” Source: http://www.parents.com/baby/development/sibling-issues/how-birth-order-shapes-personality/?page=4


Zack’s always happy and non-stop. He is his big sister’s “baby” and his big brother’s “sidekick.” He is our mascot and our daily dose of laughter.



sofie and zack







He has always been the life of the party. Someday we’ll just laugh about the little jokes he made when he was younger.

The best is yet to come.  And hopefully, when we grow old, his dad and I are still quick enough to ride along with his grown-up humor; or maybe strong enough to handle a mini-heart attack while laughing at his silliest.

We love you Zack.


Tagalog 101: KUMUSTA

Tagalog 101- kumusta


We Filipinos are fond of having a conversation with almost everyone we meet.  We love exchanging “HIs and HELLOs…” and expect us to always be there to keep you company if you need someone to talk to. The warm exchange of HOW ARE YOUs means a lot for us. Even if the conversation ends just right there, it makes our day a little lighter.



(press the play button to listen)

Here’s little background of the Filipino language based on the Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_Philippines)

Spanish was the national and official language of the country for more than three centuries under Spanish colonial rule… It was established that Spanish was spoken by a total of 60% of the population in the early 20th century as a first, second or third language. Following the American occupation of the Philippines and the imposition of English, the use of Spanish declined gradually, especially after the 1940s.

So let’s move forward. Now that we’re in the 21st century, do we still speak Spanish? Not anymore, but I have observed that there some words similar to Spanish like how you say “HOW ARE YOU”

In Spanish: ¿cómo está senor

In Tagalog: Kumusta ginoo?

In English: How are you, sir?

Notice that como esta and kumusta, almost sounded the same?


You can add the word “KA” pertaining to the person you are talking to.

Person A: Kumusta KA?

Person B: Mabuti naman ako… (I’m good) At Ikaw? (And you?)

Person A: Mabuti naman… Salamat (I’m good too, thank you!)


Most of the time, we drop the words “KA” and “AT”


Here’s the formal “How are you” in tagalog (with KA and AT)

Person A: Kumusta KA?

Person B: Mabuti naman ako… (I’m good) At Ikaw? (And you?)

Person A: Mabuti naman… Salamat (I’m good too, thank you!)


Here’s the short and modern way of saying it

Person A: Kumusta?

Person B: Mabuti naman ako… (I’m good) Ikaw? (And you?)

Person A: Ayos lang… Salamat! (I’m good too, thank you!)


Soon, we will learn how to use “po at opo.” (we use these words to show respect to the person we are speaking with)

We will teach you the basic Tagalog first to avoid confusion.

Watch out for our next module, How to say thank you and goodbye in Tagalog. Until next time, Mabuhay!