Teaching IELTS Speaking

Last night I opened 3 slots for today’s morning tutorial class. When I checked it around 9am, those slots were still empty so I figure, I’ll be free for the whole morning. Suddenly, I received an SMS at 9:20 that my 10am slot was booked so I cram to my workplace to read what I’ll be teaching today and my lesson material took me by surprise. The lesson title is “IELTS Speaking”.


I was like WTF! I haven’t even taken IELTS exam yet and here I am trying to compose myself and reading through the teaching guide to somehow pull this tutorial class of mine. so wish me luck! (scratch head)


BF mom

Sabi nila breast milk is best for babies up to 2 years and beyond. At dahil naniniwala ako dun pero mas lamang ung nagtitipid kami, isa na akong padede mom. hahahaha. Ang isang benefit ng padede mom ay yung wala kang aalalahaning bote na makakalimutan pag lalabas kayo ng baby mo, yung ikaw lang sapat na (banat ba un?haha) ay meron pala kong aalalahaning bote kasi si unicahija sa bote na dumedede, pero atleast bawas sa bote na iisipin. 😛

anyways, simula nung naging padede-mom ako, basta abutan ng gutom ang unicohijo ko basta may upuan at nursing cover gorabels lang. kanina, nagpunta kaming SM, nag-ikot kami ng department store eh si Baste biglang pumalahaw ng iyak, gutom na pala edi hanap kami ng upuan, nagcover na ako at sisimulan ko na dapat ang session namin ng junakis ko nang biglang nilapitan ako ng sales lady.

sales lady: ma’am, gusto niyo po sa fitting room na lang kayo para mas kumportable?

ako: ay pwede ba ko dun?

saleslady: oo naman po ma’am! (na may kasamang friendly smile)

ako: okay! thank you!

First time kong maofferan ng fitting room for breastfeeding purposes kaya tuwang-tuwa talaga ako, not only because it is indeed more comfortable, but because it is more private, chos. haha, at dahil perstaym, allow me to take a picture as a souvenir. haha


lakas talaga makaganda ng ilaw sa fitting room. sa susunod ulit na breastfeeding session! hahaha


Binge-watching DOS

I promise myself that I’ll update my blog whenever I can but I binge-watch this K-drama entitled Descendants of the Sun for like a week (I think?). So, I’m now a fan of the Song-Song couple! It’s so sad that it’s only 16 episodes plus 3 special episodes (mostly are behind the scenes and interview of the actors and actresses). I think it should have been longer. Anyhow, I won’t tell you guys about the whole story because you could google it anytime. Just to give you an idea (in case you’re not familiar), it’s a love story between a soldier and a doctor. The nice thing about this K-drama, the story doesn’t revolve only around the main characters (The main characters were played by Song Hye-Kyo and Song Joong-Ki.), the supporting characters have a love story of their own which are also exciting. (tamad-tamaran lang?haha)


Long back, I’ve always admired Song Hye-Kyo’s beauty and I fell in love with her more in this series. She’s the type of girl na feeling ko kahit walang ligo, para pa din siyang Dyosa. Ah basta, I love her. I even followed her in IG. hahaha. I could just look at her face all day but of course that’s not possible, haha. I’ll just look at her IG page from time to time.

Not much of a K-drama review eh? ah basta, pag tinopak, I’ll definitely watch it again. 😛

online tutor feels

So apparently, hindi porket pumasa ka na sa final demo, pagtututor na lang ang pagkakaabalahan mo dahil may mga scheduled training ka pang dapat attendan.

So I attended my day 2 BK12 training yesterday afternoon. This BK12 training is for us to get tagged or certified as BK12 instructor. They said if you got tagged, you’ll get more bookings. (I believe that this BK12 is like the K-12 program here in the Philippines.) It was fun though antok galore talaga ako nun. It took 3.5 hours to finish and after this BK12 training, I’m going to have a demo again which is scheduled on Wednesday. (ilan kayang demo pa ang dapat kong gawin, hahaha wish me luck :P)

We were given 2 lesson materials to choose from and I have yet to choose which material I’m going to use. One is for a very young learner, the preschool type of students and the other one is for grade school type of students. If it was my choice, I’d go for an adult student, not only they are easy to talk to, you won’t have to go the extra mile just to catch their attention. I have a 7 year old student from last week, he was cooperative enough but he was dancing the entire duration of our class it makes me dizzy. Good thing is that I was able to finish my class without scolding the student (pat my back) hahaha. The other day, I have a 4-year-old student who just keeps on repeating everything I say. I honestly don’t know how I was able to finish that lesson, hahaha, I just realized that in this line of homebased job, patience is definitely a virtue. 😛

teacher mantra

On the other hand, it’s nice meeting some folks who are very dedicated to what they do, (I’m talking about our trainers) Even if some of us who attended the training looks so damn sleepy and bored, they were able to conduct the session in a fun way. We even played games and sing some nursery rhymes to our embarrassment (hahaha because we had to make it look like we are singing with a kid with all the paraphernalia and gestures and facial expressions, it’s hard to do that when you’re with an adult at least for me, hehe)  By the way, after each training session, we also do a group picture. You can see our pictures from the BK training day 1 & 2 below. 😀


medyo green na hindi

Int: sa loob ng health center sa may amin

bida: tatlong nanay na may kargang bata edad 6 months -1.2 years

Nanay 1: Amputla ng anak mo!

Nanay 2: Maputi talaga lahi namin, pake mo ba,

Nanay 3: Napadede mo ba yan sayo? (sabay padede sa ngumawa nyang junakis)

Nanay 2: ahm, (tingin sa dibdib), mga 5 days.

Nanay 1: Ay ano ba yan, ung anak kong to (sabay patingin sa anak kala mo trophy), gang ngayon dumedede sakin. Yung panganay ko nga hanggang 2 years old dumede sakin eh. Hindi sakitin ang mga anak ko!

Nanay 3: ahhh (sabay tingin sa hinaharap ni nanay 2) kaya pala, flat eh, walang paglalagyan ng gatas! hahahaha

Nanay 2: sige ganyan kayo sakin! wag ka nga! (sabay tapik sa katabing nanay 1 & 2)

Nanay 2: eh yung asawa mo nga nagagawa mong pasusuhin bakit hindi ang anak mo? (sabay tawang malandi, hindi ko alam idescribe basta tawang may halong kalanturan)

Nanay 3: tama ka dyan mare! hahahahaha

Ako: (sa gilid nilang tatlo, natawa na lang sa usapan nila, isip ko buti na lang ako breastfeeding din sa anak ko hahaha)


cinco uno chika

on my previous post, I mentioned that I was applying for home-based jobs online and voila! I was lucky to have landed an online tutor job at 51Talk(though I’m not sure kung magkakasundo kami, haha).

Teach, learn and earn at the comfort of your home. This was the ad that enticed me to apply. Anyway, tutorial jobs are rampant nowadays here in the Philippines, it just so happen that this was the company that I decided to try first.

Let me share my personal experience on the recruitment process.

  1. Interview – someone from the recruitment team will call you either on the phone or via Skype to assess your communication skills, job qualifications and home-office requirements. In my case, I think my interview took 15-20 minutes and the lady I spoke with told me that I passed the assessment immediately before ending the call. She also sent me an email and a text message confirming that I passed and how to proceed with the next stage.
  2. Technical Check – a technical facilitator will call you via Skype to conduct this check. The facilitator will send you a program to download and run on your PC. It took less than an hour in my case. I actually thought I’ll fail this step because on the program that I run in the computer, there are items that my computer did not meet the system requirements. (I think I failed 2-3 out of the 15 items there) but nonetheless, the tech person told me I passed.
  3. Pre-Service Orientation – this was done via Skype that took around 2 hours. They’ll check the following: web-cam, noise cancelling headset, teaching environment (plain white background, quiet, well-lit), proper attire (I wore collared blouse on top and pyjamas down, hahaha) and teacher’s data sheet (excel sheet that where you need to fill in personal information) They will also give your system-generated teacher name (my name’s Bree Lewis). They’ll also give you introductory scripts to choose from and then you’ll have to record it on your end then send the mp3 recording via email. They’ll also ask you to submit a soft-copy of your 2×2 picture and 1 valid ID, to be sent via email as well.
  4. NTT – stands for New Teacher’s Training. It took us 6-7 hours including 1 hour break). A trainer from the company will do a group call via Skype. He/she will orient you guys the what and how’s of online ESL tutorial. He/She will go through phonology, engagement, TPR (total physical response) usage, giving instructions and feedback effectively and lesson planning. After the training, each participant will have to do a 5-10 minutes mock demo lesson where the trainer will pretend as a Chinese student. If you passed the mock demo, you’re good to go for the next step which is the teaching demo with a Chinese evaluator.
  5. Teaching Demo – a Chinese facilitator will call you via Skype to do your 15 minute demo. You will present a 10-page PowerPoint-like lesson in 15 minutes. In my case, I was not able to finish the 10 slides, I only get to finish 7 so I my application was deemed pending by the Chinese evaluator. After my demo, she gave me points for improvement and then I was scheduled for a re-demo the next day. Fortunately, I was able to ace my redemo class. Thank God.
  6. Onboarding – this was done through Skype again. It took around 2-3 hours. Shift management, rules and regulations, training and promotion are some of the topics which were discussed during this step.
  7. Launching – you’re officially an online ESL tutor! Congratulations! well, before you get to be launched, someone from the launching team will send you an email confirming you’re a launched teacher. You can start managing your schedules and start teaching (if a student booked you that is).

I have just started teaching last Wednesday. I did 3 consecutive classes and it was nerve-wracking for a first-timer like me. I’m supposed to do 2 more but I decided I’m done for the evening so I just closed my slot for 2 classes before someone booked them. hahaha. I don’t have an idea yet whether I’ll actually earn decently on this online job since I just started. (haha, feeling ko kasi marereklamo ako (kasi mabilis ako magsalita?), nakakahaggard ding tumitig sa PC screen para magantay kung may magbubook sayo, kasi ba naman the students can book your opened slots 1 minute before the class itself starts, kumusta naman un so dapat nakatutok ka talaga, if may magbook sayo at hindi mo naattendan, good luck sa penalty which is higher than how much you earn per class.)

so there, I hope I’ll do well in my classes. gotta go. I have a booked class at 9. hahaha

here I go again

I’ve been applying here and there for home-based jobs. Some have contacted me and I have yet to finish filling in the exams and information that they wanted. (either I have my hands full or I’m free but doesn’t have the appetite to do productive stuffs)

It’s been more than a month since I gave birth to my second baby and I’m feeling extremely down again. I browsed my old post few months after I have given birth to my first-born and I noticed that my posts were somewhere along the line of sadness and nothingness. I’m not sure if this is somewhat related to post-partum depression or  maybe it is, but one thing I know, this feeling sucks.

maybe I’m just exhausted from lack of sleep. but I rarely do any household chores here so I don’t really know.


I browsed my old photos in facebook and instagram and there’s this picture that I  look radiant (but I definitely remember that I’m extremely sad that time). Guess it’s really true, picture doesn’t do justice to what you really feel inside. Don’t we all wear masks from time to time?

I’m just. I don’t know. Maybe sick of my current self. Hope I’ll feel better soon.


Lo and behold!

Meet my Sebastian Arkin aka Baste. He just turned 1 month yesterday!baste

Eating, pooping and sleeping. That’s what he does best. hahaha

PUPPP free, I hope

I have given birth last September 11 via cesarean section and I’m glad to inform you guys that I don’t itch as much as before. I hope this is finally the end of my PUPPP journey. Anyways, I’m still using the Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap and VCO because I’m afraid that PUPPP might come back. (I’ve read a story on the internet that a lady got her PUPPP rashes like months after she delivered her baby so I just have to make sure)

Oh, I’m back to the zombie mode where I only could get a couple of hours of sleep, maximum of 3 hours straight if I’m lucky. In just 1.5 years, I have forgotten how tiring it is to care for a baby, hahaha. Anyways, I’m just glad that I got myself a bouncing baby boy and I’m free from the horrible itchiness that plagued my third trimester pregnancy.

Well, I still itch here and there (maybe because I wasn’t showering everyday? hahaha)



PUPPP struggle continues

As I typed in this entry, I am alternately scratching my scratchmarks/stretchmarks-full tummy. I just cannot keep my hands off my excruciatingly itchy skin.

It’s been almost 2 weeks and my battle against this horrendous rashes has yet to end.

As of this time, I have tried products I’ve researched on google, suggestions from my OB, family members and friends who are with me through this battle.

Allow me to enumerate some of the ways I’ve tried that works (for a few hours) to manage this cursed rashes.

  1. Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap – I came across this soap when I was literally crying and desperate researching online for cure against this PUPPP. It is usually sold in the United States but I was lucky to have found an online seller here in the Philippines  through Shopee app (just like what I have mentioned in my previous post) This soap works wonders. It flattened my rashes in a few days, lessened the itchy feeling for an hour or so.
  2. Baking soda – this was suggested by ate Tzie (thank goodness my sister-in-law slash tropapips Maida mentioned my condition to her). The first time I used baking soda, I used 1 box full to a pail of water. It was the first time I actually had a decent sleep of atleast 3 hours. I also did the baking soda paste, mix the baking soda powder to a small amount of water till you get the pasty consistency. After taking a bath with Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap using the water with baking soda, I’ll use the baking soda paste where it itches the most. Unfortunately, because I wanted the rashes to go away soon, I think I’ve put too much, I ended having wounds and some of my body parts bled so I had to stick with the pail of water with baking soda.
  3. Super Moringa Oil – I took noticed of this oil when we went to the mall last week. I had to have another oil or lotion to put because the pine tar soap and baking powder combo doesn’t last very long. It consists of moringa oil, menthol, orange oil, pepper mint, turmeric oil, VCO and eucalyptus lemon scent. Once I started to itch, I will apply a minimal amount on the affected area and then I’ll feel a warm and cold sensation that soothes my itch for some time.
  4. VCO/Virgin Coconut Oil – I bought the Pro-Source brand from the supermarket. I have just started using this for a few days now. And though I smell like coconut oil or lana, it does helps with the dryness of my skin. (Pine tar soap and baking soda combo does help with the rashes but it dries your skin so much)  I was actually thinking of taking 1 tablespoon every morning because I read somewhere it would also help but I have yet to muster the courage because I might vomit.

Let me also enumerate some of the tips they’ve (OB, dermatologist, family, friends and colleague) suggested just in case you are 1 out the 200 who’ll get this rash in the future (though I am not hoping anyone will catch this)

  1. Anti-histamines (cetirizine/claritin) – this is for allergic reaction and I was previously prescribed to take 1 tab per day but due to my extreme condition, I was told to take 2 tabs per day though there’s still no effect. I’ll just get drowsy, then that itchy feeling comes then goes away the drowsy feeling equals no sleep still. (my eye-bags are worth more than a kilo now if we’re going to weigh them, kidding, haha). I stopped taking these when I noticed that my baby’s movements a little less active than usual.
  2. Moisturizing lotion – I was given a nameless moisturizing lotion with betamethasone valerate by a dermatologist I consulted with. It’s supposed to help but it didn’t work for me but just in case, try, who knows, this might work for you for all we know, (you just had to get a prescription from a doctor first because betamethasone is a steroid and is usually  best avoided during pregnancy.
  3. Hypo-allergenic soap – I first bought cetaphil when I had my rash thinking this might actually help but lo and behold, it didn’t. My dermatologist prescribed again a nameless hypo-allergenic soap which can only be bought in his clinic but unfortunately, nada, it still doesn’t have an effect on me, it just dried out my skin, leaving it more itchy.
  4. Camias Leaves – you’re supposed to get the leaves and slap them a little to the affected areas, but since it’s super itchy, I literally slap the leaves and branches on my legs just to ease the itchyness and unfortunately, I just gained more marks, slap-marks that reminds me how a legs would look like after you got a beating of walis tingting.
  5. Katinko – an ointment consisting of methylsalicylate menthol plus camphor. This was my go-to whenever I encounter some itch here and there. It also helps with muscle pain and headache. Unfortunately, when I used this product on my rashes, it just made them worse but I read in google that in some preggy women, it works for them.
  6. Cetaphil Restoraderm lotion – it has filagrin and ceramide which was supposed to help with the dry and itchy skin but nil, it did not help me at all but in some women it does, it just wasn’t meant to be for me.
  7. Calmoseptine – it’s an ointment that has calamine and zinc oxide. I tried this for some time but it dried my rashes so much leaving them inflamed and scaly. Maybe I’ve put too much? I don’t know. But still, this ointment is still one of my fave go-to for my unica hija’s nappy rashes or scrapes.
  8. Sudocrem – this is usually used for nappy rash but can also be used for eczema, surface wounds and other skin complaints. I tried this as well but it didn’t work for me as well.

Right now, some of the rashes in my entire body have flattened. My legs that used to be like a lechon-colored full of bumps now looked like a bad case of tanning session plus the spots. I actually looked like a human dalmatian and just this morning, another wave of PUPPP rashes are sprouting in my arms; seems like I have yet to see the finish line of this disease. According to my research (naks may ganun, hahaha), it’s not actually a sure shot that delivering my baby will get rid of the rashes. Some women has to battle with this for at least 6 months postpartum, some a few days after. As for me, my baby still enjoying his time inside my tummy and have yet to come out. I hope he’ll come out soon though, this coming week perhaps, or tomorrow.

Wish me luck! tata for now!


I actually would have wanted to add some pictures of my rashes plus the products and skin improvement but my laziness got the better of me (preggy here) so I’ll update my post as soon as I can. 😛