like a specimen under a microscope


so I’ve been doing billing for almost 2 months now with my Cali-based employer. To monitor our productivity, they have installed timedoctor in our desktop. Before, that tracker used to take random screenshot of our active window and will stop time tracking once our window become idle for 8-10 minutes. However, just recently, they have taken the monitoring to a new level, they also take webcam shots every 10 minutes now and it’s really irritating coz it makes me feel like the big Boss is sitting right beside me looking exactly at my every movement.

I mentioned this to his Filipina VA (virtual assistant)and she said that webcam shots has been there for quite some time, perhaps, mine was just activated a little late. Oh well, perhaps big B’s got a lot of trust issues. Anyhow, I recently intereacted with a co-biller and she said she wasn’t comfortable having her photo taken thru webcam and she had covered hers since she started home-based job and big B hasn’t scolded her about it yet. She added it wasn’t on the print she signed therefore she’ll continue covering her webcam until she gets reprimanded. I was thinking of doing the same but I couldn’t find a good reason to justify why I’ll be covering it since I had mine started taking photos like 2 days ago and I didn’t complain.

Hmm. Oh I also learned that Big B really has some trust issues and he’s a little stingy. They said he doesn’t give increases and bonuses which makes me a little disappointed and made me think of finding another one. His VA for example has another client aside from Big B so I was hoping I could find another client too. Well, wish me luck. Hope that webcam shots won’t be taking photos lesser than 10 minutes or else…hayyy.

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ethical legal at kung ano pang al


After getting myself a permanent online job with a fixed salary, I decided to take a break from my 51talk stint and submitted a month vacation just to see how would it go with my new job. So far so good. Unfortunately, the online support of 51talk didn’t even acknowledge my email so I guess this would be it? Goodbye online tutoring for now, perhaps my account is already locked though I haven’t tried logging in again.

Anyhow, my one and only loyalist student Lily recently sent me a message via WeChat telling me she misses me very much, when am I going back and telling me she doesn’t want any other teachers (you see, before I went on a 51talk hiatus I told her I’ll be gone for a while and advice her to try other teachers so her English skills would be further developed. It’s just 3 days ago that I learned she stopped attending her 51talk classes because she doesn’t want to see other teachers. I told my husband about Lily and he said why not offer her a special tutoring lessons via Skype instead. I was actually undecided whether to follow his advice because one, I don’t know what lessons should I teach Lily; two, I don’t know how to make Lesson memo by myself coz in 51talk lessons are prepared firsthand you just have to teach it to your students, and three, I’m afraid I’ll get sued😫 hahaha isn’t unethical and illegal to do that? It’s like I’m stealing one of their students.

Oh well, I’m not even sure I could keep up having another job aside from my current one but I’ll think about it.

Ooops, 10 minutes got deducted from my working time, my bad, trying to blog through my phone and work at the same time, not a very good idea but hey, I just missed blogging, you know😛

This is me trying to put order in my chaotic life


Charan!

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I finally got myself a corkboard to put my working schedule and reminders! congratulations to me! (giving myself a pat on the back)

I hope this is a start of me being organized. I wish hahaha

It’s been a while again. My work is a little relax actually but there’s a time tracker installed in our desktop where they could monitor my pc activities taking screenshots of my monitor from time to time so I cannot update my blog simultaneously while working and I don’t like blogging using my mobile so yeah, (as if someone’s giving an F why I’ve been a while, etchos lang haha)

My first payment from my online job


It’s been a while folks!

After countless of online application, I have finally landed myself an online job, I hope this would be “it”. (the online job I can count on and the job perfect for a breastfeeding mom like me.) I’ve been busy lately because I just started my training (paid! :))  as a Dental Biller last January 24 (that would be January 23 in California because that’s where my boss is based from). It looks like I won’t be getting away from the Dental department but it’s nice because at least I have backgrounds regarding Dental terminologies etcetera.

Anyhow, after 6 days of working, I finally got my first payment in Paypal! Yey! It’s not much but I’m ecstatic when I found out my boss already sent my salary just now. Our pay periods are as follow:

Days and hours from 25th – 9th paid on 15th of the month

Days and hours from 10th -24th paid on 30th of the month

So since I started January 24, my salary is only equivalent to 12 hours of my working time but I am not complaining. I think it pays way better than my 51talk tutoring gig. I still find the work a little hard but it’s nice because most of the time (like 85% of the time), it’s non-voice and I only do skype call whenever my boss needs to inform me about something work-related or I have to validate information with my supervisor or with other clinics that we handle.

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Tada! that’s the screenshot of the Paypal email I received earlier. I hope to receive more emails like these. hahaha

ooopppp!my kids are awake! gotta go! till next time!

feeling appreciated


Even in the slightest, I haven’t dreamt to be a teacher nor a tutor. I may look like I’m very patient but I’m not. I don’t have the heart to tolerate people. (perhaps that’s the reason I only have few friends, hahaha) This is exactly the reason I’m surprised that I am teaching now. (Siguro ganun talaga pag kapit sa patalim, sabi nga nila beggars can’t be choosers so kahit hindi ko linya pinatulan ko gaya ng pagtuturo hahaha).

Every time I finished all my booked classes, I always feel exhausted because I have to pretend I’m upbeat, friendly and all that it takes to be a good teacher but last night was different. I ended my class with a genuine smile on my face all because of what my student said.

Usually, before I end my lesson, I will ask some questions to verify if they did understand what I have taught them. Also, I will ask if they have questions for me or if they have any comments and I am used to getting “No questions or nothing” answers. However, when I asked my student named “Lily”, she answered “Yes” so although it’s past 25 minutes, I decided to extend a few minutes more to accommodate her.

Our convo goes like this:

Me: Do you have any questions for me, Lily?

Lily: Yes, teacher. Thank you. You are hard.

Me: (I was like uhm, okay,) Hard? Do you mean to say I’m a little strict on how I teach my lessons?

Lily: No teacher. (talks in Chinese looks like she was thinking about words to express herself clearly)

Me: Or do you mean to say that our lesson for today is hard?

Lily: No teacher. (talks to herself in Chinese again)

Me: Could you type your sentence in the chat box? You could also do it in Chinese and then I’ll just translate it.

So she did. She typed the word “Hard” again and only then that I realized that she was trying to thank me for working hard to teach her English.

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Lily was my last class so I’m already wasted then but when she said thank you for all the hard work, it was like all my frustrations in my previous classes were dissolved in an instant. (Siguro ganito ung nararamdaman ng mga teachers everytime naaappreciate sila ng mga estudyante. Ngayon ko lang narealize lalo na hindi biro ang pagtuturo) If I had known then, I would have said millions of thanks to all my teachers.

Anyhow, alam kong madami pa kong kakaining bigas, I’m not even sure if I could continue doing this ESL tutoring thing but this is definitely one of the highlights in my ESL tutor sideline. Something that I’ll never forget (hoping I won’t)

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