Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Flight Attendant Jobs: Qatar Airways is Hiring

Calling all aspiring flight attendants. Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Recruitment (For Females Only) - MANILA is looking for you. Yes, you! Packed in your bags, get ready to showcase what you  got! Hurry, this might be your chance to become one.  All applicants must apply in person for preliminary screening at the THE MANILA HOTEL, One Rizal Park 0913, Manila, Philippines on January 26, 2013 (Saturday) from 0900-1200hrs.

Pre-screening Requirements:

Minimum age of 21 years

At least 5'2 in height, minimum arm reach of 212 cms on tiptoe;

Minimum High School education

Fluency in written and spoken English

Good set of teeth. Candidates with braces/retainers will not be considered throughout the screening process.

1 passport-sized photograph in business attire (Sky blue background)

1 full-body 4R-sized photograph in business attire (Sky blue background taken by a professional photographer)

Updated resume

Business attire is required: Corporate coat over blouse & knee-level skirt, hair tied up and in full make-up


Candidates who pass the screening will be notified via telephone to be included in QATAR AIRWAYS Cabin Crew Assessment Schedules on January 27 - 28, 2013.

Open-Day Recruitment (CV Submission for FEMALES only)
January 26, 2013 (Saturday)
MANILA HOTEL
One Rizal Park 0913,
Manila, Philippines
0900 - 1200 hrs only

Assessment Days (Shortlisted candidates only- NO WALK-IN PLEASE)
January 27 - 28, 2013 (Sunday - Monday)
IPAMS Office
IPAMS Building, 723 Aurora Boulevard,
New Manila, Quezon City
Scheduled per AM / PM batch

Final Interview (Shortlisted candidates only - NO WALK-IN PLEASE)
January 29 - 31, 2013 (Tuesday - Thursday)
IPAMS Office
IPAMS Building, 723 Aurora Boulevard,
New Manila, Quezon City
Scheduled per appointment
For details and reference, please visit http://www.ipams.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

HBD to me


Thank you so much for another year of life. I admit that this has been the only year to where I felt my sincerest admiration towards your gift. The gift that you've been giving me for the past 29 years. I was never been this grateful for this life  and you know the reason why.

 It was not just a tilt, it was a move of 360 degrees. You moved me in such a way that I did not expect. You allowed me to see myself as a whole, you let see my purpose in life. And now that I know what this life is for, I am hoping that you won't get tired bestowing it to me.

Thank you  for giving me Mama, Deydey, Marie and Japs. Though we are not a typical happy family, not ideal actually, yet I can never say, how I wish I have someone else.  Thank you for the most difficult past of not having a complete and wealthy family.That taught me to become deep, patient, sensitive, stiff and strong. Thank you so much for those never ending petty quarrels I have with Marie and Japs. Only when we have disagreements that we find time to talk to each other personally with no limit of time. I love the outcome of becoming new and humble after the fight.

Thank you so much for sending Clem my way.  I may not be able to make my dream  career come true for choosing him yet I know I've made the best personal decision in my life for the first time. I don't have any regrets at all because I know, I can never find someone like him. You know exactly  how much I prayed for a perfect husband. You know that I can never take it should the same fate happens to me. Thank you for giving me a father, a husband, a boyfriend and a bestfriend, though not perfect atleast I have all in one Clem. I will always be thankful for Clem's immeasurable love and patience to me.

Thank you so much  for my precious: Clian, Cade, Cale and Cyle.  I call them my own. Sending angels with out wings is the best part of my existence. These kids are the reason why I am now thankful for your gift - LIFE.

I now know my purpose. I guess motherhood suits me well. And I am now craving for more gifts in the coming year.

Now that my life is complete, good health and wealth is what I am asking from you. Give me more strength to over come each trials that may surpass my way.

This I ask and thank you Lord.

love,

Joan

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Absolute Distilled Water

Breastmilk is best for babies and toddlers but what if you are just so unlucky like me?  I only breastfed my babies for atleast 2 weeks due to unknown stomach bug that I always get after I give birth.  Yes, I was unable to breastfed my kids (sad but true). And since I am unable to provide the best quality of milk, I made a huge effort to look for the best possible drinking water to be used on their milk formula. 
 After a thorough research, I ended up with Absolute.
Absolute , though not the very first drinking water I've tried on my kids, made me realized that safe drinking water does not need to be expensive.  I literally invest on my kids' drinking water, and for more than 5 years now, Absolute has been one of my partners. Yes, even my 5 year old son still drinks this, not tap water, not just a regular mineral water but only Absolute Distilled Water. These four  little red head tots consume  6 L of Absolute bottle in a day and a half. Can you just imagine how much money we spend on their drinking water alone?! An average of 22 bottles of 6L  per month. Well, price does not matter as long as you got the best bottled water in the country that is NSF approved.
NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International which means a credible organization of 1,200 scientists that check the quality and safety of products and services.
What else can you ask for if you already have the best?  
Make Absolute your partner too!  Like Absolute's Facebook page to join the fun community of Absolute moms.

lovelots;
~Joan

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Join me on my 29th!

Yay! I'll be hitting 29 in a few days and I can feel the anxiety of getting another year older yet wiser, ahem. I can now sense that the real me is back. I want something different on my birthday but not that much because I am saving all the surprises for my 30th. I know.. I know.. there's so much positive energies in me now adays and  I am liking it. Maybe it's 2013's intention! A positive outlook in life, not bad, definitely not about bragging something that I don't have yet, it's like creating and believing that with my exceptional hard work and in God's grace I'll get what I am aiming for. Maybe, we can call it as "a certified  goal oriented". I would like to  be big by my 30th. Not literally big like 200 lbs, but big financially, professionally. I'll achieve more this year to be prepared for 2014.  I am not sure as to why I now have the strong determination to succeed. Maybe because of the kids? My own and extended family?
 
To recollect,  I've been so passive the whole time of my call center career. And it is too late to make some big efforts now just to stand out, simply because there are no opportunities anymore. Is changing a career will help me out with my big goal? Or changing the company itself? Hmm.. so much to think about but I am positive that God has a plan for me so I can accomplish all of my planned goals.
 
I find this thing fulfilling and this makes me happy. Motherhood and oh I so love my babies. Never did I thought of enjoying and engaging much of my effort to this online journal. Well, I am not a good writer, yes I write, yes I blog, I post and I comment but that does not mean that I am good at it, that is, I am still learning though. Did I  mention that I am a frustrated writer? I was about to grab an editor in chief position in elementary newspaper, did top all editorial exams but got disappointed when somebody else took the position just because the person is more popular than I am. From then on, my interest in writing slipped away.
 
One thing is for sure, I will push through with my plans. Considering another baby in  a month or two. Would you be surprised if I'll say" A baby on the way" via facebook? Nope, don't get me  wrong, not a literal baby but a baby-paid-site that will focus on my kids and how I handle my boys. That is, well, not really to earn some bucks but to typically site things that I know are important. I love to teach, I love to share, I love it when people are being astounded when I say I have 4 kids aging 5,4,4 and 2. Specially  when they are just 3,2,2 and  8 months. All boys? You have four boys? Really!?! I just so love the jaw-dropped expressions. Don't you?
 
It is not easy to have four at the same time. And these? These are heartrobs' wanna be. Agree? Oh, boy!..there's so much in my mind, I am exploding with ideas, I hope I can make these things into reality. Me and I as a daughter, friend, mother, sister, wife, in alphabetical order that's how I roll my online journal!  Hoping for some technical help from online friends as well. My husband is on his half way to saying YES. Hopefully on my birthday or on my 26 with 4 kids' first anniversary in February ( I hope to hit 10k eviews by that time), he'll agree. What an awesome gift it could be?!
 
Well, going back on something special on my birthday? Maybe a make over will do. 2012 has been so stiff to me financially. Imagine, I can't even afford to do some hairdo make over or atleast make some relaxing whole body massage. Not because I don't have something to spend to, it is just simply keeping it for emergency purposes. Or rather spend it on my kids' needs than spend it for my self. Now, 2013 is giving me some extra. I hope to have a lot of extra gigs for the rest of the year.  Now that I know and positive that 2013 is just as good as I am, I want to start it with a younger feeling and a younger aura. I want everything to be light ( I guess, a diet would also be necessary since I said lighter feeling, right?)Can you please tell me, do I look old for my age? I am 28, do I look like a mommy already? There are still "maybe friends" who told me that I don't look like a mom of four, but ofcourse those are my friends what should I expect from these loving friends?! Some people are asking me of my secret (will be sharing soon). But personally, I feel like I haven't adjusted yet. Well, who can adjust with 3 consecutive pregnancies? Almost pregnant atleast every year?  I still have a lot of stretchies, though are now white, I can still see them and they are a lot. Saggy belly. Gigantic, dinosaur-like feet and swollen fingertoes. I still have the black line on my neck (though my husband says he can't see it anymore).  The moisture and volume on my hair did not came back yet plus hair lost. Teeth are almost seen like one seat apart. Oh, there has been so much about pregnancy that if only you have the ability to choose what part of you will change, you might agree of just getting the part where your boobs gets bigger as if you did a boob job! I guess, that's how all women are equally created by God, all is fair in pregnancy. Good thing hubby still finds me pretty and hot. Thus, keeps on reminding me that "I am still the beautiful and sexiest girl living on earth".
 
Whew! Have I been so broad?  I just got  carried away by the feeling of positiveness. Well, the truth is , this post is just about the things that I am getting on my birthday. Plain and simple. Guessed it's time to say Cheers to my 29th!! 
lol.
 
What am I getting on my birthday?
- a possible sponsored- whole body scrub and massage from Slimzone Tarlac.
- a dentist and orthodontics for my one-seat apart teeth courtesy of my hubby's 4th quarter bonus.
- a salon bonanza: I'll color my hair for the first time. And maybe try a new cut for my hair. Will I get the reddish one or the semi-blonde?
 
Hoping that Mr. Clock permits me to do all of these! Have you enjoyed who I wanna be on my 29?
 
I'll keep you posted. Promise!
 
 
lovelots;
 
joan

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Creston Academy: a mid-year review

Pre-school is one of the biggest milestones in a child's life. And getting a good school for your kid is a big consideration. What is best for our kids is definitely our top priority. A typical parent looks for a school in which their kids will desire to figure out how the world works.  A place to where they can ask questions and to where they can show their curiosity in all things seen. In return, as a parent, we expect that our preferred school  has teachers who take our kids' questions seriously, honor those questions patiently and really respond to them with delight and clarity.  I am just so lucky that I found those with Creston Academy.
Pre-school isn't compulsory but I believe in investing on child's early education. Not all parents want their child to attend pre-school particularly for various valid reasons. Some says their kids are not yet ready socially, emotionally and physically. Others say, they are not yet ready to fully entrust the care of their kids to a total stranger. And most say, they are not yet ready financially. True enough, right?
It was just this school year that one of my kids started pre-schooling. My husband and I did a thorough scouting and even brought the kids to check it for themselves. We end up sending our eldest in Creston Academy, as this is the perfect school we've seen during our school hunting.  We even let them join the free trial offered last summer, which contributed a lot in our decision for choosing Creston above all good schools available in Tarlac (well aside from the vote they got from Clian and the twins). Even though they got 5 YES from all of us, just like any other first timers, I am looking forward that it can surpass my expectations and it can prove that money spent for the whole school year is worthy enough.
Here's my mid-year review for Creston Academy.
Environment: VERY GOOD
- Not dead, not too serious and not too formal.
- Classy and Comfy
- Has a sense of lightness and happiness which is really good for pre-schoolers.
- Has a sense of playfulness in the classrooms which attracts my other kids whenever we visit or pick up their kuya.
- School grounds neat and safe
TEACHERS: VERY GOOD
- Kids are treated with much respect.
- Treatments are based on the abilities of the kids.
- They don't force but provide a genuine understanding on each childs' flaws.
- With deep passionate interest in helping children achieve their full potential.
- Professionals with good educational background
- Teachers are so open for personal feedback , arrangements and confrontations.
- Teacher-student relationships  are comfortable and relaxed
- Minimum class sizes: meaning , teachers can attend to all students fairly.
- No favoritism observed.
LESSONS: VERY GOOD
- Curriculum is oriented toward drawing the child out.
- Children have the opportunity to make choices in what they are to learn and what they want to learn.
- Lessons  are taught slowly but surely ( preschoolers)
- English school system
- All policies in writing and available to parents
MOTIVATION:  VERY GOOD
- Opportunities to make choices in what they are to learn.
- Provides extrinsic learning which engaged in materials that can help motivate the - kids: rewards with points and/or happy faces.
- A part of motivation is that they provide parents  involvement in most of the school activities which boost each kids' level of confidence.
EVENTS: VERY GOOD
- Gives opportunities to show kids' abilities and talents.
- Exercise their ability to socialize and to get along with others.
- Gives sense of self sufficiency so kids can spend several hours outside their comfort zone. 
- Freedom on what they can do best.
And here are feedback from other parents.
Parent says: Admin available / open anytime for concerns. Open for feedback.
My Thoughts: The very best thing I have seen as  parents are always welcome for anything under the sun.
Expectations for next school year: May you continue this one as we, parents would always want to be connected with you. We appreciate partnership that you can offer/share with us  in molding these kids' little minds. Just by simply being open anytime for anything.
Parent says: Parents are not allowed to linger in the classroom not even outside of it (specially for preschooler).
My thoughts:  They just do that to avoid distractions and to get the full attention of the kids so they can focus on each activities and lessons. Based on experience, Creston has given each parents the ample time to cope with the scenario where in kids go into deep crying if they are being isolated from their mothers. I think it was more than 2 months or so  when Creston decided to implement this rule. Fair enough.
Expectations for next school year: Same rule must apply, specially for first timers. Give ample time for the kids to cope up and extreme patience while waiting for the kids to go out of their shells.
Parent says: Implement English language policy
My Thoughts: One thing that I have considered in choosing Creston.
Expectations for next school year: May you continue  to implement the English language policy as parents like me are really after the school who can produce a student that communicates well not only in our native language but more so in English.
It set you above standard if students can speak fluent English.
Parent says: Location wise, Creston is a good choice. It's just on the main road. Easy access- specially if you are coming from North or East.
My Thoughts: Yes, that's true. It's a one-stop school. One ride and that's it. Also it will spare you from traffic caused by rush-hour.
Parent says: You can be sure of your kids' security. Security guards and security cameras available.
My Thoughts: True and Kudos to that. We really need a more secured environment for our kids now adays. Remember mass school shooting in America? I know it will not happen, but it is better to be safe than sorry. 
Expectations for next school year: Whatever security measures you've implemented for the safety of your students today may continue for the coming school years as parents appreciate it much. We entrust our precious to you.
Parent says: Limited access on recreational areas like playground (indoor /outdoor) for family members waiting.
My thoughts: Parents are paying for it so I think  It's okay to make these areas exclusive for students only. Not bad  but for consideration make them available for first degree relatives atleast..
Expectations for next school year: Maybe you can extend the access to first degree relatives like brothers or sisters (below 7 years old). For example, mommies who tagged along their babies to pick up their older brothers or sisters.
Parent says: Guards are not attentive to those seeking for help in crossing the high-way.
My thoughts: Not all the time, but I may agree that sometimes it happens. You have to wave at them many times to call their attention , sometimes , they can see you yet they pretend that they don't. It must be a mandatory to help anyone coming in or out of the school when crossing the street specially that it's a main road.
Expectations for next school year: To mandate all on-duty guards about the safety of the students and the one picking them up specially in crossing the main road.
Parent says: We are disappointed on the release of the uniforms. They failed parents' expectations: Poor quality of material used. Cost may not vary with the outcome of the uniforms. Not well sewed.
My thoughts: This is the only thing that disappointed me. They failed my expectation for this as there's really nothing special on the uniform to wait for it for almost 3 months. Plus low class fabrics, buttons and zippers were used.And most of the orders were sent back for defects or wrong sizes.
Expectations for next school year: To hire a better dressmaker or atleast get  better fabric and material suppliers. Or give an option to parents to select their own dressmaker, just provide the materials.
Parent says: Expensive Tuition fee .
My Thoughts: Indeed expensive but what my son gained for the past 6 months or so can justify the price. I can say, money spent are all worth it. 
Expectations for next school year: How we wish you can lower down the tuition fee, even just for a few bucks. Well, it would be a good marketing strategy if you will do that. A lot of those I know are interested but are hesitant to pursue because of the expensive tuition fee.


To personally consider my child’s need as well as my own expectations and values, Creston currently meets that. So it is still up to you on what values you would like to see on your child  and how much involvement you can provide in school related activities. I for some was questioned as to why I am sending Clian to this expensive school knowing that we have a lot of important expenses to focus onto. But never did I change my mind for allowing Clian to experience Creston.  Values don't just mean moral and religious values.As I have mentioned on the first part of this post, Pre-school isn't compulsory but I believe in investing on child's early education and I am doing that to my kids.  If someone will ask me if I will be enrolling  my twins this coming school year in Creston along with my eldest, I will definitely say YES. The only thing that is holding me back is the cost. It is not new to you that me and my husband are just ordinary employees. Yes, both of us are call center agents, with a little freelancing gigs at the side but we can never tell if we'll meet our goal by chance. Still, I am one of those hopefuls in getting discounts by the next school year. Maybe atleast 40-50% less for the 3rd child enrolled. Not bad for a marketing nor promotional  leads , right? Currently, I believe that Creston is offering 5% off on the 3rd child enrolled. You can contact them for more details.
Disclaimer: I pushed myself to write this to see if I really made a right choice.  As you know, we will be sending 2 more of our kids to school this year , better yet create a personal checklist if Creston is meeting my expectations.  This is not to promote or demote Creston Academy. I've sited fair feedback as well as little flaws which I think are manageable.
To make sure feedbacks are balance, I included feedbacks from other parents involved.  You as a parent has a choice. It is always up to you to make the decision and I believe a good parent will not stick on hearsay but on personal experience. Find a school to where you can save and compare and does not compromise quality. 
Got concerns when it comes to choosing a preschool? Are you on the same stage? Leave a comment below and let's talk about it.


~Joan D.E.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Another mass school shooting in America

photo credit to standupforamerica

Very sad tragedy yet again another school shooting in America has been reported.  At least two people were shot at Taft Union High School in Kern County on Thursday morning after a classmate interrupted a first-period class. Victim was confronted by the suspect by name and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into his upper body.  The teen suspect used a shotgun that belongs to his brother and went to bed Wednesday night with a plan to shoot two fellow students who bullied him for more than a year.
 
How many more like these need to happen? Remember the horrific events of December 14,. 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary? And how about Aurora, Colorado mass shooting; 'Dark Knight’ massacre?  This Calif HS  shooting has no difference to those. Officials should  consider common denominators such as : Guns and  Mental Health in resolving the issue. But where do you think, this resolution must comes first?  What does mental health means? Those being bullied, those who have personal problems, those who have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) , those who've been to drugs? Who else?
 
A gun control law won't prevent these from happening again. Take California for example, if I'm not mistaken California is a state that has a gun control law yet this happened in their area. And so here in the Philippines. It was just recently that we had GUN CRAZY, GONE MAD Mass shooter  in Kawit, Cavite who killed at least 8 people and left 10 others injured during his shooting spree.
 
Everyone is so afraid to admit that maybe mental health is the main cause of this. Guns are not the problem, we have a society were our children are steeped in violence through all forms of media and that is the problem. Curing  must start within each families.  
 
I don't want to be harsh  to anyone but in one way or another, we can only stop these if we'll let the parents be responsible and accountable for their kids' actions. I, myself is a parent. Yes, my kids came from me , but I don't own their lives. I am not holding my kids' decisions, outlook in life  or so but  I am still their mother, that simply  means whatever they become someday is because of how I raised them, values per se. As kids now spend most of their time in school, a good choice of it comes in.
A school that focuses on child's behavior. A school that has bullying policies.  Parents and teachers  must know when to isolate kids from troubled ones.  Not to emphasize discrimination but to simply keeping everyone on a safe side and to get these troubled ones the help they need before they reach their breaking point.
 
You as the parent should be charged with child endangerment for every student's affected by your kid:
 
-If your kid takes a gun to school
-if your kid is bullying other kids.
-if your kid iintimidates others
-if your kid is antisocial or criminal behavior (such as stealing or vandalism)
-if your kid threats to get his own way
 
Not bad to implement these for grown ups as well.
 
Nevertheless, focusing on the main cause can help solve the situation or end incidents like these rather than wanting that everyone involved is punished severely.
 
Have you heard any of these? Share your thought!

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kim Kardashian is about 12 weeks pregnant.

My ever-so favorite Kim Kardashian is expecting her first baby with  Kanye West. Yes, it has been confirmed through her blog, "It's true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby."
 
A surprised announcement made by rapper Kanye West during his concert in Atlantic City, N.J. He stops the music and asked the crowd to make some noise for his baby mama, Kim Kardashian! Shortly , follow up confirmation were tweeted by Kim's family members.
 
Are you ready for her maternity outfit?Let's check out and see!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Because it is your birthday!

*Spread some love!! , a post dedicated to my ever-so-loving husband. 
Happy birthday daddy! Every single day of my life spent with you, reminds me of how lucky I am and all the credit goes to back you.
Here's a simple yet truly,madly,deeply versed poem I personally composed for you.
ILOVEYOU!
 
_____
 
Never did I regret marrying someone like you,
despite the fact we've been through.
It has been a long journey, so sad and blue,
as if Romeo and Juliet were really true.
 
If not for that past
I would never have known
that true love can last
and it does conquers all.
 
 
As the year passes by and as you add a year on your life
May you'll always be reminded of the love that we've had
it was a promise to grow old as our wrinkles sags
finding the depth of our love as deep as our eyebags.
 
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