Strange magic, indeed.

My kazin Carlo told me that there’s this movie called Strange Magic and that i should watch it because it’s uber nice.

Love is strange. :p

Love is strange. :p

After watching the movie, I had to agree.

I totally loved the first song featured in it because it’s THE song I want for my wedding. “Can’t help falling in love” by Elvis Presley. Super loved Evan Rachel Wood’s version, too.

Liked most of the songs in the soundtrack as well. It was well thought of.

Watching it, made me reflect on how I still have not yet met the right man for me. Still, the movie mad me hopeful.

Speaking of hope, Heaven and I watched “Home” and it was quite unforgettable because it was the first movie she cried to.

Oh!

Oh!

When we all thought that Oh died, she cried and cried. It was a heart-wrenching moment for me. I can’t believe that she’s growing up so fast! She now gets scared and now, she can actually cry when watching a movie!

Anyway, I’m now recharged. Got to blog and am ready for tomorrow’s first day of school. Get this, I’m a Grade 7 Class Adviser!!! So yeah, I’m psyched.

Welcome, June!!!!

My Clannad Moment

I finally watched Clannad.

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I cried like a baby!!! With all the mucus dripping down my nose and making my entire face red!

It was truly one heck of a ride.

For those of you who haven’t watched it, you have saved yourself buckets of tears.

What made my Clannad encounter memorable was that I didn’t expect how the story would unfold. I didn’t go looking at reviews or other info about Clannad. So watching it for the first time, I was unprepared for the onslaught of emotions this anime would bring.

On a lighter note, here are some memes I found online that I found funny yet so true. 🙂

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This is one of the best things that happened to me this summer. #feels

Painting in Summer

Our creativity was sparked by Kandinsky‘s circles. I guided the kids to make different sizes of circles and to use the color wheel to paint them. We also copied a painting of a skyline which was really nice because I got to witness how the kids did their best to make the skyline of buildings and houses.

Heaven's Skyline with a Rainbow

Heaven’s Skyline with a Rainbow

The kids also created letter decors for their moms for Mothers’ Day. It was quite messy but extremely fun as I allowed them to decorate the letters of their own design.

With their finished letters

With their finished letters

We also tried our best to copy Ton Shulten‘s landscapes. We began with creating two curved horizontal lines. Then I asked them to draw vertical lines across them unequally. Then I asked them to draw vertical lines to create the houses, small squares for doors and windows and trees.

We decided to color the houses and the surrounding areas using warm colors and then the trees and the sky using cool colors. We used poster color paints. It took longer than expected but the results are awesome! We also tried using salt and watercolor but it kinda failed. Oh well. We’ll do our best next time.

We also did some pastel flowers.

Overall, I was glad I did the arts and crafts class. I loved the time I spent with the kids and it totally brought out my daughter’s creative side. I have to say, this was a summer well spent with my Heaven.

Teaching What Matters in the Future

On May 9, 2015, I attended my first TEDx event titled TEDxPlaza Divisoria Ed. One of my Facebook friends, Roxanne Hambre Fuentes organized this education-themed talks to inspire educators, parents and stakeholders.

With Roxanne

With Roxanne

I arrived just as it was about to start around 1:20pm at Dear Manok Restaurant. It was held in one of their conference rooms on the second floor.

The program included 6 speakers, 2 video presentations and snacks (pancit, lumpia shanghai, rice and iced tea). Registration was for 250 pesos only. This included a red eco bag with TEDx overview, name tag, the programme, a pen, feedback sheet and a certificate of attendance.

Inside the kit

Inside the kit

The first speaker was an TEDEd Club moderator named Adeva Esparrago. She shared a wonderful concept of magnifying ideas. In a nutshell, she promoted idea replication as a potential for greatness. She encouraged us to listen to our students and allow them to focus on what they are passionate about. I liked this. I know that I can use this when school starts again in June.

She showed us video clips of her students presenting their own research and ideas. This encouraged them to become confident speakers and better researchers.

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For the Love of Art

For the most part of my life, I have written countless notes, diaries, blogs and poems to keep me sane. I started making my own poems when I was 7 or 9 years old. My love for prose and poetry was fueled by my father. Later on, I learned how drawing and painting were also his passions. Thus I learned to love colors, mixing them up and creating my own paintings.

The past few weeks, I have slowly showed my daughter and other kids how truly wonderful it is to paint. I am hoping that showing them works of artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Dine and Miro would inspire them to be more creative.

These are the fruits of our imagination and love for art.

We used oil pastels and watercolors to create most of the pieces.

Sometimes, we get inspired by our own yearning for the beach!

It’s not really well-made but we did try our hand at optical illusions, using a bit of cubism. I had to outline their shapes with a black marker pen to make the image pop out.

It was also fun to see their reaction when we did color mixing to create our color wheels.

Pointillism was also something we tried. We used the ends of our brushes to make the dots.

Using oil pastels alone is actually quite difficult. However, I think we pulled it off.

Symmetrical shapes can help you create awesome shapes and figures, too! We simply placed the pain on one side of the paper and folded it in the middle to transfer it to the other side. This was fun!

Spattering was done to create a snowstorm. This was quite messy but just as fun with the other techniques on watercolor painting.

I actually have a busy week ahead. I plan to have them create letter decors for their moms for Mother’s Day. I also want to show them how masking tape can be used for painting. Plus, i have a lot of glitter I’m dying to use!

All of this, for the love of art and teaching!