What Cellular Phone to Use for Temporary Stay

As a student who wants to study English in the Philippines, having your own local mobile phone is necessary for communication for your new friends and to keep in touch with your family abroad. Cebu is also a modern city who loves technology and gadgets. But if you plan to stay here temporarily, it is ideal to buy a cheap phone just to call and to send SMS.

In the Philippines, there are still many practical mobile phones for sale which function is just to simply call and send text message. These practical mobile phones are rather cheap and easy to use.  These cheap phones are not only for temporary users but permanent residents also use this. It is common to see locals having two mobile phones – one main phone, usually a high-end one and one cheap mobile phone mostly for SUN CELLULAR. (As I mentioned in my other post, SUN CELLULAR has the cheapest rate – free text and free call to SUN to SUN numbers that is why it is relatively cheaper to have SUN mobile phone).  You can save a lot if use SUN CELLLULAR since most people use SUN CELLULAR, every time you send text or call them, it’s free.

One popular practical phone is Nokia (picture above).  I personally use this for my SUN number. The battery lasts really long and the casing is very sturdy. I personally use this. I dropped this phone many times and it still works just the same. This is not a colored-screened phone, no Wi-Fi, nothing else grand but this will serve the purpose if straightforward communication. The price is only 900 pesos around 22 USD only. Also, just in case you lose this mobile phone, it does not hurt you wallet much!

Thanks for reading,

Miss D


Verbena Capitol Suites – FEA Location

Verbena Capitol Suites

Firstwellness English Academy of FEA is housed at Verbena Capitol Suites specifically at Don Gil Garcia Extension, Capitol Site, Cebu City. On the map above, we can see that Verbena is situated at the heart of the city. Yes it is very convenient place to stay.


It is very near to malls — the nearest mall is Robinson Mall where it takes only for 10 minutes on foot because I walk slowly and I am short. But if you walk fast, you can reach the mall in 5 minutes. Ayala Malls takes 10 – 15 minutes by jeepney or taxi.


Two blocks away from Verbena Suites is Chong Hua Hospital. This is one of the best hospitals in Cebu which is internationally accredited. It takes 2-3 minutes by taxi. The plug down rate is 40 pesos so from Verbena to Chonghua maybe you will have to only pay 47.50 pesos. That near! Another neared hospital is Cebu Doctors Hospital which also a very good hospital (Chong Hua and Cebu Doctors are considered the best hospitals in Cebu City) is located around Verbena Area. On the map above, I squared the location with the name “HOSPITAL”. That is where Cebu Doctors Hospital is located.



There are many banks around the area. The banks include – METRO BANK, BPI BANK, BDO, LAND BANK, RCBC and PNB. So monetary transaction here is quite easy.



This place is also near Christian (Roman) Catholic Church. The nearest is Capitol Parish Church which takes about 5 minutes by taxi. You can pass this going to Ayala Mall.


Mango Square an area where bars, clubs and restaurants are located. It is one area that is so alive at night! People who wants to party, drink, dance and simply have fun must not misss this place. Luckily, the place is just a few minutes away from Verbena Capitol Suites. It takes about 5 minutes by taxi or 10 minutes on foot. It’s near Robinson Mall.


Studying in Cebu is so much fun but hat you must consider first before anything else is safety and convenience of life. For instance, when you need to buy food, shampoos, clothes — it isn’t so ideal to spend so much time on this.  You can rather spend time on something else worthwhile. Staying at FEA can help you save time geographically. Everything you need is just next door.


Thanks for reading,

Miss D






FWEA – Academic Proficiency Graph

Now, FWEA academic system created a new visual method of the student’s English Proficiency Level which presents the perfect score of each part of the test — namely Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking — correlating it with your own score. On the left side of the graph shows the average level of your test. Below is the level description which states the the sample level of the student is Pre-Intermediate. In addition, the name of the evaluator, Miss D (me) ^^ is placed because at times, when I am not around the next in rank can do the evaluation instead of me.

The graph is given together with the final schedule of the student the next day. The student is instructed to show this to all teachers so teachers will also have an idea of their real English level before they start the lesson proper. Another copy remains at my office, (Academic Office) just in case teachers would want to refer in the future. If the student does not understad the proficiency graph and what it represents teachers can assist them in understanding the facts presented.

I hope the through this factual graph, students would be enticed to level up since visually they now have a picture of where they are in English.

Thanks for reading,

Miss D




Fwea’s Friendly Environment

Studying in foreign country can be at times lonely and well, sometimes it can really be boring too! That is why it is necessary to stay in a school where you can find comfort during your stay aside from the quality education you are looking for. Living in a school with a friendly environment can be so much help in your studying. Environment plays a vital role in learning. By this, I mean not just how big the classroom is, how comfortable the chair is or how big the building is. What I truly mean by comfort is if you can go along with people living the place.


In the school I am currently directing, First Wellness English Academy so far the living conditions here are fairly nice. All Japanese students get along with each other well – whether they are newly arrived students or senior students that have been staying for months already. There seems to be no conflict at all. The respect each other’s privacy at the same time they go out all together for dinner and drinks. There is absolutely no overpowering of each other instead I can see students helping each other learn  English and cope with loneliness. That’s something impressive about FWEA!


Right now, we have on Mongolian student which is welcomed by all Japanese students. There is no discrimination of races, not a bit. Cool, huh? About a month ago, we also had Korean-Japanese students are he was treated fairly by all students. Teachers as well do not give impartial treatment to students. All students are friends with teachers. Whatever race you have, it doesn’t really matter in FWEA.


It is also amazing how everybody can be friends in First Wellness English Academy. Age is just a number as they as say. The school proves it. We have students who are 61, 65 and late 50’s who goes out with younger students. There is indeed equality no doubt.


Everybody can be a friend at FWEA. If you plan to study in Cebu, choose a school that can also be your HOME and you can lively with a smile.


Thanks for reading,

Miss D


Study Tip: Write English in Facebook

One way to improve your English skill is to simply write English in Facebook  instead of  writing comments and posts in your mother language. Why? The explanation here is easy, it is still practice. But first we have to take into consideration that first, in Facebook, no one will correct your mistakes when you write English. This is a big disadvantage but on the other hand, but this is one freedom social media has given. Isn’t it smart to utilize this for you to learn English?

Comment in English

Post in English

Message in English

Chat in English

Learning a new language is lifestyle after all!

After you change your text in English, there are still other hidden ways you can learn:

Read photos with text in English. You can learn a lot from these small things.

Take time to skim short stories posted.

Take time to read posts in English.

Read comments in English.

Like Learning-English Fan Pages which can provide you practical learnin updates.

These are just simple ways to learn not inside the classroom.  You can learn on your own and if you have any questions about grammar from your readings, you can just ask your teacher. This way, you are not totally dependent on classroom input only but you are helping yourself learn English the way we live.

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

Study Tip: Make a Schedule and Stick to It

One of the most important factors in learning English is time you put into it. How much time you put into learning English or any new language would greatly affect your skills. Although it is not safe to say that the time you spent would correlate your English level, but spending proper time with learning English allows you to have a sense of control and focus. One writer I had talked to reminded me that in learning English “effort comes first, results later”.  This is what students should bear in mind to avoid frustrations.

Make a Schedule and Stick to it

Aside from regular class schedule, it would really help a lot if you make a study time. So, on your first day of class, create a schedule right away. Make a schedule that is REALISTIC and ACHIEVABLE. One of the most common mistakes of students learning English for a short period of time is to make a schedule that is almost impossible to achieve. I saw one of my previous student’s schedule as follows:

6:00 – 7: 00 Morning Class

7:00 – 8:00 Review

8:00 – 5:00 Regular Class with breaks

6:00-9:00 Night Class

9:00- 11:00 – Homework

11:12:00 – Self Study

NOTE: DO not overkill yourself!

Yes, we can all conclude that he is a very diligent and hardworking student but what about learning? You see, there is big difference between studying long hours and actually learning. And as human beings, do not forget that when your body is weak, it affects your reception to new inputs. Good health means good learning as well.

So upon making an achievable schedule, the next step is to stick to it. Studying abroad also means making new friends and sometimes these new friends you meet can either help you or distract you. I have seen a very strong peer pressure between friends especially among Korean students studying English in the Philippines. One friend wants to go out while you want to stay inside the dormitory and study. There is a tension here but all I can suggest is to know your PRIORITY.


Thanks for reading,

Miss D

English Learning Site: English Central

Learning English has never been easier than today. With the advancement of technology, with just one click, learning is possible.  One of the most common problem students are facing after studying English in Cebu is the moment they go back to their home land, they would lose all their chances to speak and practice what they had learned. So the learning would eventually become sedentary and inactive. As a result, frustrations starts to sink in again.

One remedy for this problem is to study online, with or without teacher. Classes in Skype are what is being used to connect the teacher and the student. In Cebu, there are several online schools that offers various type of classes depending on the length. One of the school that offers quality online classes is First Wellness English Academy (FWEA)  among others. For FWEA school, it serves as a continuiung program for those students who has already left the school here in Cebu and still wants to continue the lesson with their teachers.  So, learning is not ceased.

Another possible alternative to prevent sedentary learning is to study on your own. There are many sites available that is designed for self-study. This websites are created in such a way teachers are not needed in the learning process but rather students are taught to learn on their own with the help of the materials prepared online. Although technology would no way substitute a real human teacher, but taking into consideration time, money and effort, self-study is the only feasible choice.

One site the I recommend to enhance vocabulary and listening skills is www.englishcentral.com. This site is carefully structured to suit the needs of the students in all different levels. Videos come with subtitles for easier shadowing and reference. It can be repeated as many times as possible which I believe is the very very helpful. In addition to that, the topics of the videos are so varied from  entertainment to technology to business to politics. There is one for you! The videos are not boring and most of them are very informative when it comes to technical knowledge. I believe this site would really be helpful to those who wants to maintain their own English proficiency.  The site offers free trial classes but they do charge if you want longer subscription.

Tip of advice, use technology to improve your English.  There is always a way.

Thanks for reading.

Miss D