Director’s Job and Cinderella

Work Hard

Work Hard in Mactan FEA

Oh, yeah that was two weeks ago before Mactan FEA opened. I had no other choice but to help in cleaning. I also think its a good exercise so I could lose weight but ah, I got sick after this. My body was not used to this kind of work. I am often just sitting, thinking, planning, managing and all. I wanted to try again physical work but it was so hard! What happened was I got tired compared to others.

😦 My mom warned me not to do it because it has been a while to do physical work but I wanted to push my limit. As a result, hello body pains the next day! hahaha.. Nevertheless, it was a very good experience. YES! I must remember when I die that I HAD BEEN PART OF FEA MACTAN CLEANING TEAM. And if it weren’t for my mopping and dusting skills, the school would have been still dirty. (hahaha)

I just realized while doing this “tough” job — I often asked myself… How can janitor last all day doing this while they earn so little? How do their bodies feel? It must have been hard. My father was very poor and he did job like this and he told that it was not easy. And he also to me to BE KIND to laborers because their job is very hard. So that is why I try to be nice to people who works this kind of job… But sometimes, they are shy to talk to me. 😦 Anyway, people who do  this job should be respected. It is really NOT EASY! My hands were shaking after 2 hours of mopping! Can you imagine that? I can’t imagine people doing this 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. May God Bless them with good health….

Nevertheless, I glad I did that cleaning on that day. It reminded me many things. Next time, I should prepare my muscles more and more and drink vitamins. 🙂 And bring a lot of food! It’s amazing how cleaning made me hungry. hmmm…. hahaha

So FEA Mactan has a very special place in my heart because I cleaned the floors of the classrooms and dusted the walls. How can I ever forget that day? That was the day when I felt I was Cinderella… without a prince.  Cinderella wore glass slippers but I wore these…

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YES! It’s CONVERSE ALL STAR CUT-OFF. Limited Edition. It was released this year because last year they had thongs! I will post a picture later. So this is the reason why my PRINCE is lost. I wore the wrong shoes!!! Crazy prince. Please send me a GPS. Please. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

FEA Students’ and Teachers’ Dinner Party

Once in while student together with teachers go out to have fun! After studying and working hard, what we all need is a time to relax and let it loose!

In the  picture below, it this was a dinner celebrating a goodbye. In Firstwellness English Academy, we often have farewell parties usually in the form or dinner. And yes it is usually buffet so everybody can pig out and become bloated. After all, that is what buffet is for.

PINO RESTAURANT

On this night, we went to PINO RESTAURANT. Pino restaurant is a Filipino Restaurant which serves authentic Filipino food. Recently, it ranked no. 8 the Best Restaurant in Cebu . They have wide choices of beef, pork, fish, vegetables,  and oysters. Their desserts are  also delicious but maybe for Japanese it might be something they have not tasted! They serve “maja” which is a sweet jelly-like cake made from coconut’s milk and flour, “kunchinta” which is also made from coconut’s milk, flour and sugar; and they also serve fresh fruits and cakes.  So… yummy! (I kept going back to the dessert area. hahaha)

The restaurants facilities are also very clean. The service is fast and the waiters are very accommodating here. (By the way, the GM is my brother so that’s why. hahaha) But its honestly clean and the staff is prompt to give you what you asked. They are also very polite from the moment we entered ’till we left. They were always smiling. (I guess my brother trained them to do that all the time. hahahah Smile all the time!)

AFTER DINNER ACTIVITIES

After eating and eating and eating, we continued to eat. Hahaha! Until our stomach asked our mouth “Are you crazy?”. But our mouths remained chewing. So after all the eating, talking, and picture taking, we went to a Karaoke. We stayed up late that night. We partied and sang like there is no tomorrow. Teachers and students were drinking and laughing and singing. It was a lot of fun! FEA people went crazy over dancing with outrageous steps from modern to very old traditional Japanese steps – like planting rice or something like that.

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(I only have few picture because I took most of the pictures here. Next time, I wont take pictures anymore. 🙂

The good thing about with FEA students and teachers is that no matter how hard we party, respect and decency is always intact. This is something other schools do not possess. 🙂

Perhaps next week there will be another dinner-party again with students and teachers. So it is really difficult to be on diet. But I guess that best way is to dance non-stop for 3 hours after eating.  Why not?

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

Stay in School or Stay Out and Study

There has been many  questions to foreigners who wishes to study in Cebu to either stay in a school or rent a house and hire a private tutor. For me, both has its own advantages and disadvantages. Also, timing must also be considered as well. If you are fresh student in Cebu, I do suggest to enroll in real English academy. Why? It is simply because the school can help you a lot.

Studying in a school helps you in many ways. First, your processes of papers such as SSP (Student Study Permit). Second, schools have organized structure for learning. They have Placement Test which assess your English Proficiency. This is important because you need to know which point of learning you are going to start working on. If you do this on your own without proper test, you might not fully sort out what you need to study and what you do not need to study. It could be a waste of time on your part. Third, safety and convenience. If you study in a school, you are safe because the administrator has surely look into that already. Unlike renting your own, you need to personally check how safe the place is. School and dormitories have security guards and other peace and order personnel. If,you also get sick, the school also has their own contact of doctors. Unlike when you stay alone, you need to go to hospital and ask for recommendation. In addition to all of this, studying in an English school can give you instant peer support. You automatically will have classmates, room mates and teachers. Your interaction with them is essential to keep you going. Social relationships does encourage you to study more. You can join group classes, school tours and other activities. All of these are absent if you decide to rent a house and student alone. 😦

These are just some disadvantages I see.  On my next post, to be neutral, I would also post the disadvantages of staying out. This way you could judge on your own which you prefer.

 

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

Study Tip: Be good student

For the past ten years of teaching career, until now it is hard to label and recognize what a good student is. Some teachers say a good student makes her home work, a good student is someone who goes to the class even if it is against her will or some say a good student is someone who participates in class. All of these can be a basis of what a good student is.

But in my opinion, especially in learning an English language, a good basis to identify a good student should be focused on the result. By result, I mean the ability to use the newly learned English language.  Result should also not be focused on the speaking alone but rather on all aspects including reading, writing and listening as well.

The common mistakes of students assume is when they solely judge their English level skills on the way they speak – only the way they speak. So, if they can’t speak, they would regard themselves poorly. While a student who speaks fast, regardless of grammatical errors, as long as the student is able to utter in English, they an EFL student naturally assumes the student possess a greater English level.  Although, speaking is the easiest way the knowledge of language is quickly available, this is not so. All skills must be considered because they go hand in hand in learning English.

If you are a Japanese or Korean learning the English language, do be frustrated if your English speaking skills is quite low but try to look into your other skills which you have a high level on and use this to support your weaker skills.

 

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.

MALLS

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.

HOSPITALS

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.

 

BANKS

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.

 

CHURCH

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.

NIGHT LIFE

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

 

 

 

 

 

What to Prepare for an Online Class as a Student

It is wonderful to know that technology is indeed making things easier for language learners. If you are a student learning a foreign language, you do have to go far to learn the language. The new generation of students are lucky to avail of online classes. By just having a laptop and an reliable internet connection, one can start language learning.

In the Philippines, online classes are very common. Most of the online classes caters Asian students such as Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Because the timezone does not differ much, creating an agreed schedule between students and teachers are not difficult. I do have my own personal private online classes as well that is not connected to the school I am currently working. I do this after work and my students are my previous students or a referral from friends.

If you want to study online, as a student this is what you should do:

1. Have a reliable internect connection in your home. And also ask for the teacher’s connection if it is reliable or not.

2.Agree a certain time to meet it Skype with your teacher. Make sure that the schedule you choose is something you can keep for a long time.

3. Have a good quality headset and microphone equipment so voice and video quality is very important.

4. Know Skype functions. This is very important since some of the students I  know do not how to use Skype. So if there are technical errors with Skype, students can not help themselves. Teachers has to instruct and it kills the time. Before starting online class, give at least one hour to be familiar with Skype functions. Even the basic would do.

5. Make sure your enviroment is quiet during the time you are going to study. If you have brothers or sisters, make sure they will not disturb you on your study time.

6. Ask the teacher that you too should have an agreed rule on lates, absences and others. This will avoid further trouble in the future.

These are just some of the basic advice I can give to students who wants to study online. I would gladly write for more and please feel free to ask any questions. Also, if you want to study with me, you can email me directly at daheepraises@gmail.com

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