“If we cannot bring the deprived, depressed and underserved citizens back to school, WE MUST SKILL THEM WHERE THEY ARE.”
This got me while I was making my report on Alternative Learning System on one of my subjects in Professional Education. ALS for me is one solid Government program on education that will definitely help those who cannot afford to acquire formal education. The problem that I can see is, there’s not enough national information drive about this that there are still a lot of unreached people who can potentially benefit this program. That, saying based on my experience as I only understood this when I made this report. With this, I hope the Philippines Government will not stop only in creating amazing programs in education but will also further educate and let the people know about it.
Here’s the presentation I made so you can better understand the Alternative Learning System.
In my early morning devotions, while looking for a devotion plan to follow for the next month, I stumbled upon Mothers and Fathers Devotion and read this interesting devotion on marriage. The whole point is in this generation where most people thinks that a commitment is not necessary to be together, marriage has become a dispensable union. Let me share what I have just read.
Is marriage obsolete? In a recent Pew Research poll, about 40 percent of Americans assert or strongly assert that marriage in America is obsolete. You probably know the dismal stats about the divorce rate in our country. Here are nine reasons people give that might explain the steady collapsing of marriage in America:
- assume that the relationship is probably going to break up at some point, and the breakup will hurt less if we were never married in the first place.
- Marriage is an exploitative, chauvinistic anachronism that heavily favors patriarchal control. Liberated women will more likely get what they want on their own.
- From the male point of view, women are giving it away these days. You don’t have to commit to her to get sex.
- Single parenthood is the new normal. African-Americans are already there with single-parent birthrates in some places above 70 percent. White folks’ single parenthood stats are following.
- My mom was a single parent, and I turned out fine.
- Marriage is something you can think about when your kids are raised and you are secure in your job.
- Cohabiting preserves your freedom of choice.
- Movies and TV shows relentlessly portray young men as either uneducated, clueless, reckless, socially inept, or violent. Why would any woman want to lock in her life to such a high-risk partner?
- I’m not going to get married until I find the perfect soul mate.
Are these the attitudes you want in your children’s minds? In your grandchildren’s? In your own spouse’s? If you don’t, God has a better way. Let’s give the divine designer a chance to explain to us how to be happily married till death us do part and how to build a family life that will give him glory.
A mommy friend is blessed with a very talented daughter who is now showing so much potentials with her arts. Upon seeing her sample works, I messaged her and challenged her to do me a caricature or a cartoonized version of me as I call it. She took the challenge and look what she came up with!
It’s super cute and I liked it a lot! She made this with Photoshop. I think this girl has a potential in becoming a very good artist. This reminds me when I was in my early highschool years, I used to draw so well (I loved drawing Disney cartoon characters). Too bad though, it wasn’t developed, probably because my parents failed to see what I was good at (other than singing – chos! and academically — sort of ). This leads me to remind every parent including myself that it’s very important that we pay close attention to our children – and I mean in all aspect! Only through seeing them and the things they love to do will we be able to also do our part in ensuring that their talents are nurtured and developed. Our children deserve our support and encouragement because most of them at a very young age does not really understand how their present talent can define their future. I’m glad mommy Ruby is all support with her young Micah. Here are two of my favorites from MicsArt, her deviantart account. You may also follow her on her Facebook fan page.
She called this Emerald. I personally find this very girly and I love how the 3 colors complimented and made the entire art appealing.
This one is another favorite. Actually the fireplace is amazing! No question on the main subject, but I love every little detail she have put in this portrait.
Everyone was at home yesterday as I felt like the boys deserved some good snacks since it’s exam week and we’ve been pounding hard on them to study. I thought of my childhood and automatically banana cake came to mind.
Banana Cake is something I grew up with since my mom used to make this at one point of our lives (early elementary years) to earn a living in helping my dad raise our family. This is actually the first time I am making one and I am feeling a little confident (lol! it’s a skill! I meant the confidence ). My mom used to have it steamed and I am planning to do just the same until I realized that I don’t have a pan that fits my steamer. Google came to the rescue – this is one of those instances that I really really appreciate the Internet! So the alternative is to “bake” it in a rice cooker! I was super relieved!
So here, I’m sharing you the recipe. I’m sure you can do it. It’s really easy.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
4 ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt in a big bowl set aside. Melt the butter and sugar in a non-stick pot and set aside to cool a while. Mash the bananas with a fork and set aside.
- Add in beaten eggs to the melted cake batter from (1) and mix well using a manual whisk or spatula. (You can continue to use the same pot for mixing for the rest of the steps, without transferring to a mixing bowl.)
- Add in mashed bananas, mix well using a spatula.
- Finally fold in sifted flour mixture (over 3 times) using a spatula.
- Pour the cake batter into the greased rice cooker bowl. Press “COOK” and allow it to cook for at least 1 hour. (In my case, I pressed “COOK” 3 times. Each time my rice cooker has finished cooking, it will beep and automatically switch to “KEEP WARM” mode, so I just have to press “CANCEL” and press “COOK” again. This is a cake that works in a rice cooker without the cake-baking function. )
- Allow the cake to cool for a while, before turning out.