Batu Caves Murugan Temple

Batu Caves Murugan Temple

“We’ve been to Batu Caves, where we climbed up 272 steps. We saw monkeys that are incredibley intelligent as we neared the top. The Indians believe in million of gods. Good thing I only have one God and it’s Jesus Christ. I learned there Indian beliefs and culture as they’ve just celebrated Thaipusam. -Blecy Joy Rebollo

“At the Batu Caves, a Hindu temple rests atop. My first impression is its long stairs, 270+ steps up and another set to go down could get very tiring. But what I developed here is to avoid cultural shock and be more open to the customs of other people even if for me its the opposite of what we normally do.
Truly this outdoor learning not only adds our knowledge and information, but also develops our interpersonal and adaption skills especially towards in a different culture. -Aldrin Ken Ong

Duck pose at The Petronas Twin Tower

Duck pose at The Petronas Twin Tower

“The truth is I was not amazed when I first saw Kuala Lumpur, it but by the time we reached the 86th level of the Petronas Twin Tower, I realized how beautiful Malaysia is. I see the different structures of buildings around the tower. I couldn’t believe my eyes that I’m on top of the tower, then I realized how God is so good to me. I also enjoyed the Petrosains tour and learned many things about old and modern technologies.” -Christian Lad Diokno

“The architectural design and the gigantic size of the Petronas Twin Tower fascinated me. Going up there made me think differently of the world, that you must not stop on the same level of your life rather live everyday to become better even if most people stop at the “just right” marks of their lives.” -Aldrin Ken Ong

Warm Indonesian-Filipino Alliance

Warm Indonesian-Filipino Alliance

“Second, the people, just like in the Philippines, the Indonesian students that we visited in Batam were joyful, warm-hearted and easy-to-get-along people, they first welcomed us and slowly in the day communicated with us and almost instantly made close friends with them. Our conversations, our team building activities, we were already exchanging ideas, culture, I was also shocked that some words that we use are similar like “kambing”,”bola” and “mangga” that all mean the same in our Tagalog and their Bahasa.” -Aldrin Ong

“In Indonesia, we collaborated with the students of Sekolah Global Indo-Asia. The students in SGIA are very friendly and they welcomed us wearing a warm smile. I’ve observed that we have different personalities, but we still managed to share the various aspects of our life. I just met them now, but we clicked instantly. We just met for two days and it felt like we’ve kn0wn each other for years. The best thing I had in Indonesia was the friendship with SGIA students. This gave a mark in my heart and my mind: a mem0ry I won’t forget in a lifetime. -Blecy Rebollo

“I feel so welcomed in their school. I learned how to hang out with other students even though I got shy at first. But because they are so friendly, I easily adopted to them. I realized that we are almost the same in our culture–their attitudes and even their language. -Christian Lad Diokno

Teambuilding at Universal Studios

“We’ve been to Universal Studios where we took a lot of rides. Here I came face to face with my fear through riding the rollercoaster–the human & cyclo. They were so awesome that I couldn’t stop screaming. That was my first time but it’s not going to be my last. Soon the world will know FILIPINOS fly overseas to relax himself from the the success they’ve achieved!
 -Jan Elan Atrero

“Singaporeans are systematic and disciplined. Like, when we went to the Universal Studios Singapore, I’ve observed that before entering a specific attraction, first we have to line up and then we have to go through a path that looks like a maze and after that that’s the time that you’ll be able to enter the specific attraction and the same thing as riding a bus you have to go through that maze and then everything goes smoothly. With this experience, I was really astonished by their discipline, system, rules and regulations, and their obedience to their law. And that’s the reason why Singapore soars higher and higher. It’s because of their discipline. –Jefiel Mendoza

What does it take to be a teacher?

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Teaching in the 21st century, I say is not limited inside the four classroom walls. The world is a classroom, and life itself is a podium for learning.

Beyond school academics, we strive to make our place better by pushing for environments that would open the eyes of a child by himself. And like enculturating any native or tribe to a new way of life, it has complex effects. Yet, the fruits are sweeter.

The best one, I guess, is to strike curiosity into a child’s mind. Seeing an eye open up in wander or in wonder definitely is a piece of heaven already. When a child goes to a place, his mind starts to wonder, seeking questions and even trying to fill that gap between not knowing and knowing.

It doesn’t have to be in a place that would cost more than a penny, it could just be somewhere else, in the backyard, in offices, and in places within a city or nearby town. The point here is, learning is immersive. And the tools are free: questions, small talks, answers, processing.

But why elsewhere, like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia?

Because we hear and see clearly that it is going to be ASEAN in the next century. The time has come that the East rises fully with its strength. That Eastern spirituality has now risen to take its claim, influencing the rest of the world’s insights, architecture, thinking, and philosophy.

With this at hand, we need to prepare our children to think and take hold of that future. As we open up to these nations, we don’t become slaves to them. Rather, we become friends. We are willing to learn and be learned.

The paradigm has shifted. But this is not about trending. It’s about opening a child’s eye to see for himself what is out there.

And we’re doing it again

And we're doing it again

Global Competence Class 2013 takes off on January 22, 2013. At the backdrop is the infamous Merlion and the colossal Marina Bay Sands. This year’s jet setters include Esther Ericka Gonzales, Jemimah Fiel Mendoza, Blecy Joy Rebollo, Christian Lad Diokno, Julius Christian Monserate, Jan Elan Atrero, Roseller Pineda II, Aldrin Ken Ong, teachers Madilyn Daco and Jan Michael Vincent Abril, and CYP Director Joshua Buenaventura.

#Singapore
Clean. Fast. Busy. Those are three words that I think would describe this high class society. The Singaporeans are very keen on doing the tasks fast and seriously. Time is platinum gold and diamond combined to them. Their value of this precious resource should be applied to Palawan, specifically to LifeCollege. We shouldn’t be laggards who deter the progress of a nation whose resources are vast and envied. Instead, we should be as innovative and progressive as they are. -Esther Esther Ericka Gonzales

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The starting point of the Global Competence Class starts at Singapore, the “Lion City”.
 First, I observed how the people there are discipline. I was amazed to see that for an urbanized and busy city, the surroundings are clean, the people are discipline because of their respect to the law. Things that I know that if the Filipinos will apply much more of the great laws that the authority has given to us, then the Philippines will definitely grow.
 Second, after going to the landmarks and the tourist spots, I realized that our country can do better, why not use the country’s gift of richness and beauty for the world to see? I realized that its not too far for the Philippines to be known as “The Best Country to See” worldwide.
Lastly, when we went to the International school in Singapore, I was amazed to see it that it also widen my vision of my dream school. The wide range of facilities, including their own hockey field, their system that prioritize their students are just some things I recognized in the school, and I am hoping to see it too in every school in the world.
In all, It was truly a fun, thrilling and definitely learning experience. – Aldrin Ken Ong

SINGAPORE:
Well, I’m kinda curious about what Singapore looks like while we’re in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. I have lot of things that I have to figure out, like, what kind of personality do the majority have, how would I interact with them and most specially the rules and regulations that they are abiding to. And then there we are, the awesomeness sunk in into my mind. Specially, the time when I first saw their escalator and it’s to fast, really, really fast. And they’re also systematic and disciplined. With this experience, I was really astonished by their discipline, system, rules and regulations, and their obedience to their law. And that’s the reason why Singapore soars higher and higher it’s because of their discipline. – Jefiel Mendoza

Prospects? Better.

The previous years were quite amazing for a show. Though, I aimed for a much bolder feat, time might’ve not fit very well. Yet.  And so I look back, and count the years, not with a whimper of an adult, but with a sheer bliss out of a child, who’d say, “I made it, Yes!”

2009 – less grouch. less temper out burst.

2010 –  year of release from all sorts of things.

2011 – less confusion. strain forward. pressed towards the prize.

2012 – foundations laid. right on track.

This year I’d be more focused living in the moment, tracking my life, and, to borrow Henry David Thoreau’s words, sucking out all the marrow of life. I’d probably be comfortable playing several roles.

1. Technopreneur. It was only recently, out of a need to bloat my pocket and to stuff my bank account, have I gained the knack for engaging into business. The principle is pretty easy, the employer gets the maximum of everything. They pay taxes less. They make other people earn for them. So I’d probably have my own venture and engage in investments, too.

2. Discipler. To become immortal, my options are to setup a business empire, to write a book, and to teach people. Why pick one, when I can do all? And it starts with knowing more people, engaging them into meaningful conversations, following their hearts, and leading them towards a purpose-filled life.

3. School Operations Officer. School is in my heart. I’ve built my world around it that now, I have access to all operations. I am gaining all the knowledge and building upon it wisdom that I need to become a credible school consultant. Not just academic-based, but one with an entrepreneurial spirit.

4. Sir/Kuya. A better oneI’d rather have it as daddy or tatay, but I couldn’t see myself marrying just for that. I’d be more communicative thru SMS and call, since I have lost all my passion for it. haha. I’d be more of a model. Since, they knew me back-then, I must show my right-now.

5. Publisher. This time, I am not just going to write. I am going to publish it so that others may read. My blogs should earn. I should send out contributions. I just need, not the right materials because I’ve got access to all of them. I just need the guts to have my works sent to magazines and online publications.

So much for the should and must. I’d fill better if I spice up my life with a lotsa, lotsa, and lotsa humor. Mine is absurd. More often, morbid. It worked with some people, but it doesn’t with the people I am with now. I’d pay for someone to teach me humor. haha. But I guess, this is the only lens missing in my life now, before I gain access to the rest.