Eye Level

Now, we have to admit that our darling Ate needs help with her academics. Like me, Math seems to be her waterloo. I hope I did not pass on that horrible gene to her, but she’s having a difficult time with it. Through her primary years, she’s managed to cling on, albeit precariously, with her fingers. But alarm bells started sounding off this term when she failed several quizzes and even a long test. Add to that are working parents’ woes that we are not able to really sit down with her and review her school work, resulting to those measly performances. We thought maybe aside from lack of time, that we’re providing her with the wrong strategy that’s why she “couldn’t get it”.

So we deemed it high time to get her some help. We’ve decided to enrol her in a supplemental program that focuses specifically on Mathematics. Since there is one near us, we chose Eye Level. I will reserve on whether their program is effective. Based on their website and social media sites, they had me at “self-directed learning”, which we really hope to imbibe in Mischa since she’s already in grade school. They have individualized programs based on the needs of each child. Aside from mastering the basics, the program promises to encourage critical thinking, which I think is more important.

When we had Mischa assessed over the weekend, they provided us her strong and weak areas in Math, and from there, we discussed the kind of tutoring she will undergo. Of course we were okay with it as the assessment jives with what we’ve observed at home. She had her first session right there and then. Then she brought home some worksheets that she can answer at her own pace at home. Ideally, there should be two 45-minute sessions per week but we’ve negotiated with one 1.5-hour session weekly because we can only bring her to the center on weekends. Sad but true, but parents do what they gotta do.

Really praying that this would be a great deal help to her (and to us).

Girl stuff

My girl is starting a bit earlier than me in the going out department. At 8! I think started hanging around with friends outside of school when I was 12. Oh well, this is chaperoned anyway. And we know her friend’s family since they were preschoolers. Plus they live one block away from us. It is only now that they reconnected during 3rd grade. I hope they will be in for the long haul, and wish them true friendship that is very rare nowadays. I couldn’t wish for a better friend at this point because I know her family and they way she and her siblings are being raised. They’re the kind that I hope Mischa would hang around with.

Chikos

Peruvian roast chicken is love!

We stumbled upon Chikos in the mall, which is newly opened we think as we haven’t seen it before. Good thing too as we now have a new option (sometimes this noodle freak gets tired of anything noodles too!), and quite affordable too. The restaurant is fairly small, the only have about five tables. This gives the crew more time and attention to its diners! Love it!

The Oriental Legazpi

This is a very late post as we have stayed at the Oriental Legazpi over two months ago. Maybe because I have mixed feelings about staying here, hence, my lukewarm reception to it. Why mixed? Because I was happy when I first set foot in the hotel because of its warm and elegant design, which slowly dissipated as we went up to the rooms. Plus, we had a bad experience overall because of delayed flights, which ended up with us taking a 14-hour bus ride, so it wasn’t the best trip at all.

Anyhoo, as I said, I was quite impressed with the decor as you go in the hotel. Both the lobby and the restaurant just off it are visual feasts. I especially like the purple theme.

But oh the room! The room is the biggest disappointment of all. Websites do lie! The photos posted that led us to the decision of getting them is quite a farce. The beds are the saving grace but everything else in the room (I didn’t even have the heart to take photos) is forgettable. Literally like they were forgotten since the 1980s. The cabinets, desks and chairs’ wood are old and chipped. The bathroom is horrible. They didn’t even have bidets, no tissue holders (toilet papers are just propped on the toilet tank), water tap is broken, you get the drift. Just plain horrible. I wanted to run as fast as I could. But knowing we were staying just overnight, we endured it like saints.

Food was also just okay. Couldn’t say anything bad about them, we’re just neutral.

Going back? Not in a million years. Not worth the price.

Super blue blood moon

We were lucky enough in the Philippines to witness an extremely rare phenomenon of the moon. The “super blue blood moon”, they say was last seen here in the country in 1982, and in the US in 1866. How cool is that? I was sure that a lot of people were still out and ogling the wonderful moon last night. My kids stayed past their bedtime to witness this once in a lifetime treat.

It was so much brighter and brilliant in real life. My phone could not capture its ethereal beauty.

Jose (Restaurant)

We tried a new restaurant called Jose. They said they specialize in unlimited wagyu and sizzling seafood. Seemed like a good come on but hey, I was (am) on a diet so it didn’t do anything for me (yay!). We decided to give it a try anyway because it was past 1:00 p.m. and we haven’t had lunch, and everywhere else is full.

For a fairly new restaurant, the place reeked of old. An old establishment must have sat there at one time (though we couldn’t recall which, and we frequent the place) and they didn’t change the interiors much, especially the flooring. They did put up new chandeliers and furniture, but the chairs were a letdown. It was not friendly to small people like me because my feet couldn’t quite reach the floor (go on and laugh!). But the area was huge so it was not stuff inside despite all the grilling.

The service though was a total disappointment! The servers and wait staff were attentive enough, but the food took soooooo long to arrive. We were starving! And the main point of eating there – grilled tuna belly – came when we finished eating all the other food we ordered. So that’s like, an hour, including the waiting time. Of course, we cancelled it.

Taste itself was a little so-so. And expensive. Not worth it. We are 98% not going back.

Calamares

Fried chicken

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