Last March 2, 2011, Cleverlearn English Language Institute held its weekly language activity. The activity was called the Taboo Game. In this game, the students were divided into two groups. Each group was composed of six members. The group of Shun, Nobu, Mitchi, Chau, Son and Maga turned out to be the winning team. The winners received certificates and free movie passes.
Taboo game is a word guessing game. The goal of the game is to guess the word by giving clues to the other player as long as the other player avoids the five forbidden words listed in the card. The purpose of the game is to develop students’ skills in speaking and hone their minds through giving their own definitions to the words.
For the succeeding weeks, the school’s language activities are “Cooking Demonstration” to be participated by students from different nationalities showcasing their own specialty food and “Spelling Bee” for strengthening their vocabulary and spelling skills.
Good experiences in life depend on sharing and working with groups and not on the book. The books provide us new things and new words but don't provide us new methods. We always take the methods and steps to do something. For example: when you apply for a job. Your qualification will not depend on how many subjects you passed. Moreover, many workers are hired because of their experience. The book is just a reference but experience is like a key. So without a key you can't move or pass. Actually, at the beginning we learn from books. But learning from books is not enough because your skills and knowledge will not depend on the books. I got my experience and my skills from the people around me. Before I started working, I had a mechanical certificate but there are many things that I didn’t learn from books that I learned from the field. The books just provided me the main things about mechanical topics but when I started working I got the experience on how to work with machines and equipment.
Why everyone says that "time is gold"? Why time is necessary? I will give you some reasons. First, we need time in doing something. For example, if you want to improve your English language skills you must study every day. If you continue doing this, you will improve after one or two weeks. You want to build a building or a house, you need a strong foundation. We cannot know clearly anyone when we first meet them. Time helps us know everything. Second, the time that has passed will not return. When we are young we can do anything. If we fall, we still have enough time to do better. But it is difficult for older people. Although, we are poor we work hard and save money. After a long time we also become rich and can buy anything that we want. We don't know what will happen in the future so, we shouldn't waste our time.
In our lives, we have various kinds of experiences. To do something, we set aims and try to achieve them. If I can get a good result I will be satisfied. But many times we fail to achieve our goals then we should change our aim. By having many experiences, we can acquire knowledge on how to set a proper purpose or goal. So it's easier for us to arrive at our goals. If you pursue a very high goal and you were unsuccessful in achieving it, you will be unhappy. If you set small goals and attain them, you will be happy. If there is no challenge, life is boring. So it is important to set a goal that you can attain with the proper amount of effort. That makes a man happy, I believe. There are many people that complain that say "I cannot be successful." In these cases, probably the purpose is not proper. When we play sports we will play with the players of the same level. We sometimes win and sometimes lose the game. if we always win the game ,it will be boring. We try to win the game and get much success and proceed to higher levels. If we cannot win the game we will lose the initiative of playing the game. So the teacher has to show the proper aim to the student. In the field of work it is the same. If the employer requires better results, the employees who cannot get the results will be stressed. In our lives, we should know about our abilities, set a goal, proper aims and be successful in achieving them.
Remember where you have been and know where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
--- - Nikita Koloff
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.
-- - Oprah Winfrey
Time heals everything in life, be patient and everything will fall into place.
It is not what we get. But who we become and what we contribute, that gives meaning to our lives.
No one else can do it for you. Only you can make it happen. You're the only one that has to live your life.
--- Nikita Koloff
What is your legacy?
What will you leave for those who come after you? These are questions most of us ponder at some point in life. Whether we choose to define it as the money we accumulate or the deeds we do or the people we influence, it is rather tied with how we view the meaning of life.
When defining projects, business people often talk of a triangle--time, cost, and quality. As the saying goes, pick any two. You can have it fast and cheap, but the quality will suffer; you can have it fast and high quality, but it will be very expensive; you can have it cheap and high quality, but it will take a long time; etc.
In life, there is a similar triangle--astound, serve, and provoke. Is your goal in life to perform great deeds and astound like Albert Einstein, serve others like Mother Teresa, or to be provocative like Groucho Marx or Howard Stern? Undoubtedly, we all desire some element of each in different proportions, and most favor one over the others. That makeup defines the nature of our legacy and what we strive to accomplish in our lives.
From the trite to the technological, legacy is used in information technology to describe applications, languages, platforms, and techniques inherited from earlier technology. It is frequently a challenge to keep these legacy applications running while converting to newer, more efficient ones. Furthermore, doing so is often imperative when the older proprietary applications and devices are no longer compatible with current ones.
Hooray, hooray for Y2K! The legacy of earlier times when memory was expensive and programmers either lacked the foresight to believe their code would last that long or lacked the skill to create a more robust application.
Rodrigo Calonia. He is Rodz by the people around him. He is 40 years old and is with CELI for 5 years. He was hired as a waiter and became the trusted driver. He is a father of two kids. He reiterated that he loves his job so much. He loves his boss, his teammates and most importantly his family. He wants to do his job well for the sake of his family. His principle in life is to be honest at all times. He maintains honesty in his everyday endeavor and he expects people around him to do the same. He respects and believes in Sir Larry’s ideals and ways. According to Drigs, Sir Larry is good in dealing with his people.
Virgilio Calonia. People call him “Virgie”. He’s the official messenger in CELI. In his 37 years of existence, he remains flexible and is willing for a challenge. He became an F&B Waiter, a driver, a kitchen helper, a housekeeping attendant, and finally a messenger. He has a 15-year old daughter. He still continues to be part of CELI for almost five years now because according to him, “CELI loves Virgie and Virgie loves CELI.” He honestly idolizes the late Ferdinand Marcos. According to Virgie, the leadership of Marcos is really outstanding.
Carmelo Mialda. This guy is the “rider-on-the-go” in the group. Aside from the fact that he used to be a member of a rider’s group, Tatay Carmelo is always there to ride on with group conversation and transforms it to a laugh-out-loud scenario. He’s currently 42 years of age and still feels that he looks like Piolo Pascual. The mole on his right cheek, near the eye, is the best resemblance that he got from his idol- Piolo. His love-life is as sunny as his personality. He is a fond of the newest love-team now--- the CARMA team-up. CARMA stands for Carmelo and Marciana (the love of his life). According to him, love is exotic. This guy is also as flexible as the other guys. He started as F&B waiter, delivery man and finally a cook.
Marciano Agbay Jr. He’s called by his nickname, Jun-jun. He is the chinito-guy among the pioneers. He spent his four years with CELI. He started as an Assistant Cook and then became a Housekeeping Attendant. Jun-jun is a family-oriented person that he enjoyed his work here at CELI because of his undying love for his family. He wants to provide his family’s needs. He has dreams for his family that he wanted all the best for them.
Floro Jacaban Jr. Let’s just call this next pioneering guy as Jun-jun II. He’s only 30 years old. He is a new proud father of a 6-month old baby. He was with CELI for four years also. He started as F&B waiter and then housekeeping attendant. Jun-jun I, one of his closest friend, can attest that Jun-jun II is a Captain Sparrow (a character in the Pirates of the Caribbean) look-alike. Since, there is a little confusion on having two Jun-jun in CELI, people opt to call him Floro. Floro is a serious guy but he can be a cool guy when he’s in a group.
Rosendo Ajeas Jr. Another junior among the seven pioneers. He is not called Jun-jun but Jojo. Jojo is a tall guy and is only 32 years of age. He worked in CELI for almost five years now. He became a housekeeping attendant, a messenger, a maintenance staff and a F&B waiter. A father of two kids and would work hard for his family’s needs. He likes his work here in CELI. He is a funny guy in the group also. He seems an easy-go-lucky guy but he’s serious when it comes to work. He valued his family and his work much. He described himself as, “way libog nga tawo”. He likes the basketball player- Kobe Bryant. He likes the self-discipline that Kobe shows.
Christopher Soco. Chris is one of the pioneering guys. He served CELI for almost four years now. He has two kids that become his motivation to strive more. He worked as Front Office Staff, as Assistant Maintenance Staff and as Housekeeping Attendant. Chris is the silent-type guy but if he is given a chance to speak out, he can provide his opinions and suggestions. He idolizes Richard Gutierrez. According to Chris, Richard is good in what he is doing (i.e. acting). He lives in the principle that confrontation and communication is the key to understanding.
The stories of Drigs, Virgie, Tatay, Floro, Jojo, and Chris intertwine together with their common experiences here at CELI. These people are members of the 7 pioneers for they proved their worth as being members of CELI Family.
So here we are again faced with a tragic calamity that has unexpectedly struck the world. Emergencies or disasters like these, especially man-made often surprise us because we are not ready to face these emergencies. So it’s better to be prepared all the time.
Here are some ways of preparing for disasters: