Category: Education

Education fair opens European doors to Filipino students

Thinking about studying abroad? Begin your school hunt with this fair.

Last year, my singing group called Perfect Blend, was invited to open the activities with the Philipoine National Anthem and the EU Hymn. Looking forward to attend this fair once again next week. And here’s why.

The 2018 European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) is set on 10 October 2018 at the Grand Atrium of Shangri–La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.  Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Groups, and in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), EHEF 2018 will feature universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) from EU member states.  
This year’s theme “Sustaining Innovation and Excellence” continues to promote EU as an outstanding center of quality in higher education.  EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said:“The universities and education institutions in Europe offer the charm of Europe’s history as well as cutting edge, innovative education. The EHEF aims to bring both excellence and diversity to a growing number of prospective Filipino students.”

Do you want to specialize in business, engineering, sciences, and the arts? Check out this year’s participating universities/higher education institutions: 

Ghent University
University of Antwerp
University of Hasselt

Czech Republic
Masaryk University
Mendel University in Brno
Study in Prague Consortium, made up of the following institutions: Czech University of Life Sciences; Czech Technical University; Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; Academy of Performing Arts; Charles University; University of Economics; and University of Chemistry and Technology
Technical University of Liberec

Aarhus University
International Business Academy
Copenhagen University

Audencia Business School
IESEG School of Management
INSEEC Business School
Universite Catholique de l’Ouest
Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School – Bordeaux

TU Dortmund
Rheinland Institute
University of Regensberg
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Central European University

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Istituto Marangoni

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) Erasmus University Rotterdam
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Maastricht School of Management
TIAS School for Business and Society

IE Business School
Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia
Universidad de Navarra

Lund University
Stockholm University

Joint Development of Niche Programmes through Philippines-United Kingdom Linkages (TNE 10)

Learn more about the EU educational system and way of life through lectures and direct interaction with university and HEI representatives, alumni volunteers, and past Erasmus+ scholars.  There will also be country presentations from each member state to showcase all the best reasons to pursue higher education in the EU.  
Admission to the fair is free. Interested parties can pre–register online via www.ehef– more information, visit @EHEFPhilippines on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter.

What ‘Progressive’ Means for Britesparks International School

The word “progressive” signifies that something is newer, better adapted to the times than whatever it is being compared against.

These days, the idea of sending children to a “progressive school”, understandably, is something some parents might still be hesitant to subscribe to, given that the term might make it sound like some fad method. Why, after all, would a parent take a chance with a new approach, when they themselves went through a more traditional educational setup, and turned out fine anyway?

In Britesparks International School (BIS), one of the pioneer progressive schools in the country, “progressive” is more than just giving up traditional practices for the sake of novelty: it is the recognition that education must adapt to the times, must evolve alongside the society it is preparing children to enter in the future.

“A traditional setup will not digest that some children may be naturally gifted in some aspects, and not as gifted in others. But there has to be a place that can see that potential in children, and that is Britesparks,” said Veronica Co, School President of BIS.

When BIS opened back in 2000, it was not yet the complete institution it is today. The institution began as a preschool for gifted children, the first of its kind with the drive to accommodate and include students with special needs in their usual classes.

Through the years, the school expanded its range of programs, eventually taking on elementary and high school students as well, while still keeping this advocacy of inclusiveness. The move to its current location in 2013 in Metropoli Drive, Bagumbayan was fairly recent, but such was a significant one which coincided with its increased capabilities.

Today, BIS accepts preschool to senior high school students, with its subject curricula complying with various local and international education standards: its Math and English are consistent with Common Core, a set of teaching standards used in over forty states in the US; its Science, ICT, Art and Music, and even French curricula are consistent with various other international school standards; and its Social Studies and Filipino methods fully comply with DepEd standards.

True to its progressive nature, however, BIS does not simply stop there: the institution recognizes the immense value of a child’s social development, which must occur alongside his academic development.

The focus of the school’s methods is on the child, not the teacher: children learn through experience, collaborating through a wide range of constantly updated activities and projects which may cover multiple subjects at a time, consistent with the interconnectedness with which we process information around us today; a group project about cooking food can be an English, a Science, and a History lesson, all at the same time, as well as a subtler nudge toward the benefits of working together for something much more difficult to achieve by one’s lonesome.

When taken in the context of the school’s inclusive policy, it is no wonder that BIS students grow to be more tolerant and less discriminatory of those around them.

“I’m proud of the fact that our students do not discriminate or bully those who are special. It’s really different; the children are so well-rounded and enlightened at times, you’ll be surprised,” said Co.

“Progressive” might sound vague, but go back to its roots—just like BIS, in all its approaches, has always anchored itself on its long-standing policies of inclusiveness and experiential learning—and we find a more concrete term, one that every parent wants in their child: progress.

This is something BIS aims to deliver in all aspects, to ensure that the children of today grow into individuals fully prepared to face the challenges of the present and the future.

Check out some photos of the school:




Britesparks International School classes start on August 1. For more information, visit or contact (02) 966-8120.

Math made fun at Mathemagis

Find Math boring? Well, not in this “school.”

We started enrolling Aria in Mathemagis when she turned four. Though not continuously, we are grateful for what Mathemagis has contributed to Aria’s study habits. Especially in her writing.

Mathemagis is a Singapore Maths tutorial center where kids can get a kickstart in loving and living Math. Kids learn from a variety of methods like worksheets, manipulatives, even iPad applications exclusively used in their classrooms. Their teachers are nurturing, and this is one reason why Aria loves Mathemagis.

We are near the Makati Branch, so we enrolled there. Aria’s first teacher is Teacher Cherry, whom Aria calls her second favourite teacher (next to Mommy, of course!). She is now assigned in the Active Fun BGC Branch.

The Makati Branch had activities like this. This was the Pi Day celebration (yep, on March 14, 2014!)  and awarding for level finishers. Aria hurdled the first level for her age that time, with flying colours and lots of fun!


Aria and Teacher Cherry during last year's Active Fun Halloween party. We chanced upon her while we were doing the trick or treating around Active Fun.
Sneak peek: Aria on the iPad at Mathemagis Makati with Teacher Mika.

We are enrolled at the moment, since she also takes Singapore Math for homeschool. It is a good supplement for our at-home lessons.

And if you want to get to know more about their programs, check out these two events happening tomorrow.


Seminar on teaching math effectively at the SM Center Pasig. March 19, 3-4pm. Free registration, just contact Teacher Rose at 09328785501.


Memagis in partnership with Kids Central will be holding an Open House event this Saturday March 19 at our Serendra branch. 2nd flr Mall area above Conti’s Restaurant. 9am-12nn. Contact Teacher Len at 8337374 for more information.


Summer is fun at Kids Central Makati! Mathemagis and First Robotics offer summer programs for kids 4 and up. Visit them at the 3F Cedar Executive Building, 1006 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati or call 5565109 for details.

REVIEW: Primomo Washable Crayons

We got some new crayons to try out, and give a review on. What fun it is to write on this blog!

Ready to unbox!
Ready to unbox!

Here they are, Primomo Washable Crayons made in Japan!

So, the crayons are supposed to be non-toxic, worry-free, and keeps hands clean. They are also washable, easy to hold, scented, and erasable. Time to put it in a test!

My daughter immediately drew a rainbow and some figures. She first asked me if they were donuts. And yes, they smell good!
My daughter immediately drew a rainbow and some figures. She first asked me if they were donuts. And yes, they smell good!

She can hold it anyway she wants, but since she knows how to hold a pencil, she first found it funny to hold inside the ring. But she did well here!

Now, for the eraser test.

Red crayon sample.
Red crayon sample.
Eraser sample. The eraser came with the crayons, but I have not tried if you can use any type of eraser, though.
Eraser sample. The eraser came with the crayons, but I have not tried if you can use any type of eraser, though.

It got erased, right? Though I have not yet done it fully. I think I could have erased it more.

The product looks really safe to use and non-toxic. I also liked the texture of the crayon itself, and you won’t feel sticky after using it. Some crayons would have residue on your hands or paper after you use them.

Although, I think this crayon is just for the beginner child only. I don’t think this would work well in your adult colouring books because you might not control the grip well. This is a good product for your young child as he discovers and strengthens his fine motor skills by colouring.

Get these super safe crayons for your little ones at these branches. Available at selected Fully Booked or Toys R Us branches (click link for full list then pull down Primomo menu). It is also available online through

Thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines for letting us try these!


Online Javascript Course for Beginners

Javascript is the programming language of the HTML and the web. Back then, I thought that learning Javascript was only for the gamer nerds. I felt I can never learn it.

But fret not, because there is an online course for the curious cats like I am who’d like to learn about Javascript.

javascriptforbeginnersThrough the online learning portal, Udemy,we can now take a Javascript Course for Beginners.

What’s even interesting is we can learn anytime, anywhere, because the course can be accessed in our portable devices using iOS and Android. Plus, we get a Certificate of Completion. It’s like taking a short course in a computer school without the hassle of commuting and paying high tuition fees!

Some need-to-knows before taking the course:

What are the requirements?

Some basic knowledge of HTML is required for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

Over 47 lectures and 3 hours of content!
Extensive, informative and interesting video lecture
Complete Code demonstrated in lecture
Lab Exercises
Lab Solution Sets
All Powerpoint Demonstrations Used in Course
Instructor contact Email for questions and clarifications
Coverage of all important primary Javascript concepts

What is the target audience?

Web Designers looking to improve their skill set
Programmers who need to learn Javascript for their web applications
People looking to start programming and need a first programming language to learn
Students who want to learn Javascript
People who manage a web site as a volunteer or as a hobby
Bloggers– even if you use WordPress or another CMS!
Anyone else who wants to learn Javascript Curriculum

About the Course Instructor/Developer:

LearnToProgram Media is a leading publisher of web, mobile, and game development courses that are used by over 500,000 people in 65 countries. LearnToProgram’s valuable network of technical resources includes content on YouTube, iTunes, and Roku, as well as books, free tutorials, and online courses. The company is based outside of Hartford, Connecticut.

The course costs $49, but through the blog, Udemy is providing a “scholarship” so we could all take it for only $10! Just input Touringkitty on the “Redeem a Coupon” button.

So, let’s be classmates online and take Javascript now! Visit this link and enroll now.

Study International Education Fair 2015

Click the photo to register for FREE for the event.

Just like many others, I also dreamt to study abroad at one point in my life. With the many travels I’ve done, and seeing and experiencing local life in Europe, it can be possible. Though at this point, I think about my daughter, and hope and pray that she gets to experience studying abroad earlier.

Of course, we think about the expense. But knowing the returns, though not immediately, studying abroad is a good investment. This upcoming event is something to look forward to, especially those who have plans to take further studies abroad.

Study International will again be bringing to Manila, Cebu and Davao representatives from various institutions from UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia to speak to Filipinos who want to study abroad and get an internationally recognized degree and begin their future abroad.

Global Education = Global Success
26 September, 1:00 – 8:00 PM | MANILA | Dusit Thani Hotel
28 September, 4:00 – 8:00 PM |  CEBU | Cebu Mariott Hotel
29 September, 4:00 – 8:00 PM | DAVAO | Marco Polo Hotel 

The Fair is an opportunity to get answers to all your questions on studying abroad and the opportunities that come with it – part-time work, work after graduation, migration to name a few.

Know the variety of affordable and accessible options for you to study abroad. Through the school representatives present, attendees can be provided first-hand information on how to go about with your study plans abroad.
Know all your opportunities in all these countries so you can make an informed choice and get the best out of your investment. Register for our the fair today for FREE via

STUDY INTERNATIONAL is your ONE-STOP-SHOP for studying abroad. We provide education counselling and assistance for studies in MOST COUNTRIES (UK, Australia and New Zealand, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, China, Malaysia, and Singapore). With our knowledge and expertise, we help you make an INFORMED choice based on your dreams, ambition and budget. Our FREE SERVICE includes advice and support for applications to all levels of overseas education, assist with accommodation and travel options, visa application, and all other matters related to studying abroad.

We are your ethical study abroad counsellors, driven by our passion to help you become a GlobalPinoy.

PARTNERS: British Council, Education Malaysia, Embassy of Canada, CAMP Philippines,
MEDIA PARTNERS: Acer Computers, Working Mom Magazine,, FEBC 702 DZAS

STUDY INTERNATIONAL provides education counselling for students, including advice and support for applications to all levels of overseas education in countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Malaysia, and Singapore.  We assist in finding accommodation and travel options, visa application, and all other matters related to studying abroad, FREE OF CHARGE.

Manila Workshops: Your alternative classroom experience

The very first Manila Workshop-organized workshop  I attended was with my husband! Real ways to be a WAHM workshop, which was well attended even by non-moms (husbands and singles). Photo credit: Manila Workshops Facebook Page (
The very first Manila Workshop-organized workshop I attended was with my husband! Real ways to be a WAHM workshop in 2013, which was well attended even by non-moms (husbands and singles). Photo credit: Manila Workshops Facebook Page (


For my husband and I, learning opportunities outside the academe are highly regarded. We both invest in attending workshops, masterclasses (in my case as a classical singer), seminars, and the like.

One of the greatest discoveries we had was Manila Workshops, which has currently a strong lineup of workshop topics, workshop series, which caters to almost everyone already. Their passionate leader, Ginger Arboleda, and her great team, curates and creates these learning opportunities that are not commonly found in the regular university classroom, with the aim to create entrepreneurs out of all of us, and ignite the love for learning.

Here’s why I think you should attend their workshops, too:

1, Unique topics. They have every topic you can think of. Current workshops include topics like make up, calligraphy, storytelling, modelling, design, apart from their usual workshops for work at home people and entrepreneurship. They offer an overall alternative classroom learning experience.

2. Intimate set-up. Who wants a classroom type venue? They hold workshops in co-working spaces or convention centers. And they physical set up of their workshops invite a learning feel everytime.

3. Credible speakers. They invite credible speakers in the workshops, some of them I am able to get in touch with even after the workshop.

4. Reasonable workshop fees. Their fees are reasonable for the value you’ll be getting from the workshops.

5. Network opportunity. I love meeting and making new connections in every event I am in. Attending workshops will widen your network of future clients and collaborators.

I believe in what they can offer, that’s why I also promote chosen workshops over at my blog (see my right sidebar?).

Curious about their current offerings? Follow their social media accounts (Facebook: Manila Workshops, Twitter: @manilaworkshops, Instagram: manilaworkshops) and subscribe to their newsletter to know more about our future events (go to Manila Workshops’ website and subscribe).



~ Touringkitty

Manila Workshops: The Art of Storytelling

For someone who grew up in the Batibot Generation (yes, 1980s, I won’t deny), Kuya Bodjie is everybody’s big brother, telling you stories, singing songs, and teaching lessons.

Wonder how he tells great stories? Then this workshop is for you.

Would you like to be a great storyteller like Kuya Bodjie of Batibot? You can through this workshop!

Workshop Details
Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Spaces by Babyland, 2F Babyland Baby Stores, Facilities Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Learning Fees, inclusive of materials, lunch, snacks, and certificate:

* Early Bird Rate (on or before May 16, 2015): P1300 per participant
* Regular Rate (starts on May 17, 2015): P1500 per participant
* Teacher Rate: P1300 per participant
* Group Rate (group of 3 participants): P3000 per group

Please visit this link and please input TKEAKUYABODJIE2015 in the Referral Code box.

Early Bird rates apply until May 16th.

Educents celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


The teaching profession is one vocation very close to my heart, as I am also one. The passion, dedication, patience, and love they give to students is really unimaginable, and very admirable.

Just last week, one of my dearest teachers in grade school passed away, and some of my classmates and I paid a visit during her wake. We were so surprised to see two folders of our personal letters to her during her birthday, Valentines Day, Teachers’ Day, and other occasions, also invitations to birthday parties, other notes given to her, and our class photos. All those years she had saved all those letters. Some years ago, one of her daughters asked her why she saved all those letters (what was in her wake was just a fraction of the letters she kept in albums). Our teacher told her daughter it is for her students to see when she’s passed on.

She battled the Big C for several years, without having undergone operation or chemotherapy. She lived longer than expected, and is now resting with the Almighty Creator. We’re just so proud of her courage and wisdom she showed all these years.

I am thankful for educators because:

  1. Next to our own parents, we learn from them. Not only about lessons, but about life in general.
  2. Teaching is a gift and a blessing, and they have just that.
  3. The love for children that they have grows, and multiplies.

Education has such an impact on ourselves and our little ones. Educents is here to help you pay it forward. In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, Educents & Peekapak have teamed up to provide your favorite educators with a gift basket worth over $40, which includes a FREE $10 Educents Gift Card & 3 months of Peekapak lesson plans (3 digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons & 12 at-home activities) that teach Character Education and Language Arts.

So, whether it’s your mom, your classroom teacher, your neighbors, or another special human being who taught you important lessons, thank them by giving them a FREE gift basket, on Educents!

Fill out the form here to send this freebie to an educator you know.

Introducing the NEW Educents Marketplace

I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN!


Thousands of new products – Educents Sellers can now offer ALL of their bestsellers on the new Educents Marketplace. There’s a wide variety of worksheets, lesson plans, educational apps and toys. Shop The Young Scientists Club, Scholastic, Workman Publishing, Alpha Omega Publishing, Life of Fred books, hundreds of printable units created by educators, and more!

Offers that NEVER expire – Sellers can offer our favorite educational products year-round. Once a deeply discounted Daily Deal expires, you can still find that product available on Educents at the lowest price.

Discovery – It’s easier to search on Educents. Search for your kiddos’ interests like Minecraft or Frozen-inspired resources, and then sort by grade level, subject, brand, and more!

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Follow your favorite brands and Sellers – The “Follow Me” feature lets me add my favorite Sellers to a list. Click the heart on the Seller Storefront. You can also see which Sellers are the most popular with other shoppers!

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The Educents Marketplace is exactly what I want it to be — the best place for parents and educators to find the resources I NEED at an affordable price.