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Phrasal Verbs Infographic via Piktochart

What do you feel about infographics? For me, they’re fabulous!

When I googled “infographics creator” last night, I found Piktochart on top of the search results. I gave it a try and here’s my first infographic! It’s about Phrasals or Phrasal verbs.

Phrasal Verbs infographics Is it pretty? I wish I had more space to discuss the topic in detail. This is one of the many drawbacks when one doesn’t use a PRO account:

  1. You can’t switch off the Piktochart’s watermark.
  2. You’ll have fewer themes to choose from.
  3. The image quality of downloads isn’t as stellar as what Pro users avail.
  4. A pdf copy isn’t downloadable.

The  beginner’s Pro Account costs $29 a month. I’m not sure I’m ready to make such an investment yet. With my current skill level, I could use a lot of practice. But I think it’s a fun way to teach English online. Infographics appeal on visual ESL learners. I hope to master infographics designing so I could use it on our website: www.esl.ph.

Feel free to suggest a topic in English that you want me to cover. I’d do my best to capture the essentials in a single image, just like the sample above.

I’ll wait for your suggestions! Ciao!

A Father’s Day Message

Most fathers are under-appreciated, some are not even appreciated. My father perhaps falls in between. Maybe we can blame it on general gender divide: most men are action-oriented while lots of women are discussion-inclined. I rarely tell my father how much I love him, most recent was last May 24th on a less than 10-minute phone call.

Tatay at Nanay

I wonder how often Tay thinks of me. I sometimes miss our serious to senseless chat (truth is, most of it were serious), long chess games, and occasional hugs. I consider him one of the few people I hate to disappoint (brushing tears away). Well, let me proceed with the aim of this post, a father’s day message for my Tatay.

Dear Tay, 

I hate that you trusted me too much. I secretly envied the skepticism and distrust you showed  my sisters and brother. I am human, frail and fragile, yet you hardly see me that way. I learned to put up a strong and self-reliant front. I knew I was and I still am, but I would have heard fiercer or harsher words from you – to keep me safe from blood-thirsty monsters and pitch-black dungeons.

What became of me, I blame you not. But whatever good that resides in me, I greatly thank you for. I would never wish I could get to choose a father as I would never know how to pick one who suits me best. Isn’t that sweet? I meant it to be so. I bet two paragraphs would not tire your eyes of reading if you imagine these as two loving arms embracing and greeting you “Happy father’s day. I love you, tay.” 

Hugs,

Issa

For the benefit of those eavesdropping, my father has always wanted me to be a member of the Army. Yeah, he thought I’m that strong – that my body was built for combat. As an update, I’m posting this picture taken just a few hours ago while we were checking out the Navy Army’s heroic soldiers who stopped by Ayala Mall, Cebu. They showcased ammunition and combat gears as well as pictures taken during Typhoon Yolanda’s rescue operation.

If my father ever reads my blog, he’d be proud that I had learned how to hold a gun properly. Ha!

Navy Army's gunP.S. That dude on the right insists that we take a picture together. I thought he’s charming, so why not? :)

Orange is the New Black


It’s official. I’m really starting to grow up.

Situations which I used to judge as wrong or appalling now suddenly become less… unpleasant.

I’ve seen and heard stories of fucked-up lives and romances. And I’d like to stop seeing more. More drama.

Because soap operas bring out the violent side of me. I couldn’t fight the urge to strangle the villain who hurts the saintly main character.

But no saints as such exist in real life. No one is pure – not even the most pious of folks. (Or perhaps there are but I haven’t had the pleasure to meet them.)

If I were six years old again, it would be appropriate to shout at people: “Could you stop hurting each other?”

But even my six-year-old self would avoid such heavy scenes. Too much sobbing, weeping,yelling, and banging of doors. Do people really become wiser as they age? Or they deteriorate?

I can’t tell. See. All I can do is write. And I haven’t even told you the specifics. But you don’t want to get caught up in my life’s drama. Or the drama of the lives I know.

Orange is the New Black

I’d rather watch “Orange is the New Black”. Because their characters’ problems, issues, and drama seem real and grand yet I am not responsible whatever happens to them. My part is really simple. Applaud their awesome lines and great acting. Sit back and relax and be extremely entertained.

I just can’t do the same with real life. It would be mean to enjoy the drama – even meaner not to care.

Do you think so?

 

 

7 Shareable Thoughts with Lovely Images

Good day, awesome readers! I hope you’re having a pleasant and productive day so far!

Would you like to start your day with good vibes? Check out these quotes from Dumont, author of The Power of Concentration (freely available on Gutenberg.org). There’s also a free audio book read by Andrea Fiore, which I prefer.

Without further ado, here are my seven favorite shareable quotes from the book. Enjoy!

1. Human Nature

“Our two natures: one wants to advance; the other wants to pull us back. The one we concentrate on and develop determines what we will become.” 

Our Two Natures

2. Opportunity

“There is no truth in the saying that opportunity knocks at our door but once in a lifetime. The fact is, opportunity never seeks us; we must seek it.”

Opportunity

3. Teaching and Learning

“You may teach a person from now until doom’s day, but that person will only know what he learns himself. You can lead him to the fountain, but you can’t make him think.”

Teach

 

4. Will Power

“The man with grit and will, may be poor today and wealthy in a few years; will power is a better asset than money; Will will carry you over chasms of failure, if you but give it the chance.

Will power

5. Concentration

“A person who can center his mind on any problem, no matter what it is, and remove any unharmonious impressions has strength of mind. Concentration, first, last and all the time, means strength of mind.” 

Concentration

6. Encouragement

“We encourage a person by seeing his good qualities and we also help ourselves by looking for them. So form the habit of encouraging others, and you will find it a wonderful tonic for both those encouraged and yourself, for you will get back encouraging and uplifting thoughts.” 

Encouragement

7. Goal

“Every day do something that will put you nearer your goal.”

Goal

 

I hope you like them! Feel free to leave a comment when you do.

 

10 Super Awesome Dad-Daughter Movies

No dad is perfect. Yet in these movies, they seem to be the most charming creatures on the planet. None of these fathers would have been super awesome without their charismatic daughters. Both are necessary elements to a unique and unforgettable tandem.

Below are my top dad-daughter movie picks! Some of these made me laugh. A few pinched my heart. But most made me choke back tears. Let me know which inspiring daddy-daughter movies I missed on this list – I’d be glad to expand this to a 100-plus list of best daddy-daughter films of all time.

  1. Saving Mr. BanksSaving Mr. Banks

  2. Instructions Not IncludedInstructions Not Included

  3. The CroodsThe Croods

  4. Hotel TransylvaniaHotel Transylvania

  5. Definitely MaybeDefinitely Maybe

  6. Million Dollar BabyMillion Dollar Baby

  7. MulanMulan

  8. Despicable MeDespicable Me

  9. I Am SamI Am Sam

  10. TakenTaken

Parasyte Manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki

Parasyte by Hitoshi IwaakiCold-blooded, eccentric and murderous aliens called “parasites” plot the absolute extermination of mankind. They believe they are the antidote to our poisoned world. In the face of this threat of invasion, who shall stand up to fight these blood-thirsty monsters to save humanity?

Shinichi must be the chosen one, as only a part of his body (his right hand) has been eaten by a parasite named Migi, whose company later ceases to be a terror and annoyance as they go through many trials, tests and triumphs together. As the story proceeds, their typical host-parasite relationship turns into an unusual partnership as they both strive and succeed to get to know each other’s true nature.

But if no one else understands these unfriendly cohabiters but Sinichi, how is he supposed to fight them? How can a single young man continue to coexist with his right-hand parasite,Migi, while he fights its malevolent kin? Could he at least protect his own family and his endeared woman, Murano, from the horrendous fate awaiting them?  Would they ever return into the simple and peaceful life they once lived?

Parasyte, Hitoshi Iwaaki’s award-winning 64-Chapter manga series, is certainly commendable. He delicately weaves and tackles the different facets of human emotions, rational as well as universal themes like love, relationship, death and grief. As to the art, I would say, it has been meticulously drawn. Never will you see a single sloppy page.

Judge it with your own sight and taste. It completely charmed me. If you’re not afraid or appalled of a story with shades of violence and killings, you might enjoy this manga series.

Eve’s Days in Garden Eden

Yes it’s but unwise to say:
“Yesterday’s better than today”
Since it’s gone, old and passé,
But aren’t Eve’s days just so gay?

When naked was the only fashion approved,
When just plants and fruits could pass as food,
When wandering in paradise was all the work,
When Adam’s gaze and flesh were solely hers.
By Jerry Adney Weren’t those days filled with glee?
When anger or sadness are unknown,
When nature’s wonders wake you each morn,
Wasn’t Eve’s life just downright amazin’?

She’s not alive to tell me the whole story,
I could only envy her for the tales I imagined,
Eve’s life must be uneventful or blissful,
Either way, I’ll set out to remake those days.

To practice thrift and simplicity in clothing,
To eat just what grows directly from plants,
To be so close to nature, relishing its divine beauty,
To be cuddled by a significant other ’til I kiss the grave.

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