ASUS: Unfold Your New Incredible Story

What does a non-techie – even almost techie-averse – mom do when she receives an invite to a tech event?  Ask her favorite geek to cover the event for her, of course!  🙂

Last October 21, ASUS launched their newest top-of-the-line series – the Zen AiO Pro Series, 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor Zenbooks, the ASUS Transformer Book, and ASUS ROG’s next-generation Gaming Notebooks – all powered by Microsoft Windows 10. My husband Jasper Espino, co-anchor of Arpee Lazaro and Edsel Lorete at DWIZ’s Mag-Internet Tayo, attended the event in my stead.  He had a wonderful time, of course, but I wouldn’t want to bore you with the nitty-gritties (you can check out our FB page for event pics) so here’s a quick rundown of the awesome features of the latest series from ASUS.

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The Heart of 51Talk

We Filipinos have always been regarded as the best English speakers in Asia.  We are also naturally pleasant, friendly, and patient.  Thus, it is not surprising to find that many online English teaching sites have Filipinos in their roster of teachers.  This is also why several such sites have already set base here in the Philippines.

Among those is 51Talk.  Pronounced as FIVE-ONE-TALK, 51Talk may be read as “I want TALK” in Mandarin. Since it was established in China in 2011, 51Talk is not the number 1 online English platform in China.  It also continues to be the fastest growing online English Language Teaching (ELT) platform n the Philippines since it began operations here in 2012.

At the heart of 51talk are the e-Educators and all the people who strive to make 51talk the premier online ELT platform in the country.  Knowing the importance of their teachers, 51Talk paid tribute to them during the National Teachers’ Month the #51TalkTeacherStory contest.

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Enjoy the #BestoPotato Experience at Jack ‘n Jill Calbee Pop-Up Stores

A one-week school break could hardly be called a break.  I’m sure a lot of the young ones aren’t looking forward to going back to school this November.  BUT here’s something that would make them want to go back to school!

Starting this November, the Jack n’ Jill Calbee pop-up store will be making its way around the metro again.  After kicking-off in Greenhills Shopping Center this coming month, the pop-up store will visit several campuses to bring the #BestoPotato experience closer to everyone.

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Raising Game Changers with iACADEMY

I am envious! So very green with envy.  I envy the youth of today whose lives are made more convenient with all the advances in technology.  I envy them for the vast opportunities they have to make their lives better.  What triggered this feeling?  A tour and an orientation of a school which I found sooooo amazing.  It made me want to wish that I were born several years later.

So, what’s the school that made me want to wish I were a teenager again?  iACADEMY!

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Aside from being the official partner school of Project Runway Philippines, here are the reasons why iACADEMY has me yearning to go back to the future.  These are also what sets them apart from other institutions:

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The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015: Ready for the World!

Have you already signed up for the largest homeschooling conference this year? Whether you have been homeschooling for years or have yet to decide if homeschooling is for your family, this conference is something you should not miss.

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Homeschool Association of the Philippine IslandsManila Workshops and The Learning Basket bring you the largest homeschooling conference this year – “The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015: Ready for the World!”

From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 17, homeschoolers will be filling the Samsung Hall and SMX Convention Center of SM Aura. Those who are considering homeschooling their kids are strongly encouraged to attend this conference which is also a precursor to the “Global Home Education Conference” (GHEC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March 2016.


Homeschool advocates and esteemed speakers will be gracing the event to inspire, to inform and to empower homeschoolers and those who are exploring homeschooling.

  • Michael Donnelly – Director for Global Outreach of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Secretary of GHEC 2016
  • Rachael Carman – mother of seven and best-selling author and publisher of popular homeschool science curriculum Apologia.
  • Davis Carman – the President of Apologia
  • Edric Mendoza – host of On The Money and homeschooling dad of five
  • Chinkee Tan – motivational speaker and wealth coach



This year’s conference is definitely bigger than the past years’ homeschool conferences.  It’s so big that “Ready for the World!” will be held at THREE venues at SM Aura Premiere. Keynote talks will be held at the Samsung Hall, while smaller workshops and the much awaited homeschool expo will be in two different halls at the SMX Convention Center.


A minimal investment fee of Php 1,200 is all you need to shell out to get an All Access Pass to all three venues including the exposition venue.  Come in groups of 5 and you can avail of the group rate of Php 1,000 per person. Register and pay before October 10 to avail of the Early Bird Rate of Php 1,000 per person.


The exposition venue where you will find various learning providers, educational tools, toys, books, and other learning materials will be open to the public.  Those who do not have an All Access Pass need only to pay an entrance fee of Php 50 per head. Check the expo out and I’m sure you’ll be able to tick off several names on your Christmas list.


While you are learning more about homeschooling and enriching your parenting and teaching skills, your kids can have their own learning experiences through various arts & crafts workshops. Participation in each workshop is only Php 500 per person, and that already includes materials! Wonderful, right?!  They will accept only 25 students per class so better register your kids today.

String Art by DMC (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)

Kids will hammer away to create different colorful figures, abstract or representational, using just wood, nails and various threads. For ages 13 and up.

Mandala by DMC (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)

Learn how to create beautiful hanging ornaments by mixing patterns and colors with just your thread. For ages 13 and up.

Cross Stitch by DMC (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

Remember the cross-stitch craze? Introduce your child to this absorbing hobby that can produce beautiful home wall decors with clean and precise X’s. For ages 9 and up.

Dream Catcher by DMC (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

Native Americans believe that dreams can be caught. Kids will love making their own dream catchers with a hoop, threads and eye-catching decors arranged in a web for a good night’s sleep. For ages 13 and up.

Basic Calligraphy by Little Ms Printer Marj Liwag (Morning: 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. / Afternoon: 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.)

Let your kids learn to write in beautiful calligraphy in this workshop to be facilitated by Marj Liwag of Little Ms Printer. For ages 13 and up.

Don’t miss out on everything this conference has to offer!  Register now and avail of the Early Bird rate of Php 1,000 per person. This promo ends on October 10 (that’s this weekend already!), so do get your tickets now at


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Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), a non-stock, non-profit advocacy of Filipino homeschoolers, together with Manila Workshops, a company dedicated to continuing education for professional and personal goals, and The Learning Basket, an advocacy that inspires parents to be their children’s first and best teacher, offers an event jam-packed with information and inspiration about homeschooling that will help parents get their kids ready for the world.