23.10.14

Living MOOCs

It is a pleasure to say that I was busy with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)  explaining  my absence from all my blogs.

What are MOOCs?

Moocs are free online courses asynchronously accessible through the Web, offered by elite universities and other for profit and not for profit institutions. Completion at the moment however, does not warrant a degree but verified certificates  may be available. 

I started my MOOCs last July 2013 and so far I have completed more than 15 classes taking varying subjects from Writing, Art and its History, Virtual Learning, Tech Entrepreneurship  among others. It's been quite a challenge but fun.

Some of the MOOC portals I have personally  used where I obtained Certificates of  Completion (*):

1. coursera.org (*)
2. edx.org (*)
3. open2study.au (*)
4. novoed.com (*)
5. stanfordonline.com (*)
6. udemy 
7. itunesuniversity
8. udacity (*)
9. freetolearn
10.iversity

The challenges in taking MOOCs

1. Desire to Learn - there  is no easy way  when trying to learn new things. You need dedication and a sense of determination during difficult and unmotivated times. 

2. Discipline - online courses are delivered through video lectures, with corresponding reading requirements,  assignments to fulfill, quizzes to take under strict deadlines. The  examinations must be passed successfully.  

It almost like taking the course in a classrooms, but lessons are served virtually. You need discipline in managing your time in doing all these activities.

3. You need to be comfortable with technology; like using computers, emails, web browsers, and other softwares that may go  with the learning.  And of course,  it is very important to maintain an open mind.




20.10.14

Living Money

"Charity degrades those who receive it, and hardens those who dispense it."

"Money is not neutral; it changes everything, including the ability to neutrally judge what people will or will not do for you."

Living My Plan


My art plan is to paint..and the journey begins with this  collage I did to remind me to pursue and realize my mantra  every step of the way.



                           

18.10.14

Living Creativity

"Daily patterns of creating, of working hard to  solve problems may lead overtime to breakthroughs for ourselves and others."

12.7.14

Living Love Letter Book

A Book About Wonderful and Amazingly Written Letters

I found this link and it tells about a book about letters written from the heart. I specifically love this one written by a dying mother to her daughter.

Check it out I guarantee that if you haven't written a snail mail in a long time, this will encourage you to write something again on paper and mail it through the Postal System.




24.1.14

Living 2014

And thank you 2013for all the blessings ! May the Universe created by God continue to shower upon us  abundance in health, love for our fellow men and always the gift of giving!

It is the year if the horse starting January 30! Good vibes rock!

22.4.13

Living Star Wars

Speedrun (Ep #3): Star Wars



nice! i hope my son learns how to program a cartoon/video maker like this.. he can do a lot creative stuff with software such as the one used in creating this clip

15.4.13

Living and Opportunity

Out of clutter find simplicity, From Discord Find Harmony
In the Middle of Difficulty, Lies Opportunity.

                                                     ---  Albert Einstein

29.3.13

Living Vapor Trails


Could it be true that other than this innocent looking vapor trails from  a passing jet,  some form of  chemical/s are released from the sky by not so well-meaning people?

And for what use? I shudder at the thought and the possibilities..

My grand children were observing these vapor trails slowly dissipate in the sky one sunny and windy afternoon..

Living Aya's Moon

Yoya Look Moon

Yoya (Lola) look.. moon..

Little words from my small grandchild.

I wonder does she think it's a dot in the sky? Or something that one can touch given a very tall ladder?

Someday she will learn that man was supposed to have reached and landed on the moon just about  the time her Lola  started her freshman studies in college.. i am sure to her, that would seem a long, long time ago.

28.3.13

Living Moonshine


Moonshine look Lola!
Is that a dot or a plate
I wonda'?
Aya  my dear, It's the moon,
is that clear?

It's not twinkle, twinkle little star
But shine shine moon

There you are
Aya is singing
as if in a croon.

14.2.13

Living Destructive Little Ways

Destructive little thing 2 happening in the month of February, 2013. Can you believe that?

No sweat!

17.1.13

Living Little Things

"The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things".

10.1.13

Living to Stay Young

Think and Stay Young

Living in the metropolis requires a hearty life because the city is so energized by both good and bad vibes. It is really up to us to live our lives with equanimity to reduce the everyday stress. I grabbed this somewhere as some kind of tips or suggestions to retain or at least reduce the effects of aging:

1.. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
      "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
   (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning. Learn more about  computers, gadgets if you will;  crafts, gardening, whatever.. Never let the brain get idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. Tears happen.  Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.. Make your home  your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

    Ex: I love you, my special friend!

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..

   But do share this with someone if you can. Remember, lost time can never be found again.
   Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you might meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Wine does not make you FAT .... it makes you LEAN .....
(against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.)

1.1.13

Living Prayer for 2013

Life will drastically change for me this year. And I am praying that the Lord our God and all the positive energy of His Universe will help anchor me during the change,

21.12.12

Living Dream

I had a dream

Of two brown horses.. the other one is dead like it was roasted while the other one is dying or almost gone. In the dream I was in a questioning state of mind; why  are the horses in this condition? who did this?

When I looked up the meaing of the dream, this what what I found out:

"To see a dead horse in your dream indicates that something in your life that initially offered you strength is now gone. This may refer to a relationship or situation. Consider the phrase 'beating a dead horse' to indicate that you may have maximized the usefulness of a certain circumstance".

To dream of a dead horse, signifies disappointments of various kinds and it could mean a "serious loss of energy or motivation which could lead to illness or depression; or maybe,  an old and dying set of habits and motivations or way of life. In other words it could mean loss of health, energy, and enthusiasm.

16.12.12

Living The Voice

The Voice Top 3 Finalists - Nicholas David

I wish this 32 old VOICE contestant wins the top prize. He is so super unique, nothing I have seen for the last 40 years. Yes, that's right he looks like a hippie. Hippies are of the '70's generation. The  'make love not war' kind of soundbites for that time tells me that it's impossible his not from that era. The truth is  he's only 32 years old.. so there.

 I like Nicholas David (Moworinski. He is the real deal. The press says he is spiritual, someone very connected to Nature and all things natural. Find more interesting things about Nicholas here.


Thanks to this site for the photo.

And if you want to hear the gorgeous, soulful voice of Nicholas, hear this:

9.12.12

Living Sting

Back when Sting was still part of his original group Police, i was already a fan. In fact I got this CD sometime 1993 or 1994 because I saw his advocacy most immediately after playing this CD. Sting is a true original artist.. a political advocate and now I heard he is much into the environment..

This CD talks mostly about the ills in the society.. great melodies.. even greater messages.. I heard he sang and dedicated a song for the victims of Pablo in Mindanao..

Truly an icon..


3.12.12

Living Talk

Talk about grandparents

My cousin posted this most recent I guess, photo of my grandparents on my father's side. My grandma Inang as we call her hails from Bulacan and my grandpa, Tatang as we refer to him is from Nueva Ecija.

My Titos and Titas look more like they descended from the Chinese or Japanese race, essentially because of the chinkiness of the eyes.

But my father though looks more like my grandma you see.

Feliza Fernandez Domingo and Jose Mendiola Domingo

I remember my Lola as soft spoken woman always slow and soft in the things that comes out of her lips; as against my grandfather who seem to be always having a bad day and possess a nasty habit of cursing in the vernacular :-)

On my father's side of the clan, the men have MORE say in what goes on in the family. If my grandfather says something, that goes without fail.. and growing up in that kind of family environment was kind of distressing sometimes because my father wanted to raise us similar to

how he and his siblings were raised by his father :-)

The system has its merits and demerits.. suffice it to say that that kind of a system will never work in this day and age.

Living Climate Change

Effects of Climate Changes

Almost a year ago, Sendong devastated the City of Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental. Today, Davao, Surigao including many other provinces of Mindanao and the Visayas is expected to experience the onslaught of Pablo (Bopha). I hope and pray that this is NOT going to ne an annual thing.

Will we see something like this again?


Photo courtesy of this site

1.12.12

Living and Forgetting

We Must Never Ever Forget

Stop Illegal Logging!!

On the eve of the possible onslaught of Pablo (Bopha) which they say might hit Metro Manila as well!




We can only Pray!

29.11.12

Living Tree

Christmas Tree 2012

From last year's Christmas tree to this  still dirty tree,


And now voila! Tadah! Christmas tree v 2012.



18.11.12

Live to Love

Filling the house with Love

Christmas is always a message of HOPE..

And yes call me a great hoarder of  Christmas decor.. I would not mind..

Christmas and all things nice

Living and Bathing

My old Christmas tree (sigh) is waiting for a big clean bath. Good it drizzled for awhile. That tree bath is happening tonight when the sun is temporarily out.

I could hear the tree talk saying, "so you're back with me, huh." I was really meaning to give the tree a break by buying a new one. What with all that experience with Ondoy. But as circumstances dictate, the tree is here to stay for the 2012 holidays :-D


14.11.12

Living Big Brother

Is Big Brother Watching?

Is this some form of big brother  watching?
"Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from government agencies and courts around the world to hand over user data. In this report, we disclose the number of requests we receive from each government in six-month periods with certain limitations."
 What is a user data request?

Government agencies make requests to Google companies seeking information about Google users accounts or products. In this report, we are generally revealing statistics about demands in criminal investigations. In some cases we may not be able to tell if the demand is for a criminal investigation as opposed to some other purpose. In those situations, we try to include the request in these statistics.
           See more here

12.11.12

Living and New Beginnings

Celebration for a new Beginning

When we attended Caloy and Peaches wedding celebration I was in a similar get-up :-D

Best Wishes and Congratulations!


Peaches and Carlos


9.11.12

Living to Rig

"How to Rig an Election"

Something I found very interesting I had my eyes glued on the desktop screen and mainly due perhaps to the  upcoming 2013 Midterm elections.

Movie and TV Trailers

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