Freebies and Printables

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Printable weekly spread | Size: letter | Orientation: Portrait | Pink with cute pattern

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | black and gray

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | indigo

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | pink

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | purple


Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | green

Printable weekly spread with grid | letter | blue

DIY Grid Bullet Journal

I love these Seagull index tabs I got. I've been looking for these for a long time!
Instagram is a great source of inspiration. I can scroll through the feeds for hours and not get bored. But of course, that's not productive at all.

And then there's also weheartit. I am not sure if you guys have heard of it but it's mostly girly stuffs posted in there. For a girl who's looking for inspiration in fitness, arts, DIYs, photography, love, and career, weheartit is a great website to browse. It has "collection" feature that allows you to make an album out of all the things you "hearted," kind of like a board in Pinterest.

Anyway, I was inspired by Lavenzz Ooi of Penpapersoul and her daily spreads that look minimalistic and cute at the same time. The "parallel time ladder" layout she's using looks so flexible and I think I just found the time layout that works for me.

A photo posted by Lavennz Ooi (@penpapersoul) on



She's using a dotted journal. I have also have a DIY dotted journal (I made my own because I cannot find a dotted journal anywhere!) but although it's nice enough, my handwriting sucks in it. I just can't make my writing straight and clean. It's nice for making doodles, though, like the road map I made for 2016. I decided that I need to use a grid journal so that I can practice my handwriting.

I cannot find a grid journal decent enough for my liking. The stuffs I find are ridiculously overpriced and don't look pretty at all.

So, again, I made my own. My new motto is:

"If you can't afford to buy one, make one."

Sounds nice, doesn't it? I've always wanted to do things on my own. It makes me feel better about myself. Anyway, if you're interested in making your own, here's how I made my DIY grid journal.

The cover of my DIY grid journal. I used cheap wallpaper for the cover. I like the print because it looks so cute.
I had fun making the journal itself. The journal has enough pages to cover the "Ber" months starting from September to December. It's light and I can easily carry it wherever I go.

September 3, 2016 daily spread featuring my note to myself: Channel your inspired mood to something creative in order to make good use of it. We wouldn't want an inspired mood to go wasted, would we? Considering it's getting rarer and rarer for me to such mood nowadays. 
In the upper bar, I have three columns for the date, (day's) weather and (my) mood, and priorities. My mood often dictates my day and I have the Note to Self section to stop my mood from ruining the day.

In the left column, I have three sections for the
  1. Note to Self
  2. Foods eaten
  3. Notes.
I'm still figuring out what color to use in drawing doodles and section headers. I'm thinking of using black next time and see which one looks better.

It's important for me to have this Note to Self part because I need to have a reminder of my chosen guiding philosophy for the day. It makes it easier for me to tackle the day with a Note to Self. It's like an advice to myself on how I will face the day ahead.

 My handwriting isn't perfect and I'm struggling to make my letters as straight as I can make them. The grid really helps in achieving such.
For the Foods eaten section, I write the foods I eat every
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Supper
It's a nice practice to keep track of the food I eat. I'm not on diet or anything as of the moment but it makes me conscious of the foods I eat -- which is a good thing.

The Notes section is for things I want to remember, rants, monologues, diary entry, reminders, or just about anything I want to write that doesn't fit with any of the other sections.

The parallel time ladder inspired by Lavennz Ooi of Penpapersoul.
The parallel time ladder here is printed. Yup. Printed. And I don't see anything wrong with printing it. I mean, yes it makes me look lazy but I don't see the point of having the draw identical time ladders in every page if you could just print them out with the grids. This is one of the benefits of a DIY planner. I am in charge of the layout. :)

I like this particular layout because it's very flexible. It's a time-bound layout which can also cater to what a to-do layout offers. I can play around with arrows, be reminded of my to-do list while still keeping track of the time.

For more inspiration, you can find more images of my planner and journals in my Instagram and Weheartit accounts. :)
Here's what everything looks like. I like this layout because, as I said, it looks neat and minimalist. But the best thing I like about it is it serves the purpose of a planner, which is like the primary standard in choosing a BuJo (bullet journal) layout, right?

How is it guys? Is there a layout you recommend me to try next? Hit the comment section below and tell me what you think.

Images of my DIY Grid Bullet Journal as seen on Instagram:

(Updated with every upload)


6 Observations in the Classroom: Then and Now

Image from tamedspaces.

I have been a student for twenty years and a teacher for a year and these are my observations of the then and now in the classroom. The then is about my experience when I was the student and the now is about my experience when I was the teacher. This post does not intend to offend anyone.

Disclaimer: These observations are personal and  based on my own experience as a student and a teacher. This does not necessarily apply to every student, every parent and every school.

1. Checking assignments

Assignments were assignments then. No matter how many pages of a book we had to copy, we didn't complain because somehow, we trusted the teacher that it's part of the learning process and we needed to do these things because it's how we would learn.

I was shocked when I became a teacher because an average of 40% of the class never bothered to make their assignments. When I called their attention and told them that they scored zero for failing to make their assignment, they replied with, "Okay lang yan madam." (It's okay madam)


2. Deadline of outputs

I remember a certain classmate, back when I was in first year high school, who failed to submit her project on time. She succeeded in submitting it on the same day but not during the subject period of the teacher. The teacher found out that she slipped her project on the stack of the ones the teacher collected. She was reprimanded for it.

When I became a teacher, at least a quarter to half of the total number of students in a classroom don't care when the deadline is, nor did they bother to submit. They would even ask me if they could submit later, or tomorrow, or even a week later!


3. Checking of outputs

When I was a student, every given activity must be finished within the period of the subject. The teacher would then collect the outputs before she would leave the classroom. Since collection of projects or outputs were not difficult and students did comply, checking would be no problem.

When I became a teacher, students failed to submit outputs that are up to the standards. An average of 25% would not bother to submit, 50% would submit with a just-for-compliance output quality, while only about 25% would submit on time and with satisfactory quality.


Checking outputs had been taxing because I would have to trace the students who didn't submit theirs and ask them one by one the reason why. The situation would then become reversed. The student would end up being the one to decide the time when he or she would pass the requirement (at his or her leisure).



Image from Giphy. Yes, I do just that. I remove my classes. Plus, massage my eyes.

I couldn't just give them a zero mark because it would pull their grades down and as much as possible, we were discouraged to give failing grades if we didn't give 100% of our effort doing the following: home visit with proper documentation, remedial lessons, and activities for extra credits (most students don't comply with this still).



It ended up with the teacher being more eager for the student to pass than the student himself or herself. Education isn't just the responsibility of the teacher. The teacher cannot teach a student when the student doesn't want to learn.

On the other hand, the students were given several chances to pass the subject and it's good in a way because some students just need that extra push.

4. During an activity

When I was a student, my classmates and I never asked a teacher to translate a Filipino word to English for us. We would ask each other instead or consult a dictionary when one is available. When I became a teacher, I was shocked that students would ask  me to translate words while an activity is going on. Or even when an examination is ongoing.


It's good in a way because the students are not afraid to ask questions (even absurd ones). And inquiry is good. However, I was amazed on how poor the vocabulary of the students is.

5. During lecture

Taking notes is a part of being a student. During my time, no matter how many times the entire board has been written and rewritten on with lectures that we were supposed to copy, we never complained. When I became a teacher, students would complain when they were asked to copy a page off a book. During PowerPoint presentations, some would even ask me which sentences they were supposed to copy.


6. Talking to teacher

During our time, teachers were strict and students, even my loud classmates, know the word respect. We never disrespected a teacher intentionally.

When I became a teacher, I was shouted at, questioned using harsh tones, rolled eyes at, wasn't taken seriously, and a whole lot more. I called their attention. I had to grit my teeth and remind myself that they are just kids and that they won't be like that 10 years from now.


Image from giphy. That's a bit too much. Anyway, I have experienced the following when I was a student: the sharp pinch on the arm and the sting of a long stick on the hand. Somehow, I don't hold grudge against my teachers who did those to me because I understand why they did what they did.

Employing student discipline now is like walking on tiptoes because of the child-protection policy. It's a good policy with a good aim. However, people seem to have forgotten that every right has a corresponding responsibility. The student often wins during a confrontation because, well, they're kids and a teacher is an adult.

Musings

It's not easy to be a teacher, especially in a public school. It's not a walk in the park. Reading books about student discipline, adolescent psychology, and classroom management failed to make me anticipate what the actual scenario is inside a classroom with 60-65 students -- each with different personality, with different family background, different socioeconomic status.

Being a good teacher is a skill honed by years of experience. You have to experience being one to know what a teacher really is. Every student will teach you how to control your temper, how to respond to their questions (no matter how absurd), how to react to their tantrums, and how to approach special students with special cases (with caution).


Some days are fulfilling, some are disappointing, some are frustrating. I feel frustrated and disappointed, more to myself than others, when they fail to understand a concept I am explaining. It means I have failed to teach them properly in a way that they could understand.

But when they finally understood:


On the other hand, I feel exuberant and inspired whenever a student gets perfect marks during an examination, when a student answers correctly a particularly difficult question, or even when they just say, "ah..." like they have suddenly understood something after I have given a lengthy explanation.


Teaching is really one of the noble professions. I don't want to call it the noblest because health care professions and a whole lot others are just as noble. I will miss being a teacher and, if fate will take me, I will go back to being one.

Do you have anything you have experienced that I have failed to mention? Share your experience in the comment's section below.

Journal and Planner Archive


I love to write my thoughts down. Writing helps me process things and come up with a better perspective of what's going on. Also, I am addicted to cute notebooks and journals! My choices include functional, cute, and minimalist.


My collections of planners and journals:

Top row: Red one is for long notes that are worth remembering. Le Petit Prince is like a diary and reflection notebook. I also write wonderful personal happenings in it. Where To Next is a travel planner I haven't started using yet. No worries because it's dateless. I don't have the money and time to use it yet.

Middle row: Languo traveler's notebook is for my artsy stuffs. I like it so much because it's handy and is so cute! Dream Do Defy is a work planner and financial planner. Prince's handmade Bullet Journal is the bullet journal I made when I couldn't find a dotted journal anywhere. I haven't maximized its use yet but it's where I drew my 2016 road map.

Bottom row: Bible diary for my daily dose of the Holy Gospel.


Although my boyfriend always drags me away from the National Bookstore whenever we are in a mall, I don't think I'll be settling with these good stuffs. I might discover a great journal that I can use for other stuffs like cooking or recipe journal, workout journal/planner, and a whole lot more! 

Or maybe I'll just make one. :)



Buwan ng Wika 2015 Poster

 Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2015.

Hi guys! It's August and in this month we celebrate our national language. The theme for this year's (2016) Buwan ng Wika celebration is Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan.

So since it's already Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa, I decided to continue my long overdue poster for the 2015 Buwan ng Wika.


I have already finished tracing my poster with a marker last August 2015! And a year after, I decided that it's time to finish it and share it with you guys.

I haven't had the time to create a poster for the Nutrition Month 2016. Also, I can't promise that I will be able to make a poster for the 2016 Buwan ng Wika because I'm super busy right now. The things I need to do are multiplying even as I finish them one by one. Work to do keeps on piling up.

Here are the materials that I used:


  • Pentel oil pastels
  • Pilot marker, black, fine
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • 1/4 white cartolina (slightly rough to touch)



The theme for the 2015 Buwan ng Wika is "Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran." Like what I always do before I begin drawing my poster, I get the keywords from the theme. So the keywords that I get are:


  • Filipino (language)
  • Pambansa (Philippines)
  • Kaunlaran (Progress)

Then, I decide what symbols I'm going to use and how I'm going to combine those symbols for each keyword to create the story of the poster, so that when people look at it, they can decode what it means. The elements must look connected to each other. That's important.

Disclaimer: I'm no expert. I'm just sharing how I do things and what I think is the good way to make a poster. You can disagree with me and I'll be fine with it. Just be civilized about it. :)


  • Filipino (language) symbols: Lakay (quill), books and parchment, ink, Laurel wreath.
  • Pambansa (Philippines) symbols: Philippine flag, salakot of Juan dela Cruz, 
  • Kaunlaran symbols: I decided to portray all industries present in the Philippines. We are mostly agricultural so there should be fields and crops. We are an archipelago so there should be waters and fishes. I believe that progress must be felt in all sectors in order to make the kaunlaran a pambansa one. Also, torch, professionals, infrastructures/jobs, and good health care system.

WIP (Work in Progress)

As you can see, from the books, parchments and ink sprang all those elements I have for Kaunlaran or progress -- enclosed by two other elements. On the right are the elements for Filipino/Wika: Lakay, Laurel wreath, road that is connected to a hand bearing a blazing torch. On the left are the elements for Pambansa (Philippines): Philippine flag and salakot. The professionals/Filipinos may also represent the Pambansa.

I'm yet to upload the finished product. Stay tuned! :)

Roadmap Bullet Journal


I started making a road map of my future when I was 18 years old, summer of 2011. After experiencing a milestone in my career and studies, I decided that planning my future will help prevent me from being lost and indecisive.

A little throwback

I drew my road map or timeline on the blackboard then. I used my old Nokia 3230 to take these two photos so the resolution is kinda low.


First layout: 18 years old is the starting point and up until 20 years old, I will sweat it out. By 20 I'll graduate college. At 22 years old, I will graduate another short course related to computer. I will sweat it out with my career until I reach 28 years old, by which time I will settle down.


Second layout: I specified that I will not be engaging in any romantic relationship until 22 years old. I broke this at 19 (more than a year after -- August 2012).

So now it's 2016 and I'm gonna turn 23 comes March. Lots of things have happened that I will have to stretch the timeline I made in 2011 into several meters to fit them all.

Road map 2016

Anyway, here's the new road map I have made. It's a short-term one since it's only good for one year. I used road signs for the months. I'm gonna color the lines in the road that divide the two lanes depending on what part of the month I'm already in. So basically comes December, all those lines will be colored.


My 2016 road map. I will be filling the spaces with events and to-dos that are important as the year progresses.


So let the journey start!


For January, I will have to make an account in a bank and submit my SALN (Statement of Assets and Liabilities). Monthly to-dos will be added along the way -- literally.


I already have stuffs written down for the coming months. Only those to-dos and events that I'm sure are bound to happen.


March! My birth month! I have already planned what I'm gonna do to celebrate my birthday.


Ugh April. Thesis month.


Hoping to attend and International seminar. Hopeful


I dunno what to put in June onward yet. Anyway, there are plenty of times to fill these spaces in.

There you go. I decided to use a road map in the metaphorical sense. Life is a road. There are tons of stopovers, you'll be stuck in traffic, might get involved in an accident, run out of gas to keep going, be tempted to take a shortcut, or meet a dead end and have to go back again.
My brain keeps on twisting things. That's how it works. I actually thought of this analogy while travelling and looking outside the window of a van.



So how is it? Share you thoughts! I will appreciate it very much.

Nutrition Month 2015: Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo


Hi guys! I'm finally done making a poster for this year's Nutrition Month Celebration. The Nutrition Month in the Philippines is being celebrated annually every July. You can refer to my previous Nutrition Month poster entry here. I also made one for the 2014 Nutrition Month and you can check it out here.

The theme for the 2015 Nutrition Month Celebration is:
Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo
You guys can use this poster for reference purpose only. It's up to you if you copy all of it; I don't really mind. However, I guess adding your own personal touch is a better option. You can also improve it if you want. It's up to you. I know you have lots of better ideas. :)





So this is the draft that I've chosen for my poster.

In drafting, what I usually do is I jot down the theme on a clean sheet of bond paper. Then I would fold that paper into four equal parts. I would draw my ideas on the first part and if I find it lacking in detail, I would make another one on the second part.


I would keep on improving the draft of my poster until I get satisfied with the placement of the details and elements. Also, through this method, I can readily refer to my previous drafts and compare my progress.



Why a bond paper? Because it's smaller so I won't get tired easily. Besides, it's just the draft. I just need to get my ideas out and sort the elements as I desire.

After deciding which draft to use, I will proceed to making the real poster. I start it out by sketching with a pencil and tracing with a marker.




Note: Some poster making competitions have guidelines like you cannot use a marker or a pencil and you're only allowed to use three colors of your choice plus black. So before making your poster, make sure that you have checked the guidelines so that you won't get disqualified.




I know this looks messy.


So here is the finished version of my poster.

What's the theme again? Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo. So I have taken note of the following keywords:


  • Timbang (weight)
  • Tamang Nutrisyon (proper nutrition)
  • Ehersisyo (exercise)

So since I already knew the keywords that needed to appear in my poster, I just had to think of symbols or images that can represent those keywords. That's how I came up with the finished output.



In this particular part, you will notice a division, like there's two sides of the boy. On one side, he could be seen eating healthy foods while on the other side, he could be seen doing some exercise.

When these two elements are combined, it could result to a normal Body Mass Index (BMI).

So what is BMI? BMI is measure of body fat based on height and weight. Formula in getting the BMI is weight (in kilogram) divided by height (in meter) squared.


Body Mass Index formula. Image source: fitgirlpersonaltraining.

For interpretation of the result of your calculation, you can refer to this image by DOST: Body Mass Index  for Filipinos.

So what if the BMI is normal? BMI is simply one measure of health as it relates to body weight and height of the person. Having a normal BMI means that your weight is healthy or normal related to your height. A normal BMI reading indicates that the person is more likely to be healthier than someone who is underweight or overweight. However, there are still other factors that influence the overall health of an individual.



UW stands for underweight, N for normal and OW for overweight. BMI stands for body mass index. This is poster making so use of words must be minimized.



MATERIALS:

  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Oil pastels
  • 1/4 white cartolina (because I was a little lazy to go with the 1 whole). If you're gonna use cartolina, don't pick the one with a very smooth and shiny surface. It's not helpful when you're gonna blend colors. Colors don't attach too well on them.



I hope I've been of help in giving you idea on what to draw during your own 2015 Nutrition Month Poster Making Competition. I'd be more than grateful if you share your own experience or ideas through the comments section below.

If you're trying to grab a copy for reference purposes, I'm sorry to say but right click has been disabled in this blog -- to preserve intellectual property, that is. You can, however, DOWNLOAD this poster through the download buttons below.



P.S. Once you've clicked the download buttons above, another tab will appear that contains something similar to the image below.


To download, kindly follow the instructions. :)



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