Author Archives: Michelle Padrelanan

About Michelle Padrelanan

Hello, I'm Michelle and I love to encourage others through my blog. I write about homeschool, books and family life. I enjoy testing out products and giving my honest opinion about it. If I'm not in front of my laptop, I can usually be found watching TV or having my favorite frappuccino at Starbucks with my favorite Mary Higgins Clark book.

What I Learned From Five Days Without My Phone

Nov 14, 2021 | Posted by in Uncategorized | 14
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Last week, I attended Heal for Life Philippines. It is a five-day intensive residential program designed to help people heal from childhood issues and trauma. One of the major things they require is that we surrender our phones, not bring our laptops and not watch any TV while there. It was somehow a threat for me because I work online. I check my email everyday, am on Facebook daily and I just need – need to be able to communicate with my family. Since this is a requirement, I talked to my family about this, and with so much resistance, they finally agreed to let me go. I assured them that they can always contactRead more …

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2021 Children’s Workshops

Sep 26, 2021 | Posted by in Homeschool, homeschool conference | 0

We’ve received questions on Facebook and emails inquiring about activities for kids at the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2021 Ready For The World! We couldn’t immediately reply because we were still in the process of working it out. Finally, we are happy to present several arts and crafts workshops for your children to choose from. Of course, we understand that we love to bring our kids with us almost everywhere we go. Attending a homeschool conference is definitely not an exception. At the same time, we encourage parents to make the most of their day at the conference. So while you’re absorbing new information and basking in inspiration from our group of speakers, let your kidsRead more …

Event: Philippine Homeschool Conference 2021 – Ready for the World!

Sep 23, 2021 | Posted by in Announcements, HAPI, Homeschool | 0
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When you ask homeschool parents on the reasons why they have decided to teach their children at home, the reasons are plenty. Usually, you would hear a variation of these: It is God’s will that they teach their children at home. They would like to instill in their children a deep love for the Lord. They would like to instill in their children a love for lifelong learning. They would like to see their children soar according to their gifts and natural talents. They don’t want to put their children through the daily grind of going to school. They want to save money. They want to prepare their children for their future. There are manyRead more …

Family Discipleship – For Such A Time As This

Jun 29, 2021 | Posted by in Devotions, Motherhood | 10
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Recently, our family experienced a test of our faith. I had undergone a trial involving other Christians which my kids observed. They watched me deal with the pain, saw me cry over it, saw my anger and how hard a time I had at first. They watched as I processed the whole thing, was able to forgive and is now moving forward again. As they watched, they also experienced the whole thing with me. It was painful, not only having to deal with what happened to me, but having to deal with the pain that my children felt over it. It was different for them. Being so young and idealistic, they thought that church isRead more …

Deped Alternative Learning System – A System Fit for Homeschoolers

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  This is an update of my previous post about Guitar Babe taking up DepEd ALS Exam. In my previous post, I wrote about how she was able to enroll in a college while she was waiting to take the exam. She took the exam last January 2021 and we waited with bated breath for the results. She was not very confident because she had a hard time with some of the Tagalog words. She admitted that there was a whole section of the exam that she just couldn’t understand because of the Tagalog statements. Don’t get me wrong please: my kids speak both English and Tagalog well but when it comes to deep-level TagalogRead more …

POST-EVENT THOUGHTS ON TMA HOMESCHOOL 2021 PARENTS CONFERENCE

Apr 1, 2021 | Posted by in Homeschool | 2
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We just finished TMA Homeschool’s 2021 Parents Conference last March 12, 2021 and it was a great success. We had almost 700 people on that day, about 200 more than what we had during last year’s Educating for Life Homeschooling Conference. It’s inspiring to see that the homeschool community is growing and more families are now enjoying the benefits of educating their children at home. Being the event organizer, I was in and out of the conference halls making sure that everything was working out fine. I listened for a few minutes to Joy Mendoza’s talk and she reminded me so much of her mom, Deonna Tan-Chi. I shared in my previous post that TMARead more …

Our Homeschool Roots – TMA Homeschool

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13 years ago I heard a group of parents talk about this thing they’ve been doing at home for years – teaching their children at home! It was a novel idea at that time and I was even surprised to find that Filipino parents have actually been homeschooling already. I looked at the result of their hard work – their children – and I was in such awe! They had this young girl talk to us and tell their family’s story and she was amazing! Standing tall in front of the room and holding herself with confidence, not bravado, this young girl told us how their family handled some of the challenges they faced whileRead more …

Love the Leap with Ginger Arboleda – Making Your Business Dreams a Reality

Feb 3, 2021 | Posted by in Announcements | 0
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I first met Ginger Arboleda during the 1st WAHMderful workshop in 2021 where I was one of the panelists. I was curious who it was that Blissmaker Martine de Luna partnered with in putting up the very first WAHM workshop. Ginger was a very dynamic, young woman. I immediately spoke to her about my husband and told her that I wanted to plan something with her. Hubby and I met with her together to discuss it, and though those plans did not push through, Ginger and I remained connected through Facebook and other blogger events.  Source Through the years, I observed Ginger and Manila Workshops and how it has steadily grown. I was surprised oneRead more …

Tree Top Adventure Baguio: Experience the Extreme

Feb 2, 2021 | Posted by in Announcements | 0

Experience extreme adventure and extreme relaxation at Tree Top Adventure Baguio, the only motorized zipline in the Philippines and the only Team Building facility in Baguio. With seven outdoor activities and team building facilities, located within Camp John Hay, surrounded by pine trees and overlooking breathtaking views, Tree Top Adventure Baguio offers an adventure of a lifetime. For the thrill seekers who want to experience extreme adventure, you might want to experience our Tree Drop in which you’ll be suspended 60 feet above the ground, mission impossible style and you’ll be falling as fast as 2 to 3 seconds. This Tree Top’s most extreme activity costs Php 150.00 only and this is one way toRead more …

Taking the ALS A&E Exam – Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test for Homeschoolers

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Guitar Babe took the ALS A&E exam last Sunday, January 25, 2021. I may have mentioned in the past that she is already in college and is doing very well – she’s on the Dean’s List for the last two trimesters, however she got into her college without the benefit of her high school diploma. “What?! How did that happen???” You may be wondering. So let me back track a bit. My children have not been enrolled with any homeschool provider for the last two years. Because of this, Guitar Babe does not have a high school transcript / diploma. I found out from a teacher friend of mine about DepEd Alternative Learning System (ALS).Read more …