Category Archives: Parenting

MMC Math Challenge (Grade 1)

Do you need sample questions for the Grade 1 Metrobank – MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge? Check below:

1. What is the sum? 11+12+13+14+15+16+17

2. What is the tens digit of the sum 47 + 56?

3. Jo has 48 candies. She will give 5 candies to each of her friends. What is the largest number of candies that she can give?

4. Kit and Kat had 50 stickers in all. Then, Kit gave Kat 5 stickers. They then have equal number of stickers. How many stickers had Kit initially?

5. Angel colored the flowers drawn on her book as follows: pink, red, purple, yellow, pink, red, purple, yellow and so on. What color is the 30th flower?

6. An Old book has missing pages. Next to page 20 is page 35. How many sheets of paper were missing?

7. Shown is a stair that is 3 cubes tall. How many more cubes are needed to make the stairs 8 cubes high?

8. Rico had 55 pesos. Father gave him two 50-peso bills. Uncle gave him four 20-peso bills. How much money had Rico in all?

9. If the digits in 58 are interchanged, will the number increase or decrease? By how much?

10. A total of 50 men and women are in a bus. There are 14 more men than women. How many women are in the bus?

11. Ms. Peres has 40 pupils in her class. Yesterday, ¼ of the number of pupils were absent. How many pupils were present?

12. How many digits are used for printing the page numbers of a booklet with 25 pages?

13. Mother made 15 cookies. There are 10 cookies with raisins and 10 cookies with nuts. How many cookies have both raisins and nuts?

14. A bus can hold 45 passengers. The bus starts out empty and picks up 1 passenger at the first stop, 2 passengers at the second stop, 3 passengers at the third stop and so forth. After how many stops will the bus be full?

15. Ben and his younger sister have the same birthday. This year, the sum of their ages in years, is 21. What would be the sum of their ages 3 years from now?


Papary Glands

“Papa, unsa ni?” (Papa, what is this?)

Asked my then 3 year old son while pointing at my nipples.

I was about to say dede (mammary glands in our local term) but decided not to. We refer dede to his feeding bottles as well… saying it will just confuse him. So I replied:

“Mammary Glands!”

He paused. Confusion all over his face. Then blurted out:


LOLl!! It turned out that he asked his Mama the same question days before. And he got the same answer. Since I am a Papa, it is but only proper that they be called papary glands!

What a logical mind!


I love weekend!

If you have a regular 8am to 5pm job Monday to Friday, weekend is the best part of the week!

You got to spend a lot of time with your kids, right? Well if you have any. And if you love to be with them.

Here are snapshots over the weekend:




My boys are still in their PJs when we took our stroll around the neighborhood.



Pulling toy cars? We haven’t done that for a long time. We revived the idea.

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I think we made a fuss around the community. People from all corners stared at us when we passed. Or maybe it was the noise produced by those little wheels.



Thanks wifey for capturing the moment. Mwah!


Art Attack

A few weeks ago, I gathered my two kids and decided to engage them into some artwork.

We have two cake boxes lying in the corner waiting to be disposed. The boxes were nice because they are laminated and they looked sturdy. So I came up with an idea of making some masks out of those scraps.

Here’s our finished product:



Zyk was supposed to be Kevin – the Blue Power Ranger. I don’t have a picture of Kevin so I just made it up. The eye holes were not perfect. Hehehe! I can’t find our cutter that’s why. I used a knife in making those holes. 😦 The mask lacks color too… don’t blame me for that. The little boy was so eager to try it on already. So, I handed it to him unfinished. Later, when his Kuya got an opportunity to “remodel” it, he grabbed the chance and drew the lopsided mouth.

Ryx, who was still obsessed with Blu, the Rio movie lead character, asked if I can make it. It was feasible so I embarked on the idea. I cut out the flaps of the box to make the beak. Yeah, it was like a real beak – BIG and protruding. Again, a knife was used to carve the eye holes and Ryx did the coloring.

Of course the kids like our outputs. But the masks can still be improved, right?

Suggestions please.


On Leave – On Work

Another post from Eena:



I was recently on leave for two days. On the first day, Ryx and I had to hang out at the office for an hour or so while waiting for my schedule to go somewhere. In case people came to see me for official business, I printed a sign “ON LEAVE” and placed it on my table. Of course, he asked what it meant, so I explained it to him.

The following day, I didn’t go the Office at all, but Ryx and Dida dropped by there to get something. When I reported back for work, I was amused to see that a sign was still on my table, but this time, it was a handwritten one that read “ON WORK.”


Turns out that it was the handiwork of Ryx who had written “On Work” on the other side of the sign “On Leave” I made.


Note: Another post by Eena

I had earlier bathed Ryx, making sure he was properly soaped and shampooed. He again told me that Dida doesn’t help him take a bath that much anymore, since according to her, he is already a big boy. “Mama, bisag imo siyang giingnan tabangan ko ug sabon, dili jud sya mama.”

Afterwards, as agreed, while I was in the bathroom for my bath, Ryx was already allowed to use the computer. Before, he usually watched any of his favorite cds (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Bob the Builder). But lately he usually starts with his favorite features in Encarta (dinosaurs, fish walking in water, whales, etc.), then proceeds with his Beetle Ju session. But this time, he wanted to watch Mickey Mouse again and so clicked on the media player.  Unfortunately, Zyk, who was having a nap on the bed, got awakened by the loud sounds, so we had to turn off the monitor to make sure Zyk goes back to sleep.

Surprisingly, Ryx didn’t make a fuss and willingly went to the kitchen. Since I had just finished taking a bath, I told him we will put lotion together on our arms and legs. Especially his, coz his knees and elbows are beginning to look like chicken/snake skin. So I put some lotion on his palms and told him to rub them on his arms and legs. We were just there, at the kitchen table (so we would be far away from the room and not disturb Zyk) while he was applying lotion on his skin. After he was done, and seeing that he missed some places, I finished the job for him, including putting some lotion on his neck.

That was when he spoke up and said: “Mama, lami gyud kaayo ug naa lang sigi ang Mama ug Papa, nu? (Mama, it’s really very nice if the mama and papa are always home!) I was so touched by what he said that I couldn’t react right away. I think he was thinking about me, giving him a proper bath, and his Papa, putting zyk to sleep. And then us, putting lotion on his dry skin and the sheer joy of doing all the other little things we do together on weekends.

Before I could speak up, his busy little brain probably remembered my previous explanations why papa and mama have to go to work (we need to work, langga, so that we will have money to buy food, and milk, and clothes. And toys and books if we have extra money). Which explains why he then said: “Unta mama, naay maghimo ug daghan kaayo coins!” Probably he was thinking if there were lots of coins, (which he considers as money, he doesn’t care much about paper bills) we wouldn’t have to work anymore. But again, before I could retort, he then changed his tack and said: “Ah, unta na lang mama, everytime mupalit ta, libre na lang unta!” To which I hopelessly quipped,” Lagi langga, libre na lang unta nu!”

Thankfully, he didn’t see how affected I was by the conversation since he already ran off after his papa called to say that he could continue using the computer already, zyk had gone back to sleep. It’s been several times that he had asked me not to go to work so I could stay with him. And it was only last Sunday that I realized that he already understood why we had to work. Since he knew we needed to. That’s why even after realizing how nice it is to have his parents home,  he didn’t ask us anymore to stop working. He was just left with the wishful statement, “Every time we “buy” something, I wish it would just be for free!”

If only that were so! If only that were true! But it’s not, and it will never be. So we just have to be contented with doing our best to make the weekends count, and the times that we get to be there for them. (“Holidays pud, mama”). Maybe that’s what makes these times more special, knowing that no matter how simple the activity is (taking a bath, putting lotion, etc.) it means a lot to them, and to us. And I just hope that deep inside, they know that if we had a choice, we would spend more time with them. Love you kids.