Funny and Memorable Childhood Stories

MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD

 

 

I remember sneaking out from my guardian to play with my friends. Getting soaked under a downpour with other children around the neighborhood was ecstaticTeacher Gay
BANGS

There was an old nipa hut near my grandmother’s house. My cousins said throwing salt would make creatures living there mad and we’d have fever.  It was a challenge we couldn’t resist and so we did. The following day, we had a fever.  That was scary – Teacher Bangs


MEIGETSU

That adventurous feeling of flying a kite during windy summer days with my cousins in the province. Afterwards, climbed the guava tree and ate fruits from up high – Teacher Meigetsu


AZUKA


How i will forget “tumbang preso” and hide and seek during full moon? We always had the time to play, climbed trees like monkeys and fought with boys who tried to bully me and my friends – Teacher Azuka


SHIA

I was 7 yrs old, I and my friends  would go biking and looked for haunted houses somewhere in Buendia. Now, that place has a big mall and  a bus terminal. – Teacher Shia

TOMO

 

I used to steal some money from my dad’s wallet while he was taking a bath. That’s m childhood memory. – Tomohiro Taniguchi



 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. ecstatic – feeling great excitement or delight
  2. soaked – make or allow (something) to become thoroughly wet
  3. sneak out – to go out of a place quietly and in secret
  4. guardian – a person legally responsible for an incompetent person, especially a child
  5. downpour – a heavy rain
  6. nipa hut – a house usually seen in the Philippine countryside, made of Nipa – a type of palm tree
  7. haunted house –  a house or other building often perceived as being inhabited by spirits of dead people who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property
  8. bus terminal – a station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Did you grow up in the city or countryside? How would you compare the living condition of both places?
  2. How did you spend your holidays when you were a child?
  3. What are your funny and memorable childhood stories?

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The Benefits of Adversity

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What difficulties in life have you gone through?

Napoleon Bonaparte was an intelligent, ambitious and skilled military leader who conquered much of Europe during the early 19th century. He said “Victory belongs to the most persevering” which means the person who pushes through adversity is the person with the best chance of achieving their goals. Periods of difficulty teach us many lessons, the most important of these being the principle of continued testing. Nothing of note is gained if we don’t consider trial and error.Adversity provides us with purpose and concentration which focus the mind. Perseverance through adversity also teaches us the importance of responsibility which is a crucial component of success. The gained experiences of taking control of our destiny contribute to the principles that shape a noteworthy character.  Whatever difficulties encountered along the route need be faced and overcome. Fear is an enemy of perseverance but this wall of anxiety must be smashed in order to achieve goals.

Contributed by: TEACHER AZUKA

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. persevering – quietly and steadily continuing a task despite any difficulties
  2. adversity – a state of misfortune or affliction
  3. of note – important, of distinction, famous
  4. crucial – of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
  5. take control – take charge, take hold
  6. destiny – an event or a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
  7. principles – a rule or standard especially of good behavior
  8. noteworthy – worthy of notice or attention

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Looking back at your life and the adversities you had to undergo, did these adversities help you shape your character? How?
  2. In your opinion, is it necessary for people to undergo difficulties in life? Why?
  3. What was the most difficult adversity you overcame?

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Multigenerational Characteristics Part 1

MULTIGENERATIONAL

 

 

Which generation do you or your parents belong?
Baby Boomers – born between 1946 – 1964.  Their dominant characteristics are being individualistic and idealistic.  Work is essential rather than getting big salaries. They look for jobs that are meaningful and companies that contribute good things to society.  A large majority of them have positions of authority.  They are lawyers, firm leaders, corporate executive and managers.

Generation X – born between 1965 – 1977.   They grew up with news on massive layoffs,  corporate downsizing and government scandals.  Their parents usually work and / or come from divorced families.  Since both parents are working, they are often left to accomplish tasks with their siblings.  As a result, they became independent, self-reliant individuals.  They are the generation that grew up with computers and remote controls.  Since they are left alone, they make sure that they place a premium on family time at the same time finding balance between work and life.
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. idealistic – of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
  2. positions of authority – social standing or status; rank;  a post of employment; a job where there is power or right to give orders or make decisions
  3. downsizing – reduce in size or number
  4. massive – containing a great quantity
  5. layoff – end the employment of an employee or a work force, usually for economic reasons
  6. self reliant – relying on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others.
  7. place a premium on – regard or treat as particularly valuable or important.

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Which generation do you belong? What other characteristics define your generation?
  2. The Future Generation (1990s – on going) is yet to be defined.  What characteristics do you see in this generation?
  3. Which generation gave the most contribution in shaping your country to what it is now? Why?

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Multigenerational Characteristics Part 2

MULTIGENERATIONAL

 

 

Which generation do you or your parents belong?
Millennial (Generation Y) – born between 1978  – 1987, they are the toughest generation to manage.  They grew up with parents who value family time and tell their children that they can be whatever they want to be. They are regularly praised and rewarded for their efforts. They were brought up believing that everyone can have a valid opinion and deserves to be taken seriously or heard. This led to millenials growing  up to be self-centered, confident, well-networked and tech-savvy.  They are enthusiastic and confident. 

The Future…What shall we expect from Generation Z: Born between the mid-1990s and the late 2000s.   Not much information yet on this generation.  But since they are the children of Gen Y who are tech savvy, they grew up with access to information through the internet, cellphones, iPods, social media sites.  They will likely be even more ambitious, materialistic and more ‘worldly‘ than any other new generation.

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. millenial – relating to a millennium or span of a thousand years
  2. reputation – the general respect of qualities that the public has for a person
  3. diverse – many and different
  4. tech-savvy – proficient in the use of technology, especially computers
  5. well-networked – knowledgeable in interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.
  6. worldly – of or concerned with material values rather than a spiritual existence.

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you tech-savvy? Can you live without technology such as cellphones, computers, internet, etc.?
  2. Are the characterstics mentioned above true to Japan society? What other characteristics have you observed?
  3. What can you say about Generation Z?

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The Password Pill that Authenticates You

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Are you always forgetting your password?
Motorola company has created an ingenious yet controversial way of handling passwords.  This is in the form of a tiny swallowable capsules  that contain an ingestible minute chip.  It has a sensor that transmits an individual’s personal details.  The pill is designed to move through the body at the normal process of digestion.  The acid that is produced through digestion enables the chip to be activiated. This in turn sends a tiny signal that can be detected and read by any mobile devices and verifies the identity of an individual.

This technology frees the users from such mundane tasks of recalling countless passwords, codes  and security answers.  The capsule is already approved by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators.   
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. ingenious – showing inventiveness and skill
  2. swallowable capable of being swallowed; Relatively easy to swallow
  3. minute (mai-NOOT) – infinitely or immeasurably small
  4. transmit – send from one thing, person or place to another
  5. mundane – not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
  6. recalling – bringing to mind a memory of something; bringing back knowledge from memory
  7. activated – put in motion or move to act
  8. verify – confirm the truth of
  9. ingestible – capable of being eaten
  10. sensor – any device that receives a signal or stimulus and responds to it in a distinctive manner

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Is it a good idea to have this kind of capsule inside the body? Why?
  2. Do you think we will still have the privacy if the government, for example, would make an ID system and have this pill or chip embedded in our skin or body?
  3. Do you think this technology is necessary? Why? Why not? Would you champion this technology?

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Man Suffers a Stroke and Loses the Ability to Feel Sad

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Would you like to stay happy all the time?
Malcolm Myatt, 68,  a retired lorry driver suffered a stroke.   The part of his brain that controls emotions was affected and made him lose the ability to feel sad.   According to the Stroke Association, those who suffer a stroke usually have psychological changes due to the physical damage on the brain.  But this depends on which part of the brain is damaged and the extent of it.  In the case of Mr. Myatt,  the affected part of the brain made him not to feel any sadness or depression.

The retired lorry driver said he has never felt any sadness or depressed ever since his strole and he would definitely rather be happy all the time than be sad or depressed.
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. stroke – a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
  2. lorry a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides
  3. damage physical harm that impairs the value, usefulness, or normal function of something.
  4. extent – the range, magnitude, or distance over which a thing extends

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What usually makes you happy? What makes you feel sad?
  2. Would you want to be like the person in the story where you will not feel sad at all? Why? Why not?
  3. Are there advantages or disadvantages of feeling sad?

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The Weirdest Beauty Pageants: Miss Jail

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Do you like watching beauty pageants?
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Beauty contests in some countries are taken seriously.  One example is Brazil known for its beauty, both natural and human.  Even convicted killers are easy on the rye. The state prison of Pernambuco located in the city of Recife, recently held its inaugural pageant. Dubbed as Miss Jail pageant, it joins in a growing global list of pageants for beauties behind bars.

Twelve contestants joined and were judged according to beauty, general knowledge and good behavior record.  The winning prize is $1,000 in cash which is deposited in the winner’s prison bank account. The winner for Miss Jail 2011 was 19-year old Rebecca Rhaysa Suelen Guedsin who is convicted for murder.   Miss Jail is the latest growing trend around Brazil.  Several behind bar pageants have been held in Rio de Janeiro, Russia, Colombia and Lithuania
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. take seriously – regard someone or something as important and worthy of attention
  2. convicted –  found or declared guilty
  3. easy on the eye – to have an attractive appearance
  4. inaugural – marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office.
  5. dub – give a nickname to
  6. trend – a general direction in which something tends to move

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you have any weird kind of competition in your local area or town? Please tell what it is all about. 
  2. Have you ever joined in any unusual competition? What is it?  Have you ever joined in any competition?  Can you tell something about it?
  3. Do you like joining competitions? Why? Why not?

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Elaina Smith: Youngest Agony Aunt Aged 7

AGONY AUNT

 

 

Do you have an “agony aunt” in your local area?
In 2009, a 7 year old girl named Elaina Smith was offered a slot on her local radio station to give advice to callers.  She tackles  mostly relationship problems such as how to dump boyfriends, how to cope with relationship breakdown and family problems like dealing with lazy or smelly brothers.   She got the job when she rang and offered advice on a woman who asked for advice on dumping her boyfriend.  The little adviser told the woamn to “shake your booty on the dance floor and listen to ‘High School Musical'”.  Another caller asked how to get her man back and she replied: “He’s not worth the heartache. Life’s too short to be upset with a boy.”
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. agony aunt – a newspaper columnist or a radio broadcaster who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write or call in
  2. local Relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area
  3. dump be left by a lover
  4. slot A time assigned on a schedule or agenda
  5. tackles – accepts as a challenge
  6. cope Deal with reasonably well despite some difficulty; come to terms with
  7. rang – to call through the telephone
  8. breakdown – fall apart; stop operation of something
  9. booty the butt of a person
  10. upset Disturb the balance or stability of

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you have a radio broadcaster or newspaper column in your local area that gives advice to people who have troubles or questions? What kind of questions do people usually write ir call in?
  2.  Why do you think people resort to asking advice from other people?
  3. Would you consider asking advice from other people? Why? Why not?

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“Inception” is Real

INCEPTION

 

 

Do you remember your dreams when you wake up?
The character in the movie “Inception” is a spy who can break into someone’s mind and steals information.   It’s the same thing with the movie “Paprika” who goes into someone else’s dream to uncover the cause of anxiety or neurosis.

It turns out that the idea of knowing the mind and controlling dreams is not new.  It’s called Lucid Dreaming where a person could control the outcome of a dream while asleep.   This has its roots in ancient Tibetan Buddhism on which aspirants would practice “Dream Yoga”.  In  where they can perform increadible feats of dexterity while being aware of the illusory nature of existence.  While in a state of dreaming, the dreamer is aware of being asleep and can control the script.   Therefore if someone is having a nightmare,  he or she can change it into something beautiful, waking up feeling exuberant and refreshed.

Dream Yoga is gaining popularity in the West but there are plenty of resources online to begin the training process.
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. break into – enter or open a (place, vehicle, or container, in this case, the mind) forcibly, typically for the purposes of theft.
  2. lucid – transparently clear; easily understandable
  3. outcome – something that happens or is produced as the final consequence or product
  4. aspirants – an ambitious and aspiring young person
  5. feats – notable achievements
  6. dexterity – skillful in using the hands
  7. illusory – an erroneous mental representation

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you ever had the experience of controlling your dream according to your desired outcome? Can you tell about it?
  2. If ever you would have any ability to control the things that you would be dreaming about, what would that dream be?
  3. In the movie inception, a person or a group of persons can manipulate a person’s dreams. If ever that this kind of technology would be available in the future, what are the positive and the negative effects of it to people?

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Life’s Best Moments

BEST MOMENTS

 

 

How did your best moments change you or your life?
There are moments in our life when we begin to realize what life is all about. A turning point. These are our best teachers. We each have moments that are special in our lives, moments when we go beyond what we are usually able to do. Moments when we are especially sublime and elevated, self-confident and courageous, happy and joyful, kind and compassionate, calm and serene, persuasive and influential, insightful and intuitive, forgiving and understanding, and creative and innovative.    During our best moments, we go beyond our own selves in almost unbelievable ways.  Each best moment in our life sheds light on what we can possibly do and who we can possibly be. Our best moments raise our self-image to a degree that our ordinary moments can’t and don’t.

Ever since my father died, I supported my brother’s education until he graduated from the university.  On the day of his graduation, my mother and I went on the stage to be witnesses of the magna cum laude honor conferred on him by the university. The honor and citation given, tassel to the left, and then, to our surprise, a standing ovation. I was so proud of him. Everything I sacrified paid off.  His achievement became my achievement as well. I felt that my life, no matter which way it turns, will always have a happy ending.  – Teacher YVET

What are your best moments?
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. turning point – an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend
  2. go beyond – to do more of something than the expected amount; to go further with something than was required
  3. sublime – of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
  4. innovative – being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before
  5. conferred – grant a qualification, title, right, possession, etc.
  6. citation – An official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
  7. standing ovation – enthusiastic recognition accompanied by the audience rising to their feet and prolonged loud applause
  8. paid off – to yield profits; to result in benefits

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What are your best moments in life?  Can you describe some of them?
  2. How did these best moments change you? Changed the course of your life?
  3. Did that best moment help you to cope up with life’s difficulties? How?

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