Tuttle Publishing’s A Geek in China Review

Tuttle Publishing’s A Geek in China is written by Matthew Christensen for all of us who wants to know China a little bit more. As someone who has Chinese blood, I would like to know more about China. I have been studying China from the history books and I’ve been to China once – but that isn’t enough for me to know about its culture and life. So, I was pretty excited to look through this book to get a glance of what modern China has to offer!

There are 6 chapters in the glossy magazine type book. Chapter 1 – China Past and Present, Chapter 2 – Chinese Culture and Food, Chapter 3 – Chinese Character and Society, Chapter 4 – The Face of Urban China, Chapter 5- The Chinese at Play , Chapter 6 – Visiting China.

China is one of the world’s oldest nations and has a very rich culture.

As I read through the different pages of this magazine, I can’t help but be amazed how this country has transformed through the years and how much of their traditions are still preserved today. Food, family culture, history and urban china are some of my favorite topics!

It is true that this book only gives us a glimpse of life in China- but it is a worthy resource guide, especially for those who want to experience China and understand its culture.

This book contains over 300 color photos and 144 pages which comes in paperback format. The pages are glossy and looks like a magazine. More information can be found here: http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/books-by-country/a-geek-in-china-paperback-with-flaps

 

Tuttle Publishing’s My Awesome Japan Adventure Review

Written and illustrated by Rebecca Otowa, My Awesome Japan Adventure is a very interesting and fact-filled book written for 10 years old and above. If you are planning a trip to Japan soon or simply want to know more about Japan, this book is for you! The book is written in a  diary format, using the language of a 10 year old who visited Japan for a couple of months.


The book shows an overview of the culture, food, family traditions, school scenarios and the Japanese language. I learned so much and the book is easy to read. I am also asking my kids, ages 13 and 10, to read the book to learn about Japan too! Who knows, we might just be blessed to visit Japan soon.

My Awesome Japan Adventure is a hardcover book with 48 pages. It is available from Tuttle Publishing and in bookstores nationwide like Fullybooked.

IDMC 2017

I was able to attend IDMC or Intentional DiscipleMaking Conference in Singapore from August 31 to Sept 2 this year. It was unplanned but the Lord blessed me with the airplane and accommodations for the trip. It was my first IDMC experience and it was a beautiful one. It was a heart probing and deep reflection type of conference. I went there with an expectant heart and the Lord has used this conference  to rekindle my spiritual passion.

It was awesome to be with 5,300 delegates from all over the world and be worshipping God together. It was even more special to know that I’m not the only one who wants to  draw nearer to God and have a deeper relationship with Him.

The topics were divided into 7 plenary sessions. And each one focused on how to rekindle our spiritual passion. If you asked me which one was my favorite – I would have to say every session was equally relevant and important. Rev Edmund Chan was able to divide every lesson into bite-sized life application and gives enough time to really reflect on my life after every plenary.

My heart needed to be broken so that the Lord can do an inner work in my life. I must “break up the fallow ground” so that my spiritual passion will be restored. There are 4 areas in my life  which needs to be checked upon – “primal wounds of the heart”, “cyniscism of the mind”, “paralysis of the will” and “overcrowding of the soul”.

I was also able to attend workshops about “keeping fresh in the ministry” and “living the intentional life”.  The workshops were panel discussions among different individual sharing their personal lives and how they relate to the topics. It was a very candid sharing of lives and experiences – which allows the attendees to get a glimpse of how God is working in each of their lives.

I went home broken yet filled because I know that the Lord is with me. His love propels me to move forward in the calling He has set in my life. My spiritual passion is renewed and I pray that in the coming days, I shall always be reminded of all that I have learned from the conference and that I experience God in a deeper way in my life.

 

Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017

For the past years, I have been attending the annual Philippine Homeschool  Conference. It has constantly been a source of inspiration and encouragement for me to go on this less traveled journey of homeschooling. As we have been homeschooling for  the past 7 years now, there are still days that I get frustrated and unsure if what we are doing is enough for my children. Homeschooling conferences always give me that “extra push” I need. The different speakers give me more creative ideas which we implement at home. The products at the Expo always provide good resources which are helpful in making learning at home more fun!

This year’s conference is entitled Homeschool to the Future: Educating for the World of Tomorrow and it is happening on October 7 at Treston International College at BGC in Taguig.

Homeschoolers must learn that education for the future should go beyond mere memory work and these skills are important to succeed : critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills.  The conference aims to encourage and equip homeschooling families in their journey through practical breakout sessions, the expo filled with educational materials, and by providing a venue where homeschoolers can meet and gather as a community.

Keynote speakers include:
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan speaking on Back to Basics Parenting in the Technological Age
Efren Penaflorida speaking on Unconventional Education: Empowering the Youth for the Future
Marissa Leinart speaking on The Best Option for Education in the 21st Century: Homeschooling Know Your Kids. Discover Their Passion. Learning Happens

Each attendee can choose 2 Breakout Sessions. Here are the sessions you will choose from:
Session: We Want to Homeschool! Now What?
Session: Homeschool for Free
Session: The Juggling Act: Home Management for Teacher Moms
Session: What I Learned in My Rookie Year of Homeschooling
Session: The Working Homeschool Mom
Session: 7 Tips for Teaching Multiple Age Students Without Losing Your Mind
Session: Narration 101
Session: Carving Out Me-Time for Busy Homeschool Moms
Session: No Fear! Homeschooling Through High School
Session: Technology in Your Homeschool
Session: Raising Financially Literate Kids
Session: That Thing Called “Gap Year”
Session: The Treston Way: Excellent and Ethical Education in a Caring Community

The Early Bird Rate of P800 per person is until Sept 30 only! Hurry! Register now by clicking on this Philippine Homeschool Conference registration link.

See you there!

The Chinese Wonder Book Review



Coming from a Chinese family, I am interested to share to my children some Chinese heritage and stories. I am grateful that Tuttle Publishing has published The Chinese Wonder Book by Norman Pitman. It contains 15 classic Chinese folktales which has brought joy to countless families.

The amazing stories included are:

  • The Golden Beetle or Why the Dog Hates the Cat
  • The Great Bell
  • The Strange Tale of Doctor Doo
  • The Talking Fish
  • Bamboo and the Turtle
  • The Mad Goose and the Tiger Forest
  • The Nodding Tiger
  • The Princess Guanyin
  • The Two Jugglers
  • The Phantom Vessel
  • The Wooden Tablet
  • The Golden Nugget
  • The Man Who Would Not Scold
  • Lusan, Daughter of Heaven

But my daughter’s favorite so far is “How Footbinding Started”. She found footbinding to be a strange Chinese tradition so she was truly interested to read this story.

The Chinese Wonder Book is a hardbound book with 96 pages of full-color illustrations by Li Chu Tang, This is actually originally published in 1919 and has been republished for the new generation to enjoy.

You may get this book from Tuttle Publishing.