Author Archives: Headmistress

Intercultural communication- teen girl level unlocked

Have I shared this story? Three of our Korean students are in need of a private practice spot for a dance performance and they have asked if they can use the library some days when it’s open after school, but nobody else is here. There’s no reason not to let them, so I said yes. […]

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Is it just me?

Don’t eat food if a fly lands on it, as they carry more dangerous bacteria than previously thought, warn scientists… My first thought when I read this wasn’t “Oh, no, throw out more food!” It was, “Wow. The human immune system is even more incredible than I realized.” My second thought is, “Who can afford […]

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Three commercials to whiten skin

(Puti means white) This is just a sampling of the type of beauty product advertising we see here regularly, and I don’t even have a television. A while back the twitterverse was having a meltdown over an alleged beauty product commercial which supposedly valued white skin over dark. As it turned out the outrage was […]

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Eating at the kerenderia

This is bangus, a really delicious fish.  We have it at least once a week at home, and sometimes for lunch as well. The above meat was a bit of a mystery.  The lady at the kerenderia told me it was pork but she couldn’t think of the right English word to tell me more […]

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Western Assumption: Kids Need Their Own Room

If you’ve read here very long at all, you already know that this is not a western assumption I share or value, and I have mentioned before how strangely ingrained it is.  I don’t mind so much that some parents *want* their kids to have their own room(s).  What I strongly object to is the […]

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