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Kid Refuses to Go to School, Parents Make Him Pick Trash to Sell

While most people know the value of education, many kids think of going to school as a chore. After all, it really is quite tiresome to have to spend the entire day in school, seemingly writing and doing various tasks for hours.

But an education is important, especially if you do want to have a better future.

Photo credit: Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul / Facebook

Two parents from Thailand recently went viral for an unconventional way of instilling the value of education to their son; it received mixed reactions on the internet.

Photo credit: Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul / Facebook

Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul and her husband were taking their eldest son, aged 5, to school when the kid threw a tantrum and refused to go. They explained hard to the kid why education is important and why he should go to school, yet the kid still refused to go.

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So, the couple decided to make him pick trash to sell so that he will know just how hard it is to earn money the ‘manual labor’ way. This way, they could teach him that school is important.

The parents decided to take a day off their respective jobs as well to teach the kid this very important life lesson. Together, the parents accompanied the kid around the city as they made him pick up trash to sell.

Photo credit: Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul / Facebook

They walked for 2.2 kilometers and, amazingly, were able to pick up bottles and trash weighing about 2kg. The kid earned 2 baht (US$0.063) after the hard work.


Photo credit: Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul / Facebook

The kid was perspiring hard and was understandably tired after the hard work; thus, he told his parents they should take a bus.

Do you have money? Taking the bus costs 10 baht,” Nuttanitcha told her son.

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Knowing he only earned 2 baht for the hard work and didn’t have the money for the bus ride, the boy said, “No.” When she suggested that they find some more bottles and trash to sell so the kid could have more money, the boy said he won’t take the bus now; they will just walk.

I want an ice cream,” the kid said later as they were walking.

It costs 5 baht, do we have enough?” she asked.

No, I don’t want it anymore,” the kid replied. “I’m so tired, it’s so hot, I want to go home.

After that, the kid no longer complains about going to school.

Photo credit: Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul / Facebook

A lot of netizens believe this was too harsh on the kid, but many also took these parents’ side and said this was one of the best ways to teach the kid that it really is still best if he would go to school.

Some complained that the life lesson was an insult to those who aren’t able to finish their education and are living in the streets, looking for trash to sell, but the parents are really just trying to teach their son the realities in life.

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Jeepney Driver Offered Free Rides for One Day after Son Becomes Engineer

A jeepney driver offered free rides for one day after his son became a licensed engineer.

His story went viral after it was shared by a nursing student who became one of his passengers that day.

Jeepney Driver Offered Free Rides to Celebrate Son’s Success

Parents remain the proudest people when it comes to their children – and it’s really sweet to hear stories of proud parents announcing their children’s success to the world.

When Joseph Salcedo passed the February 2023 Mechanical Board Exams, his dad (Papa Rey) was so proud of his accomplishment that he offered free rides to all his passengers that day.

A jeepney driver, Papa Rey had promised to give out a free rides if his son passes the licensure exams.

He reportedly made this promise at their church.

According to the new engineer, his dad had initially planned on just giving out free rides for one trip or round. But his dad felt so proud of having an engineer son that he decided to treat all his passengers to the free ride for the entire day!

Mark Cynric Baldesco Beriña, a nursing student, was among Papa Rey’s lucky passengers.

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Photo credit: Mark Cynric Baldesco Beriña / The Summit Express

According to Beriña, he had no idea about the free ride until he was about to pay for the fare. Papa Rey happily told him that he didn’t have to pay, proudly announcing his son’s success.

Although he was just one of the passengers, Beriña said that he also felt proud of Papa Rey and his son’s success as he congratulated them both.

Meanwhile, Papa Rey’s son was amused and also quite happy over what his father had done to celebrate his achievement. Because they don’t own the jeep, he said that he offered to pay for his dad’s “boundary” that day.

But here’s more good news: the jeepney owner was also so happy that Papa Rey’s son is now an engineer – and didn’t let him pay the boundary as well. Cool, isn’t it?

What’s a “Boundary” in Philippine Transport?

In the Philippines, public transport vehicle owners charge a “boundary” or a fixed amount of money that their drivers need to pay as rent for the vehicle.

Often, the drivers get to take home any amount they earn above the boundary, though they also have to pay the full boundary amount even if they didn’t earn enough for the day.

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Former Street Sweeper Sends Five Kids to College, Finds Fortune by Selling Tableya

A former street sweeper finds good fortune and sends her five kids to college by selling tableya – and she has become an inspiration to many.

Today, all her five kids have finished their studies, and their home is now a favorite tourist destination. Wow!

Former Street Sweeper Finds Good Fortune in Tableya

People are born with different challenges and fortunes in life. It is said that even if you’re born poor, you can turn your life around and change your destiny.

That’s what Elsa Polot, a mother of five in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, managed to achieve as she found good fortune through hard work.

Back in 1994, Polot worked as a street sweeper. It’s a blue-collar job with low pay. Her husband didn’t earn much as a tricycle driver.

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With five kids to support, Polot decided to find other ways to earn extra income. That’s when she started roasting cocoa beans to make tableya. It’s a tablet-like traditional Filipino food product (“tableya” means “tablet”) made of ground cocoa beans.

To make ends meet, she spent time preparing these products and selling them to her neighbors. She also sold her products on the streets of their city.

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Thanks to her determination and hard work, Polot was able to send all her five children to college.

Kids Upgrade the Family Business

All her hard work didn’t go to waste. Not only are her children professionals, they’re also helping upgrade the business.

Dalareich, a Computer Engineering graduate, also studied in Belgium where she learned the latest technology in tableya processing. She also bought machines to improve their production.

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Amazingly, the family’s tableya products are now being exported to Japan, Australia, and Sweden.

From simply making tableya, the family business has upgraded into a chocolate factory!

Chocolate “Shoes”; Photo credit: CDN Digital
Photo credit: CDN Digital

Today, not only are they producing chocolate, their home has also become a tourist spot known as the “Chocolate House.”

Uses of Tableya

  • “Tsokolate” (syrupy chocolate to match with puto maya)
  • Hot or cold cocoa beverage
  • Chocolate shake
  • Chocolate cookies
  • Chocolate products
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“Mango Flute” Girl Who was Cyber-Bullied at 14, Now a Licensed Engineer

Do you remember the “mango flute” girl who was cyber-bullied back when she was just 14 years old? She’s a licensed engineer now – and looks back to the experience with an advice for others who are experiencing a similar situation…

Cyber-Bullied “Mango Flute” Girl Becomes a Licensed Engineer

People make mistakes. Whether big or small, it’s often how we handle the situation and our attitude that can help us overcome the challenges that this mistake brought to our lives.

Pauline Claire Arucan was only 14 years old when she was subjected to intense cyber-bullying, not just by her classmates but she feels like it was the “entire Philippines” that trolled her at the time.

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It all started with an innocent post about a delicious dessert, which she called as “mango flute.”

The young girl soon posted a follow-up, telling off someone for correcting her that the spelling should have been “mango float.” Instead of accepting her fault or realizing her mistake, she laughed off the correction for being a mistake – after all, is the mango really floating in a mango float?

She added “magic???” to her post, before ending it with “aral poh kasi muna” (that’s why you really should study first).

Of course, she’s the one who made the mistake – and the “mango float” correction was, indeed, correct.

Due to her attitude at the time, and the fact that many people are actually unsure about the dessert’s correct spelling, the post went viral.

Arucan now recalls that she experienced so much cyber-bullying at the time. Still, even if she regrets the tweet now, she was able to rise up and overcome the challenges that followed.

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Proving that the spelling mistake was a one-off, she went on to get 1st place in a spelling bee contest at her alma mater, Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

She didn’t let that one situation get her down – and she recently shared about becoming a registered mechanical engineer.

Photo credit: Pauline Arucan

What’s a Spelling Bee?

This is a competition wherein contestants are asked to spell a selection of words, ranging in difficulty. The contestants should provide the spellings of the words as written in dictionaries.

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