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Syrian Blogger Cooks Hundreds of Chicken Kabsa to Feed Evacuees of Taal Eruption

He might not be Filipino but for Basel Manadil who vlogs under the name “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer”, he is “The Adopted Son of the Philippines” – and he loves to give back by sharing his blessings to many Filipinos in need.

Recently, Basel went viral for the many things he did to help those affected by the Taal eruption. He gave N95 masks for free and just recently spent 11 hours cooking over 1,100 servings of chicken kabsa, a popular dish in the Middle East, to give out to the evacuees, again for free!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

It did not matter to Basel that he and his team spent many hours cooking the dish and preparing the meals in packs for easy distribution to the evacuees, as long as he can help many people in need. He bought all the items out of his own money, not even asking for any donations. This endeared him more to many netizens who admired his big heart for Filipinos.

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A lot of netizens agreed that Basel did not really have to do this; he has no obligation whatsoever to give anything to Filipinos. Yet he has proven so many times that it did not matter to him whether he’s Filipino or not, because by heart he is one – and he is ready to help his fellowmen without asking for anything in return.

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

Many netizens thanked him for his kindness and for letting Pinoys taste the favorite dish from the Middle East, while others joked that perhaps he should also give them some because the food looks so good!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

And while there were those who took notice of the feathers still on some of the pieces, others commented that it was difficult for Basel and his team to check each piece of chicken because of the volume they prepared. The Taal evacuees could just take the feathers out with ease. What’s important is that Basel is helping out!

Photo credit: The Hungry Syrian Wanderer / Facebook

What’s Chicken Kabsa?

Chicken kabsa is a popular dish that’s thought to have originated in Saudi Arabia but is also picked as national dish among many countries in the Middle East. This dish makes use of basmati rice, chicken thighs or wings (or even whole chicken), carrots, lemon, tomato paste, and other vegetables.

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Licensed Teacher Becomes Waiter in Kuwait, Admits Feeling Down but Shares Success Story

He graduated from Secondary Education major in English in De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, one of the prestigious universities in the Philippines in 2015. But though he is a Licensed Professional Teacher, netizen “JM Papa” would become a waiter in Kuwait.

Admitting to feeling down over what he had gone through, JM Papa would later share his success story in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.

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Photo credit: JM Papa / Facebook

According to him, he was a consistent 100% university scholar and government scholar, too. He was also quite active in school, involved in various activities from singing, dancing, acting, leading, cheerleading, and so much more.

From Teacher to Waiter

Despite being a professional, he found himself working as waiter in a casual-dining restaurant in Kuwait.

From a high-achieving individual to a waiter. When I started working as a waiter, my co-workers were always questioning my decision. You could’ve been teaching in a public school in the PH but why did you choose to be a waiter in Kuwait. It’s solely because of my dream not only for myself but most especially for my family,” he lamented.

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Photo credit: JM Papa / Facebook

He was quick to explain that he’s not putting waiters down, but actually respects them. Yet as a teacher, he felt that he could have done better. But as the months passed and he was able to build a house for his family in a gated subdivision, he felt so much better. After all, the waiter job in Kuwait paid twice the salary of a public school teacher in the Philippines.

From Waiter to HR Coordinator

Yet JM Papa admitted that he felt down and lost his self-confidence, especially because he wasn’t recognized as a good worker at his job. He didn’t have the courage to apply for a higher position. Thankfully, he managed to overcome that eventually.

He got hired as Human Resource (HR) Coordinator at a prestigious general trading & construction company in Kuwait. This definitely helps him feel more confident now – and certainly pays a better job than being a waiter.

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Photo credit: JM Papa / Facebook

What is an HR Coordinator?

The HR coordinator assists HR managers with recruitment, maintaining employee records, payroll processing, and providing administrative support to all employees.

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Teacher Goes Viral for Giving Gifts to Honor Students as Encouragement

These days, there are so many things that distract students from learning so that many no longer focus on their studies. That’s why it has become a huge challenge for teachers to find ways to keep their students motivated.

Recently, a teacher went viral for giving gifts to honor students in his class for encouragement – and the move has earned praise from students and parents alike.

Teacher Lemuel F. Java, a Grade 9 Values Education teacher of Ramon Torres National High School in Bago City, Negros Occidental, prepares gifts for his honor students, aside from the certificates of recognition that he also prints out. Apparently, he has been doing this since he started teaching, as a way to motivate his students to do better in school.

Photo credit:Lemuel F. Java / The Summit Express

Simple treats for my 3rd grading list of students with honors. Congratulations. #SanaAll,” the teacher wrote.

The teacher also apologized to his students for the simple gifts he gave them, but many netizens were already quite impressed that he prepared them the full-sized certificates of recognition. Moreover, this wonderful teacher gave the honor students one pack of chocolate wafer sticks and some cute, colored ballpens for them to use.

Considering that these gifts and certificates were provided for the third grading honor students, netizens deduced that this teacher had also given his students other gifts in the past.

Photo credit:Lemuel F. Java / The Summit Express

I just want to make them feel appreciated sa mga efforts nila. In my own little way masarap din sa feeling na na aappreciate din nila yung binibigay ko. Since nag start ako sa aking teaching profession, yes lagi ko na to ginagawa sa advisory ko na nakakakuha ng honor,” this wonderful teacher told The Summit Express.

Kudos, Sir!

What’s a Wafer?

A wafer is a thin, light, and crisp item, often a food item that is eaten with chocolate and/or ice cream.

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Student Goes Viral for Honest Excuse Letter after Not Being Able to Study for Test

For many students, getting high grades is important, particularly if they have strict parents who won’t accept their failing marks! Sadly, there are a lot of students who would go to great lengths to cheat on their exams, just so they could get good grades.

But one student recent went viral for writing an honest excuse letter after not being able to study – and his teacher admired it so much that the note was posted online. Quite amazingly, the note has gone viral and both the teacher and student received admiration from netizens!

Teacher Rinzie Vargas, a Senior High School and College Instructor at ACLC College of Mabalacat, shared a photo of his student’s excuse letter. The teacher admitted that he was rather surprised to see the excuse letter as he really though the student was simply answering the test when he handed it to them.

And while he admired the student’s honesty for writing the excuse letter instead of cheating, saying that he appreciates character and values more than high grades, he would later learn that the student actually met an accident on the day they had the lesson. Thus, he as unable to answer the test because he had no idea what the lesson was all about!

This earned both the student and the teacher admiration from netizens, especially the teacher who readily accepted the student’s heartfelt excuse even if he didn’t know then that the young man had been in an accident.

Photo credit: Rinzie Vargas / Facebook

I was touched and moved about this statement from one of my students, I’m not expecting that he’s going to write this, I thought he’s taking down his answers on our quiz. Thank you for making yourself honest.

‘PLEASE APPRECIATE’ This was the greatest words I’ve ever seen.

Take note, not all of us are getting an appreciation to others. So please even a small thing, try to remind yourself you have to appreciate from it.

Of course, the teacher also warned his students that just because he admired this one and accepted his excuse letter, it does not mean that the others should also follow and simply write him one if they were unable to study.

Let’s just appreciate this post po. Nakakatuwa lang kasi sa tinagal tagal ng panahong nag eexam kami, ngayon lang siya nag-iwan ng mensaheng ganito. Nakakatuwang isipin lamang na may ganito pa palang imahe ang bawat mag-aaral.

TAKE NOTE AGAIN, hindi ko nirerekomenda na gawin din ito ng iba pang mag-aaral. Sadyang BAGO lang para sa akin ito. (EFFORT din tayo)

Photo credit: Rinzie Vargas / Facebook

Vargas updated the post, sharing that he had already talked with the student and offered to give him a special exam on the subject. This will give him time to study for the quiz and also let him have a grade for the missed test.

EQ Versus IQ

A person’s emotional quotient (EQ) defines the ability to identify, evaluate, control, and express emotions while the intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess an individual’s intelligence. While IQ is definitely important, EQ determines a person’s ability to manage feelings and relationships – and that’s more important in real-life setting.

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