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An Informative Summer

Hope your summer is going well everyone!  The weather today was amazing.  It was balmy, and the breeze from the wind was refreshing.


I'd like to share a few things before I begin.


The 2014 summer session of English Conversation Group started two weeks ago.  Please come join us at New York Public Library's Mid-Manhattan branch if you'd like to practice your English skills.  A lot of the participants that I've worked with are new to the country.  Many of them have just been here for a few weeks so it's a nice, welcoming place to practice English skills with other learners.


Here is the flyer so that you can come and join us:



I met the librarian in charge of the English conversation group, Elizabeth Waters.  She was a wonderful person.  I was initially supposed to meet her during the spring, but since she was on medical leave I didn't get to meet her until the summer.  I enjoy her newsletters that she sends out each week usually detailing how many people attended, what countries they came from, more English resources, and upcoming events that might be of interest at New York Public Library.



I also changed the interface of Breast Cancer Imperative, Inc.'s website.  I redesigned the links and added new information related to breast cancer resources that the President and I found useful.  I tried to keep it as simple and organized as possible after meeting with Ms. Baquiran and taking a graphic designer's consultation into account during the preliminary phase of setting up the website.


BRCAI's Updated Info and Design



I know that Ms. Baquiran has video and other multimedia that she's getting ready for the site so I'll work on getting those up when she gives me the green light.


I tried a new recipe a few weeks ago for a Filipino dish called "Pancit Molo."  It's the Philippine version of wonton soup.  I was pretty excited to try something new and since I was having guests over, I thought, "Why not?"  I practiced a bit when I mixed the filling for the wonton, boiled the chicken breast, and prepared the stock. 


Folding the wontons was novel for me, but once I got two completed, it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought.  Here is a wonderful guide by Nami from Just One Cookbook who detailed simple steps to fold the wonton.  They turned out great, and I was able to fold around 200 with the filling I had.


A small sample of what I folded



The final product: It was delicious!



I was so happy at how it turned out.  The broth was seasoned and balanced with the flavors of the chicken stock and the addition of the wontons.  I didn't want it to be too salty so I kept tasting it as I cooked and added seasonings.  I also cooked burgers and smores cupcakes which tied everything together for a nice summer meal.


Tying in with the theme of cooking, I was watching clips of the finalists from Food Network Star performing on Rachael Ray's daytime talk show.  They had to create a dish that would be tailored to address a food dilemma that a family had (i.e. getting kids to eat vegetables or finding something healthier and quicker to make to substitute fast food eating habits).  They had three and a half minutes to present a dish that they had created in the Food Network Kitchen prior to Rachael's show.


It was entertaining especially when you saw the kids' reactions.  One kid didn't want to try a dish that tried to mask vegetables while another spit out the food for being too spicy from the sriracha sauce.  However, from the parents' critiques, they found the food to be delicious.  I totally understood since children are picky eaters.  Something that's delicious for you might taste unpleasant for them.


Here is the link to their videos from Rachael Ray's talk show site: Dinner Dilemmas (The title is longer so I just shortened it)


I give them a lot of credit because they had to cook, engage the family, acknowledge the audience, and make contact with the camera.  I remembered during my journalism training, I thought to myself, "How bad could it be?"  When I started the interviews, the questions would be in my head, but then I'd get jumbled because my mind would move in different directions.


I became a lot more comfortable with juggling information and engaging the audience (which I'm very thankful to my journalism mentors for), and I was able to transfer these methods to my ESL work and other client/service oriented affairs.


With all of this talk about instructional methods, I'm thinking of what new guides/resources I can add to my page.  I was thinking about something pertaining to English grammar or medicinal math.  I still haven't decided so I'll see where the need will be.

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