• S-U-M-M-E-R by Teacher Mark

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               S–U–M–M–E–R Time flies fast. We didn’t notice that the best time of the year is approaching. After the long cold season that we experienced; it’s now time to hide all the jackets, hoodies, and coats that we used to use because of the extended cool breeze that we can feel. Finally! Summer is coming; so bring out the board shorts and swimsuit to flaunt in the beach.     Now is the right time to plan a perfect getaway with friends and family. In summer, many family plans a holiday that each members will consider to be memorable. Some people really like spending their time with nature such as camping, going on a picnic, spending time on the mountains, and even going to the beach. The weather also adds extra humidity which forces people to look forward to diving into cold water while grilling food at the beach front. It’s …

  • The Philippine Commute by Teacher Joshua

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    The Philippine Commute Moving from point A to B is part of our daily lives. People go to work, to school, and wherever they wanted or needed to be. In the Philippines, commuting is really affordable. In Tagaytay City, there are three types of vehicles which are regularly used by the people – buses, jeepneys, and tricycles. As a person who regularly does commuting, I got a good idea on how fast and affordable they can be; it is a part of my routine. Meet the Philippine vehicles. The Bus The bus fare for roughly one to eight kilometers costs 26 Philippine Pesos (0.51 US Dollar) – enough to go from Face to Face to any mall in Tagaytay City. A 36-kilometer bus ride only costs 60 Philippine Pesos (1.18 US Dollars) – the distance between Face to Face School to Ayala Mall in Imus, a city located just two …

  • Tagaytay’s Name: What does it mean? by Teacher Joshua

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    Tagaytay’s Name: What does it mean?   The story goes like this. A father and son went on a hunt. Their prey is the Wild Boar. The Wild Boar is a fierce animal; when provoked, it can take down a grown man. As the enraged beast charged toward the father, the child cried “Taga (slash) itay! (father)”, “Father hack it!”. The boar was bested by the duo. And the city’s name came to be. City College of Tagaytay, an educational institution located just a few meters away from Face to Face uses the Wild Boar as its team name/symbol — the CCT Wild Boars. Now being improved, the college will have more of the glorious animal. At least 3 sculpted boar heads are found near the gate which is still under construction.

  • La Botella by Teacher Amber

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    La Botella There are times when we want to drink our worries away somewhere less crowded and less noisy. One place that you can visit here in Tagaytay is La Botella Restobar. It is located right across the famous and usually packed Papa Dom’s Bar and Restaurant. This place does not attract throngs of people. It has a homier ambiance and is definitely stylish. Adorning the ceilings are colorful lights fashioned from recycled bottles – hence the name La Botella. There is even a dedicated wall filled with a kaleidoscope of bottles. It’s a very nice background for taking Instagram pictures! They have a variety of food options and are not limited to finger food that goes well with alcohol. There is also a cornucopia of alcoholic beverages. The prices are affordable and definitely suitable to the offerings’ taste and portioning. It’s a great place to hang out and talk …

  • Endaya Cove by Teacher Amber

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    The Taal Lake and Volcano is Batangas’ most treasured gem. It is what made Tagaytay a famous tourist destination having been blessed with its most beautiful view. However, there are also other places surrounding this natural wonder where you can admire its beauty more peacefully. Away from the throngs that crowd Tagaytay every weekend or holiday is my humble hometown, Cuenca. It is more well known for Mount Maculot – a favorite among mountaineers from far and wide. And tucked here is also a quiet haven that gives you amazing views of both the famous lake and mountain. Endaya Cove is owned and run by one of the most prominent families in Cuenca. It is a humble resort with an infinity pool overlooking the magnificent view of Taal Lake and Mt. Maculot. There are also lodgings for different group sizes. They have amenities that can cater to day tour or …

  • The Gift of Netflix by Teacher Bryan

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    The Gift of Netflix One of the questions I often get asked is how old I was when I started studying English. It would then be followed by how I learned English at a very young age. The answer of course will always be the same, and I would also always tell my students that many Filipinos learn the language watching English TV programs, may it be cartoons, movies, or series. Thanks to someone, these English programs have just arrived at our doorsteps. Everybody, meet Netflix.   Whether you are trying to improve your listening skill, or you want to improve your vocabulary, or hone your pronunciation skill, you can do that in your own pace and time while watching movies on Netflix. You can make an account and pay it monthly. The good thing is that you can share it with up to 4 other people, so you are …

  • Nail it! Present it! by Teacher Rina

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    Nail it! Present it!   Presentation is one of the things most of us hate. It can be a demonstration, an introduction, a speech or a lecture that aims to inform,inspire, motivate, persuade and present ideas or products.   Standing in front of the crowd with different status in life, different personalities and different perspectives is never a joke. You would surely find yourself shaking and sweating because of embarrassment. Face to Face Language and Culture School understands how you feel. We know it’s not a piece of cake but we want you to shine. Try these tips to stand out during your presentation: Know your audience. This helps you choose the right topics and materials for your presentation. I suggest you prepare catchy topics suitable for whatever age group, profession or race your spectators belong to.   Be Confident. If you know your topic and have your visuals prepared, …

  • What food doesn’t spoil? by Teacher Norlene

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    Honey    What food doesn’t spoil? Honey  is the only food that doesn’t spoil while in an edible state.   Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is a pleasant stop-off along Aguinaldo Highway away from the bustling city. Named in honor of the Virgin Mary who is said to have caused innumerable mysteries to the place, Ilog Maria engages in natural and handcrafted beeswax products that have salubrious and therapeutic properties.   What are the benefits of honey?     Honey is used as home remedy to relieve cold and cough symptoms.    Drinking warm lemon water mixed with honey can soothe a sore throat.     Honey is a substitute for sugar.    It has a lower value than sugar as it does not raise blood sugar levels quickly.     Honey is rich in antioxidants.    It reduces risks of heart attacks, strokes, and some types of cancer.     Honey nourishes skin …

  • 3 BIGGEST PARTIES by Teacher Bryan

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    3 BIGGEST PARTIES The year is about to end. The decade is about to end. That seems pretty scary when said. Anyway, since we are ending a year in F2F and we are also about to open a new chapter next year, as expected, parties run left and right. In between classes and days, several get together are held such as drinking parties, okonomiyaki parties, English-is-stressful-so-let’s-have-a-party parties, I’m-bored-so-let’s-drink parties, birthday parties, and whatever excuse we all have just to hold a party. Here is a list of the three biggest parties held in F2F.   Anniversary Party While our school was established in February 2014, anniversary party is usually held at the end of March. It is quite fascinating how the school gets bigger and bigger in the photos each year. We are looking forward to seeing a bigger family in 2020! Year End Party To formally close the year, …

  • F2F’S MOTHER! by Teacher Bryan

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    F2F’S MOTHER! Everybody agrees that a mother’s love is the most unconditional power in the world. Mothers are willing to give you anything without asking anything in return. Here in Face To Face, we have a mother who helps anybody anytime. Let’s meet Mariko-san. Mariko-san has been my student for more or less 7 years. I love her very much and I know that everybody does too. She has a very pure heart as she knows how to listen. She is also a good student because she always practices English and she never seems to forget her homework. Surprisingly, she has the mother instinct: she is sensitive to what others feel. She knows when somebody is feeling down or unwell. Plus, she is hilarious! She knows how to make people laugh with her jokes followed by iconic “20 Pesos!” Another good trait of Mariko-san that people love is her vibrant …

  • Creating Possibilities in the Philippines By Teacher Rina

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    Creating Possibilities in the Philippines When you travel, baggage becomes a problem especially if it’s a trip abroad. It’s annoying to carry heavy stuffs while wandering around trying to look elegant. You might end up having a long discussion with the airport staffs because of your excess luggage, too. It’s troublesome. Your goal is to relax and not to find more stress.  No worries! The Philippines has got your back! Aside from its breathtaking views, the Philippines has also a lot of malls that you can visit for your OOTD (outfit of the day) without compromising your budget. One of them is Acienda Designer Outlet Mall. It is the very first authentic international outlet mall in the Philippines. It is located along Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite; 30 minutes away from Tagaytay. It operates from 11 am to 9 pm. You can find your favorite brands (local and international) at …

  • gift exchange by Teacher Amber

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    The second week of Face to Face Language & Culture School’s Kris Kringle is in full swing. This time around, we have invited everyone to join including the students. There were a lot more people than the previous week. Filipinos always say, “The more, the merrier!” The theme for this week was “Something Soft”. Now, for children, a gift that is “soft” would be easy to give. There are various soft items from plush toys, pillows, etc. It doesn’t go the same way for adults, however. We must try to show our creativity again. We also ha a different theme for the names. We would use name of fruits this time and we must include whether we are male or female in the paper to be drawn. I chose to go with Nectarine, or what we call “hairless peach” in layman’s term. The *lucky* person I picked was Kamatis, which …

  • Bag of Beans by Teacher Jiezel

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      A lot of restaurants in Tagaytay offer beautiful views and delicious food. One of them is called Bag of Beans. It’s a posh restaurant where you can enjoy filipino dishes and american breakfast. Some of my students had a lovely one few weeks ago.If you want to wine and dine some friends, I recommend this place. First, the ambience is quite nice. It’s quaint and cozy, and for people like me who are a bit old-fashioned, this is the best place to go. Second, they serve this little blueberry cheesecake that is said to be one of their favorites. You’ve got a sweet tooth? This is the one. Last but definitely not the least, the portions are larger than most places I know. So it’s the best restaurant for people who eat like a horse.

  • PAGMAMANO: A Kiss of Honor by Teacher Cheche

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    PAGMAMANO: A Kiss of Honor What is it about the Philippines that make it different from the rest of the world? Well, for one thing, it is all about Filipino culture. Filipinos are very polite. We have a culture of PAGMAMANO, which is where we raise the back of the hands of their elders to their foreheads as a sign of admiration. Almost the same to hand-kissing, the person giving the greeting bows towards the hand of the elder and presses their forehead on the elder’s hand. This is usually performed with the right hand. The word MANO is Spanish for HAND while the word PO is often used in Filipino culture and language at the end of each sentence as a sign of respect when addressing someone older.It is an ordinary way of building up one’s strong feelings of warmth towards their loved one. What are you waiting for, …

  • New place By Teacher Amber

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    Sip n’ Brew There’s a new milk tea place in town! Luckily, it’s located near the Face to Face Language School building – about 10 minutes on foot and way faster if you take the jeepney. The newcomer chose the old Station 15 Bar building to accommodate customers, just across 711. It’s a humble space but homey on the inside. The staff are nice as well, greeting us with smiles and taking our orders with pleasant faces. They answered questions politely. It was a good practice for my Japanese companions to converse in English with a person other than their teachers. Now, I do not consider myself a connoisseur with anything tea [especially milk tea] since I am a coffee person [ Starbucks holds my heart forever!], however, I was curious about the new place. It has just opened on the 1st of December and a friend shared details about …

  • The Perks of Being an English Teacher By Teacher Jz

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    When I was a kid, just like all my other friends, I dreamt of becoming a doctor so that I could give assistance to people who are sick free of charge, or maybe for a very cheap price. Then when I was in high school, I thought why not be a news anchor or a journalist since I was keen on speaking. Being a dancer and a singer also crossed my young mind because I thought “Why not?” As you can see, I had lots and lots of dreams, but eventually I became an English teacher, and I am beyond glad to have landed this unexpected yet one of a kind job. Why do I love my job so much? I could give you several reasons. First and foremost, I get to grow in my job every single day. Teaching requires not only passion but also hard work. In my …

  • healthy!Cheap!Delicious! By Mafe

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    Hi! Today, I will tour you in my healthy lifestyle (hahaha, I am just pretending to be health conscious, but I am not.) Anyways, let’s start. Lemon water is one of my favorites, so let’s go to the lemon world. Lemons can be easily found in the supermarkets. So, if you are on a tight budget, you can make your own lemon water. It’s cheap. Your 20 pesos can buy a piece of lemon.   If you are lazy, you can just buy lemon water in the store which is located at Fora Mall-Supermarket. For 65 pesos, you can have this refreshment. You can also have some adds-ons such as yakult, kiwi, cucumber, orange and calamansi for additional 10 pesos. I personally recommend lemon water with kiwi. It is so refreshing and delicious. Maybe next time, we can go here and try this together.  

  • Philippine style convenience store by EM

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    Good day everyone! This is T. Em once again for another blog. For this blog I will be sharing about a type of convenience store that has a unique “Philippine style” if you’re wondering about what I’m talking about let me ask you first a quick question. What is your understanding of the word “retail”? If you’re going to check Google it says; “the sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.” That’s easy to understand, right? In the Philippines the word “retail” is taken into a different level, try to imagine this, when you go to a supermarket and buy groceries, you’re already buying goods in retail, right? Here in the PH (PH = Philippines) there is still another level of retail than what you already know and understand. Anywhere and everywhere in the PH you will find these …

  • WRITE! EXPRESS! SCRIBBLE! by Cheche

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    WRITE! EXPRESS! SCRIBBLE! Language Skill #4: WRITING Writing is a communicative skill to send, store and retrieve messages with the help of written symbols. It the process of using symbols like letters of the alphabet, punctuation and spaces to communicate thoughts and ideas in a clear form.   Here are the five benefits of writing for every student: Boosts confidence Stimulates imagination Develops language skills Enable thinking out-of-the-box Acts as a model of self-expression   Writing skills are an important part of communication. It allows you to connect your message with clearness and ease to a far larger audience than though face-to-face or telephone conversation.   Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling are keys in written messages. The reader will make an opinion of you, the writer, based on both the content and presentation, and errors are likely to lead them form a bad impression. DID YOU KNOW THAT? Writing is …

  • best-known wet market here in Tagaytay City by Joana

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    Mahogany Market is the best-known wet market here in Tagaytay City primarily because they offered the cheapest and delicious bulalo in the City. Here you can also find fresh beef and pork meat, fruits and vegetables, fresh and dried fish, groceries, bagged plants and souvenir shops with reasonable prices. For some people they see wet markets as filthy, but this market is an exception. People here are helping each other to keep the place clean. And aside from that, each section has a designated uniform so, it is pleasing to the eye of the tourists and locals who’s visiting the market every day. Mahogany Market is also a great place to mingle with the locals. People here are all friendly and always ready to assist you if you need any help. Come and visit Tagaytay and don’t forget to check out this market because Tagaytay trip is not complete without …

  • Grab in Tagaytay by Mark

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    Grab in Tagaytay Travelling especially at night is quite difficult. People need to wait long time for a jeep or tricycle to pick them up and send them into their destination. It’s also caused inconvenience for some commuters like those who are running late for work in the morning or wanted to go home early in the afternoon. It’s also a struggle when its rush hour. Everyone is waiting for public vehicle hoping that there are some seats available for them to fit in. Grab is one of those cellphone applications that people use to travel using a private car as taxi. All you need to do is to pin your location and where you wanted to go.  After that, they will find the available driver for you. It will take around 5- 10 minutes for the driver to arrive. It is very convenient and fast compared to public vehicles. …

  • The Dining Tables That Never Sleep by Chris

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    The Dining Tables That Never Sleep   Who can say “No” when talking about food? Who doesn’t crave every time you read blogs about different cuisine? And who doesn’t drool over mouthwatering dishes when watching cooking shows? Food is more than survival. With it we make friends, and count our blessings. The sharing of food has always been part of the human story. In the city of Tagaytay some markets have food stalls that do not sleep. Those stalls are in Mahogany Market. They are open 24/7 all year round. Rain or shine, they are always open to serve hungry customers with their delectable dishes. The Cooks and servers often say, “We cook and serve not just tasty food, but we cook and serve with our hearts in it.” Mahogany market food stalls offer various dishes for everyone to enjoy. All ingredients are freshly harvested. The source of meat and …

  • A Park in The Sky by Jz

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    A Park in The Sky by Teacher Jz What comes to mind when you hear the word park? Grass, playground, picnic, swing, ground are almost always the usual answers. However, there is one park in Tagaytay City that is quite unique in its own way, and is supposed to be “in the sky” as its name suggest. It’s the park called People’s Park in The Sky.  To get there from Face to Face School, you have to take a jeepney, which is the most common public transpo in the Philippines, to Olivarez Terminal (9 pesos) and transfer to another jeepney going to People’s Park (16 pesos). The whole commute will take you about 30 minutes. The route to the park is a bit winding and ascending. As you get nearer and nearer, the scenery will get better and better. When you arrived at the park, you will have to pay …

  • “When the Rain is Falling” by Mainard

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    “When the Rain is Falling” By: Teacher Mainard When the rain is falling in Tagaytay All you wanna do is your loved one and you spending time For Tagaytay is a place to create memories That would last for centuries As the rain comes unexpectedly So as your love that makes my heart beats steadily Oh dear, when the rain is fallin’ down My only wish is for you to be around Tagaytay is chilly So when you are coming near me Hold my hands and let me go For forever will I stay with you   When the rain in falling in Tagaytay It’s always a perfect time For you by my side Having tea, watching the raindrops, and forget the nasty past behind.  

  • what is your LIFE ?  by Elbert

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    Volleyball is LIFE! On and off the court…. While I may not have been able to watch volleyball as I would have liked recently, there has been a plenty volleying all around the country. For most if not all conferences, 2019 Grand Prix Second Leg 2019 Volleyball tournament will be held at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa City, Calamba from October 4 to 6, 2019. These rematches are fun to watch because you can make predictions based on the last matchups and still be surprised! So, here I am again, and here you are again also – we are all hoping for the best for team Philippines, aren’t we? After having witnessed a lot of bad things in match four between the Philippines and Thailand yesterday, aren’t we getting more and more into the negative circle of volleyball? But don’t you think we are too focused on …