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My Very First Gaming Keyboard and Gaming Mouse

  My Very First Gaming Keyboard and Gaming Mouse   The keyboard glows.  Isn't it beautiful?  My Inplay Keyboard... ...comes in a small box.  This is my Inplay mouse...  ..and this is one of the many colors that it gives off.  Don't you think this looks a bit scary? Hahaha! My laptop keyboard got messed up; the keys were not working. Panic struck me and I sent a message to my computer technician friend to help me find a keyboard and a mouse. The following day, he came with the keyboard and the mouse.  Upon paying for the items, I installed them—and I was pleasantly surprised because the mouse and the keyboard glow. The mouse, in particular, works like a neon light—it gives off a different color every two seconds.  It turns bright red, light red, bright pink, light pink, purple, green, blue-green, blue, light yellow-green. Hahaha! My friend told me that these are designed for gaming.  Because of these, I am now inspired to learn some computer games. Mobile Legends? League of

Phrasal Verbs Part 1

  To inquire about my classes, or for a trial lesson, email me at Phrasal verbs are phrases that contain a verb and another part of speech. The second or third word can either be an adverb or a preposition. The phrasal verb is composed of two or more words but it functions as one verb. Let’s take a look at the following examples. Of course, there are a lot of phrasal verbs, but first, I will discuss the most common phrasal verbs. Break down Meaning 1: The engine/machine stopped working. I was late for work this morning. My car broke down in the middle of the road.   Meaning 2: to cry almost uncontrollably She broke down when she heard the news that her hamster had died. Drive off - to be inside a car and leave She was so angry. She got into her car, slammed the door, and drove off . Get by - to manage, to survive I don’t have much money now, but I can get by until the next salary day. Get on - to get inside/go inside a bus, a plane, or a t

Stir Fried Vegetable and Oyster Sauce

  I CAN COOK. Most definitely. I even have my own seafood pasta recipe. But, there are times when I just get too busy to even think about cooking—but of course, I have to cook and eat—otherwise, my own stomach would stage an uprising against me. Deliveries? Nah, not so often. I still want the homecooked food, fresh, steaming from my own stove. However, during those times   that I get too busy too cook (which often happens), I just buy some vegetables, clean them and stir fry them, and pour this ever reliable Oyster Sauce from Mama Sita’s. It comes in so many different flavors— but I don’t know how many---just Google it or go to your nearest supermarket to find out how many. Hahaha! It also comes in different sizes, from the smallest to the biggest, but I don’t know all the sizes. Hmm... I need to go back to the supermarket and check it myself when I have enough time.  I buy Mama Sita’s Oyster Sauce in this size because it’s good for one cooking.   I just cook the vegetables very ea

Sorry to, Sorry for

    To inquire about my classes, or for a trial lesson, email me at   Some students of English as a Second Language make mistakes in the preposition that they use after the word sorry. Let’s discuss it in the simplest way possible. Sorry to is followed by a VERB. Example: I am sorry to bother you, but could you please help me with my homework?   Sorry for is followed by a NOUN . Example: I feel sorry for Jake. His pet goldfish died and now, he’s really devastated.   Sorry for is followed by a GERUND. A Gerund is a verb that ends in -ing, but it functions as a noun. Example: I’m sorry for bothering you, but could you please help me with my homework?   JAPANESE TRANSLATION by: Google Translate  第二言語としての英語の生徒の中には、「ごめんなさい」という単語の後に使用する前置詞を間違える人もいます。 可能な限り簡単な方法でそれについて話し合いましょう。 申し訳ありませんが、動詞が続きます。 例: I am  sorry to bother  you, but could you please help me with my homework? 申し訳ありませんが、名詞が続きます。 例: I feel sorry for Jake. His pet goldfish died and now, he’s

A Wonder Called Moringa

  Me, on my way to get some moringa leaves growing in the vacant lot  next to my house. My neighbor saw me, took her phone out, and I struck a pose for her camera lens. Photo credit: Joay Malana Young moringa trees growing in front of my eldest brother's house photo credit: Johanna C. Andres  Young moringa tree growing next to a connecting bridge in Quezon City Philippines moringa trees growing along a country road photo credit: Arcenal D.Andres  lone moringa tree in the middle of a field, seemingly looking up the cloudy sky photo credit: Arcenal D. Andres  Moringa leaves my niece bought at an Asian market in the USA Moringa dish, known as dinengdeng (or diningding) in my ethnic group Moringa fruit is of course edible and yummy!  “Really?!   You ate moringa? But the Philippines is a poor country. How could you afford moringa?” I found this comment from my student a little insulting and funny. Later, I understood that in Japan and in Korea, powdered moringa leaves are quite expensiv

Quite, Pretty, Rather, Fairly + Adjective

To inquire about my classes, or for a trial lesson, email me at   Some students of English as a Second Language sometimes struggle with adverbs and adjectives . Here are the four most frequently used adverbs that are usually followed by adjectives.  The words quite , pretty , rather , and fairly function as adverbs when they are placed before an adjective . They express to which extent something is.   Take a look a the following examples: It’s quite hot today. It’s pretty hot today. It’s rather hot today. It’s fairly hot today. Quite hot , pretty hot , rather hot , and fairly hot all mean “not very hot, but a little hotter than usual.”   A very important note: In SPOKEN ENGLISH, Quite can mean Completely IF you put much stress and emphasis in the accent when you pronounce it. If you want to use QUITE as an adverb which means completely, you can use it with the following adjectives, arranged alphabetically. quite amazing= completely ama