70th Anniversary of the First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines (part 2)

I earlier blogged about these stamps here when I bought a souvenir sheet and two first day covers. Yesterday I was able to buy in the Naga City post office a miniature sheet (with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) for 108 pesos. (I also bought an additional souvenir sheet for 55 pesos.)


All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V

This long Tomica appropriately has a long name: All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V. I bought it for around 400 pesos around a month ago at the Toys “R” Us in Robinsons Place Naga.

The model has a scale of 1/80 and is made in Vietnam. It seems that the two vehicles cannot be separated without removing some screws. The red bodies are made of metal; the black bases are made of plastic. The emergency vehicle lights on the top of each vehicle are made of clear red plastic and the windows are made of clear gray plastic. The continuous tracks are made of rubber and can be removed. Although it looks like each track has seven axles, only the frontmost two and the rearmost one can move.

Inside the box, the model is inside a plastic bag together with a cardboard insert (to prevent rattling). There are two unused stickers (with white text “Morita” on a transparent background) intended to be placed on the front of the front vehicle and on the back of the back vehicle. I don’t know why stickers are needed; the vehicle already has writing of the same size and color painted on.

I’ve kept the box in the original plastic wrapper. “Protect the toy, protect the boy.”

This is one of my longer blog posts which I think is appropriate for a long model.

Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New GEC

Last September 2-3, 2017, the Council of Deans and Department Chairpersons of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V held a Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New General Education Curriculum at the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City. According to the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V CHED Regional Memorandum number 82 series of 2017, the activity aims to “enrich approaches in teaching the new GE courses that the General Education teachers will be handling this SY 2018-2019.”

I and Marivic Fullante handled the sessions on “Mathematics in the Modern World.” (I lectured during the morning of September 3, 2017, and she lectured during the afternoon.) Here are the slides that I used: Introduction, Mathematics in Our World, Mathematical Language and Symbols, Problem Solving and Reasoning, and Geometric Designs.

I also talked about the teaching of mathematics using the Filipino language.

Bat vehicles

A new mall, Robinsons Place Naga, recently opened and I was able to buy a few scale models from a Toys “R” Us store there. This Batmobile (Batman v Superman) is in metalflake gray. (The one I got earlier is in black.) This The Bat is in dark blue. (This is apparently the second one I have. For some reason, I had not blogged about the first one.)

Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching ‘Mathematics in the Modern World’

I was a speaker during the Council of Deans and Department Chairs of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V General Assembly held from July 17, 2017 to July 18, 2017 at the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City. I presented a talk about my experiences being a trainer in the Second-Generation GE Faculty Training.

Click here to get a copy of my slides.

’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX

When I was young, I probably had around two dozen scale models to play with. Most of them were the lead characters in stories I would play in my mind. My Matchbox Chevy Van was the A-Team van; my Matchbox Pontiac T-Roof was KITT. But I remember having one car that was so ordinary that it was always a background character. It was a metallic beige sedan, most likely a Matchbox Ford Cortina (Mark IV) from 1982. I don’t have it any more, but I think its front doors opened. I liked that it had metallic paint and that it was an ordinary car.

A few weeks ago, I found a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX that reminded me of my metallic sedan. I normally collect only weird-looking cars or, on rare occasions, muscle cars, but I felt that I had to buy this ordinary-looking car, perhaps to remind me of the times I actually played with my scale models.