On twinkle toes’ posts about me

I don’t choose to look back on this memory, it’s been more than one year since I left and i really wanted to move on from leaving this place i called another home for a year or so. I don’t want to post hate online but i believe people are not dumb, and everyone we be better knowing my side of things as well. I will just allow this post, and my actions from here on, to speak for myself.

Im making this a public post unlike my former employer Ms. Cherrie May Umbalin who chose to hide her posts from me or my family so i would not be able to see them. Thanks to your hateful and snarking posts, people i don’t even know, and who don’t even know me, hate me. Though I try to avoid trouble, I still think that when something wrong is being said about you, I have to defend myself tactfully and honestly. I am aware of every single thing I had done. I even have all of her emails to show everyone involved, as she has decided to post about me, seeking for affirmation from her friends to wish ill on me. She was a really close person to me, until she wasn’t. I felt like I left on good terms when I started my own ballet program because I had sent her my resignation letter (before which I had already talked to her about leaving) which will be included under this post. I even sent it a month before leaving and yet I still taught at her school afterwards.

Now, I get people from other schools saying that I am stealing students. I never did drag anyone to my school or force them to come. They came and paid at their own will. Stealing or Poaching people is a funny term to be used. I mean, if a person tries and ends up preferring my training to yours, that’s on him or her, not me. And if a person decides to leave my ballet program and join your school then no problem –that only reflects on her preferences. I will tell you all though, since I left twinkle toes ballet and music academy, in Fairview, I have had only 5 of her students come and join me at their own will, wiith them messaging me first and not the other way around.

This ia a post that she recently shared online: It was sent in to me by a friend of mine since I obviously would not have seen it.

The third photo caught my attention, because this photo is actually of my current assistant Sophie. She allowed me to use the photo in this post.

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Sophie actually was the one who approached me, expressed her dislike for the school and how she was treated. She expressed to me that she wanted to work with me after as my assistant and that the only reason why she stayed at twinkle toes was because of me. It was of course her decision to come and not mine, and so I would like to clarify that, since she used this photo to show that I was inviting people.  (I will get to the schools system after this)

REASON 1: HOW THE SCHOOL IS RUN 

When I first got there, there was no system at all. I remember my first year, there even wasn’t a schedule. I was just told to come in from a given time and there was no specified ending time, which I found weird. I was the one who made the ballet schedule, being a person who actually runs on a schedule. I was really keen on setting up one. I wanted to help the school because I saw a lot of talent among the students there. I think every parent who was there really knows how much work I put into the school.

The school owner, Ms. Cherrie, and I would talk a lot after ballet because I would encourage her to set up more shows or more events for the kids or things to look forward to so that they could get better and more exposure. She did so and followed through, but the system of the school, or lack thereof remained the same. She would charge the parents extra PER MINUTE for going overtime. She always encouraged me to extend their training so that they could be charged more. I never knew that a school would charge a per minute fee of overtime. Talk about ethics. So I’m sorry to those parents who paid overtime per minute, but rest assured I only got paid per hour and wasn’t privy to her schemes.

Now, I’m not sure if that has changed or not but I’m hoping it has.

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REASON 2: HONG KONG COMPETITION TRIP

I went to hong kong with her daughter and another student of twinkle toes. As their coach, I wasn’t asked to go to Hong Kong with her and the school. I found that to be a bit saddening and I really wanted to come because you trained the kids and your presence would be beneficial for them. I didn’t push it but when the other parent expressed that they wanted to pay for me to be there, I opened it up with Ms. Cherrie. The parents expressed to me that they wanted me, the coach, to be there and not Ms. Cherrie. They knew that they wouldn’t be taken care of because her daughter would be competing too.

We enjoyed our time in Hong Kong regardless of Ms. Cherrie. I got to talk to my student and have coffee with her and her parents. We had a long talk about leaving the school, as they were not satisfied with the way things were.

In the end Ms. Cherrie told me that she wanted to discuss my payment but I told her in a message maybe we could discuss it in person. I never got a meeting to discuss it, i found that really unprofessional on her part. She then told me that she would pay me partially every month for my fee and all other expenses but we never really got to discuss the rate. I don’t know how things like this work and I was just too tired and I didn’t want to see her anymore. If she really did want to pay me she really would have paid me already. The parents on the other hand were very clear on the intent of me being there with them in Hong Kong and we constantly were with each other.

If you go to these competitions, you would not be paid for being there to support the students. Sometimes you couldn’t even watch if you didn’t have a ticket. It would be an ordeal from 7am-9pm and it was really no fun at all. On top of that, not getting paid for your time might be fun at the start because you would think, hey, it’s an experience. I was happy the first time, because that was the first time we joined and that was my first competition where I coached my students (Which i guess are her students under the school, technically). It was nice seeing the kids improve and I loved that feeling. But when it starts to feel like work and you’re not getting paid, things can get sad.

FINALLY: RECITAL

As for twinkle toes’ recital many people know that I did almost everything for them last 2017. I was backstage, i did the kids make up, most of the choreography, the program set up, i was the PA backstage, i had the headset and was even the one on the microphone announcing intermissions. But I was only paid as a teacher, and none of those other roles. That day was utter chaos and just one of the worst days of my life. I was paid but i feel like doing all of that was not part of my obligations. But If I didn’t do those things who would have? She had no sound director, lighting head, she had no trained assistants. Of course I knew how it worked, I’ve been living in the theatre for almost 14 years of my life.

That was the last straw for me, i couldn’t stay in a job where I knew I couldn’t soar any higher. I knew I could really do so much more than that. I felt useless that I got so frustrated but then I had an opportunity to go to Latvia. It felt like a chance to start fresh before coming back.

To get one thing completely straight. I absolutely loved my students at twinkle toes. Everyone knows I would spend my Sundays there or even make time beyond what was agreed upon. If you are or used to be a parent with twinkle toes you would probably know she always does this.

I posted a video of our student (her school, but my coaching) because I was proud of her. The parents of that student trusted me with her training and they were the ones who wanted me to be in Hong Kong. Now, Ms. Cherrie has and entire issue with the video, as if it’s completely hers and the student has no say in it. The student is in my program now.

Another issue was that one of her students wanted to come with me. I offered this girl a scholarship since her mom asked. If you knew this girl, she was and is really gifted. I wasn’t aware that she was on “partial” scholarship under NO CONTRACT with Twinkle Toes. It became a really big issue and I told Ms. Cherrie that under her contract, I would not allow the student to come to my program without settling her fees with twinkle toes first. I felt as though this wasn’t an issue with me, as it was ultimately the decision of the parent to pull her out, and settle her dues. I also included at first that as a scholar, the mom needs to bring in 2 students, The mom did eventually invite 2 people for me even if it did take a little while. I was informed in a text message from Ms. Cherrie later on that I was lying because she knows someone who joined my program and said that there were no other students. How would this person know? Since she only came a few times. We all can’t just run on these assumptions and allegations and post angrily online.

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So think what you will, but i really think we should just move on with our lives. That’s what I’m doing. I am so happy with the current dance program im putting up but i know i have to do this first to put this issue to rest. I am still inviting anyone who wants to learn ballet the proper way from someone who thinks that ballet is an art, beautiful and brilliant and not only business. Im crazy about it —my eyes are set on my students falling madly in love with ballet just as much as me.

I’m not someone who jokes around when it comes to ballet because just like any good teacher, we acknowledge that our community is one of tradition. Insulting me would be an insult to all of the teachers who has ever taught me. Of course, people who have not been through the training and the culture that I and many other individuals have been through, would never understand, as she does not.

Guisados, Congressional Ave.

I’ve been driving past this place every week and I finally found the time to stop by. Guisados, the place where all the pretty motorbikes are lined up everyday.

The place feels a bit claustrophobic, its like being in the car. Parking space would only accomodate about 4 cars at most. But the food would compensate for that. We had the sample taste of the soft tacos, sisig appetizer and an extra corn on th side.

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Here’s what it would look like from the outside.

 

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This would be the inside of the place. The place is very small and would accommodate only a few number of families and friends.

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Sizzling Sisig Php 150 which came with soft tacos and a spicy sauce. I ordered an extra sour cream sauce on the side.

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5 sampler tacos Php 239. It may look small but it is VERY filling.

Budget: At most your budget would probably be Php 500 for 2 persons. The price ranges from about 100-300 per meal. Orders are just the right serving size.

Recommendation: I really loved the sisig. They told us that the soft tacos were the best sellers. But we tried all of the soft tacos and I still say that the sisig should be a best seller.

I would definitely come back here for a quick merienda meal. The location and parking is probably the only downside to this place, but then again Congressional is a booming place for food parks and new restaurants. I hope to see more in their menu next time! Would definitely come back for more of that Sisig and next time I’d like to try their Quesadillas when I finally can stomach cheese after this stomach flu.

Urban Eats, Congressional avenue QC

Located along Congressional avenue is Urban Eats, the new restaurant craze right next to Box park and across Guisados the make your own taco place. What was once an empty and dark highway is turning out to be a parking lot. Everyday plenty of cars park along Congressional avenue to eat here or at Box Park which is right next to Urban Eats.

I got to the place around 7 but it took me about 10 mins to find parking and another 5 mins to walk to the place, because I had to park all the way to the end. Its pretty tricky to find parking spots along the highway not unless someone will leave and you get lucky to find a spot.

First thought was, What do i eat? There are so many options in this food park. From Japanese, Korean, Italian and some other Fusions of food. Plenty of startup businesses come here and try their luck. Our friends and I could not decide nor did we know where to start. Luckily the staff around Urban eats were very accommodating and the owners even personally came to our table to explain what food they offered.

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We started with some kind of Japanese fusion food and Korean food and we ended with A LOT of dessert. Needless to say, I arrived with an empty stomach and I went home with a food baby. If you’re looking for a new place to hangout with your Barkada, this is a good place to start. They have some live bands play every Saturday to make things better. Bring some off lotion if you are going to wear shorts as this is an outdoor location.

 

3N Bakery: Bicols Best Toasted Siopao, Panay Avenue

When Iggy first told me that we were going to have toasted siopao. My initial reaction was, “Toasted? don’t you mean fried” Iggy: “Fried, is there such a thing?” Ever since that day we’ve fed each other so many different foods that we tell each other to try.

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A box of toasted siopao. One toasted siopao is Php 9.

I have tried two different toasted siopao places that he has taken me to. The first is the one along Visayas avenue and this is the other place is what his mom recommended for us to go to which is along Panay avenue right beside Quezon Avenue. This place is owned by his tita (aunt) who is from Naga. I am still a fan of fried siopao more than toasted siopao, but I will make an exception because Iggy loves toasted siopao.

SONY DSCIt’s not so hard to find the place, you just have to take a right at the giant National bookstore along Quezon Avenue and take a left after Tropical hut. It’s the second store after BPI express bank. Toasted siopao is not your typical siopao and i  do like it when I buy it fresh and hot. I heard that the lines here get long from the reviews of the place. So I guess It’s best to come during off hours.

_“Toasted Siopao born in an Maogmang Lugar (The Happy Place) Naga City. Toasted Siopao is not your regular steamed pork bun. Instead of the usual white dough you get the more familiar monay filled up with savory pork asado. It is soft in the middle, crisped up and slightly browned on top. If you eat it the best way, hot and fresh from the oven. It is perfect with a bottle of cold soda or a bowl of hot noodles” – 3N Bakery

It’s definitely better than the other toasted siopao place that we tried at Visayas ave. You should try it for yourself and get a box! They also sell other tinapay (bread) here such as Steamed siopao, Malunggay pandesal, Tasty bread, Egg pie and Tuna bread. All for Php 2-35 pesos only! Something simple to add to your stuff to eat around manila. You just have to drive by, park right in front and bring some home.

3N Bakery: Bicols Best toasted Siopao

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Panay Avenue 106-A Panay Ave South Triangle, Quezon City
(0917) 840-7332

Stacy’s, Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center

Very cute and homey feel. Stacy’s looks like it just came out of a place from a storybook. I enjoyed our visit here, and the staff were very friendly too. I would love to come back here when I am no longer “fasting” and eating like a normal person. For the next few months however I will have to be basing my food critiques on my friends palettes.

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Free Popcorn, Pretzels and Marshmallows

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Mr. Miyagis Beef Bowl ( Php 235 )

I love that they have an all day breakfast menu. I’m a sucker for breakfast foods. My friend ordered the Mr. Miyagi’s beef bowl. I couldn’t help but notice that there were a lot of Japanese inspired food on the menu but it was kind of a 1/3 Filipino, Japanese and an American menu. No common theme on the food except that everything was just very sunshiny or cutesy. They give free popcorn and pretzels before you eat the food which I bet kids would like. They even have a playground for your kids, so for parents it would be a wonderful place to bring your small children to not bother you so much as you have your meals.

The food was not bad and the serving was big so it was okay for the price that my friend had paid for her food. Like I said, I would have to try this place out for myself. After I finish my fast. However for everyone out there who likes eating out, this is a nice place to come to try out. A nice place to spend with your friends and family.

Budget per person: 300-500 Php

Stacy’s Capitol Hills

Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center, 1 Capitol Hills Drive Matandang Balara, Quezon City (0927) 326-2244

Steveston Pizza, Up Town Center

SONY DSC I’ve been wanting to try Steveston Pizza for a while now. I’ve heard a lot about its world famous Pizza which is originally from Canada, and is the winner of Best Pizza by the Richmond Review from 2008-2011. (http://www.clickthecity.com/food-drink/a/20530)

So this morning without much thought I went to try their Pizza with a friend of mine. We chose to order their “blue” pizza. This pizza was topped with rosemary smoked bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms, baby spinach, and Stilton blue cheese mousse. It is said to be a best seller here. I think that anyone who loves blue cheese would enjoy this pizza with some hot sauce. For myself though, I would probably have liked to try something less salty. The pizza’s here range from Php 399-1299 and could be shared at least for about 3 to 4 people. For my friend and I though we were easily able to eat the 12′ inch pizza because we had not eaten that day. What was great about the pizza was the fact that it was not oily at all. I did not need to dab any oil out with a tissue or wipe my mouth after eating the pizza and the crust was very good. I would definitely recommend anyone to try the other flavors of their Pizzas. There are a lot more to chose from, and don’t forget to bring your friends with you!

Price range: Php 399-1299 per pizza ( usually good for sharing for about 3-4 people)

Located at: UP town center, First floor on the left side.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevestonPizza

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