Merry Christmas everyone!
While browsing my photo album on my computer, I stumbled upon a folder of my visit in Ahsan Manzil Museum from last year. This museum is one of the oldest historical buildings in Bangladesh and it happened to be beside our cousin’s house in Old Dhaka. He initiated to bring us (Joanna, my father-in-law and me) there. That was last year. It was risky to go but thank God for His protection. Anyway, Wikipedia describes this place as:
“…the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. The magnificent building is situated at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The construction of this palace was started in 1859 and was completed in 1872. It was constructed in the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. It has been designated as a national museum.“
Our visit there was surreal and an indelible one! I’m not exaggerating. I have to apologize ahead of time though, since I will not be able to show you what I saw inside this building. Before our entrance, the guard told us that we cannot take any photos inside the building. 😦
These are all I can share with you. Hurray!
Well, despite that, let me share with you my honest review about this particular museum.
- The entrance fee is very cheap.
- The fee for kids is almost free (i.e. about $0.13) while local adults should pay about $0.30. Foreigners are expected to pay about $1.20. Isn’t that cheap?
- The place gives you a surrealistic feeling.
- Most of the antique furniture and memorabilia were indeed worth-viewing! One of my favorite parts of the museum was the enchanting dining area where there was an extremely long dining table. In my assumption, it can seat more than 30 people. The setting of the dining area hinted that it was indeed owned by a royal family. If you were inside, you would feel like you are inside an ancient palace. My other favored compartment was the drawing room. The kitchen wares looked really expensive and primordial while the furniture in the said drawing room looked really elegant and grand!
- The memorabilia are well-labeled. It’s a thumbs-up for foreigners who cannot read the local language-Bengali.
- The place in itself is certainly attractive to foreigners who are curious about Bangladeshi history.
- Photos of the ancient residents were posted around the house. I felt like these photos were there to entertain us and I imagined that they were showing us their phenomenal home.
- It’s safe to tour around the premises. The security guards are very responsible and friendly.
- It’s not overcrowded.
- This is a big deal for photography enthusiasts. You won’t have so many photobombers. (lol!) 😀
POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT:
- The displays were obviously dusty.
- The lightning in the museum needs a little more improvement.
- They don’t sell any souvenir. 😦
- I am not sure about you but one of my passions is collecting magnets from the places I visit. So if in case you are like me, please prepare your heart to be a “little disappointed” that you cannot bring home any magnet to display on your fridge later. 🙂 Thank me because I warned you ahead of time. (lol!)
In a nutshell, I believe that this place is worth-visiting and if you happen to be in Bangladesh, don’t miss going to this bygone yet fascinating tourist spot!
Alright! I hope you can come and visit this place. If you are a friend of mine and you have plans to visit my family here, I will surely give you a chance to visit this place (Lord willing). 🙂
And here’s a verse I would like to share with you today:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
God bless you! 🙂
Hi fellow-RJ tutors! I am writing this in my attempt to find potential tutors to join the BCC (Business Conversation Curriculum) Premium Tutor Pool of RareJob. I also would like to help the aspiring Premium Tutors to set their apprehensions aside and pass the demo lesson successfully.
EXPECTATIONS FROM BCC PREMIUM TUTORS:
You must have seen the ad about the program of RareJob about Premium Lessons.
You must have internalized by now that, as a BCC Premium Tutor, you are expected to:
- Use the appropriate material and adhere to student’s request
- Use video camera in all premium lessons
- Ensure good sound quality all throughout the premium lesson
- Wear smart casual clothes in all premium lessons
- Conduct lessons in an appropriate teaching environment (i.e. no unnecessary sounds, items or people on the background)
That’s according to RareJob.
Now, you might be interested to join the said program but haply, dreading the demo lesson.
As I have mentioned, I am writing this to help you calm your ponies. I myself had millions of butterflies in my tummy (lol!) during the mock lesson and the coaching session but the key to acing both is preparation.
Here are the four (4) quick and easy ways to ace your upcoming BCC Premium demo class:
1. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE LESSON FLOW.
As you may have observed, Jissen materials are different from RJ4B materials so read the material sent by the business team thoroughly. Needless to say, make sure that you also follow the guidelines.
2. PREPARE THIS TEMPLATE ON YOUR NOTEPAD.
Make sure that you copy-paste all your corrections to your notepad every time you give your corrections. Doing this will ensure that you are ready to send an accomplished feedback note to the student towards the end of your lesson.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Send the accomplished notes before starting to tell your feedback about your student’s performance during the lesson.
How do we know the scoring system? They are written at the end of the material. Go, figure it out. 🙂
3. BE PROFESSIONAL.
While you can be very friendly in your regular lessons, you are expected to be professional when teaching business conversation students. Smiling with your eyes during your classes with business students should be enough according to our very helpful Tutor Nikki.B to make your students feel that you are listening to them. By the way, she has also answered a few FAQs of some aspiring premium tutors. Please pay her blog a visit here.
4. GIVE YOUR BEST AND TRUST IN THE LORD.
Be prepared before the lesson. Be attentive during the lesson. Be responsible after the lesson (i.e. accomplish your notes). Most of all, remember this verse:
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3
That’s all! Ganbatte! 😀
After reading these tips, I hope you will sincerely consider joining the program. Please send me the following if you want me to refer you. Please trust that I will keep your information private. Of course, I need to send your info to the business team so they can contact you. 🙂
Thanks a lot! May God bless you! You can do it! (Philippians 4:13)
If in case, you haven’t joined RareJob, please do so now.
I’m speechless. Then I wonder what it would be like when we receive awards someday in heaven and offer them at the feet of God’s throne. It will be a glorious day!
The thought made me more motivated to continue being faithful to Him. God is the One who sees our hearts and our service–be it huge or small. Indeed, someday will be will be a glorious day in Heaven! ❤
Good night dear readers! ❤ Stay blessed!
PS. If you are interested to join our company, please feel free to register using the link below:
Please feel free to read the reasons you should join RareJob as well. Ganbatte!
HOW I FOUND RAREJOB
Finding RareJob Company was a blessing in disguise.
I found RareJob’s advertisement when I was originally searching for a job for my sister online. It was just in time when I also started considering helping my husband in our financial needs in the ministry and helping my mother in the Philippines as well! That was in August 2013.
Reading through the qualifications on the advertisement, I thought to myself. “Maybe I should give it a try.” After much prayers, God helped me to pass the screening, demo lesson and the interview!
So I started working at home ever since then and I thought this job is, indeed, a rare find!
So why should you consider joining RareJob Philippines? Here you go! You will:
1. HAVE FULL CONTROL OF YOUR TIME.
You can teach anytime during the day from 5AM to 12MN. You can choose to teach for 19 hours or just 30 minutes each day. You can also decide to teach every single day of the month, once a week, once every two weeks, once a month or not at all. 🙂 The bottom line is you are your own boss. 🙂
Have a look on how flexible your schedule can be.
2. BE ABLE TO HELP YOUR FAMILY FINANCIALLY WITHOUT WORKING LIKE A HORSE.
The company offers substantial incentives for:
- perfect attendance in a month (i.e. having less than 2.5% class cancellation rate due to blackout, connection problem and so on.)
- video lessons for at least 100 classes each month (i.e. 50 hours/month)
- excellent teaching which is based on the students’ evaluation. The awardees receive incentives in the quarter they qualified as “Good Tutors”.
- converting applicants like your friends and others to become tutors.
- being a recommended TOEFL coach/tutor.
- passing general tutoring skills evaluations.
- being a Premium Lesson Tutor.
- teaching on peak hours or holidays.
Therefore, you can imagine that you can earn EXTRA without sacrificing your time for your family and your other priorities.
So if you’re a mother like me, you’ll get a happier baby! 🙂
3. LEARN FROM YOUR POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS.
Most of the students are Japanese. There are also instances when Brazilians, Russians, Koreans, Chinese, Taiwanese, and other nationalities residing in Japan, take online lessons from RareJob.
Needless to say, students are from different walks of life. I have experienced teaching children to read simple children’s stories in English, having free conversation with stay-at-home moms like me, teaching grammar to elementary and high school students, helping university students pass TOEFL/IELTS exams or job interviews, teaching Business English to career people in and out of Japan. It is noteworthy that 99.9% of the students are very polite and receptive during their booked lessons.
4. HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN JAPANESE CULTURE AND HAVE VIRTUAL TOURS AT THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.
I have personally grown a lot in my knowledge of Japanese culture. Before teaching Japanese, I only knew very general information about Japan. Gradually, talking with my students helped me grow not only in my skills in teaching, but also in understanding festivals, food, and faith of Japanese people.
Some of my business students even take me to virtual tours to Japanese prefectures or cities abroad while taking online classes.
5. HAVE ANOTHER SOURCE OF INCOME, IN CASE YOU HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB.
I have heard that there are RareJob tutors who are lawyers, doctors, teachers, office staff, university students and so on. If you happen to be doing the ministry or pursuing another career, you can still consider joining. Use your free time to earn extra for your emergency needs! 🙂
This is it! The job you have been waiting for–it’s up to you if you wanna do it full-time or part-time! 🙂
So….after sharing with you the five (5) reasons why you should join RareJob, I am hoping and praying that you have decided to be in at this point.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how you can get started:
What are you waiting for?
Please… Please… feel free to ask me anytime you need help during the application process.
Go ahead and use the contact form below to let me know of your concerns and I’ll keep in touch with you. 🙂
I know that you can do it! God bless you on this journey!!! 🙂
Hi again! I apologize for the long hiatus I took from blogging. I hope that you are still looking forward to hearing about our recent tour to the places mentioned in the Bible.
Are you ready for another virtual Bible Lands Exploration?
“Yalla!” (i.e. “Let’s go!” in Hebrew)
I’m done telling you about how Day 1 went so please allow me to narrate how we fared on Day 2. 🙂
We had our breakfast at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel. I was amazed that some of the staff at the hotel’s restaurant were Filipinos!
After breakfast, we surrendered our keys and checked out all of our luggage. We then hit the road and crossed over Jordan River via King Hussein/Allenby Bridge to get to Israel. Oh no! We did not cross Jordan River on dry ground by the way! We did take our tour bus. 🙂
Below are some of my snapshots while crossing Jordan border to Israel.
The following are: 1) Upper Left: Bedouin tents 2) Upper Right: River 3) Lower Left: flock of sheep and other livestock 4) Lower Right: young olive trees orchard
Before facing Israeli customs officers, we said goodbye to Mr. Basam, our Jordanian driver and Ms. Jihan, our tour guide. We were not allowed to take photos in the security check area. We queued up to have our passports stamped with VISA. The custom officers were very strict. I personally felt nervous because one lady questioned why my old passport is stapled to my new passport. I said that it works that way in other countries. I was relieved that she let me get in after her inquiry to the other lady custom officer. The custom officer in the next window was so lenient that she did not ask me any question after showing her my documents. Thank God!
For some people in our group though, the custom check took rather too long.
After the long wait, we praise God that everyone in our group was allowed to get in!
Coming out of the customs, Mr. Yoni Simmons welcomed us warmly and introduced us to “the best driver in the world”, Mr. Firaz.
These two people made sure we are safe and are enjoying our tour with them.
Here was our first stop.
Next, we had our quick lunch just across this location at a restaurant called Mount of Temptation Restaurant.
After our meal, we boarded our bus and went straight to our next destination–Antipatris. According to our tour leader, this was the half point way between Paul’s journey from Jericho to Jerusalem (Acts 23:31). This was also the place where Paul was brought on the way to Caesarea to be tried before the Roman procurator. We also learned that this place is also known as Aphek in the OT. This is the “Philistine base against the Israelites at Ebenezer” (1 Samuel 4:1; 29:1).
You know what? At this point of our travel, my camera’s battery died so I had no chance to take as many photos as I wanted. Thank God for Bro. Kenneth Cheong, who is willing to share some of his snaps to make this post possible. The following are some of his still shots with lower resolution in Antipatris.
Another good photo was taken by another brother in Christ, who also diligently took videos of snippets of our daily tour. Here’s another side of the site.
Before heading to our hotel, we were supposed to get off our bus to observe the sunset from Mount Carmel but we ran out of time. Consequently, our tour leader showed us the said mountain from the bus. This site was a mountain range unlike my misnomer about it (i.e. a cone-shaped mountain). This lime-stoned mountain is known for its beauty and this is the place where Elijah challenged the worshipers of Baal to call upon him (1 Kings 18).
So yeah, that’s how we fared on Day 2! We are humbled to have stepped on the places tread by heroes of faith such as Joshua, Elijah and Apostle Paul. I can’t thank God enough for such privilege. Glory to His name!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos and I hope to see photos of your recent travel too. God bless you as you continue to seek God daily!