Keep Me Awake =)

It’s first day back to the real world!

So far, nothing special or spectacular happened. It was just another day at work. Thankfully, I am not feeling lazy and I feel like I made the most of my break.  I just hope I’ll have enough energy for the whole day and I won’t be feeling sleepy later because I did not get enough shut-eye last night.

The sleepiness usually comes after lunch. Sometimes I feel like I am a swine, I feel sleepy after eating. Since it’s just the middle of the day and I still have work to do, here are some things I do to keep myself awake.

  1. Coffee – caffeine used to jolt me up but I noticed that my tolerance gets a little higher each time                                                                              23318758_10155456888154219_1900225899_n
  2. Wash face- if only I could take a bath, I would. The splash of cold water is enough to keep me on my toes for a few hours.       23318501_10155456909779219_2016308879_n
  3. Exercise – these stairs and the corridor are good for a slow jog which keeps my blood pumping.                                 23318558_10155456887884219_377511410_n
  4. Spicy food – i love them =) Once the spiciness touches my tongue, it would be hard to go dozing.                                  23315954_10155456888079219_1627314571_n
  5. Power nap – 15 – 30 minutes are my ideal. I have this secret spot in our library. After I have my nap, I feel so refreshed like I had a complete eight hour sleep.             23316191_10155456888049219_1124942549_n

Sometimes one of them is enough, there are times I use a combination or two or three methods and I know it’s really bad if I had to do all of them. As much as possible, I don’t want to do any because the best way to ward off sleepiness  is have enough sleep the night before.

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Brownies!

I’ve been wanting  to try my hand at baking. Unfortunately, I don’t have an oven. I have tried making brownies in the toaster oven using the instant mix from the store but I really would love to make something out of scratch.

I came across this recipe at : https://www.chieffamilyofficer.com/2012/05/toaster-oven-brownies/

Since I have all the ingredients, I gave it a try.

It was another success. (Clap! Clap! Clap!)

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Well not really that good to look at but they taste great. =)

Seven Things In My Bag =)

My ten-day break is almost over. I am happy that I made the most out of the brief break. I watched a few movies and caught up with a few TV series. I started writing again and I enrolled in a brief online course. It was fruitful so to speak.

Before I go back to the real world, I have to prepare my bag. I always try to bring as few things as possible to work. However, I find it hard to leave some essential stuff at home. Here’s what I always carry around in my bag.

  1. My pencil case – this is like Peter Pan’s bag of pixie dust for me. I can’t survive a day at work without my writing tools and I am not comfortable with just one type or one color.

pencil case

2. Make-up purse – powder, eyebrow pencil, lipstick, and cologne. Ever since this kilay craze started, I just can’t get out of the house without doing my eyebrows.

make up

3. USB’s – Many important stuff are saved in them and in my line of work, I can’t afford to lose an important document.

4. Planner – smart phones are handy but I still feel much safer writing my goals down.

5.  Umbrella, towel, and fan – I live in a tropical country and I sweat a lot even if I am not moving when the sun is scorching hot and when it suddenly rains, an umbrella is sometimes not enough to keep me dry. (as of writing I can’t find my umbrella and I’m beginning to be pissed off ;<)

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6. ID’s and some coins – even if I leave my wallet, I have enough spare change to pay for public transportation.

7. cellphone – who can live without phones these days?

So there they are. I just have to carry them and I’m good for Monday. =)

 

My Star

I am old enough to know that making dreams come true is not easy. It entails a lot of sacrifices, risks, failures, and heartaches. Successful people often tell others that you really have to shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where they are.

I have given up on my dreams. I just set small, realistic goals and achieved them little by little. I have learned the rhythm and the groove and I am comfortably doing what I know and learned.

However, not too long ago, I heard this popular religious advocate say that we should never give up on our dreams. Our dreams were put in our hearts by God for a reason which is why we must pursue it.

So here I am staring at that distant star again. Perhaps if I keep my eye on it, I would be able to reach it just like how others have reached their own stars.

Random Muttering 11/1/2017: Candles and Flowers

candles

It’s All Saints’ Day and it has been a tradition of our family to visit our dearly departed on the first day of November. We light up candles and offer flowers and prayers with the hope that they are happy and peaceful with our Creator. It is our way of showing that we haven’t forgotten, although we have moved on, that they have played important roles in our lives.

While it is true that we could have given those flowers while they were still alive, I believe that giving them flowers on this day bears equal weight. This is the only thing we can do for them now that they are not with us – go on living and look back even for just one day every year.

Classroom Moments

Kids say the darnedest things as they say. Working with kids is not always as cute and as happy as idealists picture it to be. No matter how much patience you have, there will come a point that you will really struggle to hold on and not lose it.

Many times, when I am about to reach the breaking point, my kids will come up with a line or two and I will end up forgetting my anger altogether. Here are some that comes to mind:

Kid 1: I know how to swim.

Kid 2: Me too, my sister taught me how.

Kid 3: My sister taught me too. She taught me how to drown.

Most of my kids are fluent in both English and Tagalog but most of them are better in English. When they learn new words, they love to brag about them.

Kid 1: I know how to speak Spanish, Buenas Dias!

Kid 2: Me I know French. Bon jour!

Kid 3: Ako alam ko Tagalog ng dog – aso!

We were talking about living and non-living things.

Me: Is a table living or non-living?

Kids: Non-living!

Me: Good! How about a sheep?

Kid 1: Living

Kid 2: Non-living

Me: It’s Living darling.

Kid 2: How can a sheep live?

Me: It eats and grows and says baa..baa..

Kid 2: Oh! You mean a sheeeeep.

My bad.

I was evaluating their knowledge of body parts. I

Me: Where is your head?

(Kid points to the head)

Me: Where is your elbow?

(Kid points to elbow)

Me: Where is your ankle?

Kid looks at me puzzled.

Kid: He’s in the office.

I really think I need to work on my pronunciation.

Bob Ong said that teaching is not a profession, it is a vocation. You need a lot of dedication to last in this field. I have been teaching for more than ten years now and I still have a love-hate relationship with it. However, right now I can’t see myself doing other things than this. So while I’m at it I might as well gather many moments like these.

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Random Muttering: Post Birthday Thoughts 9/23/2017

I just turned another year older a few days ago.  I am thankful for the greetings and the show of love on the said day. I celebrated it with a family dinner and I attended mass. Needless to say, it passed by quietly. I am happy and grateful for another year and hoping for more years to come.

Life had been quite busy. My kids this year are mostly boys, I have three kids I tutor and I spend most of the day making worksheets, preparing class materials, and traveling from one workplace to another. Traffic is as bad as always and I had given up wishing it will get better. I get to watch a few movies and I’ve been following some Kdramas, although, I am not so into them to actually be motivated to write my thoughts. I got into Game of Thrones and liked it so much I can’t actually organize my thoughts.

Time seems to be faster when one gets older. I can’t believe I’d still be living like this at this age. I kept telling myself that I should do this and that by this age and here I am. When colleagues and old friends ask me what my plan is, I still can’t give them a concrete answer. I feel a bit sad but I refuse to be eaten by self-pity. I won’t make excuses, I admit I procrastinated for too long that I don’t know how to get out of this rut anymore. Even as I am writing this, I still don’t know what I my next steps will be.

It’s really true – age is just a number. My number developed but my socio-emotional aspect did not.