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.

Kita Kita : My Two Cents

A lot of good reviews have come out about “Kita Kita” – a romantic comedy film starring Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy Marquez and directed by Sigrid Bernardo.  The unlikely pairing of the actors is what made this initially attractive to curious viewers like me. With the tagline “ang love team na hindi mo inakala,” Lea and Tonyo are two unforgettable characters played well by Alex and Empoy.

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Set in the quaint Sapporo City in Japan, it was one delightful and heartwarming love story. Lea suffered temporary blindness when she discovered that her fiancé is cheating on her and her neighbor Tonyo befriended her. The friendship develops as they went around the beautiful places in Sapporo and eventually romance followed.

Though the movie ran for roughly one and a half hours, it felt even shorter. Perhaps because it was fun to watch given that there were many comedic moments though the latter half made us cry.  It was one bittersweet story and I would never be able to listen to “Two Less Lonely People” in the same way again. It would always remind me of Tonyo and Lea and how my heart ached at the sight of a blindfolded woman in picturesque destinations and of bananas and hearts dancing.

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          ​I was jolted awake at around 1 this morning by a panicked call on Facebook from my sister, a dealer at Resorts World Manila. Thinking that it was a terror attack, she checked  on us and her exact words were: “kumusta kayo? Ta&*^/ nagpuputukan dito. May isis!”

       Could anyone blame her for thinking that it was a terror attack? Hearing news about Marawi everyday, the situation in Syria and the attacks on Europe – that was the first thing that popped into her head. The gunman was only a few feet away from her, imagine the terror! 

      She was able to run to the nearest exit and the rest is not my story to tell. Thank God for Facebook because we were immediately informed that she was safe. 

        What I’m trying to say is believe what you want but do not trivialize the fear of people esp those WHO WERE ON THE SCENE. 

        She lost one of her friends by the way. Let us pray for those innocent lives. Now more than ever we need the protection of God against all kinds of evil.

Cooking Adventure: Pigs in a Blanket

We are expected to report back to work tomorrow and I still feel a wee bit lazy. I came across this recipe on my FB wall and I thought why not?! Going back to the kitchen and eating something comforting just might give me the push that I need.

Thanks to this recipe: http://riceype.blogspot.com/2017/03/pigs-in-blanket.html

I was able to enjoy these little piggies in a blanket.

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Teachers’ Outing 2017: The Bicol Adventure

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It’s the annual Teachers’ Summer Outing and this year we visited the very beautiful Bicol Peninsula. We acquired a tri-city tour promo from one local travel agency and enjoyed a tiring yet very fun trip. We rode a van from Manila and it took us 12 hours to get to our destination.

Our first stop was the province of Albay where we reveled in the beauty of Mt. Mayon. My mom is originally from Bicol and I lived in the town of Daraga for two years. Honestly, I didn’t appreciate it that much before. I was 8 or 9 at that time and all I really cared about at that time was playing. It was like putting on a new pair of glasses when we entered the province. Mt. Mayon looked so grand and beautiful; no wonder the legend says it was once Daragang Magayon or Beautiful Lady. We went to Cagsawa Ruins where we took a lot of pictures and had fun riding the ATV.

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Then we visited Hoyop-hoyopan cave and learned a thing or two about fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.

We also visited Quitwinan hills where we enjoyed another breath taking view of Mt. Mayon and even explored a Japanese tunnel which was used during the Second World War.

Then we dropped by Sumlang Lake, a picturesque lake in the middle of a rice field. The entrance was fairly cheap as well as the raft rent but the sun was really hot and we were really exhausted from travelling all day that we had to pass from the opportunity. We also went to Daraga church, said a short prayer and went straight to Legazpi City for dinner.

We left very early the next day and had another six hour road trip to Caramoan. We got there at exactly lunch time so after eating, we dressed up and went island hopping. Survivor Africa is currently shooting in one of the islands so we were not able to visit that but that’s fine because all the islands we visited are really beautiful. No wonder Survivor chose those islands, the terrains could look pretty in pictures but they don’t seem too friendly in person. You got to have some skills and determination to get to know them better.

Our last day was spent going around Naga City. By this time, it was raining so we were not able to get down from the van when we visited CWC and the Naga Cathedral. We were able to visit a deer farm and I am so glad I was able to visit Our Lady of Peñafrancia before we headed back to Manila.

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It was another memorable three days of summer. I wish I could still visit a few more places before the season ends.