I have been in front of the computer the whole day today, just enjoying the time that I can’t go out because of the scorching heat and the lack of money to go with it. I blog hopped and enjoyed the entries I’ve read from my regular reads.
I just got paid but I’m broke. Bills are just everywhere. I know somewhere, somehow I made a mistake in my spending but that’s water under the bridge now. It happens, even to the best of us.
I have so many plans in my life – plans that I have already started but are now floating because I can’t decide on what to do next; plans that are just on paper and I can’t do anything about for the moment because of so many factors; and plans that are in my head, embedded in my subsconscious, awaiting that big break for them to be let loose.
I am turning 32 in a couple of months but I can’t even be proud of myself because of the numerous boo-boos I did in my lifetime. I don’t have any accolades or anything solid to present as my claim or ticket to success and fame despite my efforts. So the proverbial question for me has always been: “Where did I go wrong?“
I have always been responsible for my actions. It was a very rare occasion that I regretted something that I did. I had another bad attack of migraine on Thursday that left me debilitated for 3 days. During those days, I was just in bed, sleeping through the day. I will wake up just by myself in my pad and a lot of thoughts just raced rapidly through my mind. Despite the strong cool and calm woman disposition that I appear to be to my colleagues and to every person who knows me, I realized that I’m tired, stressed out and unhappy. Nakakapagod rin pala maging malakas!
What do I need to do to remedy my disposition? So, action plans came racing through my mind once more. But why didn’t I feel good about it? It’s for the simple reason that I don’t have enough strength to be strong and responsible for my actions at this time. I am emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally-drained.
I’ll be back in school this June. No, I’m not going back to law school just yet. This time, I’ll be studying in the comforts of my room at home. I recently got my admission packet to the University of the Philippines’ Open University‘s Professional Teaching Certification Program. I have been pondering on pursuing this program for a couple of years now because of the opportunities that go with it. But it’s not just that, I would really LOVE to teach.
Why would I like and love to teach? Teaching will not allow me to be idle because I need to constantly learn in order to impart current and relevant information about my subject. There’s a constant need for a teacher to read, read and read so as not to be stale and outdated. Your brain functions all the time so there’s really no excuse not to use it.
Aside from the experience of dealing with different kinds of students, the rewards of teaching are just immeasurable. Both my parents have been with the academe for quite sometime now. And when I see that sense of fulfillment in them when they come across their former students already practicing their respective professions, I am thrilled and delighted that my parents’ efforts have paid off. There have been a lot of instances when Papa and I will be at a mall or a restaurant and then a former student would come up to greet him and let him know that he’s already working for so and so’s law office or wherever. Papa doesn’t remember all of his students by face but remembers their names fairly well. He’s often amazed that a lot of his students don’t forget him.
My parents have also enjoyed the perks of being professors because in one way or another, they have expanded their network of people through their students. We have to admit that in this country, this is very important in making things happen and having things done in most cases. That privilege has been extended to us, their children, and it won’t be that way if they weren’t teaching.
Papa has been telling me over and over again that teaching has taught him to be more humble and that he also learns a lot just by interacting with his students in and out of the classroom. For him, the classroom is a venue for everyone to learn a thing or two from each other. The teacher’s work is not confined to discussing the lessons outlined in the lesson plan, the teacher also has that big responsibility of molding a student’s outlook in life. One way or the other the teacher will influence us greatly in what we do in our lives. But definitely, if a teacher did something good for his students, then he/she will be greatly remembered with fondness.
I am both excited and nervous at the same time. It’s been 6 years since I last set foot in a campus. I know I will only see my classmates in school during our orientation and exams but I’m definitely looking forward to this new experience of distance learning, gaining new friends along the way and earning a certification that will lead me to the realization of my dreams.
It’s been a while again since I last had a TT post up here. My mind’s blank at the moment since I am under the weather but here’s what I thought about writing for this week.
Thirteen Things I Hate About Summer in the Philippines
01. My electric bill shoots up because I need to have the AC most of the time and the electric fan when needed.
02. I get headaches all the time because of the scorching heat.
03. I can’t avoid having heat allergy because of the intense heat.
04. It’s so hard to sleep when it’s hot.
05. Traveling is very expensive.
06. Vacation spots are always full of people.
07. Malls are packed with people all because they provide the air-conditioning that everyone needs at this time of the year.
08. Temperatures can reach as high as 38 degrees centigrade and it’s dehydrating.
09. Weekend traffic.
10. Limited water supply in a lot of areas
11. TV variety shows can get boring because they always hold their live telecast in a beach, resort or pool. Nothing new!
12. Most magazines feature the same things for summer – coolest bathing suits to wear, outrageous make-up trends, where to go, what to do, how to achieve that bathing suit body in so many number of days, etc. It’s always like that EVERY SINGLE YEAR!
13. Everything is just SO commercialized!
Please don’t get me wrong. I know summer is the best season for most people – it’s just that I’m one of the few exceptions.
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Thanks to FIL, I had a great laugh today after a hard day’s work.
FIL: “Ano nga yung powers mo Basti?” (Basti, what are your powers?)
MH: “Ok Basti, tell Mommy about your powers.”
Basti: “Mine ah..kili-kili power!” (kili-kili is Filipino for the underarms)
And you bet, I wanted to just roll on the floor and laugh…
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