Monday, July 23, 2012

A Lesson Learned Today

It's not every day that I get to learn moving lessons. But today I learned a very important aspect of life (at least from my own viewpoint). And that is the 'virtue' of not resorting to violence. I think that is something reserved only for Ragnarok.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thoughts On Our KAPWA sa UPLB 2012 UPCAT Review

Organizing a big activity has always been a challenge to our organization. And so to witness our resident members pull off gracefully our annual UPCAT Review, I cou
ld not help but be proud of them.

We have been through the same horrors of preparing the questions, running after potential reviewers (which they now call ‘mentors’), and amassing all the (meager) marketing strategies that we knew to attract students to come and participate in our activity.

* my physics discussion; thanks to Angie for the photo

And now after several years, the UPCAT Review has evolved and grew into a three-day review program complete with new mentors (I have been fortunate to be included in the roster for the past several years) and new program flow. As always, we’ll aim again for the participation of all high school in our city. Next year’s target: 100% participation (hear this, resident members). Two thumbs up for this year’s second activity (the first one being the orientation) under the leadership of Siena.

But one bonus for this year’s review is the chance to meet again some of the alumni members. It became a mini-reunion of sort. And for the review the review became more memorable. Cheers to the alumni! See you soon in future events.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Story Thus Far, As a Teacher

Catching cold at this point signals that I have been involved in too much activity and has neglected to check on my health. True enough, being a novice teacher came as a challenge but I am definitely enjoying this new vocation.

Drastic changes has taken place in the first weeks of June: Gawad Felicisimo T. San Luis Para sa Namumukod-Tanging Kabataan ng Laguna 2012 is finally over (needless to say, I lost); I lost a friend; I am now a daily bus commuter; among many others. And yes, I got a new job.

Although the field of teaching has its own formalisms, I am enjoying the fact that I get to learn new things every single day. Whenever I man the platform of the room, there is always this mixture of dread and joy – dread in the sense that that particular teaching time will be completely different from the one I did yesterday, and joy because nothing can replace the pride of having your knowledge and training shared to younger generations.

So far bus interiors have become my second home. This is where I get to make scribbles of poem drafts, do blogs entries, eat on some occasions, and sleep most of the time. Bus rides have enabled me to see more of the urban side of Manila thanks to the frequent heavy traffic. They gave me the opportunity to reflect more on the gap that still divides the feebleness of human beings and the indifference of the skyscrapers and concrete jungles that we designed for ourselves. Beyond the work aspect, this brings me closer now to the historic Manila and a chance to do more self-imposed tours and historical dig-ins for my blog.

Changes are definitely in place already, but this is more adventurous that the stale moments in front of my table at home. I have been given a brief rest and I am thankful for that. Here is a new phase presenting itself. I’d gladly accept it.