Showing posts from August, 2011

What It Takes To Be A Teacher

My professor once challenged us to comment whether we agree or not that we are not attracting the best and brightest to become teachers because aside from the poor perks of teaching, the teachers have failed to inspire and challenge the youth to enter the teaching profession. Teachers in the country have become slaves of their superiors (especially in the public school), and some would even multitask to being clerks and assistants whenever VIPs arrived in their respective schools.

However, my take on this is....

I believe that it is just a factor (i.e. teachers becoming simply “slaves” of their superiors) why we do not attract the best and brightest to become teachers. Not many intelligent and bright students are made for teaching because, I agree with what my mother told me that teaching is a VOCATION and the noblest profession. My mother is an elementary school teacher for almost 30 years. I have heard her complain about paper works, activities, student behavior and hard-t…

Resorts World Manila - My Birthday Bash!

August 29, 2011 marks my 28th birthday. Plan number one which was Puerto Galera get away was deleted from my list due to the typhoon Mina. So, we decided to just take a stroll at the ultimately grand Resorts World Manila, just across NAIA Terminal 3. I may not have spent a grand vacation by the beach but going to this particular spot in Manila made me feel like I'm not in Manila, at all! It was truly a world-class "empire" made for tourists. At the entrance you'll see the CASINO, where you have to leave your luggage no electronic gadgets allowed and we had to leave our cameras, too. 

If you would just like to take a stroll, there's an activity area similar to that of Glorietta where you see benches and fountain. Actually, I have observed that visitors in Resorts World are usually families, yuppies (young professionals), oldies and tourists (Caucasians and Asians). There are a lot of restaurants mostly of high-end type and you can choose whether you like Asian or…

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatball: Birthday Girl's Ramblings

I'm celebrating my 28th birthday  in two days and yet, I don't really feel giddy about it. First and foremost, the bad weather seems to disagree with our (me and my bf) plans to go on a beach vacation this coming Sunday. The weather bureau, PAG-ASA ( has constantly updated about rain showers until Tuesday because of the typhoon Mina. Secondly, I am way behind my readings for my Certificate in Teaching Course! So,  this long extended weekend  is a chance for me to catch up. Lastly, I'm sorry that I have to feel like this but, it came across my thoughts that my boyfriend is just trying to squeeze me into his jam packed schedule and to celebrate my birthday with me. Hence, my FRUSTRATION...I really just feel so bad right now. Some things are not just meant to be...

Filipino or English

I am posting one of the topics in our Socio-Cultural subject and that is the issue whether knowledge in English makes us competitive and it is just right to set aside our native language for this particular pursuit to globalization.
And my take on this is....

Filipinos have been regarded as one of the few nationalities who can fluently speak English thus, the emergence of the call center industry in the country. I believe that such impression about Filipinos can be attributed on how students are molded in school since most schools in the Philippines use English as a medium of instruction. Based on an informal survey from colleagues, 4 out of 5 agreed that being able to speak in English definitely makes one globally competitive because you can communicate effectively with other English speakers. On the other hand, this should not be the reason to disregard our native tongue --- Filipino. In fact, DepEd has implemented the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)…

Holly's Coffee

I was already expecting that today is going to be a busy day. Volts has to confirm his enrollment in the Master's degree program at De La Salle University Manila. He preferred that we go there early to avoid traffic and given that offices in the university will be open until 12:00 nn only since it is a Saturday. And so, we hopped on the bus at around 8:30am and arrived at Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall at 9:30am. Well, not bad of a travel time from the South to Manila.

Anyway, while waiting for Volts to finish his transactions at DLSU, I decided to wait for him in the coffee shop near Andrew Hall. I was actually surprise to see that there is such a new, cozy coffee shop in the area! It made me think how long I have not been to Manila ever since I hibernated from doing my thesis for graduate studies.

As I entered the coffee shop, I went straight to browse the selection of pastries. They have croissants, sandwiches, donuts, and cakes. And then, I looked at the choices of drinks and in al…

I Can't Hardly Wait

It has rained heavily the past few days and with the 3 typhoons that arrived in the country, nobody really knows what tomorrow will bring. As I have been accustomed to, August is the month that the country is oftenly visited by storms. Nevertheless, this is also the month which I am looking forward to simply because it is my birth month! Hurray! In celebration of my upcoming 28th birthday, I can't hardly wait for my long-deserved vacation.
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Oh yes! Despite of the rainy season, I am hitting the beach on my birthday! I'm going to post an update once I get back from my short vacation. I really can't hardly wait!


One of the hardest things to do is to bid farewell to someone who means a lot to you. In fact, I try to avoid being emotional as much as possible because I can easily cry even though physically, people may think I'm tough. And so, I may not have expressed myself well in saying goodbye to someone who truly, deeply, means A LOT. I am not very vocal about my emotions, especially when I know I am no good in fighting my tears back. And so, last night, I considered it the longest "coffee break" I have ever had.
June 1, 2004 marks both our first day in De La Salle Canlubang. And counting the days (until last night) I must say, it was a long eight years with you ----  a damn good eight years filled with laughter and tears.  I can never forget my first day in the quite bare office, the breakfast sessions, daily lunch dates, partying on several occasions, exchanging sentiments (good and bad) and all the learning experiences shared with you. If I have to say THANK YOU …

bLaMe tRaPs

Blame traps come in different forms. Some of them are directed outward, as
when we blame others for our own failings; others are directed inward, when instead
of simply taking responsibility, we apply extension-of-blame thinking to ourselves
or give flimsy excuses for our blameworthy actions. Some reflect a fear of
blame. Others lead to paralysis and inaction. All involve a defensive deflection from
personal accountability and responsibility for one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.

The Perfectionist Trap. Some people impose inflexible expectations,
rules, roles, and requirements onto themselves or others. And when people invariably
veer from these tight standards, the perfectionist is primed to blame.
In this world, even the slightest mistake can rise to a calamity and the blame
game follows. If you fall into this trap, start your exit by honestly evaluating
whether your expectations are expectancies, opinions, or hypotheses. Chances
are you’ll find that you are expressing an opin…

My First Love Letter

This is a repost from my friendster blog 2 years ago. I just thought I'd share it also in my blog page.I think I also need to repeatedly remind myself how I love my job!
A few years ago (a year or two that I started working), I remembered a teacher/friend who told me that when you find joy in something that you do it is most likely that you’d be spending most of your years in that kind of job. But, when I tell my friends that I do this kind of work (psychological testing) they’d usually be surprised and would ask me if I don’t get bored at all because in some ways, it is routinary. And I would casually tell them, “Hindi naman, masaya nga eh.”. You see, there’s a big difference (a big difference in my point of view) between practicing psychological testing in school and in the industry. Of course, when you work in private firms you usually do recruitment and you are faced with adults or applicants of the company you work for. In this case it really becomes a routine, …