Beautiful Times by Owl City

My Dear August 2014, this is my song for you:

A spark soaring down through the pouring rain
And restoring life to the lighthouse
A slow motion wave on the ocean
Stirs my emotion up like like a rain cloud

When did the sky turn black?
And when will the light come back?

A cab driver turned to skydiver
Then to survivor,
Dying to breakdown
A blood brother, surrogate mother,
Hugging each other, crying their eyes out

When did the sky turn black?
And when will the light come back?

I'm ecstatic like a drug addict
Locked in the attic
Strung out and spellbound

I fought all through the night
Oh, oh, but I made it alive
The sun's starting to rise
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times
This fight of my life is so hard,
So hard, so hard
But I'm gonna survive
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times

A bad feeling burned through the ceiling
Leaving my healing heart with a new scar
A dead fire rose and rose higher
Like a vampire, up from the graveyard

When did the sky turn black?
And when will the light come back?

We all suffer but we recover
Just to discover life where we all are

I fought all through the night
Oh, oh, but I made it alive
The sun's starting to rise
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times
This fight of my life is so hard,
So hard, so hard
But I'm gonna survive
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times

This fight of my life is so hard,
So hard, so hard
But I'm gonna survive
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times

My heart's burning bad
And it's turning black
But I'm learning how to be stronger
And sincerely, I love you dearly
Oh, but I'm clearly destined to wonder

I Have Been

This is an Emo Post. 
I’ve been alone for quite awhile now and I admit it gets pretty lonely sometimes.
I’ve been trying to establish a routine, particularly in workouts and exercise but I still miss it! I’m still trying. 
I’ve been cooking the same meals. I better revamp my weekly menu before we hit the grocery next week. 
I’ve been wanting to write a letter of gratitude to some people, yet, I still can’t complete it. It’s as if, it’s already complete in my head.
I’ve been missing the feeling of being in love.

Dami kong time mag-emo-emo. Badtrip!
Bunga to ng efforts kong i-translate sa Filipino ang buong Teacher's Guide ng Science Grade 3 eh! HELP!



It's a calm Sunday morning today. I am supposed to go out to meet a friend for breakfast, plans had changed, we will have dinner instead.

For some, this long weekend means going out of town and spending it somewhere else, away from the hustle and bustle of the city lights. I probably would have been one of those if I were on a different situation. I had spent my Saturday checking papers, entering data on a spreadsheet for five sections that I handle,do the math, an average of 65 kids per class. Well, I've been doing a lot of things on the side, I've cleaned the kitchen, sorted the clothes for laundry, fixed my bed, flipped the pages of some of my books, stalked a few people on facebook, chatted with some online friends, cooked meals for the day. It was an accomplished Saturday.

It was already 6pm that I started to panic because I still have a section unfinished for entering data on the excel sheets for item analysis. Item analysis is a process done by teachers to know if a test item is worth-keeping for future exams, for discarding or for revision. Answers of the kids need to be entered one-by-one in a certain customized excel sheets which then tabulates all the scores, another sheet is dedicated to summarize the data collected, computing the Mean or the Average, Standard Deviation and Percentage of Mastery. I am not really an Excel Sheets Master, and I thank friends for taking time to teach me or share their resources with these kind of matter.

As a newbie teacher, I admit that what I really hate the most doing is checking, recording and putting numerical value to the learning level of every child. With the pressure that as much as possible, no child should fail. Because the failure of the child is equated to the teacher's performance inside the classroom.

It's past 8pm and I am almost done entering all the data needed to compute for the Mean, SD and Percentage of Mastery. I was too exhausted staring at my computer screen for hours and all I wanted to do have all these requirements, over and done with before I sleep.

Percentage of Mastery: 42.03%, 42.22%, 59.16%, 40.27% and 26.23%

I suddenly felt happy. Last year, my percentage of mastery was an average of 25% across Math, Science and English.

This year, I really vowed to do things better.

My every day line: "Walang ibang nasa lamesa kundi Science notebook at lapis lamang,".

Making subtle actions to catch the attention of the non-attentive students, scolding then for being noisy and totally stopping the lesson just to make sure that I have all their attention. I had minimized my shouting instances and the usage of sarcasm, too. I keep focus on their cute, kiddie, funny sides. Then, I realized, I survived the 40-minutes in every class.

Others may question my joy about this achievement and ask, why not 100% mastery, and I dare that person to come to a public school and teach, maybe that way, they would understand better.

As the second quarter opens, I can only hope that this mastery level goes all the way up.

We will try our best kids. We're on this together.


New Project

Hello WordPress!
This is my first time to seriously explore WP as I had taken responsibility of blogging about our new endeavor in school.
Keplerettes had been chosen to test a certain program inside the classroom that involves the use of tablets and a local wireless software. I’m pretty much excited about it and how it would really accelerate the learning pace of my kids. The class we had chosen to use the tablets composed of non-readers promoted to third grade. As to how they were allowed to be promoted on to the next level is something we are still asking ourselves. But since their promotion had been accepted, what we can do right now is intervene and help them be ready hopefully for the next grade level.
Technology had been proven to improve services and better the lives of human beings with its proper use and disposal. With that in mind, with an effective design and functionality, the programmers, funders and, us, teachers do hope that with the use of this program, we can accelerate their learning and have them equipped with whatever academic skills they need.
Since the program is still in its beta testing level, what we will try to see is how effective the design, the operations, and basically, the effect of this kind of technology to the behavior, academic achievement and improvement of the learners.
The updates would be up in the WordPress website. But I would still try to make personal posts about it on my personal blog site in Blogger. The url will be posted as soon as I had finalized the design and other description.
For the meantime, I welcome me in WordPress!
To more writing activities and sharing of experiences.
To more learning and more fun activities in school and online!

Make Every Minute Count

Praktis-praktis lang ng kowts-kowts with pictures I've taken over the years......
Bukod sa labada at pagluluto sa kusina, stressbuster ko din ang pag-eedit ng mga kinunan kong litrato gamit ang Adobe Lightroom at paglagay ng kowts gamit ang Paint.

Ang saya-saya lang :D :D :D

Ikaw, anong stressbuster mo?

28 Things


1. I still have my "saltik"/"biglang sad" moments. I guess that's a part of me.

I'm grateful for...

2. My family who makes me feel loved.
3. My friends who keep me sane.
4. My job which makes me realize a lot of things everyday.
5. My bed which I seem to have an intimate relationship with.
6. My house to which I take refuge after a tiring day.
7. Another year of adventure.
8. Early gifts like my large worldmap and Hello Kitkit set :)

I've learned ...

9. That I should extend my patience to everyone not just on kids.
10. That I may complain how hard this job is but once i'm in front of the class, I tranform and always want to be a better version of me in front of the kids.
11. That as long as I keep on my eye on the goal, it can happen.
12. That declarations and claimings are fun and motivating. Once I declare to achieve something, it makes me motivated to achieve it.
13. To be always grateful of what I have and what I received.
14. That God knows my desires and His ways and means are always the best ones.
15. That cooking is fun but doing my "own" laundry will still be my best stress-buster.
16. That it's ok to be idle once in a while.
17. That listening to audiobooks can be calming.
18. That assembling and eating fresh salads are healthier and cheaper.
19. That Bread Pan is better than croutons.
20. That I will never replace the convenience of using a backpack and canvass bags.
21. That regular and special children both have just the same needs in the classroom --- routine, care and affection.

I wish ...

22. That the people I love will feel that I love them.
23. That my kids in the classroom will grow up to be good people.
24. For more wisdom.
25. For a wonderful job after this contract.
26. For many travels.
27. For many good things I can write about.
28. For your wish for me_.

Another year! Another challenge! Another chance!
Cheers to LIFE!

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Today is Monday

Sunday, August 8, 2014
If I would have died that Sunday night, I would have died happy and contented.

Nasabi ko yan sa sarili ko matapos kong makarating ng bahay pagkatapos ng isang napakahabang araw ng Linggo para sa akin. Alas-diyes na din ng gabi nang makarating ako sa lugar kung san ako nakatira. Buti na lang pinasabay ako ni Dadijay at naihatid na din ako derecho. Hindi na kami umabot sa gate ng compound kasi may patay na tao na nakalatag sa gitna ng kalsada. 

Napatigil ako. Pano ko tatawid? Unang beses kong makakita ng bangkay sa ganung kalagayan. Ang mga nakikita ko noon ay puro nasa ataul na. Minsan pa nga, hindi ko masilip kasi meron akong takot sa kamatayan. Dumaan ako sa gilid ng kalsada, at si Dadijay naman, pina-U-turn na yung sinasakyan nyang cab at bumalik na ng EDSA para sya naman ang makauwi. 

Ayon sa aming kapitbahay na syang may update tungkol sa nangyari kagabi, walang krimen nangyari sa aming lugar. Ang bangkay ay isang taxi driver at sadyang inilagak ang kanyang katawan sa aming lugar matapos nakawan at tangayin ang kanyang sasakyan ng mga masasamang loob. Pero ayun na nga, pinag-iingat pa din ang lahat dahil may mga aali-aligid sa paligid. Buti na lang din, tapos na ko sa gimmick stage ko, at di na ko madalas umalis o umuwi nang alanganing oras.

Ang saya ng Linggo ko. Understatement pa nga yata yan. NAPAKASAYA ng Linggo Ko!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Una, dahil ang sarap ng tulog ko nung nakaraang Sabado ng gabi. Sobrang pagod din kasi.

Typical Sunday morning sa bahay, busy ang mga tao at pila sa banyo bilang paghahanda sa pagsisimba. Ako naman, pupunta sa kusina, titingnan kung anong niluto ni Mama para sa almusal. Usually, kasabay ko ang bunso kong kapatid kumain at si Papa naman, pagsasabihan kaming bilisan dahil magsisimula na ang Sunday School. Di na ako nakaka-attend ng Sunday School. Regular Preaching Service na ang karaniwang naaabutan ko. Di ako nakakasabay sa kanila sa pag-alis dahil antagal kong kumilos,  minsan pa nga, na-dedemonyo ako at tinatamad magsimba. Pero hindi pwede, masyadong marami akong pagpapalang natatanggap at isang araw lang ang hiningi Nya sakin at sa aming pamilya. Ganito ang kinamulatan kong Linggo. Pag-uwi, sabay-sabay kaming manananghalian. Update-update sa buhay ko. Anong mga kinain ko. Ipagmamalaki kong Sabado na lang ako kumakain sa McDo na malapit sa bahay at nakakapagluto na ako ng baon ko araw-araw :D :D 

Minsan, nafu-frustrate ako sa bahay. Sa bahay mismo namin. Antagal nang panahon pero hindi pa rin naipapaayos nang maayos na maayos talaga. Halos mabuwag nga ni Glenda yung isang side. Buti na lang hindi. Hay. Pero minsan napapaisip ako, mapalad pa din ako, kasi sa bahay na to, kasama ko ang pamilya ko. Ang Papa kong walang bisyo at sobrang sipag. Ang nanay kong walang kapantay sa kabaitan. Ang tatlong mga kapatid ko na sobrang maunawain at minsan nga, mas mature pa mag-isip kesa sakin. Konting tiis pa, matinding pagbanat pa ng buto, at maipapatayo din namin ang isang mas maayos na bahay. Tiwala lang. Ipagkakaloob din Nya yan. 

Kinahapunan, tumambay kami ng dalawa kong kapatid na babae sa paborito naming Cafe de Lipa sa Market-Market. Ilang oras lang pero masaya lang umupo at tumawa at manood ng mga cute videos ng mga hayop na pinipili ng kapatid ko. 

Hindi pa tapos ang araw!
Naka-schedule din ang meet up with blogger friends! Minsan lang kasi nandito si Cher Jo ng Metaphorically Speaking, and I wouldn't ever miss this chance. Buti na lang hindi ko talaga na-miss! Kasama si Geosef Garcia, Mark Patatas at Archieviner, nakipagkita kami kay Cher Jo sa Shangri-La at dahil wala naman talagang maayos na plano, ay napadpad kami sa Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina sa may Pasig Kapitolyo. Hindi ko din kasi alam kung san sila dadalhin. Haha. In-appoint ko na talaga ang sarili ko. Wahahaha... Masarap ang pagkain, mas masarap ang kwentuhan! Nakikita ko ang pagbabago ng facial expressions ni Cher Jo sa mga bagong kaalamang ibinabahagi ni Sep, Mark at Arvin. Binigyan nya kami ng pasalubong from Japan!!!! Kitkat Green Tea at meron pa pala akong advance birthday gift! Si Hello Kitkit and relatives! Hihihi. Haynaku, walang humpay ang pasasalamat ko, hindi ko man alam kung anong nagawa ko para makatanggap ng regalo, pero hindi na pwedeng bawiin :P Hihihihi. Salamat po ulit! 

May humabol pa!
Umabot pa kami sa Greenfield. Wala nang gusto mag-kape.  Habang inaantay si Josh, naupo muna kami sa may bench at nagkwentuhan pa din. Hindi maubos-ubos ang asaran. Sa Coal na namin hinintay ang pagdating ni Dadijay at na-extend pa ang halakhakan ng ilang oras hanggang sa napagkasunduan na to call it a day. 

It was indeed a long day. But it had in it all what a BEST day could offer in me:

Good Memories

Going back, if I died that night, I would have died happy and contented. 

But I did not, early this morning, my alarm clock woke me up and reminded me that I am back to my weekdays routine. That I am still ALIVE. I still have more chances and opportunities to make many BEST days.

Today is Monday. I am alive.