Bucket list for 2012

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I always have my to-do list at the beginning of every year. However, I’m a bit sad because I only accomplished a few in 2011. I’ve managed to travel, get involved in an exercise regimen and present my research in a national convention. So for 2012, I’m sticking to the basics. Here goes my bucket list:

  1. Continue with my exercise regimen no matter what happens. I’ve fallen in love with Zumba and I certainly found it to be effective. I lost weight before the holidays but unfortunately got them back because of the long break. LOL. No matter, I’ll dance those pounds away.
  2. I’m still eager to travel this year. I would still target one international and one local.
  3. This year, I want to conduct a workshop based on my research.
  4. If it’s possible for me to present my research again, I’d like to do that as well.
  5. Also, I’d like to work on having my work published (this I really have to do ASAP).
  6.  Read more. But I don’t know if I still have the time to do so. My one-book-per-month project last year did not push through because I had to do a lot of reading in my coursework. Maybe target at least 6 books for this year? Hmm…
  7. Settle on a permanent place of work. I’m working on this really. Hopefully before the year ends, I’d have a go for it.
  8. Get really serious with my finances.  Well, “get my finances in order” is a much better term.
  9. Study hard.

Missing my Korean Language class

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I woke up this Saturday morning feeling a bit different. I realized that today I won’t be going to Palma Hall at UP to attend my Korean Language lessons. You see, for the past two months (April-June), I’ve been attending Module 1 of Korean or Hangul Language lessons. Last Saturday was our last meeting. I was feeling a bit nostalgic, I guess. Plus the fact the Module 2 also starts today. As I earlier wrote, I don’t have the luxury to attend the 2nd module because of other priorities. I hope that the department will offer it either November this year or summer next year.

Oh, did I mention that I placed 4th highest in our final exam? And I was awarded Most Active Student and the 2nd Best Student? *grins* I wasn’t expecting such recognition but I’m thankful that my efforts reaped results. I hope that what I learned, I ‘d be able to remember and apply when it’s time.

I miss my classmates in the class. I miss having lunch with my girlfriends who were also my classmates. I miss the fun.

Learning Korean: Session 10

Yes! I passed the Korean Language Exam. Which means that I passed the Basic Korean Language Course. I am really happy that I got to enroll and eventually learn Hangul. It gives me great pleasure that I know now the basics of at least one foreign language.Module 1 (which I took) is followed immediately by Module 2 which will start in July. I’m feel kind of sad because I will not be able to continue with it because I have other priorities. Plus the fact that I might be traveling soon.

After the short review session, the class had lunch in Woorijib, a Korean restaurant in Kalayaan Avenue in Quezon City. Seonsaengnim also gave our certificates of completion and also he gave some special awards. Pictures to be posted on my next entry.

Overall, I’m really happy with the outcome of the Korean language sessions. I would love to continue learning Hangul, if time permits. Moreover, I would also love to learn Chinese and Japanese. 🙂


Learning Korean: Session 9

It was our second to the last session. Our final exam was also scheduled this meeting. The first part of the exam was the interview. It was quite nerve-wracking because when Seonsaengnim spoke in Hangul, I was dumbstruck. I guess, I was hit by what they call mental block, eh? However, I was able to answer his questions satisfactorily, I think. 😉

The second part of the exam was the written part. It was not hard but it took me a while to get through the test. Although I can read Hangul, it still takes me awhile to read and understand the sentences. I just hope that I’d be able to pass the exam.

For our last meeting, Seonsaengnim will give us the results and we will have some enrichment lessons. We will also have lunch together as a class for our culminating activity.

Learning Korean: Session 8

It’s the 8th meeting! I went to class feeling sick. Actually, I feel that I’m going to have a cold. Anyway, I’m such a bad student because I crammed studying and doing my assignment. I woke up at 5 in the morning to finish all the stuff that I have to finish. The term photo-finish really applied in this case.

In class, we had exercises in reading and listening. However, I really had difficulty concentrating because I was not feeling well. Seonsaengnim also announced that for our 9th meeting, we will have our final exam. Good thing, it is scheduled on the 9th. We have at least 2 weeks to review for it.

But for now, I’m going to rest and drink lots of fluids. I’m sick. 😦

Learning Korean: Session 7

I went to today’s class so weary. I’ve been under tremendous stress for the past few weeks (seems I’m always stressed) and I feel so drained and tired. Anyway, for the Korean Language class, I only managed to leaf through some pages of the handbook and answered the homework on verbs and conjugations.

I wasn’t sure if I answered it right. I just answered it for the sake of accomplishing the assignment. I only had the chance to quickly review the contents of the quiz today while I was riding the jeepney going to UP. Oh well, I feel sad that I wasn’t in my element this morning but I guess my energy is zero.

Seonsaengnim asked us to do an interesting assignment. I think it would be cool but the contents will be boring. I will post the assignment before I submit it on Saturday. I’ll try to be as creative as possible. I hope I still have my creative juices.

Learning Korean: Session 6

Session 6. Again, we had a quiz. I was able to answer all questions. BUT I’m not sure whether I got them all correct. I got abit confused in writing characters in Hangul. I should pay more attention on how each character is written for a particular word.

Anyway, we had a review of the number system. How to write/say one’s birthday and one’s phone and mobile number. We were really surprised that telling the time is THAT COMPLICATED. I have written that there are two Korean number systems and each is used in a particular way. However, both Pure Korean numbers and Sino-Korean numbers are used in telling the time. For the hour, Pure Korean number is used while for the minutes, it is Sino-Korean number. It can really be confusing and complicated. Below is a Romanized table of the Sino-Korean numbers so it can be quite tricky. One might think that it is easy. But when it’s in Hangul already, it’s another story. Just click on the image to enlarge.

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Seonsaengnim also introduced how to conjugate words from their dictionary forms to informal or formal endings. We were also given an assignment on how to conjugate words. For the next few meetings, I think we will concentrate on grammar and sentence construction. Aja! Hwaiting!

The 4th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Awards

In celebration of women’s month 2010, the UP Center for Women’s Studies (UPCWS) and the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI) held the 4th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Awards for Best Thesis in Women’s and Gender Studies for Academic Year 2006-2009. The Awards are held to honor graduate students who have enriched the growth of gender and women’s studies through outstanding research in the various academic fields.

The following are the criteria for nomination:

  1. Significance/relevance of topic to women’s and gender issues
  2. Contribution to theory-building/knowledge production in the discipline
  3. Use of pioneering and creative feminist/gender-sensitive analytical approaches and/or research methods
  4. Contribution to policy, program and projects that uplift the status of women and eliminate sexual and gender discrimination in society
  5. Demonstration of rigorous research methods and analysis

For this 4th awards season, a total of 26 nominations came from different colleges in the University of the Philippines Diliman. My graduate thesis titled, “Empowering the Battered Women through Counseling,” was included in the short list of nominees.  The awarding ceremony was held last April 30, 2010 at the UP College of Mass Communications auditorium.

That's me receiving the Certificate of Recognition from UP Regent Nelia Gonzales

It’s my turn.

I recently wrote my musings about my students graduating here. After a week, I had the chance to experience the same. Well, it was a symbolic rite of passage. I actually finished my Masters of Arts degree in Education during the first term of 2009 (in November, to be specific) and joining the College Recognition program last April 23 was just sort of a formality.

While waiting for my turn (together with some classmates who graduated as well) to “march” into the Cine Adarna Theater, I was hit by a wave of nostalgia and a bit of sadness, I remembered my father who passed away two years ago. It would have been nice if he were around to witness such an event.

For a brief background, I enrolled in first semester 2000 in the graduate program of Guidance and Counseling. With an undergraduate course in Political Science, I was not sure if I entered the right program. Political Science is waay too far and unconnected with Counseling. But I did know and I was certain that it was the intense and deep longing to help people understand themselves and assist them work through their concerns and problems that prompted me to get into the program.

I made the right decision. I was in the right track. The courses did not only enrich me intellectually and academically but it also helped me understand my self and others. I discovered my self a whole lot more and it is my hope (and still is) that such awareness of self will lead me to be the person that I hope to be. I also had the opportunity to be mentored and taught by professors who are experts in the field. Furthermore, it also fueled my love for learning and reading so much that now, I’m seriously considering studying again – another MA degree or maybe a PHD?

It took me 9 years to finish the program, which usually takes about 5-6 years on the average. Sure, I had a lot of detours (2 years of sickness and 2 years of getting back on my feet/getting a job after the sickness) and bumps or should I say ruts( ?) (my father’s passing, writer’s block and lack of motivation while writing my thesis, and many others) but I did manage to make it to the finish line! It was one meaningful journey filled with lessons learned and friendships established along the way.

Enough of the background which I intended to be brief but turned out to be a lengthy one. But I am glad that I did attend the College Recognition program because I learned that my graduate thesis was nominated in the Best Thesis category. Surprise! Too bad I didn’t get the award but getting my thesis nominated for the second time* was a great honor for me.

It is indeed my turn. My time. I might as well savor it.

* The other nomination is for Best in Thesis in Women’s Studies and Gender at the 4th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Awards, UP Center for Women’s Studies.