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.
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First Day at Work for 2011

Today is my first day at work for the year 2011.

I woke up at 6 in the morning and made all the necessary preparations. I left the house at around 7 fearing that traffic will be bad. I was surprised that it was not that bad. Actually, I was in the office at around 7:20. I realized that classes and some offices within the area where I work will start tomorrow. Oh well…

I admit… I have so many backlogs at work. I even brought home some of it during the holidays so that I can work on them. But well, I didn’t have the time to do so. Anyways, even though I have some backlogs, I was able to finish two targeted tasks for the day. Yay! I will work on those backlogs little by little. I hope I’d be able to finish them soon.

Tomorrow, it’s back to my usual routine. 🙂 It’s time for hyper-mode!

October: A month of possibilities, opportunities and decision-making

Japanese Garden, Maymont, Richmond VA, Sept 2010

After spending the previous month in reflection and relaxation, October is offering me different opportunities and possibilities.

An opportunity to focus on what I want to do as regards my chosen career. I passed the board examinations for counselors which gives me the possibility to further my career in the guidance profession.

An opportunity to spread my wings and explore other facets of my chosen career. Yes, the possibility of a new work. (Need I elaborate on this?)

An opportunity to engage in a higher and specialized learning. I got admitted to the doctorate level and I’m considering the possibility of enrolling this second semester.

An opportunity to travel again. Yehey! This time to Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm. Visiting Korea has been one of my fondest dreams and it will be a reality this month. (Don’t forget to visit this blog for updates on the trip).

I am very honored and grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way.

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings.

I Miss Teaching

This is me giving a lecture in my Social Science class first sem 2009

I had a meeting with the group of new students last Saturday. While presiding over the session, I suddenly miss being in front of a class – sharing knowledge and hearing students’ opinions, thoughts and feelings about a certain topic. I certainly miss reading students’ term papers and watching their class reports and presentations. I hope that I’d have the chance to teach and interact with young minds again.

I’m still alive and kicking!

Yes, I’m still alive and kicking. I have not blogged for quite some time because I have been busy with enrollment and school opening. I have been doing this for years now. Hmmm, come to think of it, I just realized that I have been in my present work for five years already. I started in June 7, 2005. How time flies, eh?

Since I’m so dead tired, I don’t have the energy to think about anything and write. I hope that once I’m rested, I’d be able to blog again. Oh well, enrollment is until the 21st. So until then….

June Blues

  • I have not blogged in days.       
  • It’s been a crazy past few weeks.
  • Work is really exhausting.
  • I have not been feeling well too.
  • Burnt-out alert is so overwhelming.
  • I miss reading.
  • But I need to study for my Korean classes. 
  • And I need to seriously study for my exams in August and September.
  • So much things to do but I feel so drained and dead tired.

Despite of all of my rants, I’m thankful that there are blessings along the way. Thank God for my vitamins A, B, C, and K. 😀

Thursday Rants

This entry is rant-y, so I suggest please skip today’s post if you do not feel inclined to read.

I’ve been working really hard for a couple of weeks now. Yeah, I work hard all the time but for the past few weeks, I was pushing my self too hard. And now, I feel drained and dead tired already. And to think the semester has not yet even begun! Oh well…

Classes are about to begin in three weeks time and I’m trying to compress all the things to prepare before enrollment, which starts on the first of June. Oh well…

I. NEED. A. BREAK.

Letting go…for now.

This is me giving a lecture in my Social Science class first sem 2009

One month before another school year begins, I decided not to teach this first semester of 2010. * Am I hearing shouts of hurray and high fives there?*

I love teaching. It gives me a different kind of high when I’m in the classroom and interacting with students – hearing their ideas, opinions; seeing the world through their eyes. So, it is rather sad that I’ve come to this decision. I have no choice. There are some things that I must give my full attention. I hope that this will only be for the first term but let’s just wait and see.

Are they actually listening to me? Or are they bored to death?

I will miss giving quizzes and exams and requiring students to submit papers. *snickers* It is definitely good news to those who find my subjects difficult. Heh.

Nah. I’m just joking. I will definitely miss all that intellectual stimulation.

Photos courtesy of my student, T.A.

Ramblings of an educator

April 17, 2010 was a memorable day for the batch of 2010. After several years of studying, sweating it out, sleepless nights, rushing and running to meet deadlines, they finally made it!

Twenty-seven graduates proudly marched and were conferred their respective degrees. I’m sure it was a joyous day for the graduates, their parents and their teachers. But in my heart, I was the happiest and proudest. I have seen these students mature and hurdle obstacles they encountered as they progressed through college.

As a teacher, I have taught the majority of them. I remember being disappointed and frustrated when they performed less than they should have – when they failed to submit requirements or they failed their exams. I rejoiced when they performed in class excellently and marveled when they exceeded my expectations.

Batch 2010

As a counselor, I have walked with some of them during their trials and challenges. I was only there to listen and encourage but they were still responsible in making their own decisions.

As an administrator, I became close to them when we were on the final months – pestering and reminding them to complete their requirements and to make sure that they pass their subjects. I admit it was draining, downright frustrating and oftentimes infuriating but it was all worth it. It was definitely worth it – seeing them receive their diplomas and seeing the radiant faces not only of the graduates but their parents as well.

Ah, the joys and pains of being an educator. I am once again reminded why I chose this path in the first place. Congratulations Batch 2010, wishing you all the best!

Miscellaneous Sunday

It was one hell of a week! Pardon my language but it certainly was one busy and stressful week for me. Many things happened in such short a time that I have not had the time to blog about them. BUT I will find the time to post an entry about the following:

1. My students’ graduation – I have been quite busy for many months preparing for this event. It’s such a wonderful time to see students, after years of studying, march and share the stage with their parents.

2.  Thoughts about a book I’ve finished reading – I finished “The Kite Runner” a week ago but I have not had the time to write about it.

3. Second session in my Korean language class – It was quite an interesting session. More thoughts to come!

4. Thoughts on “Good Morning, Mr. President” (Korean film).

I will be back either today or tomorrow for a post about one of the above-mentioned subjects. In the meantime, I will take a much needed rest. After all, it is Sunday!