A long, winding, but grace-filled weekend

I forego my plan to run 5 kilometers this night just to prepare for a week-long lesson plan. But here I am writing this post. So there.

This semester, I’m a busy person. These are my responsibilities:

  • Teacher to eight classes (six sections of Christian Values Education 8, one Christian Religious Education 11, and one World Religions and Beliefs 12)
  • Homeroom adviser to a Grade 12 section
  • Campus Ministry staff
  • Table Tennis coach
  • Grant-In-Aid coordinator

I miss my free time since I was just teaching part-time to five sections last school year. I got all of these because I agreed to take these responsibilities. So just bring it on! Also, I realize that this might be my last year of teaching to high school students. I will be sent out of the country next year for my next assignment. Getting my teaching license renewed would be harder whenever I get out of the country because of the recent law which says that I should get professional development modules/seminars/workshops sanctioned by Professional Regulatory Commission. I really hate that law because I actually get a lot of modules and workshops on administration here in Marist and teaching though they are uncredited because PRC is not involved there. Our Brother Provincial’s future plans for me would be working in foreign mission and/or teaching in college. I’ll save my worries later once the school year is almost finished.

Yesterday was a funny day because I did a lot and most of them are unplanned. I started the day by attending the daily Mass for spiritual strength. Next, I encountered a GIA who doesn’t have a Daily Time Record though it’s already mid-June so I gave away twelve copies to be used for the whole year because I am such a passive-aggressive type of coordinator and I never scold. Then the same person asked me the key to our office because they left the key inside. It’s just six o’clock so I just take my time before eating breakfast. I prepared for my almost two-hour class after the brekkie and got some Fudgie Bars to give away because I promised my Grade 8 students to give them some price. Until now, it still surprises me how I can sustain teaching for that long.

At 9:50 AM, I had to rush to the library because I got to meet all the working students since it’s our monthly meeting. After the meeting, I read the book Jesus of Nazareth by Gerhard Lohfink. I once bragged to my Grade 11 students that it is the best book I read on Christology. Possibly because of running 7 kilometers the previous night, waking up at 5 AM, percolating at a good book, proper ventilation of the aircon in my room, or because I just worked straight for three hours, I slept. I woke up around 12 PM and opened this laptop because I haven’t prepared for my next lesson with the Grade 11 students. I spent some good one hour on it and I went down to the dining hall to eat my lunch.

When the bell rings at 1:20 PM, that’s the time I will teach for another one hour and forty minutes. Again, I still wonder how I get to talk and tell stories I never told before in front of a crowd. If it is experience or reading books or both, I cannot tell. It also helps that there is a talkative student sitting in front that I get to engage with him and make my teaching dialectical or in a dialogue form. Then I had to go back to our homeroom afterwards to check the cleaning. The class president and the vice president collected the relief goods for the victims of war in Marawi City so they endorsed it to me and we delivered it to the Community Extension Services office but it was closed so I suggested we leave it in the convent.

Since I forgot to get the attendance sheet in the classroom, I had to go back and get it. On my way, I noticed the smoke from a fire somewhere near the Rio Grande. I heard firetrucks had a hard time entering there. Then I saw a student using a cellphone in the hallway so I had to approach him and confiscate it since they’re not allowed to bring it in school. While I was talking to him, there is someone calling my phone so we were talking while my phone is ringing. That was a bit awkward. He doesn’t want to hand it over to me and I do not want to argue so I got his I.D. and brought him to the Senior High School Coordinator. I slipped away afterwards to finally get the attendance sheet. I was actually in a hurry because it was almost 4 PM and I have to pack up my things for a trip later. Then I checked my phone only to find out it was Ms. Wilma, the aunt of a working student who got hospitalized due to acute ulcer. They needed the money I collected yesterday because I told her I “begged” some money from school personnel when I went around the school in between classes. I realized I had a talent in begging money. No, that was only a joke. Sorry if it was not funny. The amount? Sorry, it is confidential.

After packing my clothes and necessities, I went with our teachers/coaches to Belle’s Farm, Pigcawayan for planning and an overnight recreation. So there’s the usual drinking and singing either with the rented karaoke or with coaches playing the musical instruments brought by Mr. Dequiña in the venue. I skip singing ballads because I suck when I sing them and enthusiastic whenever we sing alternative rock songs especially if they are local songs. Filipino karaoke culture, represent! I only drank a bottle of San Miguel so I wonder why I got a recurring hiccup. Around past 1 AM, I sneaked to our booked resting house and was able to secure a resting place in a hard sofa-like furniture made of bamboo in the sala. I don’t know what it is called in English but I just know it gave me a hard time getting a good sleeping position because I don’t have a pillow and the sofa doesn’t have a cushion. Probably, it was already 2 AM when my body just got tired of searching for a good sleeping position. I then woke up at the usual 5 AM thinking of helping in cooking breakfast particularly the rice because that’s the only skill I know in cooking and I know how to cook rice for a lot of people because that’s what I learned from a fast food chain.

And I slept again around 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM today. Because of sleeping and waking up late, I feel a little bit of restless so here I am writing.

Today is Father’s Day. What’s my gift to my father? I’ll just present him with my own presence. Besides, I’ll be visiting home in Marikina this Tuesday to attend my youngest sister’s college graduation. I’ll be seeing my mother too whom I haven’t seen in almost two years because she went to Japan to work.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed weekend everyone.

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Is rock for rebels?

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Warning: I’m just playing here so nothing really is worth reading here unless you insist.

Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Your hometown’s annual fair. That life-changing music festival. A conference that shifted your worldview. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force. How does that make you feel?

Twist: Write in your own voice.

Me: I feel nothing. Nada. Zero. Wala. How do I feel when I cannot even think of any event that I’m attached to. Continue reading

What are the three important songs in your life?

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Warning: This post is an eyesore but I’m posting it anyway.

Write about the three important songs in my life? I cannot choose. There’s just a lot of them. Maybe at the moment, I have these three important songs that I associate meaning with. What are those? Hmm.. Right now, I am hooked to Audrey Assad songs and what song from her that makes me ticking is Good to Me. That’s one. I’ll go back later to that. What’s the second? Hm…. (Long pause). Continue reading

A weird dream

I had a dream.

Here, I can see myself lying in the center of my bed, that is divided into an elevated part in the left side and a depressed part in the right side. Suddenly, I got transported in a place where a band is playing and I wanted join and perform with them.

But when a person suddenly took the acoustic guitar in a table, I was roused and found myself still in my room. I am in the left side of my bed so I felt that I’m elevated.

I closed my eyes and went back straight to my dream; this time, the music is still playing but the musical instruments disappeared and the band members and I got transferred to another dreamscape: a Notre Dame school.

I wonder why we call them a “band” when they’re actually called a “combo”.

Maybe because it sounds better like some people want to call their comics as graphic novels when there’s really no difference between the two terms.

It just sounds better.

I’m still trying to write this while I’m groggy.

Maybe it’s time to go back to sleep.

What 5 albums have influenced you the most?

1) Parachutes by Colplay


This is the debut album of Coldplay. Aside from the famous hits in the album, my favorite here would be the underrated song entitled Sparks (listen here).

Famous singles from this album are Yellow, Don’t Panic, and Trouble.

2) Postcards from Heaven by Lighthouse Family

This is the first album I have completely listened to. I can still remember back in December 1998 when my cousin gave a cassette of Lighthouse Family to my father which he had found from the passenger’s seat of our tricycle.

Famous tracks here are Question of Faith, High, and Lost in Space.

3) Make Yourself by Incubus

With hits such as Stellar, Drive, and Pardon Me, this album introduced me to Incubus. Whenever they visit our country for a concert, I always regret not being able to attend the event.

4) Kami nAPO muna by Various Artists

This is a tribute album by various artists here in the Philippines.

Apo Hikings Society, or simple Apo, got this tribute due to their contribution in the musical movement, called Original Pilipino Music (a.k.a. OPM) , here in the country.

A two-disc limited edition is released which contained a second disk with digitally remastered tracks of Apo Hikings Society such as Batang-batang ka pa and When I Met You (listen here).

5) Kimi Tsunagi Five M by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION

I have known the band because of their song Haruka Kanata, which is an opening theme of Naruto.

In this album, you can listen to tracks such as Kimi to Iu Hana (A Flower called You), and Mirai no Karera (Fragments of the Future).

Asian Kung-Fu Generation, or simply AKFG or Ajikan, is a four famous for their hits such as Rewrite, Blue Train, After Dark, and Solanin.

(Inspiration came from the bonus suggestion of The Daily Post‘s What 5 books have influenced you the most?)

Coldplay’s New Album: Mylo Xyloto

Album art via Coldplay's website

I got an e-mail from The Coldplay Messenger’s newsletter saying the band will be releasing their latest album on October 24, 2011.

With “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” as their first single of the album, the next single is called “Paradise”, which will be coming out on September 12, 2011. The album is not yet available for pre-order as of this moment.

Also, attached in the newsletter is a contest for the promo CD for “Paradise”, which is exclusive for those who subscribe in Colplay’s Mailing List. So what I did is to join the promo. Hope I could win it. 🙂