Day 298: 10.31.2017

So at 7 AM, I braved fighting the sleepiness of a holiday morning to meet my co-teachers for shopping.

Shopping.

I don’t even like shopping just for the heck of it, but I think I was just really curious about this shopping spot in Taytay which apparently sells really cheap clothes. Inside, there are probably a hundred of tiyangge stalls. Most of them sell the same type of clothes and the prices do not vary as much. Nonetheless, there are differences, so I suppose to get the most out of your money, better go around and ask around–a lot.

The place is actually massive because the shopping place is not only one area, but the entirety of the shopping place is several tents and areas, so it’s probably better to call it a shopping district. It only reminds me of Chatuchak Market in Thailand and those shopping districts in Taiwan’s night markets and in Ximending, although more compact.

So what did I buy?

Under clothes: cycling shorts (30 pesos), undershirt (50 pesos), and leggings (60) for 140 pesos. The leggings is cheaper than the one in Guadalupe, but I can buy one from an ukay-ukay for 50. Haha! Anyhow, I might come back. Or not. I mean, yeah it’s cheap, but the fashion is not really my taste, and I think I can spot a bargain of the same or similar price somewhere nearer like in Guadalupe or Market Market or an ukay-ukay.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy the company and food, so still a yay than a nay!

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Day 274: 10.06.2017

Day 274: 10.06.2017

Spent five hours in Burger King for an impromptu date with this school year’s batch of new teachers! Finally. Hahahaha!

These kids are actually nice ones. They are quite different from our group last year, but really, it’s futile to compare and long for the past one, no matter how much I loved those girls, too.

Oh! One of my new co-teachers wanted me to meet a guy.
Errr.
Okay.
Okay.
I know I’m almost 30 years old and I should be searching not only for a boyfriend, but a husband, but really, I’m not sure if that’s what I want right now. Also, I’m not sure what to do in dates. Do I conceal some parts of my personality (that I think will be an instant turn off hahaha) on a first date? I HAVE NO IDEA. HOW TO DATE 101 PLS. LOL

So in the end, I just sold the idea to another co-teacher and I think they’ll fit better. Erm, maybe. Haaaay. What am I waiting for anyway?

Anyhow, CHEERS TO MORE BONDINGS WITH THESE LOVELIES!

Day 269: 09.30.2017

It’s always a blast going out with co-workers. They are the right people to bond with just to help each other vent fumes from work challenges.

The lunch was a bit impromptu, but impromptu usually works for me. Impromptu is urgent, but it answers to one’s rawest need at a time. So thanks or the lunch treat, Teacher Bernie! And of course to my constant buddies since last year, Lia and Rochelle!

On the other hand, I’m not sure how I’m able to become comfortable with women half my age. I mean, even when I was young, I always hear “Mature mag-isip” as a comment about the way I converse. I was never awkward talking to my mom’s friend, and I remember actually discussing some ideas with them. Even when I began working, conversing and being close with older people seemed very natural to me.

Well, I’m not complaining. It’s just amusing. 🙂

Day 171: 06.24.17

I’m usually a home person, but when your boss invites you over for a swim in an ultra exclusive, expensive resort for free, you drag your home person ass and go! 

Hello, Punta Fuego! 

Certainly enjoyed taking pictures of the sea in its different forms: bold with strong and big waves, calm and enduring in its peace. There were also rocks, beautiful landscape of rocks! 

I happen to pass these leaves that looked like it came from an Instagram post with its filtered-like color. 

And first time on a banana boat and canoe! It was fun!!! I’m definitely enjoying the water more and more because of this bunch of co-workers. I think I’m always going to remember these lovely people whenever I’m swimming. It’s a bit bittersweet, really. 😣

Day 149: 05.31.17

Woke up to a hearty breakfast in Laguna after a night filled with uninterrupted conversation about work, life, and other things in-between over dinner, pastries, tea, and coffee.

Indeed, the lack of social media and wifi keep people bonded better in conversations. So tip, in dates, set this policy.

(LOL, as if I know anything about dating. HAHAHAHHAHAHA…. *fade to black*)

Anyhow, morning was swimming day!

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Fine, fine day to swim: not too sunny, not rainy! (Though it rained after a while)

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I’m in love with this glasses. I hope we share more trips together, luv!

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Students and swimming coaches (LOL)

Definitely appreciating swimming in a whole new level because of my co-teachers/swimming coaches. I’ve been exploring what my body can do in water because of the encouragement of these people. No wonder they love the water so much!

I used to find swimming bothersome because of the wet clothes, changing, and I can only float in water like trash in Pasig River anyway, but the water suddenly turned into a learning ground, I’m a willing-to-learn student, thus, I gained much out of it (buoyancy was still hard to explain tho LOL).

Last hurrah for May, but this ain’t the last swim with these girls! Excited for the 24th! WEEE~

Day 148: 05.30.17

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Bea (1s), Rochelle and Lia (2s), Mimi and Cat (3s), Kim (Admin), Michelle and Geli (4s), Tresia and Myka (5s and Gr.1) – SUMMIT TEAM

Some tears and goodbye took place this afternoon as 7 out of 10 in this picture are taking on new roads starting next week.

It’s been an eventful school year with these ladies. It’s painful to accept that the time will come when we’ll be too busy with our own roads to look back to where we all came from together, but I’m still thankful to have had the chance to work and play with these souls in this lifetime. ❤

SUMMIT TEAM 2016-2017, SIGNING OFF.

QUOTES: “The Rainbow Troops” by Andrea Hirata

And it turns out, if the heart is not envious of one with knowledge, then it can be illuminated by the rays of enlightenment. Like stupidity, intelligence is contagious. – Chapter 11, “Full Moon”


I kept the money carefully in my pocket and never let go of it. Suddenly everyone looked like a thief. Money, indeed, has a cruel influence. – Chapter 40, “My Promise to Bu Mus” 


I was disappointed that so many intelligent children were forced to leave school for economic reasons. I cursed all of the stupid people who arrogantly acted smart. I hated those children of the rich who threw away their educations. – Chapter 46, “His Third Promise”


But in the end our school finally lost. We were brought to our knees by education’s strongest, cruelest, most merciless and hardest-to-fight invisible enemy. It slowly gnawed away at the students, teachers, and even the education system itself like a malignant tumor: That enemy was materialism.

The current world of education no longer saw school like Pak Harfan saw it–that knowledge is about self-value, and that education is a celebration of the Creator: That school doesn’t have to be merely a means toward getting to the next level, making money and getting rich. Rather, he saw school as a celebration of humanity, one that stood for dignity, the joy of learning, and the light of civilization. School nowadays was no longer a place to build character, but a part of a capitalistic plan to be rich and famous, to show off academic titles and gain bow. – Chapter 48, “Don’t Give Up”


The wisdom was simple as the humble school itself. Fate, effort, and destiny are like three blue mountains cradling humanity and rocking them in comfort. Those mountains conspire with each other to create the future, and most find it difficult to understand how they work together. Those who fail in some aspect of life blame it on God. They say if they are poor, it is because God made them that their destiny. Those who are tired of trying stand still, waiting for destiny to change their fate. Those who don’t want to work hard accept their fate because they believe it is unchangeable–after all, everything has already been preordained, or so they believe. So the devil’s circle hems in the lazy. But what I know for sure from my own experience at the poor school is that a hard-working life is like picking up fruit from a basket with a blindfold on. Whatever fruit we end up getting, at least we have fruit. Meanwhile, life without hard work is like looking for a black cat in a dark room with closed eyes, and the cat is not even there. – Chapter 48, “Don’t Give Up”, Ikay’s belief

No derailing

Okay, I really need to regain ground.

 

This day was mind-bugging enough (in terms of my relationship with some co-workers) that it made me reflect on my current status.

In school, I’m a teacher before a friend or co-worker, so I should be giving more of my energy to work. I love my co-teachers to pieces and I’m so thankful that I’m forging a strong, friendly relationship with them from this point, but they zap too much of my energy! Haha~ It’s not their fault of course, those girls can work well while having fun around them. I’m the one who has a difficult time adjusting to the situation; the better situation. I guess I’m still getting used to the good chaos with the bad that I’m leaning more to the favorable as of now.

Nonetheless, I think this good situation with my co-teachers will remain stable (I do hope so!), so I have to go back to focusing on work now. I don’t want to let other people get inside my head (and heart) if I’m not gonna matter to them too. So be it.

 

Alright, Michelle.

Lezzdothis!

Eherm 5.

So crush was not in the mood today.

Unlike yesterday, she was the first one from their department to say hi to me. Today, I kept waiting for her class to finish so I can say hello, but she just passed me by. Also, she was nowhere near my table during lunch and we didn’t talk at all! To think that I made sure to dress really well, and girly today.

I can’t believe I spent the whole seeking for her and greeting her and smiling at her lovingly at every chance we’re in the same area. I’m getting so hyper-aware of her and feeling foolish already.

I’m also planning on buying that cologne I used before which she like a lot. Yep, it’s me seducing now, WTF.

 

Damn it.

What’s happening.

 

But I wanna see her tomorrow. Although I think that’s impossible. Maybe Monday is the soonest. *sigh*

 

 

 

 

 

This version of me is getting more and more ridiculous.

 

 

On the other hand, I’m so loving my other co-teachers. All of them are so nice to me. Apparently, it’s true that the problem we didn’t get along earlier was my own fault in judging character. I can be so arrogant sometimes. Urgh. I’m so thankful for these people who are making my work days more fun and for welcoming me.

As always, lunch time/recess is the best. 😀