Day 349: 12.15.2017


The Christmas event was a success! PHEW!

I was alone in the classroom with 14 kids to manage plus parents, but all ended well. 😀

I some gifts, lots of hugs, lots of greetings, lots of laughs, lots of singing, and some food so all is good.

Too bad this isn’t a very good finale as we still have class next week, nonetheless, a pat in the back to myself and my partner!



Day 300: 10.27.2017

Happy United Nations Day!

Well, what can I say about it? Ermmmm… I didn’t expect not to enjoy it because out of all the events last year, the only one I didn’t like was my event because I was stressed with pressure.

There were definitely lots of issues that could’ve been prevented if they didn’t cramp the parents in one room like sardines. I don’t want to blame the organizers since they were both new with school events, but damn, they should’ve ask. And daym, I should’ve gotten this event instead.

Anyhow, my kids did enjoy the most part of it. Compared to my Fours last year, these set of kids are clingier to their parents, so I think events and field trips (if parents and yayas will be joining us) will be a big challenge. Nonetheless, I will make sure to prompt them days before the actual event about rules and plans. The ice cream plan was a success anyway.

Well, I did realize that I ought to stop myself from comparing. I didn’t even realize I’ve been doing it until that time I realized it. I mean, I keep comparing my Fours this year to my last one, and I keep comparing the events of last year to this year’s events. I have valid reasons for comparison and they can be helpful at times, but it’s also bound to disappoint me every now and then, especially because I’m setting an expectation. After all the disappointments in my life, I should know very well why I should avoid this at all cost.

And I found out something today. Erm, and I think I should consider that a compliment. Hmm. It’s like finding out your crush likes you too after finally deciding that you won’t like him anymore. Like that. LOL.

Day 161: 6.14.17

Welcome back, kids!!!

It’s the first day of summer class and I’m the lead! Since my partner had always handled the younger ones, I’m officially in charge of decisions for this class since most of the kids will officially be in the higher level (4-6) next school year. It ain’t so bad actually since I can take this as test run for my actually 4s class this school year.

Anyhow, I had my expectations for this class. I thought that it would be as smooth sailing as our vertical summer class last year, but alas, every class has it’s own flavor.

Out of the 13 kids listed for us, more than half are the younger ones, so there was a lot of crying due to separation anxiety from not only one, but several kids.

However, the highlight of this day is probably my first experience with an almost furious father. An almost furious father whom, honestly, I thought was the kid’s driver. I don’t discriminate okay, it’s just that the kid does not resemble him in anyway. I thought he was just an overly protective uncle or, yeah, driver. Hahaha…

What happened was this.

He got angry because we were playing outdoors around 11 AM. He was concerned because of the heat of the sun which can cause skin cancer. A perfectly valid concern from a parent, but what irked me was that he talked down on my judgement as a teacher. That I did not understand his concern because I wasn’t a parent like him. Mind you, at this point, the information that he was the kid’s father had not occurred to me, so the more irritated I got because what the actual fuck?! Who was he to talk to me that way?!

Haha. Anyway, the mom talked to me about the same concern, but in a much calmer and rational way, so I was able to explain. I felt better after that.

Over lunch, I told my colleagues about it, and they were at least supportive of me. That made me feel much much better since I know it wasn’t just me being self-righteous, but my reasons were actually right.


I guess this is going to be a bumpy ride after all.

Review: HORMONES THE SERIES The Confusing Teens

Recently, I’ve been hooked on Thai dramas or what they call “lakorns”.

The last time I’ve been hooked on anything related to Thailand was when I watched the movie, Love of Siam. I was so into that movie (great story, acting, and soundtrack!) that Thai culture suddenly appealed greatly to me. I believe this was the time I started my first part-time job, so I can have money to go to Bangkok. Unfortunately, the trip never happened as the emergency Japan came. Later on, some friends were able to pull me to Singapore, so until now, Bangkok is still a far-away city for me. A source of great curiosity.

Anyway, I’m not exactly sure how, after so many years, I got interested in Thai shows again. I just remember having this phase of watching romantic-comedies until I ended up browsing titles from Thailand which got me to the lakorn Lovesick The Series and then to our featured topic, Hormones The Series.

(I’ll have a seperate post for “Lovesick” as it would be a fujoshi-full type of writing. TEE-HEE.)

“Hormones” has a “the series” attached to it because there was an earlier movie with the same title. The movie also featured teenagers, but it was more romantic-comedy. On the other hand, this lakorn is more serious. Well, serious in a sense that they have more serious themes such as confusion in sexuality, rape, family issues, teacher-student relations, pre-marital sex, abortion, drinking, smoking, drugs, and bullying in teenagers lives. These issues along with the puberty stage makes teenagers one of the best case study subjects. Despite the listed themes, these were discussed sparingly through each episode with lighter themes of friendship, romance, and junior-senior relationships in good humor to balance the atmosphere.

I admit to watching this series because I have to wait for two weeks before the new season of Lovesick begins. Fortunately, I was in good hands. I’ve had the season 1 in my HD for a long while now, but I just was not in the mood to watch it yet, so I guess this was the right time. I was only reminded of it again when a friend pointed out that there’s a gay couple in the series. Well, well.

I don’t know much about Thai culture, censorship and media or if Thai society is tolerant or conservative, but I’d have to give it to the writers of this show. They were unapologetic to the conservatives when they decided to show a series about the real chaotic lives of teenagers. I’m not sure if we’ve ever had such a bold television series in the Philippines. The most that I can remember is an old teen-oriented show called “TGIS” which has one episode involving one of the characters smoking. They focused most on why it should not be done by the audience. I suppose the lakorn’s point is not to lecture on bad habits, but just to really portray the real lifestyle of teenagers. It’s very eye-opening to parents, I assume. The next set of action would be a good discussion or debate on how to effectively help teens with their problems or even just how to understand them better to forge a good relationship as they mature with their hardship.

I remember the first episode of Season 2 which features a popular lakorn about a love triangle between students. The lakorn is also featured in a school, so it directly reflected the lives of the characters in Hormones. The issue of the episode is whether TV shows with sexual content, even if they are just implied, should be banned or not; what should be or not be censored to teenagers. The episode had a long debate between parents on the matter. Some parents were fine with the lakorn, saying that right guidance and explanation is the best way to help children when faced with such contents (I agree with this since this is how my mom made us aware of such things), while some parents wanted the lakorn banned as they fear it to be a bad influence. At some point the discussion concluded on the parents’ relationship with their children. I thought this was one of the best episodes of the series as that is also a similar problem in the Philippines. No, I think this applies anywhere.

There were also episodes about drugs, rape, abortion, and confusion in sexuality which struck me most. Mind you, not because I’ve been through those (only the sexuality part), but because they are heavy issues and are not ever comfortably discussed between people, especially teenagers. Moreover, there’s no cheesy love story here. The trajectory portrayed in relationships were also very honest; so honest some of them hurt already. Huhu~

Aside from the themes, I love the directing and acting of the actors in this drama. There were several times I cried in some episodes haha~ The amazing soundtrack has introduced me to a lot of Thai bands and singers.

So there, I definitely recommend watching this drama. Nevermind the language if you’re still uncomfortable with the sound of Thai language, you’ll get used to it. 😀


For a while now, my co-teachers and I have been “bullying” (playful, of course) another co-teacher saying that she is a “bourgeois”, since she is born in a rich family, has very different taste compared to the rest of us, and is weak in Filipino. Basically, the name calling and fooling around started with that fault of her. Nonetheless, we don’t mean this in any way to correct her, it’s just friends being good friends to each other. Haha

Anyhow, “bourgeois” is a French word which in Filipino is translated to as “burgis”. Now, I was solely responsible for circulating this word and supplying its meaning to my co-workers. As a lazy student, I’ve always relayed on finding meaning through context than its dictionary meaning.

Now, here’s the catch.

If you look up the meaning of “bourgeois” in the dictionary, it’s a French word which means “middle class”. In a sense, I made a mistake of calling my co-teacher “bourgeois” after calling her “burgis” since the direct translation doesn’t match my purpose. On the other hand, upon useful research, it turns out that the word “burgis” has a different connotation in Philippine history and culture:

“Popularized during the 70s when student activism and the exposure to socialist ideology in Philippine campuses were on the rise. Derived from the French word bourgeois; and referred to anything associated with wealth, high living, and social and cultural sophistication.” (

In short, I’m still right and I can still use the word to play around.

Nonetheless, this mistake was a realization for me.

In our school, despite most of my co-teachers born from affluent families and are better at English than Filipino, I have co-teachers that knows Filipino well. However, nobody ever bothered to correct me!

It’s either we were all ignorant or the trust that my co-teachers have on my knowledge is beyond me, or even themselves. I know I can persuade very well if I put my mind into it, but this is one very amusing episode of a skill I’ve never bothered to acknowledge.