Monday, August 30, 2004

I think your name is magical. --
- Jim Carrey's character, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I like how my J says my name (well, my nickname) -- and I've wanted to write about this for quite some time now, but could never really find the words.

I still can't. ^_^

I gained this appreciation for names after reading Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea series:

"It is no secret [spoke Ged]. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man's hand and the wisdom in a tree's root: they all arise together. My name and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power, no other name."
(from Wizard of Earthsea)

* * *

The need to be brave --

I went to the bank today and decided to stop by Starbuck's for coffee. A few minutes after I went in, one of the MMDA metro aides came in asking for some water.

I've always admired these metro aides and I actually had secret (well, not-so secret anymore) aspirations of becoming one because I want to have a hand in cleaning up the city. I promised myself that I would show them my appreciation whenever I can.

Today, the Fates gave me a chance.

She was there and I was there. I ordered a slice of banana bread with the purpose of giving it to her.

But I didn't.

I was too worried about what others might say.
I was worried about how she would react.
I didn't know what to say to her.

In the end, she had left and I still had the slice of banana bread with me.

I tried to look for her outside, but she was gone na.

On my way back to Ateneo, I tried to console myself -- thinking "it's the thought that counts" -- but I knew that wasn't the case. The thought does count, but it's action that matters.

And I wasn't able to follow through with that today.

I will be more brave next time.

* * *

In class today --

So I've been discussing logical fallacies with my En11 class for the past two weeks now. I wasn't looking forward to this section of the semester because I am not very good with this sort of thinking.

Last Friday, I had a really bad session with my En11 -- people were falling asleep and I could feel their interest slowly slipping from me. I knew I had to stop the lecture because I was wasting my time and theirs. I sat down and opened up the forum for questions and concerns.

One of my students asked me what was the point of learning about fallacies. She had looked back at everything she had written for herself and she saw everything as a fallacy. She didn't understand why we were discussing fallacies.

I tried to answer it, but I couldn't. I apologized to the class and told them that I wasn't confident that I could teach them effectively.

After class, one student came up to me and said that I didn't suck because she was learning something.

That made me feel better -- temporarily. It was still at the back of my head -- I had admitted defeat without even trying. I felt bad because I had let my kids down and I had let myself down.

I realized that I had committed a fallacy on myself -- I had began the undertaking thinking that I wouldn't be good at it. I had poisoned my own well.

During the weekend, I came up with a battle plan. I was going to win my students back and give them a reason to appreciate logical fallacies.

I was nervous going to class today --

I started by talking about how I had committed a fallacy and I asked them to identify which fallacy it was. They got it right -- poisoning the well.

I them proceeded with another introduction to the lesson --

I began by saying --

"Without critical thinking, the world would still be flat and the earth would still be the center of the universe. We would all still live a feudal society because no one would dare to ask whether there was something better than that form of governance."

I knew then I had gotten their attention back.

I ended the introduction with this --

"If you have to ask me why this lecture is important, then you aren't thinking critically. I am here to facilitate this lecture. It is up to you to figure out how you're going to apply this."

The activity went on without a hitch and everyone participated and tried their best to answer the questions. Issues were raised and we all tried to clarify things for each other.

In the end, this turned out to be the best lesson I had ever taught.

When the bell rang, I thanked the class for the wonderful discussion and I was so pleased to see the spark (of interest) again.


* * *

Oh, and it's 115 days to Christmas.

Galing how time flies. ^_^

... and, yes, I've started saving.

... and, yes, I have my Christmas list ready.

... and, yes, I am really this anal.

It has always been a tradition for me to spend my semestral break shopping for Christmas presents. I find that, after sem break, I usually don't have the time to attend to this -- there are too many things happening in late October, November and early December.

Oh, and, yes -- I already know what to ask for (from my sibs) for Christmas. ^_^

Thursday, August 26, 2004

She says:

My J and I had this really lovely blog entry which we co-wrote.

And now it's gone.


He says:

It took like a good hour to write that!! >_<

(my fault--funky mouse has a back button on the side!)

She says:
... but it was a good experience for the both of us. I'm sorry world, you don't get to read it. ^_^

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Rain, Rain --

Woke up, heard the rain and decided to call Ateneo to find out if we had classes --

At 730am, the announcement was that only classes in the GS were suspended. I thought this was odd because my bro texted me from Katipunan and informed me that the area was already flooded (knee high).

I tried calling again at around 8-something and this time, they suspended the classes for the HS.
At 9-something, I was getting ready to leave when I decided to call again. Still no word on whether classes in the college were cancelled.

Stepping out of our building, I saw that our street was flooded (and I live in a high part of town) -- so I decided to call Ateneo again (through my cellphone) -- this time (it was already 930), they had finally decided to cancel classes for the college.

We still had the drop my youngest bro off in Katipunan because he had stuff to do. Like the last time it rained hard, the area near National Bookstore was flooded. I felt sorry for the students huddled together under one umbrella, trying to keep dry and worrying about how they were going to get home.

We really need to improve this system of cancelling classes. Resources are being wasted because of indecision and hesitation.

* * *

One more than four --

Happy 5, dear. I love you.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Hmmm --

Watched Conan last Thursday and the Fab 5 (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) were the guests.

I thought it was strange/sad when Conan asked them if the rumor was true, that one of them was straight.

* * *

Silly me --

I don't mean to make favorites, but I find that I enjoy my En10 class more. I just have a better rapport with the people there and we appreciate each other's silliness.

Some of the things we've done:
- For the discussion on Adverbs of Place, the activity I gave them was treasure hunting a la Battleship. I gave each one a map with grids and told them to "hide" a treasure. After that, I asked them to try to figure out where there classmates might have hidden their treasures by writing down sentences using adverbs of place.

At the start of the activity, I had to put everything into context. I told them we were modern-day pirates looking for treasure. Just to get them into the spirit of things, I asked them to go "Arrrr!" and do the hand thing.

And we did. (Go "Arrr! and do the hand thing.) ^_^

- Since this is a basic class, we really have to teach the basics of grammar and writing. One of our key lessons is on being specific. (With our thesis statements; with our nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) So I gave them a battlecry: "Specify!" -- I do that fist-in-the-air action pa talaga. After a while, it caught on and even my kids (yes, I call them my kids) started shouting "Specify!" and do the hand action. ^_^

Ah, but this worked! You should see how well my students performed in the departmental midterms! ^_^ (but I think they could have done better)

Our latest silliness is:
I noticed that the class would be wearing similar colors and so, for today's discussion, I asked them to sit according to color.

And we did.

Funniest/cutest thing in the world seeing a row of blues and then a row of whites and then black, etc.

* * *

Ah, the prospect of the weekend! --

My horoscope:
Daily Couples:
Dress up and take your fabulous self out on the town, holding your equally fabulous beloved tightly by the hand. Forget work stress and enjoy yourselves.

... and since my J and I share the same birthday, this is also his horoscope.

No, wait -- since we are a couple, it is also his horoscope.

Lol! (Sorry, I'm just being silly and shallow tonight o_O)

* * *

For the pizza lovers out there --

Have you guys tried this?

Jugno's Monster Pizza

My J saw a box at there office (anlaki daw <--- wahahaha! na-impress naman yung hunny ko XD). We love pizza. He texted me the number. I told my sibs. We can't wait to try it.

* * *

A curious thing --

Refreshed my Yahoo search engine and this article came up. There are nine psychological tasks needed for a good marriage.

* * *

Some songs --

I like Third Eye Blind and I didn't know it. We have a copy of their first two albums and I really love this song from their latest album:

Blinded (When I See You)
Just an old friend coming over now to visit you and
That’s what I’ve become
I let myself in though I know I’m not supposed to but
I never know when I’m done

And I see you fogging up the mirror
Vapor round your body glistens in the shower
And I want to stay right here and go down on you for an hour
Or stay, and let the day just fade away
In wild dedication, take the moment of hope
And let it run, and never look back at all the damage we have done now
To each other

Cause when I see you, it’s like I’m starring down the sun
And I’m blinded
There’s nothing left to do
Still I see you

I never believed that things they happen for a reason and
They never go as planned
I wanted to thank you for a vision that was lost that you returned but
You’re passed do you understand

Now her appetite is blown, little else is known
Except she a little angry, grabs a towel and looks away
And heat fades with the day
And I fall down on what to say,
Oh something clean let me be clever
Hey oh well whatever
But that’s not what I mean
When where we’ve been has left us burned
Still I won’t turn now from a fight you know I’ll never win

So when I see you, you know all the things I’ve done
Well I’m blinded
Like I’m staring down the sun
When I see you
It’s like I’m staring down the sun

Time passes and it tells us what we’re left with
We become the things we do
Me I’m a fool, spent from defiance, yeah you got me but
I didn’t give up on you

Icarus is not a tee shirt or a swan song, no
He is born again and it’s not easy being me
But I can’t promise I will mend or bend
When you believe that we are fixed now from our birth
And I’ve just fallen back to earth
Still you know I’ll try again
Cause I believe that we are lucky
We are golden we’re stolen manners
In the days when we were one

So when I see you, despite all that we’ve become
I’m still blinded
But I’m still staring down the sun
When I see you
I’m blinded

* * *

'la Lang --

I love my J.

'yun lang. ^_^

(one of our favorite songs just started on my MusicMatch ^_^)

Thursday, August 19, 2004

^______^ --

6 1/2 and 8
An invitation to an adventure --

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can't tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows
So won't you try to come

Come away with me and we'll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I'll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I'm safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

- Norah Jones, Come Away With Me

* * *

Today is QC day and we decided to take the day off from the store, which means I am free the whole day! ^_^

It's always wonderful to get an extra day off --

Ah, so many plans with my J today! So many things to do and places to see! ^_^

Yay! (It feels like a good day and I'm sure it will be.)

Monday, August 16, 2004

Happy, happy! --

My friend A (and his girlfriend G) were at the store this afternoon and my sister and I had such a wonderful time talking to them. Out of the blue, A said "You're looking happier these days." I tried to downplay it and said that it's my kids who are the source of this glow.

But seriously --

I have noticed that I am much happier these days. When I see myself in the mirror, I could see the glow and I recognize this glow -- I've seen it a couple of times before:

When my cousin J and her hubby S first got together, my cousin was so radiant and happy. (She still has this glow, btw -- ^_^)

When my friend C got together with J, I also noticed this same glow.

And now I have it.

And it is all because of my J.

* * *

Bookfair! --

My J and I dragged our friend C on an adventure in Manila. We went to the Bookfair last Sunday afternoon. Like the true OC/anal people that we are, my J and I had a map of the metro with us. (Yes, unbelievers -- my J was the one who asked me to bring it pa)

We were so turista with our map and camera -- hahahaha! See here -- lol!

I wanted to get a copy of The Story of O -- I wasn't sure if I was going to read it, but I wanted it for the sake of having a copy of it. (It's rare to see it on shelf in the bookstores). I decided not to get it because it's a long way to the next sweldo and there's so much more that I want to get.

My J went crazy! 7 books total! I think his best find was the copy of Michael Chabon's Summerland for PhP250 from the ADB booth.

* * *

Primitive? Primordial? Soup! Soup! --

We discussed Denotation and Connotation in my En10 class today. We came across one item in the activity that had to do with choosing between primitive and primordial. The kids had difficulty differentiating between the two and couldn't figure out which was appropriate for the sentence.

Since we do student-centered learning in AdMU, I couldn't just whip out the dictionary and provide them with the definition of each one. We had to go through an exercise to unlock the meaning of the two words.

So, on the board, I made a chart --
primitive primordial
= old = old
= prime (1st) = prime (1st)
= man, artifacts = ? (they had never encountered this word before) so I provided soup/ooze
= primate (sounds like)
= animal

We were able to get to the meaning of primitive by connecting old, with 1st and then man. We figured out that it was someone who wasn't so civilized and was barbaric.

We tried to do the same with primordial by connecting 1st with soup. So I asked my class, "What do you think was the first soup?" (I know, strange question to ask ^_^)

The class was so quiet. (I'm known to be quite encouraging and open with my students' answers and they never hesitate to share their answers. Until kanina...) One finally ventured a guess -- "Ma'am, onion soup?"

Ngek! hehehehe -- ^_^

But soon after, someone guessed that it had something to do with our origin. Whew!

And then I had to add that the gene pool really isn't a pool. ^^

I had such a wonderful time with my class! When it was time to go, I thanked the class for their participation and told them that I'm expecting the same attentiveness and enthusiasm on Wednesday. You could really see them spark when I recognized their work for the day. Ah, I love my kids! (And to think I was so harassed this morning with unfinished papers! I still have 30++ to check by Wednesday. erg! >_<)

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Spring Rolls! --

One of the things my J and I (and my two younger bros) have in common is our love for spring rolls. Wherever we go, we always order that place's spring rolls to find out if it's good.

So far, we love the spring rolls in the following places:
- North Park
- Pho Hoa
- World Topps (my J and I had a discussion pa about whether we enjoyed the fresh or fried more)
- Hue

Oh, and I am really loving World Topps these days. So affordable and filling -- and the variety! (hehehe -- my J and I had a feast yesterday of noodles, buffalo wings and spring rolls and all for less than PhP300!)

... what makes the whole experience wonderful for me is that I'm with my J. (yay!)

* * *

Bookfair! --

We're planning to go this Sunday and I'm a bit worried because it's too far. My youngest bro went there last Thursday and said that it's difficult to find a cab in that area --

Oh well, my J and I plan a Manila adventure! (yay! ulit) -- hehehe (unless it rains, and then we're done for. >_<)

* * *

Have I written about Potato Chips yet? --

I bought a bag of this when I was in Hongkong and we all loved it! Kaka-adik yung kettle chip texture!

Going around Fresh recently, we saw that they had Kettle Chips talaga and we bought a bag. It's okay and they have very interesting flavors. (But all I want is lightly salted or BBQ! >_<)

* * *

It's August already --

The -ber months are on their way! (Starting to save money for Christmas na ^_^)

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Basho said to avoid adjectives of scale
in order to love the world more and desire it less.

<--- I first encountered this line in one of Robert Hass's poems (forgot the title). It just made me go "wow!"

* * *

Almost Happy 1 year to me ^^ --

I checked my first blog (the one for my RO character) and realized that I started that blog last August 16, 2003. I would have been blogging (and playing RO) for a year now. Ah, how time flies talaga. ^^

* * *

Houses, houses! --

Dragged my J along to look at Montgomery Place (the Ayala project along E. Rodriguez). They were so pretty and the community is fun. ^^

Saturday, August 07, 2004

wow! --

my friend c was asking me about nigella lawson so i went online to check for some info --

guess when her birthday is --

it's the same day as me and my J!!! and she's 18 years older than we are. ^^

oh my golly! today she made this incredibly simple yet oh-so tempting sandwich -- it's pan-fried white bread with mozarella.

will try to make it tomorrow. ^^

* * *

A find! --

My J and I went to Booksale Katipunan to browse through the new arrivals. I was so happy to find a battered (but cheap, cheap, cheap) copy of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, which I've been wanting to read for quite some time now.

I got my copy for PhP50 -- yay! *clap clap*

I'm really enjoying the book (and part of the enjoyment is being able to read it out loud with my J -- I let him read the French stuff ^^)

* * *

And tomorrow's horoscope --

Daily Couples:
Work is the last thing you feel like doing -- so skip it and play hooky. Pack a picnic, take your sweetie to the park or beach and start counting the ways you love each other.

... to clarify: I don't believe in this stuff and neither does my J. (But we always have a laugh about our horoscope because we share the same b-day ^^)

* * *

Abangan! --

Coming soon: A joint-blog entry from us. This is inspired by my friends C and J who have a blog together.

It's going to be a fun way for us to bond and try to see if we share the same sentiments about the same experience. ^^

Will be a curious thing --

* * *

A belated must watch! --

Last Wednesday, I watched Bowling for Columbine with my En10 class last Wednesday. What a documentary! I was fighting back the tears (kakahiya because a lot of freshment were there)

I didn't get to finish watching it, though -- good thing my J has a copy (and, as backup, our friend P also has a copy ^^)

* * *

Reading material for today --

Was Introduction to Psychology 11th Edition (the Atkinson one) -- curious explanations about love and relationships

Will blog about that some other time, though ^^

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

^_^ --

Daily Couples:
When was the last time you wrote your doll face a love letter? If the answer is 'never,' then remedy that situation posthaste. Email works just as well; it's the written word that counts.

* * *

I really enjoy watching As Told By Ginger on Nickelodeon. I found a website that has the episode summaries and info about the show.

All this time it was you
I didn't think that it could be true
You were right there from the start
And what might be the strangest part
Is while I sure enjoyed the view
Of seeing everything brand new
It's still you
All this time I was home
I didn't know just how far I'd roam
Winter brings all this snow
Blinding, it covers everything you know
But when the sun comes shining through
And the sky returns to blue
I will rush to take my cue and find you.
(from As Told by Ginger)

* * *

This is good news for my techie friends out there -- LINUX in HP PCs! ^_^

Monday, August 02, 2004

Hmmm --

Your Juno is in Capricorn

Entering into a relationship with a Juno in Capricorn is like watching good cheese age -- the longer it sits, the better it gets. You are at your best in long-term relationships, the ephemeral flirtations and assignations of others are not your cup of tea at all. Instead, you prefer a relationship which is deeper, more vital, more fulfilling in every way. Take care in choosing your partner; do not confuse your love of lasting relationships with a desire to be in a relationship with just anyone. Dispassionately evaluate the similarities and differences between your values and those of your partner's and work out any conflicts in the beginning so the stage is set for further growth. That shouldn't be too difficult for you as your logic will always rule over your emotions. In your long-term relationships you'll want to be in charge; you may want to choose a partner who is willing to follow your lead. You think you're right most of the time and in fact you usually are, but don't use your power and conviction to hurt someone who relies on you to shore up their self-image.


This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to multi task. Plan carefully and avoid obstacles that others have put in your way. You may tend to overspend if you go shopping. Don't let friends or relatives interfere in your love relationship. Make up your own mind. Get out and interact with others. Dig deep and discover the truth. You're going to have to rely on your imagination to help you find a good solution. It's time to make your move. You may like the people you are working for but money talks. Don't take a risk, gamble or spend money you can't afford to part with. Little annoyances will cause outbursts of temper that could easily lead to estrangement. Curl up with a good book and refuse to let anyone trigger your anger. Hobbies will be a satisfying outlet. You've taken on too much, and now you're going to have to become a juggler to meet your deadlines.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Category IV - The

You have a small, highly edited social group, and
you like it that way.

What Type of Social Entity are You?
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