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A good friend recently introduced me to Michael Connelly.  He’s a best-selling author of crime and suspense novels.  I’ve always loved whodunit novels – an effect of having been exposed to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys at an early age – and when I discover a good author, I would try to read all his/her books.  Hence, I have a collection of James Patterson, Richard North Patterson, and Patricia Cornwell novels. 

So far, I have read three Connelly novels – The Poet, The Narrows and The Closers.  The first two were loaned to me by my friend and I found the third at NBS and decided to buy it.  What I like about his books is the non-stop action and he just keeps you guessing.  If you’re a crime and suspense book fan, Connelly should definitely be on your list. 🙂

There are only three weeks left of school and then I’ll be taking my much needed break!  I”m really looking forward to it and I’m making a list of all the things I want to do over the break.  I just hope I can do some, if not all of them. 🙂

  1. Practice driving!
  2. Blog everday.
  3. Read my pocketbooks.
  4. Lagaw with the kids.
  5. Do a general house cleaning.
  6. Spend a day or two with hubby – without the kids.
  7. Work on the kids’ scrapbook/babybook.
  8. Catch up with old friends.
  9. Sleep.
  10. Sleep.

Hubby has been tinkering with the digicam and came out with these photos. 

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These flowers are all found in our front yard.  He’s just starting to discover the many features of our digicam and he’s been trying these out on still life.  Hopefully he’ll be able to take better pictures of the kids.  And maybe I can learn how to take better pictures, too. 🙂

I’m thinking of coming up with a math blog for my students. I’ve been surfing the net for some materials on trigonometric functions and I came up with hits from math blogs. The idea has actually been brewing in my mind for a few months now, but because of my work load, I haven’t had time to really sit down and create a blog.  I thought of making a statistics blog, but this is just one of the subjects I teach. So maybe I should make just one blog for all my classes that students can visit and leave comments – and maybe ask some questions on topics they find confusing but are too shy or ashamed or scared to ask about in class.

The semester is ending, though, so it’s too late to do it with my current classes – maybe next semester (which starts in November).  I guess this is one way for me to get feedback from students about my teaching.  Sometimes I feel that I’m not getting to them, that they are still lost in space no matter how many times I explain the lesson (and sometimes I have to explain in the vernacular so that they would understand).  I get all sorts of students.  There are those who really listen and are diligent enough to work the assigned problems.  But most of them are really lazy, especially when it comes to math subjects, so I have to work extra hard on motivating them.  I’m hoping that the blog will be one way to encourage them to think about my subject not just within the confines of the classroom, but also when they are outside.

Anyway, I’m still thinking of titles for this blog.  Any ideas anyone? 🙂

We’re fortunate to have a park within city limits where we can relax and unwind for the weekend.  One Sunday (I think it was two weeks ago), we all decided to go to Forest Park in Taculing (about 15 minutes from our place) for a picnic.  There was a scheduled 8-hour brownout that day Sunday because Ceneco was putting up new electric posts along the newly finished Tangub Road, and we didn’t want to spend the whole day cooped up inside the house with no electricity.

With the kids and Nanay in tow, we ate lunch there (grilled porkchop and gindara – yummy!) and had dirty ice cream afterwards!  It’s a great place to spend time with the family.  We’re definitely going back there for another picnic. It was truly a great way to bond as a family – and it sure beats wandering aimlessly around the mall!

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Two Saturdays ago I went with some co-teachers to Bacolod Boys’ Home to spend an afternoon with orphaned and homeless boys aged 5 to 17.  It was my first time to go there and I didn’t know what to expect.  I just wanted to tag along with some of my friends because I had been invited several times to visit with them.

When we got there, we were divided into pairs and told to see to the boys in the different cottages.  About 25 boys lived in one cottage and there were four cottages, I think.  I was with a teacher from the IS (grade school-high school dept of La Salle) and she had been visiting Boys’ Home for several years now so she knew how to handle the boys.  Anyway, we asked them to form a circle and we prayed and talked to them.  I taught them an action song I learned from BLD.  We also let them read the story about how Jesus calmed a storm in the Bible (they had Hiligaynon bibles in their cottage) and asked them questions later.  I was really surprised at the way these boys answered.  They seem so mature, even at a young age – most of them were between 12 to 16 years old. 

Later when we asked them what else they needed – aside from clothes and food, which they were provided with, they said they needed a basketball.  I really thought they were going to ask for money.  But they had such simple needs.  Although these kids didn’t have families and they had t-shirts that were either too small or too big for them, they felt they had everything – except for a basketball, of course.  Going there made me forget my problems for just a little while and it made me see things from a different perspective.  I guess it made me realize that compared to other people, I still am blessed in a lot of ways and that there is so much I should be grateful for. 

When the kids thanked us for coming, I thought to myself that I should be the one thanking them because I think I learned more from them than they did from me and they touched me more than I did them.  It was really a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to go back.

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Enzo did so well in his first quarter exams that I just have to blog/brag about i! Hayaan niyo na ako, I’m sure any mom would be proud to know that her 3-year old son got perfect in his exam and answered the entire test in only 10 minutes.  He is now 5th in their class of 14 students.  Not bad, huh?  He did well in all of the subject areas except for drawing! Haha!  In that department, he took after me because I can only do stick drawings.  Too bad, he didn’t take after his dad who is more artistic than me.  Anyway, I’m just so happy that Enzo is interested to learn and he seems to be enjoying school.  He comes home everyday with new songs to sing and new poems to recite.  Every time I ask him what he does in school, he doesn’t just tell me, he demonstrates. Now I know that our decision to send him to school at an early age was the right decision after all. 🙂