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I haven’t blogged for over a month because of work.  Last October, the work just piled up that I couldn’t spare even an hour to check mails, surf, and blog.  It was the end of the first semester and it was hell month for me.  I had to check papers, make exams, check more papers, compute grades, and meet our deadlines.  I hardly had time to sleep and rest. 

I think I said in one of the last entries I posted that I was going to enjoy my two week vacation and I had a lot of activities lined up.  But I never did get to do any of them – well, except spending more time with the kids.  I still had to go back to school almost everyday because I’m coaching some students for an inter-school statistics quiz and we had to review over the semestral break. 

Now, the second semester has just started and already my paper works are starting to pile up.  With 8 sections to handle (average of 45 students per class) and I have no choice but to give tests and assignments, there’s just no escaping the mountain of papers that I have to plow through everyday. 

But, hey, I’m not complaining.  I love what I do and at the end of the day, that is what matters most.  I would still be in teaching, no matter how much papers I have to mark and grade.

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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.

Since I changed jobs (from full-time research work to full-time teaching), I’ve hardly had time to breathe! I know that’s an exaggeration, but the pace of a teacher’s life is so busy that I couldn’t find time to relax and blog. I told my sister the other day that I’m no longer Ms. Lazy when it comes to work and I’ve gone back to being a workaholic like her (and my mom).

We just submitted prelim grades last Friday and the past few days before that I’ve had an average of 4 or 5 hours of sleep only. I was overwhelmed with paperwork (checking papers, actually), and I pressured myself to pass on the deadline. Being on my first year of probationary (full-time teachers are on probationary status for three years, btw), I have to meet all deadlines and do my best in everything. Not that I wouldn’t do my best when I’m already permanent, but I know I just have to meet the expectations of the administrators and especially the students because they give 30% weight to the TBI (evaluation of the students) the first three years – and then I relax a little.

Pressure! I guess I just have to get used to this again. I can no longer take 2-hour coffee breaks (hehe!) or go home for lunch and a siesta (and get back to work at 3pm). But despite my hectic schedule, I am thoroughly enjoying myself and loving what I do – and that’s what’s more important, right? 🙂

Finally! I get to blog.  This has been a busy week, so far, for me.  And to think that it's only Wednesday!  After that brief vacation in Dumaguete, it's back to reality for me.  I really want to write about my Dumaguete trip, but I'll save that for later.  I still have a ton of things to do, papers to process for my new employer, and other loose ends to tie up with my old job.

Monday we brought the kids to their pedia for a regular check-up.  So far, so good.  Enzo hasn't had an asthma attack in months and Evie is in good health, too.  And she's growing fast! 

Yesterday, I went to NBI to get a clearance.  I was mildly surprised to find no pila and was pleased to get my clearance in only 20 minutes.  That was quick!  That's only one of the many documents/things I have to accomplish.  I have a long list of things to do in my planner (about 15 of them) and I have only done 4 so far.  Hay, naku!   

I just came from SSS and Pag-Ibig to process my mom's disability claims.  Hay!  The long lines at SSS just piss me off!  And there are so many slow people who just make the transactions longer with their stupid questions and incomplete documents.  Good thing I didn't have to wait long at Pag-Ibig. But I still have to submit some supporting documents before I can finally process my mom's claims.  I just hope everything will turn out alright.

I was so stressed out this weekend because Enzo's yaya went home and promised to come back Sunday.  Until now, she's not back yet.  So my son is yaya-less again.  I had to leave him home with Nanay's attendants and Evie's yaya.  I hope I can find a helper before school starts.

Now, it's raining here again.  I guess the rainy season is here na because it also rained yesterday.  Waaah!!! I don't like the rain.

Anyway, I gotta go.  This is going to be another busy, busy, busy day.

Au revoir for now!

Finally, I got the much-needed break I've been pining for – I am now officially on vacation at Dumaguete!  Dean and I got here last night, at around 7pm, after a four-hour drive from Bacolod.  We had no hotel reservations, but we took a chance on Coco Grande Hotel along Silliman Avenue.  Good thing they had an available room. 

We had dinner with some friends at Le Chalet along the famed Boulevard.  Medyo pricey, but the servings were quite large (we found this out when our orders came) and the food tasted great. 🙂 

I don't really have plans on where to go.  I've been to Dumaguete several times na and I've seen most of the must-see sites.  I just want to relax and have time for myself.  I just had a mani/pedi at David's Salon and maybe later I'll get a massage.  🙂 

Ooops, hubby's here na.  Gotta go.  More of my Dumaguete adventures soon.