Xavier

(Catching up)

This school has been my second home for the past 12 years. I’ve switched campuses, but the community spirit and drive for excellence remain the same. I am thankful for this school because of all the lessons I learned and all the opportunities I have been given to grow as a person and as an educator.

I enter this new school year with apprehension because I’ll be handling a new grade level alone. Again. It seems like I’ve been on my own for the most part of my stay in the new campus. I do have direct supervisors, but as the only senior teacher in the department, they pretty much leave me alone to my devices so that they can focus on the new members of the team. I love the independence and trust they give me, but I hate having to grope in the dark most of the time. 

What did I learn from this? 

Trust. Perseverance.

Gratitude list

  • Xavier School San Juan
  • Xavier School Nuvali
  • St. Francis Xavier

Waley

(wah-lei)

Street speak/local gay lingo for wala, which is Filipino for “nothing.”

Starting today I will be emptying my mind into waleyness (nothingness) as I embark on a three day retreat. I have been feeling TOO much and thinking way too much lately that I’ve ended up crying most nights, so hopefully I am emptied of all these negative thoughts and feelings during the retreat and I find peace and be able to reconnect with God.

Wish me luck. Will be scheduling posts for the other days I’m gone.

Gratitude list

  • Walks: I’ve pretty much led a sedentary lifestyle this summer, crashing on the couch to channel surf when there’s nothing urgent to be done, getting up only to do the yoga challenge and to eat and go to the bathroom. I took a physical walk and a mental walk recently and I found myself refreshed after both. The physical walk got me some good old exercise and the mental one made sure I was still sane.
  • Water: in this intense summer heat, water is both a necessity and a luxury. I am grateful I have easy access to clean, cold, and refreshing drinking water.

Valette/Vin

Vin is the protagonist of the Mistborn fantasy series of novels by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve never really taken to the main character, but the story’s pretty interesting.

Vin is a mistborn, a person who can draw on the power of certain metals to affect physical and mental states. She is introduced to her power by another mistborn, Kelsier, who is the sole survivor of the Pits of Hathsin, a prison camp of sorts where prisoners become slaves. He is planning a revolution, and he is counting on Vin and her pwers to help. She turns into a young noblewoman named Lady Valette Renoux to act as a spy.

Book one’s done, and I’ve just started book 2. It’s slow progress since fantasy novels aren’t really my thing, but this one seems to be promising.

Gratitude list

  • Vacation: Nothing like summer vacation to get time to just chill and read.

Uh

I’m out of ideas.

So let’s do random lists

  • Umlaut: are these the two dots above a letter?
  • Underbelly
  • Undercut
  • Umpire: I saw a Discovery Channel (NatGeo?) episode of some show and they said that the word “umpire” came from “on par” or something like that.
  • Uther Pendragon: saw Arthur actor on TV just now; remembered the dad.
  • Ugh
  • Upside down

Gratitude list

  • Usap: Filipino for the word talk or conversation. I had the chance to help some students prepare for a presentation they’re giving, and managed to talk with a good friend also. Nothing like a good conversation with a good friend.

Third gear

Had another driving lesson, and this time I was able to go to third gear. 🙂 technically I went up to fifth, but it was a mistake because I went straight from second to fifth. 

It was a pretty exhilarating lesson especially since I was driving next to huge trucks or kept getting intercepted by motorcycles (I get the hate now). The inclines were hell, cars kept passing me, and the engine kept dying on me on the inclines. BUT I did survive without crashing into anybody, so that’s an achievement. 

No lessons this coming week, though, which is a bummer. There’s work and there’s a three-day silent retreat I’ll be going to. I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m open.

Gratitude list

  • Third gear
  • Tires: I sort of learned how to change a tire haha. Cars are heavy. That is all.

  • Tostillas: To stave off hunger while I waited for lunch.

Suzuki

Today, I got my new car. 🙂 It’s a Suzuki Ertiga.

Technically it’s my family’s car, but, well, yeah. 

Ironically, I don’t have a driver’s license yet, which is why I dragged my dad to the dealer so that he could be the one to drive it home. It’ll be two weeks more before I can apply for my license, which should give me enough time to practice before the test. I’m both excited and anxious about it; I hope I don’t flunk it.

Gratitude list

  • Suzuki
  • Summer: the only thing missing is the beach. I am a beach girl and the lack of funds for even a day trip to the beach (car payments) is bery frustrating. What I AM thankful for now is the time that summer gives me to read.
  • Sticker: the first sticker we got for our car was the village sticker, and this works in my favor because it means I don’t have to leave my student permit with the guard at the gate every time I enter the village. The next sticker is the one for school.
  • Student permit: I can practice driving. 🙂

Rest

To relax to rest to read to rejuvenate to restore to revel to reflect.

Inasmuch as summer is a time for bacation and beach trips and road trips and hanging out with friends and family, I relish summer mostly for the time I get to rest. 11 months of 24/7 work (because a teacher works 24/7; yes, I dream of work also huhu) means we need some rest, too.

We’ve got one more week before we go back to work and I intend to spend the remaining days just resting and reflecting.

Gratitude list

  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rainbows: I made a rainbow poem inspired by the red pants I wore today.