so far, so good!

I am having a blast! We (PhilNITS Training participants) went out last Saturday night. All work and NO play make us DULL..haha.

Yagi san surely had so much fun with us. We brought him to Jack’s Ridge to see the view of the city. Aside from the beautiful view, the food was great too! Our sensei loved the kinilaw so much! 🙂

We also brought him to K-1, and our once-timid and reserved sensei (who said he would never sing) sang 3 Japanese songs and danced with us! We had sooo much fun!

I love this training. I got to meet some of the most wonderful people on this planet.



For my students in IT 151 (Web Page Design and Construction)

Please add a comment on this post and put the URL of your blog. (Para mas madali sa akin ang pag check ng blogs ninyo.)

And make your URLs clickable.

For example, this is my blog in friendster:
Mylene Sereno on Friendster

OK? Just use the anchor tag… Pretty easy, right? Cheers!

confusion about CSS

hello guys and gals,

sorry for stirring confusion in your minds when i asked you to create your own CSS for your blog. i just got a little too excited. hehe..

Anyway, here are some things that you can do to accomplish your homework.

1. Read this article about CSS (important) : CSS Design Process

2. download the original blog template

3. read and analyze the html code….(you have to study basic html or review it)

4. take note of the elements of the page…

5. try to see how the current CSS was applied to the html

6. experiment with the current css..

7. discover, and learn! have fun!

8. create sketches of your design on paper (or computer software)

9. create your own CSS for the page!

10. 🙂

PhilNITS Training

Today is the start of our FE IT Instructors Training. So far, it’s been great. Except for the “resignation” of my sandals (it was broken right when I was about to enter my room at Sequioa Inn last night! I really panicked because I didn’t have a reserve and the stores were already closed. Good thing, I brought my slippers with me and the sidewalk vendor told me that there are still stores open in San Pedro. Whew!!!)

Anyway, the accommodation is good. We have a pretty and spacious room at Sequioa. I’ll be having two roommates – one from UM Tagum and the other from STI Digos.

And the FOOD! Snacks pa lang, parang lunch na! hehe… 🙂

But what I am truly excited about is the knowledge and skills that I’ll get from this training experience. Thank God for this blessing! 🙂

I passed the PHILNITS (Phil. National IT Standards) Exam! :)

I am so happy!

Yesterday, while i was waiting for the x-landlady of my brother, i received a text from karen, my former student who’s now working in NEC, Cebu.

She congratulated me, and I didn’t know why…And then she told me that she saw my name on the list of PhilNITS passers for October, 2008. Boy, was I happy! 🙂 It made me forget that I was mad at the x-landlady for not giving back our deposit.

Praise God! I am so thankful for this achievement… 🙂

Remembering Granny

I used to live with grandparents from both sides (mother and father) when I was growing up. My maternal grandparents live just a step away from our house while my fraternal grandparents used to house-hop from one child to another and stayed with us most of the time.

I used to sit on Tatay Piling’s lap and hear his weird stories. I used to help Nanay Inday make her delicious salads and juices (She’s the only one who made me drink pipino (cucumber) and guyabano (soursop) juice). I used to visit Nanay Rosing in the hospital (she’s been sick for as long as I can remember). I used to help feed my Tatay Primo’s turkeys and chickens.

I began living away from them when I had my high school studies in Davao. I could still remember the loneliness in their eyes when I had to leave. From then on, I would only see them at least twice a year – summer and Christmas breaks.

Once, when I was leaving for Iligan (college), my Nanay Rosing hugged me and said, smiling, “Unta, buhi pa mi pag uli nimo diri My” (I hope we’re still alive when you go home again). My heart was crushed at the sincerity of her words. I uttered a silent prayer when I hugged her and said, “Alangan Nay, muadto pa gani mo sa akong graduation!” (Of course, Nay, you’d still attend my college graduation!).

My Nanay Inday and Tatay Primo also used to wake up at 3am just to give their “pabaon”. I would see their room light up when they hear us getting ready for my trip. They would call me from their window and ask me to drop by their house before I leave.

I’d kiss them goodbye and Nanay Inday would hand me her 500-peso bill and point to a sack of rice that I am supposed to bring with me to Iligan. I would look at my grandmother helplessly and wished that she would just convert it to cash (hehe). I’d refuse her offer but she would look hurt and I won’t have a choice but to bring with me the sack of rice.

And during the times when I came home to visit, they would be the ones who would meet me since my parents are usually busy at work. Those were the times when they were still strong and had the capacity to show their love for me.

Nanay Rosing’s wish was not granted when I was in 2nd yr college. I just got a text from my Papa that she already passed away. I went home with a heavy heart on that day. And I thought, at least, I still had Tatay Piling and Nanay Inday to attend my graduation. Tatay Primo already had difficulty in walking because of his back pain so he was no longer a candidate for my graduation.

Unfortunately, none of them were able to witness my college graduation. My parents said Iligan was almost 13 hours away and Tatay Piling could not endure the long travel. While Nanay Inday was in Cebu and had been diagnosed with cancer.

I lost Nanay Rosing, Nanay Inday, and Tatay Piling to different ailments. It was painful to see them so weak, suffering, and dying. Once, when I was having a class in Ateneo during my master’s, I received a text from my Papa saying that Tatay Piling was in serious condition and needed a blood transfusion. So I went home and carried the blood from Red Cross with me.
My heart broke when I saw Tatay in the hospital and it took him a while to recognize me. I didn’t want him to go but my I can’t bear to see him in so much pain and discomfort.

Now, I only have my Tatay Primo. And I haven’t seen him in almost six months. He is bedridden and has back sores from lying on bed, all-day, all-night…And when I came home to visit, his eyes would light up and he would smile, saying, “Salamat My, kay niabot ka. Gibisita ko nimo. (Thank you My, that you’re here to visit me.)” I’d have to hold back my tears and clear my throat and force a smile.

Tatay would feel happy when I cut his fingernails, and proudly say, “Maulaw na ko magpa hinguko sa imo My kay naa na kay Master’s degree. (I’m embarrassed to have my nails cut by a Masters degree holder)” And I’d feel happier to have been able to hold those shaking hands and cut those thick fingernails – something I was not able to do for my other grandparents.

I have been very fortunate to experience the love of my grandparents. I would always miss them but their memory will be kept in my heart for as long as I live.

I was not able to visit them this All Soul’s Day but I know that they are now with the Lord in a much better place we call “heaven”.