Our New Baby…

March 24, 2010, 12noon: I texted Mama to ask what will happen if Charie (my brother’s gf) will be overdue – She was due on 22 but until that day, she still hasn’t given birth. Mama replied immediately, saying that Charie is now experiencing contractions..

March 24, 2010, 12midnight: Charie now at 8cm and is very, very exhausted from labor pains. Mama wanted to fly to Davao. We couldn’t sleep. I was so worried that something might go wrong and I prayed so hard that everything will be ok. We were relieved when we learned that Charie’s mom has arrived from Bukidnon.

March 25, 2010, 4am: Mama was asking me about any updates coz my brother Jong is no longer replying to our texts. Mama is already in Trento, Agusan del Sur. About 4 hours to Davao. I was scared but at the back of my mind, I knew God won’t allow anything bad to happen to Charie and the baby.

March 25, 2010, 7am: Jongjong texted me to say that the baby is born. He wasn’t able to reply because his cp’s batt was empty. Finally!!! I was able to water my plants in peace. 🙂

March 26, 2010, 8pm: It was my first time to see our new baby in the family. It was a happy moment. My whole family was there… Charie’s mom and younger brother were there too.

Thank God for these glorious, happy family moments… 🙂 And for giving us Baby Marielle Jenaycah.. 🙂


One-Month Old Garden :)

Yey! I’m so happy to see the developments of our garden: one malunggay, three onions (got from Ate Zita – she saw that the onion bulbs in her ref have sprouted, so she gave them to us.. :D), margaritas, and alugbatis!

Thank God for the rain yesterday.


When Students Fail…

It breaks my heart when students fail in my class.

If only I could just close my eyes and just give passing grades to everyone. Life could be much, much simpler. But I know I would do more harm to their young lives if I let them pass the subject when I know they shouldn’t have.

There are a number of reasons why students fail in my class:

  • sheer negligence (inexcusable!)
  • no interest in the subject – unmotivated (maybe I can work on this)
  • have “other priorities” – usually when students have responsibilities at home or are self-supporting (I am torn between giving them favors and being fair to everyone else)

I feel for these students’ parents/Ates/Kuyas who are working very hard, sacrificing their own happiness, doing extra work/part-time jobs, and saving every peso that they can just to send them to school.

And I hope that someday, I will be able to improve at teaching so that I can reach and teach even the most uninterested ones. Maybe you can help? Any suggestions?

Looking back

More than a year ago, I wrote a post on How I Survived My Quarter-Life Crisis. Looking back, I realize that it was really a good experience for me (though it certainly didn’t feel nice during that time).  I am now more mature and have control over my emotions.

In school, we usually have the tests after we learn the lessons, which is nice because we can prepare and equip ourselves with tools that help us pass the test. But in life, the tests come before the lessons. And most of the time, we have surprise tests. Ambush. And as much as we hate teachers who are so fond of giving surprise quizzes, we also question and resent God for “surprise life-tests.”

But I love the fact that during those troubled times, when I thought I was at my weakest, I found strength in Him. May God be praised for sending His love to me through my friends and family!

P.S. If you are currently experiencing a crisis right now, believe that things will get better. It may hurt so much right now, you’ll feel like dying is the only sweetest solution (joke!) but I tell you, someday, you’ll look back and just laugh about it. You’d even be grateful for the experience. Don’t quit. Life will only get better. So don’t miss it. 🙂

Duplicate! :)

I love Bo Sanchez’s Soulfood Newsletter. It’s one of the reasons why I get excited for Mondays. 😀

In his post entitled Duplicate Yourself to Duplicate Your Income, he discussed duplication through creating a passive income. And there are 2 ways to create passive income: by forming teams and using technology.

I increase my income by having part time jobs in other schools. I admit it’s really stressful and time consuming, especially because the other school is located several kilometers away. Too much time is wasted in travelling to and from the other school. But as of now, it really helps in augmenting my income. I need the extra money so I can support my brother’s nursing education at Davao Doctor’s Hospital.

I’m currently experimenting on ways I can create passive income. I know that as of now, I still need multiple active income streams so I can have money to invest in passive income.

I believe one day I will be writing a post on “How I was able to successfully build my passive income.” or “How I Made Retiring at 40 Possible” Exciting! 🙂

Inaanak (Godchild): Seal of Friendship

I think making your friend your “kumare” or “kumpare” is one of the Filipinos’ way of sealing friendships. It’s like a bond that ties two friends together, making sure that whatever happens, even if you become separated by distance due to changes in jobs or career, you will be friends and your lives are somehow connected, no matter what. 🙂

Last Sunday, I attended the christening of the newest addition to my growing pool of godchildren, Kaykay, Ate Doli’s unica hija. But I know that being a godparent is not just a “seal of friendship”. It’s more than that. It entails a lot of responsibility to take part in raising up a child.


Lorraine (Julia)

Reyn Keira (Kaykay)

My Inaanaks

  • JL (Ate Leny’s)
  • Budoy (Madel)
  • Baby Boy (Glendyl)
  • Shekinah Dawn (Dawn)
  • Dhan Yoel (Hannah)
  • Lorraine France (Mae)
  • Reyn Keira (Ate Doli)

Achieve Your Goals: The Power of Visualization

What future do you want?

How do you imagine a perfect life?

Sounds like BIG questions, right? I think so too. I am currently working on answering some of the questions from the ebook by Paul Myers entitled “Achieve Your Goals“. I think it’s pretty interesting so I would like to share it here. Also, according to Remez Sasson in his book “Visulalize and Achieve“,

Visualizing and thinking with concentration, desire, and faith, and repeating these thoughts often, unleashes powerful energy.  Your thoughts get radiated and broadcasted, influencing the minds of other people, and attracting to you people who think along the same lines as you do who can help you with your plans.

If life could be anything you wanted it to be,

  • where would you live?
  • what kind of people would you like to spend time with?
  • how would you spend your time, if you could be doing anything you wanted?
  • what would you eat? wear? have?
  • would you work? If so, what would you do? If not, what would you do?
  • what do you want to learn? to know? to be?
  • where would you like to take a vacation? What would you do?
  • what else would be part of your perfect life?

In my perfect life, I would:

  • be living in Davao City
  • spend my time with people successful in business, in life. I want them to be my mentors so I can learn from them
  • spend time with my family – parents, siblings, husband, children
  • eat healthy and fresh foods, wear simple, elegant, comfortable clothes
  • still teach the subjects I like to teach while managing a family business, take care of husband and children
  • learn how to drive, cook, speak and teach well
  • be taking a vacation abroad with my family, probably in Disney Sea (Japan) so my kids can enjoy or have dates with my husband at different resorts in the Philippines (Wow Philippines tour) hehe…
  • also have my PhD from a reputable university abroad, beautiful paintings and my siblings would also be successful in their careers, parents would be enjoying their retirement

What’s in your list? 😉

P.S. If you want to have your own copy of the ebooks (they’re FREE), you can download them at esnips.com =)

Six Years? (…and counting! :) )

June 2004 to March 2010. Has it really been six years?

I come from a family of teachers. My grandmother (mother’s mom), my mom’s siblings – 2 aunts and an uncle are all teachers. Well, my mother is a midwife and I thought, at last, the teacher’s bloodline would finally be cut off. But alas, my father became a teacher! Haha.

Anyway, so I am now a teacher. After taking up a course that I thought would be so unrelated to teaching – Information Technology, fate still found a way to me.

Hmm… maybe it was written in the stars? This is my destiny… or as Bo Sanchez would call it… my anointing. Just a year ago, I almost left the academe so I can work in the industry. But somehow, the universe conspired and made  me change my mind.

Seriously though, when I was in Japan, I was with 8 other  professors/instructors from different colleges and universities all over the Philippines. I had the privilege to talk to them and ask them about the pros and cons of teaching, and if they have any plans of going to the industry. And from those sharing of experiences, I’ve realized that I like the academe life.

This week, I especially felt successful in being an instructor when I discussed linked lists. =) I was really proud of myself for being able to introduce the topic quite well and I saw from my students’ faces that they have somehow grasped the concepts. Whew! This is a good start.

Teaching (especially subjects like Data Structures and Algorithms) is a really challenging job. =D

Surprise, surprise!

Life is a series of surprises. 🙂

I was feeling a little low since last night because my conversation with X didn’t turn out quite right. And as a consequence, I couldn’t understand the words I kept staring at.. nodes..linked list..pointers. Whatever. I couldn’t find a way, a technique.. to teach it to the Data Structures students so that they’ll understand it. Role playing, perhaps? My imagination wouldn’t work because other thoughts keep bugging me.

So I got up from bed, said a prayer (Lord, let me take my mind off him!), went straight to my garden, watered my plants, took out the trash, and opened up my lappy to write a post (so I could face my issues one by one). But before I could write my post for the day, I did my usual routine: Yahoomail, Gmail, Facebook, Sacha Chua… and surprise!

Sacha wrote a post On Circumstances and Somebodies, and I thought, “oh, how timely! I could relate to this post…” and then, at the end of the post she thanked me! It felt nice – how my previous post became an opportunity for me to meet Sacha’s mom and for Sacha to write a great post. 🙂