Sunday, June 30, 2013

Being True to Fake People

Hell, it is raining cats again. It reminds me of fake people pretty much like these raindrops. They are everywhere.

Nope, this is not the part two of the post about fake people that I wrote months back. Actually I am kind of apologetic for having that rant because it was not supposed to be that way. I am not saying I regret every word I said there. I realized that we cannot totally get better if we get even. The only way we can do is throw away the unworthy emotions and succeed at the moments that we're given. After all, nothing makes secret enemies go more bananas than know someone getting a happy life.

Fake. Masked. Wolf. Plastic. Backstabber. Whatever name we call them, here are just some bits of wisdom, not to put fake people down but to deal our life with caution from these kind of people.

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You have to expect a punch, have dirt thrown on you and brush it off, be tripped but stand up stronger than ever. 

You got nothing to lose. You don't lose when you lose fake friends.

Your life is the most exclusive event you’ll ever attend. Not everyone is meant to be on the red carpet beside you.

Be careful of those who pat you on the back. They might be looking for a soft spot to plant the knife.

Cut back on their time and spend it with your real friends

Another lesson learned. Better know your friends or else you'll get burned.

At times it's easiest to walk away instead of letting the memories and questions consume us. People change, memories won't. Time to let go of who already has.

It's funny how you can grow away from your friends, when just a few years ago they were the most important people in your life.

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

We're meant to spend a certain part of our lives with certain people and move on.

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

What goes around comes around. That's what people say. So all the pain you caused will come back to you someday. 

An insincere friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

Sometimes growing up means growing A P A R T. 

Real friends are very special, but you have to be careful because sometimes you have a friend and you think they are made of rock, then suddenly you realize they're only made of sand.

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful - a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.

Fake friends are like shadows: always near you at your brightest moments, but nowhere to be seen at your darkest hour. True friends are like stars, you don't always see them but they are always there.

Never turn your back on a friend; that's the best target.

There comes a point in your life when you realize who matters, who never did, who won’t anymore, and who always will. So don’t worry about people from your past, there’s a reason why they didn't make it to your future.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Lights, Camera, Action, Research!

Causes of Poor Study Habits Among Grade VI Pupils 
In Marbel 7 Elementary School


This study looked into the different causes of poor study habits of pupils. Specifically it tried to answer the question:

1. What are the causes of poor study habits of the pupils in terms of: child related causes; school related causes; and home related causes?

This action research basically described the causes of poor study habits of the pupils concerned. Hence, it entailed descriptive method of research.

The 69 respondents of this study were chosen through random sampling. They are Grade Six pupils currently enrolled in Marbel 7 Elementary School, East II District, City of Koronadal.

A questionnaire composed of 24 items was used to determine the causes of poor study habits of the pupils. It was written in English with a Filipino translation to facilitate better understanding and generate authentic responses.

Furthermore, the results were treated using frequency count, weighted mean and percentage weight. The responses of the pupils were analyzed and interpreted using a five point scale with corresponding verbal descriptions.

The following are the salient findings and conclusions of this action research on the causes of poor study habits as perceived by the respondents:

1. Among the items cited, the poor concentration (x=3.21) and difficulty in comprehension (x=3.04) got the highest means for child related causes. These are followed by slow taking details of lesson (x=2.96), poor organizing of notes (x=2.87), cramming (x=2.87), laziness to study (x=2.84), and uninterested to the subject (x=2.76). Based on the rubrics designed for this research, these items are described as sometimes, which means that the pupils have poor study habits. This implies that these are perceived to be causes for the pupils to have poor study habits.

2. For the school related causes of poor study habits, unorganized classroom setting (x=3.27) and distractions like noise (x=3.01) generated the highest means compared to other items. These are followed by lack of ventilation and lighting (x=2.84), insufficient books (x=2.83), and not giving of pointers (x=2.67). peer influence (x=2.83), With reference to the rubrics made for this research, these items are described as sometimes, which means that the pupils have poor study habits. This signifies that these are causes for the pupils to have poor study habits.

3. Household chores (x=3.03) recorded the highest mean among the items for home related causes of poor study habits. These are followed by distraction by other interests and hobbies (x=2.98), family problems (x=2.92), unsupportive siblings (x=2.78), and cluttered and messy home setting (x=2.72). According to the rubrics constructed for this research, this item is described as sometimes, which means that the pupils have poor study habits. This indicates that these are causes for the pupils to have poor study habits.

The following are recommended by this action research in order to limit, if not prevent, the occurrences of poor study habits among the pupils:

1. Emphasize to all the teachers that concentration, along with comprehension should be developed among the pupils because these skills tend to influence the study habits of the pupils. Hence, it should be stressed by the teachers to the pupils that when they study, it is not enough that they learn how to decode the words in the text of what they study, but they also understand the main thought.

2. Maintain a school environment that is conducive for studying for the pupils. Classroom organization and noise reduction should be the primary targets because these affect the study habits of the pupils. Aside from re-assessing how appropriately structured is the classroom, internal sources of noise like shouting of other pupils should be minimized in order to promote an atmosphere that is favorable for studying.

3. Include in the homeroom meetings and general assembly the concern on household chores as this factor tend to shape the study habits of the pupils. Inform the parents on the importance of delegating household chores in proportion to allotting study time at home. This does not mean that the pupils will not have to perform household chores, but they perform household chores just enough to consider opportunity for them to study their lessons afterwards.

*Modified for blog publication. Conceptualized by Michael B. Cahapay and conducted by Nancy B. Para, East II District, City Schools Division of Koronadal.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Stupid Limericks and Foolish Thoughts

Just to shoot breeze of how this week has been...

As part of the tree growing fest tomorrow, we planted some of the trees in the difficult locations of the school today. We enjoyed a couple take of pictures until this fellow teacher posed on a dead bark of a tree in the knoll, and presto!

The pupils essayed a laughter
As their gravitationally challenged teacher
Fell like a burden into the slope,
So, next time I can only hope
One should never dive without water.

On the other side of things, it has always brought brief cardiac arrest everytime I hear accident in my class. Last day, it was noon break when someone reported that one of my pupils was physically hurt. Call it negligence, but no matter how much I set rules, children always break.

Mary had a playmate she didn't heed
That caused the toy to fly out of deed
And Mary's nose dripped with redness
A condition called epistaxis
But in simple word is nosebleed.

Life is a constant change, and such truth of life is one of the important lessons I learned this week. As a part of career movement, there will be a reshuffling of administrators in our division and our own school head is set to roll like a stone to another school.

A strong man set eyes to new spheres
And make inspiration on yesteryears
People behind must be emotional,
But one should be at least critical
And remember not all fluids are tears.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Another Film Review of Jose Rizal

It was Jose Rizal's birthday last 19th. Better late than never, as our own way of dealing this historical day, we watched the film entitled "Jose Rizal" today. Actually it was my second time; the first being part of the requirements in one of my college subjects years ago.

Just a few cents pointing out twists in this second film review.

In my college review, I really didn't like the way that the inorganic plot was employed in the film, most especially the reverts to novel metaphors. As I have reasoned out, it made the film vague and that the novel metaphors should be a separate plot to deal.

But now I really appreciate having Jose Rizal's novel protagonist Simon Ibarra in El Filibusterismo occasionally appear, because it was one good justification how deep was the patriotism of Jose Rizal, stemming from his personal inspiration to rise against the Spanish colonialism.

Another is that, having learned the sequence of Rizal's life and works back in college, I pride myself on being compulsive when it comes to the idea of life of Rizal. We had "Jose Rizal: Life, Works, and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist, and National Hero" by Gregorio F. Zaide as the class bible in studying the subject and I was used to glean the bare bones of our national hero from it.

However, going beyond the reference material, I appreciate how the film depicted Rizal's cause even more clear through additional scenes - like the one with a native janitor who could be best classified as a literary "round character" who challenges Rizal's principles but ultimately brings the best of Rizal's thoughts on that purpose.

Furthermore, years back, I thought that the script of the film, especially that of lines of Rizal, were just all too bland. I enjoyed the Spanish pronunciations and accents but I really just forgot his words in the film before, not even leaving something intense psychological impact in myself.

Yet, this time, I like the how each line that Rizal threw was full of intense lessons and added a sense of humanity to myself while watching it. It seemed that every sentence he said encapsulated something meaningful that would make one get affected deep within, evaluating political and moral principles.

As a whole, the film is no plain old story. I have always proclaimed myself as a movie civilian, someone who has under appreciation of movies; but rather than an effect of viewing the film twice, I would love to assume that the positive twist on my second film review must have been due to my more mature "taste" nowadays. Oh, really, it must have been.

Anyways, belated happy 152nd birthday, Pepe!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Saved From San Juan Day

When we commuted back home this afternoon, a group of giggling youth was jamming in a circle beside the road and basking in a water wasting festivity. 

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Actually, it's "Araw ng San Juan" or "San Juan Day", a day that we would always remember not because it is a saving day when we take a break, but because it is a calamitous day when we expect a greater probability of getting wet, excluding the chance of a rainy weather.

The "festivity" if you want to call it that way, is being celebrated every June 24 in honor of the birth of Saint John, who was said to baptize Jesus Christ in the river. The feast is notably being held annually in San Juan City in Metro Manila, and all over the country.

Filipinos usually go out the streets early in the morning and form a crowd in a merry way. Aside from bringing pails and buckets, people also use water guns and hoses to squirt water to their fellows and even unsuspecting comers passing by the street.

The crazy group of youngsters this afternoon were teasing as we passed by, but we thankfully speeded up just before the bucket of water flew in the air to drench us.

Whew! Got wet today?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Battle Is Not Yours

Have you been in trouble? 

This was the rhetoric question in the church mass this morning. Though we would not necessarily acknowledge the grim fact of life, we live in a world that is far from being trouble free.

The life of King Jehoshaphat is an admirable inspiration to glean when it comes to overcoming troubles of life. When he heard of the "vast of army" coming against him, he humbly turned to "resolve to inquire of the Lord" (2 Chronicles 20:2-3).

When we are faced with troubles, most of us seek help from people around like family and friends. Some of us keep it to ourselves and find means on our own ways. We fail to call God who has the ultimate key to everything.

How secured we are in the middle of troubles if we just bear in mind that we should "not be afraid or discouraged" and if we realize to ourselves the beautiful assurance that "the battle is not yours, but God's..." (2 Chronicles 20:15).

It is indeed true that if we do not see God behind every tall odd that we face in life, we feel weak. Many times we experience feeling helpless in times of troubles because we forget to acknowledge God every step of our way.

As such, today I wholly lift and entrust my life to God. Whenever I come to face difficulties, I will always remind myself to ask God above every one first. It is impossible for me to beat all these but I must be assured enough to know that I have a great God who can. 

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Tree Growing Festival @ 3

Dump trucks transporting seedlings to the sites where they will be grown as one with the nature.

For the past weekdays the preparation for the 3rd Tree Growing Festival, an annual environmental celebration spearheaded by the local government unit of the City of Koronadal, is currently in progress. The said event is slated to culminate on June 29 in the identified sites all over the city.

Seedlings ready to be planted in the school premises.

As active partner of the local government, Sabino Elementary School received about 80 coconut seedlings from the City of Koronadal. These will be planted by the Grades Five and Six pupils on the day of the said event. It should be noted that our school shares location at Quezon Mountain Range, one of the target sites of the said activity.

Other than that, the city government also gave about fifty seedlings of high valued crops such as coconut and cacao to every land owning family to be planted around. There are also several hard woods.

The said activity banks on the aim to develop environmental concern among the people and rehabilitate the forest reserve of the city.

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Want to go green? Register at City Hall Lobby, KCC Mall of Marbel, Gaisano Grand Koronadal, Ace Centerpoint, or Koronadal City Public Market.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Acrid and Mutton

The son of my new landlady asked me to help him on his assignment, and it proved that my mind is really getting rusty and dull. Am I suffering from memory failure this early and proving Ebinghaus' law of forgetting?

Okay, from now on, I will pin these two words that were haunting the catacombs of my mind for days until today when I decided to google it down.

ACRID - is the English translation for "mapakla" or a certain smell or taste associated with unripe fruit. I was thinking of words like arid and turgid, something that ends with -id sound, but my vocabulary proved really poor. What a word search.

MUTTON - is the right term for the sheep meat. What trivia I can recall most when talking about sheep is that a male sheep is a ram while a female sheep is an ewe. How can I forget it when I was eating the exact "mutton" at Bigby's last year?

Alright, time to add reading dictionary to my resolutions. 

And any more suggestion, friends?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Birthday Wishes

Yesterday was my 25th birthday, silver year, as my friend said. I came into this world on that wee hour right after the memory of independence of this nation. I proclaimed my coming into this world with a loud cry, proud to be the first fruit of my parents' love.

For years I have been used to spend my birthday just like how any ordinary day is spent. I went to the grinds as usual and did the usual business of living. Later I curled in my bed, thinking how great the Sire above for giving me another year to fulfill my purpose in this world, whatever it is.

Here is my wish list that I would have wanted to have on my birthday. Oh, come on. Let's focus on me just today. Lol.

1. Flash drive. Since the day when almost everyone had this little gadget called flash drive, I only had one eversince. A few months back it was corrupted. Any capacity-wise flash drive will do.

2. Inferno. I've been a follower of science fiction works of Dan Brown. This one might be bashed by many readers but I'm still curious to know how the author called Manila as a gate of hell. I decided I would wait until the price deflates but anyone with a good heart need not to prolong my agony.

3. And any book to read.

4. Camera. I have been blogging for quite a year now and one of my problems is a personal camera to document especially those actual field activities that I write about. Any camera would do. Yay!

5. External hard disk. My computer memory is almost full. After some heavy ruminations, I decided that its about time to put off my collections of albums and movies to the recycle bin in order to enhance the performance of my computer. And yet my files are constantly bulging, eating remaining spaces of my computer.

6. Planner. It's half way of the year, but I believe its never too late. I used my last planner until its last page regardless if the year is long over due.

7. Cactus. Any rare variety of this prickly plant that I am so obsessed lately.

8. Anything for the pouring season. A jacket, coat, bonnet, or socks would be enough to suit my nights just warm.

9. Boots. Not really fashionable, but something to enjoy the muddy ground when going to school these rainy days.

10. And lastly, your prayers. I would like to ask favor through your prayers that may God will always shower upon me health, peace, wisdom, guidance, and love as I continue to tread my journey in this world.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Independence Day

Today we celebrate the 115th year of freedom of our country from the Spanish sovereignty. All roads this morning in Koronadal City led to Rizal Park for the local observance of this significant holiday.

Picture taking with City Mayor Peter B. Miguel (center)
at Rizal Park, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato.

The songs and speeches this morning turned my mood to a sentimental one. I think that the best way to show our love of freedom, which our forefathers fought limbs over a century ago, is not dying for our country but knowing how to live for it.

Happy celebration of Independence Day, mga kababayan!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Outward Journeys

Just a rundown of my whereabouts during the hiatus period when I was not able to take time to leave a word here.

A week before classes officially kicked off, we attended a workshop on making of instructional materials. It was a timely event because we did not only acquire but also design instructional materials, an act that seems to take ton of will during sleepy vacation days.

Sabino Elementary School is perched high atop a rugged mountain slope. The pictures taken below show one of the highest points before reaching the site of the school. Under normal circumstances, it is a path contoured in the slope with the mountain on the left and the cliff on the right. 

And with the camera addict teachers, the once lonesome afternoons in Sabino Elementary School becomes an exciting resemblance of City of Bagiuo. This is one of our strolls around the slope, overlooking the city. It's truly breathtaking during the late noon because you can see the whole city slowly fade in the day and then slowly glitter in the evening.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mini Reunion

This one is too good to just slip away.

I met up with old friends from my elementary days over a late stroll around the barrio. I probably hadn't seen them for ages because we only had nodding moments since we all got busy with our respective careers.

I can say that Fely Granada and Melody Sulapas are "more special" as my classmates. We sat in the same classroom since kindergarten at Marbel 7 SDA Elementary School until we finished our senior year at Marbel 7 National High School. After that, they both set their eyes to MVC Valencia City to pursue their nursing dream while I headed my way to MSU General Santos City for a direction I was unsure at first.
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Lumi is almost the "official" food everytime we had "mini reunions" with classmates because it is the most ready recipe in barrio panciterias. It is a dish made of thick noodles laden with meat, sauteed with garlic and beaten with egg. I love it when spicy, so I seasoned mine with more ground pepper.

So, let me tell you about my two friends.

Fely has the nicest penmanship that I adore. She finished her nursing studies with flying colors - as usual, not to mention that she is our consistent valedictorian. She is eying for an opportunity abroad after her contract in private hospital ends. She is still the same bubbly girl I know who giggles over her crazy affairs of the heart.

Melody is also a licensed nurse who practices her profession in the provincial hospital. We used to go to school together, our homes just a stone throw away from each other. Her discipline toward studies inspired me way back.  She has some former lovers now that put my own love life to shame. Laughs.

We talked and laughed about the good old days until I realized there we were right at the moment when we are already grown up people with different journeys to embark. Time is really fast, and it was goodbye again.

Fely Granada and Melody Sulapas.

I am happy to see you both and thanks for the grand time, friends. The best of luck ahead of your career paths.

Friday, June 7, 2013

And So I'm Back, What's Next?

Ten days passed without a word for this blog. A lot occurred in between.

First, I have been without internet for quiet a while. I had overdue payments or my contract with the network ended. I thought I'm gonna end last month with a bang since I was almost in the verge of blogging one post every single day towards the last week of the month. But alas, the internet connection failed.

Second, for good, I decided to stay near the school where I teach, without internet there. The burnout caused by travel and weather costed me to bear the mundane life in the countryside instead, and to say again that there is no internet over there.

A lot more has happened in between, and I'm glad to say, mostly nice things. And to say now that I am back, I will surely post them here when the pictures are soon available. The highlights so far include:

  • Attending workshop on the making of instructional materials. It lasted for three days, and it surely was something to learn a lot from.
  • Drawing hope that my passion in my career will last long, long. Classes opened this week, and I've been doing my best to religiously follow my lesson plans.
  • Exploring the yon far horizons outside my comfort zone. It's just so nice that after work my life tweaked a bit from staying up all noon in my bed to trekking new places and meeting different people. Thanks to my fellow teachers, I say.
  • Renewing my spiritual life, realizing that it's not cheesy to be religious at all. This sounds both funny and serious though but I must say my relationship with God is something I must work on further.

Change is the only thing that is constant in this world, but there's really no change of heart in this blog. In fact, I so missed it, and I am here to stay - constantly. Not bad I say. Hoping to blog what happens next.

And how are you, friends?