Tuesday, December 27, 2005

A special hello to

my ALLC students Saul, Lucas, Sister Kim Chi, Sister Rosalie, Mayumi, Father Peter, Joseph, Anthony, Binna, Jin, and Eddie! =)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

An Open Letter to Students Regarding Your Grade: More From Dr. Crazy

Something interesting from Dr. Crazy over at www.crazyphd.blogspot.com:

"Dear Students,

I realize that your whole life people have been telling you that if you put in x amount of effort (whatever that x stands for), your reward will be a good grade. The problem, sadly, is that this isn't actually going to be the truth for every student at all times.Please don't look at me in that horrified way. I know. At first what I am saying seems completely insane. Illogical. Logically, one could say the following:

1. Tracy spends a lot of time on her schoolwork and works hard at her schoolwork.
2. Tracy has a 4.0 grade point average.
3. Tracy has a 4.0 grade point average because she spends a lot of time on her schoolwork and works hard at her schoolwork.

This is what is known as a logical fallacy. There isn't necessarily a correlation between the grade that you earn and

a. the number of hours one spends studying/writing a paper or
b. the amount of effort one puts into studying/writing a paper.

I am grading you not on effort or time spent but on the quality of the work that your effort or time has produced. Sadly, it is entirely possible to spend hours and hours and blood sweat and tears and still to produce a piece of crap. And my grade is based on what you turn in to me. Period. How hard you work, ultimately, does not matter if what you have produced

a. does not meet the basic requirements of the assignment,
b. is poorly thought out,
c. is insufficiently supported.

I know. It's mind-blowing to realize that you've been lied to for all these years.

As always,

Dr. Crazy"

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I Love Dr. Crazy!

I regularly read www.crazyphd.blogspot.com. This is part of a great post from Dr. Crazy about answering students' questions (specifically their emails). I can sooo relate:

"Email #1 was sent to me at approximately 1 AM from a student freaking out about the paper that is due today. She has only a page written.

Here was my reply:
Well, Student, at this point it's difficult for me to do much to help. I wish you had let me know sooner that you were in trouble, but at this point my hands are pretty much tied. If you submit the paper late, I will accept it, per my policy that for each calendar day (including weekends) that the paper is late, you lose a full letter grade. What this means is that if you submit the paper on Monday, the best grade that you could receive would be an F. Nevertheless, it is worth it for you to submit the paper so that you don't receive a zero for it. If you submit the paper over the weekend, I recommend that you send it as a Microsoft word email attachment so that I know when you submitted it. Let me know if you have questions.Dr. Crazy

I know, I am a diplomat. Here is what I wanted to write back:
You, Student, are an idiot. Your email was a waste of my time. It is not my fucking problem that you procrastinated, that you don't understand the texts, and that you are now fucked. It is not my responsibility to help you when you have been totally and completely irresponsible. It's the end of the semester. What exactly do you expect me to do for you when you have never once visited my office hours - even after you failed the midterm? The bottom line is this: I am not going to bail you out, and I honestly hope that you fail my course. You deserve to fail.

And then email #2. This student had told me that he was going to be out of town on the day that our final was scheduled. I offered to allow him to take the final early. He didn't respond until 10 PM last night, telling me about how his trip was cancelled and how he'd been writing papers (including the one for my class that left him "burnt") for 13 hours straight. AS IF I FUCKING CARE! DO THEY CARE WHEN I GRADE FOR 13 HOURS STRAIGHT? SUCK IT UP, YOU IDIOT! At any rate, he'll be taking the final at the regular time. The kicker of the whole email, though, is the fact that this little punk addressed me with my first fucking name. Like I'm his fucking friend.

Here is what I emailed in reply:
Good luck with finishing up the semester, and congratulations that your trip was cancelled! See you in class :) Dr. Crazy

Here is what I really, really wanted to email:
What part of Ph.D. don't you understand? My name is Dr. fucking Crazy unless I invite you to call me otherwise. It says Dr. Crazy on my syllabus. It doesn't say, "I'm your pal and equal, call me any old thing you please." And incidentally, while I'm at it, I should mention that your aggressive demeanor and style of challenging me about every fucking thing that we read as if I don't know shit because I'm a female professor? When you do no better than C work on writing assignments and quizzes? Yeah, it's a waste of my time, a waste of the class's time, and a waste of your time. You're really quite stupid, and the fact that you have a dick just doesn't matter to me in the slightest nor does it give you bonus IQ points. I hate you, and I will be SO HAPPY when you are no longer my student.

I hate them. I hate them all.

(But does anybody else do the thing where they compensate for the hate by being nicer than they should be? Because I think that's what I do, thus reinforcing the hated behavior, methinks.)"

Like I said, I can sooo relate.

I Do Not Want To Go To Gensan For Christmas

I am being forced to go to my mother's hometown of General Santos City (in Mindanao) for Christmas. I'm taking a ship to Gensan that leaves Manila on the 21st. (I will be with Neneng, a great church friend who is from Gensan.) I will be in Gensan by the 23rd. I will spend Christmas in Gensan then leave by ship on the 30th and arrive in Manila by Jan. 1 (News Year's on the ship?!). My brother Brian will probably take a plane to Gensan on the 23rd because he has a taekwondo camp to attend until the 22nd. We will take the ship back to Manila together. My other brother JP will be left here in Manila for Christmas because of work. I cannot believe Brian and I will have to celebrate Christmas without JP! =( =( =( =( =( =( This will be our first -and hopefully last!- time to be separated during the holiday season. =( =( =( =( =( =(

A lot of my relatives will be in Gensan for Christmas. I love my relatives and I am close to them. We are really a family-oriented bunch. My older brothers are in Gensan and it's good that I'll get to spend time with them again. My not wanting to go to Gensan has nothing to do with my brothers and relatives. I do not like Gensan as a city. It is really boring in Gensan. A person like me doesn't have much to do there. I'm a city slicker. I love the noise and activity of big cities. (I consider New York City the best place in the world.) Plus, I have a lot of really terrible memories from Gensan (high school memories). I won't recount the memories here. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings through this blog. But they are really horrible memories from the time I lived in Gensan. They are so bad that I haven't been to Gensan in five years. And I am only going there this year because I am being forced to.

So for several weeks now I have been going out every night, really experiencing Manila and spending time with my friends because I know that I will miss Manila and my friends when I am in Gensan. I've been trying my best to experience "the holiday season in Manila" while I can.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Also Wishing For...

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Christmas Wish List

(in no particular order)

1. The 2004 Newbery Medal winner - The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick Press)

2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (hardcover)

3. A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia by Paul F. Ford

4. The DVDs or VCDs of the BBC production of The Chronicles of Narnia

5. new clothes!!!!!!

6. a new TV

7. Starbucks Coffee, Cookies and Cocoa gift set/pack

8. pomegranates

9. Internet access at home

10. a Starbucks coffee press (just good enough for one cup)

11. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (hardcover)

Monday, November 28, 2005

What/Who Makes Me Happy These Days

(in no particular order)

1. "26 hours" of hip hop and R&B music on RX 93.1 every Sunday

2. Lucy

3. CY

4. Corinne

5. Tata

6. fantasy literature

7. children's/young adult literature

8. Khristine

9. Khristine and Johann's good news

10. Vogue (US)

11. Yahoo Messenger (I'm addicted.)

12. flirting (especially when it's the guy who initiates it)

13. Taco Bell

14. watching movies (need to watch more and need to watch more often)

15. popcorn

16. Renee

17. getting closer to my former students

18. Alicia Keys and her music

19. UP Diliman

20. living in the Katipunan area

21. Riya

22. queso de bola

23. the Christmas season!!! (and everything that comes with it!)

on that note...

THESE DAYS I MISS

(in no particular order)

1. teaching sophomores

2. the old EN12 syllabus (it used to be the proposal paper, the review paper, and the reflection paper - now it's the argumentative research paper and the reflection paper)

3. Isaac

4. Ren

5. Renee

6. Corinne

7. Vince

8. watching two movies every week

9. Booksale

10. Glorietta

11. Greenbelt

12. malling (I haven't been out in ages!)

13. JP

14. Brian

15. Daddy

16. Starbucks

17. watching TV

18. playing video games

19. Tina

20. the students from my very first class in De La Salle University

21. LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Updates

This semester I'm teaching two regular EN12 classes (meaning EN12 for freshmen - not the usual sophomore EN12 classes I get) and one Lit13 class (I'm going to assign The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!). My schedule is MWF 9:30-10:30, 1:30-2:30, and 2:30-3:30. I'm teaching reading and writing for group 2 in module C of the Intensive English Language Program of the Ateneo Language Learning Center. (I have two students from Bangladesh, four students from Korea, two from Japan, two from Vietnam, and one from Hong Kong.) That's every TTH 1:00-3:30. Every TH 5:00-8:00 I have an MA class in UP: New English Literatures with Prof. Naida Rivera. CY is my classmate. We will be studying the literature of former British and American colonies.

I've been checking out a lot of academic blogs lately and I've noticed that all the other academic bloggers keep their names, universities/colleges, colleagues, students, and details about them anonymous. I don't! Oops. All of a sudden I feel naked! Oh well, that's just who I am, right? Keeping everything out in the open fits my personality. Hehehe.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Reflection (?)

I'm not so sure about what came over me, but a couple of days ago I asked some of my friends to describe me. They say I am:

brutally frank/brutally honest
bordering on tactless
a profound thinker
down to earth
really nice
very intelligent
deep yet bubbly
a real gem
witty
sophisticated
principled
sweet
thoughtful
sensitive
fun
caring
perky
strong
passionate
beautiful
youthful
enthusiastic
considerate
a ray of sunshine
super ultra gorgeous
crazy
talkative
has a strong personality

Ok, I admit it. I was feeling vain AND insecure and that's why I asked my friends to describe me. Ummm, anybody want to add anything else?

Sem break! =)

I've finally updated my profile. =) It's now my sem break. I don't really know what to do this sem break. Well, my brothers and I are moving to a new place in Katipunan by the end of this week. I'm going shopping next week I guess. Of course I'll be reading as much as possible. =) And sleeping as much as possible. =) I'll just do whatever I feel like doing whenever I feel like doing it. Isn't that the beauty of a break? =)

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Food Lover's Write-Off

My favorite:

1. Soft Drink: Pepsi Twist

2. Ice Cream Flavor: I love, love, love ice cream, but I don’t really have a favorite ice cream flavor.

3. Fast Food Restaurant: McDonald’s

4. Type of Pizza: Lots and lots and lots of cheese!

5. Thanksgiving Dinner: Of course turkey with cranberry sauce or gravy, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie

6. Snack Food: It really depends on my mood…

7. Side Dish: Mashed potatoes

8. Food to Eat While Driving: I don’t drive.

9. Food for Breakfast: Oh man, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. The perfect breakfast is waffles with lots of butter and syrup, scrambled eggs, sausages, milk, orange juice, and coffee.

10. Sit-Down Restaurant: Aveneto, Bubba Gump’s, Bon Apetit, Chocolate Kiss

11. Italian Dish: I love all Italian dishes! Italian food is my favorite. =)

12. Chinese Dish: I don’t have a favorite Chinese dish.

13. Sandwich: I love subways.

14. Cheese: I love all kinds of cheese!!!!!! =9

15. Donut: I’m not into donuts.

16. Type of dessert: All kinds of dessert. I live for dessert! =)

17. Type of Cake: I’m not really into cakes either.

18. Vegetable: Okra – it’s an aphrodisiac too!

19. Fruit: Pomegranates and tomatoes (Yes, a tomato is a fruit.)

20. Food In Bed: I don’t eat in bed.

21. Beer: I DON’T DRINK.

22. Drink With Dinner: Water is still the best…

23. Fruit Juice: Orange juice

and Finally...

24. What is your favorite meal? Pizza, pizza, pizza, and more pizza. It’s my favorite food. I think I could have pizza every day. =)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

More On Inheritance...

I found this interesting... from Roger Downey of Seattle Weekly:

"It's a good thing I didn't start my exploration with Paolini; I wasn't expecting a masterpiece from a precocious home-schooled first-time novelist from isolated Paradise Valley, Mont., but I was still deeply disappointed by Eragon and its just-published sequel, Eldest. This lumbering coming-of-age tale of a boy and his dragon is painfully derivative of Tolkien, but it utterly lacks the qualities that raise Lord of the Rings toward greatness: the inexorable movement toward a tragic goal, the moral complexity of the challenges facing its characters, the linguistic decorum, which achieves a clarity and dignity rarely achieved in 20th-century popular fiction. Maybe the thirst for high-flown adventure is great enough among young readers to keep this series going through its third and (please, God) final installment, due in 2007. But if it's going to be worth reading, Paolini had better get the hell out of isolated Paradise Valley and learn something—anything—about the world outside of books."

Murtagh and Thorn

(Warning: There are spoilers here about Christopher Paolini's Eldest!)

I have just finished reading Book Two of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The last part of the book was about a great battle between Galbatorix's army and the armies of the Varden and of Surda. The whole battle reminded me of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in the Lord of the Rings. The Varden and Surda's army were the soldiers of Gondor, the dwarves were the Riders of Rohan, and Roran and the other people of Carvahall coming up the Jiet River were Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli with the Dead coming up the Anduin. Again, Paolini seems to have liberally borrowed from the Lord of the Rings.

I was right all along. The Twins were the traitors. They fought for Galbatorix against the Varden. Murtagh IS the older brother of Eragon (he is Morzan's ELDEST son) and Murtagh betrays his brother by serving Galbatorix. Murtagh is an enemy Rider and Thorn is his terrible red dragon. The twist I didn't expect is that Murtagh was actually kidnapped, tricked, and coerced by Galbatorix to serve him.

I think Inheritance is predictable because of Eragon's fortune being told by Angela. All the reader has to do is fit together/connect the fortune to other parts of the plot to be able to predict certain things in the story. That is all I needed to do to predict the truth about Murtagh.

Arya keeps rejecting Eragon. But we know from Angela's forecast of Eragon's future that Arya will soon fall in love with Eragon. Where is the fun in that? In knowing almost for certain what will happen and just waiting for it to happen?

Despite all this criticism, the bottomline is that Eldest is an exciting book and I enjoyed reading it. Inheritance is a good story and already I cannot wait until Book Three! The ending of Book Two, like the ending of Book One, leaves you hanging. (There isn't even a semblance of closure.) I can't help wondering: What will happen next??? =)

P.S. Now I'm reading A Wrinkle In Time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Reviews on Christopher Paolini's Works...

I've been doing a bit of internet research on Christopher Paolini, Eragon, and Eldest. I found some reviews that mirror my own thoughts and feelings on the author and his two books:

"Some reviewers have accused Paolini's 'hero on a quest' plot line and characters that include dwarfs and elves of being derivative of fantasy classics such as The Lord of the Rings." (Vancouver Sun)

"Billed as the first of the 'Inheritance' trilogy, 'Eragon' borrowed wholesale from J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' and Anne McCaffrey's 'The Dragonriders of Pern' series... Critics and kids alike embraced 'Eragon,' awed perhaps as much by Paolini's inspirational back story as by the book's mythic scope and noble teen hero. Caught up in the hype, I read 'Eragon' to my two sons and found it ambitious, exciting and flawed, the work of an obviously talented but unseasoned author still feeling his way around language, pacing and original character development. So I was especially interested to see how Paolini had matured as a novelist in his sophomore effort [Eldest]..." (Denise Hamilton of The Los Angeles Times)

"Read [Eldest] if you liked the first one, or want a quick throw-away fantasy with more plot movement than fresh ideas." (Books Blog)

Monday, September 26, 2005

The World of Alagaesia

I'm almost finished reading the second installment of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy. There are three storylines in Eldest. The first several chapters follow the adventures of Eragon and Saphira. Then there are several chapters on the trails and tribulations of Eragon's cousin, Roran. Then there are a couple of chapters about what Nasuada, Eragon's liegelord, is doing as the new leader of the Varden. The storylines alternate all throughout the book. That reminds me of the Lord of the Rings and the parallel storylines of what Frodo and Sam were doing and what the rest of the Fellowship were doing. I have to say though, I'm much, much more interested in what Eragon is doing than in what Roran or Nasuada is doing. I know that what Roran and Nasuada are doing is very important to the whole plot of the book/trilogy, but I expected the book/trilogy to be just about the Rider and his dragon. I think the best part about the Inheritance Trilogy is the relationship and the heroic deeds of the Rider and his dragon. So I feel kind of impatient when I am reading all those chapters about the other characters. But I am still thoroughly enjoying Eldest. =) I love being in the world of Alagaesia and I resent it when I have to leave Eragon and his world in order to return to my own world. =(

So how is Christopher Paolini as a writer in Eldest? It's funny, when I read Eldest it's almost as if I can hear Paolini reading the words out loud to me/telling me the story. Many times I feel as if I can sense which parts of the book are taken from or influenced by Paolini's own life. For example, Paolini has said that Montana (where he lives with his family) is the inspiration for Alagaesia. So whenever the land of Alagaesia is being described in Eldest, I think about how Paolini must have seen similar places in Montana. I consciously and unconsciously think about the writer of Eldest while reading it. I don't usually do that while reading a book.

As a writing teacher in a university, I have to say that Paolini's writing is more sophisticated in Eldest. The problem is, it seems like he is trying too hard. It is too obvious that he is working to make his writing more sophisticated. And Paolini's secondary world is too obviously influenced by other fantasy stories. For example, Eragon's (so far futile) pursuit of Arya is reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings' Aragorn's pursuit of Arwen when he was still a young man. It's a good thing that the very essence of the Inheritance Trilogy is the telepathic connection and love between a Rider and his dragon. That, I think, is something original from Paolini and the best thing about his story. Take that relationship between dragon and Rider away and Paolini is offering nothing new to fantasy lovers. Take that relationship away and his books would be a flop.

I should slow down while reading Eldest because I am almost finished reading it and I know that I will be sad when the story is "over." =( =( =( I already can't wait unitl the third book is out!

Friday, September 23, 2005

September 21, 2005

I have an eye infection, apparently because of my contact lenses. So I can't wear my contact lenses for while. On Tuesday I woke up looking like Quasimodo - my left eye really swollen. I looked like a freak. Anyway, it was a blessing in disguise. Because of my eye infection I couldn't really work this week. So I got a little break from work this week. =)

My eye infection didn't negatively affect my birthday, thank God. Mike called me midnight to greet me Happy Birthday. He was officially the very first person to greet me on my birthday. (He was also the very first one to greet me on my birthday last year.) You're the best, Mike! =)

A lot of other friends, relatives, colleagues, and students texted me on my birthday. I was actually surprised by some of the text messages I received. There were some people who I really didn't expect to greet me - I thought that they would forget my birthday or that they didn't even know when my birthday was. So I was pleasantly surprised and really touched by the text messages I received on my birthday. I was especially touched by the birthday greetings from my students. A special hello to my La Salle and Ateneo students! I love you guys!!!. =)

I had my birthday lunch with Peter in Bubba Gump's. Man I really stuffed myself there. I had my birthday dinner with Brian, Mom (she's visiting me from Gensan), Dad (he's visiting me from the States), and Tita Baby at home. Again, I stuffed myself. I felt like my stomach was going to split open!

My dad bought me a cake and roses. I was so shocked and really touched when I saw my dad holding roses for me. (He's never given me roses.) I almost cried. I was so happy. =)

I don't think a birthday is complete without people singing Happy Birthday to me, cake, making a wish, and blowing out candles. Hehehe. And I am so grateful and thankful that I had all those things for my birthday. =) =) =)

Today I was able to have a belated birthday celebration with everyone in the ALLC. I brought pancit for everyone. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to me. =) I'm really happy. =) People singing Happy Birthday is really important to me. =) Hehehe.

Right now I'm going to have a belated birthday celebration with CY and Corinne. =)

I'm really happy!!! =)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sky High!

Last night Peter and I watched Sky High in SM North. We watched Sky High because the trailer showed that it was a movie about super heroes. I wanted to watch it because I wanted to look at super heroes from possible new angles. (I am VERY, VERY, VERY interested in fantasy, science fiction, and comic books/graphic novels, remember?) Peter wanted to watch it because he enjoys watching movies about super heroes/comic book characters. (Well, so do I but I actually didn't think I would enjoy Sky High. I just wanted new insights on super heroes.) I didn't think the movie would be very good. I don't know what Peter was expecting. But the movie was a very pleasant surprise for me. =) It was surprisingly delightful. =) I think Sky High is cute, so nice. And I'm not using those words for the movie to sound trite. I mean them ("cute," "so nice") in a VERY positive way. =) I actually want to watch the movie again. It's like a combination of The Incredibles, Harry Potter, and The X-Men.

Peter and I enjoy watching Disney movies. =) And I'm looking forward to the day I can watch Disney movies with my own kids. =) Peter says that all Disney movies are cute and nice. I have to agree. I remember I watched the Disney movies The Pacifier and Herbie: Fully Loaded with Peter even though I thought they were going to suck. I just watched them out of curiosity and boredom. But I found the movies entertaining! =) They were... cute and nice!

P. S. My new ALLC students (for Module B) are Mayumi and Sr. Rosalie (from Japan), Saul and Lucas (from Bangladesh), Hannah and Kai (from Korea), and Fr. Dominic (from Vietnam). I think my students from Module A Pra and Nai (from Thailand) will be joining my class for Module B. My new students seem to be nice and serious about improving their English. I hope we all will enjoy this new class. =)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Christopher Paolini's Eldest

The second book of the Inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini (the first book was Eragon, I read it over the summer) is now available in the Philippines! =) (The book was out by August 23 in the US.) It's still not available in Powerbooks and National Bookstore though. The hardcover copies of Eldest won't be available in those bookstores until sometime in September (my month!). But paperback copies are already available in Ink&Stone and A Different Bookstore. =) I bought my copy in Ink&Stone in The Podiun just last night with Peter. =) I haven't started reading it yet because I was really sleepy last night and I really should do some work today (not that I've done any work yet today, haha). But I think I'll start reading it tonight. =) Well, I want to start reading it tonight. =) But I should also/want to start reading A Wrinkle In Time...

There's already a website for the movie of Eragon (www.eragonmovie.com). There isn't much in the website yet, but I'm glad it's there and of course it will have new features soon. =)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Special Hello

A special hello to Rachel, Soo-Min, Kelly, Ibo, Muhammet, Nur, Yosuke, Ken, Pra, Nai, and Ji-Su. =) =) =) Hi also to Onur, Suat, Kadir, and Numan. =) Please keep in touch! =)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

What's New With Tarie

So what's new with me? Well, lately I haven't been in the mood to blog. Maybe it's because I've been too busy to blog or too impatient to blog because of all the other things I need to do. Maybe it's because nothing exciting has happened to me lately. Or maybe it's because I'm not excited about life lately. =( I feel like all I ever do is work. I really want a break/vacation. I want to travel. I want to read more for leisure.

Well, so what is new with me? Module A for the IELP of the ALLC is ending next week. There will be a one week "hiatus" then Module B will begin. CY wants to bow out of Module B to work on her MA papers. Honestly, I need time to work on my MA papers too. But I also need and want the money I'll get for/from Module B, so I'll still teach for Module B. That is, of course, if Ma'am April will have me. =) Tina tells me to suffer from a hectic schedule with teaching Ateneo classes AND Module B for the IELP AND my MA work so that I can have money to have a nice sem break. I guess the money will be worth it. =) I can buy new clothes (which I badly need) and I can travel during the sem break. Plus, I do have to help my mom out financially every once in a while.

It was Isaac's birthday yesterday (August 19) and it will be CY's birthday exactly one week from now (August 27). Corinne's birthday is August 28. Happy Birthday Isaac, CY, and Corinne! =) =) =) Isaac, CY, and I will celebrate next week. =) I guess I can't blog about my gifts for my friends cause they might read this and that will ruin everything. =)

Yesterday was also the third year anniversary of my first date with Peter. =) We celebrated it on Thursday though (August 18) because he had work yesterday. We ate an early dinner in China Star in The Podium (the food was good, but not spectacular and the service was bad), then we watched Must Love Dogs in Megamall. I was pretty smug while watching Must Love Dogs because Peter and I already found each other! ;) I think it was a good anniversary celebration. =) I think we were both reminded of how much we love each other. =) My anniversary gift for Peter was numbers 1-10 of The X-Men comic books. He bought me a nice blouse that I've wanted for some time now. =)

The book I'm reading now is French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret to Eating for Pleasure. =) I'm enjoying reading it. =) I find the book fun, interesting, and helpful. I'm enjoying learning about the food/eating culture in France and the book is giving beautiful, pleasurable, practical, and fuss-free/hassle-free/relatively easy tips for losing weight, getting healthier, living well, and enjoying shopping for food/cooking/eating. The book even includes wonderful, simple, and delicious recipes. I think that following the French philosophy (yes, PHILOSOPHY) for food will prove to be very helpful, rewarding, healthy, and pleasurable. The hard part will be adjusting. Because right now, for obvious reasons, I am eating the American and Filipino ways. But so far those ways are not the healthiest for me, so it wouldn't hurt if I try the French way. =)

I'm in the English department of Ateneo right now. I was just working with Charlene on some paperwork due next week for our IELP class. I'll go home now to have dinner and continue reading French Women Don't Get Fat! I'm really enjoying it and learning from it! =)

P.S. My dad is here from the States...

Friday, August 12, 2005

I know I know, I should blog more often...

I'm sorry I haven't been able to blog regularly. =( I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince a couple of weeks ago and I wasn't able to blog about what I think of the book (and I promised to). Let's just say that I cried while reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I hate J.K. Rowling and I'm disturbed about how dark the Harry Potter books are becoming. I was depressed after reading the book. It really affected me and I had trouble concentrating on work for at least a week. My heart aches for Harry =( ...I'm still a fan of the Harry Potter books and I enjoyed reading book 6, but I have a lot of complaints about how the series is getting gloomier and gloomier. (I think a lot of the negativity is unnecessary! For example, why did Harry and Ginny have to break up? Voldemort can still use her against Harry even if she is just a friend!) J.K. Rowling stabs her readers in the heart... and then pours salt over the wound! I don't want to blog about Harry Potter anymore. =(

I've been busy with teaching for the English department and the ALLC and with my MA class. I don't have a life outside of work anymore (for example I don't have enough time to blog or to read the blogs of my friends). =( I don't have a social life. I need a vacation. I want to go to Bali, Indonesia and I want to go to Turkey...

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I started reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Tuesday. I was supposed to go home and check some proposal paper drafts or take a nap. I did go home and I tried to take a nap but I couldn't fall asleep even though I was so tired. So I started reading Harry Potter! =) Harry Potter books are really hard to put down. I tell myself, "I'll just read one chapter" or "I'll just read this chapter." But I see the picture and the title of the next chapter on the next page and get intrigued. So I read that chapter too and the cycle of "I'll stop at this chapter, but wait! The next chapter looks interesting. I'll read that then stop" starts all over again. Hehehe. I think I'm on the seventh or eighth chapter now. I like what I'm reading so far. =) And I think the pace of events/action is much faster in the Half-Blood Prince than in the other Harry Potter books. I like that. =) That's a good thing for me, more excitement! There was already a major "revelation" in chapter two! It made me re-think everything I had read in the previous five books...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

It's been a while...

It's been a while since I last blogged. A lot has happened since then. I've started teaching for the Ateneo Language Learning Center (ALLC). I've been teaching foreigners in the Intensive English Language Program of the ALLC for a week now. The program will go on for seven weeks. I teach reading and writing in English to "group three," the intermediate group. I have five Korean students, one student from Kyrgyztan, two from Japan, two from Thailand, and two from Turkey. It's really nice meeting new people from different countries and it's so interesting learning about their cultures! They are nice, smart people. It's a nice challenge teaching them. I like them and I am having fun. =) Plus I'm making more money because of this "second job" of mine! =)

Khristine Cheng Chua (a good friend of mine here in the Ateneo English department) and Johann Ong are getting married this Saturday. Congratulations Khristine and Johann! =) Their wedding shower was last Friday. It was fun. =)

My student Jill just let me borrow her copy of Harry Potter Book 6. That was really sweet of Jill! I have a dilemma now though. I have so many things to do over the next two weeks, like checking 90 proposal paper drafts and writing a paper for my MA class. When will I have time to read the book? And I don't think I should keep the book for long since I'm just borrowing it. Oh well, things will work out. They always do. =) I'll probably blog again while or after reading the book to comment on it. =)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The New Semester

The new semester has just started in Ateneo. I met my new students on Tuesday. (This sem I only have TTh EN12 classes.) It's too early to decide whether I love them or hate them. Haha. I miss my old students, particularly my students from last semester. I really love them. Well, I will probably end up loving my new students. (I hope so.) It just takes time to get to know each other and to bond as a class.

(For my summer MA paper I wrote about the Newbery Medal award and two specific Newbery Medal winners: Bridge to Terabithia and The Giver. They are both good books, especially The Giver [mind blowing]. I really enjoyed working on the topic of the Newbery Medal.) I've started collecting and reading other Newbery Medal books. I love them! I love children's literature and the Newbery books are the best of American children's literature. =) I've been buying them in Booksale stores for only 50 pesos each. =) The latest Newbery book I read was the 1984 winner Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. Dear Mr. Henshaw is about the pain children feel. (Yes, children feel pain too.) Children have problems too. Their problems may be less complicated, but they are still problems. The whole story was told through letters, which was probably rare in 1984.

Saturday was the start of my MA class for this semester: English 212 with Prof. Ancheta. The class is on English drama (excluding Shakespeare). One of Prof. Ancheta's areas of expertise is comic theory, so we will be focusing on comedies for our class. Coolness. =) I can tell I'm going to have another great class under Prof. Ancheta. =) She never ceases to amaze me.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Good News

Oh, joy! =) Eldest, Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy, by Christopher Paolini is coming out this August. =) I saw a picture of the cover of Eldest. The cover has a VERY evil-looking red dragon on it. That means one of the other dragon eggs hatches for a bad guy. =( =( =( (I hope the third dragon, which will be green, will hatch for a good guy.) In a newsletter to his fans, Christopher Paolini says he really pushed himself when writing Eldest when it came to technique. That's good because the weakness of The Inheritance Trilogy so far is literary technique. The writing technique of Paolini in Eragon is unsophisticated. In other words, it was a bit obvious, but only language-wise/in the prose, that Eragon was written by a teenager. Eragon the movie will be out June 2006. =)

This is a good year for fantasy literature. =) Book Four of the Artemis Fowl series came out this year. Book Six of the Harry Potter series will come out July. Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy comes out August. The first Narnia movie comes out December. And next June Eragon the movie comes out. =)

P.S. Every week I answer a new "random question" for my profile. So every week you guys can get to know me better by seeing how I answer silly questions. =)

Monday, May 30, 2005

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

I've finished reading Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, book four of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. It was good! =) It was packed with action. There were also some touching parts. =) The Opal Deception is one of my favorite Artemis Fowl books. My other favorite is book three, The Eternity Code. The Artemis Fowl books are like action movies in book form! I find the ideas in the books GENIUS. Plus I find the writing/prose really smart and witty. I definitely recommend the Artemis Fowl books to guys who are reluctant to read because they think reading is boring. There are no boring parts in the Artemis Fowl books.

I don't know what to read now. I just know that I want to read another fantasy book. I have my own copy of Abarat by Clive Barker. I could read that and if I like it then I can buy the sequel. I want to read the A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle. But I have to borrow them first from Isaac or buy them. I don't have money right now to buy books. =( I also want to read the rest of the Giver trilogy by Lois Lowry and Newbery medal books (I just wrote an MA paper on two Newbery Medal books - I really enjoyed working on it!). But again, I don't have any money right now to buy books.

I've been doing a bit of research on blogs and I found out more about litblogs (blogs about anything and everything related to books) and academic blogs (written by academics, such as professors), and I realized that my blog is a litblog/academic blog. Cool. =)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

MA Class, Eragon (part 3), and Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

Our last meeting for English 242: American Individualism was Friday. We read the proposals for our final papers/projects and had coffee and donuts. =) I'm going to work on Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia and Lois Lowry's The Giver, CY is going to work on Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, James will work on the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip, and Cora will work on Chinese-American female writers. Boy, summer classes went by pretty quickly. It was a good class. I had to read a lot, I learned a lot, and the class made me think about a lot of things. We've also had to do some serious writing. I had to write a report on Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt (by the way, I do NOT recommend that book); an essay on the concept of the female self as seen in Maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman, Katherine Anne Porter's The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, and Tillie Olsen's Tell Me a Riddle; and a proposal/abstract for my final paper. There is still the final paper to be passed on the 25th. I am definitely NOT complaining, I loved my summer class and I love my topic for my final paper. I'm actually excited about working on my final paper. This is one paper I will definitely enjoy researching for and writing. I love Prof. Ancheta. I'm going to start "courting" her to be my thesis adviser. Hehe. CY and I are thinking of taking her English 212: Pre-Shakespearean Drama class next semester. Geez, is my blog too academic? Oh well, I AM an "academic."

I finished reading Eragon 3 a.m. this morning! My final verdict? I do recommend Eragon to other readers. But don't expect it to be as good as The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. Those two series are the BEST fantasy series EVER and the (Eragon) Inheritance Trilogy is obviously not complete yet. Eragon is a good book. I say this because I found the story interesting and I can't wait for the next two books in the trilogy. I really want to know what happens next, how things develop. For example, I want to read about Eragon's probable romance with Arya. *Sigh* =) There were several times I was pierced with emotion while reading the book (not while reading about Eragon and Arya though). For me, what REALLY makes the book good is the beautiful, beautiful relationship between Eragon and his dragon Saphira. (Makes me want to have a dragon of my own, remember?) I won't give any spoilers, I just want to say that I really don't trust Murtagh and The Twins. Please don't trust them Eragon. Christopher Paolini, please don't allow Eragon to be fooled TOO much by those characters. Lastly, I think the best of the trilogy is still to come. Part Two will probably be better than Part One (there IS room for improvement from/in Part One). Part Three will probably be the best in the trilogy, one reason is because the first two books will create a reservoir of experiences we can draw from to enrich our reading of Part Three.

The next book I will read for leisure is Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception. It's the fourth book in the Artemis Fowl series. I recommend this series especially to male readers. The Artemis Fowl series seems to have more testosterone compared to other fantasy series and the stories are really stories of adventure. My brother JP didn't have the patience or desire to finish The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or the Harry Potter series, but he's been really following the Artemis Fowl series.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Eragon (Continued)

I checked out the official website of Eragon: www.alagaesia.com. I read about Christopher Paolini. It's no wonder I think his prose will (and should) still develop. He's not really a writer. What I mean is: He's got this wonderful story. He's got the plot of the whole Inheritance Trilogy mapped out. But the actual writing is different from inventing a wonderful story. Paolini himself admitted that editing Eragon took two years and that he's still learning the craft/skills of creative writing. (He also admitted that some of the editing was necessary because of some grammar rules he wasn't really aware of.) He's learning by doing.

Again, please don't get me wrong. I am enjoying reading Eragon! =) (I am only halfway through the book because I have a lot of reading to do for my MA class.)

Monday, May 02, 2005

My summer days and Eragon

My days usually start around noon. I usually wake up 10 or 11am. Sometimes I wake up 12nn. I get up and have as big a brunch as I can get (usually leftovers from the previous day's lunch and dinner). Then I get dressed for school. I go to school early because I usually have to go to the library. I have to research, return books, borrow books, etc. I stay in the library to read for my class. I am in FC waiting for Prof. Ancheta outside her wonderfully air-conditioned room (it is so hot and humid outside!) by 2:50.

I'm always the first one to show up for class because I live on campus. I'm outside Prof. Ancheta's room even before Prof. Ancheta is there (she has another class before our class). Our class is 3-5, then CY and I talk and eat until 6. I get home by 7 and at home I watch tv and eat dinner. Then I watch some more tv (Darna!) before washing the dishes and taking a shower. I end my day by reading (usually for my class) until around 2am. If I am reading for leisure, I don't go to sleep until 4am. And even then I go to sleep reluctantly because I want to know what happens next...

I've finally started reading Eragon. I'm almost halfway through the book I think. What do I think of Eragon so far? In terms of the prose, the language used and the way it is used, and the "craft of storytelling/making," it's kinda obvious that a fifteen-year-old wrote it. It's not bad prose! Don't get me wrong. It's just that I can tell that Christopher Paolini's writing will definitely mature and continue to improve over the years. His best work is yet to come. Heck, he's only 20 or 21 right now I think. In terms of the actually story, the plot and all that, the story is exciting. It's about Dragon Riders for crying out loud! How can that not be exciting? There are many beautiful things in/about the book. I love the relationship between Eragon (the main character) and Saphira (his sapphire blue dragon). I love how they communicate through their minds (through their thoughts and through mental images) and through their feelings and emotions. It's really beautiful. I want a dragon too! Eragon can also communicate with other animals. But his communication with Saphira is clearer, sharper and they are always connected. The bond is incredible.

What can I do to get a dragon of my own?...

Thursday, April 21, 2005

American Individualism

The first day of summer classes was supposed to be Monday but there was a nationwide transportation strike that day so classes in UP were suspended/cancelled. I felt so frustrated. I found it so anti-climactic. I had been really looking forward to my first English 242 class and it was postponed. At least it was only postponed for one day. Tuesday we had our first class and it was wonderful. =) I love the subject/class (individualism in American literature) and I love the professor. Prof. Ancheta is so nice and so cool. She's obviously smart, intelligent, and articulate. She's a good teacher and she's passionate/enthusiastic when she lectures. I can tell I will really learn a lot from her and ENJOY the whole experience. She's also making sure the class/our work will be as scholarly/professional as possible (which is the way things should be). She gave the class a kick-ass (and looong) reading list. Yes folks, we've only had one class session so far but I already love the class and Prof. Ancheta is my new favorite teacher. Don't get me wrong though, I know this class will be tough. I have a lot of hard work to do and there will be several sleepless nights for me this summer.

She gave us this week off to start wrestling with our (looong list - and I love it!) of readings. We have EIGHT essays/works to discuss on Monday and reports start Tuesday. (My report will be on Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt.) Aaahhh, the life of a UP student. =) (I've been missing it!) I've started reading for our class discussions and the readings are CHALLENGING and interesting (which is why I'm having a difficult AND great time reading them).

Yes, yes, I know. I'm a bookworm. I'm a nerd, a geek. Call me what you want: an academic, boring, highbrow, an intellectual, an intellectual snob, whatever you want (hey I AM a college English lecturer/instructor). I don't care (at least not right now - haha!). I'm proud of it.

P.S. Damn, I haven't read Eragon yet and I now have so much to read for my summer class and for the completion of my English 243 class under Prof. Arambulo.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Hello, summer! =)

Hello, summer! =) I am a free woman. I have no more work to do since the semester is over in Ateneo and I submitted my students' final grades last Monday. I have no more schoolwork to do because the semester is over in UP and I passed my final paper and took the final exam for my MA class last Thursday. I am officially on vacation (until the 14th)! The 14th and 15th is the registration period for UP summer classes. I hope to finish enrolling on the 14th because there is a Christian leadership seminar I want to attend on the 15th. Summer classes in UP start on the 18th.

I am excited about summer classes in UP. I am going to take American Individualism 1837-1900 (that is, American literature 1837-1900) under Prof. Ancheta. It's going to be every weekday from 3-5 p.m. CY ( my best friend) will be one of my classmates. I hope we will be in an air-conditioned classroom. CY says we will be discussing the works of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson in that class. Yay! =) I'm going to buy books of their works for the class. There's nothing like an MA class to provide a good excuse to buy expensive books. Hehehe. I'm glad my brain can get back in shape through my summer class.

Before summer classes start, I hope to catch up on my leisure reading. I am definitely going to finally read Eragon by Christopher Paolini (number one on the New York Times best-seller list at the age of fifteen, jeez). What else should I read this summer? You guys have suggestions for me? =) I want to read the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle and Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer. There are dozens of books I need and want to read this summer! Summer IS a time for reading. =)

Monday, March 14, 2005

It's the end of the semester...

My SO4 students surprised me (and some of their classmates apparently) with an end of the sem party (March 11, Friday -last day of classes). =) I was really touched. I had no clue they were going to throw a "surprise party." It never even crossed my mind that any of my classes would do that! It was really a party! There was even a cake for me and it had "Thank you Ma'am. We love you." on it! I'm really glad they enjoyed EN12. =) And of course I'm really glad they like me enough to throw a party. Hehehe. I have to say again, I so touched. I had a good time with them during the party. I always have a good time with that class! We were able to take a lot of pictures. And before the party ended, I was able to literally hug and kiss everyone (my first time to hug and kiss guy students, haha!).

Today was my last day for consultations with students about their reflection papers. I feel happy, and I am so relieved. It's the end of the semester. I don't have to meet my students (from this sem) anymore. (At least not as their teacher. I can hang out with them as their friend.) I just have lots of papers to check and final grades to compute. But I can do all of that in the comfort of my home, and on my own time/schedule. I don't really have to be in the office again until I submit grades and get my next paycheck March 29.

I'm really excited about summer. I have so many plans. =) I have more things I wish I could write about but I want to go home now. =) Til the next post...

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Teaching, =) or =( ?

I'm baaack. I've been busy with work and stressed out. The semester is ending and I'm running low on energy because apparently I used up most of my energy during the first half of the semester. Or am I just running low on energy these days becuase I don't have enough time anymore to re-fuel? I'm really busy so I don't have enough time to re-charge through rest, relaxation, and recreation (I did have that kind of time during the first half of the semester). Right now I wish I had more time for myself. You know, more time to sleep in when I want to. More time to just hang out with my brothers. More time to enjoy that cup of freshly brewed coffee. And I definitely need more time to read. I haven't read for myself/for leisure since the Christmas break. That's not good. Reading is one of my "querencia." I really feel low when I don't get to read much. Right now I don't get to read at all. =( I know that I am very happy only when I am really into a book.

I have a love/hate relationship with my job right now. I can say that I truly love teaching and that I truly love (my) students. But sometimes the job gets me down because I am "overworked and underpaid" and "unappreciated." And sometimes (my) students are not so loveable! But I know I want to stay in this job. Maybe I just really need the frequent breaks from it (Christmas break, sem break, summer break, etc.).

I need a life outside of teaching. Teaching is a 24/7 job. After classes you still have to check papers, research for your lectures, and prepare activities for your classes. I always think about/remember my students. And students text me, call me, and email me with their questions and with their work that they want me to check during the weekend, late at night, and early in the morning. I need a hobby or a sideline or something that is OUTSIDE of teaching English. I also need to stop neglecting my own education. I'm starting to feel stupid just studying what I need to teach my students (these are things that I learned myself years ago and have taught before!).I need to grow. I need to keep myself sharp, for my own satisfaction and my own growth but also so that I have a lot more to offer my students, so that I can continue to improve as a teacher.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Best Valentine's Ever =)

I had the best Valentine's Day ever! I asked Peter to plan our Valentine's date this year (I usually plan our dates). I asked him to surprise me and boy did he. =) First he surprised me by sending me flowers while I was still in Ateneo for my classes.

Meeting Peter in Makati for our date was a bit inconvenient because the MRT broke down for a while and I had to take a taxi (traffic was light though). So I was a little late meeting Peter. =( When we were already together in Makati, he gave me a Winnie the Pooh stuffed toy. I was surprised by that too because I thought he would buy me a Care Bear or a book (he usually buys me a book), I didn't expect a soft and wonderful Pooh bear. (I introduced my new stuffed toy to my brothers yesterday, JP likes Pooh because he is so soft.)

Before dinner we looked at model condo units in Glorietta. Ayala is opening new condo buildings in Buendia corner Ayala Ave. The studio unit was okay. I didn't like it that much (so small!) but I like the idea of having my own place, decorating my own condo. Hehehe. The one bedroom unit was wonderful! I really loved it because there was so much space, much more than the average condo unit. And there was really a separate area for the kitchen. They must have hired a good architect. I like the unit more than I like the units I saw in Eastwood City. The unit is available for only 17,000 pesos a month! Peter was saying he could actually afford the place. =) I was imagining getting a place like that for myself or someday having a place like that with Peter as newlyweds. Hihi. =)

We had dinner in Tony Roma's! That was a really pleasant surprise. I was so happy!!! =) The last time I ate in Tony Roma's was in Las Vegas. And I haven't been in Las Vegas for 10 years or more! The food was delicious and really filling. =) But they didn't offer good desserts (why don't places like Tony Roma's have good desserts?) so we went to Pazzo for chocolate ice cream. The ice cream was good, really rich. =)

Right when I finished my ice cream there was commotion in Glorietta. Everybody was scared and running to the exits. I thought it was a fire, and Peter heard it was a bomb so we starting running out like everyone else. There was also commotion near the MRT area and in SM. They closed the MRT station so we had to take a bus back to my place. It's a good thing traffic was very light.

When we got home we shnuggled for an hour or so then Peter had to go home to Manila. Later we both found out that a bus blew up in the Ayala Center area. =( That was what all the commotion was about. It was scary when we were running out of Glorietta. For a second I thought we might die. I was okay with dying, but I was worried about JP and Brian becuae they didn't know I was out that night. They didn't know where I was. I also found out that there were simultaneous bombs set off in Davao City and General Santos City that night. =(

My dad says that it was probably the military who arranged for the bombs. (Supposedly) They are doing that to pave the way for a coup d'etat or so they can ask for more funds from the government. =(

Monday, February 14, 2005

It's Valentine's Day! =)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! =) I have so much I want to write about, like about watching the Phantom of the Opera movie (maybe I'm just too impatient for movies like that, I'll just watch the play instead) and watching Alfie (it made me think about personal issues), but I have so many things to do for work. I feel guilty writing this right now. I really should be checking my students proposal paper drafts. I haven't checked any yet! =( But I will finish by this Friday or next Monday!

There was a bouquet of flowers waiting for me when I got back to the department after my morning classes. =) Hihihi. I was surprised and very touched. Thank you Peter! =) I love Peter! Have a good Valentine's Day everyone! =)

Saturday, February 12, 2005

It's weird...

It's weird, most of the people in SO4 thought I was orange. I guess it's because I tease them a lot and I (try to) make a lot of jokes during class. A lot of people thought I was gold. Huh? Does that mean they think I'm strict or just really responsible? Only a few people guessed right about me being blue. I guess I'm not that transparent. I noticed that those students are blue themselves. Blue people know other blue people. =) That makes me feel good. Nobody thought I was green! Should I be insulted by that?

I have a very blue personality

I asked SO2 to guess what my personality color is. Two students thought I was orange. I have to say I'm flattered. =) Orange people are usually energetic. =) One person thought I was gold. I wasn't insulted. I going to take it that she finds me responsible, which is a good thing of course if you are a teacher! I think three people thought I was green, so they think I'm cerebral. Hehehe. But an overwhelming majority of the class see me as a blue person. And I am! I guess I really am very transparent. =) A lot of my students in that class are blue too. I guess that's why I love them so much. I love all my students this sem! I want the whole world to know. =)

I wonder what the dominant personality color of SO4 is. I wonder if they see me as a blue person too. =) I 'll find out later. Did I already mention that I love my students? Well I do. =) Nobody is "just a student." I think that if a teacher starts seeing students as "just my students," that's the time to quit the teaching profession.

I'm watching The Phantom of the Opera with Dad and Brian later. And tomorrow I'm watching Assault on Precinct (spelling?) 13 with Peter. =)

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Tarie's List of Favorite Things! =)

*JP and Brian are my younger brothers, CY and Isaac are my best friends, Tina is JP's girlfriend, and Pastor Butch is my pastor.

books (especially fantasy literature and children's literature/young adult literature, and most especially books by or about C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their works)

magazines

reading

pizza

McDonald's

bookstores

libraries

girl talk with Tina

Tina loving me and accepting me for who I am

(watching) movies

Charmed

Gilmore Girls

coffee

intellectual intercourse (amazing conversations)

spending time with CY and/or Isaac
(eating in Chocolate Kiss or coffee and conversations with CY and/or Isaac)

spending time with JP and/or Brian
(playing video games with Brian; support/encouraging words from JP; sharing secrets with JP; JP or Brian waking me up by kissing me, hugging me, talking to me, or rubbing my back)

snuggling (shnuggling)

getting to know smart, intelligent, interesting, and mature students

good class discussions (whether I'm part of them or just facilitating them)

listening to music (especially hip hop and R&B)

watching MTV (especially TRL)

students who keep in touch =)

Pastor Butch shouting/giving a fiery sermon

My very first blog

Testing one, two, three... This is my first time to do this (obviously). I don't know what to do/say (yet). Which is funny because I usually have so much to say/share. =)