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.