Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Tag, you're it.

5 Things In My Fridge:

1. bagoong with gata (that's shrimp paste with coconut milk, a stinky but yummy Filipino condiment)
2. tuna from General Santos City (the tuna capital of the Philippines and my mom's hometown)
3. Chock full o'Nuts coffee (original blend)
4. Del Monte Sweet Blend ketchup
5. tapa (the Filipino version of beef jerky)

5 Things In My Closet:

1. my secret stash of money
2. my clothes and underwear
3. some of my bags/purses
4. my jewelry
5. old letters from friends from high school

5 Things In My Purse:

1. Chap Stick (cherry flavored)
2. Strepsils (orange flavored)
3. Vitress hair polish
4. paper soap (lavender scented)
5. Bench Prescribe facial absorbent paper

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

The experience of reading Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, watching Mrs. Dalloway the movie, then reading Michael Cunningham's The Hours and watching its movie adaptation is mind-blowing. I loved it. The whole amazing experience gave me several mental/intellectual orgasms. I am so grateful to be doing graduate work that I love. It's wonderful to a get master's degree for something you love. It's wonderful that my homework is to read a novel and then the novel is discussed in class.

Mrs. Dalloway is a dense and complex novel that takes a lot of time, energy, and concentration to read, understand, and appreciate. It is worth all the effort. It's a beautiful, insightful, and haunting novel. Mrs. Dalloway follows the thoughts of three charcters over the course of a single day in 1923 - and they intersect in their thoughts.

If you don't understand or appreciate Mrs. Dalloway, read The Hours next. It will help you understand and appreciate Mrs. Dalloway. The Hours is an insightful and haunting novel. (Not as beautiful as Mrs. Dalloway though because Woolf's prose is more lyrical than Cunningham's.) The Hours follows the thoughts of three characters over the course of a single day - and they intersect in their thoughts. (Sound familiar?) In the novel, Virginia Woolf is writing Mrs. Dalloway in 1923, Laura Brown is reading Mrs. Dalloway in 1949, and Clarissa Vaughan is a contemporary (end of the twentieth century) version of Mrs. Dalloway. The Hours revisits, echoes, parallels, mirrors, reimagines, reworks, and pays homage/tribute to Virginia Woolf and Mrs. Dalloway.

Now I want to read Mrs. Dalloway again.

P.S. Next up is "The Dead" by James Joyce and To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

DOUBT

Saturday night my best friend CY and I watched the Atlantis production of the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 2005. Doubt is John Patrick Shanley's lean drama (set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964): the rigid and resolute Sister Aloysius accuses easygoing Father Flynn of child molestation. According to Shanley, "Doubt perhaps will help us to remember what was good, what was bad, and what can never be known [about the Catholic Church]."

This Philippine production of Doubt was directed by Chari Arespacochaga and starred Cherie Gil (Sister Aloysius), Niccolo Manahan (Father Flynn), Cathy Azanza (Sister James), and Jay Glorioso (Mrs. Muller). I am so glad I watched this play. It's a well-told story. It's thought-provoking and enjoyable to watch. We got great seats at an affordable price. The acting was impressive. The acting was the best part of the production. I am now a fan of Cherie Gil and a big fan of Niccolo Manahan. Niccolo Manahan was awesome, and he's hot! He was so good. I thought the set design was great. Kudos to production designer Mio Infante and lighting designer Johnny Reyes.

I remember watching another Atlantis production of a Pulitzer and Tony winning play: Proof by David Auburn*. That was a really good production too. Atlantis Productions also brought Baby the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch to the Philippines. I'm definitely going to watch out for more from Atlantis Productions. They even have a publishing division called Altantis Manuscripts and have published a children's book and are developing the Philippines' first educational-audio reading center for blind and dyslexic children. I'm impressed, so later I'm gonna head on over to www.atlantisproductionsinc.com.

*Thursday CY and I watched the movie The Lake House starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. The screenplay is by David Auburn. I like The Lake House a lot. What can I say? I'm a sucker for happy endings and Keanu Reeves is really nice to look at! =)

Monday, June 26, 2006

I'm having a bad day.

I'm in a foul mood. Actually the first half of my day was fine, it was good actually. Had a good class. Was feeling great actually. Then around lunchtime things started happening. Things that got me down. Things that saddened me, offended me, disheartened me, disappointed me, and pissed me off. Things like students breaking university rules and my rules. Having bad/disappointing classes. Reading offensive posts about Asians. Racial slurs against Asians. Bad day. I'm trying to forget about everything.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Congratulations Khristine!

My good friend Khristine over at www.kiteflying.blogspot.com (Serpent Beneath the Flower) gave birth to her first son Seth Monday night! =) =) =) I am so happy for Khristine. And I can't wait to see baby pictures. =D (Since Khristine and the baby are in Iloilo City now and I am in Quezon City.)

Monday, June 19, 2006

First Day of School

I only met my EN 12 7:30-8:30 a.m. class today. (My two Lit 13 classes were "borrowed" by their EN 11 teachers for a two-hour diagnostic exam.) I think I was pretty perky because well, I am a pretty perky person and I had a big mug of strong coffee with my breakfast. =D A lot of the students were listening to me with eyes glazed over. I thought they seemed a little shell-shocked. I guess they still have a "hangover" from the summer. I asked them if anything was wrong or if it was "the 7:30 a.m. thing." They answered that it was "the 7:30 a.m. thing." Hahaha! Still, they seem like a good class. =)

I spent the rest of my time at work cleaning, organizing, and redecorating my cubicle, and preparing for future classes. Ssshhh, I am already excited about my classes on Wednesday.

Meme from The Muttering Muse

What one word do you think describes me? Leave it in the comments then copy and paste this into your blog so I can leave a one word comment about you.

You guys should check out www.themutteringmuse.com. =) It's a great blog! =)

Friday, June 16, 2006

The English teacher in me just had to know

Your Linguistic Profile::
75% General American English
15% Yankee
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

So true

You Communicate With Your Body

This isn't as bad as it sounds, it just means that you're a "touchy-feely" person.
You need a lot of affection in your life. And for you, this means both giving and receiving little touches.
Warm hearted, you bond with people easily. In fact, you often feel a little sad when you're not in the company of others.
A little moody, you tend to be controlled by your emotions. But a bit hug always comforts you!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Summer is over in the Philippines. The new academic year has already started for most of the schools here. This new semester I am teaching one EN12 (Communication in English II) class for sophomores. I will be teaching the research paper and the reflection paper. I am also teaching two Lit13 classes (Introduction to Fiction) for freshmen. We will be discussing short stories and novels. For the language center of the university I am teaching the communication skills of listening and speaking to the intermediate level EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. This is for the Intensive English Language Program. As an MA student, I am taking a Contemporary British Literature class (in another university). =) The first novel we will discuss is Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. =)

So I need your help again. Heehee. =D What novels can I assign my freshmen Lit13 students to "introduce" the novel to them? =)

I'm kinda excited about the semester. What can I say? I'm a nerd and pretty damn proud of it. Haha. =D

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I got a kick out of this

You know how in student evaluations of teachers there is always a question like "What do you dislike the most about the teacher"? I was reading this essay about student evaluations and I came across the idea of a follow up question: "What intellectual or characterological flaws in you does that dislike point to?"

Bwahaha!

P.S. I didn't know "characterological" was a word.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I Knooow...

You Are Italian Food

Comforting yet overwhelming.
People love you, but sometimes you're just too much.

Yay! =)

Your Blogging Type Is Thoughtful and Considerate

You're a well liked, though underrated, blogger.
You have a heart of gold, and are likely to blog for a cause.
You're a peaceful blogger - no drama for you!
A good listener and friend, you tend to leave thoughtful comments for others.

Ten Things About Because of Winn-Dixie*

1. I don't like the movie as a movie (for one thing it's too slow for me), but I like it as the movie adaptation of the children's novel by Kate DiCamillo. The movie reminded me about all the beautiful things/parts in the novel. It even made me want to read the novel again, even though I read it just a month ago (I wrote a post about it on April 30).

2. The soundtrack was cool and beautiful.

3. Dave Matthews as Otis is brilliant.

4. AnnaSophia Robb is cute as India Opal. (I'm looking forward to watching her as Leslie in the movie adaptation of Bridge to Terabithia.)

5. Winn-Dixie (I don't know the name of the dog who played him - haha!) is of course very likeable. (I hope I get my own dog soon!)

6. The landscape/setting of "Naomi, Florida" was great.

7. I was a bit disappointed with the acting in the movie. =(

8. The movie of course wasn't exactly like the book, but it was beautifully faithful to it. =)

9. It makes me like Walden Media even more. [I'm looking forward to their adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver. =)]

10. I liked the adorable animals in Gertrude's Pet Store. (Man, I need my own pets.)

*I was excited to finally be able to watch this because I finally read the book and I read in Fuse #8 Production that this is one of the best movies based on children's books.

P.S. I've been spending hours watching one of my favorite tv shows, The West Wing. I love how it's intelligent, interesting, and fast-paced entertainment. I'm addicted!