Month: December 2011

To stress or not to stress

  Christmas vacation officially starts today. That means I no longer have to wake up early to prepare the girls for school, at the same time keep a tight schedule as I juggle house chores, child care, online job(s), etc. throughout the day. However, I have a feeling that although there’s no school, things won’t really change much for me. I bet that a few hours from now–after I have gone to bed, that is–I would be up early again as I normally would on weekdays. Blame it on my body clock and the stuffs around the house that need my attention, especially our pets and plants. I have been neglecting some of the plants, it seems. The big alley cats have been coming in and out of our backyard and have apparently been trampling on some of them. They badly need some rescuing–I have to start transferring them to pots. Meanwhile, our puppies need a good bath and some exercise, too. Plus, I still have more cleaning to do around the house. Honestly, having …

My misconceptions about China

I enjoy teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), but I didn’t realize that I would actually enjoy having Chinesestudents and professionals in my online classes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s just that I’ve always had Filipinos and Koreans in my classes before. It was my first time to have Chinese students in class. I have also come to admit that I had so many misconceptions about their culture, their country, even their form of government. The following are some of them. There is no marginalized sector in a communist country, including China. I was fully convinced that communism exists to provide for every family’s needs equally, at the same time empower each citizen of a communist nation to have a decent living for the common good. However, one of my students told me that there are also many people in their country who belong to the marginalized sector. In addition, many of the poor people in their country become more visible in the streets when the Spring Festival is approaching (to beg for some …

Goodbye, November

It sure has been an eventful month for me and of all the months that came this year so far, it seemed like November was the one that passed most quickly. I don’t think I’m ready for Christmas yet, even if I’ve already started decorating our house. With all the emotions that shook me this month, one would think that I’d be ready to move on, but somehow, something makes me want to look back and hold on. Maybe it’s because my November has never been so colorful in the recent years. Let’s see… The month started with me getting very excited over my birthday. And that was something that I had not felt in a long time! Then there came my presents from my husband, particularly my brand new iPhone 4S all the way from Singapore. Plus, I didn’t just get one whole day to celebrate my birthday, but I also got a post-birthday celebration on the last weekend of November. I also met a couple of old friends during this month, gained a …