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Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Somber State I Am

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There are days like these.. 
dull, stuck, lax. 
You wanted your own world 
or self to be in circles. 
You can't see or rather inattentive
 to those people around you, 
not by accident 
but by choice. 
It maybe caused 
by some hormones 
or emotional pain 
caused by other people 
or it could be both 
at the same time. 
Somber it may seem, 
you have to divert 
your attention 
so as not to think deeply.. 
you have to do things 
you love doing.. 
you have to seek people 
who are willing to share 
and listen. 
Being somber, 
if you don't recognize 
could lead to depression. 
Being somber 
makes you lazy 
for the things 
you need to do
 but hates doing. 
Being somber 
does not merely 
being sad 
nor gloomy 
nor lonely, 
it is knowing yourself, 
recognizing your worth, 
or renewing yourself. 
As I am, 
I put them into writing. 
I am trying to express thoughts 
I did not want to share 
or trying to share 
to any particular person 
but letting other people know 
that if they feel the same, 
they are not 

#somber #sad #gloomy #lonely #self

Sunday, November 11, 2018

English 101: The Continous Tenses of the Verb (series 1.C5)

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     Previously, I have written here the simple tenses of the verb then followed by the perfect tenses of the verb, now we will proceed to continuous tenses also known as progressive tenses of the verb.  Continuous tenses of the verb show an action that is in progress, was in progress, or will  be in progress at a certain period. Continuous tenses are formed by the 'be'-verb + -ing form of the verb

am, is, are + -ing form of the verb = for present tense
was, were + -ing form of the verb = for past tense
will be + -ing form of the verb = for future tense

Present Continuous Tense > it indicates that an action is still happening now, always happening, and may continue to happen in the future.


     1) Eejay is washing the dishes while he plays music from his mobile phone.
     2) I am thinking of what to prepare for today's lunch.
     3) The PlanetShakers are going to perform live at Araneta Coliseum.
     4) Are we taking this jacket on our way to Baguio City?

Past Continuous Tense > it indicates a continuing action that was happening at some period in the past.

     1) I was playing mobile games when I heard the sad news.
     2) At the strike of the clock, they were singing joyously in the place.
     3) She was laughing hard until she fell off the stage.
     4) You were sleeping when she arrived.

Future Continuous Tense > it  indicates an action that will happen in the future and will continue to happen at expected length of time.

     1) He will be sleeping the whole day after all his tasks.
     2) I will be talking in a conference this Friday.
     3) We will be taking Diane and Joan to the party.
     4) Susan and Peter will be joining us later this afternoon.

** Present continuous and Future Continuous use action verbs only and not stative verbs. Stative verbs are state of being that does not show a qualities of change. It includes emotions, possessions, and thoughts.

#english101 #education #grammar #verb #verbtenses

Monday, September 10, 2018

Break Free

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🎶"I want to break free..I want to break free from your lies, you're so self-satisfied I don't need you. I've got to break free. God knows I want to break free..."🎶
     This is the famous song of the equally famous band, The Queen. But no, I am not thwarting about a romance nor wanting to break free from a lost love. It is something else. It is what I have been contemplating to do for years, maybe three years to be exact. But to no avail, it has been three long years and I'm still stuck with it.
     I love to talk, I love to impart knowledge, I wanted to share, I wanted to encourage especially those who did think that life is harder and seems to be no way out. In those days when I was in a different field, how I long wanted to become one of the so-called noble profession. Those were the days, when the name of the profession speaks for what it is. Now being here, I have become one, in spirit and in its supposed ideals. But being on it, I have to embrace everything.. from the extra hours we put to deliver, to the extra effort and fare we go through making a visit that could also endanger our lives (I have almost experienced one but my intuition got it), as well as to the extra money we put forth to make this profession adhere to its purpose.
     As years went by, the concept that once define this profession is no longer reliable. The extra hours used up by this profession yet being under paid added another  insult to injury. Paper works, i.e., reports, documentation, forms to fill up, and online system which in order to use it, should come from our pocket. These reports are to be sent to higher up for budget allocation, performance evaluation and promotion, ranking, program evaluation and result, etc. All of these are being printed out and submitted on specific due date at the hype of cashless and paperless society brought about by information technology. Imagine the access to online system yet it has more papers than you can imagine. The pressure and tension it gives for the additional burden to beat the deadline, and the inconsistencies of the rule in preparing forms, reports and documents are inevitable. 
     The main responsibilty of this profession is not a problem, but the additional burden of painting the system effective plus the caprices of some people around in the hierarchy makes this profession famous for its suicidal news.
     So now as the song goes.."I want to break free.." Yes, I wanted to break myself free from all the tensions and stress it causing me. I wanted to do beyond what I am capable of. My value and principle does not adhere anymore with the profession I have chosen and I have stayed with for almost 8 years. I need to do things what I should have done 3 years ago. I know myself more than anyone else, my ingenuity and resourcefulness will do it, with my touch of sensitivity and generosity, and my God.
     "I want to break free from your lies, you're so self-satisfied I don't need you." Yes, I wanted to break free from its lies, from its make believe world. The fantasies of changing lives. The tedious paper works that needs to be done in due time. All sort of activities related to students and schools but unrelated  to the quality it may bring to the very core of its professional existence. The cover up by each of us for the school, leaders, system advocates to create a positive image for them just for a mere financial rewards and for some who wants to be promoted from their ranks (well some of them are well-deserving as we know them yet some are not, due to 'add & subtract' scheme of documents presented to earn points). The assertiveness of my spirit to stop things but I can't. Voices must be heard.
     Yes, I need it that is why I am still here because of the stability it gives but I don't need it if it causes a lot of stress and quality time for family. If worrying, anxiety, and stress can give us joy and earnings, I would be happier and richer by now. If I don't do it now, when could it be? I don't wanna have regrets later on if I won't break free. Just let me end the school year with grace and passion.. because.."I've got to break free." God knows I want to break free..." 

#nobleprofession #breakfree #free #deped

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Falling Apart

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are not getting 
any easier 
when what you had planned 
starts falling apart. 
Every hardships 
that you have put into it, 
time, tears, effort.. 
gradually taken its toll.
You cannot tell anyone
what has gone awry. 
You have your kids, siblings, friends, and relatives to share your thoughts, yet you think they wouldn't understand.
They can see you, 
they are with you.. 
but you are still all alone.
You became
silent, withdrawn, lonely.
Beating this extreme sadness and loneliness within,
you just sat there,
have given up to what may come as you fall apart..
bits and pieces, slowly..
you breakdown,
you cry like a child,
you let it out.
You have questions left unanswered. Each unfolding of events
come back to you, 
again and again.
You had wished you are not here,
you had thought of ending the situation in an unusual way...

#fallingapart #lonely #breakdown

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I Am Earth

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I am Earth.
People of the Earth element are hardworking, genuine, and determined.
I know what needs to get done.
I know how to get a good life,
and I need to earn it.
I am practical and logical and stand firm in my convictions.
I am not interested in unrealistic dreams but in setting achievable goals attained through hardwork.
I learn from experience, which is never difficult for a curious person like myself.
I have a powerful heart and an appreciation for the smaller things.
I am an artist and love to create.
I could stand to be a bit less rigid and take a breath once in a while.
If I keep pushing forward without a rest, I'll come off intimidating to others.
I am always friendly  yet I do no let people into the inner circle easily. However, once I do I am loyal to a fault.
That aside, I am sturdy and self-efficient and make a reliable ally.
I am Earth.

#Earth #element 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Do You Believe in Doppelganger?

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     Maybe one of us have seen one or many times a person close to us or have some connection with us in two different places at the same time. You might be thinking you are being fooled by that people or our own eyes. But how could be that possible? I have come to know some bizarre things about doppelganger from a Philippine movie, The Healing. Bizarre as it was, the movie depicted the doppelganger as a sign that someone with that image is nearing death and that the real person and his doppelganger should not meet face to face or else that person will die. But where does the word doppelganger came from? It was a coined word by the German writer Johann Paul Richter, doppel meaning double, and ganger meaning goer, which refers to specters or ghosts. Doppelganger is then a double of a living person which brings bad luck, or some call it, the apparition of a living person.
     But what made me write this topic at once? I don't really know if I have to believe on this. I have researched and read stories about doppelganger encounters. The reason? Some people close to me have seen maybe my doppelganger, and my daughter have seen her brother. My first instance, when I was asked by an ex if I had been to a mall, he followed it but seems lost in the elevator. That time the mall is too far from where I am staying and never went out that time because of chronic migraine. Second instance, I have called the school I'm teaching that I cannot report for work, even crying due to severe headache. Then, the next day one of my co-teacher swear she saw me and met me near the school's gate but our guidance counselor refutes that I was really absent that day. Third instance, when my daughter saw her brother, (my eldest) standing near the kitchen. But at that time, my son was in Bulacan for a swimming getaway. Then later that afternoon, he texted me and told me he was nearly drown and someone had just got his hand to help him.
     We have passed on it as a mere doppelganger jokes, relating it to what we have watched in a movie but then found myself reading stories about it. I found out that most people who have someone's doppelganger means that the real one is undergoing sickness or depression or extreme sadness, But I also found out that it's a myth as depicted in Ancient Egypt, Norse, and Breton mythology.
        So believing on it or not is up to you, on how you perceive things, how you understand what's beneath, and how your faith can take you into its realm.

Articles I have read:

Try this quiz for fun about your doppelganger:

#doppelganger #ghost #double #mythology #bizarre #paranormal #encounter

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Philippines' DepEd K-12 and SHS Program

     It is actually read as K to 12, Kindergarten to Grade 12. Philippines was among the three (3) countries and the only in Asia that offered the 10-year education cycle before entering college. Philippines before had six (6) years of primary (grade 1-3) and intermediate school level (grade 4-6); four (4) years of high school labeled as 1st year high=freshman, 2nd year high=sophomore, 3rd year high=junior, and 4th year=senior. Kindergarten then is not compulsory, yet there are schools offering three levels for Kindergarten, hence, nursery > kinder > preparatory, or nursery > kinder 1> kinder 2, depends on the school rules and policies. 
     Until 2012, Republic Act 10157, known as the Kindergarten Education Act is ratified by the Congress and signed by then President Benigno C. Aquino Jr., a compulsory education for five (5) years old before they enter into formal schooling, as it is considered the developmental years to ascertain their formal school readiness. Likewise, the Republic 10533 - Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 was signed and approved last May 2013, yet implemented a year before for those who have enrolled in grade 7.
     Questions and disagreement have been posed by some parents and students, however, the 1st batch of K-12 Grade 11, Senior High School is currently taking the different tracks the DepEd (Department of Education) is offering. This year's 1st batch are expected to complete the K-12 on 2018. 
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The following information about K-12 and Senior High School (SHS) are enumerated below:
  • K-12 is an educational mandatory for parents and school agencies to start education for the children at the age of five (5) through Kindergarten to ascertain the readiness of children for formal schooling. Primary education begins from grade 1 to 6, then four (4) years of Junior High School, and another two (2) years of Senior High School.
  • A student who has finished K-10 but do not want to continue in Senior High School may do so but he/she will miss the opportunity of earning a high school diploma, thus, he/she will be called as Grade 10 Completer.
  • It does not cost anything to enroll in Senior High School in Public/Government Schools. Tuition fees in private schools are also paid by DepEd thru its voucher program, however, they can top it up with some miscellaneous expenses which students will have to pay separately.
  • All Grade 10 Completers from public/government schools get a Voucher for enrolling in a Private or Non-DepEd Senior High School. However, payment of tuition fees are coursed from Government to School Agencies.
  • All Grade 10 Completers from private schools who are ESC (Education Service Contracting)* Grantees also get a Voucher for enrolling in a Private or Non-DepEd Senior High School.
  • After finishing Senior High School, graduates can apply for employment, be an entrepreneur, pursue higher education (college) or middle skills development (short courses/TESDA)
  • Senior High School offers four (4) Tracks to which Grade 10 Completers can choose from depending on their interest:
  1. Academic Track
  2. Technical-Vocational & livelihood Track (TVL)
  3. Arts & Design Tracks, and
  4. Sports Track. 
  • If students will have to choose Academic Track, they have four (4) strands to choose from: [1] Accountancy, Business and Management Strand (ABM), [2] Humanities & Social Sciences Strand (HUMSS), [3] Science, Technology, Engineering,& Mathematics Strand (STEM), and [4] General Academic Strand (GAS).
  • If students opted to choose Technical-Vocational & Livelihood Track (TVL), they have also four (4) strands to choose from: Agri-Fishery Arts Strand, Home Economics Strand, Industrial Arts Strand, and Information & Communication Technology Strand. Each strands have their specialization** depending on what the school agency has to offer.
  • Arts and Design Track has six (6) strands: Music, Dance, Film/Media/IT, Visual Arts, Indigenous Arts, and Theater Arts.
  • Sports Track include subjects such as Safety & First Aid, Understanding Human Movement, General Coaching course, Sports Officiating, Fitness Leadership, Sports/Recreation/Fitness Management, Student-Athlete Enhancement & Formation, Fitness Testing * Exercise Prescription, and Recreation Leadership. However, there is a particular sports specialization and fitness to choose from depends on what a particular school has to offer.

#education #K12 #DepEd #seniorhighschool 
#PhilippinesEducationalSystem #republicact