Backlog

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Let me begin by saying I’m having what every blogger dreads of experiencing. A backlog.

If you have noticed, I haven’t been updating this blog as often as I do. Well, it’s not that I’m busy, I’m just uninspired. I cannot think of what to write. I cannot organize my thoughts or even point them out. Even any random event, I simply run out of words to describe it.

But my other blog is active, though. thephotonoobie.blogspot.com is a photoblog where I post my photos of the day. Although it’s effort to post-produce pictures, for me, it’s less work than writing. I admit now… I’m not really much of a writer. True, I can write technically, but I’m not as good as those with innate writing skills and very organized thoughts and ideas. Right now, I’m uninspired to write anything and aside from that, I’m so much into photography that I actually forget how to express with words. Right now, I have a new medium of expression and ventilation and that’s photography. It’s actually easier since a picture can say a thousand words already. And whew, that saves me all the writing.

Waaaaaah!

And here is the girl who complains she could write better in high school. I’m seriously losing my Midas’ touch. I need to write in order to improve, but with my course (Architecture) which I totally loved, by the way, enhances my artsy side instead of my vocabulary side.

 

If you have been kind to read this post, you’ll notice how I talk so informally when I usually am a very technical or poetic writer depending on how I feel. So, I’m not myself right now.

 

A Recent Photo of me

Happy Independence Day All!

For three centuries, the Philippines had been under the colonial rule of the Spaniard. For three centuries, the Philippines suffered injustice, cruelty and treatment not even befitting to that of an animal’s, the Philippines shed blood and sweat to fight for a freedom that is due for them.

On the 12th of July, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine’s Independence from the colonial rule of Spain. This event was preceded by bloody battles and great sacrifices of our Philippine heroes.

Fast forward to a hundred years from the Declaration, the Philippines by law is a free and democratic country but in itself is a country that is colonized by its mentality. The freedom that our ancestors fought for, the freedom that they died for in order for us to live has not been fully grasped by its constituents. For the Philippines, even though a free country, is still enslave by colonial mentality that palliates the Filipino’s nationality.This mentality is the very reason why the Filipinos, despite their freedom has not developed a real sense of love for the country.

If Rizal, Bonifacio or Aguinaldo would resurrect from their graves, they would point their bloody fingers at us and accuse us for doing no justice to their deaths.

This Independence day, let us commemorate the deaths and the sacrifices our ancestors made in order for us to live this day as free citizens.

Happy Independence Day.

Chronicles of my Shifting: It’s not EASY!

This year, I’m starting fresh as a transferee -slash- shiftee from my course Medical Technology in Cebu Doctor’s University to BS. Architecture in University of San Carlos. Shifting to this course entailed herculean effort and much patience not only on my part, but also on my parents’ part.

Shifting is not as easy as you think it is… Let me give you an overview:

1. It’s not easy getting cleared from my old school. I need to let all the offices sign my clearance, including the laboratories and services that I did not even avail in my whole year of stay in CDU. There was a time or two that I was unfortunate because the technician was out for awhile on a break. I had to wait for him/her. But after having all the things in my clearance signed, I lined up for the Registrar’s office, only to discover that it was now close for Lunch Break. I think I went to CDU for three days to accomplish my clearance.

2. It’s not easy getting my subject credited. I had to visit each department at a time. I even got stuck in a department for an hour or two waiting for the Chair who’s apparently late, to arrive. Mind you, USC is a mountainous area and the subjects I have for crediting are from one building to another. I had to walk! To ride the shuttle was not even an option because I was to hop from one building to another. I wouldn’t like to spend five pesos again and again. And yes, I got lost most of the time, too.

3. Enrollment takes time. It’s not easy to wait. The queue was long, even as early as 8am.

4. It’s not easy because there are so many requirements and processes to pass that with their number, I forgot the important ones.

I was not able to submit the birth certificate original copy and the good moral from Cebu Doctor’s University. I signed a waiver, however, and they allowed me to enroll without this requirements. But the flow of my enrollment would have been smoother if I had them complete.

5. It’s not easy when your new to the system. USC utilizes ISMIS (Integrated School Management Information System).While it is a modernized enrollment and information system, it still has it flaws. One of which is its speed or shall I say lack thereof.

6. It’s not easy when all the schedules you like are full.

Most of the subjects I want to take to get me fully loaded are closed. This resulted to my being ‘UNDERLOAD!’ which spells ‘DISQUALIFICATIONS for DEAN’S LIST.’ And boy, it’s such a big blow on me. I’ve been on the honor roll since I was in kindergarten. I graduated with high honors in Elementary and High School. In CDU, I was listed in the Presidential List which contains the names of the students who average 1.35 and below.

I’m still going to talk to the Chair about this dilemma. T.T

My temporary Schedule:

I really hope I could ask the Chair to squeeze me in Humanities (in black), because among the other schedules, it’s the only schedule that will not conflict with my other subjects. But even if I have Humanities, I’ll still be 1 unit short. T.T

Choosing your schedules with ISMIS

Commitments

Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.” James Womack

In every commitment, there lies a promise and with every promise there is a hope that the commitment will be honoured. Commitments, when fulfilled allow us to gain trust and respect—these two things are rare but valuable gems. Commitments that are not kept create false hopes. False hopes create disappointments and disappointments corrupt trust and respect.

Difficult as it is to honor a commitment, it is more difficult to commit when you see others not doing it.  It is a two-fold difficulty. You see others not fulfilling their promises and you start to doubt yourself. “If they are not doing it, why should I?”  The youth are especially guilty of this. Not having established a strong principle on honouring a commitment, they are easily dissuaded by the influence of their environment. Seeing that their peers are not fulfilling their respective commitments, they find it difficult to see the importance of a commitment. Gradually, the value of commitment erodes and horrifyingly, the disregard for it becomes widespread. The vicious cycle goes on and on.

I was a scholar of the Young Minds Academy, a youth program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. The program has a very high regard of commitment. Since RAFI invests so much in its scholars, they ask of their scholars’ commitment to finish the whole duration of the program. At the beginning, we are asked to sign a covenant expressing our commitment for the program. We must uphold these commitments, because not upholding is very expensive. (If we discontinue YMA, we pay 30php, the amount RAFI invests in each scholar). The program taught me that commitments should not be taken for granted but it had also taught the magnitude of punctuality. In our minds, it is instilled that Filipino time is on time, in contrast to the other’s notion of Filipino Time. The result of my learnings from YMA was my involvement and commitment to the Aboitiz Leaders of Excelllence (ALEx), a fresh and recently re-established organization. The reason ALEx has gotten on its feet is because of the members who have put their time and commitment into making it move forward. As you can see, commitments inspire action and direction.

Sad but true, the neglect of commitment is already mainstreamed in the Filipinos’ culture. Being habitually late for about an hour or so has been branded ‘the Filipino Time.’  While it is a popular trademark among Filipinos, it is nothing to be proud of.  It is not even a laughing matter or something that can just be tolerated.  Sadly, what’s happening now is a pervasive leniency of Filipino Time. It is so widespread that even people from other nation and every Filipino themselves believe that being late is a distinct and inherent Filipino characteristic, that it’s natural for a Filipino. This way of thinking trivializes the gravity of this impropriety.

I have high regard of commitments and punctuality, but at times, I am discouraged. There are times when I set up a date with my friends and I tell them what time we should assemble. My pals would always beg me to set the time an hour earlier, knowing that without doubt, people would start arriving an hour later. There is also this time I was attending a debut that was set to start at 6pm according to the invitation; however the program was started at 7pm. There was this incident also when I thought I was going to be late for a meeting. I arrived five minutes before the time, only to find out that I was the still the only attendee. Countless of times, I have been a victim of the Filipino time. That is why it’s frustrating and disheartening. Frankly, there are times when my high regard for this deteriorates and that is because of me developing a frame of mind that ‘since people arrive late, I might as well not come on time so I do not have to wait and waste my time hanging around’. This kind of mindset is general and true to most people. That is why the seemingly irrevocable rampancy of the Filipino time goes on and on.

What we Filipinos lack is a capability to exercise honouring our commitment and making it part of our system. It is difficult to honor punctuality with our lack of role models in society, with everyone else tolerating tardiness and with everyone thinking being tardy is an innate Filipino trait.. There is no question that society plays a very vital role in the prevalence of the Filipino time. School facilities and public events that are held by the government do not even honor time. It’s practically very difficult to eradicate it when punctuality is not epitomized and when the leaders we look up to like the school and the government exhibits a lackadaisical disregard for commitment.

Jose Rizal had said that the youth is the future of our nation. I firmly believe that we, the youth have the ability to change the face of our society. But first and for most, we have to begin with ourselves. It would not matter that our elders are being apathetic about it. As the youth, what we should do to combat this misdemeanour is to instil in ourselves that for everything we do, we have a responsibility and that it’s not all the time somebody else’s fault. We should not make excuses anymore and blame the traffic, the alarm clock, the car, our parents, our siblings, etc. We should erase the common notion that programs and events don’t start on time. We should set good examples, even if our elders are not doing great themselves. We must instil in our minds, as it was instilled in mine when I was a scholar of YMA: Filipino time is on time and not late. It is a way of showing our respect for other’s time and schedule and a way for us to be reciprocated.

Honoring commitment and being on time conceives us the gems of trust and respect. If we cultivate this, we’d enhance mankind and turn our country into a better nation, where everyone thrives in respect and trust.

A Repository: Collage of College Memories

Tomorrow June 6, is my first day of classes–that is if I had not shifted from Medical Technology in Cebu Doctor’s University to University of San Carlos B.S. Archi. While my classmates, or shall I say former classmates are looking forward to their big day tomorrow, I’m going to be looking forward only to tomorrow’s NBA finals Game 3. Tomorrow, they will be waking up early while I will still be asleep in my butt. Tomorrow they will reunite while I will be facing the television, screaming at it while Mavs scores and tweeting the latest scores.

I don’t actually regret making this decision. I know it’s a wise one. But I have to admit, there are times I thought about the what ifs. The most thought about is: What if I had chosen to stay?

Thinking about that makes me miss my classmates more.  It brings up the past as well.

These are my favorite memories in CDU (not arranged in chronological order since I cannot remember which came first.)

touring CEBU on our Eco-tour

hosting the Christmas Party in Jollibee

Laughing our a$$es out during free periods

Being surprised by the guys on Valentine's day

Wrestling each other

pigging, I mean dining out

Celebrating someone's birthday

Conducting experiments and camwhoring in the Chemistry Laboratory

Carolling to earn funds for our NSTP Project

implementing our NSTP project

Chillin' in the lobby while watching movies played in the laptop during looong breaks

Shooting for our English Project

photographing specimens through the microscope, labeling them using Photoshop and posting them for my classmates online

Group studying in the library

Camwhoring in the washroom

Tips for Incoming Freshman College Students (and Transferees)

1. Look confident and act confident even if you’re not. People might stare at you from head to toe, but so what? You’re gonna make yourself a laughing stock if you act conscious. If you can’t really avoid  feeling awkward, text a friend. No load? Pretend you’re texting someone then. (hehehe) The key is to get distracted from all the higher years gazing at you with their air of superiority. Although, that is rarely the case. The seniors might be looking at you intently because they remember themselves as freshmen in you and not because they’re trying to pick a fight.

2. Shun away the negativity by setting positive goals such becoming part of the Dean’s list or making a new friend or making the teacher know you. Just don’t aim for something like having a boyfriend on the first week.

3. Make observations first. The behavior of people will tell their personality. Stay away from bad crowd. But don’t misjudge people. Just because you see something you don’t really like,  doesn’t mean that what you saw defines them totally.

Let me share something. One of my closest friend now was the person who disliked me at first glance because he thought I was too igat (What’s the English term for that? But in tagalog, that’s maarte.) Well, he didn’t expect that the person wearing leggings and crop tops and sporting bangs with highlights was good-natured by heart. (AHEM!)

4. If your shy, it really will be very awkward for you. That’s ok. Almost all of you are feeling awkward on the first day. Just don’t let that awkwardness hinder you from making friends. It’s okay if you have moments of silence at first when you hang out with your new friends. You will just become accustomed to each other as time passes.

My first few days with my first friends were sooo awkward. The three of us walked around the campus without a word. We decided to hang by the mirror hall but we didn’t say a word to each other at all. We were texting, or pretending to… But these were the friends I have now who I grew very close with and it’s funny remembering the awkwardness that once enveloped us in silence

5. Don’t sit in the back. You won’t be able to hear the teacher when she discusses and she won’t know you exist and that’s really bad. The tendency if the teacher doesn’t know you is that you won’t be getting the grade you deserve.

6. Smile. Make yourself look like a very approachable and friendly person. Truthfully, people might be intimidated by you because you’re a very good English speaker and you come from a very well-known school or you wore something so high-fashion on the first day. Show to them your approachable. Even if you can’t strike a conversation, SMILE! Warning: your smile might be mistaken for arrogance. So practice in the mirror. Hahaha. Make sure the smile you have there is genuine and friendly and not a sneer.

My classmates didn’t really think I was approachable though I tried to be. They thought I was a foreigner and they didn’t know if I understood Bisaya or even English. Lol! I get an impression like that because of my height and my bangs.

7. Don’t stare at people. That’s rude.You find her pretty? You find him handsome? You find someone who dresses up weirdly? Don’t stare! The key is Self-discipline!

8. Don’t be disappointed if there are no gwapos/gwapas in your class. You’re not there in college to look for a boyfriend/girlfriend or a potential spouse. You’re there to study!

9. Listen to orientations. Though they may be boring, they’re very important. Trust me. I skipped my orientation and I missed a lot of important things. Some of your teachers, if they’re evil (hohoho) will test you if you listened to the orientations. My first English quiz was about our library orientation.

10. Most important!!! Super Important!!! Don’t forget to ask for God’s assistance. Pray that God will guide you and help you make wise decisions. Pray so that you will overcome the pressure and difficulties that College has in store for you. Pray for good health (one absence is sort of equivalent to a week’s).  Pray that He will help you get through with your course in the next 4 or 5 years.

I wrote this a year ago and posted this on my ex-blog, which is now dead to me. I made some changes, though. 😀 Hope these tips help you. I do hope too that these tips will help me and get me through going back to being a newbie again and starting fresh.

Me in Physics Lab... Hahaha. LOL. Making this post makes me dig so many things from the past.

God bless us all, noobies.

Bye bye, CDU!

The section who will miss their pretty classmate (me) this coming school year. 😀 God Bless, guys. Do your best! I'm just a text away.

A Repository: College Vs High School

As you know, Ayala is having a back2school sale. The place is full packed with incoming students and people who basically just want to take advantage of huge discounts (talk about 10-30%). I went to Ayala to meet up with my classmates, so I could claim the item I bought from her online shop and basically, that’s it.

Not having enrolled yet in College (Enrollments for transferee students is still on June 8), I haven’t bought the basic things yet: like socks or foot sacks, handkerchiefs, shoes and school supplies, but I went to National bookstore to browse and saw the school supplies that were once in my list of requirements when I was in high school. As I was looking at the notebooks, the folders and envelopes of different colors, I started thinking about my high school days and tried to remember how may notebooks I would buy and folders I would stash.

I miss being a high school student and going through that list of requirements and shopping for them. I miss buying  a dozen notebooks and having a variety of designs. I miss buying a complete set of art materials, buying folders and envelopes and labeling them with my name, grade, section and teacher.

Now that I’m in College, going back to school isn’t as exciting as being in elementary or high school. Aside from making friends, back to school for College peeps always mean ‘having-nothing-to-do’ because the teacher does not turn up for classes, or it means having to attend long, boring, but helpful orientations.

Back in high school, first few days of classes were also set for orientations, but the difference for me is that there is always this feeling of thrill everytime I  take out my newly-bought ballpen or notebook. I don’t get that kind of bliss in college. Another difference is that the teacher will always be present on the first day to introduce herself and  listen to you as you introduce yourself. If you’re lucky she isn’t a killjoy, she might conduct GTKY games to break the awkwardness between you and your classmates.

In college, where do you find a teacher who does that? College teachers let you succumbed to the awkwardness by not showing up on your first meeting. If you’re shy like me (weh?), the whole period that your teacher wasted by not turning up will be spent staring at the wall or the board or at the new people, conjuring prejudices, making mental notes of their behaviors and outfits, looking out for who’s handsome and cute and texting your high school classmates about your observations.

Oh, how I remembered that on my first day, I was hoping to find someone handsome walk in the classroom. Someone good-looking did, and then he ran a hand on his hair  as he took a seat in the front and I realized how unfortunate. He was gay.

In my first year of Medical Technology, the teachers make us wait for more than thirty minutes until an irregular student who belongs to our class tells us that it’s okay to leave, now that thirty minutes has passed. But even if the handbook stipulated that rule, we freshmen students, with halos on our heads and horns that have not yet grown still remained glued to our seats until the time is up for the fear that the teacher might arrive on the last second and we’ll be marked absent for leaving her class. That’s an example of freshman innocence.

College is indeed very different from high school. They do not just differ with the requirements you have to buy or the teachers you encounter. They’re so much different than that. The culture, the atmosphere, the rules, the freedom, the people… So different.

It usually takes a process of adjustments. It didn’t take me long to adjust, but for some people, it might take a whole semester for them to lighten up and feel at ease with whoever they are with. Well, I can’t blame them. College is a big leap from high school and if you’re someone not accustomed to changes, GOOD LUCK! You need it very much. 😀

Fortunately for you, I have tips on how to survive College. These were the tips I have written for co-freshmen like me last year. Shifting to Architecture will make me a freshman again, so I’ll be reviewing the tips I crafted for myself in preparation for Architecture…  Stay tune for my next post about it. 😀

This was the first meeting before PE class. Still awkward with each other. You can see how people are seated far from each other while they're smiling awkwardly to the camera.

This was my class after a semester. See how we're so huddled closely together?