#DLSUDLive2017

#DLSUDLive2017
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The Lasallian Festival is one of the events that I definitely look forward to (in the university). It takes place usually on Valentine’s week but due to the shift in the academic calendar, it is celebrated from the 27th of February until the 4th of March instead. According to the DLSU-D website, it “seeks to highlight the community’s response to the 2008 Philippine Lasallian Family Convocation to all the District schools to “institutionalize the celebration of the Lasallian Mission.” The week-long celebration features programs and activities which aim to deepen and instill the Lasallian Core Values of faith, zeal in service and communion in mission.

There are a LOT of things to anticipate during the LSF–no classes (on almost all subjects), programs which serve as alternative classes, the opening of the bazaar and *clears throat* wearing civilian clothes the whole week. This week also marks my post-chickenpox return to school. Isn’t it amazing? But wait, didn’t I miss friggin’ 5 prelim exams? Yes, I did and the LSF served as a ‘catch up’ time for me and the scantron sheets–talk about perfect timing. What a way to end February and welcome March, right? I enjoyed this year’s LSF and I’m sharing my 2nd LSF experience with you, through this entry. Happy scrolling!

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Feb-ibig

Feb-ibig

Okay. So before you start reading this blog entry, here’s a quick story. After celebrating Valentine’s the entire week (yes, I made it happen), I had chicken pox. *frowns* As of writing, I’m taking some time off of school to recuperate from this illness–perfect timing, the prelim has just begun (and so as this chicken pox). Disclaimer: I have zero idea on how I got this–no one from the fam or the squad had this skin disease recently. I’m starting to hate February for this apparent reason (getting sick); it never fails to ruin things. But looking on the brighter side of things, I got to spend this year’s V-Day with the one[s] I love!

I have planned this–my dream V-Day celeb–for a long time already and though some things didn’t turn out as planned, I’m glad with the way everything drove out in general. Damang dama ko ang simoy ng pag-ibig, mga bes! I enjoyed every single moment of the week and I feel privileged to have spent the Hearts Day sharing love with the best people in town. Plus, this year saw the light for my first ever (legit but not so legal) valentine date–though it wasn’t exactly a date. Tamis! Let’s just say that I celebrated love the way it is supposed to be rejoiced. But for now, it’s time for me to do a recap of how the previous week went. #HappyHeartsDay

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Solaire Escapade

Solaire Escapade

Hi y’all! I just got back from Manila 2 days ago (as of writing) and it feels great to be home. If you follow me on my social media accounts, you might have been hinted that I went to Solaire–an established hotel in the Metro–with my college friends. I haven’t posted much about the trip yet–aside from tweeting a few photos or updating my story on Instagram or my day on Messenger (well, I uninstalled Snapchat for good)–and it is evenhanded to write about the trip, through this entry obviously. Basically, I went there as a part of Dairen’s birthday celeb (and I am one lucky boy).

Before you read this entry, (I want to share to you that) I was supposed to title this entry with Dairen at 18 | 02 but I made way for the stated label to highlight that this entry is about travel. I’ve been through a couple of hotels already and I have to say that Solaire has given me the best check in experience so far–not to mention that this is a first time for me. #achievementunlocked My friends and I stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights (a luxury in itself) which is just the right time to chill and relax before a new semester begins. Let’s all revisit our first Solaire escapade in 3… 2… 1.

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Dairen at 18

Dairen at 18

1st semester of sophomore year ended mid December and the 2nd semester is scheduled to begin late January (a long term break it is, right?). But before the end of the year, we were informed that our block will the taking the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) on the 11th of the following month–landing exactly on Dairen’s birthday. I was (sort of) expecting ‘us’–our squad–to either eat lunch together or stay at someone’s place to see a movie as a mini celebration but the thing is, I have some matters to attend to after taking the exam.

Dairen is one of my college best buddies. I met her in our Introduction to DLSU-D class before entering the university and we’ve been good friends since then. She is a Mathematics major, knows how to play a LOT of musical instruments and has a collection of different (and unique) sorts of Rubik’s cubes–though some of which are not merely shaped as cubes. Plus, she’s fond of the investigative genre of films and series such as Detective Conan and Sherlock Holmes (I mean, who isn’t a fan?). But her most striking facet is her faith and religion–she is a Christian and she spends weekends mostly on the church. This entry is about her surprise party. #HBDDairen

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2017

2017

Happy New Year! Let’s all welcome 2017 with a positive mind, leading to positive vibe which transcends to positive life (optimism, basically). 2016 is so far the best year of my life–in terms of learning, maturity and a whole lot more. I can’t grasp a single adjective or term that can fairly describe the previous year. It’s as though I hopped into a roller coaster–it’s a cliché that life is compared to a roller coaster metaphorically–that has ups and downs comprised in a single track. Blessings. Challenges. New experiences. Drama. Laughter. New people. Old friends. Family. Thank you 2016!

I’ve started this welcoming-the-new-year entry with the thought of recounting everything that happened in the previous year but looking back–checking old Facebook posts, used planners, Instagram photos and blog entries–on the past 12 months would require real effort on my part. On the contrary, I couldn’t get my thoughts to list down my hopes and plans for the new year (and besides, new year’s resolution are like promises–meant to be broken). So after days (take it literally) of thinking on what to write down below, I’ve finally come up with a quick rundown of how 2016 has been to me.

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12/25

12/25

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s the most beautiful time of the year–admit it or not, Christmas has got to be the highlight of the year despite taking place on the 12th month. Now, all of our stressors have conspired to make way for us to spend the Christmas season with our families. Even the semester ended in time for me (and my fellow Lasallians) to rest and shop for OOTDs and gifts. It feels great how after a busy schedule, you get to take some time off of work and school to celebrate the most wonderful season with your loved ones and friends.

As for me, Christmas spirit has since started to frizzle out as I grow up–which is a sad reality. As I age, it seems that I’m turning reluctant in celebrating the season (perhaps, it is due to the fact that I stopped the ‘pamamasko’ habit years ago; I still receive Aguinaldo from my extended family). #adulting101 But recently, on the contrary, I realized that this season is meant to spend maximum time with your loved ones–a tradition that we have practiced for the past 3 or 4 years. I guess it implies that Christmas can be devoted through a number of ways. Happy holidays!

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Field Study 1

Field Study 1

When I got into my degree (I suppose you all know that I’m taking up Secondary Education), I did not foresee the prerequisites that come along with it–lesson plans, instructional materials, Practice Teaching, etc. As I go along and interact with higher year levels, I gained insights as to how my course track looks like–it requires real hard work. Rather than backing down and losing interest due to a LOT of requirements (especially in the higher years), I fell in love more with my course and started feeling that, perhaps, I am really meant to be a teacher.

Field Study, along with the major subjects, is one of the requirements we have to accomplish before Practice Teaching. It comes in 6 subjects and I just finished the 1st of 6 courses which is The Learners’ Development and Environment. Going through the course has given me visions to my future profession and has exposed me to the classroom setting where most of the learning takes place. The subject is focused on the cognitive, biological and socio-emotional development of learners in terms of skills and environment which includes the linkage between school and home. Let’s all take a look to Field Study 1!

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