Bakit po Marami kang Dots sa Mukha?

Kakatapos lamang ng exams ng aking mga estudyante kahapon. Kaya naman kanina ay hindi muna ako nagturo ng lesson proper para naman makapag-pahinga muna sila.

Katulad ng ginawaga ko araw-araw, sinisumulan ko ang klase sa pamamagitan ng isang impormal na kuwentuhan katulad ng mga gusto nilang ibahagi na karanasan, mga balita, jokes at trivia.

Biglang tumayo ang isang mag-aaral at sinabing

Bakit po marami kayong dots sa mukha?

Natulala na lamang ako bago napagpsiyahan ipaliwanag ang konsepto ng pimples nang biglang may nagsabi

Yung kuya ko ang laki ng pimple sa dibdib!

Ako rin! Yung kuya ko sa mukha!

Normal pa naman pala ako. Salamat sa mga kuya ng estudyante ko:)

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Nang ako ay Masuwelduhan

Sa Ikatlong buwan ng pagtuturo dumating ang aking unang suweldo. Alam naman ng lahat na hindi kalakihan ang nakukuha ng mga guro pero ok na rin naman para sa isang solong nilalang tulad ko na wala namang dina-date o kung anuman (ang pait!).

Katulad ng aking plinano, pagtanggap ng aking suweldo ay kaagad kong tinawagan ang aking mama upang sabihin na sa pag-uwi ko sa linggo ay lalabas kaming pamilya at ako ang taya. Hindi ko akalaing masarap pala talag sa pakiramdam ang malibre mo ang pamilyang gumabay at sumoporta sa iyo mula noong akoy musmos pa lamang.

Bagama’t sa simpleng fast food ko lamang sila nilibre at bagamat pagkain lamang nang kami’y manood ng sine (astig ng SALT!) ang aking binayaran (puro pagkain ata nagastos ko)  sadyang ako’y natuwa na kahit papaano’y kaya ko ng magbalik sa aking pamilya lalung-lalo na sa aking pamilya. Hindi dahil sa ako’y may utang na loob kung hindi dahil gusto kong maipakita sa kanila na kahit ako’y sumusweldo na’y hindi ko sila makakalimutan bagkos mas mamahalin pa kahit sa simpleng pinansiyal na suporta lamang.

Simpleng mga bagay na sobrang magpasaya.

Salamat sa Panginoon sa mabuting pamilyang kinalakhan ko.

Done with the First Level

I have been training with and applying to become a member of the UP Mountaineers. Known for its discipline and hard-core training, the organization demands focus, determination and dedication from its applicants as well as its members.

It has been such a treat then that I have officially passed the first level of three yesterday. Consisting of a 6.6 Km run in 45 minutes, a pre-climb, level 1 climb and a post climb, I am still in the running to becoming a UPM member.

For my run, I finished 15th out of 32 runners in my group, clocking in at 43:44. I cannot get all the credit though as I was only pushed and motivated by Ms. Elaine–a member of the UPM who I met at the third loop of the run. Although I have been training, it still bordered in mediocrity. I therefore still have lots to work on.

Passing the 6.6 Km run allowed me to climb the first level last Saturday and Sunday at Mt. Balay Kalo in Lipa, Batangas. Main problem for me was the weight of the 50-liter bag I brought to contain 6 Liters of water among other essentials such as sleeping bags and clothes. I admittedly is still a weak mountaineer. I learned a lot from the climb though and has been inspired more than ever to train even more.

I enjoyed the entire trip, even na cuts and briuses, the slides and crawls, the muddy and slippery terrain thanks to my groupmates (Mia, JB, Drew, Kid, Ambo), group leader Mo and assistant group leader Les. Learned about knot-tying, tents and ropesmanship that I have yet to master.

One thing I have to particularly learn though is how to accept clashes of different ideas and perspectives of co-mountaineers without getting so much affected. Homophobia, self-sufficiency VS group cooperation among other things bothered me in a not-so-slight-way. I guess this is one of the things one has to learn as he grows up.

By the end of the day, every bit of Mt. Balay Kalo was appreciated and will be treasured. So much more to learn and experiences to live.

For now I have to prepare for the 10 K run that I need to finish in less than an hour and 15 minutes. Can’t wait 🙂