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Monthly Archives: June 2012

I value time spent with my loved-ones more than keeping this blog updated. Before I leave, I plan to spend as much time as possible with friends and family. So forgive me if this blog will remain silent for the next few weeks.

I carry your heart with me

e.e. cummings 

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in
my heart) I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet ) I want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)


If this was given to me last year, there are a lot of things I would not have been able to do. The Supreme Being, being ever so meticulous and wise, helped me prepare for everything that I will have to face.

  • Meditation– Last year, I was able to become more mindful, and all of what being mindful entails: Less talk. More peace and quiet. Being still. Letting go. Not being attached. Being in the here and the now. Being aware. Knowing.  Learning. Respecting. Being faithful. Being calm. Being patient. Being compassionate. Needless to say, I have much to be thankful for, especially to Dr. Decenteceo and the Ocean Sky Monastery shifus. Although my meditations sessions have lessened, and I haven’t been able to return to the temple as much as I want to, all of what I have learned is still with me.
  • Students – I have been blessed with great sets of students. I had a good bunch in my CWTS class. In their own small ways, they were able to touch other people’s lives, and as their instructor, I can only hope they would continue to do so on their own. I had a blast with my lovable 3’s. They reminded me why I am where I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing. They have given me so much–smiles, tears, laughter, love, devotion, care, among others. They will never know that they have also given me something I will treasure for the rest of my life: faith in other people and most of all, faith in myself. I am eternally grateful.
  • Advisees’ Graduation– Four years ago, on my 1st year of teaching, I was assigned 30 FLCD freshmen to advice. A year after that, this number dwindled to 20. On April 2012, 15 of them finished their Bachelor Degrees and I am one proud Program Adviser. They have been an awesome bunch. 🙂
  • Mama’s Graduation and Family Matters– My mom finished her Diploma in Public Management this year, and I am one proud stage daughter. Also, we’ve had more family trips and outings the past year. 🙂 Plus, I’ve been around for my baby cousin’s operation. He’s doing well, still recovering. Everybody’s still healing, and that’s a great situation to be in.
  • Lifetime Friends – It was also a year when lifetime friends made themselves known and available. I will miss them, but I will cherish all our moments together and I will pray and hope for more in the future. ❤
  • Matters of the Heart– Although it is still generally the same, much has changed. In a nutshell, it has been pivotal year. ^_^

What I proclaim still holds true:

1. I am in love.
2. I am loved.
3. I am blessed.

All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’
It’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’
He’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome
I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

There’s so many times I’ve let you down
So many times I’ve played around
I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing
Ev’ry place I go, I’ll think of you
Ev’ry song I sing, I’ll sing for you
When I come back, I’ll bring your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I’ll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the times, I won’t have to say

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

But, I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go..

I’ve always believed that this has to be one the saddest songs ever written. I remember when Chantal Kreviazuk made her own rendition of this John Denver classic for the movie Armageddon–I cried my tear ducts out. I have hoped not to ever have to sing this song.. BUT NO.

Make me happy by singing a Carole King classic to me (which was, by the way, the theme song of Gilmore Girls, one of the best series ever)?

Where You Lead

Wanting you the way I do
I only want to be with you
And I would go to the ends of the earth
Cause, darling, to me that’s you’re worth

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

If you’re out on the road
Feeling lonely, and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I’ll be there in the next train

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

I always wanted a real home with flowers on the window sill
But if you want to live in New York city, honey, you know I will
I never thought I could get satisfaction from just one man
But if anyone can keep me happy, you’re the one who can

And where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead..

You and I, we will make it happen. ❤

Sama kayo?

Like what I’ve mentioned before, I got accepted in IMEC. I know a lot of you will ask what it’s about sooner or later, thus the post. Most of the information here comes from their website

International Master in Early Childhood Education and Care (IMEC) is a two-year international Master Programme (120 ECTS) in Early Childhood Education and Care. All students will follow a given structure, spending at least one semester at all three partner institutions. IMEC is offered in cooperation between Oslo University College (Norway), University of Malta (Malta), and Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). This basically means we’ll be mobile for the whole 2-year duration of the programme.

From August to December 2012, we’ll be in Norway. January to June 2013, we’ll be in Ireland. October 2013 to  January 2014, we’ll be in Malta. February to June 1014, I’ll be in the country where I’ll be writing my thesis.

The scholarship is called Erasmus Mundus, under the EACEA wing of the European Union. They have a number of programmes that fall under the scholarship. If you’re interested in the available courses, check this link:


We all have our own rooms in our house, and mine is the biggest one not because I’m a brat (well, a little, I guess) but because I need it the most. I have the most clothes, the most books, the most accessories… I really do have a lot of things I have accumulated over the years. Up until last year, I found it difficult to part with a lot of things, especially those that have sentimental value. After taking up meditation and Buddhism classes, however, I have become less attached to material things. Since then, I have let go of a lot of stuff I really don’t have any use for. I have also learned to refrain from buying things I want but do not need (apparently, self-discipline is a skill!)

Now, in preparation for my departure, I have begun segregating clothes and things that I will bring and leave behind. Seeing that I’ve tons of stuff that are still of good condition, I’m thinking of having a garage sale. I’ve always wanted to experience having my own store, so I guess this is my chance. A number of friends urged (are still urging) me to do an online garage sale, and I’ve got to admit I was tempted but I think it would be easier if the buyers would get to see the items and decide then and there if they want to purchase the items. Not to mention, I’d be able to do away with packaging and shipping. Plus, I’ll get to be the cashier if I do it in our garage sooooo. 🙂

Now, it’s only a matter of tagging the items for their prices, setting a date, giving away flyers and I’m all set. 🙂

Do you have things you also want to sell? Maybe we can have a garage sale party. What do you think?


When people ask me if I can cook, I’d readily proclaim that I can in theory and promptly explain that I just never had to. But now that I am leaving the nest and the comforts of my own home behind, I will have to put the theory to practical use.

Now, I’m trying to come up with simple recipes that I can bring with me. Below is a list of things I’d probably prepare for myself:

-Caesar Salad

-Potato Salad




-Potato and Onion/Leek Soup

-Adobo (will need rice)

-Sinigang (will need rice)

Do you have any suggestions? 🙂

It was April 25 when I received an email from the coordinator in Norway, hinting that I’d receive good news soon. Weeks passed and the wait for the good news turned into a gut-wrenching and agonizing one until at last, on May 21, I finally received it.

I was granted the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the International Master in Early Childhood Education and Care. =)

Coincidentally, I was in the hospital visiting my cousin who was just released from the operating and recovery room. Needless to say, I was the happiest person seeing my cousin safe and recovering plus having received the news of the scholarship.

It took a while for the news to sink in. I spent quite a while on cloud9 until I was faced with all the preparations I must do before leaving.

Things I have already done:

-Accepted the offer

-Opened several bank accounts

-Applied for a room in the student housing (I received the housing contract the other day)

-Arranged to stay with a friend in Hongkong for a couple of days before taking off for Oslo, bought tickets in the process

-Had my passport renewed (This gave me a fright as it was delivered three days late!)

-Applied for student residence permit (but haven’t gone to the Embassy yet, I’ll do that on Monday)

-Applied for a student buddy to meet me when I arrive (No news from them yet, though)

-Started cleaning my room (Far from over, you guys want to help?)

-Started giving away stuff and segregating those I can sell

-Bought some clothes

I still have lots to do, like actually sell my things, research recipes I’d be able to pull off, buy thermal underthings, boots, etc, meet up with friends, upgrade gadgets, etc. I’ll probably write about these in the coming days.

I’ll also write about my batchmates soon.