I have given a lot of thought about how to describe early childhood education and care in the Philippines. It would be so much easier to just share UP CDC’s philosophy, classroom layouts, curriculum design, student-teacher ratio, etc. I would enjoy sharing pictures of my former classrooms and students with my colleagues. From what i have observed in the barnehager (preschool centre) here in Oslo, what we are doing in UP CDC is somewhat similar to what they are doing, except that there are, of course, major differences in terms of the activities, routines, curriculum, safety, insurance and everything else (i’ll blog about this some other time). But the way we view the child, how we value them is the same.
However, UP CDC is a laboratory school– an ideal set-up that most early childhood centres in the Philippines are trying to have and attain. It is not reflective of the situation in barangay day care centres either in the urban or the rural areas. What UP CDC has is a far cry from what public preschools in provinces have.
I would like to let them know that we have a facility in the Philippines like UP CDC. But I know that it is one of its kind. So I plan to describe the whole picture, its whole form, its Gestalt and not just a small part of the early childhood situation in our country. I would like them to know about the situation in provinces, the rural areas. In doing so, I believe, I would be successful in representing the whole Philippines, and not just the city, where I come from, and admittedly know more of. It’s going to be a huge mission, but I think that’s the best way to do it.
Making Meaning, Going Further.
So, pardon me for being in a blogging mood tonight. See, I have time for it right now as I’ve already done some school work for the day. I am not in the mood to watch anything, but I feel the urge to just write and write and write. In the past, I’ve also gotten urges to write down my thoughts and document it for future reference, but I never found the time to sit down and actually do it. And so now that I can, I will.
Not to mention the fact that I am waiting for the SiO staff to finish cleaning the common areas so I can return my food in the fridge (hehe). They’ve been at it for the whole day, and of course I removed all of my things in the kitchen so they’ll be able to do their job without my stuff and food hindering them from doing so. But you see, I worry that some my food might go bad since I had to remove them from the fridge, that’s why I’m determined to stay up and go to kitchen once they are done. I can hear them polishing the hallway just outside my door now, so I’m guessing they are almost through. 🙂
Onto cooking. I’ve been eating a little less than what I’ve been used to eating in the Philippines, that’s true (wag ka nang magalit). But there are reasons behind this, and given the chance (may ganun haha), I’d explain why this is so.
First, I would like to reiterate that things will change after they clean the kitchen. Because then, I would be able to go to the grocery and shop for all the ingredients for the menu I had in mind, and put it away without worrying about removing them before I prepare anything.
Second, I would like to also reiterate that things will change once I have more money. Yes, yes, I know that this is not an excuse since I actually do have money at my disposal, thanks to my very generous sponsors, hehe. But I want to be very careful with the things that I’m spending because everything is much more expensive here than in the Philippines. But I’m getting tired of being hindered by the prices all the time, so much so that I have stopped converting the prices before buying anything. The realization that I will not be able to purchase anything that I need if I convert constantly is one great driving force.
So yes, things will change. Soon. Okay? =)
But rest assured, I am taking care of myself, I am well and I am healthy.
Hinabol ako ng ulan sa Norway.
Well, not really since Haring Araw showed himself for a week prior the rains. And let me tell you, rain plus the cold temperature is not a happy thing, especially for a girl from a tropical country. We’re so used to having the constant 27-30 deg C temperature. We are used to the humidity, sudden change in weather, the glaring sun and the most beautiful windy in-between days. And when we are uprooted and were made to live in a country like Norway where 15 deg C is considered warm, our bodies get uber shocked.
This is not to say that I’ve been sick or anything. I’m coping well, thank goodness. Just that I get stressed when I see some of them wearing skimpy shorts and shirt, and I’m wrapped up in a bundle of clothing, with gloves to boot. God forbid what will happen to me in winter.
But I’ll be fine. ;p I know I will because I believe I will be. And Paulo Coelho once wrote in the Alchemist that “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Well, see, I’ve a list of things I really really want, and staying healthy and keeping warm are on that list so I’ll be fine, no worries. =)
I can’t believe I’ve been living in Oslo for almost 2 and a half weeks now. Although I am still adjusting to a lot of things (the weather and temperature, for instance), it also feels like I’ve been here for quite a while. Sure, you have to get used to their transport system, their automatic doors, electronic way of paying for their purchases, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier.
Every moment, every experience for me here is an opportunity for learning. I have long passed the stage when I’d still doubt my decisions and not act on it. I am not afraid to make mistakes anymore, especially since I am determined to stand up for my decision, whatever the outcome.
Even in just a short span of time I’ve been here, I believe I’ve already grown and learned a lot. See, I’ve become stronger, not just physically (from all the walking I have been doing) and mentally (our first course has started, I’ve already given my brain a lot of things to do), but also emotionally, socially and even spiritually.
Emotionally- Although I have been missing my loved ones ever since I left my cozy life, I have had plenty of opportunities to mull over the reasons why I am here. I have to remember and remind myself that I am here for those people. I have to remind myself that I am on an important mission–one that would affect not just my loved ones, but the lives of many others that I can help after I am done with my Masters.
Socially- I have always liked making new friends. The person who is closest to me can attest to that. Broadening my social circle is a developmental milestone, especially for a person my age. I know, of course, that it will not always be easy, but I am determined to nurture whatever friendships I will be able to build here.
Spiritually- I have always loved the song Shifting Sand because it so fittingly reflects how I feel when it comes to religion and spirituality. I have always maintained that for me, religion is not important. What is more important is that I believe there is one Higher Being, who might be called different names in different places and cultures, and that I have a very deep and personal relationship with the Supreme Being. This, for me, is what is more important in the greater scheme of things.