On This Auspicious August

Another month has just passed, and my volunteer journey will soon to end. Still, I have gained more memorable and wonderful insights from it. At first, I was a little bit reluctant, insecure and bashful to talk to various people or locals, perhaps of the language barrier or what they think of me. However, my…

Bountiful Signs of July

I have been working abroad for a year, and this is my first time to have been doing a volunteer work for a long period of time without going back home. This is very interesting for me though, because it actually makes me feel like a better person for helping someone in the community. It…

A Jubilant June

How is the month of June for you? Was it good? Was it bad? Did it bring you excitements or disappointments? If you were to ask me how was my June, it was truly amazing and fantastic, a truly jubilant month I would say. I haven’t had many photos for this month, but I really…

Highlights of May

May has been a great, exciting and memorable month for me just like any other months. And just as I hoped last May 1st, the said month has been a good one for me. Another month has come to an end and another set of wonderful memories have been collected as I walked along its…

The Wonderful School

(This heart-warming poem was written by Sai Phone Tip, a 12-year old Burmese and one of my Level 6 students in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar. This was his first attempt in making his own poem in our English class, but it is simply amazing!) With the happiness of…

Amazing April Memories

“Time passes, things change, but memories will always stay where they are, in the heart.” – Sarah Moores Never have I noticed the details of each day passing by. The month of May is on its way. April may end, but I have collected more priceless memories along the way. Sometimes, I would reflect how…

Marching Along the Days of March

Who would’ve thought that the month of March has come to its end. I’ve been working here in S.A.G. for nine months and sad to say, one of our co-volunteers had to say goodbye. But, why should I feel sad? There’s no reason for me to be lonely because I know that life is that….

A Look at Fantastic February

February has just ended, and we’ve been working here for eight months. As always, students are fun to be with both inside and outside the classroom. The second semester in S.A.G. has successfully finished. Because summer promises to be a hectic time in this institute, summer classes will soon to open with the onset of…

My Journey to January

It’s 2017 and another month has just ended. The warmth of summer will soon to rise since we’re on this final phase of winter season. January has brought me some new insights and realizations around the place where I’m being sent. It’s actually my first-ever experience to welcome the new year here in Taunggyi, Myanmar….

December Bundles of Fun

Who would’ve thought that it’s December already. The cold that had seemed mild at first, now becomes harsh. Even its temperature would go down to a single digit sometimes. The biting cold of this season chills my hands into clumsy numbness quite often in the morning. Because the surrounding is quite chilly nowadays, my body…

Random Sparks of Happiness

It’s already winter in Taunggyi, Myanmar. The temperature is chilly right now which is to say that it is colder than before. Thick coats and gloves, I’ve worn them all but not consistently as my body gets sweaty rather than all of the time. The sky often looks clear but sometimes it remains unclear all…

October Notes on Volunteering

The weather in Taunggyi is quite unpredictable, it can rain and be sunny all in the space of a few hours. In fact, we have had plenty of rain this month and the winter season here is fast approaching so I should get ready for it. This will be my first time to experience how…