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…

A Brief Reflection on the 1st Communication Arts Fest 2016 of S.A.G.

Communication plays a big part in our lives today. Sometimes, we forget just how important communications are to our success, relationships, and, ultimately, happiness in life. This is also true for the students whose English is their foreign and second language. Listening and speaking are quite challenging classroom objectives for many language arts teachers. Students…

A New Beginning I Can Sight

Life’s a tough game, You’re out when you got mistakes. It’s not about the fame, And you may go down and break. You must not envy, In what others may have. You should be who you want to be, But that’s not as easy as a laugh. My mind’s full of questions, About everything that…

Volunteer Teaching Life

I’m so glad that I’m one of the three volunteer teachers who will work at S.A.G. (St. Aloysius Gonzaga) English Language Institute. For me, it’s a dream come true. In fact, I feel blessed to have this opportunity offered by the AdDU (Ateneo de Davao University), my Alma Mater. I didn’t expect to be accepted…

The Cardoner Volunteer Program

I will be leaving for Myanmar on Monday to take part in the first deployment of Ateneo de Davao’s Cardoner Volunteer Program. Named after the river in Manresa, Spain on which Ignatius of Loyola rum… Source: The Cardoner Volunteer Program

My Silver Lining

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” ~Vernon Howard This is my favorite student. His name is Silver (조은성 / Eunsung Cho). He is an 11 year-old Korean boy who took a vacation in Davao City with Henry (his best friend), Mindy (his older sister), and Jessica (their mother) by…

Kevin

“I’m locked in a bittersweet emotion now because I may not see you guys for a long time. But never take it seriously. You will meet new students soon. As you know, the important thing is that we had a great time.” Recently, a new activity had caught my pleasure. I was doing my research…

Pain

I am standing near where I used to be, Watching the clouds crying on me. It has always been as lonely as this, Pondering some things that cease to exist.   Droplets of burden falls continuously, Making me feel like giving up easily. I know this is a silly thing to achieve, Recalling the memories…

Light Bulb

Lying on my bed, A light bulb is shining— At the four-cornered ceiling, Unreachable as the sun.   Distance separates us.   My hand is grasping into the air, Wishing to reach that light someday. I will try and try so hard, To reach that ray of light.

My Writing Experience

            In the process of writing poems or stories, it’s natural for a writer to take time just to write his/her first line. It’s not an easy task for me to write quickly knowing that it requires a lot of figures of speech, styles, colorful and vivid words, dramatization, and defamiliarization in order…