What is your contribution to our Mother Nature?

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3 goals

I am committed to bringing forth an

Environmentally Sustainable

Socially Just

Spiritually Fulfilling human presence in this planet

 

Ask yourself now? How can you contribute to make this planet a wonderful world to live. I am not an enviromentalist but I love nature and I want my kids, my grandkids, my great grand kids to experience nature and to be able to live beautifully, and be able to breathe clean air.

Note for today: Pain is inevitable, and we feel the pain because we love and we care. Remembering the Yolanda victims made me sad because I care about the nature and the lives that were lost during that time.

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Only in the Philippines Experiences: MRT, LRT, Bus, Footbridge, Jeepney

I stayed in Manila for 7 days. I tried all means of public transportation to also experience what the mass have all experienced. I was so dizzy to look at so many people in the train station. They have two train transportation called MRT( Mass Railroad Transit) and LRT (Light Railroad Transit). I did try it for the sake of experience. I wondered why all people were so eager to jump out from the train. It was in the second to the last station that I noticed people were already at the door, the time it halted to the last stop. It was me and my friend Jean who were left there. I have to do it, because the last time I tried their pace when I put my card for the first time it went out again and the person who was standing at my back got mad because I was very slow.

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I tried the Bus ride from Trinoma to Ortigas because I would be attending church at VCF Robinsons Galleria. I love the Bus ride, I could not complain. But what I did not like about riding the bus is the tormenting footbridge walk. You have to climb a footbridge to be able to cross to the other street. I forgot to take pictures though, I was bringing my bags, my hands were full, the scorching heat of the sun made me want to run and get it over with.

I was so lucky for this trip because I did not have to ride a jeepney. I have a friend who has a driver who always picked me up to be able to get to the location I needed to go, I even boarded her Porsche Cayenne (said with the hint of pride, because I don’t know if I could buy or even rode it again.) While I was inside the car I saw the jeepney. I was surprised to see that their Jeepneys have bars like that in the picture.Image

 

I asked my friend’s driver and he said it was use for protecting themselves from thieves
during the night.I was just surprised. That’s all.

 

I gotta say ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

My second home: Tagaytay City, Philippines

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This is my home for the next 10 days. Today is my second day in Tagaytay, it’s cold as usual, I checked the temperature it says 24 Celcius. For someone like me who lives in the city with temperature of 30 to 33 Celcius, so close to having a fever, the weather in Tagaytay made me want to sport a sweater. And yes I have been wearing a sweater for 2 days now.

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I enjoyed the Funicular train ride in Tagaytay Highlands.If you know of a member in the golf club you will be able to enjoy the ride for free.

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Tagaytay City is 56.2 Kms away from Manila. So this is the closest place to go when someone is exhausted with the hustle and bustle of the city. You will love the peaceful feeling just by looking Taal Lake and the foggy mountains. I love it here, but I can’t stay here longer because I miss my daughter.

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I did a relaxing walk today, just to kind of breathe some fresh air and I saw these beautiful sunflowers. There are still more beautiful and colorful flowers that grow in Tagaytay because of its cold weather.

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Things I love about Tagaytay

1. The 23-25 Celcius temperature
2. Majestic view of Taal Lake
3. Beautiful Flowers
4. Plastic-Less shopping bags
5. Quiet and Serene
6. You can drive fast. As fast as you can.

I still have 8 more days to experience Tagaytay

How does Filipino value education?

I remembered telling myself two nights ago; “I despised teaching, I will never teach again.”The days are so tiring and I feel like I don’t have the luxury of time to do the things I want done. But today, my students showed an amazing transformation. From day 1 they were all silent, no one’s talking, they didn’t participate, they were all laid-back. Today I looked at them with pride and inspiration. My students inspired me, they inspired me to love what I do, to give the best in everything that I do. They inspired me to become that catalyst of change I have always envisioned myself to be.

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Ok,the whole point actually of writing this is my attempt to let people know how a filipino values education. I have 40 students, the majority of them came from the provinces with parents working in the farm, some parents working as an OFW in Middle East. Filipinos give high regards to education, that even if the parents have to sacrifice under the scorching heat of the sun, that even if they have to leave the country and be able to find means to get the money they need to send their children to school, that even if they would have to take care children that were not theirs they will do it for education’s sake. This probably the reason why this line became famous, “Poverty is not a hindrance in attaining success.”

 

Education for Filipinos ( I guess for some cultures as well) is the best legacy that parents can relinquish totheir children. So that I guess is the reason why there are so many career women nowadays, many women that establish a career first before tying herself to marriage. That explains why there are so many 30’s, 40’s, 50’s here that are still unmarried. Well,maybe, just maybe, that during their youth they were busy arming themselves with education, building career that they forget about romance.

I am curious what other girls think?

 

What is Filipino Time?

So I am here at McDonalds waiting for a friend to arrive. We made an agreement to meet at exactly 2 oclock sharp. But it’s already 3 oclock, she still hasn’t arrived. Filipino time describes how Filipinos are usually late in events and meetings. This has become a notorious habit to some Filipinos. I could not understand these things because my surrogate parents are American, and I am surrounded by Americans and I worked in the BPO industry for 7 years so for me being late is a NO NO. I am usually an hour early or 30 minutes early when there is a meeting or event. That adds up some productivity, some Filipinos however don’t see that being late is a bad habit and can also mean lost productivity.

This habit needs to be corrected.

Living in Davao for one year and 2 months now made my life laid-back, thus, made me conform to the idea of Filipino time.

Arggggh! 1 hour of waiting.

-Magic-