New Family

Meeting different people with different culture is both an exciting and challenging experience as well as significant events in our lives for we learn from them not only their ways but also their values, language, lifestyles, work ethics and even sense of commitments. I am beyond joy to have lived such opportunity. It gave me generous quality of learning that I must embrace my entire life. Today, my new co-workers in my new school are my new family as well. I will have another kind of values and ways to learn from these people who work with joy and value true education. I have so many expectations and hopes that with any luck will be seen as real success soon.

My first words when I started on my first day were ‘I am home.’ Truly I am home for many years of being away from the country and serve or educate foreign students, I feel I found the right place to stay and devote my commitment and forte for REAL. It dawned on me that I was wanted by my students elsewhere and here I am needed in the sense that these young ones deserve real works. As much as possible I devote my time teaching no-nonsense stuffs to those who are willing to accept them than to those who only wanted certificates.

Now that I am completing my first month in a school that holds a special spot in my being, I feel proud and glad. Proud that I’m part of an institution that involves God in the process of educating the youth and glad that I am trusted to help better in the shaping of the formative years of our future professionals together with my new family.DSC_0333

Almost Tired

y 027Everybody could hear the loud buzzing that signaled the start of her lecture. She marched in with huge confidence and joy then scanned the room with her usual playful glares towards frenzied number of teenagers. Seconds, minutes and another minutes have passed, she stood there like no one recognized who she was. Then the smile on her face was immediately replaced with a raised brow and wondering and speculation. The class continued to fool around, threw a fake smile at her, and went on with their misbehavior. Whew!

She struggled to make eye contact to get attention but failed.  Maybe to write few words on the whiteboard would give hints to students that she has arrived, needed to be listened to if not respected of being there at the time. Half the board has been penned yet the chatter increased and chuckles build up! Male students paced in and out of the room…And then she turned to face the class again only to see female students huddled in one corner, on the floor, gossiping and doing each other’s hair-braids…

 Alas, there’s one holding an eye contact with her! But sadly he’s strumming the guitar… She turned to the other side of the room…  another group were busy with their iphones!

 It was an afternoon of total roughhouse! The teacher wanted to yell and scream but opted to step out of the room without a word.

 A thought of disappointment and despair in her head: “You all pass anyway. We are not allowed to fail, yell, or impose disciplinary actions. I may punish you with more works…but my lesson plan has been handed back to me today with a red comment telling me not to give too much work!”

 Another day when a teacher’s love of true teaching is killed that way!

Daily Prompt: Flip Flop – Flipped the Flops

When I was asked what course to take up in college, Accounting immediately came to mind. So I enrolled and fallen in love with journalizing and posting ledgers those days. To make the story short, I survived the daily struggle with digits, graduated and landed in an accounting job. However, I never became an accountant which was my ultimate dream… at that time.

Peace and goodbye accounting!
Peace and goodbye accounting!

The change of heart started when I actually work in the field, saw the system of the company I was in, counting money not mine and accumulated six figures in a not so good way. I was shocked at how, we, people in the accounting department made ways to get certain amount from helpless customers or clients and even threaten them with legal actions when they cannot produce amounts to us without delay. I know not all who are in accounting field do the same as we’ve done but I was just unlucky to be deployed in a company that’s so clever and cunning when it comes to profit-making. I felt guilt, pity and I think I took it personally or was I too young to do such job? I didn’t know but my heart went to our clients. I realized too that I don’t have a heart for money-making. I didn’t see anyone happy because of my job, except my boss, rather most people I encounter especially clients hate me whenever I visit to collect money or just send a bill or accounts in their company. I resigned, took a different road, tried new things, and completely forget my ambition to become an accountant.

It was a huge decision to make. But I decided. I quit! 

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Hello teaching!

I applied for a teaching job after having worked to few different jobs. At first I want to teach only for a year or two then apply for caregiver job in Canada, enjoy single life and travel if time and bank account permits. But I found teaching to be fulfilling in the long run. I enjoyed my colleagues’ companionship in the office and out, the parent’s appreciation of my efforts of teaching their 6-7 year old children and I came to like the country too. I realized in teaching, nobody hates me but the parents and children love me. I can see the results of my efforts at the end of the semester; students thank me for the learning they get from me. It is totally different from money-making.

Now I teach senior high school, forget my plan for caregiver job but still want to travel with my hubby and baby soon. And despite the teenagers’ manners and rebellious characters at work, I still enjoy teaching them because I found teaching to be a rewarding job.

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This is my answer to today’s

 Daily Prompt: Flip Flop

Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?

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