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Teacher's Digest

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Saturday Stories October 28, 2017

I got my TEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) certificate about a week ago. It means I can now teach anywhere they speak something else.
Since I now have more options, it made me realize how much I'm enjoying my life now so I don't want to change anything at the moment. I'm blessed because I don't have the need to make drastic transformations to feel fulfilled.
As I write this, I'm singing "Please, don't tell let this feeling end..."
Although I've handled an entire class when I was with TeleTech in the mid-2010s and really enjoyed it, I prefer a more intimate, one-on-one conversation. Like I told a friend recently, I'd rather be in a coffee shop with one person than in a bar with a crowd.
The first time I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) was in a South Korean school in Quezon City during the early 2000s. In most afternoons, I would always find myself at the Sunken Garden at the nearby U.P. …

Beginning Today

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Saturday Stories October 21, 2017

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An image of a farmer is on my mind. I feel like I'm standing over fertile soil, waiting for the rich harvest.
There is the anticipation of what is to come, and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Perhaps this is how Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) felt in Field of Dreams.
"If you build it," said the voice, "he will come..."
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I mean that as a metaphor, though I've lived on a farm in Bulacan in the mid-2000s. A friend took me there me because he was alone and lonely, which was ironic because when I go out into the woods, alone, I was so happy.
I wrote a poem while I was there, "Beginning Today." It was inspired in part by the Agot Isidro classic, one of my featured songs this week along with Erik Santos' version of "May Bukas Pa" – the theme of one of my favorite TV series of all time. 
For the first time, I was listening, really listening, to the beautiful melodies of the crickets and katydids as h…

To Last A Lifetime

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Saturday Stories October 14, 2017

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For the way my path is unfolding, I can only say "Thank You!" to God. My life is a smooth flow of wellbeing and a steady sense of moving forward.
I'm filled with gratitude because my lovelife, career, health, finances, and indeed, all areas of my life, are going extremely well.
I'm into a lot of new things right now, and I'm thankful to see progress and kaizen (continuous improvement) in all of them at the same time. Yet I don't feel pressured or overwhelmed – for which I'm also grateful.
I'm taking my own sweet time with some, like writing my new novel and studying for my international TEFL certification, because I'm enjoying every minute of it.  Others, like working out and using virgin coconut oil, are for keeps. But what gives me the most joy is the one I love, whom I love more than life itself.
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If what I feel right now can be put into music, it would be from my beloved Jose Mari Chan:
"...We have more tha…

The Voices of Angels

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Saturday Stories October 7, 2017

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"Show me a waterfall. Thank you."
The first thing I did this week was to ask God for a waterfall. I wanted a sign from the universe that is meaningful for me.
Why a waterfall? I love water so there is a personal connection, yet I don't have any emotional baggage about it. In other words, there is no resistance.
It was Monday morning. I went to Perpetual Succor, and when I entered the lobby, I saw a line of people at the elevator. As I came near, the doors opened and we all came in together.
That was so cool. One of my mantras is "Clear path and perfect timing." So I almost laughed out loud when the place I was going to was closed with two minutes still to go – then I knew why.
I strolled around the corridor. Then I saw a large HDTV on one of the offices where "Moana" was showing. I saw through the glass doors as the young heroine ran through the paradise island – with the most majestic and the most breathtaking wat…