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Monday, October 18

Secret Project Revealed

Finally!!! The long wait is over. I know this will be (kinda, sorta) a half-baked announcement, but I just couldn't contain it. I'm soooo happy!

I always wanted to be a writer (i think some of you knew that), but only a few people appreciate the way I write. Even during my thesis days, my thesismates would tell me, "Lagyan mo naman ng arte pagsusulat mo." I am not creative with words, that's the bottom line. Too technical and "news-reporting" as they would say. So it was really hard for me to come out of my shell and take the opportunities around me when it comes to writing.

This semester I told myself that if I plan to stay long in the academe, I should work on my qualifications big time. Not only because I was a mediocre student in college, but the "grants/awards/achievements/publications/forum/conferences" part of my resume stopped in year 1997 (no joke!). So when I was tasked to handle the thesis class, I also did a mini-thesis myself.

Ateneo, unlike UP, does not encourage their faculty to do research, especially the young ones. Although it is not said blatantly, it is implied in the way they give teaching loads. I am required to render 30 hours + in campus for teaching and consultations. But I don't follow that... suwail ako eh. Hehehe!

So I did my mini-thesis (Title: Ephemeral Structures and the Socio-Economic Adaptability of Filipino Architecture). And now I'm given the opportunity to present it on the 4th Annual Conference of Architectural Researchers and Educators at UST Arki this coming November. And what do you know! When it rains, it pours!! I submitted last August my research project statement to the Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals. My research is entitled, "Cultural Sustainability: Architectural Preservation of Thai Vernacular Houses in Central Thailand". And last Sunday, the Foundation called me up for interview at ADMU! And if this stint pushes through, I'll be off to Thailand next year and will be staying there for a year at Chulalongkorn University.

I'm really praying that I'll get chosen because this is what I want to do -- write and travel. But what makes this moment euphoric is the fact that my researches and abstracts are getting approved by significant people in education. That is something. Finally, I'm in the crowd where people appreciate the way I write.

capt. backfire at 4:04 PM

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