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The name is Elaine or Ien or Pssst or Hoy ...or whatever suits you

...from the city of Davao

...26 with fine lines and wrinkles already

...short-haired, two-eyed na! (thanks to constact lenses), right-handed, flat-footed

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Saturday, February 11


we failed one student in today's thesis delibs. nakakalungkot talaga on my part. i've seen the progress of these students - from topic selection to translation. i was with them all the way. it's sad to let them down, but it's sadder to know that they have reached 5th year with the kind of [skill] level they have. magastos mag-thesis sa arki... well, magastos naman talaga ang thesis sa kahit anong course. but arki thesis is made extra harder because all you're skills are thrown in the frying pan... your research process, application of a theory, translation of technical to creative, verbal and visual communication of concepts, execution of ideas, presentation techniques... argh! it's never ending. even the brains of the jury get fried. and we can't pass them all just like that. every arki student is inevitably filtered by the board exam. and the arki schools need to maintain a certain passing rate to continue its existence. sadly, someone's gotta do the job. yes, for other arki teachers, it's just a job. for me, it's something else. i am always affected. i know teaching will be the end of me...

teaching -> worry -> stress -> death!

my solution to my current situation is reading other blogs. i'm reading posts of more "proactive" bloggers to see the brighter side of things. it's like reading self-help books. i particularly like reading mimi's blog about weddings (not that i have plans of marrying any time soon). i also like reading the blog of a UP law student (not that i'm preparing for my future - duh!). i also snoop around blogs of yuppies and mothers -- they seem to be more jaded than i am. hehehe. i read the stuffs from my global links and translate them in they make me think, thank god, i'm in the philippines!

always a day at a time - that's how i take life nowadays. it's been working so far. my plans are mere sketches and can be erased anytime. i just wish my thesis students are doing the same. i hope they also read "proactive" blogs (and hopefully it's as therapeutic to them as it is for me). and i hope they have not "inked" their plans [yet] for such a very volatile life.

PS - happy birthday, tess!

capt. backfire at 4:10 PM

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