Of Chalk, Presentations, Experiments and Lessons

At the end of a really busy workday today, my thoughts led me to my teachers who made me love learning and the quest for knowledge and skills. I’ve had numerous teachers from preschool to graduate school and until now, I still remember many of them with fondness, still chuckle at the funny classroom scenarios,…

Sunset

The orange hues from the sky mesmerized me as I gazed outside the window. Just a few minutes later, bursts of blue and gray subdued the orange shade. I recall that the last time I was out in Manila Bay to watch the sunset was a year ago. That time, I requested my staff that…

What are you good at?

In a not so recent past, somebody at work asked me “What are you good at? What do you love doing?” Under normal circumstances, I could readily answer those questions. But at that time, I uttered no words. I couldn’t say anything. I didn’t know how to answer. It was at that moment when I…

Sapagkat ang Pag-ibig ay Pagpapalaya

Sa araw na ito Sa araw na ito, sisimulan ko na Ang humakbang papalayo sa’yo. Sa araw na ito, napagtanto ko na Na hindi maaring magkurus ang ating landas Nang higit pa sa aking ninanais. Sa araw na ito, bubuksan ko na ang aking mga mata Sa katotohanan na may mga damdamin na kailangang isantabi,…

My IELTS Experience

I took and passed the International English Language Testing System or IELTS administered by the British Council in 2015. That time, I had an ongoing application for an International School in Saudi Arabia (the same period that I was taking the third level of the Foreign Service Officer Examination). My IELTS experience almost never crossed…

A Research on District 75 Toastmasters International

Yesterday, I met Mr. Joseph Adonis “Dodong” Baduel, District Governor of TI Philippines in 1983. He was one of my interviewees for a research I did on Toastmasters International almost a decade ago. We were supposed to meet after my research so I could give him a hardbound copy of the research, but I changed…

Petty

So it’s just two (2) days before the national elections in the Philippines, and people are still actively exchanging views on social media in support of their candidates and to attack other runners, and thoughts are swirling in my head. But instead of writing them down, I thought of writing something petty on a Saturday,…

What’s in it for me?

I remember in school, when speech writing and delivery was discussed, one of the things emphasized was “What’s in it for me?” According to our prof, you should think of the audience and what they can gain from your talk. In that way, she said, they will pay attention and listen more. After several years,…

Still Thinking of Taking the FSOE?

I wrote about this topic in two previous entries. But there were a few queries I received recently about FSO life; that’s why I thought of writing a few tips again. Also, I have an upcoming online career talk in a university, where I will share some insights to students about foreign service as a…