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Friday, April 21, 2006

Life's little pleasures

There are several instances when my family, in spite of the hardships in life, allow ourselves some luxury. I'm talking about birthday celebrations, graduations and the little milestones we manage to hurdle in our, oherwise, simple lives. I've been sharing these lately in my posts so you can see that basically, I am happy.

Once again, I beg for your indulgence and allow me to share with you my wife's birthday and our anniversary which we decided to celebrate at the Westin Philippine Plaza. (Last year, we spent this double celebration at the Shangri-la Hotel. I wrote about it, too. This year, Nitz' sister, who is a member of the hotel, decided she'd take her family with us, too. So, yesterday, we took two rooms at the hotel and decided to stay there overnight. It sure was a welcome respite from the usual heat we are experiencing these days. The children had stayed at the pool for almost like eternity while I stayed in the room watching tv and enjoy sleeping during the duration of the stay. At around 10 pm, my brother-in-law, Nitz's actually, as he is the husband of my sister-in-law, arrived from China and we all decided to try our luck at the casino. Well, as to be expected, I lost. So goodbye, precious bucks. I knew it was a bad idea! Oh well...

It's now official. I am bound to go to Canada to visit my friend, Arlene Lawson, co-owner and editor of the Country Mouse Peotry e-zine. She's one of the most important people in my life with whom I exchange emails with, practically everyday. We had been brought together by our love for poetry. This is going to be my third trip to the Maple leaf country, which I consider to be my second home. There, I shall meet with another friend, Bob Wands, another poet extraordinaire, whose poetry I have liked from the very start. Hopefully, I will also get to meet another writer friend, Gwen Austin, who has already written two novels under her name. This is going to be another worthwhile trip I shall always remember the rest of my life.

I am now finishing several paintings which I intend to bring with me to Canada. These are commissioned works which I hope will be worthy for their intended buyers. No harm in earning some dough along the way, is there?

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Also, I am going back to teaching. My two-year stint as administrator has taught me a great deal about classroom management and teaching as well. I hope I am not that old for the classroom and manage to keep up with my students. Right now, I am working on my motivational skills and keeping abreast with new trends just so I can keep them intereseted. There is nothing more depressing than having to face a non-responsive audience. So, to my prospective students reading this blog, see you next year.

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8 Comments:

Blogger pepseeh said...

really, sir? you'll be teaching art again? what level(s)?

10:14 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

happy trip bossing.

i'm sure you're going to have a great time in canada. sana nga malaki ang kitain mo sa mga paintings para mas masaya.

it's also nice to know that you are going back to teaching. Being in the front line again will be good for you.

11:55 PM  
Blogger TinTin said...

Kelan Birthday mo Tito Rolly? Did i miss it?! Well, if i did Happy Birthday and happy annivesary albeit belated. I'm glad you guys were able to have a getaway.

Oh, and have fun on your trip and all the wonderful things you are looking forward to.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous bayi said...

Much as I spent many years in education management, my happiest years in my education career were in the classroom with my students. I can imagine your happiness there. And it is a good idea to have some motivation techniques up your sleeve to keep them interested.

Dr Emer told me that you will be going to Canada. So when are you going there? Lucky man! I am sure your clients will appreciate your paintings, just like all of us who rave whenever you post them over your blog!

It is an excellent idea to do something very special on your wedding anniversary. This tells your wife that she is very much appreciated and loved. Even though I have said it earlier, here it goes again, " Happy Anniversary!"

11:58 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

pepseeh Most probably, it would be the lower years.

batjay Thanks. I sure will. Always have a blast when I'm there. Yes, nasa frontlines na naman ako. This re-organization thing is a blessing, I guess.

tintin Sept. 7 pa. I don't think you missed it. We always greet each other at blogkadahan e.
Thanks.

Bayi We try to always manage to do something special each day. Again, thank you for the greetings.

2:47 PM  
Blogger joffin said...

sir rolly!!

What a great treat to hear you are going back to teaching. I'm sure the kids will be thrilled to have you as their mentor.
Have a safe trip. I will look forward to your posts from Canada. :)
Any chance of you swinging by my 'hood?
Oh well, come August, I hope to meet with you and the Filipino Blogkadahan tropa. That is definitely something to look forward to.
God Bless!

9:57 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Joff Maybe I am more thrilled than they are. Hindi pa ko ganon ka sikat sa mga estudyante e... in spite of my 21 years in education.

I don't think I can be able to go to Jersey. Medyo me kalayuan e. Well, the original plan was to go to the US too but I ran out of time to secure a US visa e. And even then, baka Seattle lang ang mapuntahan ko.

Anyway, dadating naman pala kayo dito. Let's jam then.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Mickey said...

oo ang saya nun! kahit simple masaya pa rin. lalu na nung nakakilala ako ng babaeng hindi ko na makikita. ahuhhhuuhuhhu

naku po teacher ka na!!! teacher ni COBY! patay na... hehehe

10:32 PM  

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